Fit­ti­paldi vis­its cel­e­brated GYG

North Wales Weekly News - - COMMUNITY EVENTS - BY DAVE JONES dave.jones@north­ @DaveJDai­lyPost

TWO-TIME For­mula One world ti­tle holder Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi was a spe­cial guest at a motorsport event in the area which grooms young cham­pi­ons of the fu­ture.

Brazil­ian Fit­ti­paldi, World Driv­ers Cham­pi­onship win­ner in 1972 and 1974, vis­ited GYG Kart­ing, a fam­ily run rac­ing cir­cuit in Cer­ri­gy­dru­dion.

The much-cel­e­brated fa­cil­ity is now home to the largest kart­ing cham­pi­onships in the world.

Last month saw GYG host the fi­nal two rounds of For­mula Kart Stars 2015.

The se­ries is sup­ported by Bri­tish busi­ness mag­nate and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the For­mula One group Bernie Ec­cle­stone. It is the only kart­ing cham­pi­onship backed by For­mula One teams and F1 Man­age­ment.

Bri­tain’s Lewis Hamil­ton, the 2008 and 2014 For­mula One world cham­pion, has of­ten said he would not have reached the heights he has in his sport with­out the in­flu­ence of the Kart Stars events.

Ed­die Davies, GYG cir­cuit owner and his fam­ily were pleased to welcome the leg­endary Fit­ti­paldi to North Wales.

Ed­die com­pleted his son’s rac­ing li­cense on­site to be able to com­pete in the For­mula Kart Stars Se­ries.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see F1 Driv­ers sup­port­ing the ground roots of motorsport and lovely to have them stay­ing on­site,” said Ed­die.

Fit­ti­paldi was filmed com­plet­ing nine rac­ing laps on the cir­cuit in a kart and pre­sented tro­phies to the young win­ners.

Ed­die’s daugh­ter Gemma added: “We are ex­tremely proud to host For­mula Kart Stars. The se­ries sup­ports young in­di­vid­u­als wish­ing to start a ca­reer in rac­ing.”

Also at the cir­cuit was pre­sen­ter Nikki Shields from Sky Sports F1, who tele­vised the event.

GYG Kart­ing was built by Ed­die Davies back in Septem­ber 1999. The cir­cuit is fam­ily run and since open­ing it has ex­tended to 1100m, be­com­ing one of the largest in the UK.

The cir­cuit is open to the gen­eral public as well as of­fer­ing a large fa­cil­ity to com­pa­nies for cor­po­rate days. For more in­for­ma­tion visit: www.gygkart­

In 2016 GYG Kart­ing will be avail­able for hos­pi­tal­ity race days. Owner Davies is look­ing to ex­tend the cir­cuit into one of the largest MSA kart­ing tracks in the world.

Emer­son­mer­son Fit­ti­paldi com­peted in F1 be­tween 1970 and 1980.

He par­tic­i­pated in 149 races, recorded 14 wins, made the podium 35 times and achieved six pole po­si­tions.

Fit­ti­paldi joined Bri­tish leg­end Graham Hill in the Lo­tus team in 1970.

In that same year he be­came the youngest ever grand prix win­ner.

The Brazil­ian went on to be crowned the youngest world cham­pion in 1972.

He trans­ported this over­whelm­ing abil­ity to McLaren in 1973 and then gave the team its first world ti­tle a year later.

Fit­ti­paldi later com­peted in CART, win­ning the 1989 IndyCar ti­tle and cel­e­brated two In­di­anapo­lis 500 wins.

Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi (third right) with GYG fam­ily Ed­die, Tracey, Matthew, Ash­ley and Gemma Davies

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