Cadwell return for karting

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High-speed wheel-to-wheel racing and extraordinarily fast lap times will be a feature of this weekend’s (30/31 August) British Kart Grand Prix, which returns to Cadwell Park for the first time since 2011.

A round of the Superkart European Championship, the event is one of only three FIA-sanctioned Grand Prix in the UK this year, the others being for Formula 1 and MotoGP.

Many Formula 1 stars, including Ayrton Senna, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, learned their racecraft in karting. But whereas they started their careers in 100cc-engined single-gear karts on short circuits, the Superkart Grand Prix is for faster and fiercer machines, capable of lapping Cadwell Park nearly as quickly as Superbikes.

Designed to race on full-length circuits, the Superkarts have high-revving engines driving through six-speed gearboxes and are wrapped in aerodynamic bodywork including wings to keep them on the ground at high speeds.

Three categories of Superkarts will take to the undulating Lincolnshire circuit this weekend, starting with Division 1 Superkarts, powered by two-cylinder 250cc engines producing around 100bhp - as much as a road car and at a fraction of the weight! Single-cylinder 250cc National class karts and 125cc Open class karts will also each have their own races.

Cadwell Park’s long sweeping start/finish straight will see the karts reaching speeds in excess of 140mph, while the mini-racers’ legendary handling will provide a superb spectacle from the fast bends of the parkland section to the daunting Mountain and Hall Bends. Despite competitors’ budgets being a fraction of the cost of GT sportscars, lap times are comparable and the race is expected to be one of the fastest of the year at the venue.

In addition to a trio of karting classes, there will also be races for the Northern Sports and Saloons series, which features a wide variety of touring and GT cars.

Tickets are available in advance from £10, with free entry for children aged 12 and under.