TEENAGE kart racing prospect, Aaron ‘Azzy’ Charles, got the opposition hot under the collar at the weekend’s freezing showdown at the Rye House circuit in Hoddesdon
The 15-year-old Thomas Clarkson student, from Parson Drove, was the youngest driver on the grid yet still claimed an excellent victory
He was on the pace all day on the Saturday practice in very wet, cold and slippery conditions; the Sunday race day saw the weather improve slightly but it was still bitterly cold with the track very greasy for the off,
Aaron took a steady second place in his first heat on his 125cc Rotax Senior Max kart with the engine supplied by Grice Racing from Essex.
After changing to slick tyres, Aaron had an excellent run in the kart in the second heat moving from 11th on the grid to finish second, In the third heat he moved up from eighth to finish third where he sat knowing he had pole position for the final.
Keith Appleyard the team helper and mechanic and dad Mic Charles meticulously prepared the kart for the final as Rye House is the home of Newkart the supplier of the Octane RH1 chassis Aaron runs on, the kart also supplied free to Aaron by Nick Jest and Josh O’Malley being their No.1 charger,
In the final Aaron was half-way round the first corner when he took a massive shunt from behind, but managed to scramble back to third by the first hairpin.
At the second hairpin the new leader went spinning and with second place driver and Aaron narrowly missing him, the fourth place man went past all three.
Aaron kept his cool and quickly went through to second, but was a bit of a way behind the leader, However he got his head down and with four laps to go moved into the lead with a stunning pass on a bit of wet track and then opened a gap to take the victory.
Aaron said: “It was a bit manic but I didn’t panic as I knew the kart was good and the engine was ballistic. I knew I could bring it home for the team,”
Aaron now has his last battle of the year this weekend at the Kimbolton circuit near Huntingdon where he is leading the Senior Max Championship in his first year in the class.
n Pictured right: 15-year-old Aaron ‘Azzy’ Charles relaxes before his next race.