Last year’s Honda Cadet Super One Championship saw Lucas Ellingham walk away with 5th place and top Rookie! This year he is back and determined to walk away with the one plate and nothing less! We caught up with him ahead of the first round of Super One at Rissington to find out his thoughts ahead of a potentially big season.
Lucas first started karting when he was 6 years old at PFi with their ‘Racing For Buttons’ scheme. This was originally based at Rowrah and was introduced so that children under the age of 14 could get experience and a taste for karting. He then raced IKR for a couple of years before moving to MSA racing in Honda Cadet.
Last year Lucas competed in Super One for the first time and finished 5th in the championship after some fantastic results including 2nd at the Shenington round!
Speaking about this Lucas said: “It felt amazing finishing 5th, we were only hoping for a top 10 so it was brilliant to get 5th.”
However, explaining why they have chosen to do another year in Honda Cadet Super One, Lucas also said “5th was good, but 1st is better, this year we’re aiming for the win.”
There are some big names in Honda Cadet Super One this year, including the likes of last years Vice Champion Oliver Bearman along with other seeded drivers, Archie Brown (7) and James Walker (8). Unsurprisingly Lucas see’s his biggest rival as Bearman and I’m looking forward to seeing the pair go toe to toe throughout the season along with some of the other big players in the class.
Lucas has stayed with Global Karting again for this season and believes his teammates (Ivan Lomliev, Joshua McLean and Luke Watts) will also be his rivals as everyone is chasing that title! That said there’s nothing better than having some good teammates around you, to work with in a race or trade data and setups. That should certainly work in Ellingham’s favour this year.
When talking about the 2017 Calendar, Lucas told us he is looking forward to Clay Pigeon the most as it is the only track he has been to twice and won both times. “The tracks I am feeling the most positive about and think I could win at are Clay Pigeon, PFI and Larkhall.”
“Im not, not looking forward to any of the rounds, I feel like I am strong at all of them, I couldn’t single one out – I enjoy all of the tracks on the calendar and Im excited to race at them all.”
Lucas has been very strong recently which is a great start to the season! He has finished in the top three at almost every race weekend he has competed in since the new year. He has also already won a super competitive TVKC Winter Series. It would mean everything to him to win this year and judging by his results last year and his progress this year, he is definitely a title contender!
Events he will also be attending this year are:
- O-plate – Buckmore Park
- E-plate – Shenington
- Kartmasters – PFi
- Various club championships including TVKC Summer championship
We asked Lucas if he has an plans yet for 2018 and although he is uncertain, there is the possibility of Junior X30 as thats the class that seems to be in the limelight at the moment, or Junior TKM, maybe test with someone else already in that class.
Lucas’s Dad – Ralph Ellingham added
“Ever since Lucas’ first foray into karting he has shown a passion and now looking back it’s rewarding to see how his dedication and hard work have brought him to where he is now. He has always set his sights on contending for the Super One Honda Cadet title and this year, our last in cadets, he looks to be peaking at the right time. Since the new year he has been at the sharp end of every meeting he has attended which I put down not only to having refined the required level of driving skills and race-craft but also showing his strong mental state. We are looking forward to the upcoming Super One Series and hope that all the work will pay dividends, in a few months and 7 meetings we will find out, but whatever the outcome I am sure he will give 100% and we will end the year feeling proud of his achievements.”
“Looking to the future, next year is undecided as yet but if it were up to Lucas it would be a move to X30 or OK I would guess but let’s get this year out of the way and go from there.”
Rissington will be the first round of Super One for Honda Cadet and Lucas is feeling excited and confident, especially after coming 2nd there last weekend. There’s no doubt he’ll be looking to repeat that result this weekend with an aim to go on and win the title.
5 words to describe yourself?
4 favourite tracks?
- Clay Pigeon
3 drivers that have inspired you?
- Mike Spencer
- Lewis Hamilton
- Valentino Rossi
2 memorable moments in your career?
- First ever win -IKR
- First ever Super One podium
1 goal for the future?
- To become a Formula racing driver
Written by Bethanie Lawson
Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & Stu Stretton