Mildenhall karting ace Aaron O'Toole targets more trophies to add to his ever-growing collection
Mildenhall’s Aaron O’Toole will be hoping to add to his ever-growing collection of trophies when he competes in two championships this season, writes Alex Moss.
The 11-year-old has racked up 46 trophies over the last three years, with 29 of those being from race wins, and is now aiming for more success in 2019.
This past weekend the St Mary’s School pupil won the overall championship in the Honda Cadet GX160 class at Stretton Circuit Kart Club, in Leicestershire.
Having missed two of the rounds in the year-long competition, O’Toole needed a clean sweep of victories in the last round to clinch the title, and that is exactly what he did, finishing with 1,539 points overall to finish on top of the final standings.
Grandad Melvin Almond, who is also O’Toole’s mechanic and sponsor, said: “It was very close with another lad and he had to win all three races to do it. He did that, but it was a close call. There was about half a kart in it.
“It rained all day and in the rain anything can happen. In the wet a little clip can spin you out.
“Aaron always goes out and does his best. He’s become a good little driver, but he’s got no cockiness about him.
“His biggest fan is his great grandmother, and there’s lots of local people who keep an interest in how he’s getting on.”
After last weekend’s championship success, O’Toole now turns his attention to the start of a new championship, which starts this Saturday.
The Fulbeck Sprint Series Championship gets under way in Lincolnshire this weekend, with a practice session today, followed by the first round on Sunday.
As well as the Fulbeck series, O’Toole will also be competing in the Shenington Club Championship, in Oxfordshire, which starts on the weekend of March 2-3.
It is a step up in standard for the youngster, but grandad Almond believes O’Toole can continue to impress.
“From my point of view, we always go to win, but if we can get first, second or third in the championships then we’ll have done well,” he said.
“It’s a one-man band with me being the mechanic and the sponsor, and I’m not the richest person in the world.
“There are others who have a lot more backing behind them, but these championships and Fulbeck and Shenington have got the best teams there, so it will be a much harder test.
“But winning the championship at Stretton is the biggest one he’s won so far, and now it will be racing one weekend and then the next weekend at home as we’ve got these two championships.”
O’Toole, who finished fifth in the East Anglian Championship last year, practices at WildTracks, near Newmarket.