Wakefield student aims to make the grade in Mighty Mini Championships

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A SPEEDY Wakefield College student has big ambitions to make his mark on a Mini racing championships this year.

Thomas Moseley, 20, is behind the wheel for his first full British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) Mighty Mini Championships in 2012.

And he’s got every chance of success this year thanks to his big passion for motorsport - even though he’s yet to pass his driving test.

The race ace has passed his ARD motorsport test to allow him to compete on the track.

And after two-and-a-half years racing part-time as a guest, Moseley, one of the youngest drivers in the competition, is looking to go the distance this year and make a name for himself on the track.

“His aim is to get a podium finish this year and hopefully finish in the top ten,” said his dad Paul.

“I took him to watch F1 a few times and he just got hooked on motorsport.

“He’s always wanted to compete on the track and after racing in go-karts since the age of 14 this seemed like a good step-up for him.”

Moseley competed in his first race of the year at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit recently, qualifying in tenth and finishing 12th despite some engine problems.

Unlike many of his opponents, the speedster has the advantage of being able to repair and adjust his car to his needs thanks to studying a Level 2 vehicle body and paint operations course at college. He’s also been trained as a mechanic since the age of just 14.

The race ace has been working hard to get his 1.3l Mini Cooper in tip-top condition for the second round at Donnington today, where he’ll go wheel-to-wheel with some of the best Mini Cooper drives from around Britain and Europe.

Moseley is also looking for further sponsorship to help continue his rapid development in the sport and push him up to the Super Mighty Mini class in 2013.

Sponsorship is required to help cover travel and equipment costs, as well as expensive costs of hiring practice circuits.

For more information contact Paul Moseley on 07881 736643.

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