Ryan racing to follow Formula One stars
A KINGSTEIGNTON schoolboy is hoping to follow in the tyre marks of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton after joing a professional karting team.
Ryan Luscombe, 13, has joined the Vision Motorsport karting team and started competing at national level events for the first time.
The Torquay Boys' Grammar School pupil was last season crowned overall club champion at his 'local' track at Dunkeswell, north Devon, which is owned by ex-Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell.
Competing in the Honda Cadet Class for 8-13-year-olds, Ryan won 12 races in 2012 and was runner-up in both the Welsh Championships and the South West Championship – the latter despite starting from the back of the 30-kart grid.
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Ryan was also 'dragon champion' after an event held jointly between Dunkeswell Kart Club and Llandow Kart Club in Wales featuring more than 50 drivers.
He has now moved up to the faster Rotax MiniMax class with speeds reaching more than 65mph, and has moved up to the 11-16 age group.
Next season, he is planning an attempt at the Super One British kart championship, previously won by drivers such as Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Ryan's dad Steve Luscombe said: "He's joined a team so he gets proper tuition and has his kart set up for him – it's moving up to another level really.
"The big ambition is for him to enjoy what he's doing and if he wants a career in motorsport then so be it.
"He's outgrown regional level stuff and it's time to move on and compete against drivers on the national level."