British karter Jake Dennis sent a clear message to his rivals by claiming victory in the first round of the new CIK-FIA U18 World Karting Championship at Wackersdorf, Germany this weekend.
Racing Steps Foundation-backed Dennis – who is currently leading the MSA British Junior Kart Championship – beat a talented field of more than 60 international competitors to secure maximum points on the first event of the three-round championship.
Dennis, 15 from Leicestershire, said: “The race at Wackersdorf was one of the biggest of the year, so it felt incredible to win and is definitely one of my greatest achievements in karting so far. I was confident heading into the race because I knew I would be quick and I had plenty of experience from the MSA British Junior Kart Championship to rely on.”
Also in action at Wackersdorf was Roy Johnson, who has been nominated by the MSA to represent the UK in the new CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. Johnson, the 2008 MSA British Cadet Kart Champion, secured a pair of fourth place finishes at this first meeting and heads to the next round in a promising fourth place overall.
MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: “Both Jake and Roy have made impressive starts to these new championships and we wish them, and the other British drivers taking part, every success in the remaining rounds.”
Both the U18 World Karting Championship and the Karting Academy Trophy continue at Alcaniz, Spain on August 27-29 before concluding at Val d’Argenton, France on October 1-3.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the national governing body for four-wheeled motor sport in the UK, responsible for the regulation and administration of the sport. The MSA is a member of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and holds a seat on the World Motor Sport Council. The MSA represents 33,000 licence holders, 15,000 volunteer marshals and officials, more than 750 member clubs and issues permits for 5000 motor sport events every year.
In recent years the MSA has expanded its remit to cover the development of the sport and currently invests in excess of £1m a year in the three elements of its Whole Sport Plan. ‘Grow’ targets an increase in participation levels, ‘Sustain’ invests in the infrastructure of the sport, its clubs and its people, and ‘Excel’ focuses on training future world champions and educating their peers.
Release MSA10-042: 27 July 2010
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