Young Archie Carter, aged just 10, made history at Wombwell last weekend in the South Yorkshire Kart Club annual ‘W’ plate meeting. The Honda Cadet driver retained the ‘W’ plate in a last lap shoot out which also saw him pick up the Brian Wilson Memorial Trophy as he was named the Driver of the Day!
After an almost perfect weekend Archie put himself on pole position for the final with a ‘W’ plate at the end for the winner. Not getting the best start Archie did momentarily lose the lead before gaining it back a lap later. But throughout the 20 lap race he was unable to shake off Thomas Colton who came past on the penultimate lap.
Archie then had to dig deep and going into turn two on the last lap he was able to slide up the inside of Colton to take the win in dramatic fashion! It was a big win for Archie, he had become the first driver to retain the plate in history and doing all of that at just 10 years old is hugely impressive!
It was a performance worthy of a bigger reward than just the ‘W’ plate and Archie was picked as the Driver of the Day winning the Brian Wilson Memorial Trophy. Archie has had a pretty good season so far, since being shortlisted for the 2016 Karting magazine Rookie of the Year Award, the Mark Baines Motorsport driver has had a good start to his NKF campaign and currently sits 3rd in the championship.
The win would have given Archie a huge boost of confidence especially given he the fact he has broken a record. At his age you wouldn’t expect Archie to be gearing up for a title assault but there’s no doubt carrying the ‘W’ plate he’ll be chasing the NKF championship from here one in and will be back at Wombwell next year to defend his title for another year.
On the win Archie’s Dad, Adam commented: “As a Dad I’m very proud especially how Archie has developed as a driver especially in the last 12 months. He’s a very determined boy who gives 100% every time and still drives fantastic under pressure. He is knowledgeable about the karts set up and is great at giving me feedback on the karts performance.”
A big part to Archie’s success had been down to MBM driver coach Amanda Lassu. Watching Archie win she commented: “Archie is one of the best drivers I have worked with. He has high levels of self-assurance and so much determination to be the best that he can be. In the short time I have known him, I have seen him come on leaps and bounds and I have no doubt that he will be a contender at Super One in the near future.”
Jordan Baines, from MBM, commented: “I think Archie is really coming on as a driver and he will win lots of races. He’s a great part of the MBM team. A winning team. Archie will go places in the future!
5 words to describe myself – Go fast or go home
4 of my favourite tracks – Rowrah, GYG, Shenington, Whilton Mill
3 drivers that have inspired me – Lewis Hamilton, Adam Morgan, Dan Zelos
2 memorable moments in my career:
Winning the W plate two years in a row.
Finishing 5th in my first year of MSA racing in the 2016 NFK Champions.
1 goal for the future – To win a race at PFI