Donington stock car driver Mark Sargent is getting ready to go Dutch with his son.
Sargent is a seasoned competitor and has raced several times in Holland but this weekend he won’t be the only family member in action in Emmen as 12-year-old son Finn has been invited to race in the junior F2 formula.
The youngster will be the first overseas competitor to race in the junior event there but Mark is a regular on the continent.
The 43-year-old said: “I have been going to the World Masters of Shale Cup for the last four years. My best position is fourth but I will be happy with a top ten place this time.
“It is a fantastic weekend as the Dutch people make you very welcome.
“I’m proud as punch that Finn has been invited. He first drove his mini at the age of eight, and started racing Minisprints until he was ten.
“Then he started racing the Brisca Mini stox in the 10-16 age group and he is currently in the top 20 in the country.
“I’ve been racing for 23 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. Now I’m maybe reaching my twilight years, so it’s Finn’s turn to take over.
“I would love to carry on for a few years until Finn is old enough to compete in the same race as me.”
Finn will reach speeds of 50 miles per hour on the straights and his event will be decided by who sets the fastest lap.
His event is non-contact but father Mark won’t enjoy that luxury. He has generally been lucky but admits: “I was a bit scared when I was in a crash once and couldn’t feel my legs for ten minutes. I’ve also knocked myself out a few times and had fluid on the brain which was worrying.”
Sargent bought his first car for £30 but costs are not so cheap these days and he is lucky to have sponsorship from HCD of Whaplode Drove, Reeves Tyres and Wheelrite.
He added: “I also have to thank my wife, Emma, for making the tea for those late nights in the workshop!”