Go-kart tour beck­ons after chas­sis, gear theft

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sports -

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

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