Scots teenager wins karting World titleposted in OTHER25 | 09 | 2017

    TEENAGER DEXTER PATTERSON has become Scotland’s first Karting World Champion, achieving something fellow Scots racers David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti, Allan McNish and Paul di Resta never achieved.

    Patterson — the 14-year-old from Bothwell, and piloting his 80mph 125cc kart — dominated the CIK-FIA World Junior Championship at Lincoln, to win the event which saw 93 drivers from 30 countries compete for the biggest trophy in world karting.

    Acknowledged as the ‘karting route to Formula 1’, Patterson follows in the footsteps of current Red Bull F1 racer Max Verstappen, a previous winner of the title.

    “I’m still a bit overwhelmed,” Patterson, who was able to celebrate today with a day off from school at Hamilton College, said. “But I’m enjoying taking time to getting used to being world champion.”

    Starting the final from third on the grid, he had eased himself into the lead by the end of the opening lap, before dropping back to fourth.

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    But a series of impressive laps, including the fastest lap of the race, saw him head the pack again and the talented young Scot controlled the race ahead of his Forza Racing team-mate Chris Lulham.

    “I could see that he was quite fast, but once I managed to get ahead of him, I knew I had the pace and race craft to keep him behind me to the chequered flag,” Patterson (pictured below with SMRC President Allan McNish) continued.

    “Being world champion is something I’ve always dreamed about. After the heats, I knew I had a good chance, so I just made sure I kept my head under control and went out and delivered.”

    Patterson, a former British Champion and winner of the Formula Kart Stars, began karting aged six.

    “Dexter’s been something of a natural since he jumped into a kart for the first time when he was six,” proud dad, Roddy Patterson, explained.

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    “I bought a kart for myself from Paul di Resta’s dad, Louis. I’d only been on-track in it twice before I offered Dexter a chance to drive it. That was the last time I ever sat in a kart.

    “Since then it’s been about doing everything to maximise Dexter’s chances of becoming world champion.”

    Patterson’s achievements also brought praise from Iain Brown, owner of Cambuslang Karting, where the youngster developed his early skills.

    “Dexter’s always had the talent to do something special,” Brown stated, “and winning the world championship at his first attempt merely confirms the potential and ability he has to make it at the highest grade.”

    The young Scot will officially receive his world championship trophy at a star-studded award ceremony, attended by the world’s leading F1 and sportscar racers, in Milan.

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    Jim McGill

    Photographs by Kartpix

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