Thaqib karting to F1 future

2015-10-06 06:00
11-year-old Thaqib Meyer says karting gives him an adrenalin rush like no other sport.

11-year-old Thaqib Meyer says karting gives him an adrenalin rush like no other sport.

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A schoolboy from Greenhaven has set his sights on being the first South African Formula One racing driver since Jody Scheckter in 1980.

Thaqib Meyer (11) is a Grade 5 pupil at Islamia College in Lansdowne and has taken to karting like a duck to water.

He started karting from the age of seven and says that while being an athlete and soccer player, nothing gives him the adrenaline rush of karting, something he learned by watching his parents and grandfather in his formative years.

“My father takes me to all my practise sessions and races. He inspires me to keep doing my best on the track and he gives me tips on how to improve.”

His rolemodels are Lewis Hamilton and Gugu Zulu after witnessing Zulu, one of South Africa’s foremost rally drivers, in action.

“I have watched many YouTube videos of Lewis Hamilton when he was karting and my favourite one is of him starting at the back of the field and winning the race.”

Meyer says he loves racing and prefers the real thing instead of sitting in front of the television playing racing games.

“My father takes me to practise during the week. We work on getting in and out of corners faster so that my lap times can improve,” he says.

“I am usually relaxed on race days. My father does a lot of the preparation on the day to get my kart race-ready, my own race crew. It’s always fun to watch him running around,” he jokes.

He says that his most memorable moment was when he brought his lap time down to 47 seconds. He is aiming to consistently finish in the top three of his class.

“When I’m older I want to progress to become an F1 racer like Lewis Hamilton or a rally driver like Gugu Zulu.”

Readers who are interested in getting involved in karting can contact the secretary of WPMC Karting Section, Chantal Pieters, on 082 415 4846.

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