Stamford teenager Thurston setting the pace

Edward Thurston in action EMN-140411-103451001

Edward Thurston in action EMN-140411-103451001

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A Stamford teenager is going from strength to strength in Historic Kart Racing and has just claimed a victory in the finals of the competition.

The 14 year old Stamford resident, Edward Thurston, claimed the finals victory in only his second meeting driving in a new class, having moved up a gear in Historic Karting.

Still racing under special dispensation in classes usually reserved for adult drivers and following his remarkable championship placing in the pre-1979 class last year, Thurston has further proved his talent racing against and beating top drivers including an ex Intercontinental A champion in the newly inaugurated Formula A class which caters for International class Karts built between 1990 and 2000.

The victory was made more remarkable for him having started from 6th position on the grid having received a penalty for a mechanical failure earlier in the meeting.

The Formula A series was introduced as part of the RetroRacer championship in September this year and has tempted some of the best drivers from the period out of ‘retirement’.

The karts are run in the same specification as they were when raced internationally.

They have high grip tyres and incredibly powerful 100cc two-stroke engines, around 30 brake horsepower, which can rev to over 18000. The kart and driver together only weigh 145kg.