Upminster prodigy Louie Cornish hopes to be cream of karting
PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 November 2013
He's only been karting for 18 months, but young prodigy Louie Short is already dreaming of a professional motor racing career.
he Upminster youngster finished fourth in the Whilton Mill Championship this season, building on the promise the 10-year-old has shown in the hotseat so far.
He started karting just a year later than 2008 Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and his stepdad Dean says “he took to it like a duck to water.”
The 43-year-old said: “He’d love to do it professionally when he grows up.
“It’s every boys dream and Louie’s not the only one with it but I honestly believe he’s got the drive and the determination to make it happen.
“And he’s got natural talent.”
Dean and Louie’s mum Justine, a 35-year-old Havering Council employee, are seeking sponsorship for the youngster from local companies so he can compete with his peers.
The cost of taking part in motorsport runs into thousands of pounds a year for children and their families each year and Mr Cornish wants to do everything he can to help his stepson realise his dreams.
The plumbing and heating engineer said: “The three boys who finished ahead of Louie at Whilton Mill all race for teams so have much more money invested in them.
“He did brilliantly to give a good account of himself against them but the best way to get onto a team is to pay the team - then they invest in the kid.
“It’s a double-edged sword, you have to have money to get investment. Realistically Louie needs new tyres for every meeting. That alone is £150 to give you an idea of how expensive it is.”
Louie, who attends Engayne School in Cranham, first became interested in karting when he watched a family friend race in Easter 2012.
His parents took him to Buckmore Park Karting Circuit in Kent to give him some experience to take his Association of Racing Kart Schools (ARKS) licence - necessary to compete in Motor Sports Association races.
Louie got his licence in July last year and he has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Mr Cornish said: “He’s made great strides considering he’s only been doing it a little more than a year.
“At the moment it’s just lad and dad doing it together but it would be brilliant to get him onto a team.
“Any help we get would be amazing because every little helps.”
For information on sponsoring Louie, call 07901 077744 or 07908 189331, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.