On Sunday 10 June at least 26 teams from across the country, including four teams from Birmingham, will be racing in the second 2012 Elite Karting League event at Ellough Park, the 1.065km outdoor track in Suffolk. 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 over 100 karters taking part, proving that affordable karting doesn’t mean compromising on competitiveness. Each event entry costs a driver less than £100 and teams stand to collect prize money of up to £1000 per event.
At round one, Hereford Heroes scooped the Race of Champions cash prize, taking home £625, but it is Teamsport Tornadoes who lead the overall team standings. Matchams Machines are close behind with Birmingham Wheels Bullets and Pontefract Pirates in third and fourth respectively. Hereford Heroes lie fifth with Cambridge Cobras rounding out the top six.
The Birmingham teams include a trio of ‘Birmingham Wheels’ – the Bullets, Bulldozers, in seventh and Bruisers in 18th. Just above the Bruisers in 16th are the fourth Birmingham squad, the Raceway Raiders. In the driver standings, Lee Hackett from the Bulldozers (20 year old student from Leominster) is second in the driver standings from the 101 drivers that have competed so far. Also putting in a strong performance was Ryan Lindsay for the Bullets (23, Coventry).
The track action on Sunday 10th will include 12 sprint races, a 12 lap Race of Champions and two one-hour endurance races. 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.
Bayford Meadows was the first of six events being held throughout the season which culminates on 11 November 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:
“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. The Race of Champions brings a big buzz with the cash prize and then the endurance races are a great contrast with team-work and consistency paying off. We’re getting more enquiries from teams wanting to join us so we will hopefully be seeing the grid growing as the season progresses.”