Belvedere boy racer wants to emulate Lewis Hamilton's success
PUBLISHED: 10:12 21 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:28 21 April 2014
Go-karting talent Timothy Amadi only started racing two years ago, but he now has his sights firmly set on emulating Lewis Hamilton.
The 13-year-old from Belvedere oozes confidence when he discusses his hopes for the next 12 months.
This year he has entered the Super One series – the highest level of competition in this country, according to father Francis – and the pupil at St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School, Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, wants to emerge as “top rookie” when the season ends in September.
“I do not get scared when I am behind the wheel,” says Timothy. “My hero is Lewis Hamilton.
“He is a very good driver – he is the best on the grid. He raced go-karts and he is a great role model. I get so much adrenalin racing.”
Timothy, a devoted Christian, thanks his family and friends for their support over the past two years. It is a journey which has already led his peers to describe him as “a massive talent”, as well as current team director Marc Campfield.
“My friends are always cheering me on and saying supportive things, like that they are going to pray for me,” Timothy says.
Mr Amadi, 33, of Gladeswood Road, Belvedere, says each of his son’s podium successes gives him the greatest pleasure, but he could do with some sponsorship to ease the financial burden which comes with funding a career in motor racing.
“I would like some sort of sponsorship,” the property developer says, almost ruefully. “I bought his first kart in July 2012 – it was a Tony Kart.
“It cost me £2,000 with the engine at the time. Timothy was over the moon.
“It is quite an achievement for me to think that I have done this for him – it is a good feeling.”
Mr Amadi reveals his son’s karting career has brought other benefits and helps to motivate him.
“Driving makes him a different person,” he says. “He works out, he eats well and he exercises.
“He would not do this before. I would have to motivate him, now he does it himself that is a good achievement.”
The challenge Timothy faces is how far he can go in a sport dominated by influences just as much from outside the car as inside it.
Apart from being “top rookie” in the Super One series – part of the British Karting Series – he is aiming to win two or three championships along the way.
“I have heard comments that if he carries on at this level, there is nothing stopping him,” his father says smiling.
“I just have to find a way of getting that progress to carry on.”