A FATHER and son have been crowned as the best in Europe.
Richard and Tom Hollingsworth, of Ruabon, both triumphed in the European Open and British Blokart Championships in Weston Super Mare.
Blokart racing is effectively a sailing sport on land rather than water, proving a popular form of landyacht racing.
Richard, 43, triumphed in the super heavyweight class, while Tom, who is celebrating his 12th birthday today, won the flyweight class.
It means both of them now hold European and British crowns, with Richard believing Tom is the youngest ever European champion.
Richard, who runs an IT company on Wrexham Industrial Estate, said: “It was a great experience for us both mixing with competitors from 14 countries with people travelling from New Zealand, Australia and most of Europe. Tom put his new French basics to good use at the pilots’ formal diner when we sat with some French competitors.”
Tom, who attends Maelor School, Penley, sailed in a mixed weight fleet with fly and lightweight competitors and won all four races outright, not just in his class. This gave him a perfect score of zero points – the lowest score winning – with the next competitor on nine points.
Richard added: “Sometimes it’s on the beach, other times it’s on the runway. I was into sailing but the water for doing that is quite far away. Blokarts are designed to fold away and fit into the boot of an estate car.”
Having conquered Britain and Europe, the pair are now looking at taking on the world at the next world championships in Australia in 2014, but Richard hopes they can be staged in Wales in 2016.
“I don’t know if we’ll make it to Sydney,” he said.
“I’d like to but it will be in January and will be difficult. We’re hopeful that in 2016 it will be in Wales.”