Marshland St James youngster signs up for racing team

West Norfolk race ace Jenson Sayell has a bright future ahead of him after linking up with a major racing team.

Sayell has joined forces with the GearUp Racing after taking his Micromax Rotax kart to Cumbria at the weekend for rounds three and four of the SuperOne Series championship.

GearUp drivers led the championship after the opening two rounds and continued that trend in rounds three and four after their drivers won both finals at Rowrah.

Jason Livings, team owner at GearUp, said: “We noticed Jenson Sayell in the first rounds of SuperOne.

“As team owner I felt we had to sign the driver up. He has natural talent and composure behind the wheel. “He has been learning his craft as an independent driver with his father Rob who has had a fantastic career in motorsport.

“Jenson definitely has it in his blood. We at Gearup are delighted Jenson is joining.

“We feel with our experience and winning formula we could take Jenson Sayell to the top of motorsport.

Jenson’s dad Rob added: “ it is a new experience which we feel Jenson will benefit from being in the team, including working closely with James Taylor (driver coach).

“They made Jenson very welcome and helped him keep his confidence up after four unlucky races.

“We’d like to thank GearUp Racing Team for their confidence in Jenson, James Taylor for his coaching and Force Motorsport for a great engine.”

Sayell, making the 260-mile journey from Marshland St James, had not competed at Cumbria Kart Club’s Rowrah circuit before the weekend.

Friday practice was encouraging showing good pace and was fastest overall in Saturday’s practice session.

Sayell, 9, qualified third in the 16-kart field, many of who were racing at Rowrah for a third consecutive weekend).

The youngster started well and took fifth place in heat one.

However he was tagged by a spinning kart in heat two dropping to 13th and despite achieving a personal best time was unable to progress higher than twelfth.

Qualifying eighth for the final, Sayell had a difficult race dropping down the field on lap one he clawed his way back up to sixth only to be drop back to 10th on the final lap.

Sunday’s fourth round was very wet.

Sayell qualified 11th but penalties in both the heats saw him finish 15th and 14th respectively.

Starting 16th for the final the youngster ended the weekend on a high, however having a great drive through the field to finish seventh.

The team are at the PFI circuit next, followed by rounds five and six of SuperOne championship in June, Sayell is currently seventh in the series standings.