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Jonny Wilkinson: My 5 best karting memories

After a successful debut season in the Junior X30 class Jonny Wilkinson has wasted no time in getting his career in car racing started by moving up to the ever popular Ginetta Junior category. Looking back on his time in karting Jonny has been particularly successful over the last few years at British Championship level and even broke a record in both the British and Welsh Championships. It’s no surprise these were all included when we spoke to Jonny about his five best karting memories!

5. Winning my first race at the 2015 Welsh Championships

It’s rare that a driver can say their first race win brings them home a plate they can use on their kart wherever they race for the following year but in 2015 Jonny Wilkinson achieved just that. Racing at the Welsh Championships (IAME Cadet class) for the coveted ‘C’ plate, Jonny had tough competition in the shape of Klaas Kooiker and Shay Keough with the trio split by just 0.015 seconds at the flag! It showed great composure from someone still relatively new to the sport.

4. Retaining the Welsh Plate in 2016 (First ever back to back winner in Cadets)

One year later and Jonny was back to Llandow Kart Club to defend his Welsh title. He would have tough competition with Matthew Rees present, but the determination to win from Jonny was evident. In tricky conditions he made the correct tyre choice and took the lead early on from Rees to eventually go on and win by over four seconds. It was a win that felt even better than the first and meant Jonny could continue to carry the ‘C’ plate for the rest of his season.

3. Winning my first ever national race

It was in 2016 where Jonny really started to move his way up through the grid challenging for both the Super One and LGM titles. In LGM it was at GYG where Jonny showed he meant business with his first ever win at national level. As you would have picked up on Wales has always been a happy hunting ground for Jonny and the win at GYG put him in contention for the LGM Series title. More good performances would follow in both British championships which will lead us on to Jonny’s next point.

2. Finishing 3rd and 4th in the 2016 British Cadet Championships

As previously mentioned to go along with his second Welsh title and national race wins Jonny managed to secure 3rd in the British Cadet Championship and 4th in the LGM Series. Considered as one of the most competitive classes it was a brilliant achievement from Jonny and the KMS team who were a much smaller outfit in comparison to his rivals. Jonny’s best Super One performance was at Buckmore Park where he finished 1st in the second final with the win at GYG being his best LGM result.

1. Becoming the youngest ever Junior British Championship race winner

The race that Jonny looks back on with the best memories and most pride was his win in Super One last season at Rowrah. It was the second round for the Junior X30 class with 46 drivers on the grid! After taking two second place finishes in the heats Jonny secured 5th place in final one and inside row three start for final two. After a decent start to the race Jonny took no unnecessary risks as he worked his way through the top five and timed his race to perfection to take the win from 3rd place at the last corner, last lap! At just 13 years old it made him the youngest winner in the class as well as being one of the most dramatic finishes to a final in Super One where he then went on to finish a highly credible 5th in the championship overall.

Next up for Jonny in 2018 is his first season in cars in the Ginetta Junior Championship. Racing on the TOCA package will see Jonny not only support the British Touring Car Championship but also race live on ITV4 with crowds of over 30,000 expected! It’s going to be a completely new atmosphere to take in, a lot to learn but all that said a big year for the Elite Motorsport driver. His team supported Harry King and Tom Gamble on a very successful campaign in 2017 so Jonny is in very capable hands.

Speaking ahead of this season Jonny commented: “My karting career has been absolutely amazing, I have to thank the teams that supported me KMS and Mick Barrett Racing, my engine builders Joe Boullen at Ogden and Jonny McDonald at Shox, Chris McCarthy at the Karting magazine, all at Zipkart and to my Mum and Connor for all the support. I am looking forward to the new challenge ahead of me in Junior Ginetta’s and I can’t wait to finally get racing after my intense pre-season testing plan.”

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Written by Chris McCarthy


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WSK Champions Cup 2018 Preview

The European Karting Calendar officially gets underway this weekend with the WSK Champions Cup once again taking place at the Adria Circuit in Italy. After a ‘collective test’ at the weekend this will be the first we see of the World’s best in action. In this article we’ll go through some driver changes, who will be flying the flag for Great Britain and who I think could draw first blood!

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Mini – 91 entries

Drawing in the most numbers this year is the Mini class. It’s WSK’s version of Cadet racing and with 91 drivers on the grid should provide some fantastic racing. Here are some ones to watch along with the two Brits who will be present.

