Tom Ikin becomes latest YRDA recruit

July 5, 2019

Karting

We are very excited to welcome a rising Karting star in Tom Ikin to the YRDA programme. The 16-year-old becomes the latest driver to join us and is added to our list of Kart drivers which includes the likes of Vinnie Phillips, Luke Watts, Ethian Symonds, Josh Irfan and Jem Hepworth. We are all excited to work with Tom who is currently competing in both the Trent Valley and Manchester & Buxton Kart Club Championships.

Tom is still a relatively new face to the paddock having only passed his ARKS test in 2017. Now with a full kart licence Tom set off and began his karting career racing at tracks across the country to gain as much experience as possible.

Going into 2018 Tom focused his attention on the ever growing NKF championship competing in the Junior Rotax class. It was the first time Tom had competed in a full championship at national level and expectations were realistic with Tom still within his first year of MSA racing.

However, Tom impressed picking up some fantastic results to eventually go on and finish 4th in the championship. It was a brilliant result and hugely positive for Tom’s career given the NKF series is often used as a stomping ground for drivers looking to compete in the British Karting Championships.

Tom has yet to jump up to British Championship level having had to step up to the Senior Rotax class. Tom is now racing with a power valve which increases speed and acceleration of the kart as well as having to adjust to racing against completely new competition. In the Junior Rotax class Tom was one of the oldest competitors, but he will now be one of the youngest.

He will be racing against drivers who could be over ten years older than him and that age gap often comes with a huge amount of experience. On top of that the Senior Rotax is known to be one of the most competitive in British Karting so there will be a transition period which can take some time to adjust too.

However, Tom has adjusted quickly and finished 8th in his debut race at the class at PFI earlier this year. It was an impressive result given the grid stretched to over 20 drivers and gave Tom plenty of confidence. Tom has since raced at both PFI as well as Three Sisters as he continues his progression within the class and will continue to race at both circuits for the remainder of the season. 

We are all very excited to be working with Tom here at YRDA and we look forward to helping him progress and move further up the Senior Rotax grid. We are excited to see what the future holds for Tom.