Racers get opportunity to emulate 2/4 boss Surtees

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Motorcycle racers interested in emulating John Surtees, the legend who won grands prix on both two and four wheels, can show off their karting talents in front of top motor racing performers at the Henry Surtees Trophy event at Buckmore Park, Kent, on October 20.

The plucky racers will face around 140 drivers from single-seater, touring-car and sportscar classes in 115cc clutchless karts offering 18bhp @ 15,000rpm.

The top six competitors on the day will win some of the best prizes ever offered at a UK kart meeting, including a test in a 500bhp Formula Two car with Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision at Bedford Autodrome. A test day with Shell will allow another winner to drive the latest Ferrari road cars at the Maranello circuit in Italy, and to see Ferrari’s production and racing departments.

Moto2 star Bradley Smith competed at the event last year, which carries a £500 entrance fee. Now organiser John Surtees wants to attract other motorcyclists (call 01634 201562) for the event in support of the Henry Surtees Foundation, which assists people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident. John’s son Henry was killed in a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch in 2009.

Mike Nicks

By Mike Nicks