Join me on my journey



Written by Rodney Hinds





YOUNG LEWIS Appiagyei wants to emulate the same high octane Formula One exploits as his hero Lewis Hamilton.

The talented minor proved his own ability last month in the seventieth round of the Bambino Club series held at the world famous Brands Hatch circuit.

The karter emerged as the winner in the hire kart section by two points after winning both morning and afternoon sessions.


Lewis, from Camden in north London, first developed an interest in racing as a three- year-old when he started playing racing games on his dad’s PSP.

His parents noticed that he had very good hand-eye coordination and appeared to have a knack for following the racing line.


When Hamilton, who was also a champion karter before he hit the big time, burst onto the F1 scene, Lewis became an instant fan and developed a desire to follow in the footsteps of his hero. For his seventh birthday last November his parents presented him with a karting voucher and in January this year he took to the track at Buckmore Park, Kent for the first time in a two-stoke kart. He completed his Bambino Club lessons shortly afterwards and started to take part in time trials only in April.

His dad Anthony [who ironically shares the same first name as Hamilton’s father] told the Voice of Sport:


“In his quest to race into top spot he took every opportunity to practise, read up and watched everything there is to know about how to become a great driver. He takes his hobby very seriously, is very focused and has a real drive to succeed.”

With his birthday approaching he will have three more Bambino Club meetings in which he hopes to achieve similar success.

Lewis, who has Ghanaian heritage, will then move up into the cadet class [8-13 age group].

His next milestone will be to acquire his own kart in order to get more track time.