World Championship success for Brits

The best of British karting shone through at PF International as Dexter Patterson and Danny Keirle were crowned the CIK-FIA OK-Junior and OK World Champions after stunning drives on home soil.

Patterson, aged 14 from Glasgow, led a British podium lockout in the OK-Junior final, leading home Chris Lulham and Harry Thompson. Then Kent’s Keirle, 20, dominated the OK final to secure a British double, despite it being his debut in the senior class.

Patterson said: “I’m a bit speechless and overwhelmed! It’s been a difficult year but we had good speed this weekend. At the start of the race I managed to get out in front and then me and my team-mate broke away from the pack and were able to hold on until the checkered flag. To come out on top on home soil was amazing.”

Keirle said: “Words can’t describe how I feel about winning the world title! It’s crazy and I just want to thank everybody who’s helped get me here. This was my first international race and it’s gone better than I could have imagined so I just want to carry on now and see how far I can go.”

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said the success of the whole event proved yet again the strength of UK karting.

Jones said: “Trent Valley Kart Club and in particular Paul Fletcher deserve every accolade for the enormous amount of work and commitment that they have shown in bringing the world championships to PFI, which has been an outstanding success. The MSA is enormously proud of the fact that so many of our competitors were taking part at the pinnacle of karting, including eight prize winners from the MSA British Championships. And of course we are so delighted for our two new world champions, Dexter and Danny.”

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