George aims high
PUBLISHED: 11:29 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010
SCHOOLBOY kart racer George Russell is hoping to emulate his two heroes - his world champion brother plus Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton. Nine-year-old Russell, of Tydd St Giles, won the first Cadet W60 Kart race of 2008 at the fast Three Sisters r
SCHOOLBOY kart racer George Russell is hoping to emulate his two heroes - his world champion brother plus Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton.
Nine-year-old Russell, of Tydd St Giles, won the first Cadet W60 Kart race of 2008 at the fast Three Sisters race circuit in Wigan, Lancashire on Sunday.
Russell, who finished third in the Little Green Man British Championship last year, has moved into the W60 Comer class in a bid to win the Stars of Tomorrow British championship. Hamilton won this prestigious event in 1997.
George's brother, Benjy, 21, became a British karting champion before winning the World Karting Championship in Dubai last year.
This was the Wisbech Grammar student's first time at the Three Sisters circuit, but he quickly got to grips with this fast and technically demanding track, recording the fastest times both in the wet and dry, during Saturday practice.
With overnight rain leaving the track damp and greasy, the kart was set-up accordingly and the three-lap practice went well, again recording the fastest lap.
The track dried rapidly under the early-morning sunshine so slick tyres were required but just as the 31 competitors left the dummy grid it started to rain, making the track exceptionally slippery.
After a good start Russell fell back into the midfield after an error put him on the grass, and he finished 10th.
The second heat again brought set-up problems as the wet track started to dry.
Russell struggled for grip with intermediate tyres but still managed to finish eighth, putting him on grid seven for the final of the 15-lap race.
After settling into sixth place, the youngster quickly charged into second place and by lap three he was chasing down the leader.
Russell took the lead by lap seven and it changed hands several times over the next eight laps, before the youngster managed to regain the lead in a final break to the finish line.