Cambridgeshire karting ace George Russell will fly the flag for Britain next weekend (July 19-22) as he attempts to become European junior karting champion for the second year in a row.
The 14-year-old from Wisbech heads to his home circuit – the PF International track near Grantham in Lincolnshire – ranked second in the CIK-FIA European KF3 Championship after the first event of the two-round series in France back in April.
There Russell won the first of the two races, but failed to score after a first-lap pile-up in the second event, dropping him 13 points behind Spain’s Alex Palou.
However, there are 50 points up for grabs at PF International next week – a track that Russell knows well from his formative years in domestic karting. What’s more, as each driver counts his best three scores from four finals, Russell can discard his no-score from the second race at the Varennes circuit, putting him right back in the hunt.
“We’re still in with a chance, and consistency will be the key,” says George, who will have to negotiate six heat races and be ranked in the top 34 out of 117 drivers to qualify for the two point-scoring finals. “It’s not going to be about pushing hard to win the finals – we’ve just got to make sure we’re there or thereabouts in each race and stay ahead of our main rivals.”
Russell conducted pre-event testing at PF International on his factory Intrepid kart last Thursday (July 12), running through several different tyre options ahead of race weekend.
Russell comes into the European final on the back of similar success in another major international championship, the CIK Karting Academy Trophy.
He won all his heat races and the first final before a mechanical problem let him down in the second final.
To keep track of George’s bid to become the world’s best junior kart racer, visit georgerussellracing.com