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Robert Welham – One to Watch

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Although only in his first year of MSA racing, 13 year old Ipswich based Novice driver Robert Welham – driving for Precision Racing – has already found himself on par with some of the countries best at his regular circuit Whilton Mill.

Rob’s career started just two years ago at his local indoor track. He then moved to the Youngstarz Kart Training School at Red Lodge, where he now works coaching the young drivers.

Last year he started to race Sodi Karts at Ellough Park and came 3rd in the championship picking up top rookie along the way before becoming champion again, winning their Winter Championship this year.

He moved into Junior TKM last year at non MSA level picking up plenty of podiums at Red Lodge. In 2015 things moved up a level: Mini Max but it’s not taken him long to get used to things. On his first ‘Final’ at Whilton Mill in April he finished 7th (out of 16) just under four seconds behind the winner! Rob’s plans this year are to continue racing at Whilton in Mini Max before testing Junior X30 later in the year. Alongside this he’s also aiming to qualify for the Sodi World Finals. He’s a true inspiration other novice drivers and

I’m sure that podium he is chasing isn’t too far away!

Roberts 5 to 1:

5 words to describe yourself – Dedicated, Resilient, Ambitious, Fearless, Mischievous

4 of your favourite tracks – Whilton, PFI, Kimbolton, Hooton Park

3 drivers that have inspired you – Lewis Ou?en (TKM Festival Junior Elite Final 2013), Rob Huff, Ayrton Senna

2 memorable moments in your career

1 – Winning first race in my JTKM at Red Lodge Club 2000 in Feb 2015
2 – 5th place heat finish at WMKC April 2015 as a novice only 3.5 seconds off lead.

1 goal for the future – Competitive Single Seater racing

TKM Club Champs

TKMClub_JamieAndrews (4)The TKM Club Championships – backed by Karting Mag – have moved on at a pace since our last edition with two rounds in the Midlands, the first ever Southern and a second round in the North. The front runners are beginning to show.

In the Midlands, the area where the first trend se?ing championship was run back in 2012, there have been two rounds at Shenington and Kimbolton with some great racing! In Juniors at Shenington just when a magnificent scrap for the top places in the final was reaching its peak the red flag came out a?er one time leader Adam Sparrow was taken out by a low flying Joshua Sherriff. Both ended up in an ambulance. It left? last year’s champion Ma?tthew Taylor to take the win.

At Kimbolton in round two, it was Chris Whi?tton who took the win by a few inches from Adam Sparrow, with Ma?hew Taylor in third. On points that puts Taylor in the lead from Sparrow in second place. With Whi?on not doing the first round he is currently in 7th place but clearly a serious contender.

In Extreme at Shenington Matt?hew Allnut drove through from the fourth row of the grid to take a fine victory in a super close race from Gareth Haynes and Rowan Reed.

But at Kimbolton it was all change with Joe Stockford, who finished 8th at Shenny, taking a fine win. Jack Ransom finished second with Allnut in third. Harry Moore took second but was excluded for a non compliance. The points table shows Allnut first from Haynes and Reed with Stockford fourth.

Clubman have only done the first round at Shenington. Max Goldsmith took the flag in first place but to his horror was a whisker underweight and excluded. That le?ft Tom Longfield as winner of the final from Daniel Mense and last year’s series winner Jack Macaulay. On points Daniel Mense is in the lead from a large pack just a few points behind.

In the first ever round of Southern TKM club champs in Juniors it was Louis Beavan who put on a fine display to take pole position and first in the final. But he was chased hard by Lewis Ryder and Curtis Grainger who look like being a very close group for top places. In Extreme it was Will Fox who took the final from Lewis Round and Stephen Le Cocq. On points Lewis Round on top from Fox and Le Cocq.

Finally to the North where a?er round two at Rowrah Robbie Wozencro?ft has further put his stamp on the series with another win. Kristian Brierley, who got taken out in round one, was a close second having started from pole. Ethan Hammerton was third from Cameron Sharpe. So on points the order Wozencroft?, Brierley and Hammerton – just five points between them.

In Extreme, with first round winner Rob Wallace not competing, Lewis Main took pole position and the win putt?ing him six points clear of Sam Taylor with Joe Taylor in third. But Wallace will be back!

