Kelty karter becomes British champion
Published 12 Sep 2012 15:30 0 Comments
AN 11-year-old Kelty karter proved he had an extra gear over his rivals as he became the 2012 British Cadet Champion.
Dean Macdonald secured the drivers' title at the final British Championship Kart Masters Grand Prix meeting of the season in Whilton Mill, Northampton.
Dean races under Kelty-based Atlantic Racing, owned and managed by his dad Jonny, and his supporting entourage were once again on hand to give their hero their support.
The pint sized West Fifer was in high spirits before the race but remained focused on the job in hand. Qualifying was looking good and he secured pole though unfortunately the session had to be red flagged due to an accident on track.
It was decided to continue with time qualifying and the clock was re-set for four minutes. Unfortunately within that time the 11-year-old was only able to maintain 10th spot.
Dean had a great start in the first heat and went from 10th to second in the first couple of corners. Team tactics took him off and back to 22nd with the West Fifer showing true determination to race through the field to 10th position within one lap.
In the second heat Dean showed grit and speed once again as he sped from 10th to fourth and then second. Team tactics once again came into play knocking him back to sixth.
Thankfully the Kelty karter avoided a pile up on the track and pulled it back to safely secure top spot with the championship now within his grasp.
In the final race of the day Dean took to the front and led for the first seven minutes. The pack behind worked together to catch him though he was not about to give up the title without a fight. From sixth position he was able to secure second place and confirm the championship was his.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 13 Sep 12