At 12, Daniel Lake is years off being able to even book a driving test, but that does not stop him roaring round a racetrack pushing his battered Vauxhall Nova to the limit.

Daniel, of Clouston Road, Cove, is a pupil at Oak Farm School and races in the juniors with Tongham Motor Club and Fleet Motor Club. After just over a year in the sport, he has competed in nine races and won six trophies.

When points were added up at the end of the season, he came second in the end of year Fleet championship and that trophy was presented by the legendary Mick (Duffy) Collard, who will be well known to local stock car racing fans.

Daniel drives an old Nova which his father David has stripped and fitted with a roll cage, harness and special seat. A family friend painted the body.

The junior class uses only first and second gear and the 20 or so cars in the class barrel round the track at about 50 mph.

Said his mum, Nicola: "He rolled his car last summer and ended on his roof. He wasn't hurt; he was laughing and thought it was great. It was good, because once he rolled the car he lost all fear and realised he couldn't hurt himself."

Motor racing runs in the family. Daniel's dad David Lake won the 2001 championship in his 16v Nova supersaloon at Tongham Motor Club and has raced hot rods for many years at Spedeworth International. Mum Nicola also loves the sport, even though it means the family has to sacrifice holidays.

It is an expensive hobby. Although the junked cars cost only about £50 at a scrap dealer's, stripping and fitting them out for racing can cost about £1000.

Daniel has a few more years to go in the juniors and is hoping to find a sponsor whose name he can add to his car. He will be revving up on March 3 at a race meeting at Rushmoor Arena and at Easter he will be racing at Brick Kiln Farm just the other side of Alton. Signs to the farm will be posted on the day along the A31.

Racing is not Daniel's only interest. He is equally passionate about fishing and also likes to cook.

Potential sponsors can contact the Lake family on 01252 376432.