King of karting
Foundation School student Christian Hinds is the Barbados Karting Association’s Frutee champion driver for 2010.
The 13-year-old second form student ended the season with 739 points and thanked the Lord, his parents and his works team, headed by father Stefan Hinds for assisting him to reach the pinnacle of the karting in Barbados.
Speaking after being presented with the top trophy by Margo Forde in the Bushy Park Clubhouse, Hinds said it was a tough year, but he had tried his best and is happy with the results and looking forward to defending the title next year.
Adding that he does not just want to be a karting champion only, Hinds said that apart from his academic studies, he has his eyes fixed on Formula 1 and wants to follow a path which would take him to the highest level of motorsport. He drew reference to McLaren FI driver Lewis Hamilton who started his career in karting and went on to win Formula 1 crown two years ago.
“I want to be the next Formula 1 driver from the Caribbean and with the assistance from my team and sponsors, I want to stay on a course that would take me there,” he explained.
Hinds, who had an excellent season, ended with a massive 221 points ahead of his nearest rival; second place Matthew Noel, last year’s champion, who had 518.
He also congratulated the winners of the other groups and the organisers of whom he said had done well to make the season a competitive one despite the challenges.
Hinds also took home a $100 voucher compliments Automotive Art, a dinner donated by Chefette Restaurants and a couple of laps around Bushy Park in the Chefette Restaurant/ Delaware Dispensaries Ford Focus of Roger Mayers for his efforts of the just completed season.
Orry Hunte won the 125 Shifter Class with 406 points, while Tremaine Catwell took the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy Class with 786 points, as youthful Saviola Thomas won the Yamaha Sportsman light class with 595 points.
Joshua Maloney carried off the honours at stake in the Easy Kart 60cc class with 856 points, compared with 729 for his cousin Zane Maloney and Megan Gilkes who finished third with 279 points.
The winners also received $75 vouchers, compliments Carters General Stores and dinner vouchers from Chefette Restaurants during the evening’s proceedings.