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A&D Driver of the Month Nominations – February

February’s nominations are as follows…

Bobby Trundley

Bobby has been nominated for DotM before however we felt he must be renominated due to his absolutely dominant performance at round 1 of the Dayton DMAX Inter championship taking The win in both the Heats and Enduro (by over 30seconds!).

DMAX R1 2017 Bobby Trundley Dab

James Saunders

At round 1 of the the NKL, James surged through the field coming from 11th place to take an impressive second place proving he has the race-craft to accompany his ample speed.

Kameron Khan

Another DMAX dominant driver, Kameron won both the Light Heats and Enduro making himself a strong favourite for the titles this year.

Kameron on the top step
Kameron on the top step

Shaun Hollingsworth

Shaun made a stunning return to A&D karting having not raced for over a year to win the Club100 Clubman sprint final ahead of stiff competition. This was Shaun’s first Club100 race in nearly 2 years, he obviously hasn’t lost any pace in his time off.

Club100 Buckmore R1 Shaun Hollingsworth

 

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Wet on Slicks crash course – 7 point checklist

As author of the A&D article here at Karting magazine it struck me that in these green and pleasant lands we get our fair share of circuit moisture. Few to no championships provide wet tyres so I thought I would share some of the wet wisdom I have acquired over the years from racing in A&D to help you guys to find some extra speed.

While this will mainly apply to those of you who are of the A&D persuasion, this should also be useful to the MSA guys during a sudden and freak downpour mid race – take note it may just come in handy.

Driving on slick tyres in the wet is a very particular art and is a different skill to being quick in the dry due to the alternate driving techniques used. Here are 7 tips that if you follow should see you be effortlessly fast.

1. Line

Finding the fastest line is probably the single most important thing when you’re driving in the wet on slick tyres. There is typically very little grip so the kart doesn’t really want to speed up, slow down, turn, or do anything really. If you can find a line that either makes the kart work better, or alternatively negate the need to make it work then you will find huge amounts of time.

Experiment with your lines
Experiment with your lines

As a general rule you want to drive in straight lines aiming at where the grip is. Where the grip is be will be different from circuit to circuit, corner to corner, this is where you’ll need to experiment, and watch the quickest drivers. Usually the grip will either be around the outside off the rubber, or on the kerb to hook the kart round or shorten the line.

Straighten the line as much as possible on corner exit
Straighten the line as much as possible on corner exit

Mostly the tighter the corner the wider you’ll want to go, if the corner is less than 90 degrees you’ll usually find its better to get to the apex and use the kerb.

2. Don’t turn too much

When you turn in find little to no front purchase the temptation is to just turn more in an attempt to find some bite from the front end; usually this will hinder you more than help. This is a common habit I see that is probably carried over from driving on treaded wet tyres. On wets there is a jacking effect that can be gained from excess lock being added, however on slicks you have next to no grip so this jacking effect is negligible, and excess steering should be avoided.

On slicks you are much better off smoothly applying lock just before you want to turn and feeling for when the front tyres start sliding. Once you feel the front wheels starting to slide and understeer don’t turn the wheel much more, if at all. Once the kart does start to rotate refer to point 3 and gently apply the throttle.

Often less lock more
Less (lock) is more

If you snap the wheel from straight to full lock paying attention to the outside front tyre, on most karts you will see that it will be pointing almost straight ahead. As you turn, initially the inside and outside wheel will move at the same rate, but the further you turn the less the outside wheel will move, and will eventually stop turning, in many cases eventually it’ll start to move back towards the centre. This is due to the way the track rods are attached to the steering column. As you can imagine this isn’t conducive to making the kart turn effectively. Find out how much lock makes the outside wheel go to the maximum angle, make sure you turn the wheel no further than this while driving.

Notice the angles of the front wheels due to the amount of lock
Notice the differing angles of the front wheels due to the amount of lock, this is too far

3. Using the throttle to turn

Sometimes you will be turing and feel as though the front end may never bite and you’ll be understeering for eternity, luckily there is something you can do that will allow you to rotate the kart quite effectively mid corner.

Once you feel you have reached the apex of the corner (slowest part, may not be the same place as the dry), gently apply the throttle while maintaining steering lock, you will immediately feel the kart rotate. You shouldn’t need to apply much throttle at all to feel this, probably only about 25%, any more than this will probably induce wheelspin anyway. You will quickly get a feel for exactly how much throttle you need, and it will soon become second nature with practise. Once the initial throttle has been applied to rotate the kart, lean back in the seat to get as much weight on the rear wheels as possible and gently increase the throttle as much as the grip will allow, avoiding wheelspin at at all costs (refer to point 4).

4. Avoid wheelspin!

Avoid wheelspin at all costs! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Every wheelspin moment will cost you time, its as simple as that. On slicks the optimal slip angle/percentage is very low, this means you have most grip when the wheels are traveling at very close to the speed of the road, if you’re accelerating with your rear wheels doing near enough 55mph and you’re doing about 20mph you won’t be making much forward progress. Its better to be at less than 100% throttle than keeping it pinned with the rear wheels lit up.

