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Jordan Brown-Nutley wins Rotax Max Euro Challenge!

Jordan Brown-Nutley booked his spot in this year’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals after a wrapping up the Rotax Max Euro Challenge title in Castelletto (ITA). Racing in the Senior Rotax class Brown-Nutley fell just short of a ticket last year at the BNL Karting Series but will this year represent his country in one of the biggest karting events in the World.

Brown-Nutley had a slightly rocky start to this year’s championship. The Dan Holland Racing driver started his season with pole and a 4th place at Genk, but it was Salbris where the problems hit with Brown-Nutley having a disastrous set of heats before recovering to 8th place in the final.

He would eventually drop those two scores as the Brit took maximum points home from a faultless weekend at Wackersdorf. So heading into Castelletto Jordan simply needed to keep out of trouble and hold off the challenges of Felix earge, Noah Roovers and Robert Kindervater who all posed the biggest threat.

Jordan has been on the wrong end of a championship decided in the past and it was perhaps that experience that helped him to produce the performance he did at Castelletto. Jordan qualified 3rd for the Pre-Final where the points would be on offer and in that race he went on to finish 2nd. With his rivals all finishing lower down the top ten Jordan would be looking to finish in the top ten to take the championship.

However, Jordan wanted to end his season in style and he went on to win the final by over one second from his new teammate Myles Apps. Lauri Leppa rounded off the podium on track.

In terms of points that was more than enough for Jordan to seal the title, his first at European level and claim a ticket to the Grand Finals. In the end Jordan won by a comfortable fifteen points over Warge with Roovers a further seven points back in 3rd place.

Jordan was the only Brit to do a full championship assault and has added his name to a growing list of British drivers who will fly out to Portimao in Portugal to tackle this years Grand Finals. In years gone by the Euro Challenge Champion automatically goes down as one of the favourites for the event so we’ll be expecting Jordan to be a big player in that event.

Limited spaces remaining for Billy Monger Charity Kart Race

Monday 17th July will see a charity kart race take place for Billy Monger to help raise money for the Queen’s Medical Centre Helipad Appeal. It was an appeal launched back in 2014 in the attempt to raise 3 million pounds and have an active helipad by 2018.

Billy was flown into Queens after his incident at Donington Park and was treated there whilst his recovery began. There’s been a lot of money raised for money at tracks all around the World and as a result over £800,000 has been raised. Now Billy wants to raise money for a cause that falls close to his heart after the amazing work of the staff at Queens Medical Centre.

Event details:

Location – Daytona Milton Keynes
Time – 18:30
1.5 hour Team Endurance Race
Auction and Raffle (see prizes below)
Just £350 for a team of up to 3 drivers

To enter email – alicepowellracing@hotmail.co.uk

John Hoyle (left) presents money raised at Super One to Billy Monger (middle) and his father (right)

The race is set to be a cracker with 19 teams already entered! The Daytona Milton Keynes circuit is a long lap and very challenging circuit with a mixture of slow and fast corners. It always provides exciting racing and is a popular facility for similar events.

The grid is also looking exciting with drivers racing including:

Jordan King (F2 Driver) 
Jamie Chadwick (British GT)
Jack Aitken (Renault Sport F1 Academy driver) 
Senna Proctor (BTCC driver)
James Pull (British F3)
Toby Sowery (British F3)
Devlin DeFrancesco (Euro Formula Open & Spanish F3)
Jack Mitchell (GT3)
Sennan Fielding (Ginetta)
Harrison Scott (British F3)
Billy Monger will also be there watching

Jordan King

An auction will also take place along with a raffle. Some of the prizes up for grabs are listed below.

Auction Prizes:

Race Balaclava which has been signed by Lewis Hamilton and framed (with certificate of authenticity).
Race Balaclava which has been signed by Valtteri Bottas and framed (with certificate of authenticity).
Daniel Ricciardo Race Suit (with certificate of authenticity).
Print of the Mercedes F1 car, which has been signed by Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Toto Wolff and Andy Cowell (with certificate of authenticity).

