Karters vie for honours

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AT least 26 teams from across the country, including the Northampton Knights, will be racing in the second 2012 Elite Karting League event at Ellough Park, the 1.065km outdoor track in Suffolk on Sunday.

The series is a completely new concept in the UK and is bringing together a wide variety of talented karters who are bidding to become the national team champions.

The first event last month at Bayford Meadows in Kent was a great success, with more than 100 karters taking part.

Team manager of the Knights is Luke Austin 21, who works for the Force India F1 team.

Alongside Luke in the team is a Force India colleague, Dan Underhill, 29, and James Hayden and James Fitchew, 21 and 25.

The team is currently 12th out of the 25 teams and will be looking to move up the table at the Suffolk event.

Dan was the star driver of the day, finishing an impressive 14th in the driver standings of 101 competitors.

The track action on Sunday will include 12 sprint races, a 12-lap Race of Champions and two one-hour endurance races.

Bayford Meadows was the first of six events being held throughout the season which culminates on November 11 at Teesside Karting, Middlesbrough.

It’s not too late to take part. Aspiring karting stars wanting to know more can visit Facebook.com/thekartingleague.

Kat Pope, Elite Karting League Coordinator, said: “The first event went really well. The drivers were all very pleased with the amount of track time and we managed to squeeze a lot of racing in for every team member.

“Each team has a variety of grid start positions, so everyone has to race from towards the back at some point, so to be the best the teams have to make the most of every race.”