The 12-year-old continues to impress against much older competitors
He may only be 12 years of age, but Chase Sharpe has already made a huge name for himself in the world of motorsport. Racing in an EBC-equipped Junior Hot Rod car at the age of just 10, Chase has also competed in karting events for several years.
For 2023, he is taking part in the Junior Pro Kart class of the UK Kart Series, as well as riding his Suzuki RM85 motocross bike at various events. Sharpe’s karts are proudly adorned with EBC Brakes’ Green Kart Pads, which he says give him the advantage he needs under braking.
You can read how his latest round at Oxfordshire’s Shenington Kart Club went below in his father’s own words.
“Round 3 was held at Shenington, one of Chase’s favourite tracks. With a grid of 14 Junior Pro Karts, Chase knew it was going to be a tough race, but as usual, as soon as that helmet went on, he just sent it!
“Qualifying went well, and the heats produced top-five positions, which meant he started the final in P4.
“After a chaotic start, with 14 karters vying for the same piece of tarmac, Chase held position and was setting fast laps. He was finding it hard to get past P5, until he pounced with a couple of laps to go and got P4. With the move made, due to being held up, P1, P2 and P3 were too far down the road to go further. Chase was over the moon. It was made even better due to a driver being disqualified, meaning Chase got P3 and took home a trophy.”
“He amazes me every time he gets out in a kart, as he just has the right racing mentality, when to turn it on and when to hold station and be patient, but with the new Junior Pro Kart class allowing racers to race until the year of their 16th birthday, he is racing against huge young adults. All I kept thinking was how much stronger are their arms, their extra weight and height to wrestle the kart around tight corners. I also forget sometimes that he is 12 years old. The podium picture says it all; they are so tall!
“Unbelievable to watch, I have no nails left! As always, we can’t thank EBC Brakes enough for their continued support. It means we have the best stopping power, making sure Chase gets what he needs to perform the best on track. Thank you. Next round is on 3/4th June.”