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Young racer goes for world record

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 August 2009 | UPDATED: 08:24 01 August 2010

A UNIVERSITY student is gearing up for a world record attempt that will see him race a kart around a circuit for 24-hours.

Lloyd de Boltz-Miller, 23, hopes to break the world record for the most kilometres covered by an individual in a kart in this time and he will also be raising money for charity.

A UNIVERSITY student is gearing up for a world record attempt that will see him race a kart around a circuit for 24-hours.

Lloyd de Boltz-Miller, 23, hopes to break the world record for the most kilometres covered by an individual in a kart in this time and he will also be raising money for charity.

The record is currently held by a South African man and stands at 1,157 kilometres.

Mr de Boltz-Miller, who is studying for a degree in motorsport technology at Staffordshire University, is going to attempt to better this at Ellough Park Raceway next Tuesday and Wednesday.

He said: “A record attempt like this would normally be done by a team of four or five, but I am going to attempt to do it by myself.

“I am confident and am looking to beat it by around 400 kilometres, providing everything goes to plan.”

Mr de Boltz-Miller, from Norwich, said that his friends and family would be coming to the circuit to cheer him on.

He said that he is allowed to take as many breaks as he likes while on the circuit, but added: “If I take too many I will not cover as many kilometres as I would like to. I am looking to stop every hour and fifteen minutes for fuel, to check my tyres and to take food and fluids. I will also have a drinks system running into my helmet.

“I will have a radio and there will be people in the paddock who will relay any problems to me. It will not be about racing at an outright pace, it is about maintaining the pace to see us through the 24-hours. They will control me from the pits and will tell me whether I need to increase or decrease the pace.”

He thanked Richard Lock, who owns Ellough Park Raceway, for helping with the event, and sponsors including Science in Sport and Arai Helmets.

Mr de Boltz-Miller is raising money for the Spinal Injuries Association and said he hopes to attempt to break more records in the future.

He said: “I was looking at my lifestyle and it hit me that if anything happened to me or my family it would change everything. It is thanks to the incredible work this charity does that everyday life can and does go on.”

To help raise awareness and funds for the charity he also organised a summer ball at Sprowston Manor Hotel which took place on Saturday.

For more information about Mr de Boltz-Miller's world record attempt visit www.lloyd-miller.co.uk

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