Tison - the Speed Demon
PUBLISHED: 14:34 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:32 05 October 2010
By JONATHAN CLEGG KARTING sensation Kieran Tison is aiming to follow Lewis Hamilton s slipstream – all the way to Formula One. Teenager Tison has made a stunning start to the sport since he first took to the track at Mile End s Revolution circuit just 12
By JONATHAN CLEGG
KARTING sensation Kieran Tison is aiming to follow Lewis Hamilton's slipstream - all the way to Formula One.
Teenager Tison has made a stunning start to the sport since he first took to the track at Mile End's Revolution circuit just 12 months ago.
The 16-year-old, from Cable Street, Wapping, has won four championships in the past year and is currently lying second in the Junior Club series at the prestigious Buckmore Park, where F1 stars Hamilton, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson first burst onto the scene.
Tison's career is picking up speed and his uncle Joe Tison believes that the talented young driver can emulate Hamilton by reaching the top in motorsport's biggest competition.
"He wants to become an F1 driver and the talent is there," he said. "Lewis is his inspiration and he drives just like Lewis did when he was a kid. Kieran has found what he wants to do in life."
It is a remarkable rise for the talented youngster, who had previously shown little interest in sport and had never sat behind the wheel of a kart until last year.
Within six months, Tison had won two championships and set an all-time lap record for the Mile End circuit.
"Kieran's a very humble kid, very shy and very intelligent," his uncle explained. "He hardly played sport - even when he was young he used to stay inside drawing pictures and playing games.
"But I wanted to get him involved in sport so I took him to Revolution Karting.
"He really enjoyed it and started taking it quite seriously. Within three months he had won a championship."
Tison's success has not gone unnoticed. The teenager, who will begin a course in motorsport engineering at Thames Gateway college in September, has already caught the attention of Martin Hines, who owns the Zip Kart Young Guns team, which backed Hamilton when he was eight years old.
He was recently put through his paces by Zip Kart engineers Luke Hines and Dan Faulkner, who were so impressed that they advised Tison to get his own two-stroke kart and make an immediate step up to the ownership division, where speeds can reach up to 80mph.
"Kieran has masses of raw talent and he's got praise wherever he's driven," said his uncle. "We've been told that the next step is to own our own kart and we're trying to attract some sponsorship because it's very expensive.
"But I'm determined that a lack of finance won't stop him reaching the top. He deserves it because he's grown up without a dad around and he's come through it to be a really great kid.
"He's got what it takes to be the next Lewis Hamilton and I'm going to do everything I can to help him get there."
l If you would like to help sponsor Kieran, please call Joe Tison on 07933 222232.