A 10-YEAR-OLD Tadley boy has announced his name in the world of motorsport by winning a race in the national Electric Go Kart Championship run by automotive engineers Rob Smedley.

Trevelyan Sansom, who started racing less than a year ago, won the race at the Winter Championship of Total Karting Zero.

A Year 8 student of Garlands School in Burghfield, Trevelyan comes from a family of motorsport enthusiasts.

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His dad Kevin said both he and his wife are fans of racing, while his dad David had raced Formula Ford and marshalled at many F1 Grand Prix events in the 60s and 70s.

“I used to go to lots of race meetings with my dad and enjoyed some quality time on the track on two wheels in the early 2000s,” Kevin said.

“Motor racing has been a huge part of Trevelyan’s life too as it has always been something my wife and I enjoyed,” Kevin said.

“We go to racing events often and watch it on television.”

Trevelyan made his big step into karting when Kevin asked him if he would like to give it a go.

“He absolutely fell in love with it,” Kevin said.

“He is very passionate about his racing. He enjoys the thrill of the speed it offers, but also the challenge of racing fair and safely at all times and the fun we have as a family at weekends away and making new friends.”

Basingstoke Gazette: Trevelyan Sanson competing in the raceTrevelyan Sanson competing in the race

Trevelyan’s first race was at Total Karting Zero, where he had some hard lessons with a variety of finishes.

He was aiming for a top-eight place in the championship when his thumb broke in an accident at school and he couldn't compete in the last round.

Having not sat in a Kart since September, Trevelyan returned to racing last week and he achieved his best results.

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He followed up a fifth place in the first race with a second place in the second race and won his first-ever race in the final race.

Trevelyan is now looking to build on his experience and the recent success and get more wins at the summer championship.

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