Uckfield's Lewis Riley, seven, with his Ninja Kart, which has a petrol engine and is capable of speeds up to 40mph.

Seven-year-old Lewis Riley targets Ninja Kart glory

Football and tennis just didn’t make the grade for seven-year-old Lewis Riley as he tried different after school clubs … all he was interested in was cars.

Every Saturday he helps his mechanic dad Mark at his garage in Alfriston. He also enjoys watching banger racing at Arlington and the family has watched some Formula racing too.

Eventually it became clear to Lewis’ parents that they needed to give him the chance to try racing himself.

Driving test

They heard about Ninja Kart racing which is for six to 11-year-olds and very quickly Lewis passed a driving test which has enabled him to race all over the country.

The test included learning the meaning of racing flags, being able to complete a track circuit in a given time and get out of a kart in a set time too.


Lewis Riley with his Junior Driver Competence Assessment Test certificate.

Lewis, who lives with his family in Forge Rise, Uckfield, and attends Harlands Primary School, only started racing in June but he has already clocked up a third place after competing with 15 other Ninja racers.

Formula One

He now has his own kart, which is powered by a petrol engine capable of speeds up to 40mph, and his parents are looking for local sponsors who might help him on his way as he follows in the footsteps of another Lewis, the four-times Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

If you would like to support Lewis please call his mum Gemma on 079566 903776,  or email her on mgriley52@aol.com.

Unfortunately the Arlington track isn’t suitable for Ninjas, it is too bumpy for the low karts, and so the family follows Lewis to Arena Essex, Aldershot and Swaffham, in Norfolk, where he competes as a novice.


Cheering him on are mum and dad Gemma and Mark and his brother and sister, Hayden, 11, and Bethany, five.

Gemma said: “Cars is all Lewis has ever been interested in, he loves helping his dad at the garage on a Saturday and it’s nice that he’s making friends now all over the country that he has got something in common with.”

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