A teenager has put the wheels in motion for a future racing career.
Lewis Davies took to the wheel of his Nissan Micra race care in November 2012 after sitting a driving test for national Autograss – a non-contact motor sport that takes place on an oval track around 400 metres long with up to eight cars at a time.
The 13-year-old, from Dudley, travelled across to Penrith twice a month to take part in events organised by the Solway Autograss Club against youngsters aged 12 to 16.
Since March last year, Lewis has competed in more than 20 race events, including the Cumberland Open last June which attracted over 200 entries and saw the teenager be named Junior Cumberland Champion.
He ended his first year of racing in October by winning the Solway Championship by more than 100 points, was placed fifth overall in the club standings and was the only junior in the top 15.
Lewis’ father Steven said: “He mixes with people of his own age up to 65. He has been recognised all over the north east and is well known for his style of driving and mature attitude towards the sport.
“We’re thankful that Lewis has four main sponsors who help out with car parts and costs, who he meets and keeps informed of his progress.
“Lewis helps me to maintain and repair the Micra doing various repairs on his own and under supervision such as changing tyres, bumpers, car doors, dismantling brakes, changing drive shafts and many more which has given him a good start of a mechanical knowledge as at the moment he would like to leave school and go on to work in the motor industry.”
This year, Lewis is joining the highest class within Autograss racing were he will be driving a Junior buggy which will be a new challenge for him as the buggy requires him to change his driving style.
He will be competing at British and National Championship Level next year amongst juniors up to the age of 17.