As is the case for most companies, we are often asked for money and, where possible and appropriate, we like to share our good fortune – our bigger customers will know this, as we make charitable donations on their behalf each Christmas.
However, when we recently received an email with a letter attached, a personal request from a local 13-year old schoolboy, it was difficult to ignore. We’re sure you’d agree that most 13-year-olds would not have the gumption, the guts, or the drive to do this. He even wanted to come in and see us, show off some of his gear and have a chat about his plans for this year… with his mum of course!
Jack Clarke, from Stockport (not – yet – to be confused with Jack Clarke from Surrey, another racing driver) started around 4 years ago and was immediately hooked, achieving podium finishes from 2018 onwards at BSKC/BIKC (schools and indoor karting) including winning at Three Sisters Cadet School in Wigan, classified as one of the most challenging race circuits in the UK.
Jack now intends to compete in the Club 100 series this year, battling against more experienced drivers up the age of 18.
Jack certainly appears committed, spending a couple of hours a day (around his homework) SIM-racing at home. He also attends Cadet Academy at Trafford Park and even spends time coaching younger (!) drivers. His mum also added that he’s training to be a kids’ football referee so that he can earn some extra funding.
He can be followed on Instagram.
We certainly wish Jack all the best for this year’s competitions and will be following his progress with interest!