BENNETT AIMS FOR TITLE AFTER ENGINE SWITCH

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British Superkart Association Division One champion Gavin Bennett says a switch to DEA engines in this season’s MSA British Superkart Championship can help him claim the title from three-time winner Paul Platt. Drivers in this season’s F250 National Championship have the option of switching to kit engines to cut costs on engine development. New standardised Honda engine components replace parts such as the carburettor and crank case, with a five-speed donor engine required. Bennett has raced on DEA engines in European and domestic BSA competition. The Briton, who finished second to Emmanuel Vinuales in the CIK-FIA European Superkart standings after the final round at Le Mans last season, said: “All the new engine manufactures such as DEA, THR and Viper have done a good job of development, but my loyalty lies with DEA from my European racing. Paul has claimed the domestic title for three consecutive years and is staying on the Honda engine, so I want to prevent him from making it four titles in a row. The switch to DEA will give me the boost I need to do that.”