Wed | Dec 11, 2019

Nathan ‘Racer Kid’ Sewell aiming for the top

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:50 AMMickella Anderson - Automotives Writer

Eight-year-old Nathan ‘Racer Kid’ Sewell is on a mission.

Just last year, the talented youngster boldly started his career as a race kart driver, under the keen guidance of his dad, Gerald Sewell. In fact, it was only by chance that young Nathan’s prowess on the track was discovered. He would often observe as his dad drives, and on one outing his own potential was realised.

“We went to Rocket Go-Karting experience and when he started to drive, people saw his talent and asked if we are aware of the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA),” Gerald Sewell told Automotives. “We weren’t aware of it and they said I should take him there because he is talented, and when I took him there, it was a sure go.”

According to the doting dad, “Before racing, he always wanted to drive on my lap when I’m driving off-road, because sometimes we go fishing and we go farming. He drives on one leg and steer while I press the gas,” he explained.

A rookie no more

Nathan started out last year in the 50cc class and he did exceptionally well until in 2019, he started his Mini Max journey with great speed.

“They had a rookie system, which means he had to enter three races before he could qualify or come off rookie status. In every race, he would have to start at the back every time because he was a rookie,” Sewell said. “After the rookie status, he proved himself and came from the back and won the race in three laps out of five, and they moved him out from that class and in the next class up.”

He says his son always makes the podium and has dreams of representing Jamaica in international karting competitions, and also to become a Formula One driver in the future. He is currently ranked third in his class, but has plans to dominate the field next year.

So immense is his talent that he has garnered attention from notable figures in the motorsport fraternity, including Jamaica motorsport aficionado Peter ‘Zoom Zoom’ Rae.

Nathan also manages well academically and is a top speller.

Sponsorship needed

To continue his dreams, however, dad says it will take some help.

“We are inviting sponsors to come on board for a mutual partnership,” he said, noting that not only will the publicity benefit sponsors, but the assistance will also help to keep his son’s dreams alive.

“I am not the mechanic, so I have to pay his mechanic and purchase things like tyres,” said Sewell.

He continued, “We are seeking support in monetary donations or racing equipment and services. In exchange for your generosity, you will receive special recognition on Nathan’s social media pages (Facebook and Instagram); we will also display your company or organisation’s name on his official racing gear.”

To contact Gerald Sewell, please call (876) 468-3343, or simply keep up with Nathan via Instagram – @Nathansewellracing or on Facebook: Nathan Sewell.