Brave double amputee, 6, dreams of being next Lewis Hamilton after go-karting joy

Tony Hudgell loves his new go kart, and even though he is very young, is always trying to help others (Image: EMMA CATTELL)

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Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton had better watch out – brave double amputee Tony Hudgell wants his crown.

The amazing six-year-old was on the race track yesterday to raise money for British veterans.

And like seven-time F1 world champ Lewis, 36, he proved to be a real whizz at go-karting.

He sped around in his custom-made red kart, which is fitted with an accelerator on the steering wheel.

Tony said: “I really want to be a race car driver. I want to be like Lewis Hamilton and go really fast.

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Tony lost his legs due to abuse he suffered at the hands of his twisted parents when he was just an infant
(Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)

“It is so much fun and I love my new go-kart.”

Tony was given the kart by the ­charity for wounded vets, Back on Track, after becoming its mascot.

The inspiring lad was hoping to raise £15,000 for the cause.

He has already walked over six miles on his prosthetic legs and raised £1.5million for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital in South London, where he is still being treated.

Tony whizzes around the track in his custom made go kart
(Image: EMMA CATTELL)

He said he has now fallen in love with go-karting and has been racing Afghanistan veteran Private Mark Allen, 30, also a double amputee.

The two struck up a bond and ­yesterday Tony led out a charity race at the Karting for Heroes event at the Daytona Outdoor Go-Karting track at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey.

Tony had to have his legs amputated from below the knee when he was just 41 days old
(Image: Paula Hudgell / SWNS.COM)

Mark served with the 1st Royal Anglian Regiment and lost both his legs in 2010 when he stepped on an improvised ­explosive device in Helmand province.

Mark, from Wiltshire, said: “Tony is a very special little chap. As soon as he saw the karts going round, you should have seen his face – it was obvious he wanted to be out there.”

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Charity trustee Michael Rust added: “I was amazed by Tony’s driving skills and lack of fear. He was fast and fearless. I’m glad we put a limiter on the car.

“He even took the corners well, not losing much momentum in the turns. Tony has clearly got real ­aptitude for the sport.”

Tony is aiming to raise £15,000 for brave veterans
(Image: EMMA CATTELL)

Tony was just 41 days old when he was admitted to hospital with numerous fractures, multiple organ failure and sepsis after having been terribly abused by his birth parents.

The medics did not expect the tiny tot to survive – but they battled for six weeks to save him and later had to amputate both of Tony’s legs from below the knee.

Foster carer Paula Hudgell, 52, then gave him a home with her husband and eight older children, and Tony has thrived.

She said: “He’s always been part of our family from day one. We’re so proud of him every single day. He’s very strong-willed and extremely bright.

The brave lad idolises Lewis Hamilton
(Image: PA)

“Tony has even told me he wants a Lamborghini when he is older – so I’m not quite sure what we have started.”

She added: “But it is his new friendship with Mark that is so really important.”

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