Avoid wheelspin, you'll only go sideways, not forwards
Avoid wheelspin, you’ll only go sideways, not forwards

There is one exception, some longer corners in acceleration zones reward a small four wheel drift which require you to balance the throttle to keep the rear wheels just enough above the speed of the road to allow you to make a smooth arc through the corner. Reg’s Elbow at Rye house, the 2nd part of the Esses at Buckmore are both examples

A small drift in faster corners can be effective
A small drift in faster corners can be effective (and look awesome)

5. Kerbs 

Kerbs are your friends! Use them, abuse them. Kerbs are a very useful tool, they can be used to rotate the kart, hook it round the corner, straightening the line, and make you look like a karting god.

How you use each kerb depends on the specific one you are using as kerbs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Mostly in faster corners you’ll be using it to straighten the line, and in slower corners it’ll be used more to rotate the kart or to pull the kart round acting like a guide rail.

Kerbs are there to be used (and abused)
Kerbs are there to be used (and abused)

If you are struggling to make it to a kerb due to the lack of grip, don’t turn onto it, just aim the kart straight at it early and just coax the kart towards the apex. Its better to go a bit slower and make the line, than over shoot by going a bit too fast.

6. Braking

Similar to acceleration, you want to keep the rear wheels near the speed of the track. Unlike on wets when you can under rotate the rear wheels to get some bite, on slicks once those wheels are locked you won’t be slowing much and you aren’t going to be fully in control, plus it’ll only take a small nudge to send you round into a spin.

For heavy braking zones e.g. Christmas at Whilton, Hairpin 1 at Buckmore, the last corner at Llandow etc. you will often find more grip and control by braking offline to the inside by about a kart width, this will allow you to brake slightly later and have more control on turn in. Trail the brakes right into the corner and release them just as you feel the kart starting to grip, this will aid rotation. Fast rotation mid corner is your goal.

7. Use your bodyweight

You don’t have much grip to play with, so sometimes you have to make some. Using your bodyweight is one way to aid the handling of the kart to your advantage. The more weight on a tyre the more grip it will have, so moving your weight to give a specific tyre more grip can be advantageous.

Just before you brake it can help to push on the steering wheel and straighten your arms which will force your shoulders back and more weight on the rear tyres. As you then enter the corner and turn the steering wheel, lean forward and out to get the weight on the outside front tyre, this will help rotation mid corner. Then once you start to accelerate again, retake the position you were in for braking to help avoid wheelspin.

Sam Spinnael - 'The leaning tower of Belgium' making use of his bodyweight
Sam Spinnael – ‘The leaning tower of Belgium’ making use of his bodyweight

When leaning forward try not to lean so far that it impedes your ability to catch a slide, it’s not a huge advantage to do this so it’s not worth using if you don’t feel in full control, however if you are looking for those final few tenths, it can make a difference.

In Summary

Slow corners

Lean back and brake off line, avoid locking up. Either go wide to find the grip or use the kerb for a shorter distance and fast rotation. Lean forward slightly and only turn the wheel as far as you need to. Come off the brake and gently apply the power to help rotation mid corner. Straighten up nicely and lean back for a clean exit avoiding wheelspin.

Medium speed corners

Gently rub the brakes aiming either at the kerb or outside (which ever is faster), sometimes a nice smooth four wheel drift can help keep the minimum speed up. Get to full power nice and quickly without wheelspin.

Fast corners

In general try not to induce understeer, and use the shortest line that requires the shallowest angle through the corner. If the kerb allows, use this to straighten the line even more and rotate the kart, get to power on or just before the apex and possibly use the throttle to induce a controlled slide on exit, but don’t over do it.

Checklist

  1. Line – drive in straight lines towards the grip
  2. Don’t turn too much – often not as much as you may think
  3. Use the throttle to rotate the kart mid corner
  4. Avoid wheelspin at all costs!
  5. Kerbs – don’t be afraid to get up close and personal, they often have a lot of grip
  6. Braking – keep the wheels rotating, brake deep into the corner, release to for rotation mid-corner
  7. Use your bodyweight – move your weight towards the tyre(s) you want to have more grip
  8. BONUS! Speed comes from driving better, not driving harder – be gentle and precise

I hope this helps some of you guys and girls out there, this should apply to most hire karts including, Club100, DMAX, Sodi’s, plus many more. These techniques should also apply to MSA style karts come a mid race downpour.

 

Arrive and Drive column – January

2017 is well and truly underway, and what a year of A&D karting we have ahead of us. With new tracks for DMAX, new formats in Club100, new prices, and much more of the same awesome karting we keep coming back for.

DMAX

DMAX have recorded record entries for their first round at Milton Keynes on the 19th February with over 60 people signed up already. The 2017 DMAX championship is going to be one of the biggest and best ever.

Club100

Club100 are back with the Lightweight, Heavyweight, and Elite sprints, and due to demand 2017 sees the return of the Clubman sprints. For the teams, there are the Premier, Clubman, and Intermediate endurances catering for all abilities, plus the 60-minute challenge. Not forgetting Club100 have introduced the brand-new quadrant series where teams of 1-4 drivers race in four 25-minute races. With so much choice there’s bound to be a series for you.

