Speedy success for go-karting teen

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A teenage Go-Karter from Longside has won a Scottish Championship and taken place in a competition broadcast on Sky Sports.

Shaun Davidson, 15, won the Scottish Championship in the Junior Max section and also took place in the Formula Kart Stars Championship which is backed by Formula 1 management and shown on Sky Sports.

Shaun took third place in the series and was presented with his trophy by former F1 driver Johnny Herbert.

Shaun said: “It was a really good achievement because there was 20 in the finals and at the start of it i wasn’t fit for it.”

The Mintlaw Academy student started Go-Karting when he was 10 after his friend got one and the two children used to race each other.

As he became older Shaun moved up the levels and has been competing for the last two years after “trying very hard to get down to the weight.”

With a Scottish championship and a third place finish in the Formula Kart Stars Championship held in England under his belt the young racer is hoping to improve even more in 2016.

Shaun said: “I’m hoping to do a lot better this year.

“Last year was really a practice because it was the first time I had done really competitive stuff down south.”

The teenager added: “I didn’t really know how fit I had to be.”

Now competing in the winter series Shaun hopes to eventually move into car racing when he is older.

For now though he is concentrating on next season’s Formula Kart Stars Championship - if he can afford to go.

Shaun’s family need to pay £20,000 for the teenager to compete in the racing.

Having placed 3rd in the Championship last season Shaun gets 25%of that price reduced but is still on the lookout for sponsorship to realise so he can realise his go-karting potential.