Stratford karter Lucas Blantford backed by Bidford team Power Maxed Racing
KARTER Lucas Blantford has described his new partnership with Bidford-based Power Maxed Racing as an “opportunity of a lifetime”.
The 12-year-old will be undertaking his first full year in the British Kart Championship with Zip Kart after making an impression with team boss Earl Panagi last year.
Last year saw Blantford’s first year in karting, and despite only racing four rounds of the IKR Shenington Championship, the Stratford youngster narrowly missed out on second place overall, bagging a third place trophy for his efforts.
Blantford was also one of only two drivers to win all his competitive heats and final race on the same day.
The rising star’s long-term plans have seen him strike a partnership with PMR and team manager Martin Broadhurst, who are looking to develop the driver both on and off the track.
The aim is to introduce Blantford to the Ginetta Junior paddock once he turns 14, although his eyes remain firmly on the top step of the British Touring Car Championship ladder.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I feel very lucky and privileged to join such a successful race team as Power Maxed Racing,” said Blantford.
“I follow the BTCC with my dad and still cannot believe this is happening – it really is a dream come true.
“I am looking forward to the training I will be given and intend to work hard to fulfil my dream and the belief PMR have in me.”
Broadhurst added: “We are approached by a number of drivers every year but Lucas stood out from the moment we first opened conversations.
“Not only does he have a very obvious natural talent on the track, but he has the drive to succeed off it, and there are very few boys his age who have the wherewithal to look at their future journey and build long-term partnerships now.
“We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.”