BPKDC

Buckmore Park are still pushing forward after winning Karting magazine’s circuit of the year and have announced they are holding two ‘Extreme’ championships with the BP Extreme Solo and BP Extreme Team events held over four rounds in the summer months. Buckmore have also lowered the prices of their main solo events, find out more here.

BUKC

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Rounds 1 and 2 of the BUKC were held at 2016 circuit of the year, Buckmore Park on the 1st and 2nd of February with over 200 students competing in Club100’s karts. With racing very wet on the 1st for the Premier and intermediate classes. Loughborough A took victory in the round 1 sprints being the only team to take 2 wins, one each for Darryl Evans and Piers Prior. Wins also for Nottingham, Hertfordshire, Liverpool, and Reading A’s.

bukc2017-buckmore-r1-podium

Round 2’s endurances were equally as wet, this time Oxford Brookes A, C, and Hertfordshire A took victories. Hertfordshire A’s win in race 3 was Sam Spinnael’s 4th win in as many races in the BUKC, an un-blemished record, can he continue that for the rest of the season?

bukc2017-buckmore-leaning-tower-of-belgium-sam-spinael-garda

The championship stands with Oxford Brookes A & C first and third split by Loughborough A, with Nottingham A close behind split by only 5 points. However, with dropped rounds to come as the championship progresses it is likely some teams will shoot up the leader board.

bukc2017-buckmore-cafe-night-duo

In the Inters, Liverpool have a small buffer to Warwick B and Leeds Beckett A

For a full report visit the BUKC website

Thanks must go to ‘Mr Karting’ Stu Stretton for the great pics above, many more can be viewed on the BUKC Facebook page.

NKL

Whilton Mill NKL is back again this year and entries are filling up fast! 20 entries were received within 2 days of opening. With the first round on March 6th and will be streamed live on their YouTube channel. For more info and entry info visit http://www.nkleague.co.uk/nkl/

Covkartsport

Covkartsport’s winter series is underway with round 1 at Daytona Tamworth taking place at the end of January. Round 2 Whilton Mill will take place on the 19th of February. The series is traveling far and wide and will provide great racing.

British Rental Kart Championship 2017

Karting magazine caught up with BRKC series organiser and VLN racer Bradley Philpot after the 2017 BRKC held at Formula Fast indoor karting, Milton Keynes.

“Karting Magazine: The BRKC is now one of the biggest events in A&D karting in the UK, and is recognised all over the world as is evident by the number of foreign drivers, what makes it so attractive?

Bradley Philpot: I think BRKC is now recognised as having a particularly high level of competition, and rather than putting drivers off, I believe they want to test themselves against the best in the World. Drivers also see the level of effort that the host circuit put into performance equalising the karts. But we could talk about the TV coverage, huge prizes, the list goes on. I would like to think it’s the entire package that attracts drivers.

KM: What prompted you to start the event in the first place, and how has it evolved?

BP: Myself and James Auld (now the BRKC’s commentator) were looking for a high level rental kart series in the UK that was similar in nature to the Kart World Championship (formerly Indoor Kart World Championship). We couldn’t find anything that contained everything we wanted, so I decided to set something up myself.

BRKC2017 hairpin 1

KM: Many other karting and motorsport series have been struggling for interest and entries in recent times, yet the BRKC sells out every year and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, what do you think sets it apart from other championships in this regard?

BP: The fact that we do our best to improve upon what is already a deliberately very fair series each year is obvious to the competitors. We believe that affordability, prestige and fairness shouldn’t all be mutually exclusive terms in karting. People don’t simply come to race either, as actually watching the races you aren’t competing in is extremely interesting too. The strategic element with the laser pitstop system is also unique to BRKC. Having to outfox your opponents not just in terms of speed, but with a superior strategy adds to the drama and the entertainment value of the series, and keeps drivers wanting more.

KM: The event has been running for seven years now and just gets better every year, what have you and the Formula Fast team been doing to keep it fresh and exiting for the drivers?

BP: Each year we have a huge debrief about what worked well and what could have been better. Phil and Ollie at Formula Fast love to use BRKC as a showcase for how fantastic their kart circuit is, and every year they demonstrate brilliantly that this is the case. We try to add extra elements each year which genuinely add to the event, without including gimmicks. The laser pitstops for example, were an evolution of a previous system which contained a potential human error element from staff members. With the introduction of the lasers, the emphasis was entirely back on the drivers to get their pitstops right. Other factors like the increase in quality of the live streamed TV coverage, which is now close to F1 levels of professionalism by Scruffy Bear Pictures, also keeps drivers excited for the following season.

andrew-duff- BRKC2017 pitstop

KM: The BRKC is run over one weekend, and in January which is unusual, what was the decision behind this?

BP: We recognised early on that there are many rental kart series as well as car racing championships which run through the summer, and were extremely keen to avoid clashing with any of those. From my experience at the Kart World Championship, which is held over one week, a standalone event works well for this kind of format and allows us a full year to plan and perfect everything for the following event.  As the British National Qualifying Series for the KWC, we also consult with other NQS from across Europe to make sure the foreign drivers can compete at the events in each country without clashes. I think it works well and complements the other series in the UK and across Europe.

