RyeOne of the greatest musical accomplishments of the 1980s – if not ever – was AC/DC’s awesome (and I don’t use that word lightly) For Those About To Rock album.

From Angus Young’s spiky opening guitar notes on the eponymous opening track, the drama and tension builds before Brian Johnson’s scream unleashes the thundering majesty of one of heavy rock’s finest moments.

And don’t think that this was simply an excuse for kids high on denim and patchouli oil to release clouds of dandruff as they head-banged to the song. The central lyric is based on the ancient gladiatorial salute, ‘Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant’ – or ‘Hail Caesar, we who are about to die, salute you,’ to you and me.

Just as Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain is synonymous with Grand Prix, perhaps FTATR should be adopted as the official anthem for Easykart’s annual visit to its second spiritual home, Rye House (Whilton Mill being the other).

In the twelve months plus since the series last visited the legendary Hertfordshire track, Rick Musk and his MSW team have continued regenerating the venue at a rate that would put the London Olympic Committee to shame.

Although not quite finished, drivers will be greeted by an incredible new Race Control tower – “the biggest one in karting history” says series promoter John Vigor, in his usual understated manner.

There are new marshal posts (complete with pretty plant pots) and the dreaded grass run-off areas – AKA water-logged peat bogs to those unfortunate to have experienced them in the past – have now been replaced with paved areas complete with modern drainage.

However, the classic circuit remains unchanged. As John says, “the track is the track is the track.” For those who saw the BBC’s karting feature, as part of the build-up to the German Grand Prix, they will be familiar with the big grin David Coulthard sported as he reflected on his return to the circuit where he, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton et al all competed during their formative careers.

The combination of fast and slow corners, short squirts and long, fast straights still make this one of the great circuits – despite its comparatively short lap compared to newer tracks on the calendar. However, the excitement factor remains one of the highest. Rye invariably produces fast, close and thrilling racing.

Can anyone halt James DeHavilande’s march to the title? Ronan McKenzie and William Stowell are doing their level best to not let James run away with the championship and the nature of the circuit could keep the racing close. If the pack is close in terms of lap times, then the two hairpins will in theory, help to keep the field tightly bunched. With that in mind, Harrison Thomas, Aaron Oakes and Josh Grimston are each due a good result. Perhaps this Sunday will see them get it?

In Juniors, Patrick Lay leads the chase but, like Jenson Button, is coming under increasing pressure from the Easykart equivalent of Red Bull – Christopher Waldock, who has won the last two rounds and Brad Fairhurst, victor in round two. Similarly to the Cadets, the lead three Junior drivers are under fire from a gaggle of talented drivers. Look out for the Jack Mitchell, Dean Clayton and Oliver Tiernay.

As the pack plunges into the flat-out first corner, Stadium Bend, and flicks through Reg’s Elbow before standing on the brakes for the first hairpin, there will be action and drama aplenty. These six lads will be in the thick of it, for sure.

Last year, Barnaby Pittingale used his encyclopedic knowledge of Rye House to take a strong Light class win over Ross Fretten and Steve Youle. This weekend, he will again be a favourite for victory – in the Heavy class. Since switching to the Heavy category, Pittingale has found a new and close challenge, not least from former series leader Will Smith. It is nip and tuck between the pair, but Kieran McCullough is fast closing. The latter has taken points from both Smith and Pittingale in the past two races and is now mounting a strong title challenge. He too knows Rye well and will certainly be a factor.

In fact, many of the former and existing Club 100 pilots will also fancy their chances. Facing another long schlep from Edinburgh is Mark Lawrence. The long tedious journey in his van surely gives him time to focus his mind and contemplate that wherever he races (bar Teesside) it’s a bloody long way to go not to get a result. He will be fast and was a trophy winner at Rye last year. As was, Brian Parias who is unusually struggling for results this season. Gritty and combative, he will be trying very hard to rectify matters on Sunday.

Who will win the Light final is virtually impossible to call. Oliver Scullion was in blistering form at Teesside and justly deserved his back-to-back pre and main final wins. With his confidence now sky high, he will surely be hustling at the front.

Adrian Crockett’s luck has eluded him on several occasions, but never his latent speed. He’s third in the title race and knows that a good performance will see him close the gap to Owen Jenman and Terry Langley.

Reigning champion Langley had a rash of misfortune in the North East in June and his rivals may be guilty of quietly hoping it continues. Langley was stranded in the midfield at Teesside after coming through from the back. This will have been an encouraging sign that he is human after all.

Making the most of that situation was Owen Jenman. Not quite fast enough to attack Scullion’s lead in both races last month, Owen wisely opted to settle for second and take fourteen points out of Langley’s lead. Now, just four points shy of the taking the advantage, he will be pumped up to take his first win of the season.

Again the series has attracted newcomers, and of them Alex Kapadia represents a particularly interesting addition. An experienced karter, Alex is now more regularly seen behind the wheel of a Radical and recently won a double-header at Spa. He can also boast Lewis Hamilton as a former sparring partner when he raced in Formula Renault and is rated by John Vigor and his team as “a bit handy.”

Practice is Saturday from 11am through until 5pm, with Sunday’s action commencing from 10am – all at Rye House Kart Raceway, Rye Road, Hoddesdon.

If you’re considering making the swap from your current category or starting kart racing, Sunday’s event is a great way to meet the drivers and talk to them about what they enjoy about Easykart and get advice and information from the UK importer, Andy Cox of ACR and series promoter, John Vigor .

Visit www.easykart.co.uk for more information.