Rus­sell proves Bri­tain has got tal­ent

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily -

REIGN­ING Euro­pean KF3 cham­pion Ge­orge Rus­sell got his do­mes­tic sea­son off to a crack­ing start with a max­i­mum points haul from the open­ing round of the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship.

The Wis­bech Gram­mar School pupil turned in an­other dom­i­nant dis­play to win both fi­nals at the PF In­ter­na­tional kart cir­cuit at Gran­tham.

Hav­ing qual­i­fied sec­ond in tricky weather con­di­tions, Rus­sell blitzed the heats be­fore com­fort­ably win­ning the pre-final by over five sec­onds.

Team man­ager Jamie Crox­ford ob­served: “From the first prac­tice ses­sion on Fri­day, Ge­orge looked strong. Get­ting the right set-up was cru­cial and he made the most of it.”

A much closer race in the sec­ond final saw Rus­sell hav­ing to step up a gear and dis­play the abil­ity that has brought him a string of ma­jor ti­tles in his fledg­ling ca­reer.

De­spite los­ing the lead for two laps, he was able to pick his mo­ment and re­assert him­self at the head of the field.

From there, he was never headed again.

“He was pushed hard but re­sponded su­perbly and pressed on to make it two from two. He was re­ally strong through­out,” added Crox­ford.

Rus­sell now leads the Cham­pi­onship with his dou­ble vic­tory and max­i­mum points.

Rus­sell, aged 14 from Tydd St Giles, be­gan kart­ing in 2006. He won the MSA Bri­tish Cadet Kart Cham­pi­onship in 2009 and took the 2010 Su­per 1 and For­mula Kart Stars Ro­tax Mini Max ti­tles, be­fore be­ing crowned the 2011 CIKFIA Euro­pean Cham­pion in Zuera, Spain. He also won the TAG Ju­nior Ti­tle at the SKUSA Su­per Na­tion­als XV in Las Ve­gas last Novem­ber.

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