Driver ability and fair play.
That’s how Andy Cox of EasyKart UK described the new category of kart racing to an audience made up of local and international motoring officials, past, present and new drivers during the official launch of the EasyKart series by Bushy Park Barbados and the Barbados Karting Association (BKA).
And at the ceremony held at Bushy Park on Friday, Cox said the philosophy of EasyKart was affordable racing on a one make Birel chassis and engine; no tuning, controlled tyres, a registered worldwide database for owners of EasyKart, restrictions on adjustments to your Easykart, making the emphasis on driver ability and fair play.
“It is an easy and fun-filled aspect of motor sport as the chassis design is not going to change and it is a level playing field. It all depends on the driver and not the person with the deepest pockets”, Cox explained.
Pointing out that it’s the most level of sports disciplines today, Cox said EasyKart was a worldwide karting sensation for entry level into the world of kart racing and many of today’s top drivers, including new Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, four times winner Sabastien Vettel, and former F1 champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg all started their driving careers in karting.
President of the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) president Andrew Mallalieu called it a whole new era for the sport in Barbados.
Mallalieu had high praise for the Barbados Karting Association along with David Simpson, Simon Willis and the Simpson Group, Mark Maloney and the Bushy Park Circuit Inc. for their efforts at bringing the initiative to fruition and is looking forward to the fruits of their labour.
“It wouldn’t be me, as I am fifty years old, and I know it wouldn’t be Mark Maloney or Mark Thompson, but one of these youngsters, ten or twenty years from now,” Mallalieu added.
Calling it the cradle of motor sport, the BMF president said all the great names got their beginnings in karting and suggested he could be looking at a champion among the gathering.
“It maybe a future Formula 1, DTM or World Rally Champion in this room now, it’s a great time and an excellent opportunity for anyone of you youngsters who has the commitment and the determination to move forward,” he said.
At ceremony attended by a cross-section of present and up and coming karters, Mallalieu said he was pleased that Bushy Park Barbados and BKA were able to bring Andy Cox and the Team from EasyKart UK for the commissioning of the new karts, and to set up the engines and sprocket sizing for Bushy Park and do seat and pedal driver setups, and provide the tuition required for Easykart Karters.
Interest is running high ahead of the Barbados Karting Association’s 2015 Frutee Championship scheduled to begin on February 8, and three females are among nine new drivers entered in the new EasyKart category.
A total of 20 all-new EasyKarts have been added to the karting competition this year and all systems are go for the start of the action.
Categories are: EasyKart Cadet 8 -12 years old, Junior for 12-16 year olds and EasyKart senior for 16 years.