Aydan defies agonising condition to chase his dream in motorsport

Brave 10-year-old MK driver speeds onto national karting scene.

A young Milton Keynes driver is defying the odds as he chases his dream of a career in motorsport.

Aydan Hassan, aged 10, suffers from an agonising rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) that causes him to regularly dislocate his bones.

But the brave little racer has refused to let the condition affect his life and he has excelled in the competitive world of karting since asking his parents if he could give it a go aged six.

Despite competing against fighting-fit drivers aged up to 13 in MSA racing, Aydan came fourth in the Shenington Winter Series, sixth in the Rissington Championships, fifth in the Shenington Championship and was named second best rookie in the BirelArt UK Series in 2017.

His success has catapulted him onto the LGM series this year, which sees him compete against some of the top young drivers in the country. Aydan’s achievements have not gone unnoticed locally, as he was named top MK sportsman at the MK inspiration Awards 2017 and he picked up the Perseverance Award at Shenington Kart Club.

His mum Gemma also suffers from the condition along with her other two children, Theo and Maddison.

Gemma said: “We are so proud of Aydan and what he has achieved.

“Every day is a battle for him but he continues with a smile on his face. “We cannot believe what he has achieved so far in his career – nothing gets him down and racing is his way of shining.”

For further information see Aydan Hassan Racing on Facebook and follow Aydanhassan64 on Instagram.

This feature was published in the March 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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