Louth kart racer Lucas makes early season headway

KART racer Lucas Vaus, 11, from Louth had a cracking start to the 2012 kart racing season with a confident win at the LKRC at Fullbeck.

The youngster has now moved up from Cadets to the bigger more powerful 125cc Rotax kart class where he is now competing against older 14-year-olds; these water cooled race tuned engines are capable of speeds in excess of 70mph and produce tremendous levels of grip for the youngsters to contend with.

This was only the second outing Vaus has sat in the new OTK Alonso chassis and within a few laps of the LKRC circuit had the track pretty well dialled in during Saturdays testing.

After the three qualifying heats on Sunday, Vaus put his Alonso kart third on the grid for the long 15 lap final, in heat 1, Vaus recorded a time of 46.62 sec, only .07 sec off breaking the lap record with an average speed of 49.85mph

In the main 15 lap final the top 6 karts eased away from the pack and by lap 4 Vaus took the lead, the front two karts then slowly eased away from the field and built up over a 7.6 second lead.

The last two laps was very close and exciting racing between Vaus and Jordan Falding, 14, from Rotherham who battled until the flag.

Vaus went on to take the win by 0.23 secs and also recorded the fastest lap in the final, Jordan falding finished second and Edward Mawer from Grimsby was third a further 7.6 sec behind.

In January 2012, Vaus signed with S8 Race team from Sheffield is now busying preparing for the 2012 season where he will be competing at various circuits and championships around the UK.