Stuart Parker of e2v, left, after finishing second at the Nurburgring, with race winner Erik Martin Gjertson, from Norway, middle and Gavin Bennett from Great Britain, right who finished third but took the overall British Championship.
e2v sponsored SUPERKART driver Stuart Parker drove to a brace of podium finishes in the final round of the British Division Two Superkart Championship, in Nurburgring, Germany on the 19th, 20th and 21st October.
Going into the final set of races, Stuart, an employee at e2v’s Lincoln site, held a very slim lead over the multiple British and current European champion Gavin Bennett.
The race was also part of the European Superrace Kart Series. This meant the grid was mixed and would also allow Stuart to race against the European Division Two competitors.
Stuart bounced back from a disappointing practice session on the Friday (after several warm-up sessions his chain snapped) to qualify third for race one, the first of the British competitors, and fifth for race two.
The first race took place on Sunday morning on a cold and damp track where the karts set off for their warm-up lap in a flurry of snow. Stuart crossed the finish line in second place behind Erik Martin Gjertson from Norway but ahead of his British rivals.
As the drivers took to the grid for the start of race two, the weather had taken a turn for the worse with fog hampering vision and persistent heavy rain falling. Gavin Bennett eventually took the overall win and the British Championship, while Stuart finished third behind Czech driver Lumir Vaszky, to take the runner-up spot in the championship.
Stuart says "We are all really happy with second in the British Championship and we also put up a good fight in the European series. I am now looking forward to competing in Europe again next year as we have proved to be a very strong team."
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e2v technologies plc
e2v technologies is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised components and subsystems, falling within two product groups:
- Electronic tubes
- Sensors and Semiconductors
These products enable some of the world’s leading OEMs to deliver innovative systems for medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial applications.
For the year ended 31 March 2007, e2v achieved sales of £174m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (e2v.l). In July 2006 e2v technologies plc acquired a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialised electronic components and sub-systems, based in Grenoble, France and in May of 2007 e2v plc acquired MiCS Microchemical Systems SA a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor based gas sensors. These acquisitions strengthen the Group’s position as a major global provider of specialised electronic components and subsystems.
e2v’s products are supplied into three core market areas:
- Medical & Science: Sensor technology includes imaging sensors for intra-oral and panoramic dental X-ray, mammography, life science applications and X-ray microscopy. Electronic tubes are the enabling technology behind radiotherapy cancer treatments, microwave medical therapy and high-energy physics.
- Aerospace & Defence: Sensor technology includes products for military surveillance, targeting and guidance, space-based imaging and astronomy, radar, electronic warfare, and broadband data converters and microprocessors for aerospace applications. Electronic tubes provide the enabling technology behind radars, electronic countermeasures (ECM), electronic warfare and satellite communications.
- Commercial & Industrial: Sensor technology includes marine radars, industrial safety sensors, automotive radars and alarms, thermal imaging cameras used by fire fighters, CCD and CMOS high resolution line scan cameras for industrial inspection. Electronic tubes provide enabling technology behind TV broadcast, satellite communications, marine radar and food & industrial processing.
The overall purpose of the business is to grow sustainable shareholder value whilst appropriately meeting the expectations of customers, people, partners, suppliers and the wider community. e2v’s vision is to create value through bright ideas in technology and materials science. The Company’s mission is to place customers at the heart of the business, providing enabling products of premium quality that extend technical barriers and enhance the competitive position of our partners.
e2v has approximately 1,800 employees worldwide with three UK based manufacturing sites in Chelmsford, Lincoln and High Wycombe, one in Grenoble, France and one in Corcelles, Switzerland. In addition e2v has sales offices in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Hong Kong, as well as a network of distributors and representatives covering other key territories.
Further information on e2v technologies plc is available from its website, www.e2v.com