GREAT Eccleston schoolboy William Taylforth is making a big impact on the British karting scene.
Last year the Hodgson High School student was at the wrong end of the top 20 on the national standings, but there has been a major transformation and the young driver is among the best in the country.
He is now a part of the Comer Cadet team Fusion Motorsport, and gained confidence for his British championship campaign by a breakthrough victory in a pre-season meeting at Rowrah in Cumbria.
After that win, William, aged 13, took part in the national Super 1 Series at PF International in Lincolnshire
He finished sixth in the first final and then prepared for the second.
William said: “I fought my way back through, and when the two drivers directly in front of me got tangled up going through the last corner on the last lap, I got the run on both of them and was able to nick fifth right on the line.
“I never gave up”
That dogged persistence and paid off handsomely as William scythed his way back up the order, and for much of the race he was indeed the quickest driver on the track, as a second fastest lap of the weekend bore witness.
Despite crossing the line with two wheels off the circuit as a rival attempted to defend his position at all costs, the newly-turned teenager held his nerve and was classified fifth by a scant two hundredths of a second.
He said: “When I look back at my rookie year in Super 1, I was struggling all the time – and now I’m right up at the front. It was definitely a good first weekend of 2011.”