Birthday boy Luke revs up for a storming finish

Rotherham karting star Luke Whitworth mixes it with the British title favourites
Rotherham karting star Luke Whitworth mixes it with the British title favourites
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A BUDDING South Yorkshire go-karting star is revving up for success after battling his way through the field during a national warm up race in Northamptonshire.

Just a day after his 16th birthday Luke Whitworth, from Wickersley, Rotherham, charged through the field in the warm up for the 2011 Super 1 Series, starting in 29th position and eventually finishing in ninth.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Luke who found himself shunted off the track and sent to the back of the field in the first heat. But he fought back to 18th at the chequered flag, recording the second-fastest lap of the race.

The Wickersley School and Sports College pupil managed to secure a place in the final and lined up against rivals of national calibre.

And he put on a spirited performance, finishing in ninth place.

He said: “I got a fantastic start and was able to go exactly where I wanted to and really push my way through.

“Every time I came up behind another driver, I was able to get past immediately.

“I had lots of confidence, because my kart had plenty of grip and the engine was really on-form.

“I got up as far as fifth, but then got into a tussle with another driver who put me onto the grass on the last lap, dropping me to ninth.”

The teenager, who has been working on his fitness in the gym over the last year, said: “I know my limits and I feel far more in control which makes me more confident in the kart and means I can push it a lot more.

“Physically I feel a lot stronger, too.

“I spend time at the gym running and on the weights and more time in the seat has obviously helped.

“Now I don’t think twice about making a move when I catch another driver - I just go for it every time.”