Team.HARD Academy driver Lucas Blantford has joined X-Kart as a factory driver in the Mini MAX class, as he looks to make the transition from karting to cars, as both Matty Street and Tony Gilham felt it was the right place for him to race, considering the ongoing and established links for both Street and Gilham to circuit racing.
This saw him make his début with the team at the 2022 Cadet Kart Championship season opener at Fulbeck Kart Club in the second weekend of March.
It was an impressive display from the #59, who did the first ever clean sweep in X-Kart's racing endeavours so far, winning all races to lead the championship heading to the second round, which takes place at Whilton Mill in Daventry, Northamptonshire on April 2nd and 3rd.
Lucas competed in Honda Cadet last season in his first full year of racing, competing in multiple different championships, including the Motorsport UK British Kart Championships and the Ultimate Karting Championship, where he was top privateer.
Along with this, he has also taken the Midland Championship crown at Rissington, along with race wins and top three finishes across the UK.
His talent has not only been recognized by Team.HARD owner Gilham, who signed him as one of 14 drivers in the UK for the Academy for 2022, but also by Downforce Radio as he was nominated for the Under 13 Kier Millar award in 2021.
"It's great to have such a fantastic young talent like Lucas join the ranks here at X-Kart," admitted X-Kart owner Street.
"There's always a time when a driver comes along and helps to motivate the rest of the team, and his performance at Fulbeck really showcased what the new 2022 chassis is capable of in the right hands.
"We're looking forward to seeing how he further progresses over the course of the season, and look ahead to some fantastic race weekends together.
"Along with this, I'm also looking forward to doing some driver coaching with Lucas, helping him with making the transition to go from karts to cars."
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