Bonnett earns full race licence after latest win

Matthew Bonnett

Matthew Bonnett

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Young racer Matthew Bonnett has settled quickly into life with his new team and made a great start to the new season.

Bonnett is now part of the MW Motorsport team and was the first placed novice at his most recent race at Wombwell in South Yorkshire.

Matthew Bonnett in action at Wombwell.

Matthew Bonnett in action at Wombwell.

On Saturday’s practice day, he was fastest man on the track, beating 13 other drivers and lapping at outstanding times

Sunday’s race day started badly though. In the first heat, Bonnett had a collision and ended up off the track with a bent track rod.

Mechanics worked quickly so that he could make the start line for his next heat and he took full advantage, storming off the grid from the back of the pack.

By the time the first corner came, Bonnett bravely positioned his kart and overtook three drivers down the inside. The chase was still on but he got himself to second spot and easily beat his novice competitors

The final came and nerves were running high before his final. Tom make matters worse, his race was delayed for an hour because a driver in the previous race crashed and broke his elbow.

When Bonnett’s race finally got underway, it was fast paced from the start. The Bridlington youngster was up in fifth in no time, after starting with other novices at the back of the grid.

The flag dropped and he celebrated, waving his hand in the air.

Bonnett can now compete on a full licence and can start from wherever he qualifies now and his next big race is at the Three Sisters track at Wigan this weekend and he is hoping to be very competitive there.

He is getting his experience in at tracks all over England as next year he is competing in the National Karting Federation Championships, hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older team mate Adam Batty, who races in Junior Max this year and is currently leading this year’s championship.

Bonnett’s family thanked Hall Brothers of Bridlington for sponsoring a set of race tyres and Williamsons Solicitors for their continued support.