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Wales hosts EKL karting spectacular at Llandow
Old 18 Sep 2012 12:33
Category: Karting
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Hot on the heels of Rally GB, Wales sees a completely different kind of competition visiting its country. The South Wales Karting Centre, Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, 15 miles south west of Cardiff, is hosting the fourth round of the Elite Karting League calendar on Sunday. Approaching 30 teams are expected to be battling for race wins, team points and the cash prize ‘Race of Champions’ in the karting spectacular. The teams are racing in identical karts with Biz Kart Evo chassis and equalised twin GX160 Honda engines with drivers being weight equalised to ensure fair competition and exciting racing.

The outdoor track is 1050 metres long with nine corners and is the next challenging track for the 120 drivers expected to be competing. The series is revolutionising karting in the UK with its approach and is appealing to professional karters and novices alike. The format means fair and competitive racing at all levels and is proving to be very popular with new teams joining for every round.

Teamsport Crawley will be fielding a new team for Llandow to rival the two sister teams from nearby Teamsport Brighton’s kart track. It is the Brighton’s Teamsport Titans that currently lead the League with 28 points, ahead of Birmingham Wheels Bullets on 26.5. Close behind are Cambridge Cobras, Teesside Tigers, Teesside Thunder and the Worcester Raptors rounding out the top six.

There has been a nine-week summer break but the teams have been busy practicing and competing. The annual British 24 hour endurance race was won by EKL’s Teesside Tigers with an impressive 12 lap lead after completing 1010 laps in the round the clock event.

The two all-girls teams will also be keen to get back on track after competing against each other for the first time at the last round in Dorset in July. The Teesside Angry Birds just managed to pip the AKS Angels on points so the Worcester based Angels will be keen to retaliate this time out.

Racing takes place on Sunday 23rd September with 12 sprint races, a cash prize ‘Race of Champions’ and two one-hour endurance races. Drivers pay £99 to enter with prize money of up to £1000 available at each event. More information can be found on thekartingleague.co.uk and Facebook.com/thekartingleague.

Kat Pope, Elite Karting League Coordinator:
“The teams are ready to get back after the summer break and we’re expecting even more competitive racing in Wales. We haven’t had a wet race yet so if Wales brings us some autumnal weather it could add another challenge and more excitement on track. The Titans have held a strong lead so I think the front runners will be looking to knock them off their top spot this weekend. After their fantastic 24 hour victory the Teesside Tigers are definitely worthy opponents so it will be interesting to see the League standings on Sunday night.”
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