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Silverstone backing Dodds

It was only a few weeks ago when the news broke that ten year old “blonde bombshell” racer, Maxwell Dodds announced his endorsement from the Silverstone Circuit. Silverstone is known as the ‘heart of British Motorsport’ and is not only the biggest circuit in the UK, but one of the biggest in the World. It pulls in every big motorsport event on both two and four wheels and attracts one of the biggest crowds throughout the Formula 1 Calendar. Yet they saw something in young Max and they describe his as an ‘immense talent’ with a ‘very bright future’. Here’s the full story on how it all happened.

Maxwell Dodds

Last year was certainly Max’s ‘breakthrough year’. He finished 2nd in the Formula Kart Stars Cadet Championship and 15th in Super One in the IAME Cadet class along with 14th in LGM. Towards the back end of last year, he also rolled the dice out in Las Vegas for the SKUSA Supernationals XIX in the Tag Cadet class, his 2nd visit to the famous Vegas strip meeting and competed in the Dubai ‘O’ Plate meeting, where he so should of won that but finished 3rd after a first corner collision .

It was his combined performances throughout the year that made Silverstone approach Max about an endorsement, something Max was very proud of!

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“It’s really cool to be backed by a big racing track, Silverstone is the best in the country so to be endorsed by them is great! We’ve since been to see Patrick Allen (MD) a lot and have been able to use the IZone Simulator whilst at Silverstone. We’ve used the kart simulator to help prepare for tracks and sometimes they let me go on the car simulator which is really good fun!”

I followed Max very closely last year having commentated on a huge amount of his races and the one thing I always noticed is that he was always there and that’s the most important part of Cadet racing. We all know in a Cadet race it doesn’t matter where you are in the lead group, but if you’re there when the inevitable battle kicks off you’ve given yourself a chance at winning.

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Those results and experiences of racing abroad would have certainly given him a huge amount of confidence heading into this season and with the added endorsement his desire to win has grown even more.

“I haven’t had the best of luck this year but things seem to be turning round now. Ive always been at the sharp end for the finals but seem to get involved in crashes.  I know we now have the pace to win something like Super One or LGM next year and I’d like to start that by winning Kartmasters this weekend.”

Maxwell Dodds

So what does the endorsement involve?

Speaking to Patrick Allen, the Managing Director of Silverstone, he explained to me:

“We’ve always liked supporting drivers but we usually look at them at an older age, however with Max we feel he is an immense talent and we’d like to keep an eye on him now. It’s just an endorsement for now, but we can offer him support and guidance and introduce him to various people. I think Max is more than capable of being a part of something like the BRDC Rising Stars program one day and that’s where we’ll be pushing him once he makes the move into cars.”

Max currently sits 9th in the Super One standings with a round to go after some unfortunate luck and in LGM currently sitting in 6th position.

He’s confident a win isn’t too far away and will hoping for a top 7 finish in S1 with at least a top 5 in the LGM championships with eyes firmly set upon both title assaults next year!

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As Max mentioned it is the Kartmasters GP plate meeting this weekend at PFI and after testing last week Max feels very confident he can win the biggest one off event in UK karting.

“It went very well I was very fast in every session  last weekend we just needed to prepare everything for next week. I think I can definitely win the GP plate as we were very fast during testing and it’s a track I love, at times last weekend I was the fastest! It would be great to have a GP plate on a Silverstone kart.”

Maxwell Dodds

Personally I think Max is more than capable in winning and it’s an event that seems to set drivers on their way if winning. Take Kiern Jewiss for example, his drive from the pits to victory in 2014 saw him immediately signed to Mark Blundell’s management company MB Partners. Taylor Barnard’s drive through from 15th last year has since seen him run at the front in all major events. Could this be the year Max Dodds really makes his mark on British Karting?

As for the Silverstone backing well it’s something very exciting for young Max. He couldn’t be in much better hands and when the inevitable jump up to cars comes he’ll have every young driver program after him. It’s fantastic to see Silverstone keep an eye on karters and a motive for every young driver to keep pushing!

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Max may only ben ten years old, but his future already looks very exciting!

