Eleven-year-old Macaulay Bishop likes living life in the fast lane and is following in the footsteps of Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton.
Go-karting was the sport which Lewis Hamilton cut his teeth on as a youngster living in nearby Stevenage.
And Hoddesdon racer Macaulay Bishop is working hard on race tracks around the country, last year winning the 2019 British Kart Championship.
Now Hoddesdon Rotary has taken the bold decision to support young Macaulay in his racing ambitions after his mother, Kitty, came to talk to the club earlier this year.
“Macaulay and his brother Mason are keen go-karters, and the family spend much of their free time travelling around the UK, attending race weekends and competing at various go-karting race tracks,” explained Lawrence Bone from Hoddesdon Rotary.
“Having had a drive of a go-kart at the Rye House racetrack, Macaulay decided that this was to be his chosen sport and with the support of his family took up the challenge.
“Rye House circuit was the track which Lewis Hamilton used to start his career, and he has done quite well since.”
Lawrence pointed out that go-karting is an expensive business, particularly the cost of entrance fees and maintaining the go-kart.
Every race requires a set of tyres costing around £150, race fees are another £150, and then there is the cost of transporting all of the equipment around the UK.
Many of Macaulay’s rivals are part of a sponsored team, whereas the Bishops operate as a privateer, without a commercial sponsor.
Macaulay is in his final year at Roselands School in Hoddesdon, where his teachers have accommodated his passion for racing, agreeing to occasional days off to allow for practising.
“This has not hindered his education in any way,” added Lawrence. “Macaulay is already way ahead in core subjects and ready for secondary school.
“As a Rotary club, we have been pleased to assist with some sponsorship.
“We look forward to hearing more of Macaulay as he progresses through the ranks and competes for greater successes in the racing world.”