Paul Fletcher had a night to remember as he was awarded with the prestigious ‘Sir Malcolm Campbell Memorial Trophy’ in recognition of his services to Karting. The trophy was presented to Paul at the MSA’s ‘Night of Champions’ which took place in London.
Over 20 years ago, Paul Fletcher’s plan to have his own karting track came to life in the shape of PF International. The plan was to provide a modern facility and a brand new kart circuit.
So in 1994, the 1080 metre circuit, was made. It had slow, fast and medium corners, some decent straights, hairpins and ‘run off areas’. Added to that was ‘parc ferme’ and ‘dummy grid’ areas.
Off track was the one of the biggest paddocks in UK Karting. Fully tarmacked and capable of housing 160 competitors in the main area and a further 160 in the rear paddock. Also to complement this was a modern building complex housing bar, restaurant, toilets, showers and garage facilities.
The vision Paul Fletcher had was to create the ‘best karting facility’ in the UK and provide racing for ‘club’ drivers on a purpose built kart track – hence the need to create a kart club capable of organising and promoting events at the venue – Trent Valley Kart Club (TVKC) was born.
Soon into its history the Panorama viewing room was built, also providing a double covered dummy grid area, and an onsite Retail Shop (JM), the premises were soon becoming established in UK Karting.
As the years have gone by Paul Fletchers dreams became a reality but driven by the ambition of TVKC, the plan was to reach out to Europe and the World of karting and showcase the great facility that is PFi.
2010 was the breakthrough year when the CIK-FIA granted the first such sanctioned event in the UK for over 45 years! It was only a European Qualifier – but – it ignited a brilliant 5 years of International karting at PFi.
The momentum was, and is still rolling, the highlight of which was in 2011 when a £1.3 million extension to the circuit (including a ‘flyover’!) made it the longest in the UK at 1382 metres, this allowed the CIK-FIA (along with support from the MSA) to apply for an International ‘A’ Grade licence – this was duly granted and PFi, at that time, became one of only 9 such Kart circuits in the World! CIK-FIA events kept coming to PFi, the culmination being a World Championship Round in 2013 – World acclaim for the venue and also World acclaim for TVKC as they were honoured to receive the 2015 award from the CIK-FIA for the best organised event of the year.
The improvements continue to come. Electricity to every pit bay in the paddock (free of charge courtesy of TVKC), ever improving off-track facilities, a ‘big screen’, ongoing circuit lighting and safety area enhancements. With the never faltering ambition and drive of Paul Fletcher & TVKC the PFI Kart Circuit will forever evolve in it’s improvements to deliver great racing to the UK and the World.