KM: Formula Fast Milton Keynes has hosted the event since 2014, despite its small size it seems to work well, what make this partnership so successful?

BP: The team at Formula Fast bring a certain skillset to BRKC, which allows me to focus on other elements like promotion without the distraction of taking payments for example. They are very experienced in running high quality events, and demonstrate that skill each year. In terms of the venue size, much like the Race of Champions which takes place in stadia around the world, Formula Fast’s arena-like circuit feels like just the right size for spectators to enjoy all the action, and drivers to enjoy driving the circuit. It helps that we also change the track during the weekend to give drivers an extra challenge with something new to learn.

jake-crofts-1 BRKC2017

KM: You race in the event, as well as organise it, what’s your favourite thing about taking part?

BP: There was a time a few years ago when I recognised that I needed to either organise or compete in order to do a good job of either of them. However since we have been hosted by Formula Fast, I haven’t needed to get involved in the running of the event during the weekend, which allows me to enjoy the weekend as a competitor. I think that also gives me a clear perspective of what can be improved and what works well from a driver’s eye view. My favourite thing about taking part is simply how hard it is to do well. You have to dig so deep to beat the best drivers from around Europe, so any success you have tastes all the sweeter for it.

bradley-philpot-12 BRKC2017

KM: It is widely regarded as one of the most competitive championships with some of the closest racing around, what makes it so tight? Moreover, considering how tough it is, how has a certain Ruben Boutens managed to walk away with victory 4 years running?

BP: Firstly, the quality of the drivers and the closeness of the kart performance makes it so tight. The best drivers truly take it very seriously, agonising over whether to remove 100 grams of lead from their seat insert before each race to get their weight just right, practicing in the days before the event, studying strategy among many other things. I think Ruben’s dominance of the championship for the last four years demonstrates that BRKC truly does allow the best driver to win. Ruben has simply been the best. He’s something special, having won the BRKC four times, as well as being reigning Dutch, Italian, Belgian and Polish rental kart champion. He was Red Bull Kart Fight Dutch Champion too. He’s been Vice World Champion three times now. Maybe this year he will finally go one better! Did I mention he runs and wins marathons for fun?

Ruben Boutens Winning BRKC2017

KM: Moreover, are there any drivers you’d like to have at the event who you think might be able to mix it with the big boys, like for instance Club100 champions Steve Brown, Joe Holmes, or Tom Golding?

BP: It would be great to have Steve Brown and Joe Holmes for sure. We always want the best drivers available and I do my best to extend a welcome to anyone who hasn’t tasted BRKC before. Tom Golding competed this year, narrowly missing out on the semi-finals. He had some bad luck and could have finished a little higher, but he worked hard over the weekend to dig into the specific style required to be fast on a slippery indoor circuit. Former FIA World Champion Colin Brown raced with us in 2016, also just missing out on the semi-finals. It’s brutal out there!

KM: Are there any exiting plans for the future?

BP: We always have exciting plans. I can’t divulge them fully now, but expect some more technology that hasn’t ever appeared in any other kart series in the world. I’ll leave it at that.

BRKC2016 train

KM: This all sounds great! How can people get involved next year?

BP: The best way is to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/britishrentalkartchampionship/ and to register your interest at www.brkc.co.uk . Join in the conversation on Facebook, because the drivers are extremely helpful and friendly, and there’s always someone to answer your questions. Watch some of the footage of previous events at our YouTube channel BritishChampionship . That will show you how everything works.

KM: You are making moves in international car racing, most notably at the Nurburgring, what keeps you coming back to karting? Is there any advantage to your career in staying involved?

BP: I’ve always loved karting, and I genuinely think it helps keep you sharp. I’m embarking on a season with Peugeot in the brand new 308 TCR car in the VLN Series and I look around the grid at all the drivers who either never karted or have given it up, and I always feel like I have an advantage over those guys. It’s brilliant for fitness too. I wish I had time to do more of it.

BRKC2017 podium

KM: Finally, is there anyone else you’d like to thank who possibly helped with the event, or for any other reason?

BP: It’s dangerous to start mentioning people because I’m bound to forget someone, but aside from the track staff, James Auld (commentator) and Darren Cook (TV director) are both instrumental in making the event truly meaningful. They do such a brilliant job. But there are so many people behind the scenes who make BRKC what it is.

KM: Thanks a lot for your time Bradley and best of luck in with the event for next year, and also for the VLN.

Thank you to Slawek Piskorz for is great images, head over to his Facebook page or the BRKC Facebook group where all of the photos from the event are available

5 Things you need to know from BRKC 2017

-3 days racing held at Formula Fast indoor karting centre in Milton Keynes

-100 drivers from all over Europe

-£1000 cash prize

-Ruben Boutens wins 4th straight title

-Closest and most competitive A&D championship in the UK

The report of the final can be found here

Driver of The Month

There haven’t been many A&D events since the new year, the main exception being the BRKC, therefore we though it only right that the A&D driver of the month for January is…

Ruben Boutens!