Karting magazine will also be there to cover the action as it on folds on our Facebook page with a report to follow on kartmagazine.com

Triumphant Team Titan wins the 2017 Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge

The sixth annual ‘Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge’ was staged once again at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz World Circuit, Brooklands on Tuesday 11 July 2017 (home of the first British Grand Prix) and raised the highest sum ever – an incredible £81,573.48 for the Henry Surtees Foundation and Brooklands Museum before direct costs to contractors. The event received overwhelming support; many of which wanted to pay tribute to charity founder John Surtees.

The full grid of 35 teams consisted of 140 professional and amateur drivers all battling it out in a 2hr endurance race in Daytona’s high-performance, two-stroke Dmax karts. The race was officially started by five times Le Mans Champion Derek Bell MBE. The karting challenge saw exciting racing all down the field, and the unpredictable weather caused a fair share of drama with multiple yellow flags, bunching up, spectacular manoeuvres and spin offs.

As Jane Surtees, widow of the late John Surtees CBE dropped the chequered flag it was Team Titan that raced into pole position, maintaining their place on the podium for the third consecutive year with their four-man team comprising of Martin O’Neil, his sons Jack O’Neil, Andy O’Neil and Owen Jenman.

Team Manager of Titan Martin O’Neil said ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have won the 6th annual Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge for three consecutive years. It was a great battle in challenging and wet weather conditions. Our race strategy, early refuel stop and consistency on track brought home the victory. We always support the event as its one of the highlights of our year. A big thank you to The Henry Surtees Foundation team, Daytona Motorsport and marshals, it’s been a fantastic day once again’.

In hot pursuit and in second place was team ‘Choctails’ with its drivers Simon Delamare, George Turner, Alex Burgess and Calum Jones, who were also awarded the Corporate Award for the second consecutive year. The accolade is for a team, considered by the judges to have demonstrated outstanding racing prowess for a corporate team that had competed without a racing license holder. Choctails Team Manager Simon Delamare said ‘it’s the second time that we have taken part in the event and it’s great to secure our place back on the podium. We know the importance of the ‘H’ Trophy’. As a child I followed the career of John Surtees and more latterly Henry Surtees in F2, it is an honour to take part in this event in his memory’.

Completing the podium in third position was Ginetta with drivers Charlie Robertson, Sennan Fielding and Jordan Sanders and Michael Simpson, the latter also setting the fastest lap time of 43.512 seconds.

3rd place – Ginetta with Freddie Spencer and Steve Ride

Awards host Steve Rider also gave a special mention to regular HSF competitors Metropolitan Police Motor Club who worked tirelessly up the pack and fought hard to second position to then only run out of fuel dropping them back to eighth place.

Team P&M donned chequered armbands as fitting tribute to John Surtees. Last year the foundation donated £14,576 to Valence School in Westerham for specialist ‘wheelchair’ friendly outdoor equipment. Paul’s son attends the school and see’s first-hand its benefits.

HSF Race commentator Chris Pullman said ‘it was the best race in the events history, full of drama, unpredictable weather and even the torrential rain at the end of the race didn’t dampen the team spirits. Although the poor marshals must’ve be drenched! The Surtees parade was bigger than in previous years and far more poignant. I am sure John would’ve been proud of the event’.

Throughout the day novice racers mixed with motor sport professionals. Motorsport magazine, Kartforce, Carlin returned once again, along with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, one of the beneficiaries of the HSF. Also on site were representatives from the various Air Ambulance and Blood Bikes groups from across the country that the foundation has helped fund including Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Northumbria, Cumbia and Yorkshire. Guests were even treated to a flypast by the KSAAT Air Ambulance, again wanting to show their appreciation.

