All posts by Chris McCarthy

Bradshaw and Hoggard ahead of Bahrain

With the biggest karting event of the year coming up in a couple of weeks, we caught up with Callum Bradshaw and Johnathan Hoggards on how they’re feeling about racing in the CIK-FIA World Championships in Bahrain with the OTK Factory Teams.

Callum Bradshaw

Callum is one of four Brits competing in Juniors at Bahrain this year after receiving his ticket for winning the CIK Academy.

“Its gonna be a great experience racing amongst the best in juniors in the world. I am really looking forward to it and its a amazing opportunity to be with Tony Kart. I hope that Bahrain will show my potential against the best in the World, I feel privileged to have the best team underneath me so hopefully I can prove that I have talent. I am hoping for a top 10 and will be pleased with anything above that!”

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Other British Juniors are:

Fin Kenneally
Kiern Jewiss
Teddy Wilson

Johnathan Hoggard

There are five British Seniors racing in the World Championships, Johnathan Hoggard is one of these after winning his ticket through Super One.

“I am really looking forward to this amazing opportunity and can promise I will give my everything, especially knowing that I’m participating as a Senior and will be up against some very strong competition. I’ve been preparing on and off the track, I’ve been doing some testing in the UK and I’m showing my commitment by travelling out on the 2nd November to do some testing with the team prior to the competition, so this should see me as a strong contender.”

Jonathan Hoggard

Other British Seniors are:

Tom Joyner
Ben Hanley
Tom Bale
Jordan Lennox-Lamb

Click here to see full entry lists for the event

We wish them all the Best of Luck!

 

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A Look Back at the Super One finale

Almost Four weeks after the Super One Finale at PFi, we look at the last round and pick up some of the best moments.

Late drama in Junior TKM

The Junior TKM Battle was pretty much over, until disaster hit Bradley White on one of the opening laps of the final. He needed to finished 10th or above to become British Champion. He made his way up from 18th to 14th so at this point in the race Abbi Pulling currently had the British championship well within her grasp. However, on the last lap White managed to pass two karts and an incident moved him up another couple of places, making him Junior TKM British Champion 2016!

Fender just misses out on title

In Junior X30, Oliver Clarke who was Honda Cadet champion 2015 started 13th in the Final Two after an unfortunate Final One. He then drove a fantastic race to 1st place to repeat his win at Larkhall from earlier in the season. Gordon Mutch and Angus Fender were battling for the Junior X30 title which was an incredible battle and this helped Clarke get up to the top step of the podium.    

The controversial last lap decider

The Rotax Max battle was another that went down to the last lap of the last race of the last round of the season proving the excellent quality of racing shown in Super One. Going into the round the top three drivers – Josh White, Jack McCarthy and Josh Skelton were separated by just three points. With Skelton forced to retire after two laps in the final, the battle was between White and McCarthy. White was on course for the title, but an incident on the last lap forced him wide giving McCarthy the opportunity to get past and take the championship win!

Jack McCarthy

A Rookie Champion

Going into the last round of Super One, there were a handful of title contenders for the TKM Extreme class including; Kyle Sproat, Matthew Taylor, Phil Smith Matthew England, Chris Whiton and Harry Moore. With a different winner at every round of the season it was impossible to choose a winner, especially with such a huge mix of talented drivers. In the end it was the rookie Harry Moore who took the win, the first Rookie to win Super One in TKM Extreme!

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The comeback King

At Fulbeck Super One back in July, Mini Max driver, Alex Lloyd was involved in a nasty accident that put him out of the seat for a couple of months. He missed a couple of rounds, but was back on top form at PFI qualifying on pole beating championship winner Jenson Butterfield. Lloyd finished in 7th position in the main final.

alex-lloyd

Written by Bethanie Lawson

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix and Bethanie Lawson Photography

Videos courtesy of TDi Media

 

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Winter Transfers: Where are you going?

Here’s your chance to get yourself in Karting magazine

If you are MOVING OUT of the one of the following classes this year let us know and get involved in our yearly Winter Transfers Feature in the next issue of the mag!

– Cadets
– Mini Max
– Junior TKM
– Junior Max
– Junior X30

You must supply a head and shoulders photo, along with your:

– Name
– Age
– Favourite track
– Class you’re moving out of
– Class you’re moving to
– Series you’ll be racing in 2016
– Notable achievements in 2015

To enter email us at chris@kartingmagazine.com

Honda Cadet driver signed to Fox Motorsport!

Fox Motorsport have been competing in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship for the past two years and are regular front runners in the popular GT4 class.

The team has a strong relationship with Ginetta, competing in a G55 GT4 car and preparing customer cars for other Ginetta race series such as Supercup, Ginetta Juniors, GT5 and GRDC.

 

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Team principle Paul McNeilly is a regular at kart tracks up and down the country as his son Liam competes in Honda Cadets and after chatting to Luke Hines saw an opportunity to coach young drivers in the Ginetta G40.

“Ginetta kindly offered us their test facilities, as the young drivers who wanted to test the G40 didn’t hold a Junior ARDS license, so they were not able to test the car on track anywhere. The first test was a massive success with two drivers from Junior Max adjusting to the car really quickly, considering they had never driven a car with a sequential gearbox it was impressive to watch” said Paul McNeilly.

The team is currently preparing their own Ginetta G40, with the view of competing in the Ginetta Junior Championship.

All of the top drivers in Ginetta Juniors have either progressed from karting or Autograss. 2015 Champion and Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Jamie Caroline is a great example as he progressed from a successful karting career.

For 2016, the team are planning a comprehensive training program to enable drivers to train at circuits with a qualified ARDS instructor to get them up to speed for the Ginetta Junior Championship.

Luke Hines recommended Honda Cadet ace Keaton Samra to train with the team in 2016, with a view of competing in the 2016 Winter Championship and 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship.

 

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His career in Honda Cadets speaks for itself, 2012 Whilton Mill Club Champion, 2013 East Anglian Champion and Midlands Champion, and seeded for the last three years in SuperOne.

“Keaton tested with us earlier this year in the Ginetta G40 and we were instantly impressed with the way he drove. He adapted very quickly and showed good pace” said McNeilly.

Keaton has since passed his Junior ARDS test at Silverstone and is looking forward to his first outing on the Silverstone GP circuit at the end of this month.

“Our plan now is to get Keaton out every month learning the circuits that are part of the TOCA rounds and getting him up to speed. He will then compete in the Winter Championship next year with a view of going for the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2017” said McNeilly.

 

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