Andrea Antonelli

Finishing 3rd in last year’s WSK Super Master Series, Andrea Antonelli (ITA) comes into the Champions Cup as the highest ranked Mini driver. His successful campaign last year saw him take two 2nd place finishes along with some impressive Pre-Final results. The Energy Corse driver could be considered the favourite for the event.

Martin Stenshorne

Martin Stenshorne put in some impressive performances last season with 9th place in the Super Master Series. The Norwegian driver was particularly impressive at La Conca where he took 2nd place losing out on victory by less than two tenths of a second!

Francesco Pulito

Last on our list is Francesco Pulito. The Italian had a strong end to his 2017 campaign with a 2nd place at round four of the Super Master Series! It was a race that saw him 0.071 seconds short of a win, but boosted him to 10th in the championship.

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2017 Podium

The Brits

Arvid Lindblad

The reigning Vice British Cadet Champion, Arvid Lindblad, is one of two British drivers to head to Adria building on what was just one solitary Brit in 2017 in the shape of Bray Kenneally. Racing with Oliver Rowland Motorsport last season Arvid was never far from the front and took home enough trophies to fill a whole trophy cabinet. He’ll be an exciting watch this weekend!

Josh Irfan

Another young talent heading to Adria is the British Cadet number seven seed Josh Irfan. Still a young driver, Josh was particularly impressive towards the end of last season. There’s no doubt he has the pace to do well in Adria as long as he can qualify well in a huge grid!

OK Junior – 83 entries

With the age limits for OK Junior decreasing all the time it’s no surprise to see the grid completely out weighing the Senior grid. But with a big entry should come some exciting racing and an almost impossible race to predict.

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Gabriel Bortoleto

First up on my list is CRG’s Gabriel Bortoleto. The Brazilian driver had a mixed 2017 season with 8th place in the CIK-FIA European Championship and 14th in the WSK Super Master Series. Throughout both of those championships came particularly impressive performances with a 2nd at Sarno (CIK) and good Pre-Final performances in WSK. Now many from Juniors have graduated to Seniors, I believe this has cleared the way for Gabriel to go well this year.

Gabriel Bortoleto © KSP Reportages

Sami Meguetounif

Last year was very much a break through season for French driver, Sami Megeutounif, on a Worldwide scale. In the OK Junior class, Sami represented his home nation in the CIK-FIA Academy finishing an impressive 5th place in the championship with a 2nd place at round two (Le Mans). Sami also qualified for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao and had a brilliant weekend finishing the final in 2nd place! He’s a driver in form and is ready to challenge for WSK and CIK titles!

Sami Megeutounif © KSP Reportages

Gabriele Mini

An exciting addition to the OK Junior class this year will be reigning WSK Mini champion, Gabriele Mini. His win last year came after a successful 2016 campaign which saw him finish 3rd so it’s fair to say Gabriele is more than ready to tackle OK Junior. How he’ll do really depends on how quickly he adapts to the class but expect him to be at least threatening the top ten this weekend.

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The Brits

Harry Thompson

It’s fair to say the favourite for this weekend’s event is Harry Thompson. The reigning European Vice-Champion and newly signed Red Bull Junior driver had a fantastic 2017 season with a podium at the World Championships too. He was the IAME International Final Champion, British Champion, South Garda Winter Cup Champion and was 3rd in last years Super Master Series. Do I really need to write anymore about why he shouldn’t win?

Harry Thompson © KSP Reportages

Zak O’Sullivan

Zak O’Sullivan was surprisingly quick in his adaption to the OK Junior last season. He finished 9th in the Super Master Series and 12th in the European Championship. He was only ever let down by mistakes and at times race craft, but that’s part of learning to beat the best in the game. I think he could be a podium finisher this weekend!

Joseph Taylor

It’s good to see Joseph Taylor on the grid for this weekend. His CIK-FIA Academy campaign last year saw him unlucky to finish in 6th place which shows what pace the Fullerton driver had. Perhaps a year to prepare for a big 2018 season the Champions Cup could be the start of a European title assault for Taylor.

