A PAIR of national titles went to Tarporley High School’s karting team as Tom Oliphant and George Heath stepped on the gas and left their rivals trailing.
Oliphant, 16, was racing for the last time for Tarporley and signed off in style, winning the Class Seven National Schools title.
He clinched it at the NatSKA National Sprint Championships in Llandow, finishing just ahead of team-mate James Warner.
The pinnacle of school karting, Class Seven was dominated by Oliphant, who won five of the six heats before storming to victory in the final.
Last year’s Class Seven champion, Chris Percival, put together another fantastic series of races but could take only fifth place overall, with Adam Sirett seventh.
An extra Class Seven bonus came when Robert Wallace, who placed 14th on the day, was awarded entry into the Super One class for scoring the most karting points in the past 12 months.
The junior equivalent of Class Seven is Class 14 Raket 85, and Tarporley’s George Heath became the school’s second national champion.
The 12-year-old beat 24 rivals to avenge brother Harry’s defeat to last year’s champ, Loughborough’s Alex Withers.
On his way to the title, George took two heat wins, a third, fourth, fifth and sixth to win by five points.
George has, like Rob Wallace, scored the most points since last year’s Nationals and as a reward for this he received an entry into next year’s Stars of Tomorrow series, which is televised on Sky Sports and where Lewis Hamilton first came to public attention.
Other Tarporley drivers who performed well in the Raket field were Simon Wallace (third), Florrie Kirby (fourth), Henry Kirby (fifth), Johnathan Molyneux (sixth) and Jack Lister (10th).
“Lightning” Luke McLaughlin took second place in the Class 15 Rotax 125cc.