Jun 10 2011 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
TEENAGE road racer Kai Johnson started his national racing career in sensational style.
On Saturday, the Mauchline 13-year-olds sat his national racing licence, which he passed with flying colours. This allowed him to race in his first ever, national race at East Fortune with the NEMCRC Motorcycle Club in the Formula 125cc class.
Despite being at a disadvantage as he had never ridden at East Fortune before and was riding his GP70 against the F125's, Kai wasn’t deterred.
After qualifying in fifth place on the grid, Kai went on to win three trophies, coming third in two of the four races and being awarded the Marshall's Choice Rider trophy for his outstanding performance of the weekend against the F125s.
Kai is now looking forward to his next national race at Knockhill on July 23 and 24 where hopefully he will have his first outing on a F125.
He is also competing in the British GP70 Championship where he has got off to a great start winning a trophy in each of the first three races and is currently sitting third.
During 2010, Kai burst onto the international scene and secured a championship podium place at Silverstone. The Auchinleck Academy pupil rose to prominence back in June when he brushed aside some of the world's top young talents to bag second place in an International Euro Round at Silverstone Stowe Circuit in only his second outing on his GP70.
He went on to cap a superb year on the track with an overall third place finish in the Mini GP70 British Championship after competing for half the year on his GP50.
Kai thanks East Ayrshire Car Club www.eastayrshirecc.co.uk and Dynotech Ecosse www.dynotechecosse.co.uk for all the encouragement and support they've shown him.
Kai is always on the lookout for sponsors, and only too willing to support them by advertising on his bikes or by any other means they wish to suggest.