Taylor Barnard

Taylor is an exciting addition to the OK Junior field as talked about in our interview with him earlier this week. Racing with Dino Chiesa’s new Kart Republic outfit it’s pretty impossible to predict how he’ll go given the chassis is brand new. One thing we do know is he’s going in with the same track record Harry Thompson had a year ago and we all know how well he did…

Taylor Barnard

Kai Askey

Kai Askey is definitely a star of the future in our sport and had a hugely impressive debut season in Junior X30 last year. He was quick to adapt to the class and European racing with 3rd at the IAME International Open in April and later followed that with a 5th in the X30 Euro Series (despite one DNS) and an 8th place in the IAME International Final. In the capable hands of Ricky Flynn Motorsport, I can’t see him doing badly!

Alex Dunne

Another British Cadet to graduate this year is Alex Dunne. Finishing 4th in last years British Championships it’s fair to say he is ready for this change and has not messed around going in with reigning European and World Champions, Forza Racing! Perhaps the current number one team in the whole sport Jamie Croxford should have Alex up to speed in no time!

Matthew Rees

Matthew Rees will make it four British Juniors racing with Ricky Flynn this year and is another one that could be an exciting watch. The young Welsh driver, had a strong start to the British Cadet Championship but running overweight eventually caught up with him meaning he got a result he perhaps didn’t deserve. Now in OK Junior I’m sure he’ll be relishing a fresh challenge.

Luca Griggs

Luca comes back for another campaign in 2018, he finished 47th out of 89 competitors in last year’s Super Master Series. Racing with the new Lennox Racing Team this season, could a change of outfits see him shoot up the order?

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Luca Griggs in Mini

OK – 41 entries

The OK class may be missing some big hitters this weekend, but the field contains some new and old faces to the class which should make the racing exciting to watch!

Nicklas Nielsen

Despite a move into car racing, Nicklas Nielsen just can’t stay away from our fantastic sport and who can blame him! Nicklas raced in last year’s Champions Cup finishing 6th place before going on to race in ADAC F4 and the Ferrari Challenge Europe. Now back to keep race fit he’ll be out with the KSM Schumacher Racing Team with what I can only imagine will be a win or bust mentality.

Tijmen van der Helm

Tijmen van der Helm was one of the best performers across all three European engine classes last year, all of which has seen him land a spot in Schumacher’s team alongside Nielsen. To summarise, he was Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Champion, CIK-FIA Academy Vice Champion and 6th at the IAME International Final. Expect him to be somewhere near the podium if not on it!

Andrea Rosso

Andrea Rosso is the reigning WSK Super Master Series Champion in the OK Junior so should be an exciting addition to the Senior class. He didn’t quite have the same fortunes in his CIK-FIA campaign but finished the year strong with 10th at the World Championship. I feel the CRG driver is ready to do good things in OK.

Antoine Potty

Antoine Potty caught my eye at last years IAME International Final where he finished 3rd in the X30 Junior class in a field of over 130 drivers! Included were many drivers on the grid this weekend and with that said he fits in a ‘one to watch’ list perfectly. It will certainly be a learning weekend for the VDK Racing driver, but he could be a surprise package.

Pedro Hiltbrand

It goes without saying that Pedro Hiltbrand is one to watch for the Champions Cup but the main reason he is on this list is to talk about his move back to CRG. Pedro was crowned Karting magazine’s first ever International Driver of the Year in 2016 after becoming the World and European Champion. That saw him switch from to the Tonykart Factory Team but an unsuccessful 2017 by his standards now see’s him back to CRG once again. Will the move prove to be costly or effective this weekend?

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The Brits

Dexter Patterson

It’s crazy to think that just two years ago Dexter Patterson had just won the British Cadet Championship and now he is graduating to OK the current Junior World Champion! Staying with Forza Racing the task of getting ready for the Seniors will certainly not be easy for the young Scot, but coming in as Junior Champion will give him confidence. Racing against the likes of Hiltbrand and Nielsen will certainly be a challenge for Dexter and the Champions Cup will just be the first step in preparing for the all important European and World Championships later this year.

Dexter Patterson © KSP Reportages

Jonny Edgar

Racing alongside Dexter with Forza Racing and also graduating to Seniors is Jonny Edgar. Recently signed as a Red Bull Junior this could prove to be one of his last seasons in kart racing. He comes in with a strong CV after winning both the European and Swedish championships last year. Similar to Dexter, the racing side could be tough at first, but Jonny’s European title was certainly no fluke!

