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James Martin Kell

Hi, I am James Kell. I was born in Harrogate in August 2009 and I live here with my Mum, Dad and little sister, Lucy.

I started Karting at Teamsport in Leeds. I began with their karting academy and went once a fortnight. Having made my way through their academy up to advanced, I also took part in their summer series, winning a number of trophies and coming 3rd overall!

In July 2019, I got my own kart, an IAME Cadet on a Synergy chassis. I spent 2019, learning about by kart and doing some practice sessions and the last half of the Wombwell IKR – where I placed 4th in the championship.

I started 2020 how I mean to go on, by becoming a Motorsport UK Licence holder which means I can now take part in MSUK races. The MSUK races are the toughest grids and the very best drivers in the UK! I am really looking forward to learning from the best out there!

For 2020, I plan to take part in not one – but two championships, I am going to – as an asthma sufferer I am going to be raising awareness of Asthma UK!   Wish me luck!

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– Latest News –

Coronavirus Lockdown – Part 1

Coronavirus Lockdown – Part 1

Lockdown Due to Coronavirus, me and my family have been stuck in lockdown since the 18th of march so today is my 20th day! I shared on my facebook before lockdown that I was going to be super careful when karting. The actual lockdown happened so quick tho. So far life...

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First MSUK Race at Whilton Mill

First MSUK Race at Whilton Mill

This weekend was James's first MSUK race since he completed his ARKS test in December. We are absolutely over the moon after the weekend. James's performance far surpassed anything we could have hoped for. Friday 21st February - Testing We left the house at 5am! These...

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Wombwell IKR Round 6

We have been counting down the sleeps to Wombwell IKR Round 6! This is the only track that James has actually raced on before.  He has  had a little bit more seat time since then. He's done some rounds of the scholarship at Three Sisters Circuit, and a couple of...

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End of the first week back to school

End of the first week back to school

Sat here in the playground, pondering the week that has been. From tears and tantrums to content and settled once more. This was Lucys first week at school and not without tears. I suspect not because of school but after havkng had the whole summer at home. Something...

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My Birthday at Teamsport

My Birthday at Teamsport

I have been waiting for my birthday at Teamsport for weeks and weeks.   Alex was getting dropped off for my birthday at 9 and then we were on our way to pick up my other friends. Only he turned up at 8! 😂   The wait is finally over On the way to my...

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James’s 5th Birthday

James’s 5th Birthday

Why did we book a karting birthday party? Well, everything we had read suggested James couldn't start karting till he was about 7 or 8 years old and over 25kg. Dad had even spoken to people at the Autosport show. As it turns out, he had spoken to people that only knew...

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Kartal Motorsport Test Day at Hooten Park

Kartal Motorsport Test Day at Hooten Park

Kartal Motorsport were recommended to my Mum and Dad last time we were at Wombwell as a potentially good team to have some practice sessions with. Although we can run on our own - Dad being a mechanic. We know there is a lot for us to learn. Mum made contact with Alan...

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Summer Series Final

Summer Series Final

TeamSport Leeds - Summer Series My kart in the first session was rubbish! Fortunately it was just a practice session.  There were so many people at the track, there was a race in between the cadet and junior sessions, which made everything a bit livelier. ...

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Sports day

Sports day

Sports day has arrived. We had to walk for about a 5 minutes to the cricket field were we did sports day. There were lots of children. We were split up into groups and my group was called swaledale B. Once we had arrived we got told which task we were meant to do. Our...

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First time at the Three Sisters Circuit

First time at the Three Sisters Circuit

Our First time at the Three Sisters Circuit 5am! I had to get up at 5am to go karting! The shop wasn't even open for us to grab some breakfast... Mum normally gets us croissants when were going out in the morning. Mum always has a coffee too - it makes her less...

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FIVER CHALLENGE

FIVER CHALLENGE

At school we are taking part in the fiver challenge. In the fiver challenge me and my group got given a fiver, and you were allowed to use our own money to add to it. Zak, who is in my group bought crisps, cake bars, skittles and candy sticks and Josh is getting some...

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at the car show

Our friend Barry is part of Harrogate Car Enthusiasts. He puts on a charity car show every year for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Getting ready I got up early to get ready for the car show, I dressed myself  and then me and my dad went to pick my go kart up from work....

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Advanced Session 1 – May 19th

Advanced Session 1 – May 19th

Today was my first advanced session in the cadet academy at Teamsport Leeds. The Paparazzi I had a giggle at my Mum today, because she had to wear a Hi Viz jacket. This was so my Mum and Jamie's Mum could take photographs of us from a different angle. Advanced Session...

