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Islington Gazette

29 November 2012

Prodigy Lewis wins Rookie of the Year

Kart racing prodigy Lewis Appiagyei continues his impressive record in junior motor racing by winning a prestigious national award in Kent on Saturday. The nine-year-old from King's Cross was voted as the Junior Rookie of the Year for 2012 after his dynamic showing at Buckmore Park circuit in Chatham, Kent. Appiagyei, a pupil from SS Peter & Paul RC Primary in Clerkenwell, won all his junior races, and then went in against the older cadet racers and came third despite starting from the back of the grid. It is his latest success for the boy wonder and his proud dad Anthony - who bizarrely share the same christian names as former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and his father Anthony - admitted this award was one to be cherished. "In almost 20 years that Star Pupil Day has been running, winners have gone on  to achieve great things in motorsport, the judges can spot talent a mile off," said Appiagyei. "They aren't merely looking at race wins, after all a particularly good kart might have delivered that result. They are looking for the top all-rounder, and one who behaves in a sportsmanlike manner both on and off the track. Lewis has learnt to read the track conditions well without any input now, unlike most of the other young competitors." "Lewis won all his heats and set the fastest times but that wasn't the end of the matter. " The judges then called the best drivers from the rookies and the more experienced and older cadets in a final showdown together in a mixed grid. "Lewis was put on the last row of the grid but worked his way from the back of an 11-strong field to finish in third place and win the Junior Rookie of the Year 2012."