British success continued over the weekend at Donington Park as British drivers claimed victores in all three different British Superkart Grand Prixs.
The 35th running of the Superkart event took place at Donington Park for the first time. The nature of the fast, flowing East Midlands circuit proved ideal for the Superkart racers. Commentators and spectators alike all agreed it was one of the most exciting Superkart event they’ve seen at any race track.
Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “We were delighted to welcome the Superkart racers to Donington Park this weekend, and they put on a sensational show. We’ve always known that Donington is the perfect venue for exciting car and bike racing, and we now know that Superkarts and Donington go hand in hand. We very much enjoyed working with the organisers, and hope to see Donington become the home of Superkart racing in the UK for many years to come.”
Liam Morley, in the Division 1 Superkart Grand Pix, carved his way thorugh the field to claim the victory ahead of German driver Andreas Jot and Dan Henrik Lilja. The Formula 450 category, who raced in the same event, saw a British 1-2-3 with Stephen Clark retaining his British GP title ahead of Phil Rowlands and Charlie Johnson. Paul Platt – one of the British winners of the Superkart Grand Prix
British drivers reigned supreme in the Formula 250 British Grand Prix with Paul Platt defending his crown, Gavin Bennett taking second and Ross Allen third.
Arguably the most exciting race came from the Fromula 125 British Grand Prix with Chris Needham defending his British Grand Prix title in an enthralling battle between Lee Harpam and himself. Both were wheel to wheel for the entire event and were separated by only fractions of a second each time they crossed the line. Harpam had a little chance on several occasions, but it was Needham who took the chequered flag.
Some of Europe’s top karters were also in action at the weekend in the CIK FIA European Superkart Championship with victories for Czech rider Adam Kout and Germany’s Peter Elkmann.
The next major event at Donington Park is the Masters Festival on 4-5 July, with two days full of top quality historic racing. Tickets are available in advance for £15 per day with full weekend admission priced at £25, children aged 13 and under go free. Hospitality packages are available from just £55 per person. For more information visit www.donington-park.co.uk.