A LLANELLI business will be backing south Wales schoolboy Caleb McDuff as he gets behind the wheel in this year’s MSA Bambino Karting Championship.
Spotless Recruitment has become a season sponsor for the young driver, supporting his long term dream to become the first deaf Formula One driver.
Craig Thomas, one of the directors at Spotless Recruitment said: “As a social enterprise putting people and communities first is at the heart of what we do.
“We invest heavily into community projects and over the last five years we have set up twenty projects across south Wales.
“When we heard about Caleb’s story we wanted to get involved by supporting his ambitions in a practical way. We wish him every success as he competes in this year’s championship.”
After a series of ear infections as a toddler, Caleb, now aged eight, was left profoundly deaf.
Like most boys he developed a love for cars, but unlike most boys, from the age of six he also started racing, all over the UK, in the Bambino Kart Racing Championship.
Four years ago Caleb had major surgery to fit cochlear implants.
He wears sound processors day to day, but when he races he is unable to wear these.
It means he cannot hear the sound of his own engine, or the other karts, and has to rely on all of his other senses to help him compete.
Not short of fans, he has over 11,000 followers on his Facebook page Silence Racing — Caleb McDuff.
Caleb has won admirers from all over the world, and his story has featured in many national publications.
In his first racing season in 2014, he was awarded the accolade of being the Most Improved Driver, and was nominated by the public for the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year 2014 (Young Player of the Year).
In his second season he made significant gains and finished on the podium twice.
The 2016 MSA Bambino Kart Racing Championship enters its third round in May. Junior racers compete on the same tracks that produced Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, and David Coulthard.
Caleb is raring to go once more and will be competing in Scotland next month.
To help him successfully compete in the 2016 season his family are appealing for further sponsors.
His father Ian, who owns French Auto Solutions in Pontypool, has encouraged Caleb’s love of cars and racing from the start.
“Caleb has made a good start to the season,” Ian said.
“It’s been a remarkable journey for him and he has achieved so much.
“We are really grateful for the way that the local community and local businesses have supported him too.
“If any businesses would like to know more about sponsoring Caleb they can get in touch via his Facebook page or website.”
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