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Super One Series 2017 Rowrah in 5 pictures

The third round of Super One took place this weekend, back in Cumbria at Rowrah for the 2nd time this season, if you missed it and don’t have time for race reports, here’s what you need to know from the round 3 in five images!

1.

The season opener last month saw the second finals on Sunday almost cancelled due to the extremely wet weather, but there were to be no such problems this time as the drivers were treated to a dry weekend’s racing.

2.

The support for former Super One champion, Billy Monger, was fantastic! The #BillyWhizz stickers were on almost every kart with Super One making new visor strips for every driver to wear. £5000 was also raised between the competitors, organisers and Rowrah kart circuit which will go to Billy’s JustGiving page.

3.

Taylor Barnard dominated IAME Cadet once again as he won every race to extend his championship lead. He isn’t the only driver to have won his first and second round of this season though as Danny Kierle in Senior X30 has done the exact same along with Kai Hunter in Mini Max.

4.

Honda Cadet title contender, Lucas Ellingham, had an unfortunate weekend in Honda Cadet, but recovered well in Final 2 as he charged from 31st to 8th place!

5.

Morgan Porter led the X30 Junior final until an incident with 2nd place driver Dragan Pinsent on the last lap saw the win gifted to Jonny Wilkinson! The Mick Barrett Racing driver now sits 2nd in the championship behind Louie Westover

 

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Bethanie Lawson Photography

 

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Super One Series 2017 Rowrah in 5 pictures

The third round of Super One took place this weekend, back in Cumbria at Rowrah for the 2nd time this season, if you missed it and don’t have time for race reports, here’s what you need to know from the round 3 in five images!

1.

The season opener last month saw the second finals on Sunday almost cancelled due to the extremely wet weather, but there were to be no such problems this time as the drivers were treated to a dry weekend’s racing.

2.

The support for former Super One champion, Billy Monger, was fantastic! The #BillyWhizz stickers were on almost every kart with Super One making new visor strips for every driver to wear. £5000 was also raised between the competitors, organisers and Rowrah kart circuit which will go to Billy’s JustGiving page.

3.

Taylor Barnard dominated IAME Cadet once again as he won every race to extend his championship lead. He isn’t the only driver to have won his first and second round of this season though as Danny Kierle in Senior X30 has done the exact same along with Kai Hunter in Mini Max.

4.

Honda Cadet title contender, Lucas Ellingham, had an unfortunate weekend in Honda Cadet, but recovered well in Final 2 as he charged from 31st to 8th place!

5.

Morgan Porter led the X30 Junior final until an incident with 2nd place driver Dragan Pinsent on the last lap saw the win gifted to Jonny Wilkinson! The Mick Barrett Racing driver now sits 2nd in the championship behind Louie Westover

 

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Bethanie Lawson Photography

 

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Super One Rissington 2017 in 5 pictures

If missed the second round of Super One at Rissington this weekend, don’t have time for race reports and can’t wait to see the Motors TV programme or the videos on You Tube, here’s what you need to know from the round 2  in just five images!

1.

Chris Thomas won a ticket to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals last year and judging by his dominant performance at the first round he is already the strong favourite to win the ticket on offer for this years 177 champion

2.

Abbi Pulling was back on top form, winning final two by 6 seconds and walking away leading the Junior TKM Championship!

3.

Harry Moore had an unlucky weekend, ending with him involved in an incident which broke his hand! Will he be okay for the next round, or will last years champion be dropping further down the championship table?

4.

Joshua Mclean was the winner of both finals in the Honda Cadet Championship whilst championship favourite Oliver Bearman was excluded after being given a black flag. Who does that leave as the favourite now?

5.

Daniel Butterworth made up 19 places in Final One! Another hard charger was Aston Millar in Honda Cadet who made up 21 places in Final Two!

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Bethanie Lawson Photography

 

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Super One Rissington 2017 in 5 pictures

If missed the second round of Super One at Rissington this weekend, don’t have time for race reports and can’t wait to see the Motors TV programme or the videos on You Tube, here’s what you need to know from the round 2  in just five images!

1.

Chris Thomas won a ticket to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals last year and judging by his dominant performance at the first round he is already the strong favourite to win the ticket on offer for this years 177 champion

2.

