This weekend see’s the fourth round of the Rye House Pro Kart Championship take place and Team Karting magazine are very excited to be welcoming Matt England and Steph Walters to the team.
Up to this point the team have been getting stronger and stronger and last time out in the televised event we scored our best result with 5th place out of 36 karts. Racing for the team that day was Harry Webb and Bradley Philpot, see picture below.
Other team members so far include Piers Prior, Joe Scorey (F100 British Champ) and Luke Cousins.
This round Team Karting magazine are very excited to welcome both a British Champion and Female driver who has stepped on podiums in countless big events as well as being an influential figure around karting paddocks.
Team Captain, Lee Henderson
Not yet mentioned is of course our Team Captain, Lee Henderson who has been working hard to secure the drivers for this round along with racing for us in the Power Maxed DMAX Team Endurance Championship on Saturday.
Ahead of this Saturday’s race Lee commented:
“After claiming our maiden piece of silverware last month I think it’s important we carry the momentum we currently have into this round. So far we have been joined by some real quality drivers and that is no different this month with Matt and Steph. Neither are strangers to the Rye House circuit and will without a doubt be formidable team mates. We’re fast approaching the halfway point in the season and I think we’ve now really found our feet in the series and can keep pushing for a top 5 in the championship.”
Matt is the reigning TKM British Champion so needs no real introduction for this weekend. He was tipped at the start of this years championship as the favourite by Super One Series commentator Alan Taddei and has thus far proven a good bet taking a win at GYG last month.
Matt has been a front runner in the TKM classes for many years and with this years series bringing the biggest grid in Super One it’s no secret Matt is one of the best drivers this country has to offer.
Last year Matt was also voted as Senior Kart Racer of the Year in Downforce Radio’s 2015 Awards.
Ahead of this weekend’s race Matt commented:
“I am really looking forward to driving with Team Karting magazine and BIZ Karts in the RHPK Series this weekend. I last raced at Rye House about five years ago in the Unipart Garage Equipment Services Team as part of the BEN Motor Industry Charity event, but I think I can remember my way round!”
“I can certainly recall wearing a front tyre through the canvases down the back straight, I just kept my foot in despite it not handling and came into the pits sideways. I am sure we will be on good rubber this weekend.”
“It will be good to get back out on the Rye House circuit and experience the Pro Kart class of karting. Karting is a great sport and whilst I enjoy campaigning a Tal-Ko Racing Formula TKM, I still hold really find memories of my times in other classes.”
“As Kart driver it’s important to remember that we are all out to enjoy our racing in whatever class we race.”
Steph’s achievements in karting go way back with one of her first major successes being back in 2011 when she finished runner up in the Club100 Lightweight Championship. At the time she was the first female to receive a championship trophy!
Two years later Steph set up her own EKL team in the shape of the Northampton Maidens. In 2014 she showed her love for the sport on an even larger scale as she set up and organised the WKS (Woman’s Karting scoiety) race which brought women from all different racing backgrounds together.
More recently in 2015 Steph has showed her speed in the endurance format by finishing 2nd in both the Brit 24 hour at Teeside and Rye House 12 hour races.
There’s no doubt her knowledge and pace will be a great asset for the team not only for this weekend, but also going forwards for the rest of the season
Ahead of this weekend Steph commented:
“I’m hyped up and raring to go for this weekend’s race at Rye House with Team Karting magazine. I’d like to say a big thanks to Karting magazine for inviting to me to race in RHPK, such a high level championship. I’m looking forward to racing at one of my favourite tracks using a BIZ chassis which I’ve heard nothing but great things about. Bring it on!”
So that’s the team announced now we turn to Saturday. A grid of almost 30 teams is expected and if last month is anything to go by then it should be another great event with even better racing.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for LIVE updates throughout the day.
See last months race start below
Karting Magazine are being sponsored by BIZ who are supplying the karts and UFO engines with Rye House Kart Raceway sponsoring all the entry fees.
Karting Magazine expresses huge gratitude to these extremely important supporters. You can find out how the team fares in our full Round 4 report early next week.
To find out more about Rye House Pro Kart Series (RHPK) head to their website –http://www.rhpk.co.uk/
Images courtesy of Andy Webb, Sprocket Photography & Chris Walker, Kartpix