Primary school racer pursuing the American dream
A 10-YEAR-OLD boy is taking junior motorsport by storm and dreams of one day racing in America.
When he is not at school, Corben Lord, from Thorney Toll, flies around the track at 90 miles an hour, leaving rivals trailing in his wake.
He only started racing two years ago but he has already achieved impressive results in Minisprint and Jascar, including a second place finish in last year’s British championship.
It is almost certain he will travel to Daytona, USA, next summer to compete in three meetings with the possibility of being spotted by an American team.
He is also due to drive at January’s NEC Autosport International show.
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Corben is a third generation racer, following in his grandfather and father’s footsteps.
They are both mechanics who pride themselves on delivering the car in premium condition for race day.
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Darren Lord, Corben’s father, said his son took to racing instantly,
He said: “We brought him to a race meeting and they brought out a car for him but he was too small for it so they had to make adjustments.
“It was his first time in the car but, once he got behind the wheel, he trounced the competition.
“I’ve never seen anybody race on the track like he does.
Corben hopes to one day emulate Jeff Gordon, his favourite American driver, and race in Nascar.
He has Gordon’s number 24 on his new Jascar, which cost �10,000 and has a top speed of 120 mph.
Closer to home, he has been inspired by Peterborough stock car racer Neil Stimson.
Darren is convinced his son is destined for for successful racing career.
He said: “What he achieves in racing depends on how far he wants to go with it.
“At the minute all he wants to do is race.”