BEN Wilcox has a need for speed.
Luckily the teenager has got just the hobby for the job.
The 15-year-old South Yorkshire lad has been racing cars for over a year and is already causing a stir on the tracks.
Ben, from near Conisbrough, exploded on to the scene late last season – setting records and fastest lap times in his first few races – and looked set to take fourth in his first ever championship before a bad accident ruled him out.
“It was disappointing,” admits Ben, whose car was rammed in the side by another driver, causing him to lose control and hit the barrier at 90mph.
But Ben will be back on the track soon – he is helping his dad Andy and grandfather Tony build a new car ahead of his next season in April.
Ben is now turning all his attention to the season ahead and, to make things even sweeter, he’s been offered a place at Dearne Valley College to study Motorsports Engineering.
Andy told The Star: “Ben loves motor sports, he’s been obsessed since he was 10 years old, when he started racing carts.
“He graduated to cars when he was 14 and I remember taking him for his racing licence. He’d never driven a car with a gearstick, and within twenty minutes he was whizzing around the racing circuit at 110 miles an hour!”
Ben explained it’s his mum who worries the most, while his dad tends to be more practical.
“The impact of the crash was big and my mum was in pieces,” Ben recalls.
“My dad was worried until he saw me get out, then his head immediately went into practical mode, analysing the cost of what had just happened.”