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Collier Row karter taking fast lane to Formula One

PUBLISHED: 17:27 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:27 19 March 2014

Nicholas Reeve with his karting trophies

Nicholas Reeve with his karting trophies

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Young Collier Row karter Nicholas Reeve has his sights firmly set on a career in Formula One - and you wouldn’t put it past him after a scintillating start to his fledgling career.

The 11-year-old first got into the saddle eged six at the Tilbury Go-Kart track in Essex, and took to it like a duck to water, according to his proud mum Cheryl.

The youngster won an impressive four trophies last year and he’s hoping for more success in 2014.

“When he first started karting for fun we thought Nick was alright and he was enjoying himself, which is the most important thing,” said Cheryl. “There was no need for a licence when he first started and it was a case of boys and their toys.

“But within six months it was noticeable that he had real potential. One of the other parents said “your son is so good” and we hadn’t really thought about it up to that point.”

Nicholas, who attends Bower Park Academy in Havering Road, Romford, started racing competitively when he was eight and quickly gained his Motorsport Association licence.

The next logical progression for the budding racing diver is the Super One Series, and the youngster will take part in his first event in the competition next month.

Cheryl, of Ascension Road, said: “There are qualifying and practice rounds which is all a bit new to us, but he’s really looking forward to it. It should be a really good experience.

“He’s improving all the time and has shown a real talent for it, getting better year on year. He just loves his driving.

“Nick gets great feedback at every meeting which really spurs him on. He really wants to be a Formula One driver, or in the British Touring Cars Championship. He’s got so much determination and enthusiasm.

“Although it can be quite scary to watch him speed round the track as a parent. Sometimes I find it very hard to watch but I know deep down that he’s well-supported and incredibly safe.”

Most weekends are now taken up with the whole Reeve family decamping in their motor home and travelling to wherever Nick is competing. This includes his dad Nick, 37, and eight year-old younger brother Kieran.

His school have been generally supportive of his karting but it has been all plain sailing for his family as they try and fund his fledgling racing career.

“It takes over virtually every weekend,” Nicholas’ mum said. “The boys generally fall asleep en route.”

But his competing does not just take a physical toll. It’s not cheap to pursue a career as a racing driver.

“You do need a little bit of money to be successful in motorsport,” said 41-year-old Cheryl.

“For example a new set of tyres costs £135 alone and a race meeting sets you back £100. But it’s totally worth it.

“We wouldn’t say no to a bit of sponsorship though!”

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