Crash leaves British Champion Teddy chasing second title of 2014

Karting champion Teddy Wilson EMN-140915-173628001
Karting champion Teddy Wilson EMN-140915-173628001
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Hot on the heels of his Super One British Championship success, Rutland kart racer Teddy Wilson had a disappointing weekend in the penultimate round of the national Little Green Man (LGM) series championship.

Racing at Shenington circuit in Oxfordshire, 13-year-old Teddy from South Luffenham was hit from behind and knocked off the track on the opening lap of the crucial point-scoring A Final. In 29th place and a very long way behind the leaders, Teddy started to move up the field. With some impressive driving he made his way to 11th place but, as he caught the jostling leading pack of 10 drivers, the chequered flag was suddenly dropped. Unfortunately, race officials had forgotten to put out the last lap board, so the drivers were unaware that the race was coming to an end. This prevented the usual last-lap tussle that could have aided Teddy’s point-scoring progress further.

The A Final had followed some disappointing results in Teddy’s heats. Despite setting the fastest time in practice in wet conditions, as the track dried out Teddy struggled with his set-up and lacked pace in the dry of the first heat, finishing eighth after starting 25th on the grid. He didn’t fare much better in heat two, finishing 13th from 16th, but in heat three he was a respectable third after posting the fastest lap. As a result Teddy qualified 11th on the grid for the 30-driver A Final.

Teddy, racing for Fusion Motorsport, said: “The incident on the first lap was very disappointing and left me with too much to do in the time to score some good points. It wasn’t helped by the fact that there was no last lap board. But that’s racing I guess.”

The Uppingham Community College pupil’s nearest rival, Tom Wood was third in the final and takes the lead in the championship by just two points from Teddy in second. The title is still within Teddy’s grasp but with just 10 points separating the top four with a round to go, it’s going to be an exciting finale. The final round of the LGM Series is at PF International circuit near Grantham on October 5.