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© KSP Reportages

KZ2 – 23 entries

Last up is the smallest class in the shape of KZ2. For whatever reason some big teams have not entered any drivers for this weekend so expect some fresh faces towards the front!

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Adrien Renaudin

French driver, Adrien Renaudin, had a strong debut season in KZ2 last year finishing 8th in the European Championship. That was certainly helped by his win at the last round in Essay (FRA) where in tricky conditions he cruised to a comfortable victory. I can see him picking up from where he left off this weekend.

© KSP Reportages

Leonardo Lorandi

Similar to Nicklas Nielsen, Leonardo Lorandi has returned to Karting after racing in the Italian F4 Championship last year. He graduated from Karting the WSK Super Master Series Champion in KZ2 and had a good debut campaign in cars with 6th in the championship. It’s great to see him back and I think he’ll be challenging for a win this weekend.

Leonardo Lorandi

Jean Nomblot

It’s what I believe will be Jean Nomblot’s first competitive European race in shifters after graduating from the Rotax and X30 classes. After qualifying for the Grand Finals Jean finished 2017 very strongly with a podium at the event. It’s a race he almost won, but nevertheless 3rd a very creditable result. Racing in CPB Sport with fellow countrymen and one to watch Adrien Renaudin, I think Jean could be a dark horse this weekend.

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Taylor Barnard: “I feel over the moon to be given this opportunity”

Taylor Barnard: “I feel over the moon to be given this opportunity”

It’s been just a few days since reigning British Cadet Champion, Taylor Barnard, announced his move to Kart Republic to race abroad in the OK Junior class. It came as no surprise given the remarkable achievements from Taylor last year, but it was a recommendation from Formula 2 driver, Oliver Rowland, followed by a successful test which sealed the deal for the 13 year old.

A look back at 2017

So, what exactly was it that Taylor done that caught the eye of many in the industry, well where do we start? He cleaned up the British Cadet Championship going unbeaten in the first ten finals going on to eventually win 11 of the 14 finals. Along with that Taylor dominated the LGM Series and won both the GP plate and O plate.

The Fusion Motorsport driver was hardly beaten all year and he made the IAME Cadet class a race for 2nd rather than a real race for victory! Backed by Andy Priaulx Sports Management, off track Taylor was always very confident in front of the camera and never seemed to look under pressure or get flustered. Having spent a day their myself it’s easy to see why!

The first test

After such dominance, it was hardly ever going to be a surprise to hear Taylor would be moving up but to be a part of Dino Chiesa’s new setup, Kart Republic, is very impressive. The initial test was put together with the help of Formula Two driver Oliver Rowland. Oliver raced for Dino back in 2009/10 with the pair winning the 2010 CIK-FIA World Cup.

With Oliver setting up his new Cadet team, Oliver Rowland Motorsport, last year he was hugely impressed with Taylor’s performances and put his name forward to Dino. That earnt Taylor a test late last year at Lonato, South Garda and the success of that has now led to a signing for 2018.

Speaking about the deal Oliver commented: “I am very pleased to have been able to guide Taylor into the next step in his career. Having watched what he did in last year’s Cadet category there was no doubt in my mind that he deserved an opportunity to fight with the best! I raced for Dino and Chiesa Corse in 2009/10, and he taught me a lot and we had some great results. Between Dino and Taylor, I am sure they can form a strong partnership and have a successful 2018!”

Oliver on his way to World cup victory in 2010

Where will Taylor be racing in 2018?

Taylor will have a busy 2018 season racing in the CIK-FIA World & European Championships along with all the WSK events and the DKM Championship. This will take Taylor around the best tracks Europe with just one race back home at PFI for round two of the CIK-FIA European Championship.

It’s a big step up from IAME Cadet, but one fellow Brit Harry Thompson made look almost easy last season as he finished 2nd in the European Championship and 3rd in the World Championship. Predicting how Taylor will get on is difficult, but I think he is going to be a very exciting addition to the CIK, WSK and DKM paddocks. He’s very talented and will be going in prepared, with all that said I can honestly see him fighting for podiums throughout the season.

Speaking ahead of the season Taylor commented: “The test at Lonato couldn’t have gone any better, and I really enjoyed the experience of not only learning a new track, but also learning a new kart as well – both of which I thought went really well. I feel over the moon to be given the opportunity to race under the guidance and expertise of Dino, and can’t wait to give my all for the team. I must give special thanks to Oli who put me forward for this chance – it gives me even more drive now to succeed and do the best job I possibly can.”