The prize giving Champagne reception took place in the impressive state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz World, where trophies were presented by motorcycle World Champion Freddie Spencer. The evening was hosted by Steve Rider and Henry Hope-Frost, and included interviews with competitors, and special guests culminating in a fundraising auction by Malcolm Barber of Bonhams featuring exclusive artwork, memorabilia and experiences raising a staggering £24,800 alone.

2nd place Team Choctails with Freddie Spencer and Steve Rider

The 2017 event was the highest profile event yet and featured a special tribute to the charities founder, John Surtees CBE, who sadly passed away in March. During the karting interval, celebrity drivers and riders took to the Mercedes-Benz track for a spectacular demonstration of Surtees vehicles (both two and four wheels) to honour John Surtees. Vehicles include:-

John Surtees Road and Race Cars:

  • Lola T70 to commemorate John Surtees winning the inaugural Canadian-American Sports Car Championship in 1966; it was Lola Cars greatest success in their eight year history. The car was also raced by Graham Hill, and was debuted for Team Surtees at Snetterton. Reunited with Damon Hill OBE and driven by owner Mike Whittaker
  • TS7 – The first Formula 1 car built by Team Surtees at its Edenbridge base, which John Surtees raced at the British Grand Prix in Brands Hatch in 1970. Driven by 5 times Le Mans legend Derek Bell MBE
  • TS10 – The Surtees TS10 Formula 2 car designed and built by the Surtees team in Edenbridge. John Surtees won the Japanese Grand Prix and Imola Gold Cup in 1972 and the Japanese Grand Prix. Driven by Alexander Simms
  • TS15 – Formula 2 car designed and built by the Surtees team which Carlos Pace car drove to victory in the prestigious Interlagos race in Brazil Driven by Scott Malvern
  • TS19 -The Surtees TS19 Formula One car was a new design from the Edenbridge Team.  A new young driver, Alan Jones, was given the opportunity to drive.  He finished 2nd first time out at Brands Hatch to the World Champion James Hunt.  He then followed with 5th place in the British and Belgium Grand Prix, and 4th place in the Japanese Grand Prix. Surtees chose a controversial sponsorship deal with Durex condoms which went on to win an advertising award.  Driven by Oliver Turvey

Motorcycles played an important part of John’s life. It was particularly poignant to see the bikes out on track with the cars at an event that meant so much to him.

John Surtees Motorcycles:

  • The 1949 500cc Vincent Grey Flash, the motorcycle on which John Surtees won his first ever race and considered it the most important race of his life. John Surtees built the Vincent Grey Flash motorcycle in 1979 using a large number of parts from the original machine that he built in 1950 whilst working as an apprentice at the Vincent Company. It was the first of many wins before he transferred to a Norton to compete in International events – Ridden by former road racer Freddie Spencer
  • F Norton 500cc Experimental Prototype – John purchased the remains of this bike in 1992, working with the former Chief Mechanic of the Norton works team, Charlie Edwards the pair scoured the country to locate original parts.  They were fortunate to find the unique trailing link front forks that the bike was tested with and a number of other parts.  They worked closely together to make sure they got the restoration right.  In 1998 the machine was finally started up and John ran it for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – ridden by Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton Motorcycles.
  • 1959 350cc Manx Norton R.Petty Special – Ray Petty was a noted tuner and preparer of Manx Nortons. This machine has shorter stroke engine to standard, Ray copied the 78mm x 73mm Bore & Stroke of the Joe Craig Works Nortons of 1954 – Ridden by British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Saloon car racer Stuart Graham – the only winner of TT’s on both 2 and 4 wheels (post war)
  • 1960 MV Agusta four-cylinder GP motorcycle – John Surtees won seven motorcycle championships riding for MV Agusta and 6 Isle of Man TT’s – Ridden by former TT racer Mat Oxley
Stuart Garner on Norton F

Former motorcycle World Champion Freddie Spencer said ‘it’s a privilege to be here today and ride John’s bike in the parade. His reassuring hand on my shoulder, the words of encouragement and advice that he gave right up to the end meant so much to me and many others’.

