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Tison aiming to sign off in style

PUBLISHED: 15:55 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG KARTING star Kieran Tison is aiming to deliver a knockout blow to his title rivals in the final race of the Buckmore Park Junior Club championship later this month. The Wapping-based teenager rose to the top of the championship standing

By JONATHAN CLEGG

KARTING star Kieran Tison is aiming to deliver a knockout blow to his title rivals in the final race of the Buckmore Park Junior Club championship later this month.

The Wapping-based teenager rose to the top of the championship standings following another podium finish in the penultimate race of the season last month and takes a two-point lead into the final round of the series.

Tison overcame a string of bad grid positions to finish third in the main race at the prestigious Maidstone circuit, moving ahead of main rival Jesse Chamberlain and setting up a thrilling finish when the championship reaches its climax on October 30.

Now the 16-year-old is aiming to clinch the Junior Club title at the track where Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson first burst on to the scene.

"The final round is going to be really good - a real nail-biter," said Tison's uncle Joe, who has supported his nephew during a stunning introduction to motorsport.

"He was in second place in the standings before the last race but he's moved up again and he's now two points ahead of Jesse in the standings.

"Whoever does well in the heats will probably go on and win the championship."

If Tison can maintain his advantage at the top of the drivers' championships, it will represent another remarkable triumph for the talented youngster, who had never sat behind the wheel of a kart until last year.

Since first taking to the track at Mile End's Revolution circuit 12 months ago, he has scooped four major championships and won a string of admirers, who believe Tison can emulate Formula One leader Hamilton by reaching the top in motorsport's biggest competition.

The teenager, who began a course in motorsport engineering at Thames Gateway college in September, has already caught the attention of karting guru Martin Hines, who owns the Zip Kart Young Guns team, which backed Hamilton when he was eight years old.

Tison hopes to make more headlines by winning a fifth four-stroke karting championship later this month - before moving up to the faster two-stroke kart racing next year.

The talented young driver is currently looking for sponsors as he bids to move into two-stroke racing, where speeds can reach 90mph and drivers are required to buy their own karts to compete.

"We're just focusing on getting him in his own kart and hopefully when he gets started in the two-stroke karts, doing testing and getting up to speed, then he can take the next step," his uncle explained.

"We want to get him his own kart and get some sponsorship because that's when he'll get scouted and I don't want his talent to go to waste.

"Two-stroke karting is where you get noticed. He can't do anymore with the hire karts because he's done everything, won everything and some championships he's won them twice.

"He needs to move on. Other people that he used to race and used to beat easily when he started out have moved on with their own karts and it can be frustrating because he's got great natural talent."

l If you would like to help sponsor Kieran, please call Joe Tison on 07933 222232.

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