Who is Dino Chiesa?

Dino has been the man running the Zanardi chassis over the last few years with big success last year after Danny Keirle won the CIK-FIA World Championship at PFI. Prior to that a fellow Brit, Tom Joyner, found success with Dino as they won the World Championship in 2013. Other Brits to race with Dino include Lewis Hamilton, Matthew Graham, Callum Illot, Dan Ticktum and Ed Jones.

It’s safe to say Taylor is following in some pretty big footsteps but is also with a huge and successful name in the sport!

On the news Dino commented: Having Taylor join KR [Kart Republic] is a boost to the team. It is clear that the level of British Cadet racing is very high and Taylor has proved he can compete and win on a regular basis. It is a big step to OKJ directly, but we believe he can be competitive and the objective is to win races and championships together.”

What is Kart Republic?

Kart Republic is a completely new project for 2018. It was founded by Dino last year having stepped away from the Zanardi chassis. It’s a new chassis which is going to be manufactured and supported by Breda Racing. The chassis has been described as ‘unconventional’ but with Dino’s experience it’s hard to think it’ll be a slow chassis. With a good driver line up it’s going to be interesting to see how it goes against the might forces of Tony Kart and CRG.


What’s first for Barnard?

The first race for Taylor will be next weekend at Adria for the WSK Champions Cup. Having had a pre season test this weekend he’s had a good chance to get himself prepared and find out where he stands in comparison to his fellow competitors.

Great Britain completely dominated European and World Karting in 2017, with drivers like Taylor moving up there’s every chance that will continue in 2018.

Taylor Barnard Racing Timeline:


British Cadet Championship, 1st
LGM Series, 1st
Kartmasters, 1st
British Open Championship, 1st


British Cadet Championship, 7th
British Open Championship, 2nd
Kartmasters, 8th


British Cadet Championship, 5th
Kartmasters, 1st


British Cadet Championship, 15th
Trent Valley Kart Club Championship, 3rd


Trent Valley Kart Club Championship, 14th


Trent Valley Kart Club Championship, 10th

Taylor winning Kartmasters in 2015

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Kartpix, KSP & Phil Askey


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Jac Maybin: My 5 best karting memories

Jac Maybin has just announced he will sadly be leaving Karting to graduate into the JCW Mini Challenge. Although a miss to karting, it’s hard to deny this is a fantastic opportunity for a young talent who has mostly found himself racing on the club scene. There were times when Jac was able to race on the big stage at events including LGM, Kartmasters and the IAME International Final. With that in mind we decided to speak to Jac about some of those memories.

Jac claiming the 2016 Junior X30 Whilton Mill Kart /Club Championship

Here’s a list of Jac’s five best karting memeories!

5. LGM Series Podiums at GYG and PFI

Jac had many strong performances in the LGM Series which included podiums in both 2016 and 2017. In 2016 Jac was racing in the highly competitive X30 Junior class which saw over 60 entries at some stages of the championship. To make it into the A Final was often a goal for most given the championships classic race format, but Jac managed to make the podium on two occasions at GYG and PFI.

4. LGM Series pole position at Whilton Mill

A year later and now in Senior X30 Jac put in perhaps his best performance racing in the championship by taking pole position at Whilton Mill against the likes of Oliver Hodgson and Mark Litchfield. That was an achievement in itself, to finish 3rd in the final was just as impressive. The grid in LGM last year may have decreased slightly but it had around 20 drivers capable of finishing on the podium which always made the racing entertaining. Going toe to toe with a multiple British Champion and World Champion is something I’d always look back on with pride if I were Jac.

3. Pole position on Senior X30 debut

Jac’s debut in the Senior X30 class came around six months prior to the afore mentioned LGM Series podium. It was at Whilton Mill, the track Jac had been both Vice Champion and Champion at in the two years leading up to 2017. With plenty of experience Jac was always going to be confident, but in a packed grid of 33 drivers many didn’t expect such a big impact early on. A win in his very first race followed by an 8th and 9th in the other heats put Jac pole position for the final!

As for the race itself Jac almost won it up until a confusion with the last lap board saw him gift the win to Gus Lawrence. Although slightly disappointed it was a huge positive heading into the season.

