Young talent ?
The picture above is Sebastian Vettel aged 7 - winning races and championships.
When I clicked the online entry form for Drumlanrig Castle, I was disappointed to see a minimum driver age of 14. My lad Anthony will be 9 in September and has raced at Belchford, Denholm and others, and will be at Worlaby next week. He has also tested on some big and demanding hills here in Snowdonia. He is certainly not a novice driver. Please check out our facebook page - (and like us).
We have seen a lot of middle aged men on the winners podium at recent events, which is why it is essential to have junior races and encourage our young talent. How can they learn and develop their skills unless we can include them? If they are not given sufficient opportunities to learn from others at relatively safe venues, then they will do it at the school of hard knocks on open roads.
I understand the problems that organisers have with risk assessments, insurance etc. but other sports like skateboarding, mountain biking, motocross and go karting manage to organise junior championships.
Our cartie construction regs are quite comprehensive (and need to be to prevent dangerous contraptions), but driving experience seems to be a lesser issue. Do we assume that if a team can produce a good cartie, they must be serious sensible people with a realistic opinion of their own driving skills? Could the same assumption be made of car drivers we see on our roads?
Our little cartie "Little Red Bull" has disc brakes all round and tops out about 40/45mph. Which is quite fast enough for us at the moment. Our problem is finding enough challenging events to compete in. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
This post is not intended to be critical of anyone, but if it provokes some debate and provides more venues for young talent to meet experienced racers, that can only be a good thing.
cheers Steve P.