The race to be top Rookie in the 2022 KZ2 Wera Tools British Kart Championship was short-lived affair this season, with just two racers battling it out for top spot. Just five rounds made up the roster and it was Ashley Goodliffe who secured the honour.

But the 27-year-old from Exmouth, Devon had only contested two rounds, being forced to withdraw mid-way through the season due to an injury sustained prior to the season opener.

“I started karting when I was 14 and competed nationally but due to funding always dropped away from winning a national championship” he says.

“I came second in my first national championship when I was 15 in juniors but missed the last two rounds which would have made it a win. I moved up to 250 nationals and won one club championship and runner up in a handful of others, but then came out of karting for 6 years.”

“I started again in October of 2021 and entered the British championship in 2022 in KZ2. Unfortunately, a crash the weekend before the first British champs round caused a rough start to the year. After two rounds I was struggling badly with my neck which is still affecting me so unfortunately, I had to pull out. My neck can no longer take the force and I have pulled out of karting as a result”.

“Just being able to go from not karting for 6 years to competing in the hardest most enduring class at a national level was amazing for me and something I had always dreamed of. But sadly, in 2023 I`ll be moving to sim racing until my neck gets better.”

The BKC wishes Ashley the best of luck for the future.

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