2. IAME International Final 2016

The IAME International Final was certainly an event where Jac was able to make a name for himself worldwide. The end result may not have been what he would have hoped for but his performances up until that point were excellent. A front runner throughout qualifying and the heats Jac managed to classify 4th out of a staggering 130 drivers! Starting 4th in the Pre Final Jac hit the front after just two corners and in an entertaining race featuring the World’s best he fought hard to eventually roll home in 4th place. In the final itself, Jac showed he was in Le Mans to win puting in some fantastic overtakes to eventually get himself in a comfortable 3rd halfway through the race with the two leaders only a kart length or so away. However, it was at this point engine problems started creeping in which dropped Jac into a scrap for 4th. The battle was intense and unfortunately saw Jac coming off the track in an incident with Owen Byatt at turn one.

An unfortunate end to what had been an almost perfect weekend up until that weekend. For a driver with little British Championship experience and absolutely no European racing under his belt, it was very impressive!

Watch the final down below

1. Junior X30 Kartmasters Podium 2016

However, despite all of the above the weekend that Jac will remember the most is his 2016 Kartmasters campaign in Junior X30. In a 42 strong field Jac was never far from the front with the BKC Racing driver taking three wins in his four heats followed by a 2nd place. This unsurprisingly left Jac on pole position for the Pre Final where he went on to finish 2nd after a brilliant battle with teammates Callum Bradshaw and Sam McDonnell along with the World Champion that year, Oliver York.

The final itself was even more entertaining. Jac found himself breaking away with teammate McDonnell before being joined by both Bradshaw and York for a three lap shootout. It was at this point Jac dropped to 4th but biding his time he was soon back up to 3rd with the last lap board out. As for the last lap itself there were no changes from Jac’s point of view although a penalty post-race for York would move Jac up to 2nd with all three BKC Racing drivers on the podium!

Watch an epic final back below

However, all of those memories in the past with Jac looking forward to a new prospect in 2018. He’s had some brilliant results and is always a very friendly face to have around the paddock. I’m sure he’ll make a big impact in the Mini Challenge.

Speaking of his new plans Jac said: “It’s finally a relief to confirm that I will be competing in the JCW Mini Challenge for 2018. Having tested various formula since last summer I feel this series is the perfect step for my Motorsport career. Joining a proven team like ExcelR8 Motorsport will make it a promising and positive year. I have to thank Silverstone Paint Technology and Angle Consulting Ltd for their support. I truly can’t wait to go testing!”

Written by Chris McCarthy

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Track Guide: Wombwell


The Lap
The Wombwell track is anti-clockwise making it different to many tracks that club racers are used to. A tight left soon after the start line, Turn 1 can cause considerable grief at the beginning of a race and sorts the men from the boys.The racing line takes the driver on to the extra tarmac area full right. Braking and turn-in are conventional, just missing the kerb at the apex. Running wide, the exit allows the driver to use the wide friendly kerb under power, but you need to stay off the grass. If the exit is correctly executed the driver may well be offered an overtaking opportunity at the end of the following straight leading to a very fast approach to Turn 2 (a tight hairpin left) which makes this bend exciting.


Thread the Needle through turn 1
Thread the Needle through turn 1

Turn 2

A wide entry to Turn 2, braking just after the marshal’s post, should take the driver on to the kerb, which must be followed closely until the bend starts to unwind. Exit running across the track to the far kerb and eventually onto the straight, with the correct line taking you near to the wall.

Turn 3

Turn 3, a fast right hand bend, is approached alongside the wall and flat out. Clip the kerb on your right and run to the outside of the track. Brake and turn right into the second part of the complex, almost clipping the kerb on the apex. The track is slightly downhill and this combination requires a well set-up kart. Oversteer is certainly preferable to understeer.You really have to have a good exit from Turn 3 if this turn is to be taken without grief.


Turn 2 is unique

Turn 4

Turn 4 is a slower left hand hairpin approached from just left of centre moving to the right just before the braking point. Turn in late to get a good clean exit which should see you running down the right hand side of the track. Mess up the exit from either Turn 3 or Turn 4 and you are certainly asking to be overtaken.

Turn 5

Passing the pit entry you turn into Turn 5, the final corner. Approach this 90° left hand bend from the extreme right hand side of the track. Brake in a straight line and turn in, clipping the kerb, running wide to hold a position full right for the start/finish straight.

