Ugo’s triumph in the FIA’s leading junior karting championship means he joins fellow ADD driver and McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris by having this title to his name.
The 13-year-old American – born in the same year that Hamilton made his F1 debut for McLaren – won the prestigious OK Junior FIA European karting championship in 2020 with Kart Republic. The previous winners of the competition include British F1 drivers Norris and George Russell as well as quadruple F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
Alongside being a part of McLaren’s junior programme, he’ll also be supported by ADD Management in 2021 as he graduates to the senior OK class with Kart Republic.
Ugochukwu began his karting career in America and has since racked up numerous karting championships such as the Junior ROK Challenge of the Americas and Mini X30 IAME All-Stars Finals in 2017. His first major karting success came when he won the Mkro ROK Cup USA Championship in 2014 when he was just seven-years-old.
With numerous prestigious titles already under his belt, Ugo has his eyes set on continuing this success and adding his name to the list of triumphant McLaren Junior Programme alumni.