Knights follow in Button’s kart tracks

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THE Northampton Knights Kart team is all set to compete on the Dorset Track where Jenson Button started out.

Button began his motorsport career at Clay Pigeon Raceway and the expanding Elite Karting League will follow in his tracks on Sunday (July 22) when 27 teams comprising more than 100 drivers will compete in the third event of the 2012 series.

The outdoor 815 metre circuit will provide the same challenges for the nationwide squads as Button faced in his karting days.

The action-packed circuit, combined with the ultra-competitive equalised performance karts, will provide exciting racing for drivers and spectators.

EKL is approaching the halfway point in its debut year.

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

The Northampton Knights currently lie 10th in the standings.

Luke Austin, 21, (Northampton, F1 Designer) is the highest Knight in the individual driver rankings in 33rd out of 130 contenders.

The success of the EKL series is in part down to the affordable karting and competitive racing. It costs less that £100 to enter and there is prize money available at each round of up to £1000.

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Sunday will see an action packed day with drivers taking part in a one-hour practice session, 12 sprint races, the ‘dash for cash’ Race of Champions and two endurance races of a minimum of one hour each.

The teams are racing in identical karts with Biz Kart Evo chassis and equalised twin GX160 Honda engines with drivers being weight equalised to ensure fair competition and exciting racing.

Kat Pope, Elite Karting league coordinator, said: “We’re really looking forward to our event at Clay Pigeon.

“The track’s one of the best in the country and I know we’ll see some fantastic racing there.

“We’ve got five more teams joining us and it’s great to see so many newcomers to karting having a good time out on track.

“I’m proud of how well the teams are doing and that we seem to have got the formula right.”