insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 13

NEWS 17-YEAR-OLD KENT-BASED MOTORSPORT STAR TO DRIVE IN BTRDA CLUBMANS RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP Engine detox specialist EDT Automotive has agreed to sponsor Kent-based motorsport star Fred Ling in the 2016 Autosport International British Trials and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Clubmans Rallycross Championship. Established in 1977, the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship is known as the wildchild of motorsport. It recently received a boost from Top Gear when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May competed at Lydden Hill. Currently studying A-levels at Homewood School in Tenterden, Ling was named best newcomer in the 2015 series despite missing the first round because he was four days too young. He celebrated his 17th birthday the day before this year's Championship in March, held at the Blyton circuit in Lincolnshire. Fred said: "I remember watching my dad do Rallycross and thinking I'd like to do that. Now I am, so it really is a dream come true. I won an Autograss event in a 1000cc Mini but it was a big step up last year. My Saxo has modified suspension to cope with both dirt and tarmac, we've got a new engine and the sponsorship from EDT will help us to tweak a few other bits. I've also just bought my first road car, a 1.2 Vauxhall Corsa with 85,000 miles on the clock, and I'll definitely be getting the EDT treatment on that – it certainly needs more power!" David Holmes, managing director at EDT Automotive, said: "Fred is an exceptional young driver and we're delighted to be associated with him.” CANTERBURY FESTIVAL POET OF THE YEAR 2016 The popular and much respected Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition has been launched for its 10th year and all poets are cordially invited to submit their work. is then chosen and the poets invited to read their work at the Awards Evening on Friday 7 October, when the Poet of the Year is announced. The Winner receives the University of Kent Prize of £200; second place receives £100 and third £50. In addition the Best Read Poem (read by the poet) receives bottle of sparkling wine and the People’s Choice which is chosen by the audience on the night, receives £25. Organised by the Friends of Canterbury Festival the competition has grown over the years into a truly international event attracting entries from every continent except Antarctica. Among the 279 poems submitted in 2015 were entries from America, Australia, all over Europe and every corner of Britain and Ireland. This year the Competition is being launched on 7th March. Entry forms and Terms and Conditions may be downloaded from the Canterbury Festival website (www.canterburyfestival.co.uk) or are available from the Canterbury Festival office. Entries cost £5.00 for each poem and must be received by the closing date of 17th June. So all poets and potential poets, riddlers and rhymers send your entries to Tina at the Festival Office for a chance to receive the accolade of Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year. This year’s judges are Luigi Marchini of SaveAs Writers Group, Abegail Morley, Poet