KARTING: Racing is in the blood for high-octane Ivatt family

A FAMILY AFFAIR: From left ' Lewis Ivatt, Ricky Ivatt ad Lee Ivatt are pictured in their respective karts. Photo by TIM WILSON
A FAMILY AFFAIR: From left ' Lewis Ivatt, Ricky Ivatt ad Lee Ivatt are pictured in their respective karts. Photo by TIM WILSON

A racing family from Shepeau Stow are gearing up for another season on the track after enjoying impressive success last time around.

Race ace Lee Ivatt and his two sons Ricky and Lewis Ivatt were among the star performers at Bourne Kart Club last season – and they’ve got the trophies to prove it.

Last year, 17-year-old Ricky stole the show having moved up to the 125cc senior class.

He was crowned points champion, grand prix champion, won the Allcomers Trophy and also landed the accolade of supreme champion – having been the highest points scorer in every class.

But his crowning moment came when he delivered the British championship earlier in the year, something he is hoping to emulate this coming campaign.

It was a debut season for the youngest of the trio, however, as ten-year-old Lewis joined the Ivatt Racing Team in the 90cc class

In his first year he was third in the points championship, a performance that secured him the title of novice of the year.

Proud father Lee had a tougher time of it, having suffered a season-threatening injury when he crashed his motorbike midway through the campaign.

Undeterred, he refused to give up on the 250cc class crown and managed to secure the runner-up spot in the points championship.

Lee, who could be up against Ricky in the 250cc class next term, said: “I’m very proud of both of my lads.

“It’s great that we can all do this together and we all enjoy it. It keeps my boys off the streets and out of trouble.

“It would be fun to be up against Ricky next year, but he could still decide to stay in the 125cc class. He’s had a go in my kart though – and I think he enjoyed the extra power!”

Lee was third in a recent race at King’s Lynn’s Norfolk Arena ahead of the start of the new Bourne Kart Club season in April.