Dexter’s on pole position at seven!

BEHIND THE WHEEL: Dexter in a Mercedes F1 car. Photo contributed.
BEHIND THE WHEEL: Dexter in a Mercedes F1 car. Photo contributed.
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The future is looking bright for a budding young racer from New Mills with dreams of becoming an Formula One star.

Dexter Woodhouse will be racing karts next season after he sailed through a written and practical test - aged seven.

DRIVER: Dexter with Toro Rosso F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. Photo contributed.

DRIVER: Dexter with Toro Rosso F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. Photo contributed.

The racing-mad youngster, who will soon be eight, has been obsessed with cars and anything that goes fast since he was little and told his mum and dad, Charlotte and Darren, that he wanted to be an F1 driver.

They took him karting to see what he thought and he was hooked. “He loved it,” said Charlotte. “And seems to have a bit of a talent for it.”

After karting at various places they invested in his own kart and now after gaining his competition licence, valid once he turns eight, he will be racing next season.

To gain the Association of Racing Karts Schools (ARKS) licence, Dexter had to pass a written test which included multiple-choice questions, as well as demonstrate his practical skills out on the track by meeting an allotted lap time.

KART: Dexter is set to race next season in his own kart. Photo contributed.

KART: Dexter is set to race next season in his own kart. Photo contributed.

“He got all the questions right and in the practical test completed the circuit in under a minute - the target time was 01:04,” she said.

Now plans are being put in place for Dexter to compete in the Northern Area Competition next year.

He also gained tips and advice from the current crop of F1 stars he met during a trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

They included his idol, 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, whose advice to him was: ‘never give up, no matter what happens’.

In the F1 paddock, Dexter even had the chance to sit in the Mercedes 2012 season car after impressing the team with his knowledge of the sport.

They challenged him to answer a question and allowed him to sit in the car when he got it right.

Anyone who would like to help support Dexter’s racing ambitions next season through sponsorship can call Charlotte or Darren on 01663 742288.