Northern Ireland Karting Championship: Hungry Fox well in the hunt for yet another lap record
Published 03/06/2011 | 02:08
The Northern Ireland Karting Championship season begins tomorrow at Bishopscourt with a special charity fund-raising meeting at which Liam Fox will be going all out to break the lap record.
The 250cc Superkart driver recently broke the lap record of 34.42mph at Nutts Corner held for many years by World Formula E Champion Trevor Roberts from Lurgan.
Fox, from Hillsborough, will be trying to repeat that feat at the newly surfaced Bishopscourt circuit which, like Nutts Corner, has benefitted from the 2&4 Wheels Investment in Motorsport Programme.
Bishopscourt Kart Club, along with the Ulster Kit Car Club, are hosting the meeting in aid of the Northern Ireland Kidney Patients Association and Transplant Sport NI, with funds also being raised to buy a special wheelchair.
Sports cars, replicas of Model T Fords and AC Cobras will be on display and in action.
The special charity meeting is part of the Northern Ireland championships and with that added pressure there is every chance Fox could break another circuit lap record.
Fox currently leads the championship in the fastest class in the sport although he cannot take any chances tomorrow with Antrim's Stephen Foster only two points behind and Jonny Wilkinson also in the mix.
In the Comer Cadets class, Castlereagh's Jack Young scooped the Ulster Cup title last weekend at Nutts Corner and in the Northern Ireland championships he is only two points behind Samuel Harron who finished third. Hillsborough's Daniel Harper took second in the Ulster Cup last weekend so any one of the three could triumph tomorrow.
In the fastest senior non-gearbox class for the 125cc Rotax Max machines, Dublin's Shane Daly, the current championship leader, will start as favourite.
However, he is under pressure from past champion Stuart Coey of Comber.
A special charity barbeque will be held tonight at the circuit before the first of the heats gets under way at 10am tomorrow with the finals after lunch.