Frankie wants to emulate hero Jenson Button with kart titles

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Leighton Buzzard may have found it’s own answer to Jenson Button in the form of go kart ace Frankie Joy-Young.

He may only be seven-years-old, but Frankie is already taking the kart scene by storm, impressing at each new circuit he visits.

A life-long F1 fan, Frankie first hopped in a kart at his birthday party in Milton Keynes, and instantly showed promise.

After a few more visits, his skills were shining through, and it was time to get him his own kart.

Now a regular at Stretton, only mechanical failures have hampered his charge towards the top of the championship standings.

“He keeps surprising us,” said dad Russell, himself a kart mechanic. “Unfortunately we’ve had a few mechanical failures, but he looked like a boy possessed when he was driving angry!

“He’s beginning to understand why the kart does certain things, and can give me good feedback. He’s learning and improving all the time.”

Last weekend was the opening round of the MSA Zip Kart series in Wales - Frankie’s debut against the best karters in the country at his level.

For Russell, he believes a top half finish would be excellent for Frankie at the first attempt, before mounting a more serious challenge for the title in the future.

“I think he can win at Stretton, but I think a top half finish for him would be incredible in his first season.

“It’s the right place for him to get noticed by the top teams. The F1 of the karting world are there, and they know what they’re looking for.

“We’ve already had people comment on his talents, so we’ll see where it goes.

“Obviously he wants to go into F1 like his hero Jenson Button.

“But he watches any form of motorsport, and it’s the only thing he wants to do.

But it’s not just Frankie who shows signs of being a world beater, as younger brother Stuie, 6, hit the circuit too.

“Stuie is showing a lot of potential too,” Russell added. “He just loves to go out there and have a good time.”