Bayford Meadows

I visited Bayford Meadows for the first time in six months. What an eventful day.

The weather conditions were different in every round from qualifying to the final.

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This caused Dad a few headaches as he had not had to do so many changes between races before each race.

Unfortunately could not get the wet set up right. This cost me dearly in qualifying. 12th place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat 1:- Track dried out enough to go dry set up. I came into my own powering from 12th to finish 4th and only 2/10th off the leaders pace. I was happy.

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Heat 2 :- Was super wet see picture below. The grip was not there so struggled and dropped back in race.

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The final:- This went wrong from the start. Half the grid went slicks including me. Track was still very wet in places.

Leaving the dummy grid a kart broke down in front of me. I had no where to go so bumped into him and that was my nose cone down 10sec penalty if I finished the race. The race started and the drivers on inters at the back were much quicker and caused a few problems into the first 3 corners. We lost a couple of slick drivers. I managed to get 2 laps in before hitting a wet patch sending me into the barriers race over. unfortunately some mangled bits for Dad to sort out before next meeting.

Big thank you to my Sponsors and Engine Tuner  Richlee Motor Company, MIR Raceline , CZ Chains Tony at Supertune

Ellough Park Raceway Round 3

This was my first race meeting using the new nose cone push back brackets.

There was a good field of 13 drivers. I qualified 5th having struggled with lack of grip.

Heat 1 Saw me move into 2nd place and push the leader all the way. As I was still not sure how secure the nose cone would be I did not push to hard as 2nd was a good position. I did not fancy a 10 second penalty if I got my overtake wrong.

Heat 2. Was a little slow off the start but gradually worked my way back into position only to have my cut stall and get spun off. So to the back of the pack eventually working my way into 8th place.

Problem with kart sorted off to the final.

Started better but was held back for several laps trying to find the right moment to overtake. Eventually got my opportunity but did not have enough time to make a podium place. 4th place finish. I am happy with that as I was on the pace but a few kart issues did not help.

Big thank you to my Sponsors and Engine Tuner  Richlee Motor Company, MIR Raceline , CZ Chains Tony at Supertune

The Final Round Lydd Karting Winter Championship

First weekend that the weather was great. No tyre decisions this meeting slicks all the way.

I had my best weekend ever.

I qualified in pole shaving time off the lap record.

Heat 1 I was jump started and eventually got the lead back and went on to set a new lap record.

Heat 2 I led this from start to finish times were not as quick as heat 1

The final saw me lead again from start to finish. During the race I lost the lap record in lap 4 and I then matched the new lap record in lap 7. As I only matched the record it is credited to the driver who set the time first.

Lydd 13th March 16 TrophyAnother clean sweep with the added bonus of matching the lap record.

I am now looking forward to the April meeting were I should be crowned Lydd Karting Winter Champion.

 

I would like to thank all my sponsors for helping me achieve this. Richlee Motor Company, Mir Raceline & CZ Chains.

Thank you to engine builder Supertune.

I hope I can now go on and produce some more great results in the Summer Championship.

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Fantastic Days Racing – Lydd Kart Circuit

What a days racing I had. The weather was not great wet and cold.

The day started with me Qualifying in Pole.

Then went on to Win heat 1 by a good margin.

Heat 2 saw the rain again but this did not deter me. Once I negotiated the first bend the rest of the race was fairly straight forward and another win.

The Final saw me take the lead from the start and led it all the way to the line.

This is my first ever total domination of a meeting and saw me take pole and all race wins to take maximum points.

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Big thank you to Mum & Dad for giving me the opportunity to race.

I would like to thank all my Sponsors and Engine builder.

Richlee Motor Company ,Mir Raceline, CZ Chains, Debenhams Implant Dental Practice, and Supertune

After a Break

I am getting myself prepared for the next couple of weeks. I will be back racing ay Lydd on 14th. Then onto Genk for practice. I will be back in time to attend the Ellough Park meeting on 20th. Really excited as a lot at stake.

Ellough Park Raceway Round 1 2016 Championship

What an eventful day. A 4.30am start as we needed to travel 90 plus miles. Dad went to start the car and de-ice it only to find it would not start. Mum to the rescue jump leads out, and a quick bit of jiggling with the cars at 5am car starts away we go. Sorry neighbours.

The weather conditions dictated with an icy track and a flurry of sleet the meeting was shortened by reducing our practice sessions.

We all got one 5 lap practice before qualifying.

Qualifying

This was only the second  time of racing at Ellough. The regular members had a slight advantage and a couple guessed right on tyre choice.

With a good field of 10 junior drivers off we set on qualifying. I was on inters with 7 others. With a fast drying track I had to make sure of 3rd which I duly did.

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Heat 1

Started 3rd got a great start and followed the leader around the first bend. We both pulled away from the pack. I finished 2nd.

Heat 2

Again started 3rd but this time I got a brilliant start and took the lead. I pulled away from the field. This gave me my first heat win in Junior Rotax.

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The Final:-

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This saw me starting in pole.

I led the race from start to finish all 14 laps.

Really excited as this was my first ever Final win in this class.

 

ellough 2016Great big thank you to Mum & Dad.

I would also like to thank my Sponsors

Richlee Motor Company

Mir Raceline

CZ Chains

Debenham Dental Practice

Great start to 2016.

Lydd Winter Championship Rd 3

It is that time of the year when the weather plays its part.

Saturday practice so us all out on a very damp track. I got in some good sessions before having to leave early to get to Dartford Karting.

Sunday Race Day:-

I qualified well in 2nd place on a damp track. All indications suggested the tyre choice later in the day may come into play.

Heat 1 :- Saw me not get the best of starts and I lost out a place into the first bend. Within the first lap I regained 2nd place. I then set about trying to catch the leader. The gap was to large and to be fair he was slightly quicker than me. 2nd place finish.

Heat 2 :- We were all still on inters. Again my start was not great I got pushed into the first bend, fortunately I was strong enough to keep the kart on the track. I then set about reclaiming second place. The leader had well and truly gone. So 2nd again.

The Final:- Got to the dummy grid and only 2 drivers were initially going to risk slicks. We were on inters. About 5 minutes before the race ahead finished a few other drivers switched from inters leaving myself and one other on inters. We thought about changing but took the gamble the track was still wet enough.

The race started I got a blinding start and pulled away from the field. For the first 4 laps I was pulling further and further away I had a good 6 second plus lead. Then I noticed my times slowing. I hoped I had enough to hold on. One driver on slicks had broken away from the rest and was gunning me down. Second last lap I felt someone close it was a case of trying to see if I could hold on but the difference between the two tyres was over 2 seconds a lap. I was passed with last lap board coming out. So it was 2nd again.

Lydd Rd 3 (1)Finishing 2nd in all races turnout to be a great result as my main rivals missed out in the Final. I strengthened my lead in the Championship with 3 rounds to go.

A very big thank you to all my sponsors Richlee Motor Company, Mir Raceline, CZ Chains and Debenham Implant and Dental Practice.