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Is this the past, present and future of motor racing all rolled into one?

  • Teen racing star Bobby gets dream photo opportunity
  • Senna, Hamilton, Thompson?

It is said that a photograph says a thousand words but can a single image encapsulate the entire history of a sport? Aspiring sixteen year-old racing driver Bobby Thompson certainly hopes so.

Hornchurch based Bobby is certainly no Essex boy racer. In fact he is one of Britain’s most highly regarded driving talents with a room full of trophies to prove it and a list of accomplishments that would make many seasoned professionals blush.

And now, thanks to the Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton supported Formula Kart Stars Championship, Bobby has a photo that may just show the past, present and future of motorsport in one single frame.

One of Britain’s leading kart racers since the age of eight, Bobby has now reached the end of his junior karting career and in 2012 juggled his most important school year off the track with his most successful season on it.

Three national race victories in the ultra competitive 75mph Junior Rotax class in the same kart series that helped launch the careers of current F1 Superstars Lewis Hamilton and Paul Di Resta helped Bobby finish third in the final standings, although a 100 point penalty for contact with a rival at Larkhall in Scotland cost him the overall championship.

Victory in the Trent Valley Kart Club Winter Series helped push Bobby’s win total for the year towards double figures but it was Bobby’s decision to begin racing in the Junior Ford Fiesta saloon car championship for 16-17 year olds that was the key to the famous photo opportunity.

At the behest of the FKS Championship organisers Bobby, who supports the Caudwell Children’s Charity through his racing activities, was asked to bring his self-prepared Fiesta to the final round of the championship at Whilton Mill in Daventry where they were putting on a display of famous cars for the young drivers to enjoy.

Nestled between Lewis Hamilton’s 2009 McLaren-Mercedes and the late Ayrton Senna’s 1986 1400bhp Lotus-Renault, Bobby’s Fiesta may look somewhat out of place but, in his final race in the series, the FKS organisers insisted on placing his car centre stage as a mark of respect to his achievements in kart racing and the efforts that go with it.

“It was a huge honour to be asked to bring my car to the display,” said Bobby, who has just been accepted onto the prestigious MSA Academy for Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence. “Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna are my heroes and they represent the past and present in motor racing. I hope to be the future.”

Not only has Bobby excelled in karting, he also has several top five finishes in the Junior Ford Fiesta Championship despite being a car racing novice. In 2012 Bobby has also earned a place on the Formula BMW Talent Cup scholarship shootout at Brands Hatch, a race drive in the burgeoning Smart 4-Two Cup, also at Brands as well as test drives in a Ginetta G40 sportscar with the Silverstone Race Academy and leading sportscar team Hillspeed Racing.

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