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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Barrow karting ace Jake is revved up for racing

REVVED-UP racer Jake Calvert is showing the steely determination needed to succeed in motorsport as he continues to shine on the karting circuit.

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GO GETTER: Kart racer Jake Calvert with Barrow Borough Sports Council chairman Tony Callister (left) and sponsor Dave Kendall, of Kendall Brothers Roofing, who are supporting him for the 2012 season JOE RILEY REF: 50029416B000

The nine-year-old Barrow driver clinched his first win of the season on Sunday, triumphing at Wigan, only a week after flipping his kart in a race in Scotland.

Jake suffered the accident at Ladyhall, near Glasgow, less than a month into his 2012 campaign and spent much of the next week on crutches.

But doctors gave him the okay to race just seven days later, and he showed all his mettle to top the podium in Lancashire in his 50cc Honda kart.

Mum Terri said: “He was taken by ambulance to hospital and they thought he had broken his leg, but it was just soft tissue damage luckily.

“Because race entries have to be in a week before, his race entry for this weekend had already gone in for Wigan before he went to Scotland.

“He had been on crutches all week, so we took him to be checked out by the doctor on Friday for the go-ahead to race. He was poked and prodded and they said he was really lucky and it could have been a lot more serious if he hadn’t been wearing the protection he was wearing.

“He was back in the seat a week after flipping the car and he won. It was a good confidence boost for him to get back out there and win.”

The crash in Scotland was the first serious accident of Jake’s burgeoning career, which sees him race his £5,000 state-of-the-art kart at speeds of up to 60mph against more experienced racers up to three years his senior.

But the youngster has continued to shine, with podium finishes in club races at Rowrah, in West Cumbria and, away from the track, a new sponsorship deal from Kendall Brothers Roofing, of Dalton.

Jake has also received recognition from Barrow Borough Sports Council, with council chair Tony Callister praising his achievements.

He said: “We recognise the achievements Jake has attained so far and we will certainly support him on his future endeavours on his road to being the next Lewis Hamilton. He has gathered a lot of plaudits from influential people within the motorsport world, not just locally but nationally, and we believe that this young lad has a bright future.

“We will support him in any way we can over the coming months to further his career within the pretty much exclusive world of motorsport.”

Jake will continue to race through the year until December, with three weekends every month devoted to the motorsport events.

There will be eight rounds of the Northern Karting Federation Championships across the UK, with club rounds at Rowrah and Wigan thrown in as well.

Dad Stuart added: “Jake is coming along in leaps and bounds.

“He’s racing lads who have been racing for three to four years and the lad who beat him at Rowrah recently only did so by 0.14 seconds and he has been racing for three years, while Jake has only been racing for nine months.”

lAnyone able to help Jake with sponsorship can contact Stuart Calvert on 07773 131157.

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