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Avon Valley Student is double karting champion

Steve Carpenter 15th Apr, 2017 Updated: 18th Apr, 2017

KARTING: A STUDENT from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College has recently become a double go-karting champion after winning the Summer 2016 and Winter 2017 championships.

In the summer Ellis Bourchier, aged 12, won the 2016 Whilton Mill Junior Championship. More recently Ellis added to his impressive trophy collection by winning the Winter 2017 Championship making him a double champion.

Ellis, who was tutored by Dan Patterson and the Junior club, competed in both championships at Whilton Mill Junior Kart Club which is based in Northamptonshire and is one of the most established kart racing clubs in the UK.

He won both championships while driving a Honda Cadet go kart which has a 60cc engine and can reach speeds of up to 40mph. Since winning his latest award Ellis has moved on to drive a Iame Gazelle Cadet go kart which has a top speed of up to 60mph and has now joined Vital Motorsport and is looking to enter into the Whilton Mill Kart Club Racing events.

Year 7 student said: “The races were very exciting. I took go-karting up as a hobby and it was a real thrill, and surprise, to win both championships.”

Ellis’ mum, Angela Bourchier, said: “We are very, very proud of Ellis who started racing aged eight and has moved from novice to double champion in just four years.

“He is now working towards is karting license which will allow him to compete nationally, and maybe even internationally.”

Alison Davies, headteacher at the school, added: “It is always nice to be able to celebrate success whether it be in school or out of school. Well done to Ellis who has made incredible progress with his go karting. He should be very proud of his achievements.”

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