It’s lonely out in front for Nico and Scott

editorial image

Horringer Court Middle School pupil Scott Cansdale would have understood Nico Rosberg’s loneliness after a dominant victory on Saturday.

While Mercedes’ Rosberg was cruising out in front of the rest of the Formula One (F1) field at Melbourne Park, Australia, Cansdale was a class apart to record a maiden triumph in the Ellough Park Kart Championship.

The Bury St Edmunds-based 11-year-old finished a staggering 17 seconds clear of the field in the final of the Honda Cadet class.

“I was very proud of him,” said dad Darren.

“His mother was there to watch as well and she doesn’t get to come often, so that was excellent.

“I don’t think he was using his brakes — he was just driving so well.”

Cansdale’s victory also marked his return to confidence after a nasty accident last year.

Then 10, he flipped his kart, which knocked his 
confidence, despite getting his damaged helmet autographed by the watching Anthony Hamilton, who is the father of Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton.

Looking to the future, Darren added: “He wants to progress to cars — that’s his ultimate aim.”

After qualifying on pole by four-tenths of a second, Cansdale stormed to victories in heats one and two by margins of 10 and 12 seconds, respectively.

That dominance though was no match for how far clear he was in the final as he set the pace from the word go to finish 17 seconds clear of the field and move to the top of the championship.

His performance won him the award for outstanding driver of the day across all the classes of the Beccles-based Ellough Park circuit’s championship.

Cansdale, who will also be competing at Kimbolton this year, has recently joined the Kinetic Karting team to be under the guidance of top coach Alan Andrews.