Brits reign supreme as Donington hosts British Superkart Grand Prix
The theme of British success at Donington Park this year continued over the weekend, as British drivers all claimed victories in three different British Superkart Grands Prix.
The 35th running of this prestigious event was the first time it had been held at Donington, and the nature of the fast and flowing East Midlands circuit proved ideal for Superkart racers, with trackside commentators Jake Sanson and John Ward declaring the races as among the most exciting they’ve seen at any race track.
In the top line Division 1 Superkart Grand Prix, Liam Morley successfully defended his crown by carving through the field to claim victory ahead of German Andreas Jost and Dane Henrik Lilja, while in the Formula 450 category, racing in the same event, there was a British 1-2-3 to savour with Stephen Clark retaining his British GP title ahead of Phil Rowlands and Charlie Johnson.
Brits also reigned supreme in the Formula 250 British Grand Prix, with the crown again defended by Paul Platt with Gavin Bennett second and Ross Allen third.
Perhaps the most exciting race came in the Formula 125 British Grand Prix, with Chris Needham again defending his British Grand Prix title after an enthralling battle between Lee Harpam. Both went wheel to wheel for the entirety of the event and were separated by mere fractions each time across the line. Harpam was able to get his nose in front on several occasions, but Needham was able to cross the line in front when it mattered most.
Meanwhile, some of Europe’s top karters were in action in the CIK FIA European Superkart Championship with victories for Czech racer Adam Kout and Germany’s Peter Elkmann.
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.”
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.
Photos by Nick Purdie