July is without doubt the most eagerly anticipated month of the year in A&D karting. Domestically it signals most championships half way point and everyone is either eyeing up championship ambitions or trying to save the season of what could have been. On the International arena July also hosts two world championships, first up the Sodi World Series, which will be held in Paris and Kart World Championship that will be hosted in Martinsicuro, Italy.
Sodi World Series
The SWS works a very cleaver system where individual tracks around the world host SWS points scoring races for 3 different classes, Sprint (Senior), Endurance and Juniors. Here in the UK the qualifying races are currently held at Buckmore, Ellough and Mansell Raceway. British drivers have had great success at the World Finals most notably Piers Prior who claimed a 3rd place in the Senior class in 2014 and Matt Luff who won the Junior class in 2015.
This year we could once again see British based success in France with especially strong representation in the Endurance and Junior classes.
Gwilym Old – Sprint
Gwilym is the only British based representative in the Senior Sprint class. Winning his place to this years world finals from Buckmore being the highest ranked driver at the track and 4th in National ranking. Going up against personally my picks for the championship in Matt Bartsch and Simon Delvenne will be difficult, but I’m sure he will be pushing hard.
Chaos (Piers Prior, Oliver Wheddon, James Lee and Michael Crees) – Endurance
Chaos had an extremely strong 2015 in the SWS qualifying races and even claimed the 4 round 6 hour endurance championship at Buckmore. The team has experience in the World Finals and that could well be the key factor if they are to break the European teams stronghold in the class.
Bro Racing (Daniel Walker, Luke Walker and Phil Large) – Endurance
Bro Racing completely dominated the Ellough Park Open Endurance championship scoring 7 wins and three 2nd places from ten starts. Those results saw them finish 2nd in the UK rankings and they will be the first team to represent Ellough at the SWS finals.
Matt Luff – Junior
As the reigning SWS Junior champion Matt will have a big target on his back. I’m sure he will handle the pressure well and look to make it back to back world championships.
Robert Welham – Junior
Robert qualified from Ellough Park’s Junior championship, which he dominated at the circuit securing both the Winter and Summer championships. Even though Robert this year is racing owner driver championships his sights are firmly set on adding a World Championship to his growing trophy collection.
Fraser Brunton – Junior
Fraser was able to qualify for Paris this year by racing at both Ellough and Buckmore to great success. This pocket rocket will be hoping that experience of going to different circuits will give him every chance to become a world champion.
From all of us here at Karting magazine we want to wish everyone the best of luck this weekend and hopefully we see lots of British success.
Kart World Championship (KWC)
The KWC this year will be taking place once again in Italy as it did in 2015. Just as last year the KZR karts. This karts are gearbox rental karts and are used on a indoor track!!!
This year the competition is probably the closest it has ever been with reigning champion Mathias Grooten facing challenges from the likes of Rubén Boutens, Robin Borremans, Tom van Dijk, Sander De Baets, Ian Anderson, Bjorn Vermeulen, Regis Gosselin, Lorenzo Stolk and Stefan Verhofste. Unfortunately for the 2nd year in a row the UK won’t be represented at the KWC which is something that will change very soon.
So will Grooten retain his crown or is it finally the year Boutens takes his maiden world championship or will Borremans become the man again or will anyone else claim the prestigious KWC title? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
Bored on your lunch break? Want to watch some karting to make the day pass? Check out some of the links below of racing from the past month in the A&D world.
DMAX Inter Heats Rd5
DMAX Lights Heats Rd5
Driver of the Month
Well this month signified a change to the way Driver of the Month was selected by posting a shortlist 48 hours before column was released and the response was amazing. The top 3 is…………
3rd – Sam Foster
2nd – CKS Throatpunchers
1st – ……….Matt Luff!!!
So it’s another victory for Matt on what has been a very dominant month. It was a very close affair with the top three split by only ten votes. So for Matt a new Karting Magazine sticker set on its way to you.
Until next month, ciao!
Written by Lee Henderson
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