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West Norfolk youngster Jenson on track to be latest motorsport star

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West Norfolk has a proud history of producing motor sport stars – and there’s a young ace hoping to join the ranks.

Eight-year-old Jenson Sayell, from Marshland St James, has enjoyed an impressive year on the karting circuit and is looking to replicate the success of local icons such as George Russell and Martin Brundle.

The Bambino kart champion added to his growing trophy cabinet by winning the prestigious London Cup at the Rye House Karting Circuit at the weekend.

Jenson Sayell (53166688)
Jenson Sayell (53166688)

First started back in 1961, the 950 metre circuit is one of the oldest in the country and is famed to have had Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, and BTCC champion Ash Sutton among those to race karts there early in their careers.

Due to the large number of entries qualifying and heats were split into two groups.

Sayell coped well in Saturday’s qualifying event setting fastest times lap after lap to eventually qualify on pole.

The youngster claimed victory in both of his heats and the top six in each group went forward to form the feature race grid with the top three from a B final race completing the field of 15 karts.

All important points from Saturday’s qualifying along with two heat wins gave Sayell maximum points and pole position ahead of last year’s London Cup champion Harper Das.

With live coverage on YouTube, the karts were held on the grid for some time to add to the team’s nerves.

Sayell made a great start in the final and never looked back as he built up a commanding 12.7 second lead over his rivals.

An ecstatic Sayell punched the air as he crossed the flag ahead of Ellis Child and Marley Wordie with defending champion Das eventually finishing fifth.

Jenson’s dad Rob said: “Jenson drove unbelievably well in all track conditions, it was a pleasure to watch his smooth style kart control.

“I had a tear in my eye as he collected his enormous trophy but he thoroughly deserved it.”

Tornado Engines’ Justin Sorial was quick to congratulate Sayell and praise his driving skills, saying: “He’s a great little pilot and it’s a pleasure to be involved with the team.”

Jenson, himself, added: “I’d like to thank my dad and grandad for setting up my kart so well and my mum and nan for supporting me and Tornado for a fast engine. And I love my trophy.”

The team now have the final round of the Fulbeck IKR championship in which Jenson is currently lying second before attending Kart Mania at Silverstone to collect the fifth-place trophy won in the 2021 Super One Championship.

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