Rutland kart racer Teddy Wilson battled hard to achieve ninth place in the final round of the WSK Super Masters Series in Italy this month.
Racing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, it marked the South Luffenham 13-year-old’s debut at the 1.7km Circuito Internazionale di Napoli in Sarno as he continues his inaugural season in karting’s European KF Junior (KFJ) category.
“It was my first time driving at Naples International Circuit so I was pretty happy with a top 10 finish. It was my best WSK result yet.
“My confidence increases every time out in KFJ and a podium finish is my goal,” explains Teddy.
After struggling to find a competitive set-up, Teddy qualified in a disappointing 20th place in a 49-strong field of Europe’s best junior drivers. Four very mixed heat results followed, resulting in a 10th place on the grid for the pre-final.
Despite struggling to achieve the pace of his main rivals due to a lack of power, Teddy managed to make up three places to cross the line in seventh.
As a result, the team Strakka Bhai Tech driver started the all-important final in 13th position on the grid.
Reaching speeds of 79 mph at the Sarno karting circuit, one of the longest tracks in Europe, Teddy kept his nerve and drove a strong and consistent race to make up places and finish in ninth.
The next race for Uppingham Community College school pupil Teddy, who is the current MSA British Cadet Karting Champion, will take place in southern Portugal this weekend.
The impressive Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao is the venue for his first leg of the three-round CIK-FIA European KF-Junior Championship.