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Back at it – another early Sunday start.

Back at it – another early Sunday start.

Back at it today - I had another another early start. My Mum booked a very last minute space for me. She messaged our coach (Ben) at like 9pm last night. He wasn't at the track today though because it's his birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN! Session 1 Harry, who is in a...

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Lets Beat Cancer – Pretty Muddy Kids

Lets Beat Cancer – Pretty Muddy Kids

Cancer. It now affects 1 in 2 people. I am very lucky that I have not lost anyone that is close to me to this horrible disease, but I have family and friends that have beaten it! So this year I have decided to to Pretty Muddy. I want to do it for a few reasons....

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Northumberland

Northumberland

For the bank holiday weekend I went to Northumberland. I went with my friend called Harry, his mum Amy and her boyfriend called Lee. Arrival and Set Up We arrived in Northumberland around midday. Even though it was windy it was bright and sunny too. Me and Harry...

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45.33s Lap Time!!!!

45.33s Lap Time!!!!

Jamie and I had a private session with the cadet coach Ben today. Ben had hurt his foot. He had just hurt it when he fell whilst messing about and jumping around in the pit lane! We both have just one part of the intermediate training left to do and then we can start...

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A Weekend of Sleepovers

A Weekend of Sleepovers

Wow! A weekend of sleepovers. Friday (after Karting where i got a new PB - READ HERE) I stayed with Harry - who I am going camping with soon - it was his birthday and we stayed up till 4 o'clock in the morning playing fortnite! My Mum came to pick me up at 9am to go...

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New PB!

New PB!

My Mum booked me a sneaky session on track on Friday which was wicked. I am very lucky to have my Mum because she does so much to try and get me karting as much as possible. When I got to the track there was only one other family that had booked onto the same session....

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Kids Karting at Teamsport.

Kids Karting at Teamsport.

How did we find out about cadet academy? James has tried karting a few times. He's always wanted to take it up as a hobby, but we thought he had to be 10 years old or so. We once took him to an indoor electric track for his 6th birthday and he loved it. He had a...

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Eggcelent Autograss and Easter

Eggcelent Autograss and Easter

Easter Holidays this year were a bit different for us. We used to have a Childminder, but she doesn't work long enough. My Mum and Dad need us to be able to stay till 5 o'clock or a bit later some times. This meant that we had to go to school club. I do not like...

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Intermediate

Intermediate

Jamie and i are both intermediate cadets. I have been doing it a little bit longer, Jamie is just as good. Today was a cadet training session there were not many people there, I'm guesting  that was because it was Easter. But it meant that Jamie I had a blast. we were...

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Summer Series

Summer Series

Last night marked the beginning of the Summer Series at TeamSport Leeds. Its when the cadets get to race against each other and its a points series. There are trophies each week and we accrue points over the weeks. Jamie is coming too - so that is awesome. The series...

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Wombwell

Wombwell

A bit different today - I didn't get in a kart today. Instead we went to a track called Wombwell to learn all about outdoor karting and see if it something that we can do in the future.

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April 7th

April 7th

Today is my Biggest sisters Birthday - Megan. She's 19!!! We're seeing her tomorrow for a birthday tea, but more importantly today I was back on track. I have been struggling recently with my karting and just dont seem to be able to get past my current best time. I...

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Asthma

Asthma in the UK In the UK, 3 people die every day from Asthma. 2 of those deaths are considered avoidable through proper treatment and care. Asthma now effects 1 in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults. Read James's story below or visit Asthma UK for more information.  ...

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Mum’s Birthday

Mum’s Birthday

Snuck away for a quiet weekend at Centre Parcs by ourselves this time to celebrate Mum's birthday. It wasnt a big one, but it was so so nice to chill out together as were normally always on the go doing stuff.

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Cadets Go Crazy 😜

Cadets Go Crazy 😜

Yikes! That was a crazy session! Haven't been karting for a couple of weeks, and it showed. I went to cadet club which is where the advanced cadets thrash it out. 🏎 No lessons. Just racing. 🏎 I got bashed around quite a bit, hurt my back and knocked my confidence as I...

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Besties

Besties <3

Grace and I have been friends since we were little babies. We can go long times without seeing eachother. i do miss her, and when we see eachother its awesome. I love seeing Grace and wish I could see her more, she just lives too far away now.  Ahh, look how cute we...

