A talented young karting enthusiast from Milngavie has won his first competitive motor racing championship outside Scotland.
Liam Kennedy, from Carnock Gardens, has only been competing competitively for the past two years and was taking part in the Northern Karting Federation’s Blue Kart Racing Club Championship in Cumbria where he clinched first place in what he said was a very close race.
The 15-year-old was up against 10 karters from across the UK in the eight minute times race, which had an extra lap added on at the end.
Liam said; “It was quite a close finish. I have won a couple of races in Scotland, but this is the first race I’ve won outside Scotland.”
The karts that Liam uses have 100cc engines in them and cost about £4,500. They are capable of reaching speeds of up to 95mph.
The Douglas Academy pupil’s dad, Ford, said: “We are really proud of what he has done. This race was hosted by the Cumbrian Karting Racing Club (CKRC), who are marking their 50th anniversary this year, so it was good to come away with a trophy.
“Liam has only been racing competitively for two years with his own kart so this win is a real confidence booster for him.
“He has only recently started to enter UK based competitions. His home club is the Motor Sports Association (MSA) approved West of Scotland Karting Club (WSKC) at Larkhall where Liam races regularly with his team Saltire Motorsport. He is currently in second place for his class.”
The youngster is now hoping to follow in the footsteps of his motor racing heroes.
And he is in good company, as famous drivers such as F1’s Paul di Resta and David Coulthard started their racing careers in karts.
Liam added: “I have always been interested in racing and was hooked on the sport ever since first trying it.
“I would like to carry on doing this and can see myself hopefully moving on to cars in the future.”
As far as accidents are concerned Liam has been quite lucky over the past couple of years, adding: “I have written off a few karts, and hurt my ribs, but my protective clothing is quite good.”
Liam competes this weekend at Hooton Park in Cheshire, with his club championships next weekend.