Dundalk drivers Aaron O’Rourke and Dylan Tuite will be involved this Saturday, when the Ulster Karting Club hosts the Ulster Cup meeting at Nutts Corner just outside Belfast.
In an effort to cut costs of racing the Ulster Cup is now a one day event but still comprises all the challenge of the original two day meeting and to some extent is a trial ahead of the Irish Kart Grand Prix in August.
Ulster Championship meetings are about racking up points in heats and finals so drivers can to some extent drive with some conservatism depending on their position in the series.
The Ulster Cup though is more akin to a British Championship round where drivers must push right from the first heat to be in with a crack at pole position for the final race, something similar to the Irish Kart Grand Prix. With three heats and a final all on the same day, reliability of machine and driver is paramount too since there is little time between races to fix any issues.
The recent round of the Ulster Championship also saw the club launch this years Irish Kart Grand Prix which will be on Saturday and Sunday August 24/25 at Nutts Corner Circuit. Once again the IKGP will be Ireland’s largest race meeting of the year with drivers visiting from all over the UK to try and take the prestigious GP plates.
Racing this Saturday gets underway at 10am with the Ulster Cup final just after lunch. The Ulster Karting Club re-vamped web site (www.ulsterkartingclub.co.uk) and the North of Ireland Karting Association web site (www.nikarting.com) detail more information on the sport, including how to try out karting.