Kartmasters GP 2016 Champion? It’d certainly go nicely with the Silverstone logo…

Maxwell Dodds

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix

 

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Patrick Kibble aiming for a memorable debut season in LGM

Darren Bartlett out to prove you’re never too old

Patrick Kibble aiming for a memorable debut season in LGM

It may be Patrick Kibble’s first season of national level racing, but his ambitions far from reflect his experience with the 13 year old aiming to improve on his current championship standing of 5th place by the end of the season.

Since joining MLC Motorsport last year, Patrick has found his karting career moving forward very quickly. Graduating to Junior X30 for the last round of LGM last year Patrick qualified 2nd overall out of 51 drivers in a result that shocked the Junior X30 paddock. “Who’s that” they all said, “where has he come from?” The answer, Mini Max at club level and he’s here to stay.

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Since then Patrick Kibble has been a name I’ve followed closely and his name hasn’t been far from the podium places in his 2016 LGM Series campaign.

He started the season off magnificently with a 4th at PFI, a track we already know he goes well at people may have thought the knowledge played into his hands and maybe it did, but since then Patrick has proved he’s quick everywhere he goes.

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Round two of LGM was at Kimbolton and Patrick finished a solid 7th place, which may come as a surprise to hear that is currently his worst result of the season! The championship then headed to GYG, a new track for Kibble and he was able to finish 6th.

So three rounds in and Patrick currently sits 5th in the championship still in the hunt for a top three finish and World Final ticket.

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Away from LGM Patrick is lying 2nd in the TVKC Championship and 5th in the Whilton Mill Club Championship after some bad luck.

It was just four years ago that Patrick took to the track in racing conditions for the first time, but could he be appearing at his first World finals at Le Mans come October?

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If he could get there it would certainly be a fantastic achievement. Doing your first season of national racing is never easy. Getting used to the higher level of competition, learning new tracks and adapting to qualifying (when necessary) are all lessons learnt over that first season. But as of yet Patrick has failed to show any sign of weakness. Three top seven finishes in a championship 82 drivers would probably been better than Patrick himself or team expected, but he’s now certainly been granted permission to aim for that World Final ticket rather than dream.

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Patrick himself commented: “It has been a great start to LGM and X30 and I cant wait to improve.”

Patrick’s father, Mark Kibble, commented: “Patrick’s success comes from is passion for karting, matched only by a professional approach to racing. He would be the first to acknowledge the fantastic team support he has at MLC Motorsport and the success the Mach 1 chassis has delivered so far.”

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Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & Stu Stretton

 

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Darren Bartlett out to prove you’re never too old

Team talk with KR Sport

Darren Bartlett out to prove you’re never too old

Darren Bartlett may be 29 years old, but he has far from given up on his dream to make it to car racing and is out to prove that you are never too old.

Darren races in the Rotax Max class, mainly basing himself at Buckmore Park and Bayford Meadows where he competes in the club championships with David Germain Racing.

Since he started competitive karting five years ago, Darren’s dream has always been to make it to car racing.

“I think my goals in racing are very realistic. I’m not aiming to go to Formula 1, but I would love to do a season in car racing. Something like the VW Cup or Civic UK Cup would be perfect. If I could get there then I will feel as if I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.”

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As most drivers do, Darren is struggling to find sponsorship to allow him to achieve his dream and feels his age may have a part to play in that.

“Sometimes not having the right image can be a big disadvantage when trying to find sponsorship. Being older I think may put some people off, but I believe Motorsport is about talent and I’m hoping that will shine through for me.”

Darren has always funded his own career and believes that has led him to adapt to a more calculated driving style.

“I find with some of the younger drivers that they drive with the mentality of ‘if I break it I’m not bothered’ where as I like to pass cleanly. That is of course not the mentality with all young drivers, but I certainly believe it is with some of them. Perhaps when your the one who has to pay for the damage it makes you think a bit differently.”

Darren fully believes staying in karting until he can raise the funds to move on is the best preparation for him.

“Even if I’m to run out of budget that won’t stop me from racing again. I’ll just come back as soon as I have the funds behind me again. I love karting, I think it teaches you all the necessary skills to take into that first season of car racing.”

You have to admire the will and desire Darren has to achieve his goals in the sport and it begs the question how man Darren Bartlett’s are there in the karting community?

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It’s become a natural progression for drivers who feel they are ‘too old’ to make it to just pack in racing and become a mechanic or head into another industry of work. When I put this to Darren he replied:

“You should never give up on trying to achieve your goals in this sport. I will always keep pushing to make cars, it’s something I won’t stop trying to do until I get there!”

