KARTING ace James Griffiths has been selected to represent England.
The 15-year-old, from Willaston, has impressed England boss Martin Capenhurst with his form this season and he will make his international debut at the Inter Nations Team Challenge at Golspie, Scotland, from September 3-5.
He will compete in the Minimax section of the competition, which is contested by England, Northern Ireland, Eire, Scotland and Wales.
Dad Paul said: 'James is delighted. At the recent KartMasters Grand Prix, he qualified sixth out of 60 but didn't even start the final
due to mechanical problems.
'He was gutted but Martin Capenhurst caught up with him and said not to worry, as he was on the shortlist for his squad. James got the call a few days later and was ecstatic.'
James, a Malbank High School pupil, harbours ambitions of becoming a rally driver. He leads the Whilton Mill Club rankings and sits in the top 15 of the Super One British Series in his class.
His international call-up is just reward for his persistence in a season where bad luck has done its best to spoil success on the national stage.
At Clay Pigeon he was driving well in sixth before he was knocked off the track, and was t-boned on the final lap at Shennington after working his way through the field to a promising position.
But that hasn't stopped him notching his third lap record at a British track - at his home course at Whilton Mill - and he is hoping to make a big impression at the televised Race of Champions at Buck-more Park in October.
South Cheshire companies Motorsave and Commscare have agreed to sponsor James for his international meeting. ENGLAND CALL: James Griffiths. TJ200504RACER-005