Young race ace Jack earns himself deal as karting works driver

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HOT Sussex racing prospect Jack Bartholomew has landed himself a deal as a karting works driver.

Last month Priory School pupil Jack, 12, became the works driver for Zanardi UK and as a result he is given his own race karts.

His first outing on the Zanardi was at Kimbolton, near Huntingdon, where he won all three heats and came second in the final.

The following week at Shenington, near Oxford, Jack won two heats, came fifth in heat three and went on to win the final, his first outright win on the Zanardi.

After that, he and his mum and dad Anne and Chris travelled to Wigan for the second round of Formula Kart Stars (a British Championship), where he scored fourth in the points table over the whole weekend.

On the 11/12th June, Jack competed in the East Anglia Trophy meeting at Kimbolton, qualifying on the Saturday in pole position on a dry track, then went on to gain a second place and a win in the first two heats, also in the dry.

On the Sunday it rained heavily, he won the pre-final comfortably and in the grand final, he finished first, a clear six seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

His dad Chris said: “It was great to see that Jack is equally quick in both wet and dry conditions.”