Su­perkart star Harpham back out

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For­mer Euro­pean Su­perkart cham­pion Lee Harpham be­gins the de­fence of his F125 Open ti­tle this week­end at Sil­ver­stone but has had a dif­fi­cult win­ter.

He broke his an­kle in early Fe­bru­ary, lim­it­ing the amount of pre-sea­son test­ing he has been able to com­plete.

“I had the an­kle pinned and plated and hope that the heal­ing process has been suc­cess­ful,” he said. “As a re­sult I haven’t been able to do any pre-sea­son test­ing at Oul­ton Park or Sil­ver­stone last month.”

Harpham will be us­ing a new An­der­son chas­sis for 2016 with the same TM KZ10 mo­tor as last year.

Close ri­val Chris Need­ham also has a new chas­sis for this year. The F125 Open Grand Prix win­ner has switched from the much-favoured An­der­son chas­sis to a Sil­ver­stone chas­sis de­signed and built by Kevin Ri­d­ley.

“I wanted a bit of a chal­lenge and some­thing dif­fer­ent from ev­ery­one else,” ex­plained Need­ham. He has also changed en­gines and will be us­ing an SGM mo­tor for 2016.

The se­ries kicks off at Sil­ver­stone and there is ex­pected to be a grid of nearly 30 Su­perkarts, a num­ber it has not reached for sev­eral years.

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