Jonny first started karting as a three year old after trying out his elder sister’s Bambino style Tonykart. His first competitive outing was at the PF circuit back in April 2009 when he finished as the highest placed driver on a Bambino kart. Subsequently, he established himself as a front-runner in the Bambino class before upgrading to a 60cc cadet kart in 2011.
Although still too young to compete in official kart events, Jonny has taken part in two non MSA races at Hooton Park, winning both of them. Since then he has been content to run in Saturday practice sessions mainly on his home circuit at Rowrah. So far these have attracted in excess of 30 cadet drivers from all parts of Britain.
“We always make certain that Jonny is running to the correct weight limits even though he might just be taking part in a practice session,” claims his dad, Justin. “He’s still very small and the amount of lead does have an adverse effect on chassis handling. Even so, he’s been able to hold his own and is especially quick in wet conditions. He’s also very adept at moving through traffic. To say that I’ve been impressed with his progress would be an understatement.
Recently Jonny completed 225 laps of the Rowrah circuit covering a distance of 144 miles. His marathon effort succeeded in raising almost £15,000 which will be shared between the West Cumberland Hospital and Freemans Heart Unit in Newcastle where his baby cousin Jorge recently received life saving treatment.