Rachel Allen's son Lucca (13) sets sights on Formula 1
Published 21/02/2016 | 02:30
As a toddler, Lucca Allen went through a phase of always wearing his big brother's quad helmet - and now his mum knows why.
He wore it every minute he was awake - in the kitchen, sitting in the car, and walking around the supermarket.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent, celebrity chef Rachel Allen says he literally refused to take it off.
"He was so funny and cute, but I suppose now it makes more sense - it was all a sign," she said.
At just 13, Lucca Allen has a string of motor sporting achievements under his belt.
In 2014, he won the Motorsport Ireland Cadet Championship, the Irish Karting Club Championship and the Southern Irish Karting Championship.
Last year, the teenager was one of four Irish junior drivers to race at the Karting World Championships in Le Mans, France.
His long list of accolades and potential for international success has also accelerated.
This month, Lucca signed a contract with HHC Motorsport - one of the top teams in UK motor racing.
"I love the competitiveness; it's a very individual sport. Nothing compares to the feeling of being behind the wheel and winning a race," he said, adding that Michael Schumacher is his favourite race car driver.
Although the ambitious teenager, who drives at 70 miles per hour, knows his mother finds it difficult to watch him race, Lucca has his eyes firmly set on Formula 1.
"The ultimate dream is to get to Formula 1, but there is no rush. I'm going to carry on going through the ranks and when the time is right I'll make the move," he said.