Brentwood School karter Matthew Luff triumphed in Paris at the weekend to be crowned Sodi World Champion for the second year running…the first ever driver to do so.
Fourteen-year-old Matt prevailed - despite a huge height and weight disadvantage – to beat 39 drivers, from across all five continents, and take the title on the prestigious Racing Kart de Cormeilles track.
Proud mum, Mrs Lynn Luff, explained: “It was unbelievable! You knew it was a big ask....at 5ft 11in, Matt was almost double the size of virtually all the other competitors and was 15 kilos over the top weight. The driver from Dubai, who came 3rd, weighed in at only 26 and could only be weighted by a further 15 kilos whereas Matt weighed in at 63.”
The Paris event is the biggest global event of the Sodi World Series and the Racing Kart de Cormeilles track is regarded as one of the most beautiful European karting circuits.
In the Super Final, Matt was placed in P3 on the starting grid but by the first corner had taken second place and, working it brilliantly, took the next bend fast enough to come out with enough speed to help him up the hill to sail past the leader.
He then lead the whole 15 lap race taking the chequered flag over 2 seconds ahead of the 2nd place (Belgium) and 3rd place (Dubai) drivers to claim the World title. France's National Champion, Remy Goreville, could only manage 5th place down from 3rd place last year.
For the first time, the 2016 presentation dinner was held aboard one of the famous Bateau Parisiens’ cruises along the River Seine with winners enjoying a celebratory meal as they cruised past some of the most beautiful Parisian monuments.
Matt, the new double world champion, returned to Romford laden down with silverware adding a further five trophies to add to his growing collection of well over 200.
Prior to last weekend’s Finals, Matt was announced Driver of the Month in Karting Magazine and discovered that at last year's World Finals he set a new lap record for Racing Kart Cormeilles Track 2.
Brentwood School Director of Sport, Mr Ian Wignall, said: “This is truly amazing. Following the national title, to be crowned double world champion is nothing short of phenomenal.”