Karter Smelt gets Polo R for Volk­swa­gen Cup move

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Karter Sam Smelt will grad­u­ate to car rac­ing this sea­son with a drive in a Power Maxed Rac­ing-built Volk­swa­gen Polo R in the Volk­swa­gen Rac­ing Cup.

Smelt, 20, has raced karts for the past five years and most re­cently fin­ished sev­enth over­all in the Ro­tax Max Win­ter­cup. He tested his 2017 ma­chine for the first time at Don­ing­ton Park last Thurs­day.

“I’ve wanted to move into cars and have the am­bi­tion to get to tour­ing cars,” said Smelt. “I know I have a lot to learn but hope to gain the ex­pe­ri­ence in the first year and look for chal­leng­ing more in the sec­ond.

“It’s awe­some; I can’t be­lieve the torque and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to rac­ing it. I’ve done track­days at Don­ing­ton be­fore but most of the other cir­cuits in the cham­pi­onship will be new to me.”

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