George races into the UK squad

George Russell karting
George Russell karting

KARTING star George Russell has been selected by the Motor Sport Association (MSA) to represent the UK in the 2012 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

The CIK invited the MSA to nominate a single driver to contest the trophy, a World Championship for 13-15-year-olds over three events in Braga (Portugal), Angerville (France) and Bahrain. The series will feature 50 drivers from all different countries.

Russell, aged 14, from Tydd St Giles began in karting in 2006 and is the reigning CIK-FIA European champion and also won the TAG Junior Title at the SKUSA Super Nationals XV in Las Vegas last November.

Russell said: “It’s a massive privilege to have been chosen by the MSA because the Karting Academy Trophy is a very prestigious championship.

“My aim is to add another title to my CV and Britain’s karting record, and hopefully the international karting experience I’ve had recently will help me to achieve that goal.”

MSA performance director Robert Reid, who headed the panel that made the selection said: “George’s National and International record speaks for itself and he is best placed right now to make the most of this opportunity.”

George has just returned at the weekend from the official Academy test in Venice, and has also completed testing in Portugal and France in preparation for the event.

He has a very busy schedule approaching with his next race at the 3rd round of the WSK Euro Series in La Conca, Italy in two weeks.

From there George returns to Scotland for the next round of the British Championship, then onto Braga for the academy, and finally back to England for the final round of the European Championship.