A 14-year-old aspiring racing driver from Helmshore has competed in his first Motorsport UK-sanctioned race as part of a newly formed racing team.
William Young, who is currently in year 9 at Haslingden High School, and was diagnosed with autism when he was 10, signed for Team X-Kart last November.
Having developed a passion for racing that has helped him manage the challenges of autism, Will has raced at local and national karting championships.
On April 25, he competed in the Whilton Mill Championship - his first ever race sanctioned by motorsport’s governing body. The National championship is just a step away from British Championship and featured a world championship competitor.
Heat 1 ended early for him with a technical issue, but heat 2 saw Will finish in 12th having started in 32nd. Some great pace meant Will finished in 24th in Heat 3 and after an unfortunate incident on track in the final, overall Will finished in 22nd place.
Will said: “A lot of things didn’t go my way on Sunday but it was great to compete in an official MSUK event, which is another important milestone in my racing career.
“I know I have the pace to finish strongly and put in some fast laps heat after heat. I’m now going to work on the lessons learned from the race and aim for an even better performance.”
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