Damani Marcano hopes to one day be a professional racing driver. Karting is the main route into a career as a driver in motor-sport.
In 2013, Damani completed his first season in karting. He exceeded all expectations by achieving 3rd in the 2013 HKC Championship (Junior Rotax class), 2x Top Novice Awards & the club's "Most Improved Driver" award.
Andrew Franczak, Sports Editor of the Hertfordshire Mercury commented that ":to achieve this in his first season is quite a feat".
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Financial Barriers in Motorsport
Before a driver can get close to sponsorship he or she needs to race & practice often enough to turn talent into skill. With talent in motorsport primarily selected from the few wealthy enough to race three to four times per month to develop this skill, money"“rather than talent"“has become the overriding factor in motorsport.
To race at these levels can cost in the region of £30,000-£40,000 per year across 3-4 club championships, with some spending more.
Damani's expectations are far more humble, knowing that he'll have to remain determined and work ten times as hard if he is to out-perform some of his better funded competitors with the resources he has.
"I can't give up. That would mean that all the hard work I'm putting in, everything we've given up and what we've achieved means nothing in motorsport. Anyone with the passion and determination should get an equal shot." - Damani Marcano
Damani chose to make numerous sacrifices to get this far. He has given up time with friends and playing on games consoles to complete homework well ahead of time so that he can race at the weekends and practice during school holidays. He helps a lot around the home to allow Dad to do put in more hours to pay for his racing. Holidays, gadgets and even home-improvements have all seen massive cut-backs to fund Damani's racing. Unfortunately, this still isn't enough.
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