Another tribute came from Oliver Turvey ‘today I drove the TS19 in the parade, it was my first time driving it, and it was phenomenal to sit in such an historic car and pay tribute to John Surtees. I first met John when I was 15 years old at a karting event when Henry was starting out. He was always so supportive and gave me great advice. He was instrumental in my career, if it wasn’t for John and the Racing Steps Foundation I would be where I am today racing professionally. When Henry passed away, I was keen to support the foundation as much as I could. The event is growing year on year and I’m sure that John would be very proud of what everyone has achieved today’.

Alexander Simms said ‘It’s a fantastic event and one I am proud to be involved with. I was a fellow team mate of Henry’s and his death hit me hard and for everyone that knew him. It was only natural to help the foundation in raising awareness of its respective causes. John was also a tremendously kind and humble man and a great mentor to me too and I will always be grateful for all the support he has provided me with my career’.

Stuart Garner CEO of Norton Motorcycles said ‘It’s a fabulous day, aside from his own personal achievements on four and two wheels; John leaves a lasting legacy through the work of the foundation. What I have experienced today is warmth and passion by all involved. I only wish I had known John personally, if he was here today I would’ve shook his hand and said ‘thank you’ for giving back, for inspiring youngsters, providing opportunities and for saving countless lives’.

The day coincided with a special exhibition at Mercedes-Benz World entitled: John Surtees – A Master on Two Wheels, A Legend on Four which showcases the life, career and vehicles of the man that Lewis Hamilton described as a ‘legend of the sport’. The display includes a huge timeline charting the life and career of Surtees – from his time on bikes, to his switch to four wheels – his move into team ownership and charity work. Plus a Sky Sports documentary that was commissioned following his sad passing in March this year, and a number of cars from the collection retained by his estate. The exhibition remains open until 31 August 2017 and is FREE to visit.

The Henry Surtees Foundation would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to everyone for helping to make the 6th Annual Henry Surtees Foundation such a successful day . . . to the celebrities, volunteers, Brooklands College students, Brooklands Museum, Mercedes-Benz World, HSF staff, racing competitors, photographers, Blood Bikes, Air Ambulances and to all those that either donated to or took part in our fundraising auction. It is much appreciated.

 

Jane Surtees drops the chequered flag

Images courtesy of Jakob Ebrey

 

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ABkC planning to ‘simplify’ club level karting

Sent from the ABkC

As discussed and planned at the AGM, The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Association of British Kart Clubs (ABkC) met with Senior members of the MSA recently to discuss the way forward with Karting in general. Particular emphasis was placed on entry level “Grass roots” club racing, the future of ARKS, retaining customers, licencing & cost.

Our clear mandate was to impress to the MSA that clubs and club level karting was in crisis and a simplified route into the sport at this level was required.

Discussions centred around having a simplified rule book, a simplified judicial system and easy access into a club’s normal club race meetings. It was suggested that these powers while under the MSA ‘umbrella’ should be devolved to the ABkC/Clubs. Clubs to be more in control of their management of Club meetings that fall into the Clubman permit brackets.

The negotiations proved very positive and work is now to begin by both sides on preparing the ground for these plans to be put into action.

The ABkC will propose a simplified rule book and consider how best to allow flexibility on getting ‘day Karters’ to participate in club racing (Club officer to review driving standards/ability, Club Scrutineer to confirm general kart/engine conformity and PPE compliance) and then allow that driver to race at your club on the day. Under the suggested title of “ClubSport” this would lead to a relaxation of defined equipment regulations which could race in Libre Classes with a much wider range of older Karts & engines allowed to participate at MSA level.

The time scale is short and it is hoped that the ABKC proposals can be presented to the MSA in the next 6 – 8 weeks, with a view to allowing the MSA to work through and adapt what we currently have into the new format, in time for implementation in 2018. We both felt that there was a quantum change in the attitude of the MSA. The net result of which can be nothing but positive, furthermore we must take advantage of this new situation without delay!

