Romford schoolboy Matt makes his mark
PUBLISHED: 09:49 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:49 22 April 2016
Youngster breaks karting records
Romford’s Matthew Luff has maintained his excellent form on the track in recent weeks.
The reigning SODI world karting champion, continues to excel and smashed two track lap records at Kent’s Buckmore Park and Suffolk’s Ellough Park circuits recently.
Buckmore Park is the venue where the likes of Formula One world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button honed their craft in the early stages of their careers, along with fellow F1 driver Johnny Herbert of Brentwood.
Luff broke the old lap record last month and then surpassed his own new lap record at the weekend achieving a lap time of 48.880 seconds.
“The record has stood at 49 something for more than a couple of years until last month when Matt knocked a couple of tenths off it,” said Buckmore Park’s senior race director Alan Wood.
“I didn’t think I would see a sub-49 second lap anytime soon, it really was most impressive.”
Luff also visited the Ellough Park track earlier this month and easily smashed their lap record having never driven at the circuit before.
The JDR karting team, based in Northampton, have just invited Luff to race for their team in one of their new MS karts and owner Jack Dex, who spotted the youngster racing as a novice at the Kimbolton circuit in Huntingdon, said: “Matt is phenomenal, I had to go and check he was a novice!”
Luff is also one third of the Brentwood Banta endurance team who are currently ranked first in the UK and 12th in the world after only three rounds of the championship.