Category: Junior X30
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kanato was introduced to karting at age 7 and entered his first race in October 2017 at age 10.
In 2018, he competed in his rookie season in the cadet class throughout Japan where he had a number of podium finishes and a win.
He continued to race in Japan during the 2019 season but had a taste of UK racing during the Summer with Fusion Motorsport in an MSA and LGM race at Rowrah and culminating in a 7th place finish at Kartmasters in the IAME Mini X30 category. What he experienced from those 3 races made him realize that he had to come to the UK to compete with the world’s best young drivers.
He moved to the UK by himself in January, 2020 to start his British Championship and European Championship rookie season with Fusion Motorsport in the IAME Junior X30 category.
He scored several pole positions in 2020 but highlight of the year was finishing 5th in the IAME World Finals in Portimao, Portugal.
In 2021 he aims to compete at the front in the UK and Europe in what could be his final year of karting before a move to cars supported by Elite Driver Management and MB Partners.