Mills makes a flying start to new season

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Great Cornard’s Owen Mills made a flying start to his first season at Ellough Park in Beccles last weekend.

The 16-year-old raced in the Ellough Park Kart Club Championship for the first time on Saturday, and qualified in pole position in his Junior TKM class.

After finishing second and third in the two heats, Mills ended up in third place in the final, and will be hoping to make even more progress having ended 2015 on a high.

Mills finished seventh in the Junior TKM Championship at Hunts Kart Racing Club (HKRC), and that was despite missing two rounds and racing with older equipment.

“There was a round every month, but I missed two through our budget,” the former Thomas Gainsborough School pupil said. “To finish seventh was a great achievement.

“The plan is to do another year in the juniors, so I’ll be racing in the Ellough Park Championship this year.

“It is similar in that it runs for 12 months. I missed the first round, so winning the championship won’t be the target.

“I just want to get some good results so I can put my name out there. I can only plan for a few months ahead because of our budget so whenever I do race I’ll be trying to do the best I can.”

Mills completed 10 of the 12 rounds of the HKRC Junior TKM Championship with his 2012 chassis, and finished on an impressive 794 points.

Jordan-Lee Chapman won the championship with 1,226 points, while the projected points tally for Mills if he had been able to take part in all of the rounds would have seen him finish in fourth spot.

The Great Cornard ace ended last year on a high by being selected as the HKRC’s Junior Sportsman of the Year, an award he collected at the club’s presentation evening held in Bedfordshire last month.

Away from his flourishing career on the track, the teenager finished with a distinction on his course at the National College for Motorsport.

Mills has since started an apprenticeship with Race Car Consultants in Elmsett, near Ipswich, which he will be continuing full time this month.