Go-kart tour beckons after chassis, gear theft
HENRY Lake (14) will make a comeback at the Rotax Pro Tour this year, just two years after his go- kart chassis and gear worth $20,000 was stolen.
The Mt Lawley Senior High School student has been selected to compete with the Birel Team in the tour that starts in Melbourne this month.
“It’s an elite tournament with the best drivers in the country and it’s so competitive, it’s very difficult to win,” Henry said.
“Go-karting has low numbers in WA so this is the next step for me and it will help me to develop as a driver.
“My focus this year is to compete in as much of the pro tournament as we can.”
The North Perth teenager’s dad Jonathan will accompany him on the tour for competitors aged 13 to 16, along with their mechanic and coach BD Soutar-Dawson from Flatout Karts.
Jonathan said it would cost about $8000 for flights, accommodation and expenses for each of the seven rounds, so they were seeking sponsorship.
He said that when Henry was not on the track, he was training with Uniswim three times a week and keeping physically fit and healthy.
Henry started racing go- karts aged 10 after developing an interest in cars when he went to the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore in 2009.
Go to www.facebook.com/helphenryrace or call Jonathan on 0419 000 486 to sponsor Henry.
Henry Lake (14) started racing go-karts when he was 10. Picture: Andrew Ritchie