Carnforth service & M.O.T centre is proud to sponsor 18 year old kart driver Liam Morley! Liam began racing in august 2004 and has progressed through the classes, starting in cadets and working his way up to racing KZ2 gearbox karts in 2009.
The kart is a Tony kart EVRR chassis with front and rear brakes with adjustable bias, not seen on non-gearbox karts. It is powered by a 125cc reed valve "Vortex" engine with a 6-speed sequential gearbox and hand operated clutch. 0-60 is estimated at around 3 seconds and onto a top speed of around 115mph on long circuit and 95-100mph on short circuits.
18 year old Liam has been competing in the current KZ2 catergory since 2009 and has taken numerous titles over the past few years starting in his firt year taking the Midland championship title. In 2010 he took the prestigious British GP title held at Cadwell Park. In 2011 he won 4 out of 6 possible championships again winning the British GP title along with the british "0" plate title, the UK Cup title and the Masters title aswell as making his european debut at the Le Mans race circuit in France in a division 1 superkart. Liam holds lap records at Shennington, 3 Sisters and oulton park!
Race reports and results:
Le Mans, division 1 superkart:
It began to rain for the first heat on staurday but everyone was on slicks, Tom moore got trapped in the pits trying to change to wets but James Glenister proved to be the master of the tricky conditions, passing Richard Parmer for the win.
James Mudd cam the fore in heat 2, sunday luckily now dry, beating off Morley and Glenister, whilst Nick Smith broke a chain. Daniel Borton the had his turn in the limelight for heat 3 as he held off Mudd and Sam Moore, who was trying out a Sodi kart but has retired in a heat.
With times so close a good gris position was vital. As Glenister led them away, Morley leapfrogged Tom Witts on lap 2 and set off to chase Glenister. Borton and Mudd had kept with the lead group, as Witts slowly drifted to the back of the 5 karts.
Daryl Henderson spun at stratford hairpin then retired, whilst Matt Dittmann went into the lead of the second group. Tom Moore passed his brother for that position, but Sam retrieved it, Tom falling back behind Joe Charlton but managing to get 7th back by the flag.
Morley hadn't taken long to find a gap in Glenisters defence, as he then puled out amost 1 second from the rest. Mudd kept Borton at bay to complete the podium places in a frantic foursome. " The vortex is brilliant and the cassis is working well" observed a delighted Morley.
In changeable conditions the final of the GP was to be a thriller with Vortex RVXX engines taking 3 of the top 4 positions. With an 18 minute race this wasn't going to be decided until the last lap. A group of 5 karts broke away changing the lead lap after lap.After being denied the outright win last year Liam wasn't going to be denied this time, and as he exited the woodlands for the last time he would cross the line nearly a second ahead. Matt Isherwood would take 3rd closely followed by Mark Brookman. All powered by the amazinig Vortex RVXX
Liam Morley was in no mood to play when he arrived at Oulton Park for the UK cup ( O Plate)
In timed qualifying he destroyed the opposition with his nearest competitor nearly 3 seconds behind. In race one a mature drive saw him drive away from the opposition to finally win by 16 seconds and smash the lap record by 6 seconds.
In the final from pole he made a good start and just drove away, the power of the Vortex RVXX really showing its strength. The final tour was very sweet as this was to be Liams first major title.