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Blantyre’s Fraser is UK number one Kart racing champ

Sep 17 2009 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser

Blantyre's Fraser is UK number one Kart racing champBLANTYRE teenager Fraser Wallace has been crowned British kart racing champion and UK number one after winning the National Kart Racing Association Grand Prix in Wales.

Fraser (18), a former pupil at Blantyre High, who’s now a third-year apprentice aerospace engineer with Rolls Royce in East Kilbride, won the title at Glan-y-Gors Park, North Wales, on August 30.

Fraser has enjoyed many successes in his 11 years as a kart racer, including a UK ranking of seventh when he was an 11-year-old cadet, and the Scottish Junior TKM title at 15.

His first year as a senior driver in the national formula blue class saw him become the first Scot to win the NKRA Grand Final, in 2007, and he achieved a UK ranking of fifth.

Fraser capped 2007 by being voted Hamilton Sports Performer of the Year.

Last year was difficult, with two major crashes and mechanical problems dropping Fraser to number 12 in the national rankings but he got back on track this year.

Fraser’s delighted dad Tommy said: “To achieve the number one UK ranking you have to compete in the eight-round Scottish regional championships, which involves tracks at Larkhall, Crail, Manchester and Cumbria.

“Fraser won this and that placed him third overall in the UK.

“The top drivers from the south and north of England and Scotland are then invited to the grand final in north Wales, where their positions from the grand final are added to their UK ranking points to find out who can display the prestigious No1 plate on their kart for the next 12 months.

“Fraser travelled to Wales for four days of testing and racing against 44 of the country’s top senior drivers and was full of confidence, as he is the current holder of the Welsh Dragonmaster title, won at the same track only two months previously.

Blantyre's Fraser is UK number one Kart racing champ“His campaign had the perfect start with victory in the first heat and he went on to be crowned the NKRA 2009 Formula Blue No1, beating the south of England’s top racer Craig Copeland.”

Tommy added: “Fraser would like to thank Larkhall engine builder Gordon Finlayson and his team at GFRE racing engines, who have prepared our engines for seven years and have played a major part in his success.”

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