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Ipswich teenager who was told his health was too poor for sports becomes kart racing champion

PUBLISHED: 22:40 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 07 November 2017

Jack Ferguson.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Jack Ferguson. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A teenage karting champion from Ipswich who was once told he couldn’t do sports because his health was so poor has been invited to join a professional team for a kart race next year after being crowned 2017 Anglia Indoor Kart Champion.

Colchester-born Jack Ferguson, 13, who now lives in Ipswich, has a plethora of conditions including OCD, ADHD, arthritis, Asperger’s Syndrome, and a leaking heart valve as a result of being born with a hole in the heart.

As a baby his conditions were so severe his parents had to revive him several times a week, and he was advised by doctors not to take part in sport.

But determined not to let his conditions hold him back, Jack has made waves in the go-karting world, being crowned Anglia Indoor Kart Champion this year.

His dad Pete, who was a club racer himself in Formula Ford categories, said: “With his conditions he can’t really do sports like football or rugby but he always wanted to do motor racing.

Jack Ferguson.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Jack Ferguson. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“Next thing I know he is Anglia Indoor Cart champion.

“When he does it he becomes so much more animated and sociable - and cheeky.”

Having heard Jack’s story, the all-disabled Team BRIT motorsport squad, which helps injured veterans and now disabled civilians through motorsport, has invited Jack to meet the team and join them for a kart race with injured veterans through the KartForce charity next year.

Team manager Dave Player said: “When we saw Jack’s story, we knew we had to invite him to come and meet the team and see what we’re going to achieve.

Jack Ferguson. Picture: JACK STAR RACING Jack Ferguson. Picture: JACK STAR RACING

“Jack says that when he is driving in a kart, all his medical challenges vanish, and this is what we also hear from our drivers, who live with a number of psychological and physical disabilities.

“Motorsport allows everyone to compete equally, something we have enabled thanks to our technology and I hope Jack has been inspired to follow his dreams by hearing more about our story and our goal of Le Mans.”

The team aims to be the first all-disabled squad to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours by 2020, and has Colchester veteran Ash Hall and Braintree veteran Warren McKinlay in its ranks.

Jack said: “It was great to meet so many people who love motor racing, and see disabled drivers proving they are as good as all the other drivers.”

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