Hartlepool boy set to compete in same kart race as young Lewis Hamilton
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Eleven-year-old Jack Collinson, from Seaton Carew, is getting ready to take on his first race in the Super One series at the start of August.
It is one of the top karting championships in the UK and Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jason Button have competed in the series.
The milestone comes just over a year after Jack started racing competitively and less than 10 months since he began racing in a petrol kart.
The former Holy Trinity Church of England School pupil is now racing most weekends of the month and is winning pole positions and podiums.
"It's mind-blowing how much the difference is now compared to last year,” said Jack.
"The pace and the speed has gone up massively."
Dad Ste Collinson, 36, has spoken of Jack’s discipline and dedication, with the youngster asking to watch footage of the races back straight after getting off the track to improve his performance.
“He's progressed so much I'd quite confidently say he's one of the quickest carters in the category in the country,” Ste said.
“Since October he's gone from absolutely nowhere to beating some of the quickest kids in the country and becoming actually one of the quickest kids in the country.”
Ste, who runs three businesses in the town, including Juniper Lounge, in Church Street, added: "To see him do overtakes around a track that's pretty difficult to overtake on, it physically moves you.
"The last three months he's just gone vertically with how much progression he's got."
The upcoming Super One race will take place at the youngster’s favourite circuit at Whilton Mill, in Northamptonshire, on August 6 and 7.
Jack added: "I'm a bit nervous, but I'm really excited as well."
Jack, who starts Dyke House School in September, has been a motor sports fan since the age of two, and attended a Formula 1 Grand Prix Race for the first time when he was five.
Ste has previously stressed Jack is well aware of the dangers of the sport.
He told the Mail last year: “Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I’ve shown him pictures of some of the crashes that have happened and he’s still like ‘no, dad, I definitely want to do it.’