Marham karting prodigy Jacques Morley has his sights firmly set on enhancing his growing reputation after being seeded for this year’s British National Championships.
The 14-year-old – who competes at the highest level of junior karting – was presented with his seeding by F1 driver Paul Di Resta, himself a former European karting champion.
Jacques, who is backed by Influx, the magazine of Adrian Flux, finished 15th of 50 drivers in last year’s KF3 championships after technical problems in the first half of the season left him with ground to make up on the leaders.
But he is hoping to move into the top 10 at least this season with the help of former world karting champion Benjy Russell’s Intrepid UK team, before moving into the KF2 class in 2013.
“I was delighted with 15th and being in a seeded position considering where we were after the first couple of races,” said Jacques, who still harbours a long-term dream of earning an F1 drive.
“The target is stop karting at 18 or before and move into single seaters. It was great to receive my seeding from Paul because he came from karting and it shows what can be done.”
Before that Jacques hopes to earn a place on the Motor Sports Association’s elite driver training programme at Loughborough College when he finishes school next summer.
Gerry Bucke, general manager at Adrian Flux, said: “Jacques is a very determined young man and we’re happy to continue to back local talent like him. It’ll be fascinating to see how far he can go.”
Jacques is looking for additional sponsorship. Local businesses should contact him via his website