A talented local ex-kart racer’s motorsport graphics designs, and the area’s biggest motor racing team were on prominent display at the Autosport International (ASI) racing car show in Birmingham’s NEC.
The show stand of UK motorsport’s governing body, the MSA, had a centrepiece featuring the kart of Teddy Wilson, the 2014 IAME Cadet Champion, its bodywork graphics being the work of a Rotherham company, Jake Designs.
Run by 23 year-old Jake Ball, Jake Designs started producing karting vinyl graphics when he hung up his helmet in 2012.
Growing quickly, the company becoming renowned for high quality, striking and imaginative designs for karting bodywork, it soon had leading kart racing teams beating a path to Jake Design’s door for him to create distinctive colour schemes for their karts.
Jake Designs’ reputation, and being the largest supplier of custom karting graphics in the UK, led to Ball being requested to design and produce the karting artwork for the new 2015 Formula Kart Stars championship that is supported by the Formula 1 championship.
Displayed to the public on the Formula Kart Stars championship’s huge ASI show stand were Ball’s colourful creations for each of the four FKS categories, in the words of FKS championship chairman, Carolynn Hoy, “We really love Jake’s work – the superb designs and his flexibility!”.
Further examples of ball’s work were on show on the Zip Karts and Super One Series championship stands.
Meanwhile, elsewhere at the show, Steven Hunter was also seeking some talented ex-karters.
The boss of the Dronfield-based JHR Developments racing team however was looking for recruits to fill vacant race seats created by the team’s expansion into single-seater racing.
JHR are moving for the first time into both the new MSA Formula championship where they have linked up the Zip Young Guns karting team and also the BRDC Formula 4 championship.
The team’s two single-seaters, along with JHR’s usual Ginetta Junior championship car were on display at the Grand Prix Racewear’s show stand, Zip Young Guns’ parent company.
Hunter, who spent his time discussing championships with kart racers and their parents, was in no doubt what he is looking for, “I’m after teenage racers who know how to win races”.
The Attercliffe-based sports exhaust company, Cobra Sport used the show to launch their involvement with the AMD Tuning Ford Focus British Touring Car championship team.