A SOUTH Yorkshire go-karting fiend has picked up his first national podium finish in a race backed by Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone.
Luke Whitworth, aged 16, from Wickersley, finished third in the Formula Kart Stars Championship at Three Sisters near Wigan.
The young racer, who attends Wickersley School and Sports College, said: “I dropped down to fourth at one stage, but I was still absolutely determined to finish on the podium, so I tried to stay relaxed and knew I just had to keep my head straight and stay consistent.
“I knew the driver ahead of me in third had a really good engine, so I tried to put him under pressure until he started making a few mistakes.
“I was really happy to finish third.”
He is now seventh in the Formula Kart Stars title standings and heads to Glan Y Gors in North Wales next.