Bedford Heights backed karting driver flies the flag in National Kart Cup

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Karting driver, Charlie Ephgrave in action at the Dunkeswell Raceway in July 2024
Ephgrave in action at the Dunkeswell Raceway Image: Stu Stratton

The Dunkeswell Raceway in Devon was the scene for an up and coming Bedfordian karting talent as Charlie Ephgrave, 16, competed in the latest round of the National Kart Cup with the aid of Bedford Heights.

The National Kart Cup takes place over six rounds at six different circuits in the UK with junior and senior classes and is commonly seen as the first step towards a career in single-seater motor racing.

Bedford Heights have sponsored Ephgrave to compete in the National Kart Cup as well as the Kimbolton Championship and Ephgrave put in a commendable performance amongst a packed field in the south west at the end of June.

The Team Airkart driver was easy to spot however with the striking green of the Bedford Heights branding and he performed well in the three heats of the Junior Rotax class, with the grid split and two finals held.

The 10th, 7th and 9th qualifying spots was good enough to get into the ‘A’ final.

Karting driver, Charlie Ephgrave driving around the Dunkeswell Raceway in Devon
Charlie Ephgrave takes a corner at the Dunkeswell Raceway Image: Stu Stratton

Unfortunately, an early impact with a fellow driver brought a premature end to the race for Ephgrave, but there were plenty of positives as Charlie looks ahead to the rest of the Championship.

“Dunkeswell was a new track for me and overall it was a very promising weekend with great results in the heats. By the end of Friday practice we were setting quick times, putting me in a great position for Saturday.

“I had an excellent start in heat 3 gaining places and making moves in the race to finish 9th, which meant we achieved three top 10 finishes in the heats.

“I was disappointed to not finish the final due to a mechanical failure, but that’s racing, and I’m looking forward to my next race at Kimbolton this weekend.”

The small matter of some GCSE’s stopped Ephgrave from competing in the first two rounds, but the teenager now goes on to the next round this coming weekend (13 and 14 July) at the Kimbolton circuit in Cambridgeshire.

You can follow Charlie’s progress this weekend and in future rounds here.