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Indoor Funfair

Indoor Funfair

totally epic day today when we went to the indoor funfair. we had burgers, and doughnuts and went on so many rides i felt sick! So much fun! I cant wait until they come back again to do it all over and over and over! I am now finally tall enough to go on the dogems on...

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OUTDOOR KARTING

OUTDOOR KARTING

We did something a little different today. Mum and Dad took us up to Teeside Karting where I got to try an outdoor track for the first time. It was completely different - and wet - it was so much faster than the indoor karting that I have been doing and I managed to...

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February 24th

February 24th

Well what a day we had today. We started off by karting and I had a great time. We learned breaking points around the track. I also met Jamie. He started karting a couple of weeks ago, when I missed a few sessions, but he is so good. We had so much fun together today....

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Poorly Sister – AGAIN

Poorly Sister – AGAIN

My litte sister has not been very well again. both of us are not ill very often, but when we are ill, we are very ill. My asthma has always caused me problems and my mum didnt think i would every be able to be a sporty boy, but i have proved her wrong!! Back to little...

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Which kids Rib Protector for Karting?

Which kids Rib Protector for Karting?

Its a minefield out there, looking for the best kids rib protector! Whilst I didn't want to spend too much initially in case this was just a phase. Ensuring James was safe and comfortable was paramount. Coming from an equestrian background, I know the benefit of good...

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OMP RACE SUIT

OMP RACE SUIT

So I am totally the luckiest boy in the whole world right now! Mum and Dad have bought me an OMP racesuit! They said they managed to get hold of a second hand one by looking on the facebook selling pages. I LOVE IT!

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INSTAGRAM

INSTAGRAM

Mum says I am actually quite good at this karting and I might at some point need sponsors as its so expensive and she doesnt have enough money. She keeps saying she might have to sell a kidney, but I am not quite sure if she is serious or not???? So she's set me up...

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Bike Ride

Bike Ride

I have been trying to find out how to improve my stamina as I do get tired on the last session at karting. We do 3 sessions each time we go out, and its hard work. Dad says I need to do more exercises rather than playing on the xbox all day and Mum says I need to eat...

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Here we go again :)

Here we go again 🙂

Today we were weaving through the cones and learning which parts of the track to use. Ben that runs the academy is awesome. He makes it so much fun and we learn so much from him. My big sister came with us again which was great and she is doing really well with her...

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you all got to spend time with your family and enjoyed presents and food! I didn't get my kart, but i got a new helmet! I got a Spiderman helmet!!!

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I have been a good boy Santa

I have been a good boy Santa

We went to see Santa at Birchfield IceCream today. We have been seeing Santa here for the past four years. We have been to see many different ones before, but this one is the best. An elf meets you at a little hut and takes you down to Santa's workshop. The elf...

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My sister came karting too!

My sister came karting too!

I did a 48.52 lap time! I have been to TeamSport Leeds like 4 times now, and my lap time is down from over a minute to under 50 seconds! YES! I am slowly getting more confident now. I am now a member and have my own membership card. We are hoping to come every two...

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OMG OMG OMG OMG!

OMG OMG OMG OMG!

The first ever karting session, I was terrified! My first lap took me over a minute and a half - ahaha - but I got that down to  54s by my third session on track.

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Brimham Rocks and Happy Halloween

Brimham Rocks and Happy Halloween

Had a day out with my Grandma at Brimham Rocks in Harrogate. I love it there so much! Had so much fun with my friend too. Then it was halloween and time for fancy dress - this is my little sister as a witch.

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I miss Mum when shes not here

I miss Mum when shes not here

So Mum has a company called The Golden Paste Company, she makes turmeric foods for animals and it helps them with things like arthritis and poorly skin. Actually, mostly why she made the company is because turmeric has really helped me with my Asthma! but thats...

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I’m not staying here!!

I’m not staying here!!

....said my Mum! We got back from our holiday and the house was such a mess, Mum decided we were going to move out for a few weeks while the builders finished the work! I am so pleased she did. It was such a mess.  

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Centre Parcs

Centre Parcs

Mum thought it would be a good idea to go away for the week whilst the builders were knocking through the kitchen into the extension - so we were not around for the really messy bits! I have sever asthma, and she didnt want me around the dustiest part. We went to...

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Dad is 40!

Dad is 40!

Dad is getting old - I mean really old... .we celebrated his 40th birthday in style with a party followed by karting with all his friends! Anyway whatever - we went to teeside karting to watch dad race, but there were some kids there with their own karts and one of...

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