Thetford’s Jack Lang is aiming to build on the momentum of a promising first season in the Formula Jedi Championship as he looks to seal the title this time round.
The 17-year-old, who made his first steps into motorsport at the age of 11, competing in the British Go Karting Championship until 2012, made a solid start to life in the single-seater championship, where he sealed a third place overall finish last year.
That experience has stood him in good stead for this season’s campaign, which involves 15 to 20 Suzuki GSXR 1000 cc engine cars that can reach speeds of 150mph, as he currently sits top of the championship after the first two double-header rounds at Rockingham.
“Jack has continued his momentum from last season and has got a lot better in the car,” said father Jason, whose company Gorse Motors sponsor his efforts.
“After winning round three and coming second in the next, he is currently leading the championship, which is great.
“We have made a few changes to the car from last year and the more he is getting used to the car the better he is getting.”
Lang’s Rockingham results have seen him take a nine-point lead over nearest rival Dan Clowes in the standings ahead of rounds six and seven at Brands Hatch, starting tomorrow and ending Sunday.
And with a maiden title well within his reach, father Jason has admitted Jack’s one-time hobby has grown to become a key part of his life, but warned funding issues may hamper his son’s progression.
“Jack has always been interested in motorsport and pursued it as a hobby,” he added.
“However it has gone beyond that now and become a daily grind. It is like a job for the both of us now.
“It has sort of taken over for Jack as he has to be well prepared as well as staying fit.”
“He would love to pursue a career in motor racing but with the money involved to progress further that is difficult and is probably out of our reach.
“This may not be the pinnacle of motorsport but it is a very exciting championship.”