RAMPISHAM racing star Daniel Mackintosh has returned with stunning victories at Clay Pigeon Raceway, winning the first two rounds of the 2019 summer series of the IKR Championship.

Mackintosh started kart racing aged eight and was advised to stop racing three years ago after a series of accidents compromised his health. Now 15, he never stopped believing in his abilities.

During his enforced sabbatical, Mackintosh has kept himself fit by playing rugby and currently fills the number three shirt for Bridport RFC under-15s.

His passion however has always been motor racing and, now fully recovered and raring to show what he can do, he has once again teamed up with Jeff Johnson who he started his racing journey with at the age of eight.

Mackintosh impressed everyone straight away with the lap times he achieved in his first outing for over three years, driving a twin engine prokart just losing out on a podium in the final to his mentor Johnson.

In April 2019, he was invited to test a two-stroke junior rotax kart at Forest Edge Kart Track in Hampshire. Despite having a lower specification engine and old tyres, Daniel was just half a second off the pace having never driven a rotax kart before.

His first race was in April competing in the IKR summer series driving the same kart with a lower spec non-evo engine but, on control tyres.

He dominated the practice sessions and despite some technical gremlins earned second place on the grid for the final. Slotting into second place after an awkward start, Mackintosh drove a mature and tactical race covering the lead kart for 10 laps. On lap 11 he made a measured and decisive move to overtake into first position and used the final three laps to pull away winning by three quarters of a second.

Mackintosh has since won the second round in May, and now leads the championship. He is determined to get back to the level he believes he is capable of and will be making every effort to make up the ground he has lost.

When asked what he wants for the future, Mackintosh said: “My immediate goal is to get more time competing in karts and move into full size cars as soon as possible, others have three years advantage so I cannot hang about, drivers are getting F1 chances at 18 years old so I have a lot of catching up to do!”

Mackintosh has now successfully completed his first test in a Ginetta G40, 100bhp, 120mph full-size racing car and has been invited by Elite Motorsport to attend their annual three-day test in Spain to hone his skills.

If successful, he could compete in the final two rounds of the UK Junior Ginetta G40 championship to be held at Brands Hatch & Silverstone.

These events support the British Touring Car Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup and Formula Four.

With expected crowds in excess of 40,000 and full TV coverage on ITV4 it will be the perfect opportunity for Daniel to showcase his skills.

Sponsorship partners are now being sought to help support Daniel and take advantage of this perfect opportunity to promote their business to a major motorsport audience.

Custom sponsorship packages are available, enquiries via Terry Mackintosh on 07932 645511 or terry-mack@outlook.com plus Ed Ives, Elite Motorsport on 07590 804865.