Tom needs cash to get to con­test

Hastings Leader - - News -

Keen young karter Tom Bew­ley is revving to rep­re­sent New Zealand on the world stage — but he can’t make it on tal­ent alone.

He is the youngest Kiwi driver to win an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the 2018 Rok Cup Worlds in Italy next month.

A bat­tler on the track and the ul­ti­mate sports­man off it — 10-year-old Tom needs a sub­stan­tial sum to go up against the best karters on the planet.

KartS­port New Zealand will spon­sor $2500 to­ward travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion and Kart tyres, but get­ting to the event on Oc­to­ber 10-13, will be a $30,000 ex­er­cise.

For the best shot at suc­cess, Tom aims to join a proven and al­ready per­form­ing team — but this will re­quire ex­tra bud­get.

A Givealit­tle page has been set up to help him get there, with $650 raised so far to­ward the trip.

Tom’s had an in­cred­i­ble year al­ready, tak­ing out three national ti­tles — in­clud­ing the New Zealand Rok Cup, national ti­tle [3NZ], and GoldS­tar se­ries.

At the start of the month, he won the Vor­tex Mini Rok class at KartS­port Hawke’s Bay’s Blos­som 50th an­niver­sary.

A Rok Cup fi­nal will be held at the International south Garda Cir­cuit of Lonato, Italy, from Oc­to­ber 10 to 13.

It’s the most awaited event for Rokkers world­wide, with breath­tak­ing races, meet­ings and plenty of adren­a­line.

His dad Dwayne Bew­ley says Tom’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and fo­cus, even in times of com­plete de­spair, has been in­spir­ing to ev­ery­one around him, and helped pro­pel the young­ster one step closer to his goal of com­pet­ing in Europe.

The Hawke’s Bay boy first fell into kart­ing af­ter “giv­ing it a go” when he was six — and from that mo­ment on, he’s de­liv­ered 110 per cent at ev­ery race.

Though still young, he con­tin­u­ally pushes to best he can be — with as­pi­ra­tions to be­come the next Lewis Hamil­ton and drive For­mula One, his dad says.

“Tom has a knack of get­ting to know ev­ery­one, loves to chat and is well liked around the pits.

”Tom needs a big push to cross this international fin­ish line.

“It would be in­cred­i­ble to see the com­mu­nity gather round and make Tom’s dream a re­al­ity — so he can fly the New Zealand flag in an in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive sport.

The funds raised for Tom will help to pay for flights and other travel costs, ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, ship­ping Tom’s kart and equip­ment to Italy, and a sup­port/me­chan­i­cal crew re­quired to race com­pet­i­tively at this event.

■ If you would like to donate, see the Givealit­tle page: givealit­tle.co.nz/ cause/get-tom-to-italy

Tom Bew­ley is aim­ing for the stars as the youngest Kiwi cho­sen to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the 2018 Rok Cup Worlds in Italy next month.

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