Waving the flag for UK

sp90364 Go Kart Racer Ben Barnicoat, Palterton.
sp90364 Go Kart Racer Ben Barnicoat, Palterton.
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AN up-and-coming young kart racing star will represent the UK in a top international competition this summer.

Ben Barnicoat, 14, of Back Lane, Palterton, will fly the flag for his country in the 2011 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

The youngster, who has a number of titles under his belt after zooming to victory in kart racing contests across the country and Europe, was nominated by top brass at the Motor Sports Association, the governing body of motor sport in the UK.

Ben, a pupil at The Bolsover School, said: “I feel so proud to have been chosen – it’s a real privilege.”

The three-round Karting Academy Trophy is a world championship for karters aged between 13 and 15. The competition, which will pit Ben against about 50 drivers across Europe, gets underway in Italy on July 10. The other rounds take place in France on August 28 and in Bahrain on November 5.

Ben added: “I can’t wait for the first round – I’m determined to get out there and impress.”

Ben became interested in motor sports at the age of eight when he got behind the wheel at a karting track in Nottinghamshire and since then he has enjoyed success in countless competitions, both at home and abroad.

Last year, he was signed up to McLaren’s Young Driver Programme, which boasts year-by-year guidance, assistance and endorsement for a handful of up-and-coming racers and offers physical training, nutritional information and career advice – helping to shape motor racing’s stars of tomorrow.

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