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Talented Oswaldtwistle karter Noah is chasing more glory
THERE’S a photograph on display in the Chamberlain family home showing their young son, Noah, wheels spinning in a cloud of choking dust, and driving a tiny petrol car on a bumpy, gravel track.
The image gathers further poignancy each year for his father Glen, whose talented seven-year-old has been driving cars since he was in nursery and happy to fly around a circuit at 50mph since he first walked through the school gates.
“Noah was four, and I remember his buggy going in to a spin, and he just brought the back end of the vehicle into line, and I was just gob-smacked to see him do it, he was so calm and collected,” recalled Glen.
“That was the first glimmer, the moment when I first thought that Noah might have a genuine talent to drive.”
Noah has taken karting by storm since he carried off his first junior championship as a six-year-old, and he is on track to defend his hard-won crown this season after clinching a second win of the campaign at Wigan’s Three Sisters Track.
Clocking up fifteen podium finishes on the bounce, no wonder he is tipped as a future track star, following in the tracks of his racing hero Lewis Hamilton, who like most Formula One aces cut his teeth in the rough and tumble world of junior karting.
“We know what we are up against, very few drivers make it to the top level, Formula 0ne, but we are prepared to chase that dream,” added Glen.
“The long term goal is to develop Noah, and put him in the right place in case an opportunity comes along.
“Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have both spoken this year about looking harder at the pool of young talent, identifying youngsters earlier, and that’s really encouraging.
“The chances are slim, but Noah at least has time on his side and has an instinctive feel for what he does.”
The Chamberlains run like a mini Formula One team and Glen’s background in mechanics makes him the perfect pit stop dad.
“I’m Noah’s driver, coach, strategist and marketing man, so it can get a bit hectic,” said Chamberlain senior.
“It is really tough, you know, we are amateurs competing against some teams who invest £100,000 a season and Noah has shown an unimaginable effort, focus and determination to be where is right now.
“A lot of the drivers are backed by big sponsors, so we have to improvise a lot.
“We made a do it yourself car simulator for Noah.
“I bought a £100 steering wheel from Argos, downloaded a car simulator programme and his grandad built a little table for him to sit behind.
“Most nights he will be there, driving at different tracks on the simulator, constantly wanting to improve.”
Glen admits he is often amazed at the speed of his son’s uncanny decision-making and dexterity on the track.
“Sometimes it is easy to forget that we are talking about a child because he is so keen and has such a sharp mind.
“Recently, I wired the kart up, meaning that Noah could speak to me during a race.
“At a crucial stage of the contest, which was a very aggressive wheel to wheel race, I asked him about a possible problem with the tyres and he replied: ‘No problem Dad, everything is under control.’ “I was amazed by that.
“When we come off the track a lot of the kids are back on their Nintendos, but all Noah wants to do is to see the re-run of the race on his computer.
“Sometimes it is all-consuming for both of us, but Noah has a nice life like any other seven-year-old, making friends, going to parties and enjoying his lessons.
“He is going to have setbacks, as every child does, but it is all about building his resilience and confidence.
“I’ve never met a young lad so disciplined in what he does, though.
“He is also a very well-mannered boy, and that makes me incredibly proud.”
Noah has already shown racing’s power brokers his rich potential when he attended an invitation only event at the famous Silverstone race track, wowing the judges with his silky smooth style at the young driver’s development centre.
That followed hot on his heels of a trip to work with the Zip Cart All Stars where Hamilton first carved out his reputation as a junior star.
Noah, of course, already has a growing collection of trophies which he regularly shows off to his pals at St Andrew’s Primary School in Oswaldtwistle, who are always keen to hear about their class mates incredible performances in his kart.
“It would be brilliant to win another championship, but it’s not over until I cross the line in the last race,” said Noah.
“Anything can happen between now and then – I’m just taking it race by race.”
Glen would like to thank Moving People Bus and Coach Services for their kind support and help, and if anybody is willing to sponsor Noah further they can contact Glen on 07834 776810.
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