There was discussion, in brief about the future direction of the ABkC & whether the Association needed a new focus & possible re-branding. The feeling was that re-branding should only take place when and if there was a new and modern focus for what could be the MSA’s approved management sub-group. There is a need to encompass Clubs, Technical Department, Representation from the Industry, Drivers, Safeguarding, Team’s & Officials – In other words the ‘whole’ spectrum of kart racing in the UK. The new organisation would become more involved & responsible for the training & behaviour of all the above, reporting directly to the MSA.

A name for this much broader organisation – BRITISH KART RACING ASSOCIATION – more details to follow.

 

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Danny Keirle wins Super One Senior X30 title!

As Super One made it’s way to Glan-Y-Gors for it’s seventh event, for Senior X30 it would be the penultimate round and heading into PFI we already have a champion in the Senior X30 class. Danny Keirle and the Jade Official Team have already wrapped up the coveted title with one round to go after a faultless season which included four wins and four podiums in ten finals!

Although we have called him the champion it is all unofficial until the flag falls at PFI for the last time. As the rules state, drivers must complete all rounds to get a top ten championship finish unless they apply to the championship co-ordinator or promotor and receive written permission to miss the event. A rule most likely brought in to get around any clashes with other championships (national or international).

Official ruling below

So basically, Danny will be at PFI still and will race, but will just need to keep himself out of trouble and he may even choose to come into the pits to retire on some occasions. However, points added up there’s no way he can be caught.

Who would have thought it, it’s certainly the most competitive class in the championship this year and we already have a winner with one round to go!

How did he do it so quickly?

It’s quite simple really, he was very consistent. He kept out of trouble, his kart never let him down and he rarely received penalties. He drove like someone who has won several titles, but this is in fact his first Super One title and a well overdue one!

Many predicted this season was going to be a straight fight between Keirle and Oliver Hodgson with Joe Turney, Brett Ward, Mark Kimber and Josh Skelton amongst drivers likely to play a part. But dark horses have risen in the shape of Thomas Turner and arguably Elliot Harvey. However, all the afore mentioned drivers have suffered from at least one bad round. Hodgson hit problems at the first two rounds, Turner has been super consistent but hasn’t scored a big 190+ points whilst Keirle has done that on three occasions!

Joe Turney has been in trouble at Rowrah and GYG with Harvey, Ward, Kimber and Skelton all hitting problems of some form on more than one occasion. All the meanwhile Keirle was taking wins, podiums and big points! Before GYG his lowest points haul was 186 which meant he only needed 8th at GYG to confirm himself the champion. That points haul included all four final wins at the first two rounds, four podiums at the Whilton and Fulbeck rounds and 4th and 9th at GYG. He’s been literally unstoppable!

His route to the title

As previously mentioned this is Danny’s first Super One title! He first started making a name for himself in Junior TKM back in 2009 when he finished 7th in Super One. The next year he was 5th before becoming the 2011 Vice-Champion where he missed out on the title by just two points! Two years later he was 3rd in the KGP class and a win at Kartmasters and the IAME European Open last year made him the favourite for this years title in my eyes.

Danny’s thoughts

It feels amazing to win the championship with a round to go! Especially against the biggest grid in the series and against World champions and massive teams like Strawberry Racing, KR Sport Dan Holland Racing and more! But I can’t fault Jade Karts all year. They’ve been amazing using their own engines as well (built by Scott Allen)! Also got to thank Terry Fullerton, Minus 273, MRM, Melliosport, Protec, the success party and my mechanic Ross Allen!”

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix

 

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Win Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final tickets at Clay Pigeon!

Clay Pigeon are happy to announce the beginning of a new era of Rotax Racing with the inaugural Rotax Festival! Supported by JAG Rotax, hosted by the Clay Pigeon Kart Club at the Clay Pigeon Raceway in Dorset on 19th and 20th August.

