Driver challenges 2-year ban

A 13-year-old kart driver is appealing a doping ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Igor Walilko of Poland is scheduled to give evidence at the Lausanne-based court on Thursday when his lawyers challenge a two-year ban imposed by motor sport’s governing body, the FIA.

Walilko was 12 when he tested positive for the banned stimulant nikethamide after an international karting race in Germany last July. It was the driver’s first doping test.

Walilko’s lawyer Michael Lehner tells The Associated Press the case is ”very difficult” for the teenager.

Lehner says Walilko was known as a national junior champion before his reputation changed to ”a criminal child.”