Ellough Park Raceway

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Ellough Park Raceway
Location Ellough, Suffolk, England
Coordinates 52°26′02″N 1°36′04″E / 52.434°N 1.601°E / 52.434; 1.601Coordinates: 52°26′02″N 1°36′04″E / 52.434°N 1.601°E / 52.434; 1.601
Type Flood-lit kart racing and minimoto track
Construction
Built Early 1960s
Opened 2000 (2000)
Expanded 2000, 2007, 2010
Website
elloughparkraceway.co.uk

Ellough Park Raceway is a kart racing track in Ellough in the English county of Suffolk. It is located around 2 miles (3 km) south-east of the market town of Beccles. It is primarily used for kart racing as it is a fast, but tight and twisty circuit.[1]

The track, which is fully floodlit, has existed on the old Ellough Airfield since the early 1960s, but was not fully developed until 2000, when ex-Formula 1 driver Jackie Oliver opened the circuit. The authorities at the circuit extended it in 2007, from 800m to just over 1000m to make it more suitable for other forms of kart and minimoto racing. The circuit was extended further in 2010 to incorporate a new pits complex and add extra paddock space for hosting the Formula Kart Stars championship. [2]

Today, the track plays host to national and local kart championships, as well as charity events, stag parties and corporate days which use the arrive and drive facilities at the track. A small clubhouse and changing facilities are available.[3]

Park Champions[edit]

Open Grand Prix[edit]

Overall Champion[4]

Heavyweight Champion[4]

Rookie of the Year[4]

Open Endurance[edit]

Champion[4]

Car Trade Challenge[edit]

Champion[4]

Junior League[edit]

Champion[4]

Cadet League[edit]

Champion[4]

Pro-Kart Endurance[edit]

Champions[4]

Pro-Kart Sprint Series (Formally 'Boat Boys')[edit]

Champions[4]

All Stars Julian Durance Memorial Shield[edit]

The Ellough Park 'All Stars' competition was first set up in 2005 for current and past stars of the open Grand Prix series to compete for a one-off trophy. The inaugural event was won by Matt Bond from pole position. Tony Rumball and Aaron Bessey completed the podium.[5][6]

The event was originally meant to be held every four years but returned in 2008 and has run every year since then. Matt Bond retained his title in 2008, to date his last appearance at Ellough Park. Steve English had taken pole position ahead of Steve Armstrong but the two drivers collided at turn 1, dropping them to the tail of the field. James Barnes and Andy Horne completed the podium.[5][6]

For 2009, drivers from other leagues were granted entries for the first time, adding diversity to the field. In atrocious conditions, Steve English picked up his maiden ‘All-Stars’ title. Tony Rumball claimed second, having led most of the final with James Barnes in third. Andy Horne had started on pole but slipped back to tenth at the finish. 2010 saw another new champion in Tony Rumball, who was outstanding in the tricky conditions. Steve English and James Barnes rounded out the podium finishers.[5][6]

The 'All-Stars' was renamed to 'Julian Durance Memorial Shield' in 2011 in memory of the circuit mechanic and former British Superkart racer who died in late 2010 at the age of 40.[6] The 2011 race was run with a new ranking points system with the number one seed going to James Barnes. The event was won by the 23rd seed Ollie Thorn at his first attempt. Guy Newstead and Luke Dickerson also claimed their first ‘All-Stars’ podium finishes.[5]

2012 produced the most competitive running of the meeting since its inception. Ollie Thorn entered as number one seed but the victory went the way of debutant Alex Ready, who had a run of success throughout the season also claiming the Open Grand Prix and Junior League titles. Chris Trott took the runner-up spot with Craig Pollard third after a spirited fightback when he spun to the tail of the field on lap one.[7][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellough Park, UK Go Karting. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ Motorsport News
  3. ^ Ellough Park, Club100. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Previous Champions". elloughparkraceway.co.uk. Ellough Park Raceway. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "'All Stars' entry list published". elloughparkraceway.co.uk. Ellough Park Raceway. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d Dickson, Annabelle. "Racing tribute for a Norwich go-kart fanatic". eveningnews24.co.uk. Norwich Evening News 24. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hornchurch kart racer Bobby the man to beat at Ellough". bobbythompson.co.uk. Bobby Thompson. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 

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