One person in a similar situation to Darren is Karting magazine journalist Lee Henderson. Lee has not given up on his dream to make it into cars and believes age should never put people off.

“Age should never be an issue to going forwards in anyone’s motorsport career. Personally I strongly feel that if your good enough that is the only deciding factor. There is many examples within racing that you can still cut it at the top level just look at Jason Plato, Matt Neal, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Tony Stewart. I hope that I can break that glass ceiling into car racing and sponsors don’t just see my age and look the other way.”

Personally I think it’s great both Darren and Lee are still pushing for cars and wouldn’t it be a good story for the sport if they could get there.

I think the moral of the story is if you were ever thinking about giving up on your dream because of your age, then think again!

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Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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Team Talk with KR Sport

Welcome to a new series of articles, Team Talk, which will see us meet the drivers under the race suits and helmets.

We will be catching up with team mates from a variety of different teams to have them answer some questions about each other.

First up, Joe Turney (Junior Max) and Tom Canning (Mini Max & Junior Max) from KR Sport!

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Joe Turney

  1. Try and describe Tom in one word – Competitive
  2. Tell us something people may not know about Tom? – He won the Super One Championship without winning a Pre Final or Final
  3. Does he have any pre race rituals? – Dont think so
  4. How is he usually after a bad race? – Whines about how bad the kart was
  5. Are there any stories he always mentions? – No
  6. What would you say his worst track is and why? – Not sure
  7. Your funniest memory of him? – Seeing him play Call Of Duty for the first time
  8. The best drive you’ve ever seen him have? – Genk BNL pushed away with me and overtook me with a few laps to go and won by 3 seconds

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Tom Canning

  1. Try and describe Joe in one word – Determined
  2. Tell us something people may not know about Joe? – He used to be in Protrain
  3. Does he have any pre race rituals? – Not sure
  4. How is he usually after a bad race? – Quietly annoyed
  5. Are there any stories he always mentions? – He says he’s going to try and be normal for 60 seconds
  6. What would you say his worst track is and why? – Not sure
  7. Your funniest memory of him? – On the euro tunnel on the way to France
  8. The best drive you’ve ever seen him have? – Shenington Super One 2015

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Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & Stu Stretton

Heading in the right direction

It was just two years ago when Honda Cadet driver, Sam Heading, took to the track for his first MSA race. The location was Bayford Meadows, a track Sam has raced at ever since.

In-between now and then, Sam has already picked up multiple race victories, become a champion and currently sits 12th in the Honda Cadet Super One standings as the second highest place rookie.

So how did it all happen so quickly?

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Although Sam’s MSA karting career started back in 2014 his passion for Motorsport was apparent at the tender age of just 2 years old and it wasn’t long before he was experiencing the buzz of going fast!

“I had a quad bike and it was really good, I used to go down to my grandparents and in to their big field and ride around for hours!”

Now eight, Sam got into corporate karting and came 2nd in his first ever race. He followed that up with 2nd in the overall championship proving it was no fluke and he had a talent that was worth exploring a bit more.

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“We decided I wasn’t being challenged enough so we went to Bayford Meadows and I did my ARKS test in my first proper Honda Cadet.“

Last year Sam raced at Bayford, Buckmore Park and in the second half of the year he raced at the hugely competitive PFI circuit. PFI is described by many as the hardest track to be fast at, but Sam broke that trend when he went there for the first time and just missed out on the podium.

“I came 5th first time at PFI in July last year.”

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Racing at three very different tracks may be part of Sam’s quick rise to the top. PFI is of course a long track with heavy braking zones combined which provide extremely close racing. Buckmore is the complete opposite, it’s very technical with the driver having no break and I suppose you could put Bayford somewhere in the middle.

Out of all three tracks though it was Buckmore where Sam had most of his success. He won the Honda Cadet Championship, which is as astonishing achievement! Winning races is one thing but winning a championship is something else and takes a huge amount of consistency so to be able to do that so premature into his karting career was something he could be very proud of.

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Sam also finished 3rd in the Kent Kart Championship (which takes place at Buckmore and Bayford Meadows) in 2015 further proving his ability.

Having conquered club level karting it was time, already, for Sam to move onwards and upwards. Queue Super One 2016….

