Karting racers on fast track to glory at British schools championship

The Armthorpe School's go-karting team is, from left, Liam Boyall, Anthony French and Adam Goddard, all aged 18.
The Armthorpe School's go-karting team is, from left, Liam Boyall, Anthony French and Adam Goddard, all aged 18.
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THESE Doncaster youngsters are certainly being fast tracked when it comes to their education.

Liam Boyall, Anthony French and Adam Goddard, all aged 18, swapped the school tie and blazer for racing overalls to become the school’s answer to top British Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta.

The Armthorpe School sixth formers won their school a place in the British Schools Karting Championship after winning the Yorkshire regional earlier this year

Now they are the pride of the school after returning from the championships, held at Daytona Milton Keynes. One of 1,200 schools entering the competition, the team from Armthorpe finished 20th in the final out of 38 - the third year in a row the three lads had made it to that stage. Their best performance was eighth in 2009.

But with the boys set to leave school this year, their PE teacher Lee Johnson now has a fresh challenge - finding replacements to step into their crash helmets next year! Lee said: “Our team are very keen on karting and their parents support them a lot in what they do.

“They are really good. Obviously we don’t really get to see their karting ability in school very much because of the facilities that would need. But they drive impressive little karts at fast speeds.

“You have your heart in your mouth when you watch them. It is real thrills and spills.

“It is their last year this year, but we are looking at maybe bringing in Daniel and a couple of others next year to continue in the competition.”

In the drivers, each driver takes part in two races, with six races for the team. Their starting positions are averaged out, so the teams have equal chances of scoring points.

The points are awarded on the basis of 38 points for the winner of each race, 37 for second place, which continues until there is one point for last place.

Mr Johnson is now looking at how he can replace the successful team the school has had.

Anthony’s younger brother Daniel is a possible candidate as he is following his brother’s example in taking up the sport.