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Stetchworth's Charlie Firmin makes impression during his first season in the WildTracks Kart Racing League Championship

Over the last 18 months, Charlie Firmin has transformed from being ‘Captain Slow’ into a ‘little demon’ behind the wheel.

It was back in April 2017 that Firmin first took up motorsport, becoming a member of the Cadet Kart Club at WildTracks in Red Lodge, where he was taught the aspects of racing.

He was tentative at first, but as the months progressed so did the 11-year-old’s ability and confidence.

Charlie Firmin (5509423)
Charlie Firmin (5509423)

And he took that into the 2018 WildTracks Kart Racing League Championship, during which he finished in third position.

His overall points tally across the eight rounds was actually greater than any of his fellow racers, but with competition rules stating that each entrant must drop a round, he slipped a couple of positions.

Nevertheless, dad Mark has said that the Bottisham Village College student was pleased with his debut season.

“Out of fairness they have to drop a round in case some drivers cannot make every meeting, but he would have won had that not been the case,” said Mark.

“When he started he was very nervy and slow – we actually called him Captain Slow!

“But as the year went on he got faster and faster until he was winning the races at the end of sessions.

“We got him his first cart in November 2017 and it has gone on from there.

“Charlie is not overly sporty, but he has turned into a little demon when it comes to racing.

“He is really chuffed with the trophy and is excited about the future.”

Firmin, who lives in Stetchworth, is planning to compete in the same event next year.