“Once we got into Cadet I started getting podiums at most places I raced at. I then won Buckmore and Bayford. So we decided to enter Super One to see what the playing field was like and how I could do competing against the best.”

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“The Awning Company Super One” #Kartpix, #theawningcompany, #superoneseries

 As good as winning the Buckmore Championship was, Sam was now competing against a totally different class of driver on a regular basis. However, he didn’t seem at all phased by this and was up for the challenge!

“My main aim and hope at the start of the Super One season was to get top 10 and I’ve been trying my hardest throughout the year to make that happen. All I want to do this year in Super One is get a single digit seeded number.”

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His main focus may be on a top 10 in Super One, but Sam still stays loyal to the tracks where he started and has continued to pump in some impressive results.

“I’ve been doing well in all the club meetings that I’ve attended and did well and got fastest laps at Buckmore last round even though I got a DNF.”

There’s been three rounds of the Super One Honda Cadet Championship so far and there are now four to go. As previously mentioned, Sam is currently 12th in the standings and 2nd highest rookie.

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Tracks still left to visit include Fulbeck, Larkhall, Shenington and PFI.

“Fulbeck, Shenington and PFI are the rounds I was looking forward to the most and I believe they will be my strongest rounds. I wasn’t looking forward to Rowrah so I’m glad that round Is out of the way, I didn’t take to the track very well”

It’s going be interesting to see what Sam can do now with the championship now heading to the tracks he as looking forward to. He’s in a great position already and if he can use that knowledge to his advantage he may surprise himself with the overall result!

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Of course the Sam Heading camp stretches larger than just Sam himself. He runs as a privateer with Dean Meyer on the spanners. It can often be harder without the support of a large team but, Sam has shown that this is not always the case. In only his second year of racing many people are asking the question of how he finds his pace. His response:

“We do lots of test days and have invested a lot of time in to the sport, we do a lot of planning”

Sam’s Dad, Mark, added “Sam has come a long way in only 2 years of MSA karting and it’s been great to watch him come through the ranks to where he is now. I’m very proud of him and I’m looking forward to seeing it continue!”

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With Sam mentioning his constant planning I put the question to him about 2017.

“My goal and what I’m going to try very hard to achieve is to win Super One next year!”

Speaking to Sam has shown me what a confident and mature young driver he is! If he keeps up his consistency in the next few rounds, which he believes will be his strongest, I see no reason why he wouldn’t be awarded a seeded single digit number!

He’s certainly heading in the direction and I’m excited to follow his journey over the next few years.

Sam Heading

3 things we didn’t know about Sam

  • I play football
  • I’m good at cross country and sprint running
  • Before every race I listen to music and watch storage hunters on TV

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5 words to describe yourself

  • Calm
  • Winner
  • Focused
  • Determined
  • Fast

4 of your favourite tracks

  • Buckmore Park
  • PF International
  • Shenington
  • PFI

3 drivers who have inspired you

  • Tanner Faust
  • Ken Block
  • Colin McRae

2 memorable moments in your career

  • First cadet race at Bayford Meadows
  • Becoming Buckmore cadet champion 2015.

1 goal for the future

  • Become WRC driver for ford!

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Written by Bethanie Lawson

 

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Gary Paffett: No clear path in karting

Gary Paffett is one of the most well-known British drivers, who has been a firm fixture in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) for many years. But this particular racer started out just like a lot of major British talent in a kart, such as WEC star Anthony Davidson and F1 world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

With over 25 years in racing under his belt, the Suffolk-based driver has been involved at the higher echelons of motorsport for many years, having worked for McLaren whilst they were using Mercedes power, thanks to the help of former Head of Motorsport, Norbert Haug, giving the Brit a welcome chance.

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The 35-year-old took time out of his busy schedule at the Motorsport Festival Lausitzring in the early part of June, to speak to Alex Goldschmidt about his thoughts on when he first went into karts, how karting is now, as well as some tales about his racing career.

Alex Goldschmidt: You were racing in karts from 1991 until 1996, where you were vice champion in both European JICA in 1995 and British JICA in 1996, as well as taking the Junior TKM title in 1995. What was it like for you, as a youngster, to go into racing being inspired by the likes of Ayrton Senna?

Gary Paffett: From my opinion, you really don’t think about it. You start karting when you’re eight or nine years old, and everyone’s different. My father just got me into it, because he loved motorsport and thought that I would enjoy doing it.

