The London Cup is the longest established major kart competition in the UK. Held at Rye House each year, which according to David Couthard is the “Silverstone of karting” and to everyone else the Monaco of Hertfordshire!
Acknowledged as probably one of the most technical tracks in the country and with one of the sharpest turns there is at the infield hairpin it bears striking similarities to Buckmore Park as both were designed by Doug Jest and the racing first started at Rye House in 1961.
The track has history by the truck load and anyone who was or is anyone has raced here and as one of the older tracks it’s one that requires commitment and concentration. Run off is limited in most places and the Pylon corner is for the most part flat out and blind on entry with how you land playing a big part on how well you get onto the straight later on (NB taking all four wheels off the track here will land you in trouble with the CoC and your mechanics).
THIS YEAR, Rye House will be holding the London Cup… for the first time EVER!
With HKC taking a sabbatical this year, it was always going to be difficult getting just MSA licenced drivers here in good numbers. With this in mind, Rye House have decided to take the reins and run the London Cup for both MSA and non-MSA (but Rye House verified) drivers!
Our first ever season running a championship using Independant Kart Racing logic has so far proved to be a magnificent series. The final round is on the calendar for 8th October 2017, so what a way to end the year!!!
As most of you know, The London Cup has been held at Rye House for many years and has seen some of the greatest drivers in the sport stood on the podium… perhaps this year it could be you!
When is the Rye House IKR London Cup?
HKC had initially penciled in the 29th October 2017 and the track has decided to stay with this date. This will be run on the Sunday only (so a ONE day event) with optional open testing available on the Saturday
What classes are running?
After much deliberation, we have decided to concentrate on classes we think will fill! We could say “open to every class”, but whats the fun of ‘racing’ if the grids are weak!!? Therefore, the classes available to the IKR LONDON CUP 2017 are:
Bambino IAME (2 grids)
How will the London Cup run?
The itinerary will be on the ryehouseikr.co.uk website shortly, but essentially…EVERYONE IS RACING!!! Yes, even you Bambinos! There will be a brief practice for each class and then into racing! Three heats and a final per class… Winner of the final will take the crown of LONDON CUP 2017 CHAMPION and an EPIC trophy!
Finally rules and regs will be released in the coming weeks, but the day will virtually mirror the current IKR day!
How much will it be?
£85 per class covers the whole day, if you require a transponder then you can hire one from the track at £20, if you have your own, GREAT! the permitted transponders are MyLaps Tranx 160 or the newer MyLaps Trans X2. Optional open practice is available on the Saturday and will be at the usual track rate of £46. Sturday will be sessioned into classes, to ensure safety!
Oh, did we forget to say… you’ll all be on the TV!!!
Motorsport.tv are coming too!!! They’re booked and ready to come back to film for 2017! So, to be in with the chance of getting on the telly… GET BOOKED IN!
How do I sign up?
Dead easy… click ‘ONLINE ENTRY‘ in the menu, and follow the instructions! Good luck and we’ll see you on the 29th October!!!