Ruben Boutens BRKC2017 doty

Ruben has now won the event 4 years in a row, showing utter dominance every year. Furthermore he is unbeaten in any race (including heats and semi finals) in 13 races! Incredible. While there was no vote this month we didn’t think anyone would begrudge Ruben the crown for January 2017.

February’s driver of the month will return to the original format, feel free to get in touch on social media during February to suggest drivers for the shortlist. A winner will then be voted on by you at the end of the month.

 

Written by Piers Prior

 

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Tom Golding wins A&D Driver of the Year!

Tom Golding was announced as A&D driver of the year on the 19th of December once public votes and the panel of judges had made their decision. Tom is a worthy winner and has been on golden form all year.

Due to the growing A&D scene in the UK this year saw the introduction of the monthly A&D column, and so it’s the first year this award has been run. Tom has been one of the most dominant drivers in the British A&D arena in 2016 and has shown great speed, racecraft, and experience, this is evident by Tom winning 3 separate championships in 2 different karts as well as the Daytona 25 hour.

Tom’s success this year is even more impressive as he’s only been racing for just over 2 years. He has picked up the ins and outs of hire karting very quickly and moulded himself into a very complete drivers with speed in abundance and a killer racing instinct.

For winning this award Tom will be testing a race ready X30 senior at Whilton Mill in the near future thanks to the Msport karting team. This will be possibly the quickest kart he’s ever driven so I’m sure he’ll love it.

We spoke to Tom about his emotions after winning the award, here’s what he had to say:

It’s emotional, I never intended on this I just took every opportunity to race and it turned to gold. To then become Karting Magazine’s driver of the year is an honour. Two years ago I’d hardly sat in a kart so it’s quite unbelievable how things have changed.”

On his pending X30 test with Msport
I always looking forward to karting! Whilton Mill is my local and one of my favourite tracks. I’ve tested in a rotax senior and an easykart before, I’m excited to see just how fast these X30s are!”

The three highly commended drivers were Joe Holmes, Steve Brown, and Brandon Williams. There was also a Special Mention for Jack Goldsmith from our Editor, Chris McCarthy after Jack received the most votes of all the nominees.

 

Click here to see the full results from this years Karting magazine Awards

 

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Arrive and Drive Top 10 Highlights – December

“‘Twas the night before Christmas corner, when all thro’ the Rye house
Not a bandit was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the trophies with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The cadets were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Super 1 danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my Tonykart cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long off-season’s nap…”

While most people are winding down ready for a relaxing christmas with the family and a much needed break, us hardcore kart racers are just rueing the fact the circuits close meaning the loss of valuable seat time. This month’s A&D article is here to distract you from the withdrawal symptoms that come with the winter break. We’re having a reflection on what’s been a bumper year of A&D karting, looking back on our Top 10 moments from 2016. Sit back, grab a mince pie, maybe a glass of Baileys (18 and over please kids) and enjoy.

1. Start as you mean to go on – Club100 Buckmore February

We’re going to cast our minds back to the beginning of the year, way back on the 28th February at a chilly Buckmore Park (pre refurbishment!).

Buckmore Club100 R1 2016

They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ but this season in Club100 seems to be the exception. The winners of the 3 sprint finals, Steve Brown, Tom Golding, and Joe Holmes in Elites, Lights and Heavies all went on to win their respective championships. I wonder if thats ever happened before?

Club100 Buckmore R1 2016 gogogo

2. Sodi World Finals – Circuit du RKC, France 

Back in early July the Sodikart rental world finals took place at the immaculate French RKC circuit with British entrants in all 3 categories, Junior, Senior, and Endurance. The Sodi world series event gets bigger and better every year and is one of the largest races in world karting with drivers coming from 5 continents and over 22 countries to compete.

SWS RKC 2016 all drivers

In Juniors brit Matt Luff (pictured) once again dominated defending his title he won a year earlier. This was even more impressive due to the fact he was running nearly 10kg above minimum weight.

Matt Luff SWS 2016 on track

There were two teams racing in the Endurance Cup, Jackpot and Chaos. Both teams qualified inside the top 10 in a 35+ kart grid, they eventually came home in 13th and 14th after 12 hours of racing overnight. CG Racing Pro from Dubai autodrome took overall victory finishing less than a lap ahead of SWS veterans Team Swiss Pro.

SWS finals RKC senior jacking

3. NKL round 8 – Whilton Mill Zulu

This round of the NKL was a cracker, with the fight for the lead in the final being one of the closest all season. Season champion Andy Spencer took victory over Karl Spencer by just 3 tenths of a second, and Louis Dymond closely following behind. The top 9 karts were covered by a mere 7 seconds, definitely worth a re-watch.

4. Daytona 25 hour – Milton Keynes

Daytona motorsport was 25 years old this year and to celebrate held a special 25 hour event at their circuit in Milton Keynes. The event was a massive success and great racing was had in both the Sodi and DMAX classes. Team Sign Logic took the spoils in the DMAX class, and F1 superstars won in the Sodi’s once again after wining last year’s 24 hour event.

