A 10-year-old kart racer from Mawsley has become the youngest ever to win the ‘best junior driver’ trophy at a national racing event.
Robert Taylor beat 100 other drivers from as far away as Scotland to the title, even though a puncture during the race meant he finished in fourth place overall.
But as the award is presented to the young driver who has shown best performance both on and off the circuit at the East Anglian Kart competition, his all-round talent still stood out.
The Mawsley Primary School pupil has been karting since he was five years old and first broke records when, at seven, he was the youngest driver ever to be allowed to drive on the main track at Daytona in Milton Keynes.
Now, he is taking part in two racing championships and is currently third at the Kart Club in Kimbolton and fourth at the Whilton Mill Kart Club in Daventry.
Steven Taylor, Robert’s father, said: “We are always proud of him.
“He is showing lots of confidence in his driving while still doing well at school, which is important as there is lots of physics and science involved in the sport.
“Almost as soon as he takes his driving gloves off he puts his mechanic’s gloves on to look after his kart and work out how to make it go faster.”
At eight years old, Robert became the youngest winner of an under-16 Inkart competition at Daytona and was later named Kettering Sports Personality. Earlier this year, he came runner-up in a 2013 Formula 1 competition to find ‘the next Lewis Hamilton’, which involved writing an essay, racing, and being interviewed by the global racing star’s father himself.
Mr Taylor said: “The millions in funds that would be needed for Robert to achieve that goal in the long-term himself are a bit much, but he remains ambitious and is very interested in the mechanical side.
“It won’t be long before he is coaching younger drivers.”