Video: North Walsham teenager Jack, 15, selected for prestigious championship Formula Kart Stars

07:00 24 September 2014

Kart racer Jack Tritton, 15, at Cromer KartTrak.

Kart racer Jack Tritton, 15, at Cromer KartTrak. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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He may still be two years away from taking his driving test, but Jack Tritton is setting off on a motoring journey he hopes could see him follow in the tracks of Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

Norfolk’s motor racing links

Martin Brundle, born in King’s Lynn, began his racing career, aged 12, at a grass racing track at Pott Row. He moved into Formula Three in 1982 and competed in Formula 1 between 1984-96. After racing, he became a commentator. He lives in Gayton.

Ayrton Senna, who died in 1994 during the San Marino Grand Prix, lived in Eaton in the early 1980s, while racing for a locally-based team.

Ralph Firman was born in 1975 in Norwich and educated at Gresham’s School, Holt, between 1988 and 1993. He competed in Formula One in 2003.

The 15-year-old, from Aylsham Road, North Walsham, has been selected by a Silverstone talent scout to take part in next year’s Formula Kart Stars (FKS)

The series is seen as a proving ground for motoring racing stars of the future, and several leading drivers have graduated from its ranks, among them Hamilton, the current Formula 1 championship leader.

He won the first FKS series – which is supported by Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone – in 1996.

Jack, a North Walsham High School student, only caught the racing bug at KartTrak in Cromer in 2012 while at a friend’s birthday.

Kart racer Jack Tritton, 15, at Cromer KartTrak.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYKart racer Jack Tritton, 15, at Cromer KartTrak. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Before then, he had not even been behind the wheel.

He said: “I’m so excited, happy and thankful to everybody who has helped me. It is the best opportunity I’m going to get,” he said.

He has been selected to race in the super junior class against 23 other riders aged 15 and 16.

Between races, drivers receive training, career guidance, media lessons and motorsport education.

Phil Kyte, site manager of KartTrak, said: “When Jack first went round the track his talent was instant. He was flying past everybody.”

His mother, Kate, 41, said: “He always comes off the track with a big grin on his face.”

His father, Darren, 45, is a windows salesman and former professional F1 sidecar racer.

The family need to raise £42,000 and are holding a fund-raising kart race – the Hundred Man Grand Prix – on November 2 at KartTrak from 9am. A children’s grand prix will also be held at KartTrak on November 9 from 1.30pm.

Email or call KartTrak on 01263 512649 to get involved or to support Jack.

To see a video of Jack racing visit

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