Lewis looks to repeat success at higher level

TROPHY WINNERS: From left: Nathan Wilson, Lewis Wadley and Jake Gregory picked up their trophies at an awards ceremony this month

TROPHY WINNERS: From left: Nathan Wilson, Lewis Wadley and Jake Gregory picked up their trophies at an awards ceremony this month

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Sudbury karting ace Lewis Wadley is revved up to begin his 2015 season as his 2014 one ended — with silverware in his hands.

The former Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupil is putting in his final preparation before getting back in the driving seat for his first competitive race of the year next weekend when he competes the Junior X-30 — the 120CC MSA machines a step up from his 100CC series — at Whilton Mill, in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

He is fresh from successfully retaining his Beccles Ellough Park Junior TKM Karting crown, having registering back-to-back championships at the Suffolk 
race circuit, and is eager to carry that success in a series which will open up new circuits around the UK through 2015.

In his 31st race of last year — across different classes, Jnr TKM; Jnr Rotax and Jnr X-30, competing at seven different circuits across the UK — the MEL Aviation employee saved his best for last with a clean sweep of maximum points, despite having been confirmed as champion with two meetings remaining.

His 16 podiums across 2014 also saw him add the Junior Rotax Rookie Championship at the challenging Three Sisters circuit at Wigan to his trophy cabinet.

And Wadley’s driving coach, who has seen him progress from an MSA novice through National B to a National A Kart competition licence holder, allowing him to take part in future British Championships, is delighted with how he has developed over the last two years.

It was a good day for the team at the final meeting at Ellough Park as co-team driver Jake Gregory, also from Sudbury, retained his vice champion spot for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, Wadley’s brother Nathan Wilson only competed in three of the 13 rounds, but still managed to secure 10th place overall.

Lewis’ father, Nick Smith, saw his grandson Ethan Wood win the Novice of The Day award in his Honda Cadet.