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Donington Historic Festival to host historic kart race in 2012

'Some very special machines' to appear at the first-ever Historic Kart World Championships at Donington Park

Great karts and names from the past are going to race at the first ever Historic Kart World Championships at Donington Park next May.

In collaboration with the British Historic Karting Club, the organisers of the critically acclaimed inaugural Donington Historic Festival have designed a special circuit on the Donington GP loop for 150 historic karts to race on from May 5-6.

Donington itself used to host the 100 mile race for the Special Class Four 200cc karts on the Melbourne Loop in the 1960s.

“We are delighted that the British Historic Kart Club has selected the Donington Historic Festival as the stage for the inaugural Historic Kart World Championships,” said Festival organiser Duncan Wiltshire.

“One of our key aims has always been that the Festival offers a wealth of racing excitement and entertainment for spectators, and the karts will really add to that, bringing former World and British Champions, and some very special machines."

The event is open to any air-cooled kart built before December 1982 and it will be based on the classes of the six round RetroRacer Championship. As well as drivers based in the UK and the Channel Islands, drivers from Germany and from the Netherlands have confirmed their attendance.

Illustrious names from the past have signed up for the event. Among them is patron of the BHKC and historic racing all rounder Barrie “Whizzo” Williams. Others are 1967 World Champion Edgardo Rossi and Lake Speed, the only American driver to win the Karting World Championship. Former British champions Reg Gange Jnr, Bill Longden and Bob Phair are other notable names.

A 1979 DAP/Dap kart raced by Ayrton Senna will also be in the field and will be raced by 1980 100cc champion Ken Warner. A 1959 Progress kart that was driven by Graham Hill at the first kart race held in Britain at Lakenheath is another. The first kart built by Art Ingels in 1956 will drive demonstration laps.

by Simon Stiel

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Action from the 2011 Donington Historic Festival [Pic credit:  Nick Purdie]

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