Karting youngster makes history with win

Talented karting youngster George Russell from Tydd St Giles made history by winning the MSA Kartmasters British Grand Prix for the third year in a row.

The 12-year-old from Wisbech Grammar School has now clinched titles in three different classes since 2008 and leads this year’s championship in the Mini Max class with two rounds to go.

He said: “I was very proud to have won the event and am obviously really pleased I’ve won it three times in a row.

“It’s a one-off race so I was desperate to get to the front because nobody remembers who finishes second.”

After finishing first and second in his two heats he entered the Grand Final in pole position but got knocked back to tenth place on the first bend. However, the Strawberry Racing Team of Sheffield star fought back through the field and took the lead after a daring move with only two laps remaining.

Russell said: “It was very difficult for me after I had a bad start but it actually makes it more special having worked my way back to the front.

“I’m so glad I overtook the leader as we had created a gap and racers were starting to catch us.”

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Russell hung on to take the chequered flag and can now display the GP plate on his kart until next year. His next race is this weekend at Genk in Belgium.

The championship leader added: “I’ve just got to keep performing well and hopefully I can get enough points to win the championship.”