KARTING CHAMPION RONAN MCKENZIE started his career in 2006 a third-hand kart he received from his dad on his eighth birthday. Ronan, from motorsport-rich Northamptonshire just a few miles away from Silverstone Circuit, has a promising career ahead of him as a racing driver.
Between the ages of 8 and 12 he become a highly experienced driver both in the UK and Europe, in the Cadet 60cc and Junior 100cc classes, picking up numerous trophies and three national UK karting titles along the way. Aged just 13 in 2012, Ronan started competing in the premier class of Junior karting - 125cc KF3, where F1 teams start to notice young talent.
Ronan became the first Associate Driver of Cranfield University's prestigious Motorsport Programme in 2011, where he assists with University events and engages with the students on the course who are destined to become the F1 engineers of tomorrow.
After spending over two years on kart manufacturing giant Birel's young driver program in Easykart, Ronan was forced to decline their part-funded KF3 works drive offer for 2012 after being unable to raise the required budget. It seemed Ronan's career would not progress any further.
Fortunately at the eleventh hour Ronan secured a sponsored drive with PKP Motorsport in April 2012 to compete in the MSA Super One KF3 British Championship. Ronan was one of the youngest competitors in the class for 13-17 year olds, which selected rounds were screened on Motors UK TV on Sky TV. Ronan finished 13th overall in the championship - which was quite an achievement for a rookie driver.
Ronan's ultimate goal is to reach Formula 1. He has taken part in Formula Renault full simulation sessions which showed remarkable pace and handling for one so young, and he is focused and determined to go all the way to the top in his career.
We (Ronan's family) are currently looking to raise the budget for Ronan to compete in the KF3 class in the UK and Europe in 2013.
Ronan has already made national TV appearances both being interviewed and in a presenting capacity (Channel 4 and BBC, see Videos) and media requests are welcome, as are sponsorship enquiries - get in touch!
© Chris Walker (kartpix.net)