Lewis who? British title next in the sights for Hatfield speed star Adam Sadler
PUBLISHED: 15:28 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:22 07 November 2017
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Hatfield's very own Lewis Hamilton is making his own waves in the world of karting.
While Stevenage’s race ace was winning his fourth Formula 1 world title, Adam Sadler was picking up the prestigious London Cup at Rye House – and he has set his sights on the national title.
The 25-year-old, former New Briars schoolboy, took the title in emphatic style over a day of racing.
“We smashed it,” he said. “We put it on pole in qualifying, then won the heat and pre-final to get us to the final, and we won that.
“It couldn’t have gone much better.
“We’ve had a lot of bad luck at this event. I’ve done it six or seven times and have been leading the final a few times and had breakdowns and such so this has been a long time coming.”
The win was made even more special as Sadler, who also runs his own driver training company, explained he had only had a few days of testing in the kart, and needed a last-minute change in set-up in the final.
He said: “There’s so much you can change on the car. For example if you change from a softer seat to a harder seat, you can find a second per lap.
“Everything you can see can be changed and make a difference.
“They were running late in the final and the temperature had dropped a few degrees.
“So all we did was added one more bar but that gave me so much more rear grip.
“We’re aiming to do the British Championship, which is a four-round event, but the winner gets flown out to the World finals.
“We just need the funding for it. The four rounds will cost towards £5,000 but we’re definitely on form to win it. We’re quick enough.”
Sadler got into the sport as a youngster and has been racing since he was nine-years-old.
His focus is now solely that British Championship series, with anything else taking a back seat.
“At the moment I’m taking it one year at a time,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll go much further than karting.
“For one age is not on my side but the jump from karts to the next level of cars is quite substantial.
“To go into a car championship I need about £20,000 minimum and that’s out of my price range.
“But for now we’ll stick to the karts and see where it takes us.”