Seaton's Bee sets Rotax lap record
PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:39 15 June 2010
Axe Valley Community College student Ellis Bee, from Seaton, stayed cool in sweltering weekend weather for his first heat win in Round 4 of the Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club Championship.
Axe Valley Community College student Ellis Bee, from Seaton, stayed cool in sweltering weekend weather for his first heat win in Round 4 of the Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club Championship at the Mansell Raceway, near Honiton.Ellis, 15, is in only his second season of competitive racing and still getting to grips with driving in the Junior Rotax formula, but demonstrated that he has the speed and smoothness to mix it with the more experienced drivers in the class. Ellis struggled in the first heat, suffering an electrical fault. However, in heat 2 he went from 19th on the grid to 11th and on the way was recorded as the second fastest driver on the track. Ultimately, it all came together in the final heat, when he led from pole position and pulled away from the chasing pack to win comfortably by three seconds and take the chequered flag for the first time in his short career. Watching was his tyre sponsor, Andy Williams, head chef and owner of Steamers Restaurant in Beer, who was extremely impressed with Ellis's performance under pressure. For the final he was gridded 13th but quickly made his way up to seventh before a daring overtaking move caught the driver in front, and ended up with Ellis dropping back to 20th place. However, a spirited drive saw him smash the lap record on his way to 15th place as the chequered flag fell. Unfortunately, his hold on the record only lasted two laps, when it was beaten by 100th of a second by the current championship leader as he crossed the line. Ellis is keen to improve further. "Knowing I am the second fastest person to go round in a Junior Rotax is a massive confidence boost."He is still looking for local businesses to help sponsor his racing and if you are able to help please ring (01297) 624341.