Fenland karting ace George Russell picked to represent UK in academy trophy

MOTORSPORT chiefs have chosen Fenland star George Russell to represent the UK in the 2012 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

The reigning CIK-FIA European Champion will contest the World Championship for 13-15-year-olds after being nominated by the Motor Sports Association (MSA).

He will take on 50 drivers from across the world over three events in Portugal, France and Bahrain.

Russell, 14, from Tydd St Giles, said: “It’s a massive privilege to have been chosen by the MSA because the Karting Academy Trophy is a very prestigious championship.

“My aim is to add another title to my CV and Britain’s karting record, and hopefully the international karting experience I’ve had recently will help me to achieve that goal.”

Russell has shot to stardom since taking up karting in 2006. He became a European champion last year, at the age of just 13.

Robert Reid, MSA Performance Director, said: “We received several strong applications from some very promising young karters, which made choosing just one very difficult indeed.

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“However, George’s national and international record speaks for itself, and consolation among some of the leading figures in UK karting confirmed that he is best placed right now to make the most of this opportunity.”