Daytona Motorsport launches all-new GPK Kart Series

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The UK’s Daytona Motorsport has announced all-new Cadet, Junior and Senior GPK Kart Series’, which will start this summer. With over twenty years experience catering for ‘Arrive&Drive’ kart racing, Daytona has listened to the needs of ambitious young drivers and devised the GPK Series, a technically-advanced, single-spec championship.

The new GPK Series, which is aimed at drivers aged eight years and over, provides each competitor with an identical TonyKart chassis. This is paired with the race-proven Vortex DVS push-start 125cc engine for each driver in the Junior and Senior GPK Series’ categories. GPK Series Cadet drivers will race with the Vortex Mini MR3 Engine. All classes will use Bridgestone ROK tires, which Daytona states guarantees longevity and performance.

The GPK Series, which will make its debut on July 28 at Rowrah Circuit in Cumbria, will run as three double-header, three-day meetings, including testing on a Friday. The entire six-rounds are priced at GB£12.5k+VAT (US$15.5k) for Cadets through to £14.5k+VAT (US$18k) for Juniors and Seniors.

Susie Wolff, founder of UK motorsport initiative, Dare To Be Different and former Williams F1 test driver, said: “Daytona is a key partner in our Dare to Be Different campaign and true professionals within the kart racing world. I believe they can make the GPK Series a big success.”

2016 Le Mans Endurance Series Champion, Alex Brundle, added, “Daytona Motorsport has shown it has the experience and ability to run a series that negates financial performance advantage and to create a level playing field. I believe this puts Daytona in the unique position to be able to provide a high-performance springboard for the youngest drivers to begin and enhance their journey to professional motorsport.”

The GPK Series has been designed to be a significant springboard for youngsters heading towards professional racing careers – and to reflect this, Daytona has chosen superb winners’ prizes for these talented and ambitious drivers. As a result, the 2017 GPK Series Senior Champion will win entry into the Bridgestone ROK World Finals in Garda, Italy as well as a fully funded drive in the 2018 Formula Academy Championship. The Junior Champion will win entry into the Bridgestone ROK World Finals in Garda, Italy as well as a fuly funded drive in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series, whilst the Cadet Champion will win entry into the Bridgestone ROK World Finals in Garda, Italy as well as free entry to the 2018 GPK Series Cadet (or Junior) Championship.

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