Plenty of action for local karting fans
THE next two weekends are action packed in kart racing circles and kick off this Saturday at Kirkistown for the prestigious K plate meeting.
The big one though is when British championship kart racing returns to Nutts Corner Circuit next weekend (29 & 30 May) when the UK and Irelands top drivers take on the second round of the MSA championship, in karting circles known as the Super One series.
The Super One series is the one that has helped create the most recent formula one champions and the Ulster Karting Club has pulled out all the stops to ensure that the event is every bit as successful as the round of the series that they promoted last August.
At the announcement of the return of the championship, UKC chairperson Richard Lusty commented “The UKC and the circuit owners are especially proud that such a prestigious championship has returned to the province. Hopefully the series organisers and their team will once again have a great experience at what is undoubtedly one of Europe’s best venues.”
The championship was here last August and the post event report analysis estimated that the event generated some 220,000 to the economy of the area as well as publicising the area through some 50 million homes throughout Europe due to the terrestrial and satellite TV and radio coverage.
That event was a massive drain on club funds and with this years event being early in the season the club has very limited financial resources at present. Even so, the club has obviously pulled out all the stops to ensure that such a prestigious European wide televised championship has returned to the province.
As a result, any local companies interested in purchasing trackside banner space can contact the club through their web site www.ulsterkartingclub.com
In the run up to the Super One meeting locals were in hot action recently the circuit in the most recent round of the Ulster Cup series.
In the case of the Cadets classes they were very keen to show off their skills, especially as the class will provide support racing to the Super One round.
Dromore’s Ross Graham has also had a great start in the class and last time out a fourth, only 0.2 seconds behind Megan, also showed his podium potential.
In the World Formula class, David Lilburn missed out the last Ulster Cup round but a superb win at Kirkistown just afterwards has now put David into the lead in the Northern Irish championships.
Dromara’s David Johnston will also of been fairly content with tenth in his first full season in the sport.
Practice for the British championship event at Nutts Corner Circuit starts on Friday 28th with heats on 29th and finals on 30th May.