Thirty-two teams raced for victory at Ellough karting grand prix

Thirty-two teams competed in the annual Bungay Rotary Club Karting Grand Prix vying for the coveted winner’s laurel.

Held at Ellough Park Raceway, the teams were split into two separate races, with 19 in the first one, which was won by Vorsprung Durch Technik, entered by Robinson’s of Lowestoft, in thrilling style.

In the second race, with 13 starters, Bill Jenner’s team, Karty McKartface, triumphed to take the winner’s accolade.

Other teams taking part in the event included Simpsons Skoda of Great Yarmouth, Bussey’s Ford of Norwich, Charlish Garage of Bungay, Buckworths Garage of St Olaves, Cunningham’s Auto of Hempnall, and B&B Skips of Ellough, as well as those entered by Rotarians and individuals, with around 130 drivers involved in all in the team races.

Each race lasted one and a half hours, with each lap being 1065 metres. The fastest laps were completed in just under a minute, with the winners covering around 59 miles in the race.


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Club president Jonathan Watts thanked the circuit for organising the event on June 4, and the club members involved in running it, particularly Howard Birch.

It is the sixth year the Karting Grand Prix has been organised by the club.

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This time it raised over £1,000, including money raised by a tombola stall run by Rotary, and a barbecue run by Rotary and Inner Wheel.

Proceeds will go to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign – globally only five cases were reported in the last year - and the Catherine Bullen Foundation, set up by local couple Roger and Linda Bullen in memory of their daughter, who died on a safari in Namibia from severe gastroenteritis, aged just 22.

The money the foundation raises goes to help the Omhaturua Primary School in that country, the village and the surrounding area. In 2015 Linda received the MBE doe for work with the Foundation in helping to relieve poverty, distress and sickness in Namibia.

The outdoor track at Ellough is a purpose built circuit and hosts British and European championship events.

•Are you organising a special event for charity? Email the details to amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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