The Ultimate karting championship past and current drivers who have advanced to excel at all levels of motorsport.
Find out more about our champions below:
Born in Epsom, UK, in 2010, Kenzo is the latest driver to join the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Junior Programme. Success in the Cadet karting class has seen Kenzo ascend to the top ranks of the British karting scene.
His breakthrough year came in 2021 as he earned a ticket to the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Bahrain. In 2022, Kenzo dominated the Cadet class, winning the Ultimate Karting Championship Series, British Kartmasters (GP Plate), British Karting Championship (O Plate), and finishing as the British Karting Championship Vice-Champion.
In 2023, Keno made the step up to the Junior class, competing in UK and International Rotax under the Mercedes AMG umbrella.
Rising star Gabe Fairbrother will take the first steps into car racing for the 2023 season after agreeing a move into the Quaife MINI CHALLENGE Trophy with the EXCELR8 squad.
The highly-talented teenage racer will join the Suffolk-based squad on the back of a successful career in karting, where he firmly established himself as a driver to watch with several impressive performances on track.
Having already secured multiple race wins in the early stages of his career, the 2022 season saw Fairbrother secure the Junior Rotax class of the Ultimate Karting Championship, following in the footsteps of drivers such as Mercedes F1 Junior – and British F4 race winner – Daniel Guinchard.
Fairbrother’s decision to move into the Cooper class of the MINI CHALLENGE for his first taste of car racing comes as part of a longer-term vision to forge a career in GT competition in the coming years, and will see him look to benefit from the motorsport ladder put in place by the EXCELR8 team to aid young drivers embarking on the early stages of their career.
Noah Wolfe has been driving since the age of 5 and actively competing since the age of 8, achieving great success at tracks all over the UK and Europe.
2021 saw Noah make history as the first cadet racer to win the double at KartMasters Grand Prix in IAME cadet and Honda cadet.
He also became the British Open Champion, PF Plate Champion, this was on top of securing 3rd in the IAME British Championship and becoming Vice-Champion in the Honda British Championship as well as securing many podiums and pole positions in the LGM Championship. Following this success, Noah also finished in the top 10 at the IAME World finals in Italy.
With lots learned, 2022 was a big year, Noah's first in big karts and competing in two major national championships in MiniMax, becoming the 2022 Ultimate karting champion !
Noah now races in OKJ competing all over Europe with the likes of 2020 Ultimate karting champion Nathan Tye.
Daniel was born in the United Kingdom in 2006 and was signed to the Mercedes F1 Team’s junior programme ahead of the 2022 season.
Since 2016, he has been working his way up the karting ladder and started competing at a national level in 2018, where he was vice British champion in the Honda Cadet class.
2021 was a breakthrough season for Daniel, winning the the Ultimate Karting Championship in Rotax Junior. He also won the British championship in Rotax junior and X30 Junior classes.
Daniel moved into single seaters with Argenti in the British F4 series and after a successful maiden season has been approached by multiple teams ahead of the 2023 season.
After winning the 2020 Ultimate karting championship, the series entered Nathan into the Iame I games held at Portimao in Portugal.
This was to be Nathan’s first international race and unknown to anyone at the time, the start of a very successful International career.
After finishing 3rd in the final, Nathan was spotted and picked up by the Sodi factory team.
Since then Nathan’s victory’s around the world securing the champions of the future title and 3rd in the FIA OKJ series has been defined as historic by many. Nathan Tye Jnr turned the spotlight not only on himself but also on the French team, long-awaited in the Junior and Senior classes.
Since the beginning of this year, Sodikart has been able to count on Tye to navigate in the front positions, happily so, thanks to results. Between WSK, COTF, and, above all, FIA Karting, Nathan has made sure that he can be present in the situations that count.
“In 2020 UKC was a new championship in the midst of Covid and we decided to sign up very last minute, literally days before it started. It was one of the best decisions we ever made and I went on to win the 2020 championship. Paul Phelan and the UKC team knew i was desperate to race in a European race, so my prize was an entry to the Iame I games. I made the podium on my 1st European race and was scouted by Sodikart, who offered me a trial in Italy. From this I was offered a full factory drive with their French team to compete on the OKJ category in the FIA champions of the future and WSK races. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity UKC gave me."
Gabriel Stilp, “Stilpy”, was born 20th August 2007 in Northamptonshire to parents Hannah and Daniel and is the youngest of three brothers Jacob and Zachary.
Gabriel spent many years watching both his brothers compete in karting, travelling up and down the UK as well as across Europe, but didn’t himself sit in a kart until aged 10 years old.
His first club race was in 2018 at his local karting club Whilton Mill International Karting Circuit in Northamptonshire where he competed in just 11 Cadet Races before jumping straight into the IAME X30 Mini’s series in 2019 aged 12.
Since 2019 he has raced for the CROC-Promotions UK Karting Team, collecting his first notable title as CHAMPION at the PFI Mini X30 Winter Cup Series, and that’s when the dream started to become a reality, to race the best and climb the leaderboards in whatever class he competes in.
After winning the Ultimate karting championship in 2021, Gabriel has gone on to become double world champion in Junior X30, winning the title in both 2021 and 2022.
Gabriel now races in Formula 4, competing throughout the UK and Europe.
After winning the 2020 series in the Junior category, Luke was provided with test day with Junior Ginetta champions R Racing.
After being immediately impressed with Luke’s driving, he was given a development program with the team that would see him take on a years testing before being provided with a race seat the following season.
Now part of the driver line up, Luke is enjoying a great deal if success and learning his craft in car racing, guided by the best in the business - R Racing.
Sean took the title of the Senior Ultimate karting champion in 2021 with support from his team KR-SPORT.
Sean has since focused his efforts on the Rotax European championships and took 1st place in the standings to now be declared the 2022 Rotax European champion.