Go Kart Kid

 

Henry Morse is the fastest 12-year-old in the South Bay and he hasn’t even taken his driver’s test yet. Photo by Chelsea Sektnan

Henry Morse is the fastest 12-year-old in the South Bay and he hasn’t even taken his driver’s test yet. Photo by Chelsea Sektnan

 

Henry Morse is the fastest 12-year-old in the South Bay and he hasn’t even taken his driver’s test yet.

Morse, a spry, dark-haired middle school student who wears a black, foreboding racing suit on the weekends, was the youngest racer invited to the 2012 World Kart Championship in Essen, Germany. He competes against men decades older than him, and holds his own while sticking tight turns at up to 50 mph.

“It’s cool to see Henry race and win against adults who are in their 20s and 30s” his dad Ben said. “It’s cool the respect my child gets from adults.”

The kart he drives, a 6-foot long Super Series Sport Kart, can complete a two-thirds of a mile lap in a minute. Henry has even competed in hour-long endurance races. The 5 foot 2 inch 6th grader competes against up to 100 other racers, and almost always wins top honors, sharing the podium with men that tower over him. According to Ben, Henry raced three perfect seasons.

“He qualified first based on the best lap time in the teen class and won every race he started,” Ben said. “The last season he won the adult championship and set an all time lap record, three times. No one has gone faster.”

His dad says that Henry’s best qualities are his positive attitude and love of competition. His desire to win is bolstered by his creativity, sheer bravery and clean driving style on the track. He feels his weakness is that he is too kind on the track…..

Check out the full story on the Easy Reader News website.

 

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