Dad took me to an arrive and drive kart track in Cornwall on my 5th birthday it was a track his dad took him to as a boy, called St Eval Kart Circuit. I found driving the kart easy and I was soon attending regular bambino sessions at M4 Karting in Hullavington just down the road from where we live. I did a bit of outdoor karting at Buckmore park and Brands Hatch before I got my very own second hand Cadet Kart and started to go to proper kart tracks around the south of England. Once I was eight and old enough to race I got some sponsorship and bought a new chassis and race engine which was when my racing got very competitive.
The competitiveness and the racing environment, challenging myself to do better all the time, driving fast and obviously that feeling when you win. I have no dislikes what so ever.
I have had a lot of memorable great achievements and special awards but the one that stands out is winning the Motorsport UK British Championships 2020 in the Jnr TKM class, this one means a lot because we worked so hard for it over the years.
To make motorsport a full-time career and to climb the ranks as a driver, ideally staying in open wheeled racing.
I am excited to be joining the Argenti motorsport team this year and racing in senior Rotax on a Kart Republic chassis. I will be competing in the Wera Tools British Kart Championship, The UKC (Ultimate Karting Championship) and hopefully take on a few Euro Trophy rounds. Later in the year I will hopefully be doing some testing in Formula 4 with the team.
Jenson Button, because I always looked up to him throughout my childhood and I was gutted when he announced that he was going to retire back in 2016. I like how he came from a similar background to myself and still made his way up through the ranks.
Less classes, ideally one class for each age group so that the grids were bigger and the whole sport was more aligned. It would make the sport more competitive and it would show true racing talent.
GYG because of the constant turns and little straights. I like the constant attention you have to give when racing at this track because you have very little time to think due to the constant tight and twisty corners.
Yes Karting gave me a confidence I didn’t know I had and has enabled me to concentrate better with everything I put my mind to including discipline, which has helped me to balance my school work and my racing. Its also gives me something to look forward to every weekend when the school days are hard.
As a youngster I always wanted to race karts / cars but I didn’t know who to go about it. I used to take every opportunity to go indoor karting and picked up a few trophies for that and did own my own 100cc nation Kart for a while but only message around on private property.
It wasn’t until Louis showed his natural driving talent at the age of 5 that I started to look into it and had to learn everything from scratch. Once we made the move to outdoor karting we found a lot of people were very helpful and over the years have helped others into the sport.
Karting has had a profound effect on Louis and all good. As a lad at primary school, he was quite quiet and lacked confidence in a group. Once he started karting and had to mix with bigger lads it really brought him out of his shell and his confidence grew and grew. It has also shown him that things do not always go your way and taught him how to deal with disappointment and that perseverance and commitment pays off.
I have learnt a lot about 2 stroke engines as I have never had anything to do with them in the past. I now have a wealth of knowledge around kart setups which enables me to share information with other and give them support.
I have certainly learnt that silly mistakes can be the difference between winning and losing, along with how best to take things on the chin when things seem to be working against you.
I hope that our commitment as a whole family has set him on a path for a career in something he loves. It would be fantastic to see him go through the ranks to F1 but we have to be realistic and as an everyday hard working family we know that we need some form of miracle in terms of sponsorship to achieve this.
If Louis’ doesn’t make it as a driver the we hope he will find another are of the sport in which to succeed.