A teenager from Dysart has raced away with one of the biggest prizes in British Karting by winning the Scottish Super Series title.
Liam McGill (19), took first spot in the 16 and over category at the fourth time of trying, and said it was something he’d been dreaming of since he was a child.
“I first had a go on a rental car when I was 10 and totally loved it,” he said.
“After that I nagged my dad for ages until I got one when I was 12.
“For the next few years I was just practising on it, we didn’t have the time and money to race, but when I was 16 I started competing properly.”
It was clear from the off that Liam, a machine apprentice at Exxon Mobil at Mossmorran, was a talented driver. He said: “In my first year as a novice I finished in sixth place. The following two years when I was 17 and 18 I finished as runner up but I was always hoping that I would win it. I was starting to think it was a case of always the bridesmaid, never the bride!”
Liam finally broke his hoodoo by finishing first in the Scottish Super Series after collecting the most amount of points
“It’s a competition whereby you accrue points by racing four rounds at each of the four tracks at Golspie, Crail, Banff and Larkhall, so it’s 16 rounds in all.
“If you come top in that it shows that you’re more of a consistent driver. In the Scottish Championships which are due to take place next month, you only race on one track over one weekend.”
Liam said he was confident from the off: “In round one I came out on equal points with another driver so I was in joint first place. We then went to Larkhall where, as well as winning the final, I managed to gain a six point lead in first place.
“Crail was next and after racing there I was 15 points clear.
“The final rounds were held at Banff where I gained one more point so I was 16 points clear. But what happens is that they take off your worst four rounds from the whole series so I ended up winning by 11 points.”
Liam said that winning the championship is something he wasn’t sure he’d ever achieve.
“It’s just brilliant. When I was younger I used to watch the grown up drivers and I remember thinking I’d never be able to get to that speed so it’s a little surreal, but it’s sunk in now and it gives me a lot of confidence going into the Scottish Championships next month.”
Liam is now looking for sponsorship to help take him to the next level.
“My aim is to compete in the British Championships.”