Easykart RD4Suffolk is nothing like the KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, but don’t let that put you off. This coming weekend (19/20 September), Ellough Park will stage the final round of the Easykart Championship and will see a decisive clash for victory in two, if not three, of the four classes.

Rumour has it that local boy Will Smith is planning to add to his home advantage by gathering an entire army of family members to cheer him on. Whether or not they will be dressed as Impi warriors is unconfirmed, although it would be fun. From mid-season, the early series leader began to lose ground to his two principal rivals – Barnaby Pittingale and Kieran McCullough – but has to be fancied to go well on his home circuit. 4,000 Smiths descending on Ellough could well do the trick – but even so, even they’d need to go some to put the wind up Pittingale and McCullough. Arguably it is the pair, the Bromhead and Chard of Heavy, who is in command, although Kieran might well be the driver with reason to be the most optimistic. His three victories so far this season have seen him close the gap to Barnaby [on dropped rounds] to just three points. However, the former UK and World Finals champion will draw on his vast experience, and won’t stop trying until the chequered flag falls. It will be a humdinger for sure.

Reigning Light champion, Terry Langley has one hand on the trophy and it would be a brave, or daft, bookie that would take a bet on the cool Midlander not retaining his title. His nearest challenger, Owen Jenman will surely drive the wheels off his kart as he attempts to wrest the silverware from Langley’s grasp. Sam Massey’s late run of form might prove to be a distraction. The former TKM star has leap-frogged Adrian Crockett into the top three and is now breathing down Jenman’s neck. Adrian will be aiming to erase the bad memory of last year’s visit to the Beccles track, when his motor failed whilst he was leading by a country mile. The winner that time was Steve Youle who, on slicks on a wet track, triumphed in fine style – given that the Ellough weather is more changeable than Gordon Brown, he could well stand a chance.

Who will be crowned this year’s Junior champion also looks likely to be a straight fight between Patrick Lay and Brad Fairhurst. After chasing each other round the length and breadth of the country, it is testimony to the incredible closeness between the drivers themselves and their machinery that after dropped scores, just six points separate them. Currently in third place overall, Christopher Waldock’s chances are far from over and he may yet another victory to the brace he scored earlier in the year. William Lampitt, Thomas Grainger and Tiernay Oliver all pipped him in round six at Rowrah and given that Ellough produces great racing, predicting the podium is far from easy.

Despite having sealed the Cadet title at Rowrah, and therefore his ticket to the World Finals at Siena in October, who will join James DeHavillande in Tuscany has yet to be decided. William Stowell and Ronan Mackenzie look like the favourites, but late-comer Harri Newey has been something of a revelation and arguably deserves consideration for his performances alone. Sam Faulkner claimed his first trophy of the season in round seven, thanks to his impressive pace but his lack of race experience might hobble his chances of a repeat performance this weekend. Keep an eye out for Jordan Sanders and Aaron Oakes also. They have been locked together all season and both could well spring a late surprise on the front three.

Practice gets underway on Saturday from 11am through until 5pm, with Sunday’s action commencing from 10am – all at Ellough Park Raceway, Benacre Road, Beccles.

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 the category, or for more information about Easykart go to www.easykart.co.uk.