FORMER De Aston schoolboy Tom Pyttlik was presented with the trophy for finishing third in the 2011 Super 1 British National Kart Championship in the Rotax 177 class at the Autosport Show held at the NEC in Birmingham recently.
In his best season so far, 21–year–old Tom, from Osgodby, gained six podium places out of the seven championship rounds, held at circuits ranging from Kent to Glasgow.
At local level Tom also won the 2011 Trent Valley Kart Club Winter and Summer Championships held at the Paul Fletcher International Kart Circuit near Grantham, where he racked up eight first place finishes.
Working with the Dan Holland Racing Kart Team and using Steve Ogden prepared race engines, Tom is supported by his parents Steve and Viv, who have acted as mechanic and provided backup at race meetings around the country for the past eight years, and continue to do so.
Testing has already started for this season’s championships, where Tom is entered as a privateer wearing the number three plate in recognition of his national ranking and will be attempting to move further up the podium steps.
Tom also plays rugby for Market Rasen 2nds when he is not racing and is studying for an engineering degree with the Open University, working towards a career in motorsport.