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That’s why we started, living in a little village in Devon. I imagine that my dad, at that point, had no idea that I would end up being where I am now, when he started me racing. We got into it relatively quickly and I was good at it. Luckily, we got some help from some sponsors and eventually got better. At that time, you’re watching Formula 1 on television, seeing Ayrton and Alain Prost battle it out.

At the time, I didn’t see myself being there, as I was a motorsport fan. So I loved watching them and racing myself, but it was so far from what I was doing at the time.

I didn’t have a career path to F1, I was just racing and moving through the formulas as I was doing it. I didn’t have a path to where I was going, and we didn’t have the money for what we were going to do.

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We went year by year, and just enjoyed it. If I won, then we could get the budget and manage to get the support to go on for another year. It was only until we got to 1997, where I got to race cars at the end of the year.

1997 was a strange year, being a gap between karting and cars, where I just did a season in Formula A to bridge the gap, because we were waiting to go into car racing.

1998 was actually the first year where we were thinking of where I was actually going to go.

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AG: And then in 1999, you win the Formula Vauxhall Junior title, which earned you a very prestigious accolade, that your DTM team mate, Paul Di Resta has also won, the Mclaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver award.

That must have been a lifeline for you, especially with what you’d been through, even though you were enjoying the racing. It must have been a surefire reward for your efforts?

GP: Even in 1998, I was in Class B, with no real budget to do it properly. The karting company that I was racing with and working for on a day-to-day basis, they decided to buy a car and run it from the workshops. We didn’t go out there and pay for it, we decided to do it ourselves on the best budget we could.

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We won Class B the following year, and had decided to potentially go with a big team, but again didn’t have the money to do that, so remained with the karting team.

It was a case of not expecting to be nominated for the McLaren BRDC award, but when it came to it, it was a great feeling. I probably deserved, but definitely wasn’t expecting it, being up a lot of other good drivers, such as Richard Lyons, Craig Murray and Ryan Dalziel, who were all a lot more experienced than me.

I went in there, and again, drove my socks off and won the award. That night of winning the award was probably the first night where I probably realized that it was a big achievement, and this could really go somewhere.

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Before that, it was still a case of having the budget to go race by race, but getting the award that night, it felt like a case of hopefully being able to go somewhere. From then onwards, we were trying to map out what we were doing.

AG: And briefly going from there, you graduated to British F3, before heading over to German F3. Was it a natural progression to race in that series, under Keke Rosberg’s team, and was it an eye-opener for you to move to continental Europe?

GP: It was totally unplanned, and it was very spur of the moment, very last-minute and very risky. I mean, it sounds like I’m complaining that I had no money, but I’m deadly serious about that.

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In 2000, I did F3 with Fred Goddard Racing, which was mainly paid for by Martin Hines’ ZipKart on a budget, which we won the National Scholarship class easily, winning all bar one of the races that season.

Then the plan was to do British F3 in Class A the following year with a proper team. We got 90 percent of the way there, and then the guy who we were due to run with, was an old rival of Martin Hines. They fell out and that was it, it was over in January or February that year.

So, at that time, we didn’t know what we were going to do, as we had nothing. We didn’t know Keke, and I don’t even know where the link to him came from.

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Rosberg hadn’t been running F3 cars, as they were new to it, so it wasn’t that we were moving to Germany to race with an established team. We were going there with a team that had never raced in F3 before, so the good thing was that they were ambitious.

They saw that I was talented and they helped us out, as they saw it as a way to help them improve and move forwards. So I went to race out there with them in 2001, which is the scariest thing that I’ve every done.

I’d raced outside of the UK before in just two races in my career up until that point, and I was coming over to Germany, where people spoke a funny language and did funny things.

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It was really, really tough, but this spur-of-the-moment, crazy decision, ended up being the best move of my life, really. I won the F3 championship here in Germany in my second season, and then got a test in a DTM car, so it was great that the argument over British F3 actually happened, so I ended up here.

AG: And that ended up with you winning the 2005 DTM drivers’ title with Mercedes, a long association with McLaren within the world of Formula One, as now you’re the simulator driver for Williams Martini Racing alongside Paul, who is helps with development.

It must be a pretty satisfying feeling, knowing that you’ve accomplished so much, now that you’ve been in the DTM for over a decade?

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GP: Yes, it is, as I’m now in my thirteenth season with Mercedes, and still enjoying it.

