Great Cornard’s Owen Mills has high hopes of continuing to progress in his promising karting career despite racing with older equipment.
The 16-year-old enjoyed a successful weekend in the Maxxis TKM Festival earlier this month, where he qualified into the elite final while running with a 2012 chassis.
Mills finished 20th in the final held at the Hunts Kart Racing Club in Cambridgeshire, with the former Thomas Gainsborough School pupil showing great courage to catch up and pass several karts after being tagged earlier in the race.
With the teenager set to attend the National College for Motorsport next month to become a race technician, which he hopes will one day lead to work in a Formula One team, mum Becky believes her son’s flourishing karting career has given him the confidence to go out and achieve whatever he puts his mind to.
“He’s never been a very confident person when he was younger, but he’s really blossomed in it,” she said.
“He loves it and it’s all he thinks about. He shows great determination and never gives up while racing.
“All the other lads he races against have got newer stuff while he runs on a chassis which is a few years older.”
Mills’ love for racing started from the age of two when he would sit and watch Formula One with his dad Neil, before starting to race karts as a hobby aged 12.
After enjoying success while racing corporate karts in endurance races, Mills used his savings to buy his own kart and started competing in the Junior TKM Championship from the age of 15.
The teenager uses his pocket money as funds for new tyres and entry fees to races, with mum Becky believing if he had more financial backing he would be able to reach his full potential.
“He’d love to upgrade what he’s got,” she said.
“If he could do that he could then show everyone what he can really do.
“Owen does it on such a low budget, but to do what he’s done so far shows he’s got such a talent.
“He’d love to carry on karting while he can and continue to fund it himself, but at the stage he is at now, sponsorship would enable him to achieve his absolute best. He has the passion and determination to make it to the top.”
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