Thomp­son Jr set for Mini race de­but

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

The teenage son of mul­ti­ple Mini cham­pion Paul Thomp­son will race in the Mini Se7en Cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

Joe Thomp­son, 16, is a com­plete rac­ing novice, hav­ing not con­tested any kart­ing events and might make his de­but in the next round of the cham­pi­onship to help him pre­pare.

“He’s re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” said Paul Thomp­son, who was Se7en cham­pion in 2005 and 2008. “The plan is for him to start prop­erly next year and go from there.

“There’s a lot to learn – it’s not the sort of thing you can just get in and do. He might do the next round at Snet­ter­ton so he’s had a go at a race start and is fa­mil­iar with how it all works.”

The car Thomp­son will race in was driven by Kane Astin at the Mini Fes­ti­val at Oul­ton Park ear­lier this month and took a win and a sec­ond.

“At least we know the car is on the pace as Kane Astin drove it last week,” added Thomp­son Sr.

Astin in Thomp­son’s car

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