Could Zach Knight be the next Lewis Hamilton?
On Friday October 19th, Year 7 Urmston Grammar student Zach took pole position in the final of the Junior International Motor Sports World Championship, held in France. That meant that, going into the race, Zach was effectively Number One in the world. That morning he had triumphed in the pre-final earning himself that pole position.
Sadly, during the actual final, Zach was clipped by one of his fellow competitors, and he was sent spinning into the grass at the trackside. Zach made a spirited recovery, but it was not quite enough, and – out of a field of 34 racers – Zach ultimately took 9th place. That may seem disappointing after his having gained pole position, but it does mean that out of all the millions across the globe aged 8-13, Zach is officially the 9th best in the world!
The motor sports vehicle that Zach was driving was a go-kart. And it was as a young karter that Lewis Hamilton famously began his career. Hamilton has just become World Formula One Champion for the sixth time, and needs just one more championship to equal the best tally ever, currently held by Michael Schumacher. Wouldn’t it be great if Zach could emulate this momentous achievement?
“I practise and compete virtually every weekend on various tracks across Britain,” says Zach. He has recently raced in Lincoln, and he will be participating in the British Championships in June 2020. Still relatively young for the age grouping in which he competes, the future looks very promising for Zach. We will be following his career development with great interest.