Three teams of aspiring karters from the Birmingham region have signed up to compete in a new national karting series - the Birmingham Wheels Bruisers, Bullets and Bulldozers. The Elite Karting League is providing the chance for members of the public to pursue a driving career in one of the country’s most popular sports. Some of the biggest names in motor racing began their career in karts, and the Elite Karting League promises to make karting affordable to those who want to try their chances against drivers from around the country.
Teams and drivers are competing for trophies as well as cash prizes, with a prize fund of up to £1000 per event. With the new format, the spectator appeal has been given a big boost so the events are going to be a good day out for the family as well as a highly charged battle between competitors.
The action packed event gives plenty of track time for drivers with teams taking part in a one hour practice session, one of four heats, qualifying and a Race of Champions and two qualifying sessions for two endurance races of one to one and a half hours.
The Birmingham Wheels will battle prove one of its teams to be the best national squad in the UK, in identical karts with Biz Kart Evo chassis and twin GX160 Honda engines. The teams are being headed up by Sean Brierley who will have a pool of drivers from which to select the drivers for each event.
Team members already registered include Stuart Lindsay, 49 from Coventry, and his son Ryan, 23, who will be in competing teams. Ryan is a race instructor and aged 20 bought a Lamborghini Gallardo and started a company hiring it out for driving experience events. Darren Pearce, a 29 year old retained fire fighter and new product developer from Wotton under Edge has joined the squad, as has Paul Lycett, 35, who is a managing quantity surveyor from Stourport-on-Severn.
Starting at Bayford Meadows in Kent on Sunday 20 May, six one-day events will be held at kart circuits across the country. Drivers do not need to be as skilled as Lewis Hamilton as each of the participating teams will offer training opportunities at their local circuit.
Aspiring karting stars wanting to know more about the regional heats, scholarships and club nights at their local track can visit the website at www.TheKartingLeague.co.uk or simply join the team owners on the Facebook EKL Teams Association page to find the nearest team.