ASHINGTON’S SB Racing Team is back on track in the 2011 karting season.
Their cadet driver Daniel Spicer, aged eight, who has only been driving for three months and competes locally in the Karting North East Cadet Championship and the Teesside Karting Cadet Championship, received a stark reminder that motorsport can be dangerous.
In his first ever race meeting at Warden Law Motorsport Centre with weather conditions being good, dry and fine, and due to no fault of his own, Spicer experienced a bad collision after only 51 seconds of qualifying.
To his credit and bravery, and after a visit to hospital, he returned to the circuit to carry on racing, completing heats two and three and then in the final finished a credible eighth out of 11.
Then at an evening race meeting at Teesside Autodrome, he again held his own to take eighth place.
SB Racing Team’s senior driver Darren Brown, 24, competes locally in the Karting North East Championship, further afield in the Cumbria KRC Club Championship but also nationally in the prestigious MSA Northern Karting Federation (NKF) Championship, which will see the team travelling across the UK (Scotland, Manchester, Nottingham, Ellesmere Port, North Wales).
At Warden Law, Brown had an exceptional start, finishing third in heats one and two but then whilst in fourth in heat three he thought he had been black flagged, momentarily left the track to be told it was not him and after losing precious time and places could only manage to finish 15th.
Even though still annoyed at himself and at starting the final near the back of the grid, he showed excellent driving skills to move up and finish the final in tenth out of 18.
At Rowrah (Cumbria), where due to being classed as a novice he needed to start all races from the back of the grid, the handicap did not stop him finishing seventh out of 14 starters in the final.