Wednesday, Apr 4 03:01pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

12-year-old Jacob Douglas headed to Thailand for ROK Cup

Karting in New Zealand continues to thrive, evidence of that being 12-year-old Jacob Douglas who will this week fly to Thailand. 


Just last weekend Douglas fought to defend his Vortex Mini ROK title at the KartSport New Zealand National Sprint Championship event.


In one of the most exciting races of the entire weekend at the KartSport Rotorua facility, Douglas came from behind to win the race. However, he was later disqualified following a protest by another competitor. 


With the highs and lows behind him, Douglas will fly to Thailand for the opening round of the ROK Cup. The event is also being run in conjunction with the second round of the Kart Championship of Thailand at Bira Circuit, Pattaya, south-west of the capital Bangkok.


Photo: Graeme Hughes

Douglas in action at the National Sprint Championship (photo: Graeme Hughes) 


Born in Christchurch, he last year won the National Sprint Championship at Invercargill and represented New Zealand at the ROK Cup International meeting in Italy last November.


Whilst there, Douglas was invited to race in Thailand by members of the Cavallino Ferrari and Singha Beer-sponsored Thai team.


32-year-old former European Champion Carlo van Dam runs the team. The Dutch driver is also a former German and Japanese Formula 3 champion who went on to race and win in Japan's Autobacs SUPER GT Series. Last year he drove in the Blancpain GT Series for Kessel Racing in a Ferrari 488 GT3 and finished second.


Douglas will be joined by mentors Matthew and Tiffany Hamilton as well as his father Craig Douglas.


Later in the year Jacob will be back on an aeroplane heading for the United States where he has several race meetings scheduled with the Aluminos team.


Photo: Graeme Hughes