West Norfolk go-karting prospect wins second round of championships

PUBLISHED: 10:25 29 May 2015

Oliver Clarke: Picture Chris Walker

Oliver Clarke: Picture Chris Walker

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A young west Norfolk go-karting prospect, who aims to follow in the footsteps of Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, has won the second round of the British championship Super One series in Llandow, Wales.

Honda cadet driver Oliver Clarke, who lives near Downham Market, came second in the first round in Rowrah, Cumbria, in April, and now leads the championship table by 15 points.

The 12-year-old, who attends Iceni Academy in Methwold, said: “I knew this round would be a really tough one due to the track design and the determination of all the drivers to get to the front and stay there.

“I got into the front pack on several occasions but timing was so tight between the leading group and positions changed regularly.

“I was delighted to come to the last bend and see an opportunity to get the lead just before the chequered flag.”

The next round of the competition, which Lewis Hamilton won in 1998, is in July in Scotland. There are seven rounds in total, and the winner will attend a big event in London next year.

The youngster’s mother Claire Clarke said: “Oliver hopes to continue his excellent form in Scotland and keep the points rolling in for the table. He has been tipped by the Super One commentary team as one to watch for the future.

“He has over 40 podium trophies to his name and would love to have a career in it. He races nearly every weekend around the country and his dad, Jeremy, who is a builder, takes him. Oliver started at the track in North Pickenham and got into it from there.”

The youngster is searching for sponsorship opportunities. For further information, contact his father Jeremy Clarke on 01553 810851.

Oliver’s winning round will be shown on Motors TV on Monday, June 15. Watch it on Freeview HD on Channel 71 and 240.

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