Who is Gordon Mutch?
Gordon Mutch has had a dream start to the 2016 Super One season.
The 14 year old led the Junior X30 championship leaving Round one at Rissington, before dominating the second at GYG, winning every race!
I caught up with him to find out exactly where he came from, his thoughts on his progress this year and how he’s feeling about the rest of the season.
Gordon, who hails from Lockerbie in Scotland, started racing 7 years ago, he was always really interested in Motorsport and from his first drive in a bambino, he was hooked!
“I couldn’t get my mind off it. I eventually tortured my dad in to getting me a kart which was a Honda Cadet I got it Christmas when I was 7.”
In his first year of karting, Gordon was classified second best in Scotland so at a young age he was already showing high potential.
Super One History
Gordon did his first year of Super One in 2011, he drove in the Honda Cadet class for Ambition Motorsport and says it was a big learning curve and he struggled a lot. However, in 2012, he finished 9th in the Championship and also became Scottish Champion.
In 2013 Gordon switched to the IAME Cadet class. He only competed in four out of the six rounds but had some decent results which left him 29th out of the 46 drivers in the championship standings.
Moving into 2014 Gordon then started to dabble in the Mini Max class entering some rounds of the NKF Championship. He had some positive results and went for a full assault on the series the next year and came out a champion.
This year Gordon is competing in Super One in both Junior X30 and OK Junior.
“OK is a brand new challenge to everyone, a lot of people have become interested in it and a lot of talented drivers have entered so its proving to be a very impressive class.”
He decided to choose Junior X30 at the end of 2015 after doing really well in Mini Max during the 2015 season.
“I wanted to try a new challenge, we knew we could be competitive, so decided to do Super One. We are pushing ourselves to show more of my potential and so far its working. I think there’s still more to come.”
Gordon became interested in the OK Championship after seeing it advertised, he entered with the hope there would be some good entries and thankfully there was. As the OK championship is brand new in the UK, everyone is on the same page which is one of the things Gordon loves about it, everyone is getting confident with the engines and the set up.
“The speed is unbelievable, it’s a proper drivers championship and I think that’s why people like it so much, it brings back the fun in to the sport and the true talent of drivers really shines though. We ran in the engine at Rowrah, I couldn’t believe the pace. My junior OK engine would go round the track faster than a Senior X30, which is outstanding! The fitness levels required to drive constantly for a whole race are very demanding which is something I’ve been working on a lot.”
Speaking about his first two Super One rounds in Junior X30, Gordon knew he was very quick and competitive so was expecting to do well, however there was always going to be tough competition with the likes of Ethan Pitt and Angus Fender among others.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also knew I’d be up there because of the confidence I had. I was overwhelmed and very happy with my result and pace”
“Gordon has been very impressive so far this year and is driving with a great amount of maturity. Between Little Rissington S1 where he led most of the way but not when it counted to Glan Y Gors where he was unstoppable he showed that he has quickly learned how to get the most out of his kart and himself as a driver when the big points are on the line.”
Gordon is definitely feeling very confident towards the rest of the season and thinks there’s still a lot more to come from him in both X30 and OK.
“Were barely half-way through the season and my results are getting better and better. So far its looking very promising. I can’t wait to see the rest of the year unfolds.“
Before the first OK round, Gordon said he felt nervous although his testing was good. He said a lot of people have confidence in him, which helped him and that the support he’s had has been massive.
Speaking after the weekend, Gordon stated “After a though weekend I kept my confidence up for the Final and it paid off with me finishing 6th. Meaning I made up a total of 16 places in one race. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have learnt a lot over the weekend. I look forward to returning to Shenington and will be stronger than before.”
Gordons Dad added:
“I think the decision to change to the Junior X30 class was the right move after winning the NKF. it is a class where the disparity in the engines is very close with no advantages gained even by the biggest teams. Gordie’s fitness has improved a lot over the winter, which has given him a confidence boost and certainly has now given him the edge. We have ran with Andrew Fairley of Clan Racing for the past five years and the stability is also a factor that has, I believe, led to a very relaxed approach with a strong theme of racing respect and sporting behavior.”
Personally I agree that Gordon has a lot more to show, his talent is becoming increasingly more noticeable this year and I think this will continue.
3 things you didn’t know about Gordon Mutch:
- Sport – Very good badminton and good at most racquet sports
- Pre race rituals – always unzip suit when he walks on to the grid
- People are always surprised that he’s been racing 7 years.
5 words to describe yourself
4 of your favourite tracks
- Little Rissington
3 drivers that have inspired you
- Jim Clarke
- Jackie Stuart
- Nicky Lauda
2 memorable moments in your career
- When I got my first kart on Christmas morning 2007.
- Wigan 2012 in honda cadet, in the final, had a huge crash, 3 karts hit me, one flew straight in to my head, I learnt a lot that weekend.
1 goal for the future
- short term – go to world finals this year
- long term- unclear, possibly GT3
Written by Bethanie Lawson
Images courtesy of Stu Stretton & Chris Walker, Kartpix