June 3rd

Europe’s finest karters head to Donington this weekend

The CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship begins its season at Donington Park this weekend, as part of the British Superkart Grand Prix, the first time the European Championship has visited the circuit since 2004!

Karters from across Europe representing eight nationalities will do battle at speeds of up to 140mph in some of the smallest, but quickest machines to grace Donington this year! 23 racers have been confirmed for the European races with nine drivers from the UK going up against the finest karters Europe has to offer.

Among the overseas challengers are reigning champion, Frenchman Emmanuel Vinuales, who has won the championship three times. He’s likely to face a stern challenge though as he’s had little pre-season running, while fellow front-runner, Czechoslovakian Adam Kout has already enjoyed success with victories in France and Germany.

The 2008 European champion, Germany’s Peter Elkmann is also confirmed, and has plenty of miles under his belt and has also taken two victories in other categories this year.

Other nationalities competing in the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship include drivers from Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden.

Britain’s leading light is Gavin Bennett, who is another triple European champion, with fellow British racers including Carl Hulme, Liam Morley, David Harvey, Simon Rushforth, Carl Kinsey, Victor Hempshall, Jason Dredge and Charles Craven.

Many of the European aces will then join the main race, the Superkart Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday afternoon, with a massive entry of karts and drivers expected.

Aside from Superkarts there are several other races for Classic Touring Cars, Formula Ford 2000, MG Owners Club and Clubmans, which celebrate their 50th anniversary this weekend.

Tickets are available in advance until 5pm on Wednesday 3 June. Tickets will then be available for purchase on the gate throughout the weekend, with free entry for children aged 13 and under.

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