AG: One of the more recent fallouts within the world of karting is that of Formula Kart Stars, which went into administration this year, with families being out of pocket, as a result, to the tune of approximately tens of thousands of pounds.

I wanted to ask your opinion on this, considering you were part of the judging panel for the 2015 Autosport Show, at short notice, I might add. What are your thoughts on karting at the present moment, in terms of championships that are out there nationally and internationally?

We’re seeing talented drivers come through, but again, budget struggles are still a major factor in seeing them not progress forward.

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GP: It’s far too expensive, and I don’t really see any clear path. I’m not directly in touch with what is happening in karting, but I know some of the figures involved, and it costs far too much.

For eight-nine year old kids to spend what they are having to spend is crazy, and it is something that is becoming ridiculous. If I started karting right now, I wouldn’t even make it to the end of one season.

That’s really disappointing, as it has really turned into a rich kids’ sport, and that’s what I don’t like about it. When I did it, it was a defined career path, so you went into cadets until you were between 10 and 12, and when progressing onto, when I did it, a choice between Junior TKM and Yamaha before JICA, and that was your junior career.

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Afterwards, it was moving up to one of two or three senior classes, depending on what level you were, making it really clear what you did, but now, there’s no real clarity with all the classes.

The theory behind FKS was good, and it was something that was trying to create a series that was cost-effective, as well as a level playing field. So the theory behind it was good, but it didn’t work. But I really feel passionate about the fact that the cost behind karting is just too high, because as a sport, motorsport is becoming more and more exclusive to the rich.

AG: One final question, Gary: What advice would you give to an aspiring young hopeful, who wants to be the next Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton, and dreams of being in Formula One, apart from having very deep pockets (laughs)?

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GP: A pot of gold, yeah. (Laughs) First of all, it doesn’t matter how much money that somebody has, but you’ve got to want to do it, as well as the desire to win. The one thing that has kept me in good stead during my career, and I know that Lewis is the same, is that I feel that no one is better than I am.

I know that on day-to-day, some people do a better job than me, but I come out of a session and look at what someone else has done, look at the data and go: “That’s what I’ve got to do.” And I can go and do it. I think you’ve got to be determined and have faith in your own ability. You won’t do the best job every day, but there is no reason why you can’t do as well as someone else is doing.

Karting Magazine would like to thank Gary for his time, as well as the assistance of Mercedes-AMG DTM’s Communications Manager, Oliver Kapffenstein, for arranging the interview itself.

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5 words to describe yourself

Determined, fast, consistent, racer, respectful.

4 of your favourite tracks

Zandvoort, Spa, Donington Park, Hockenheim.

3 drivers that have inspired you

Ayrton Senna, Bernd Schneider, Michael Schumacher.

2 memorable moments in your career

Winning the DTM title in 2005 is the most memorable moment in my career, and winning the DTM race at Brands Hatch in 2012, which was my most special win ever.

1 goal for the future

To win more championships

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Written by Alex Goldschmidt

Images courtesy of Daimler Global Media & Chris Walker, Kartpix

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Arvid Lindblad aiming for top 10 in Super One

Arvid Lindblad aiming for top 10 in Super One

At the Llandow Super One round earlier this month, Arvid Lindblad made history by becoming the youngest ever pole sitter and race winner at a Super One event! After the race we caught up with him and his team to discuss how he got into karting and what it feels like to make history.

Arvid started karting at the age of five after switching over from motocross, which he did for a short while. He felt karting was the safer option and what a decision it’s proved to be.

“I got into it as my dad loved motorsports.”

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He started in the IAME class in May 2014 at the age of 6 and a year later found himself racing in the super competitive Little Green Man Series despite being on novice plates! This year he also took on the extra task of competing in Super One with the Zip Team who have always been famously known for producing exciting young talents.

“My dad has always encouraged me to drive the best I can so I can be with the best. We knew it was going to be tough and a challenge doing Super One, but we felt it was the best way to improve my driving.”

“Arvid tries his best at everything he does both in and outside of school and he always does it with a smile on his face. We are very proud of him.” – Arvids’ Dad

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Having had a good winter season Arvid came into Super One in 2016 a confident young driver. As his Dad previously mentioned he is always one to try hard and set himself the target of getting a seeded number at the end of the season.

