Kart Race To Commemorate Surtees

A celebration of 50 years since John Surtees secured his Formula One world title will take place at the third running of the Henry Surtees Karting Challenge at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands this summer.

The annual event on July 1, in support of the Henry Surtees Foundation, is a two-hour endurance race run on Daytona DMax karts. Entrants get the chance to compete against motorsport celebrities in the week leading up to the British Grand Prix.

In celebration of Surtees. remarkable career, his F1 title-winning Ferrari 158 will lead an on-track display of cars, during the racing programme.

Entrants are also invited to a post-race award ceremony, champagne and canapé reception and prestigious auction hosted by Bonhams.

“In the first 12 months of the new HSF-supported service, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance have performed 69 emergency blood transfusions,.Surtees said. .Please help me celebrate my anniversary year and HSF to save more lives..

To enter a team of four drivers costs £1000. A minimum of £500 in sponsorship or minimum donation is also required. Email info@henrysurteesfoundation.com to book.

Wood Told To Target Cadet Crown

Leading Cadet racer Tom Wood can take the experience of fighting for last season’s MSA British IAME title and be crowned champion in his final year in the class, according to team boss Steve Lake.

The 12-year-old finished third in the points last season after a tight battle with former Fusion Motorsport team-mates Alex Quinn and Oliver York ended at the final round of the season at Shenington. Wood followed former Fusion Junior team boss Dan Hart to the AIM Motorsport squad ahead of the Kartmasters British Grand Prix in August last year. He claimed this season’s Trent Valley Kart Club Winter Series title, and is seeded third in the British Championship. “Tom was a credit last year but this season is his third and final in the class and it’s his year to win the title,” Lake said. “The TVKC Winter Series crown showed he’s looking very promising. We’ve only used average engines and restricted the performance over the winter races to make him work harder for wins.”

Lake said Wood must ensure his mental approach to race weekends is good enough, something which has been needed over the course of his cadet career. Wood already has a deal in place with the team to take part in the Junior Rotax Euro Challenge International Open in Zuera in October, ahead of a British MiniMax campaign next season. “He’s got the talent and is physically strong enough,” Lake added. “We’ve been working on the mentality over the winter and we don’t see outbursts if he doesn’t win anymore. We go away and assess professionally. He has the ability to be as quick as Dean MacDonald.”