Local go-kart racer William Robinson has displayed his talent once again after winning round one of this year’s Global Karting League’s (GKL) cadet light national championship.

On a wet race day last Sunday, the eight-year-old Robinson displayed calmness and skill behind the wheel far beyond his years to navigate the pouring rain and emerge victorious, as well as securing the bonus points for the fastest lap.

The tricky conditions and slick tyres were a new experience for William, finding the balance between grip on the track and the limits of his kart saw him spin a couple of times in practice, but his qualifying pace was enough to put him pole position.

In pouring rain, Robinson maintained his lead off the line in the final. Totally focused, and on a mission, Robinson extended his lead to 9 seconds by mid-race and was pulling off fastest lap after fastest lap in atrocious wet conditions.

A faultless drive for the rest of the race saw him take the chequered flag for a well-deserved win, a 15 second lead and a maximum scoop of points for round one of the National Championship; a dream start to the GKL National Championship and a very impressive drive from the youngster.

William said: “Driving on slicks in the wet was good fun, but quite hard work too. I’m so happy with my performance and hope I can keep the momentum for the rest of the season”.

His mum also added: “We are astonished by how well William has taken to the step up in the faster paced cadet karts in an experienced field of drivers.

“In his rookie season in cadets, we thought he’d get podiums, but two consecutive podiums for his first two races in the cadet kart, and an awesome win for round one, just shows how much passion and determination he has to succeed, and how much natural talent he has.”

Robinson had already impressed with a podium finish for his first ever cadet race at a one off National 0 Plate Championship last month and this second win in a row and the first in the National Championship leaves Robinson top of the table with eight rounds still to go in the season.

Robinson’s racing journey in motorsport is possible thanks to the existence of GKL UK, whose aim is to make grassroots Motorsport more affordable, however Robinson and his family are always looking for sponsors to help him on his journey to emulate fellow west country drivers Lando Norris and Jensen Button.