Snetterton will host the biggest superkart event in the world, the British Superkart Grand Prix this coming weekend.
As well as having a prestigious Grand Prix title, the event will also be an important round for the MSA Superkart Championship, the International Superkart Series and the British Superkart Association's Division One and 125 Open championships.
For the Formula One of karting, it will be the second round of the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship. The championship leader is Dutchman Marcel Maasmann who scored a second and a win at the opening round at Hockenheim. Lee Harpham was on course to score a double victory before a chain broke two laps from the end.
The other Britons to watch are triple European champion Gavin Bennett, Malcolm Crowe, Paul Kennings, Dave Harvey, last year's winner Carl Hulme and Chris Needham, who was ranked at number 26 in Motorsport News
' 50 Drivers to Watch feature at the start of the season.
They will be facing the best kart drivers in Europe including reigning champion Emmanuel Vinuales, Damien Payart, Jurgen Reinke, Daniel Hentschel, Adam Kout, Tony Ahlgren, Stefan Malm and Henrik Lilja.
40 drivers will form the 250 National grid. Championship leader Paul Platt has had an excellent start to the season with five wins out of six races as well as the UK Cup at Bishopscourt. However, the dominant numbers don't show that the racing has been very close and Platt has been under pressure from the talented field.
The talented brothers Toby and Ben Davis have provided some of the pressure. They have been technically innovative too by fitting a Drag Reduction System at the Silverstone round. Toby scored his first win at MSA Level at Bishopscourt and Ben has been awarded the Castrol Driver of the Day Award for his racecraft as well as scoring podium finishes.
Adam Underhill has been quick along with Louis Wall, Dan Clark and 1995 world champion Trevor Roberts. Last year's winner Jason Dredge too can't be discounted.
This class has been growing this year and after a consistent start, reigning champion Ben Willshire is top of the points table. He's hasn't won the Grand Prix during his superkart career. Will this be the year the RG Racing man plugs that gap in his racing CV? Team-mate Gary James will be joining Willshire and thus achieves the distinction of fourteen Superkart Grand Prix starts.
Willshire will be facing tough opposition in the form of past GP winners Danny Butler and Danny Edwards. Matt Isherwood switched to Open chassis this year and has achieved the UK Cup as well as dominant double victories at the opening round at Croft. Louise Colin won the GP in 210 National and can give the guys a run for their money.
Tickets are available at http://www.snetterton.co.uk/calendar/2012/july/msa-superkart.aspx
by Simon Stiel and Gary James