Norwich Superkart stars prepare for Snetterton opener

Norwich's Josh Rayman is ready to take on Snetterton in his superkart this weekend.

Norwich's Josh Rayman is ready to take on Snetterton in his superkart this weekend. - Credit: Archant

After a hugely successful debut at Snetterton last year the European Superkart Championship returns for the opening round in this year's series with Briton Lee Harpham determined to defend his crown.

Last year he proved unbeatable at the Norfolk venue taking both of the European race plus the subsequent British Grand Prix race to claim a fantastic hat-trick however a 100mph average lap speed around the Snetterton 300 has yet to be breached.

Harpham, was chased home in race one by fellow Brit, Gavin Bennett while it was Frenchman Emmanual Vinuales and Marcel Massmann, from Holland finished behind the dominate Brit in races two and three.

Norwich's Tony Le May and Josh Rayman will have plenty of local support, while Aaron Smith will be looking to add to his win tally this year. In the Mini 7's Andrew Deviny and Max Hunter are the leading contenders while reigning champion Paul Spark hopes to recover from a recent dismal Brands Hatch meeting.

While Rayman had a disappointing double DNF at Silverstone's British Superkart Championship event in June, last weekend at Mallory Park saw Rayman bag a class win and second overall from 16 in the first of three mixed-class races – an encouraging return to form.

A sixth and second in class followed before the day was done.

'We are really pleased with how the day went, we were one of the fastest on track and I felt we had a shot at an outright win in one of the three races,' said Rayman. 'I'm greatly thankful to everyone who has helped us get this far.'

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The MG Championship race both days with Simon Kendrick leading the series in his MGF but watch out for Suffolk racer Robb Addison – a Snetterton specialist.

Completing the 18 races over the weekend will be a double bill of the Toyo Porsche Championship with racing from 2.55pm on Saturday and resuming on Sunday at 10.05am.