Paul Fletcher awarded the prestigious Sir Malcolm Campbell Memorial Trophy by the MSA
The MSA have awarded Paul Fletcher the prestigious Sir Malcolm Campbell Memorial Trophy in recognition of his services to Karting. Paul was presented with his trophy at the MSA’s star-studded ceremony, the Night of Champions, which took place in London over the weekend.
Trent Valley Kart Club would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Paul on being presented with such a respected award for his continuing dedication to the sport of Karting.
Over 20 years ago, Paul Fletcher’s plan to have his own karting track came to fruition! PF International – in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside at Brandon, Grantham. The plan was to provide a modern facility and a brand new kart circuit.
So in 1994, the 1080m circuit, while not of Tilke design, did embrace all things good about a traditional UK Kart circuit. It had slow, fast and medium corners, some decent straights, hairpins and good run-off areas. Added to that there were fantastic parc ferme and dummy grid areas.
Off track was probably one of the most stunning paddocks in any kart facility in the world – fully tarmacked and capable of housing 160 competitors in the main area and a further 160 in the rear paddock. Also to complement this was a modern building housing bar, restaurant, toilets, showers and garage facilities.
The vision Paul Fletcher had was to create the best karting facility in the UK and provide racing for club drivers on a purpose built kart track – hence the need to create a kart club capable of organising and promoting events at the venue – Trent Valley Kart Club (TVKC) was born.
Soon into its history the Panorama viewing room was built, also providing a double covered dummy grid area, and an onsite retail shop (JM), the premises were soon becoming an established icon in UK Karting.
As the years have gone by Paul Fletcher’s dreams became reality but driven by the ambition of TVKC, the plan was to reach out to Europe and the world of karting and showcase the great facility that is PFi.
2010 was the breakthrough year when the CIK-FIA granted the first such sanctioned event in the UK for over 45 years! It was only a European Qualifier – but – it ignited a brilliant five years of International karting at PFi.
The momentum was still rolling, the highlight of which was in 2011 when a £1.3 million extension to the circuit (including a unique ‘flyover’!) made it the longest in the UK at 1382m metres, this allowed the CIK-FIA (along with support from the MSA) to apply for an International ‘A’ Grade licence. This was duly granted and PFi, at that time, became one of only 9 such Kart circuits in the World! CIK-FIA events kept coming to PFi, the culmination being a World Championship round in 2013 – World acclaim for the venue and also World acclaim for TVKC as they were honoured to receive the 2015 award from the CIK-FIA for the best organised event of the year.
The impetus is still never ending, electricity to every pit bay in the paddock (free of charge courtesy of TVKC), ever improving off-track facilities, a massive ‘big screen’ worthy of any motor sport facility in the World, ongoing circuit lighting and safety area enhancements. With the never faltering ambition and drive of Paul Fletcher and TVKC the PFi Kart Circuit will forever evolve as one of the very best karting facilities in the World.