Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Pho­tos: kart­ By Jack Benyon

Bri­tain will boast its own round of CIK-FIA kart­ing cal­en­dar in 2017, as the Trent Val­ley Kart Club’s PF In­ter­na­tional has been awarded the FIA’S kart­ing world cham­pi­onship for OK and OKJ class ma­chines.

The UK will crown the 2017 cham­pion with the event due to take place in the twi­light of the sea­son on Septem­ber 24.

TVKC and chair­man of the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion’s Kart­ing Com­mit­tee, Nigel Ed­wards, be­lieves the po­ten­tial to crown a World cham­pion at the Lin­colnshire venue is huge for Bri­tish kart­ing.

“Its mas­sively sig­nif­i­cant that it’s the penul­ti­mate round,” said Ed­wards. “It’s our chance to crown the Se­nior and Ju­nior cham­pi­ons on our UK podium.

“There are young kids out there from the UK in the ju­nior kart­ing sys­tem who have the po­ten­tial to win the world ti­tle at their home round. There’s also the se­nior guys with more pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence, they’ve got a great chance too.”

Ed­wards hailed the in­put of PFI cre­ator Paul Fletcher, who started the cir­cuit build in 1994 and put over £5 mil­lion into the cir­cuit. He re­ceived the MSA’S Mal­colm Camp­bell award in 2016 for ser­vices to UK kart­ing.

“When we had the first taste of CIK kart­ing in 2011 the cir­cuit had been 1100 me­tres,” added Ed­wards. “But to sat­isfy full CIK re­quire­ments the cir­cuit was ex­tended to 1382 me­tres, we added the fly­over which is un­usual. There’s only two cir­cuits with one, us and the Mika Salo track in Fin­land.

“We have the full sup­port of Paul [Fletcher] whose in­vest­ment at the cir­cuit con­tin­ues. He’s spent £5 mil­lion to get it where it was and then an­other mil­lion and a half to get it up to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

BRDC Bri­tish F3 driver Enaam Ahmed, the last Bri­tish CIK cham­pion at World level in 2014, said: “I think it’s re­ally, re­ally good. The tracks now in the UK – es­pe­cially PFI – they’re proper, good tracks; they could ri­val most car tracks. It’s re­ally good to have it in the UK, which will hope­fully boost the UK kart­ing scene too.”

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