Zach races to the front in the world of karting

A SHAW schoolboy is in full throttle and making a name for himself in the world of karting.

Zach Turner, 11, is looking forward to an exciting season of racing after stepping up to the junior mini max class in the Ultimate Karting Championship.

It came after Royton and Crompton School student Zach last year enjoyed his best campaign to date as he finished third overall in the Cadets Kart Championship for racers aged up to 12.

Zach Turner

Zach has had a remarkable journey in a short space of time after first going to Team Karting, Rochdale, for his eighth birthday and becoming bitten by the sport.

Though Zach is a member of the Sam Pollitt Racing team, his parents Jon and Carly have to fund the racing which costs an estimated £15,000 each year.

And stepping up to a higher class means more expense as Carly explained: “The engine for a cadet kart was about £600 but in the mini max it is £3,000.

“There is the cost of tyres, fuel, replacement engine and parts, race clothing, travel and accommodation.

“There are eight rounds of the championship, and you are talking about £1,200 to cover the costs of each race weekend.”

Zach Turner racing

Dobcross motor parts company K&M Global have given Zach sponsorship and Carly added any small businesses wanting to contribute would be appreciated.

In a bid to cut costs, Jon is currently converting a van into a camper to save on accommodation costs.

Any business wanting to contribute can go to Zach Turner Racing on Facebook or contact Carly on 07971 495259.

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