Abbi Pulling was back on top form, winning final two by 6 seconds and walking away leading the Junior TKM Championship!

3.

Harry Moore had an unlucky weekend, ending with him involved in an incident which broke his hand! Will he be okay for the next round, or will last years champion be dropping further down the championship table?

4.

Joshua Mclean was the winner of both finals in the Honda Cadet Championship whilst championship favourite Oliver Bearman was excluded after being given a black flag. Who does that leave as the favourite now?

5.

Daniel Butterworth made up 19 places in Final One! Another hard charger was Aston Millar in Honda Cadet who made up 21 places in Final Two!

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Bethanie Lawson Photography

 

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Lucas Ellingham determined to win Super One this year!

Last year’s Honda Cadet Super One Championship saw Lucas Ellingham walk away with 5th place and top Rookie! This year he is back and determined to walk away with the one plate and nothing less! We caught up with him ahead of the first round of Super One at Rissington to find out his thoughts ahead of a potentially big season.

Lucas first started karting when he was 6 years old at PFi with their ‘Racing For Buttons’ scheme. This was originally based at Rowrah and was introduced so that children under the age of 14 could get experience and a taste for karting. He then raced IKR for a couple of years before moving to MSA racing in Honda Cadet.

Last year Lucas competed in Super One for the first time and finished 5th in the championship after some fantastic results including 2nd at the Shenington round!
Speaking about this Lucas said: “It felt amazing finishing 5th, we were only hoping for a top 10 so it was brilliant to get 5th.”

However, explaining why they have chosen to do another year in Honda Cadet Super One, Lucas also said “5th was good, but 1st is better, this year we’re aiming  for the win.” 

There are some big names in Honda Cadet Super One this year, including the likes of last years Vice Champion Oliver Bearman along with other seeded drivers, Archie Brown (7) and James Walker (8). Unsurprisingly Lucas see’s his biggest rival as Bearman and I’m looking forward to seeing the pair go toe to toe throughout the season along with some of the other big players in the class.

Lucas has stayed with Global Karting again for this season and believes his teammates (Ivan Lomliev, Joshua McLean and Luke Watts) will also be his rivals as everyone is chasing that title! That said there’s nothing better than having some good teammates around you, to work with in a race or trade data and setups. That should certainly work in Ellingham’s favour this year.

When talking about the 2017 Calendar, Lucas told us he is looking forward to Clay Pigeon the most as it is the only track he has been to twice and won both times. “The tracks I am feeling the most positive about and think I could win at are Clay Pigeon, PFI and Larkhall.”

“Im not, not looking forward to any of the rounds, I feel like I am strong at all of them, I couldn’t single one out – I enjoy all of the tracks on the calendar and Im excited to race at them all.”

Lucas has been very strong recently which is a great start to the season! He has finished in the top three at almost every race weekend he has competed in since the new year. He has also already won a super competitive TVKC Winter Series. It would mean everything to him to win this year and judging by his results last year and his progress this year, he is definitely a title contender!

Events he will also be attending this year are:

  • O-plate – Buckmore Park
  • E-plate – Shenington
  • Kartmasters – PFi
  • Various club championships including TVKC Summer championship

We asked Lucas if he has an plans yet for 2018 and although he is uncertain, there is the possibility of Junior X30 as thats the class that seems to be in the limelight at the moment, or Junior TKM, maybe test with someone else already in that class.

Lucas’s Dad – Ralph Ellingham added

“Ever since Lucas’ first foray into karting he has shown a passion and now looking back it’s rewarding to see how his dedication and hard work have brought him to where he is now. He has always set his sights on contending for the Super One Honda Cadet title and this year, our last in cadets, he looks to be peaking at the right time. Since the new year he has been at the sharp end of every meeting he has attended which I put down not only to having refined the required level of driving skills and race-craft but also showing his strong mental state. We are looking forward to the upcoming Super One Series and hope that all the work will pay dividends, in a few months and 7 meetings we will find out, but whatever the outcome I am sure he will give 100% and we will end the year feeling proud of his achievements.”

“Looking to the future, next year is undecided as yet but if it were up to Lucas it would be a move to X30 or OK I would guess but let’s get this year out of the way and go from there.”

