BARROW racer Jake Calvert continued his extremely successful rookie year in senior karting by being crowned the Aqua FX100 British champion at Buckmore Park.

The 16-year-old showed he can fight from behind during what was a thrilling final round of the championship in Kent on October 20, which he went into leading by five points in the Aqua FX100 (heavy) division.

Calvert started from eighth on the grid in the first heat, but quickly surged through the field to finish second, but he had to retire from the second due to his front sprocket snapping.

This forced him to start heat three from ninth on the grid, but another quick start got him back in contention and this was where he produced what commentators at the event dubbed the ‘move of the weekend.’

Calvert said: “I came down the hill flat out at around 50mph and managed to go up the inside of the leader right at the last second and went wheel-to-wheel.”

The manoeuvre allowed Calvert to overtake his man and win the heat before he finished first in his class in the final race, where he crossed second overall, to clinch the title.

It continued the teenager’s consistent form throughout the year, with him winning the O Plate at Nutts Corner, Ireland and coming first at Rowrah.

Jake wishes to thank his sponsors Ink’d, Escape to Travel, A&J Automotive, Pete McKinnes – whose son Kieran follows Calvert in support – and Larkin Tool Hire, as well as his family.