Bayford Meadows hosted the first round of the new Elite Karting League (EKL) which saw the newly formed Birmingham Wheels trio of squads competing -the Bullets, the Bulldozers and the Bruisers. Team members from the area that drove for the Birmingham Wheels included Alex Vongeen (28), Sean Brierley (20), and father and son Stuart and Ryan Lindsay.
It was consistency that got the Bullets enough points to end the day lying third in the overall standings with 13 top ten finishes in the 16 sprint races including one win. In the Race of Champions, with a cash prize fund, the team started on pole position, but wasn’t able to hold off the tough competition and finished in third. In the two one-hour endurance races, the Bullets finished second and third. The Bulldozers finished a very credible seventh overall, having notched up eight sprint race top-tens including a win and two second places. In the Race of Champions they gained two positions during the race to finish fifth and finished ninth and fifth in the Enduros. The Bruisers made gains on the track which didn’t translate to top results. Having finished in the top ten in three sprint races, they gained three places in the ultra-competitive Race of Champions before gaining five places in Enduro 1 to finish 16th and, having been 24th at the mid-point in Enduro 2 made a push back through pack to finish in 19th.
The Elite Karting League offers affordable competitive karting. Each event entry costs a driver less than £100 and teams stand to collect prize money of up to £1000 per event. Drivers are weight equalised to 90kg making the racing more competitive. The teams are racing in identical karts with Biz Kart Evo chassis and equalised twin GX160 Honda engines.
It’s not too late to join EKL. Visit Facebook.com/thekartingleague.
The next round of EKL takes place at Ellough Park, Norfolk on 10th June.