Rissington will be the first round of Super One for Honda Cadet and Lucas is feeling excited and confident, especially after coming 2nd there last weekend. There’s no doubt he’ll be looking to repeat that result this weekend with an aim to go on and win the title.

Lucas’s 5-1

5 words to describe yourself?

  • Enthusiastic
  • Focused
  • Determined
  • Confident
  • Ambitious

4  favourite tracks?

  • PFi
  • Clay Pigeon
  • Larkhall
  • Rowrah

3 drivers that have inspired you?

  • Mike Spencer
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Valentino Rossi

2 memorable moments in your career?

  • First ever win -IKR
  • First ever Super One podium

1 goal for the future?

  • To become a Formula racing driver

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & Stu Stretton

 

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Lucas Ellingham determined to win Super One this year!

Last year’s Honda Cadet Super One Championship saw Lucas Ellingham walk away with 5th place and top Rookie! This year he is back and determined to walk away with the one plate and nothing less! We caught up with him ahead of the first round of Super One at Rissington to find out his thoughts ahead of a potentially big season.

Lucas first started karting when he was 6 years old at PFi with their ‘Racing For Buttons’ scheme. This was originally based at Rowrah and was introduced so that children under the age of 14 could get experience and a taste for karting. He then raced IKR for a couple of years before moving to MSA racing in Honda Cadet.

Last year Lucas competed in Super One for the first time and finished 5th in the championship after some fantastic results including 2nd at the Shenington round!
Speaking about this Lucas said: “It felt amazing finishing 5th, we were only hoping for a top 10 so it was brilliant to get 5th.”

However, explaining why they have chosen to do another year in Honda Cadet Super One, Lucas also said “5th was good, but 1st is better, this year we’re aiming  for the win.” 

There are some big names in Honda Cadet Super One this year, including the likes of last years Vice Champion Oliver Bearman along with other seeded drivers, Archie Brown (7) and James Walker (8). Unsurprisingly Lucas see’s his biggest rival as Bearman and I’m looking forward to seeing the pair go toe to toe throughout the season along with some of the other big players in the class.

Lucas has stayed with Global Karting again for this season and believes his teammates (Ivan Lomliev, Joshua McLean and Luke Watts) will also be his rivals as everyone is chasing that title! That said there’s nothing better than having some good teammates around you, to work with in a race or trade data and setups. That should certainly work in Ellingham’s favour this year.

When talking about the 2017 Calendar, Lucas told us he is looking forward to Clay Pigeon the most as it is the only track he has been to twice and won both times. “The tracks I am feeling the most positive about and think I could win at are Clay Pigeon, PFI and Larkhall.”

“Im not, not looking forward to any of the rounds, I feel like I am strong at all of them, I couldn’t single one out – I enjoy all of the tracks on the calendar and Im excited to race at them all.”

Lucas has been very strong recently which is a great start to the season! He has finished in the top three at almost every race weekend he has competed in since the new year. He has also already won a super competitive TVKC Winter Series. It would mean everything to him to win this year and judging by his results last year and his progress this year, he is definitely a title contender!

Events he will also be attending this year are:

  • O-plate – Buckmore Park
  • E-plate – Shenington
  • Kartmasters – PFi
  • Various club championships including TVKC Summer championship

We asked Lucas if he has an plans yet for 2018 and although he is uncertain, there is the possibility of Junior X30 as thats the class that seems to be in the limelight at the moment, or Junior TKM, maybe test with someone else already in that class.

Lucas’s Dad – Ralph Ellingham added

“Ever since Lucas’ first foray into karting he has shown a passion and now looking back it’s rewarding to see how his dedication and hard work have brought him to where he is now. He has always set his sights on contending for the Super One Honda Cadet title and this year, our last in cadets, he looks to be peaking at the right time. Since the new year he has been at the sharp end of every meeting he has attended which I put down not only to having refined the required level of driving skills and race-craft but also showing his strong mental state. We are looking forward to the upcoming Super One Series and hope that all the work will pay dividends, in a few months and 7 meetings we will find out, but whatever the outcome I am sure he will give 100% and we will end the year feeling proud of his achievements.”

“Looking to the future, next year is undecided as yet but if it were up to Lucas it would be a move to X30 or OK I would guess but let’s get this year out of the way and go from there.”

