Former CIK-FIA European Superkart champion Lee Harpham will not contest overseas competition this season. The 2012 European title winner finished sixth in last season’s championship alongside his domestic success. He will instead focus on defending his F125 Open title as this year’s continental racing calendar will clash with work commitments. “With the number of races, particularly in August, it’s one weekend after another,” he said, “so I would have to have the whole month off work. It’s a shame but I want to defend my 125 Open title and there are some new, quick lads coming into the class such as Liam Morley who’s a great driver.” Harpham believes up to seven racers could realistically fight for this season’s title: “After the terrible grids of 2012, it’s looking like a competitive field of over 30 karts, as it’s an economical class. With Morley, and [125 British GP and UK Cup winner] Dan Edwards moving into the class permanently, it’s going to be a fight to hold on to the title.”