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WHEN Ethan Ling climbs into his go-kart, all his cares and worries are left behind.

 

The 10-year-old, who has Asperger syndrome, has just won his fourth trophy, despite only takingpart in his first race in February.

 

Ethan often finds school difficult because of his condition – a form of autism which can cause difficulties with communication and social skills, often leading to isolation and emotional problems.

 

But Ethan’s mother Tricia says her son’s go-karting success has been a breath of fresh air for the family.

 

The 34-year-old from St Mellons, Cardiff, said: “Ethan’s been struggling in school as some people don’t understand the condition and it’s difficult to get things across.

 

“He has learning difficulties but when he goes out on the race track he is just like every other child.

 

“I know we all say that we are proud of our kids, but he is really good and he really enjoys it.

 

“He struggles so much at school but this is just a breath of fresh air for us.”

 

Ethan won his fourth trophy at a race in Llandough and was also successful in races in Rissington and Yeovil.

 

Tricia said: “We have been travelling all over the country.

 

“Racing has been so good for him; he is very happy and relaxed when he his behind the wheel. He was five when he first went in a go-kart. We took him on holiday and the rules are more relaxed abroad. He loved it, he became obsessed with it.

 

“When he was eight we put him through race academy in Llandough and in January he passed his test so he could race competitively. We are very proud of him.”

 

Ethan now has plans for a career in racing driving and hopes to find a sponsor so he can continue his winning streak.

 

“He wants to be a Formula 1 driver,” Tricia said.

 

“He has got his own kart already. It’s a very expensive hobby but my husband Steven is a mechanic, so that makes it a bit cheaper for us.”

 

To sponsor Ethan, email patricia.ling@hotmail.com

 

Source:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/cardiffonline/cardiff-news/2011/09/27/asperger-s-boy-ethan-has-talent-for-go-karting-91466-29492418/



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