Rexon reveals new KF engine

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REXON Motors is a sub division of the well established HHC and is one of the first to announce its new engine for the next generation of KF engines. HHC last developed a KF engine back in 2011 but these plans were brought to an abrupt halt when the sport demanded a reform. The Ballerina is a 125cc direct drive (that’s right, direct drive for all you purists out there) engine with a decompression valve which releases some of the compression from the motor during the starting procedure, making the engine easier to turn over. REXON’s project manager, Karl Janda said “Our test drivers love it because it runs almost as the old ICA, but with fewer vibrations.”

Triple boost for TKM Festival

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The Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton, recognized as one of the most prestigious events in the UK karting calendar, will give drivers (including novices) the chance to compete for the traditional Festival / Elite races as well as points for those registered in the three TKM Club Championships.

Those with full licences will also be able to compete in separate races for the coveted ABkC TKM ‘O’ Plate titles and there will be a grid of Honda Cadets for the first time, a move made because of the large amount of interest shown in the TKM classes by Honda drivers and their parents.

TKM boss Alan Turney explained: “We are delighted to be able to include all these additional bonuses to the event. It really gives something extra for everyone”

“We are pleased to include the Honda Cadets because we have seen great interest from this class as the youngsters move up and it is a natural step from Honda to TKM in terms of the attraction of the class.”

Hunts Kart Club have organised the event so it will be possible for TKM drivers to race just for the O-Plate, or to also race separately in the Festival races. All it will require is an extra entry and set of tyres.

“We know there will be a number of drivers wanting
to get the most out of the weekend by racing in both. It offers incredible value for money. And if anyone manages to pull off the double of a win in both then there will be an additional special prize!” said Alan.

The event takes place at Kimbolton, the home of Hunts Kart Racing Club, over the weekend of August 7th–9th with Friday testing and then racing all weekend. The event is covered by Motors TV who will be recording items on the events of the weekend including the Honda Cadets.

Regulations, more information and entry forms are available at www.tal-ko.com.

RetroRacer rule change

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Recent rule changes by Historic Kart race series promoters RetroRacers have brought their flagship Formula A class into line with the similar F100 Spirit of the 90’s series.

In future competitors in the RetroRacer Formula A series will be able to use either the current Mojo D2 / Vega W5 rubber or with immediate effect Komet K1H and Komet K1w tyres.

Further to this the weight limit of the RetroRacer pre–95 class will fall into line with F100 at 148kg. The weights of the two series’ pre–2000 classes were already the same.

A spokesman for RetroRacer said “We want to give everybody the chance to compete whenever and wherever suits them. It would be great for F100 competitors to experience the atmosphere of an all historic kart meeting.

“Now competitors can cross between the two series without even having to do as much as move a block of lead.”

MSA launches coaching qualification

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In a pioneering development that will bring motorsport in line with other major sports, the MSA’s new accredited coaching qualification is now being rolled out, with courses available from June and the booking website live.

The MSA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Motorsport in both Participation and Performance has been over three years in the making and is designed to set the standard for coaching in motorsport.

MSA Performance Director Robert Reid has been involved in the project from the start. “This is about raising standards across the board and instilling a coaching ethos throughout the sport,” he said. “It’s about having a recognised coaching structure, which will help to ensure that those being coached – whether driving school customers or career drivers – get the best possible coaching appropriate to their needs.”

Prospective coaches must have a relevant background, hold a full UK driving license, be at least 17 years old (18 at certification) and be able to communicate effectively in English.

Candidates must also have completed the Introduction to Coaching Motor Sport Award, which hasn’t yet been launched, or be qualified to ARKS Grade A or above (or hold one of several qualifications from other branches of motorsport).

The two-day course costs £599 + VAT or a discounted course fee of £499 + VAT for ARKS Grade A instructors. The small print says the course isn’t suitable for coaches of Junior drivers.

Initially the Level 2 course will be delivered at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands. However it will become available at further venues nationwide soon The MSA’s delivery partner is SDSA and online booking can be made via www.sdsa.eu/msa- coaching-course-booking.

Entries filling up for Henry Surtees challenge

Henry Surtees Foundation Charity Karting drivers and John Surtees
Henry Surtees Foundation Charity Karting drivers and John Surtees

Team entries are shaping up well for the hotly contested Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge, which is taking place on Tuesday 30 June 2015. The event organised by John Surtees OBE, in co-operation with Brooklands Museum and Mercedes- Benz World will be staged once again at the iconic Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey and is free to spectate.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Henry Surtees Foundation and Brooklands Museum Trust. Last year the event raised over £60,000.