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Suffolk soapbox race on track to be 'best yet'

PUBLISHED: 11:34 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:30 10 May 2018

Some of the action from last year's Framlingham Soapbox Race. Picture: SIMON GARRETT

Some of the action from last year's Framlingham Soapbox Race. Picture: SIMON GARRETT

Simon Garrett

A Suffolk soapbox race is shaping up to be the “best yet” – with a new “Red Bull-style” start ramp and more entries than ever before.

The winding course runs from Framlingham Castle down Market Hill to the finish line by Bulstrodes shop. Picture: SIMON GARRETTThe winding course runs from Framlingham Castle down Market Hill to the finish line by Bulstrodes shop. Picture: SIMON GARRETT

Organiser’s of the annual “Gravity Go Cart Race” in Framlingham say interest in this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, May 20, has surpassed all others.

“We’ve got more entries, more sponsors and more food stalls than in previous years,” said Framlingham Town Council’s Spadge Hopkins.

“The event has really taken off and built upon the successes of last year.”

For the first time, this year’s race features a special start ramp, which Mr Hopkins says is “amazing – just like the Red Bull races.”

This year's race is reported to be on course for more entrants than ever before. Picture: SIMON GARRETTThis year's race is reported to be on course for more entrants than ever before. Picture: SIMON GARRETT

On the day, teams in three age categories will set off from Framlingham Castle in handmade gravity-powered soapbox carts along a winding course down Market Hill. The event, which is free to watch, will also include a wide selection of food stalls.

Framlingham Town Council has thanked sponsors for helping to cover the event’s £2,600 costs.

Caroline Carter, of Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, which is sponsoring it for the third consecutive year, said the company was “delighted” be supporting it again.

Teams can still sign up to enter the race - but need to organise insurance.

Visit Framlingham Soapbox Race for details.

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