Young racing driver from Lewes aiming for Formula One
PUBLISHED: 11:32 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:32 16 October 2015
Sixteen-year-old Jack Bartholomew from Lewes aims to become a Formula One driver
Jack Bartholomew first developed a taste for speed as a nine-year-old while on holiday with his family. Weary of building sandcastles, he was attracted by the noise and excitement of a go-karting circuit and persuaded his parents to let him have a try. Immediately getting the hang of it, he impressed both onlookers and the track owners with his evident natural talent.
That was the beginning of a high-octane journey for the young man from Lewes, who has spent much of the last seven years in a go-kart whizzing through chicanes and around hairpin bends, picking up over 100 trophies on the way. High on his list of achievements are two Lewis Hamilton True Grit awards. In his final year of karting, Jack was the youngest driver ever to win the British Kart Grand Prix. He was also Vice Champion in the Super One British Karting Championship and fifth in the Senior Rotax World Championship in Spain.
Now 16, Jack recently graduated from go-karts and signed for title-winning Lanan Racing, for whom he will compete in the DUO BRDC Formula Four championship. He certainly got away to a fast start with his new team when finishing fourth on his debut.
More good news has come in the form of a sponsorship deal. Richard Skinner, Commercial Director at Chandlers Builders Supplies, explains: “We fully appreciate the challenges that many young sportsmen and women face, so we are pleased to support Jack. Many top racing drivers began racing karts and we firmly believe that Jack is one to watch for the future; we wish him every success.”
Having just finished his GCSEs at Priory School in Lewes, Jack has begun work as an apprentice electrician, which will fit around his racing. His ultimate goal is to follow in the successful skid marks of Lewis Hamilton and become a F1 driver. “I am determined to pursue my dream of becoming a professional racing driver, and I am very grateful to Chandlers for the sponsorship to help me achieve my goals. This is my first Formula 4 season and I’m pleased with the start I’ve made. My short term aim is to win this championship and in the future, like many of my peers, I would like to graduate to Formula One or GT Racing.”
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