DMAX have had great coverage of all their races throughout the year and this event was no different so catch the highlights above.

5. HSF Challenges

The HSF challenge at Buckmore Park in October is one of the most prestigious one off events in karting. The event not only raises money for the Henry Surtees Foundation but also gives drivers the opportunity to fight for the best prizes of any kart event with car tests, helmets, tools, and many other opportunities being available. Youngster Callum Bradshaw took victory ahead of suprise of the day Michael Crees, and Piers Prior rounded out the top three backing up his win from 2015.

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The HSF team challenge is a highlight for many in the motorsport world. Using the Daytona DMAX karts at the Mercedes-Benz world test track at Brooklands followed by a motorsport memorabilia auction, its a truly unique day. Titan Motorsport showed their class by winning ahead of teams from such establishments as Ginetta, Carlin, RSF and many more.

Titan Motorsport HSF Brooklands

6. British 24 hour – Teesside 

The British 24 hour is a the kart endurance race in the UK. With a full grid of hires and owners totalling 52 karts, its an event any seasoned racer needs to experience. The Le Mans start, the long straights, and multi-class action all make the event about as close the actual Le Mans 24h as possible without venturing abroad. The competition was as high as ever and in the Hire class the Cosley Cougars reigned supreme with a faultless drive for the whole 24 hours.

Teesside 24hr 2016 chicane

7. DMAX Inter Heats 

DMAX this season has been one of the best yet, and 2017 is set to be even better with their new calendar, but this season the Inter heat championship provided a huge amount of drama, awesome racing from start to finish.

Bobby Trundley, Lee Hollywood, and Luke Cousins fought hard all year taking a majority of the podium places and race wins. The rivalry between Bobby and Lee especially was something to behold. Hard racing throughout provided breathtaking action, and sometimes caused controversy. Relive the best bits of what was a great season below.

8. The BUKC 

The British Universitys karting championship is an incredible series run along with the guys at Club100. The student series travel the country and gives many young drivers affordable racing while they undergo further education. The atmosphere at the BUKC events is nothing like any other series. Its a team championship running both sprints and endurances, and the camaraderie is incredible. The BUKC really optimises why we all do karting, and A&D karting especially, it’s fun!

The series embraces Banditry and you will be able to find plenty of footage on YouTube as many of the drivers run onboard cameras. 2017 is set to be just as wacky.

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9. Covkartsport – Glan-Y-Gors

The picturesque circuit of Glan-Y-Gors in Wales is one of the most beautiful locations for a kart circuit in the United Kingdom, and one of the best tracks too. GYG as its often known has a huge amount of elevation change, fast corners, slow technical sections, and overtaking in abundance. This year Covkartsport visited the circuit in May for their third round. In seniors the Lights were dominated by Brandon Williams who racked up 3 class wins from 3 in changeable conditions.

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10. End of year Christmas cheer from DMAX

The Christmas period is a great time to catch up the best and worst moments of the year. Often its when things don’t go as planned when you end up having the most fun, and the DMAX presenting team showed us just that with this hilarious blooper reel from this year’s championship coverage.

(Please be aware that this video contains bad language)

A&D Driver of the year

Last month we announced our nominations for driver of year. Our expert panel of judges have deliberated long and hard and have come to the conclusion that the 2016 A&D Driver of the year is…

Tom Golding

 

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Tom has had a great year by anyone’s standards. Tom won the Club100 Lightweight championship, the DMAX light heats, Dmax Light Enduro, Daytona 25 hour as part of Sign Logic also taking pole position, and winning our driver of the month competition.

Highly Commended

The judges also selected 3 highly commended drivers who deserve a mention.

Joe Holmes

Joe Holmes Whilton Celebration lockup

Joe has dominated the heavyweight division of Club100 winning pretty much every race he entered, most of them by quite some margin too. He then thought he’d have a crack at the Elites and won on debut. His skill didn’t go un-noticed.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown Buckmore 2016 R1 Cafe

Steve’s consistency in the Club100 Elite championship brought him the title a round early at Ellough. Rarely off the podium and never outside the top 10 he gave us a master-class in A&D karting this year, and then helpfully posts all of his races on his YouTube channel, literally showing us how its done. Plus that drive in the Round 11 final at Buckmore from 9th to 1st was something else!

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams Whilton mill

Brandon has had a great season winning the Covkartsport championship overall and in the lightweights, plus he won the British 24 hour at Teesside as part of Cosley Cougars, and had sucess in the NKL championship at Whilton Mill.

Jack Goldsmith

The Judges also wanted to acknowledge Jack Goldsmith who got the most votes from the public at nearly 250!

2017

Looking ahead to 2017 there are a few improvements that ill make 2017 another great year of A&D racing.

Club100

Club100 are in the process of refurbishing all their equipment, rebuilding their engines, as well as installing all new Kelgate braking systems to their karts. Find out more here

DMAX 

As mentioned above DMAX is going to be bigger and better than ever with their new improved calendar visiting the favourites as well a couple of new circuits including Shennington, and a return to PFi. More info available here.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

From us here at Karting magazine, we would like to wish you a very merry christmas and a happy new year. And remember no matter how much you eat over the Christmas period us lucky A&D drivers have heavyweight classes ready and waiting for us, so enjoy yourself.

