William Kellett from Kells has been selected as the Young Racing Driver of the Month for May by Sport Ireland and Motorsport Ireland. William’s performances during the month included third and fourth places in the Fiesta Zetec races at Bishopscourt, as well as setting the fastest lap in the first race at the Co Down circuit.
William (18) started his motorsport career in Junior Rallycross at the age of 14, driving a Nissan Micra to a string of podium finishes in late 2014 and 2015. This propelled him to third place in the Junior Championship for the 2014/15 season.
For 2016, his father Alastair, himself a well-known racing driver and car preparation expert, converted the Micra into racing specification, and William immediately had a successful season in the Future Classics class.
Last year, he changed to the Fiesta Zetec Class, where he had a great season, taking three wins against fierce opposition as well as several pole positions and fastest laps. He would like to progress to the British Touring Car Championship in the coming years.
William’s car is backed by Dunshaughlin Motor Company, dmc.ie, The Tyre Brigade (Athlone), Mr Gearbox and Mr Clutch, JH Autobody of Dublin, and Kellett Motors (Kells). He has recently completed his Leaving Certificate exams at St Ciaran’s Community School in Kells, and plans on continuing his studies at University of Limerick in September.
Having been selected as the second Driver of the Month for the 2018 season, William is now a contender for the prestigious Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Award, the historic Sexton Trophy. This award is presented annually and is supported by Sport Ireland and Motorsport Ireland.