Rissington will be the first round of Super One for Honda Cadet and Lucas is feeling excited and confident, especially after coming 2nd there last weekend. There’s no doubt he’ll be looking to repeat that result this weekend with an aim to go on and win the title.

Lucas’s 5-1

5 words to describe yourself?

  • Enthusiastic
  • Focused
  • Determined
  • Confident
  • Ambitious

4  favourite tracks?

  • PFi
  • Clay Pigeon
  • Larkhall
  • Rowrah

3 drivers that have inspired you?

  • Mike Spencer
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Valentino Rossi

2 memorable moments in your career?

  • First ever win -IKR
  • First ever Super One podium

1 goal for the future?

  • To become a Formula racing driver

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & Stu Stretton

 

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Eight Moore Racing Drivers prepare for the Super 4 Championship

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Eight Moore Racing Drivers prepare for the Super 4 Championship

Sam Moore started karting as a child in 1994, 23 years later he has just started his own team alongside his younger brother, Tom Moore. The Moore brothers will be taking their eight KZ2 drivers around the UK to take part in the Super 4 Championship in 2017. We caught up with Sam before the first round of Super 4 at Fulbeck which took place last weekend, to find out his full karting history and where he sees their team going over the coming years.

Tell us a bit more about your karting career so far?

“I always loved motorsport as a young child. Then Dad turned up one night with an Allkart Cadet kart on the roof rack of his van! We went to a dis-used road and spent time getting used to the kart for a month. We then went to a novice practice day at Rowrah in 1994 and the rest is pretty much history!”

“I did cadets for 4 years, then moved into Junior TKM in 1999.  After that I went into Junior Gearbox in 2000 and into 125 open (KZ1) as it was then in 2002/03.”

“We were competitive in cadets, I won a round of Champions of the Future at Rye House in 1998. In Junior TKM we were again competitive but didn’t do Super One. I was a front runner in Junior Gearbox and worked my way up to the top in seniors (gearbox).” 

The Moore Brothers in 2006

“I stopped karting in 2011 as I wasn’t completely enjoying racing to be honest, I tended to put too much pressure on myself to win which took the fun out of it. I came back for fun in 2014 and competed in Super 4 which I throughly enjoyed. I loved racing with a change of attitude and I loved helping drivers who are now big names such as Henry Easthope, Dan Kelly and Sam Webster. In 2014 I also won the Gearbox Grand Prix which took place at Fulbeck and took the GP plate which was an incredible feeling!”

Sam Moore
Sam Moore

“Now I am getting a buzz from running a team with Tom and been able to help drivers improve their performances and driving.”

Tom didn’t do as much karting as Sam, but attended most meetings with the family. His attention turned to the mechanic and engineering side of the sport. Both of the Moore brothers raced for Andy Fairless Racing for 20 years!

Tom Moore
Tom Moore

“Growing up watching Andy Fairless Racing build as a front running karting team I knew from a small age that if I ever got a chance in my life to have my own team then I would give 100%. I spent many hours at Andy Fairless’s workshop learning how karts were best prepared and maintained. With my current job being a maintenance engineer and serving 12 years in that job I have learnt my craft and have a great background to progress with a race team.” – Tom Moore

Moore Racing officially started at the second Round of Super 4/NFK last year. “We always enjoyed helping and developing drivers in the past. This was an opportunity we felt we had to take”. They have come a long way to now having 8 drivers signed up to their team all ready to try and get the best results in Super 4 this year!

Moore Racing drivers for 2017

Adam Rusling (11th at round one)
Chad Shiner (4th at round one)
Greg Dickens (16th at round one)
Matt Sherwen (5th at round one)
Miles Murphy (3rd on the grid at round one)
Paul Sleight (14th at round one)
Pete Britcliffe  (5th on the grid at round one)
Shane Daly (6th on the grid at round one)

“Our expectations for this year are very simple, everyone tries their very best! To improve their basic skills and techniques. As a team we don’t have expectations as such, we just hope that the work which has been done and work to be done in the future stands all our drivers in good stead. In terms of numbers we hope to get as many as we can in to the top 10.” Sam Moore

Miles Murphy
Miles Murphy

“So far our pre-season testing has gone very well, we had a few hiccups with a couple of new members but we were soon back on track at the Shenington winter series. Its going to be very hard to finish in the top 10 this year however my outright aim is to win the championship. If we can secure a couple of winning rounds and get at least 2 of our drivers in the top 5 and 4 drivers in the top ten then we have done extremely well. We hope to bring the two older driver in our team somewhere close too if not a top 10 finish in at least one round.” Tom Moore

Sam has experience at every single track on the Super 4 calendar this year and not just in terms of having driven at every track, he has actually won at every single track!