 

Here’s to 2017!

Written by Piers Prior

 

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Arrive and drive column – November

Arrive and drive column – October

Arrive and drive column – September

Arrive and drive column – August

Arrive and drive Column – November

As the winter draws in and you begin to get those neoprene gloves out, the rain-ex bottle gets replenished, and you begin to wonder why you put yourself through this when its chucking it down just barely above freezing, at least the November A&D article has arrived to keep you on the ball. We’re back with all your usual reports, videos and much more, so let’s get going!

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EXCLUSIVE

Before we get into the meat of this month’s column, I know many of you made use of the great offer from Club100 of free registration to compete in the final rounds of this year. I’m sure you’ve now caught the bug and are chomping at the bit to sign up for next year. No matter what your preference, sprints, enduro, or weight category with Club100 you are spoilt for choice, but before you make your decision we’d like to announce some exciting news…

Club100’s very successful format has remained largely unchanged for a few years, but we are glad to announce an exciting new addition for next year.

For 2017 Club100 will be introducing the brand new and exciting ‘Quadrant Championships’ replacing the Rookie and Intermediate team endurances. This new format will take place on the Saturday of the main Club100 rounds and consist of 4x 25-minute races, plus a 5-minute practice before each race, with the results coming from a compilation of the 4 races. These races will be a Libre grid of 3 classes, Class 1, 2 and 3, with podiums in each class. These races can be run in either teams of 2, 4, or even as an Iron man on your own. We think this is a great addition to the competition and challenge that Club100 already offer, plus it will add a new dynamic that will make for some great racing. More information, details and prices will be coming soon, keep an eye out here on Karting magazine for updates, or on the Club100 website.

Club100 – Ellough Park 

Sprints

Full reports can be found here

Elites

Lights

Heavy’s

Elite – As you may have seen in our ‘A&D driver of the month’ article, Joe Holmes made the step from the heavyweight division into the Elites and did what he does best. He added to his incredible stats for the year winning on his elite debut from pole position, this also earned him a 3rd consecutive nomination for driver of the month. He was joined on the podium by Ian Blake and Steve Brown.
Steve Brown also is crowned champion in 2016! He’s been consistently fast all year racking up big points at every round. Congratulations Steve!

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The Elite final was filmed live and can be viewed on the Club100 Facebook page here

https://www.facebook.com/Club100Racing/videos/1219877884736784/

Lightweight – Pietro Pagano was able to prevent October’s A&D driver if the month Tom Golding’s hat-trick of victories in the class with a faultless performance in Suffolk. After being fastest in qualifying he didn’t look back, taking victory in both the pre-final and final. He was followed by Frankie Hedges and Darri Sims on both occasions.

Catch the A final re-live on Club100’s Facbook page here

https://www.facebook.com/Club100Racing/videos/1219765541414685/

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Heavyweight – With the absence of the season champion it was all to play for in this class, this was shown by a different person leading every session. This time James Taylor took victory ahead of Jack Bolton and Christopher Murray.

Again this is available re-live here

https://www.facebook.com/Club100Racing/videos/1219729134751659/

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Endurance

Elite/Premier/Clubman – In the elites Pure Racing put in a great performance to avoid the Firing Squad who came a close second (just over a second) after nearly 3 hours of racing. Tanked up on Jager were less than 2 second behind the leaders in 3rd

In premier CD30 took a fairly convincing victory 15 seconds ahead of cLunge CUFF Racing.

KOKS Talladega were very impressive in winning the Clubman class, and coming 5th overall only 25 seconds from the leaders.

Inters/Rookies – Jam racing took the spoils in the Inters while CKS Throatpunchers managed to take the rookie crown.

A full race report can be found on the Club100 website here http://www.club100.co.uk/race-report/joe-holmes-makes-club100-look-easy-isnt-course-oh-steve-brown-champion/ 

Daytona DMAX

All videos from the Daytona DMAX championship round 9 have been uploaded to YouTube for your pleasure. There was some great racing throughout the day in both the sprints and Enduros as was covered in the October A&D article. These are all available on Karting magazine here http://www.kartingmagazine.com/videos/dmax-round-9-videos/

The final round of the championship is at Daytona Milton Keynes, the traditional home of DMAX, on the 19th of November. Keep an eye out for the Arrive and Drive December edition to find out more about what went on.

The Daytona DMAX 2017 Championships Calendar has been released – and features ten rounds at eight of the UK’s leading kart circuits – including PF International, Buckmore Park, Clay Pigeon, Whilton Mill and Shenington, as well as visits to Daytona’s superb circuits in Milton Keynes, Sandown Park and Tamworth. This is all included in their 2017 preview video, check it out.

