Carter claims first place in British Open warm upBy Adam Lee
January 29, 2009
Shaun Carter’s third outing in the KF2 Karting Winter Series saw him claim victory at Shenington, near Banbury, last weekend.
The driving ace, from Crowthorne, has recently returned to racing action after a lengthy lay-off following a nasty car crash.
Carter, 21, who is ranked fourth in the country in his class, raced two heats, finishing second and third respectively, before claiming victory in the final.
He is now setting his sights on the British Open Championships in Rowrah, Cumbria in February, and a repeat performance in that meeting will see him become ‘O-Plate’ champion,
llowing him to bear the number zero when the British National Championships begin in April.
Carter’s career was thrown into jeopardy two years ago when he suffered multiple injuries after a car crash near Manchester.
However, he underwent a full recovery and is now back to his best, racing both at home and abroad.
The win at Shenington is just another step in Carter’s ambition to becoming a professional racing driver.
In wet conditions in Oxfordshire, Carter began his first heat 13th out of 16 on the grid, and he made his way through the pack to finish second.
In the next heat, he started fourth on the grid and managed to finish third in the eight-lap race, with each lap taking around 40 seconds to complete.
These results meant that Carter would start the final in pole position.
“I was up against some of the top boys from last year – some of the top in the class, including the number three in the country,” said Carter.
“There was probably five of us who could all do the time though, so it was very close.
“I had a really good start (in the first heat) and I was up to third after the first corner because quite a few went wide because it was so wet, so I just went through on the inside.
“I finished behind Tom Joiner, and he’s a very good driver.
“There’s not a lot of time out there on the track so you have to be straight on it otherwise you’re not going to win.”
Carter led the final from the start and, after pulling away in the first half of the race, found his lead cut as the end neared.
However, he managed to hold on and claim first place, a fraction of a second in front of his Williams Motorsport team mate Jordan Chamberlain.
“I had a look behind me and realised they were very close so I just kept my head, defended my lead a bit, and managed to win by a kart’s length,” he said.
“Jordan Chamberlain came in second so our team manager Jason Williams was pretty happy.”
In the two rounds that Shaun and Jordan have competed in the Winter Series, the pair have come first and second in each.
Now Carter is focusing on the British Open Championship and insists he will be well prepared for the race.
“We’ve got some practicing up there and hopefully it’ll all be good for the main event,” he said.
Carter races for Williams Motorsport, based in Essex, using the TonyKart and GFR engines, which catapult his kart to speeds of 110mph.
His family pay for all of the racing through their Eversley-based Haulage company Crossways Transport, and are struggling to find the budget for this year’s race calendar in order to maintain his high level of karting.
He is eager for someone to come along and relieve some of the financial strain desperately needs support.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Carter can contact him on 07894 809723 or by email at email@example.com