Brit Bradshaw wins international kart title
Fifty-one competitors aged 13 to 15 took part in the championship, having been nominated by their respective national motorsport governing bodies from around the world. Bradshaw (15) dominated from the first event with victory in France, followed by another strong performance in Portugal. He sealed the championship with a fourth-place finish in yesterday’s season finale in Sweden (4 September).
As part of his prize package, Bradshaw now has the opportunity to compete in the CIK-FIA World Junior Championship in Bahrain in November.
Bradshaw said: “It’s a great feeling to win the Academy. I’m the first Brit to win so it’s a really immense feeling. The championship has been a really hard experience; we did the job in the first two rounds and came to Sweden ready to do what we needed to do. I’d just like to thank the MSA for selecting me, my parents, Rob Dodds and my mechanic Alex for their support.”
The MSA’s second UK nominee, Oliver Clarke (13), finished seventh overall in the Trophy after an impressive first international campaign. He said: “I think the championship has gone really well. I’m a bit disappointed not to be on the podium but seventh is still good for a first-year drive. I’ve learnt a lot from the championship and it’s been a great experience.”
Greg Symes, MSA Academy Manager, added: “This is a fantastic result for UK karting, which confirms that we are in safe hands with the next generation of young talent coming through. The commitment and dedication shown by Callum and Oliver fully endorses our decision to choose them as UK representatives in this world championship. They have done the UK very proud and we look forward to working with them in the future on the MSA Academy talent development pathway.”
Image: Callum Bradshaw in action at Kristianstad, courtesy of KSP.