Young karter heading for treble
PUBLISHED: 09:05 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010
A YOUNG Oulton Broad racer is gearing up to make history by winning an incredible treble - a feat, his manager describes as "almost unheard of."
Chris Lock, is in the Ellough Park Raceway team, based on the outskirts of Beccles, and races Rotax Max 1.
A YOUNG Oulton Broad racer is gearing up to make history by winning an incredible treble - a feat, his manager describes as “almost unheard of.”
Chris Lock, is in the Ellough Park Raceway team, based on the outskirts of Beccles, and races Rotax Max 1.24cc carts, which are just one level below the very top division of cart racing.
The 21-year-old won the European Championships in Belgium in September and then clinched the double when he came first in the British Championships in October.
Now he has the chance to land the treble when he flies out to Italy later this month to take part in the World Championships.
“It's unheard of to win all three,” said team manager Steve Armstrong. “It doesn't happen. It's fiercely competitive in Rotax. It's hard to say if he'll win the World Championships, but I think he'll definitely get in the top three for sure.”
Chris will travel to Lecce for the competition a week on Monday, November 24, to get ready for the heats, which will take place on the Friday and Saturday.
Should he be successful he will race against the finalists on the following Sunday.
To qualify for the World Championships, which involves 55 different nationalities, drivers either had to win their domestic championships or finish in the top three on their continent.
As champion of both Britain and Europe, Chris is certainly well qualified.
“It's the one race you want to qualify for at the start of the season,” said Chris, who lives in Lakeland Drive.
“It gets loads of coverage and it's a good event to be a part of. I'm fairly confident because I think most of the drivers I raced against in Europe will be there, and I've beaten them, so I'm fairly sure I can have a good race.”
Chris is the nephew of Richard Lock, who runs the raceway, and started racing at the age of 12.