SUPER TALENT: Shane White
SHANE WHITE. Remember the name because the Voice of Sport has a feeling he’s here to stay.
White, 14, won the Super-one Series title last year in his rookie season and with the confidence of success under his belt the teenager has targeted winning the karting competition again this year.
Aware that this time around he will have a target on his back, White told the Voice of Sport that he will be training even harder to replicate the form he found in 2016.
“Of course I’m looking to win the title this year,” White enthusastically explained. He added: “I’m ready to give it 110 per cent.
“It (winning) felt good. It gave me confidence for the next season, this year coming up. I worked so hard to get there. You have to be extremely healthy and work out all of the time. I do jogging and upper body weights.
“I’m always training in the kart getting used to different tracks. I’ve got to keep my strength up.”
Pushing White all the way is his father Anthony. Due to the financial costs which Anthony says can reach up to £30,000 a season, a decision was made last year to take the sport seriously.
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Even as a doting dad however Anthony didn’t think his son would end up winning the rookie championship and com- ing fifth overall in his first series in the Superone Series of Karting.
“If he didn’t have the ability I wouldn’t be in the game today, I wouldn’t have let him continue I would have made him to go back to indoor karting for fun,” Anthony insisted.
He continued: “We’ve had to cut back on races this year because its all about budget at the and of the day.
“We’d normally look at 26 races for the year and last year we did 15, just so he could give himself every chance to do well in the Superone Series.
“With all that he has proven himself to me. We nearly didn’t do it last year but he said ‘dad, with Litchfield Motorsport I can bring home silverware’.
“He put a smile back on my face, gone were the days when we would come home from race day with no trophy after spending a lot of money.
“Now we have people looking at and praising my son for his efforts. We have a few people we are talking to about sponsorship, so lets see what happens.”
Having made a strong start to his career White is clear about the way he would like things to go if his wishes came true. He said: “First I would like to get good GCSE grades at school.
Then I would like to be more successful in my karting career and then hopeful Formula One. “Some sponsorship would be nice though, that could help a lot.”