2017 Super 4 calendar:

Round 1 – 25th/26th March, Fulbeck
Round 2 – 16th April, GYG
Round 3 – 13th/14th May, Kimbolton
Round 4 – 11th June, Rowrah
Round 5 – 15th/16th July, Shenington
Round 6 – 6th August, Forest Edge
Round 7 – 7th/8th October, Kimbolton

“My favourite track on the calendar has to be Rowrah! The amount of laps and time spent at Rowrah gave me the basic platform to be able to achieve as much as I have done.”

The championship Moore racing would enter this year was always going to have to be between Super 4 and Super One. There was 31 KZ entries in Super 4 last year, compared to just nine in Super One “The Super 4 championship is massively underrated, yet I believe it is the best in this country for KZ. To me Super 4 was the championship to win.”

Chad Shiner
Chad Shiner

Looking ahead to the next few years Sam seems very positive on the teams progression.

Honestly, as a team, just to be as successful as possible, wherever that takes us. Maybe venture outside of the KZ class as we do have young lads of our own who are keen and interested in karting. Personally my goal is to be able to develop every driver who drives for Moore Racing to become the very best they can.”

One of Moore Racing Drivers, Shane Daly (IRL), raced with the team at the ABKC O-plate at Rowrah earlier this month. He drove fantastically well all weekend. He qualified on pole, won both heats, and the Pre-Final! Sadly an incident in the final meant he missed out on the O-plate, but I watched Shane’s performance and his talent was unmissable. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t make multiple podium appearances this year.

Shane has a great history in the sport and has mainly raced in the Rotax classes in recent years. He’s competed in both the Super One and Irish National Championships, he’s raced in the Rotax Euro Challenge too and has made two appearances at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals representing Ireland. In 2012 Shane was 33rd and in 2015 he was an impressive 12th place! Ahead of the season he commented:

“I was quite new to KZ Karting when I joined Moore racing but both Sam and Tom have helped accelerate my progress immensely! It is a credit to the boys how fast the team has grown and I can not wait to get the 2017 championship underway.”Shane Daly

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The first round of Super 4 took place this weekend at Fulbeck. All 8 drivers learnt something and everyone took a positive away from the weekend. Unfortunately the final didn’t go to plan for a few drivers, however Chad Shiner took 4th and Matt Sherwen 5th.

“Overall we have had a brilliant weekend. Not every result gone our way but Moore Racing isn’t going anywhere!! We are learning fast but not as fast as our competitors are learning about us!Sam Moore 

“Team, team manager, brother, partnership, new drivers, old drivers, new friends, old friends, determination, dedication, sleepless nights, late nights into early mornings, two jobs, passion, precision, preparation, new beginnings, challenges, stress, money worries, short time frame, AFR –  all there help past and present, winter testing, no family time, bad times, good times, blood, sweat, tears. Highlight of the weekend watching Peter Britcliffe lift his visor after taking 3rd in a heat and seeing him cry. Chuffed and emotional times. Finally my childhood dream come true this weekend and I loved every minute of it. Thanks everyone” – Tom Moore

We wish the team the best of luck for 2017!

Sam’s 5-1

5 words to describe yourself?

  • Honest
  • Approachable
  • Grounded
  • Enthusiastic
  • Happy

4  favourite tracks?

  • Rowrah
  • Kimbolton
  • Forest Edge
  • Little Rissington

3 drivers that have inspired you?

  • Jenson Button
  • Alex Zanardi
  • Mark Walker

2 memorable moments in your career?

  • 2008 Super 4 champion
  • 2010, Super 4, round 1 – at forest edge. 19th on grid for final and went onto win by 2 seconds on 10 laps.

1 goal for the future?

  • To be as successful as Andy Fairless Racing with Moore Racing.

 

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Bethanie Lawson Photography

 

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