Arvid’s season got off to a pretty decent start at Rowrah with a 16th and 18th in the Finals and he followed that up at Rissington with a 9th and 25th. So at this point you’d have to say that seeded number looked a possibility.

However at Round three (GYG) Arvid found himself having to come through from the back in Final Two to finish 16th.

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So heading into Round four at Llandow who would have expected the performance that came from the young Zip driver?

It all started in qualifying where he managed a best time of 50.67, a time which would see him 3rd overall behind the Fusion pair of Van Knapton and Harry Thompson. This put Arvid on the front row for his heats and it was his first heat where he took the famous victory passing Joseph Taylor, Knapton and Joshua Rattican all on the last lap!

“When I crossed the line, I was so ecstatic to win my first ever Super One race. I felt so proud!”

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Thinking back to the race Arvid won, he said he was feeling excited knowing he was leading the race however it didn’t even cross his mind that he was about to make history.

So imagine that, you’ve just won your first race and on top of that winning feeling your also told you’ve made history! I imagine at Arvid’s tender age of eight years old he probably couldn’t digest it properly but his mechanic Alex Tee certainly could!

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“Arvid is the youngest driver I have worked with, but what really impresses me the most is his ability to listen and understand information given to him during testing and race weekends, and then to be able to relay that, on and off the track. His reading and discussing of the data at such a young age, and the feedback he gives, is just unbelievable. Of course he is only 8 years old but his maturity and mannerism towards the sport proves he has the potential to be a very successful driver in karting and beyond I am sure. To be the youngest driver to have a pole position and have a win at British Championship level is something he can be very proud of.” 

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After that Arvid went to finish 4th in his second heat putting him third on the grid for Final One. In the Finals he did a sterling job to get two 9th places and shoot himself up the championship order.

So how close does this put him to that seeded number? Well Arvid is now 14th in the championship just 13 points behind 10th place driver, Joshua Rattican. On top of that he is also 3rd in the Rookie standings with Fusion drivers Zak O’Sullivan and Kai Askey ahead. See top 24 below

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I am feeling very confident towards the rest of the season and it would be fantastic if I could manage a couple of top five finishes. I would really like to get one of those big trophies. I am aiming to finish in the top 10 this season.”

Arvid mentioned his plans for next year, “It would also be great if I can compete at the front next year in Super One with Zip Kart.”  He also confidently says that he is going to work really hard at school, (like this year).

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Grant Munro, Zip Karts Managing Director told me:

“Arvid joined the Zip Team after a year of competing in the MSA Bambino Class. He quickly adapted to the faster speeds of the IAME Cadet and one thing that was immediately evident was his natural speed and ability, having worked with drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Oliver Rowland and Ben Barnicoat who also raced for the Zip Kart Team, they also showed the same natural ability and speed at a young age. We are delighted that Arvid has become the youngest pole sitter and race winner in S1. Arvid is still very young and of course has a lot of learning ahead of him but we are confident that he can follow the same path to success as other former Zip Kart team drivers”.

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Becoming the youngest ever Super One winner is an achievement Arvid should be so proud of. I definitely think that he has the potential to be at the front of Super One, especially with the endless support his gets from his team!

He not only has a chance of a top 10 finish in Super One but also the chance of winning the Rookie Championship. There are three rounds left for the Cadets starting with Buckmore Park this weekend before they head to Fulbeck and finish at PFI.

If he can keep his nose clean for the rest of the season and reflect the same pace he did at Llandow, I see no reason why Arvid won’t finish in the top 10 overall. The Zip machine looks like it has, once again, produced another star of the future!

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5-1

5 words to describe yourself

  • Hard working
  • Exhilarating
  • Focused
  • Determined
  • Mischievous

4 of your favourite tracks

  • Buckmore Park
  • PFI
  • Llandow
  • GYG

3 drivers who have inspired you

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Max Verstappen
  • Jenson Button

2 memorable moments in your career

  • When I went round the outside of three drivers in my first heat at Llandow Super One to win the race
  • When I won my first ever MSA event at Shenington

1 goal for the future

  • My goal for this season is to get a seeded number in Super One

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3 things we didn’t know about Arvid

  • I do a lot of running and I am in the cross-country team at school.
  • I am also in the swimming team.
  • I am doing well at school. I am in the top maths set and have got 3 commendations.

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Written by Bethanie Lawson

 

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