 

Club100 – Buckmore Park

Sprints

Elite – After his incredible maiden voyage into the land of the elites, Joe Holmes couldn’t keep series champion Steve Brown behind after a titanic battle along with Jay Elliot. After a great start it seemed as if Joe was up to his old tricks with nearly a 1.5s gap after just a couple of laps. Debutant Ed White who managed to qualify P2 for the final after a very strong showing in the heats was passed early on by a determined Jay Elliot who set after Joe. With not long to go Elliot caught Holmes, the fight that ensued saw the two leaders fall backwards towards the advancing Steve Brown. In an epic end to the race Brown managed to make it a 3-way fight for the lead and managed an awesome double pass into the second hairpin on the penultimate lap to take victory from P9 on the grid.

I encourage you to watch the race as it was recorded live here https://www.facebook.com/Club100Racing/videos/1233479803376592/ it makes for awesome viewing.

Also catch Club100 champ Steve Brown’s awesome drive from P9-P1 in the final onboard – a masterclass.

Lightweights – Tom Golding was back to his old ways in the lights taking victory in A final, but ‘Driver of the Month’ nominee Pietro Pagano pushed him all the way finishing less than 0.2s behind Tom. It was fitting as these two have been the class of the field all year taking 20/22 final wins throughout the season between them.

Heavyweights – A very close top 3 in the final saw Jack Bolton just edge out Harrison Darvill and Mark Ridout, all three covered by less than a second. A great end to the season.

 

CovKartsport – Round 7&8 

Round 7, Red Lodge – In the lightweight class Charlie Machin took the victory in race 1, Matthew Clarke won in race 2, and race 3 was won by Sam Lovelace

In the heavies Matt Tetley came out on top in race 1m race 2 was headed by series leader Jordan Taylor, and the third race was won by Sam Foster.

Round 8, Milton Keynes – In lights Sam Lovelace once again took victory in race 1, race 2 was conquered by Dante Dhillon, and the final race of the year was won by James Saunders.

The first race in heavies was won by Matt Tetley, race 2 by Guy Tolley, and race 3 by Slawek Piskorz.

Overall the season in Lights was won by Brandon Williams who has been strong all season. 2nd goes to Sam Lovelace, and 3rd to James Saunders

The top step of the heavy podium was occupied by Jordan Taylor, with 1 point separating Sam Foster and Guy Tolly for 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Driver of the Month

Nominations:

  1. Joe Holmes – Club100 Elite victory on debut
  2. Pietro Pagano – Club100 Light victories at Ellough
  3. Michael Crees – HSF and Buckmore Man of Steel success
  4. Sammy Venables – Rye House Senna cup victory
  5. Matt Luff – Buckmore Park Man of Steel of championship victory

And the winner of driver of the month for November 2016 is …………

 Michael Crees

Michael Crees HSF Buckmore 2nd OCT16

Congratulations to Michael, he drove brilliantly well at the HSF challenge and that seemed to be the deciding factor.

It is worth mentioning that Sammy Venables came a very close second missing out by just 2 votes! Well done Sammy.

A&D Driver of the Year

Click here to see the shortlist for this years A&D Driver of the Year 

The winner to be announced at the Karting magazine awards evening at Capital Karts on December 3rd.

 

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Keep your eyes peeled for December’s article where we’ll have the culmination of the DMAX championship as well as the driver of the year announcements and some previews for next year.

Until then, happy racing.

Written by Piers Prior

 

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A&D Driver of the Month Nominations – November

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Once again this month we release a shortlist and let you the readers decide the A&D Driver of the Month. Below are the 5 candidates to choose from so let us know your winner!!!

Joe Holmes

Joe has made nominations for last 2 months, and I’m nominating him a third time in row.

Joe has absolutely dominated this season’s Club100 heavy championship winning every final but 1 (he finished 2nd). Since winning the Heavy sprint title before the final round he earned a step-up into the Elites for the final round at Ellough, and surprise surprise won that too…by 4 seconds…from pole position…and getting fastest lap! If thats not a reason enough I don’t know what is.

Joe Holmes Club100 Ellough

 

Pietro Pagano

Pietro had a great day at Ellough Park for round 9 of the Club100 championship putting it on pole and winning both races, also beating last month’s driver of the month Tom Golding who finished 4th.

Pietro Pagano Club100 Ellough Nov16

Michael Crees

You might have seen that Michael managed an incredible 2nd place at the HSF challenge at Buckmore Park, he also dominated the last round of Buckmore’s ‘Man of Steel’ race in very wet conditions winning overall (ahead of the lightweight drivers) and the Heavy class by 18 seconds over the hour race! A very successful month for him.

Michael Crees HSF Buckmore 2nd OCT16

Sammy Venables

Sammy drove superbly well at the Rye house Senna cup back in October and took pole position and victory. He has been improving all year helped by driving in the RHPK prokart championship.

Sammy Venables Rye Senna cup

Matt Luff

This year has been a very good one for Matt, winning the Sodi World Series finals in France for the second time with a severe weight disadvantage, as well as success in hire karting and TKM. This month he is nominated for clinching the Buckmore Park ‘Man of Steel’ championship at the last round having had a close an hard fought battle with good friend of his Jack Goldsmith all year.

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Written by Piers Prior