Buildbase is proud to announce its headline sponsorship of rising go-karting star, 12-year-old Ty Cuthbert.
Throughout 2021 we will be cheering on Ty, marking three years of support as he’s gone from strength-to-strength on the British go-kart racing circuit.
After previously competing in the Super One Series, Ty has official outgrown his Mini Rok kart and is now stepping up his game as he enters the Ultimate Karting Championship (UKC) as part of the Sodi racing team this year.
Last weekend saw the first round of the UKC and Ty was revved and ready to go with his Buildbase-branded rider’s suit and new Sodi Junior Rotax Kart.
Ty exceeded his lap time targets every time, gaining speed with every heat. Due to being one of only two novice drivers he had to start at the back but never finished last. He came in at P33 from 36, which is a fantastic achievement considering his experience in the kart. Ty thoroughly enjoyed himself and felt proud of his progression.
It was fantastic to be back on the circuit after a turbulent year. As lockdown hit, many of last year’s events were cancelled or postponed. So, alongside home schooling, Ty refocused his attention on e-racing, coming fourth in the Sportscar Worldwide Lockdown World Championship. Off the back of Ty’s success came a drove of opportunities for e-sports commentary including a spot with Formula 1 Esports.
When rules permitted, Ty wasted no time in getting back on track. As well as going two rounds of the Super One Series, he performed well in a UKC 2021 test day in Wales.
Ty also qualified for the British Indoor Karting Championship (BIKC). He went on to win the local finals by a complete lap and took second place in the regional finals. Unfortunately he didn’t make the BIKC 2020 finals day last weekend, due to the first round of the UKC.
As well as Ty’s success on the track reaching international stardom with a host of media interviews such as with Mexican newspaper Luces del Siglo he enjoys more than a million impressions on Twitter alone.
So, what can we expect from Ty this year?
“This year will be a big learning curve. There’s a grid of 39 in UKC, which is absolutely huge. Similarly to how we approached Super One, he’ll be starting out as a novice driver. For age group 12 to 16, he’ll be among the youngest on the grid. He did really well at the test day and we never put any pressure on him to perform. It’s about getting out there and learning. Hopefully he’ll bag some novice trophies and prizes along the way. Once the first two rounds are out of the way we’ll get a good steer on what’s to come for 2022.” said Ty’s dad and manager Chris Cuthbert.
“We couldn’t afford to do these kind of level championships without financial support. Karting is incredibly expensive and we’ve been really lucky this year with all of our sponsors and the continued backing from Buildbase.”
UKC 2021 dates:
Round 2 – 18-20 June – Rowrah
Round 3 – 23-25 June – Larkhall
Round 4 – 20-22 August – Glan y Gors
Round 5 – 10-12 September – Shenington
Round 6 – 29-31 October – Warden Law
If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch TY on TV over the next few months in the UKC, which will be televised across the UK, USA and Europe with a massive audience of 180 million.
You’ll also find Ty battling it out in the Junior category of theBIKC 2021, which kicks off this summer.
We’ll be sharing Ty’s progress on Twitter over the coming months @BuildbaseUK