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Circuit Guide: Teesside Autodrome

Teesside Circuit Layout

Located East of Middlesbrough and just off the A66, The fully-floodlit circuit is open 5 days a week for KartingThe circuit is one of the longest in the UK, with the full length 2.1km International layout being used predominantly for car and bike racing as well as drift events for the more outlandish drivers. The shorter, 1300m-long National circuit is the most popular for Karting events and is outlined in the track guide below.


Turns 1-5

The track starts with a long straight running down to the first corner, a long sweeping right-hander that can be taken flat out. As soon as you have exited the long, wide first turn, you have little time to straighten up the steering before another flat out sequence of corners, which are usually taken single-file, unless lots of racing room is given. The circuit takes a slight turn to the right before a right/left double S-bend, which can be completely straight-lined flat out.


Turns 6-10

Upon exit, the next turn is a left-hand hairpin, one of the two main braking points. It requires heavy braking as you are likely to be travelling at about 75mph at this point. A traditional outside line is favourable upon entry, but stay away from the kerbs! Overtaking can happen here, especially on lap 1. This hairpin is immediately followed by a right-hand hairpin, so you will need to quickly cross back over to the left side of the track to get the best entrance and exit from this important corner. Braking is unnecessary for the right-hand hairpin, as you are travelling much slower on entry. A little speed may need to be scrubbed through the turn if you turn in too early here, so try and turn in late to get a good run down the following straight. If the chicane is in play, stick to the left of the track on the approach. There’s not enough room for racing through here so it’s important to give each other room. Apex the first right-hander with a slight lift, sticking to the inside curb as best you can for a late turn in to the left-hander. This will allow you to straight line the final right-hander as you get the power on for the sweeping, banked right turn just ahead.


Turns 11-15

The long, banked right turn at the bottom of the track is a very wide flat out corner. Sticking tight to the inside before straightening up the steering for the second braking point on the track, another right-hand hairpin, is the best choice of line. There is a lot of grip available here for late braking. Stay off the apex kerbs to avoid unsettling the kart. As the right-hand hairpin is immediately followed by a left-hand hairpin, you will need to quickly cross-over to the right side of the track to get the best entrance and exit to arguably the most important turn at Teesside.

Braking is unnecessary again here. Just scrub a little speed on entry with the steering or a small lift of the throttle, then get back on the power early to carry as much speed as possible through to the exit. It leads onto a long flat out section all the way back to turn 1, with a small left and right kink. The best line is to smoothly clip both apexes before coming back on to the start/finish straight.

Hints and Tips

This circuit will favour those who have a smooth driving style, as most of the corners are taken at high speed. There are only 2 proper braking points on the whole track, so maintaining your momentum and keeping the revs up is crucial to a fast lap around here. If you can achieve this, then you will give yourself the best opportunity to overtake. Good exit speed out of the final hairpin will give you a good run and the chance to dive up the inside of your opponent at turn 1. Likewise, the two hairpins in the infield are equally a possibility if you’ve had a particularly clean run through the double S-bend. The banked right hander opens up to the best overtaking opportunity on the track so make sure you get on the power early out of the previous chicane. This track requires a very good top end; hence any underpowered karts will be heavily punished as a result.

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Tech Tuesday: Winter and a balance of Brakes

Brake products can be very expensive, especially if you’re buying genuine branded products. Motorsport can be expensive and budgeting can be right in winter season. It might be worthwhile for you to investigate and switch things up then, improving the brake inefficiencies to try and find ‘the pace’ Good braking techniques can help you win races, you don’t have to have the fastest machine out braking your fellow competitors.

In the cold and wintery conditions, metal takes longer reacting to heat, by logic having a soft or a medium pad compound will react quicker to friction upon the disc, reaching operating temperature easier than a hard brake material..

Also, look at the weight of the brake disk and its performance as a lighter disc will react to friction from the pad material which in turn raise the temperature far quicker than a heavy brake disc, in a similar way that a hard pad material will require more time to react to friction / heat than a softer compound. The Combination of pad material and disk compositions for your best performance so choose intelligently. If in doubt about what components to use you can always ask the brake manufacturer or their agents / distributors.

Written by Dr Vic Eacott – Director of Motorsport Development