The event is open to drivers in the following classes:

Minimax
Junior Max
Senior Rotax
Rotax 177
Rotax 177 Masters

Supported by JAG the Rotax Festival is already the highlight of the 2017 UK Rotax racing calendar with the event playing host to the Senior Max O Plate and the Minimax E Plate. Not only that, but there will be some amazing prizes on offer!

The winners of the Senior Max O Plate and the overall winner of the Junior Max class at the festival will win tickets to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2017 on the 4th-11th November in Portugal!!! It’s only the second time a club has been given the chance to send a driver to the Grand Finals with Chris Thomas winning a ticket to the DD2 Masters class last year courtesy of Forest Edge Kart Club.

Watch highlights from the 2016 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals below

The winners of the Rotax Grand Finals tickets will receive a free entry to the event and will be supplied with a Kart, tyres and equipment to compete, but must have the required license to compete and must pay for all the travel and accommodation expenses for themselves and mechanic. This, however, is a small price to pay to represent Great Britain in the pinnacle of the Rotax kart racing world. The event is the biggest in the Karting calendar with the organisers spending months to prepare for the event which runs over the duration of one week. It’s effort to create a fully level playing field means only the best will walk away the World Champion.

If you qualify you will be one of 72 drivers in your class who have earned the right to take part in the event. Championships and events from all around the World have tickets on offer and you must win to get a ticket and represent your country.

Jack McCarthy was one of three British drivers to compete in the Senior Max class last year

To summarise, up for grabs in this amazing weekend of Rotax racing is:

Senior Max O Plate
Minimax E Plate
Senior Max and Junior Max tickets to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal!

So what are you waiting for? Come and fight for one of the biggest privileges in World Karting alongside some of the UK’s best Rotax kart racing drivers in the hunt for a ticket to compete against the World’s best!

Team Great Britain 2016

Click here for Regulations and timetable for the event

Entries for the weekend are priced at £100 for Rotax Festival competitors with Senior Max O Plate entries at £120. Online entries are available

Click here to enter the Rotax Festival now!

Watch the event you could be taking part in if you win the event below!

Click here to find out more about the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals

 

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The London Cup 2017

29th October 2017

The London Cup 2017 will be going IKR!

With HKC taking a sabbatical this year, it was always going to be difficult getting just MSA licensed drivers here in good numbers. With this in mind, Rye House have decided to take the reins and run the London Cup for both MSA and non-MSA (but Rye House verified) drivers!

Our first ever season running a championship using Independent Kart Racing logic has so far proved to be a magnificent series. The final round is on the calendar for 8th October 2017, so what a way to end the year!

As most of you know, The London Cup has been held at Rye House for many years and has seen some of the greatest drivers in the sport stood on the podium… perhaps this year it could be you!

When is it?

HKC had initially penciled in the 29th October 2017 and the track has decided to stay with this date. This will be run on the Sunday only (so a ONE day event) with optional open testing available on the Saturday

What classes are running?

After much deliberation, we have decided to concentrate on classes we think will fill! We could say “open to every class”, but whats the fun of ‘racing’ if the grids are weak!!? Therefore, the classes available to the IKR LONDON CUP 2017 are:

Bambino Comer
Bambino IAME
Honda Cadet
Junior Rotax
Senior Rotax
177 Rotax
Honda GX160 Prokart

The Pro Kart class will feature at The London Cup for the very first time in 2017

How will it run?

The itinerary will be on the ryehouseikr.co.uk website shortly, but essentially…EVERYONE IS RACING!!! Yes, even you Bambinos!

There will be a brief practice for each class and then into racing! Three heats and a final per class… Winner of the final will take the crown of LONDON CUP 2017 CHAMPION and an EPIC trophy!

Finally rules and regs will be released in the coming weeks, but the day will virtually mirror the current IKR day!

How much will it be?

£85 per class covers the whole day, if you require a transponder then you can hire one from the track at £20, if you have your own, GREAT! The permitted transponders are MyLaps Tranx 160 or the newer MyLaps Trans X2.

Optional open practice is available on the Saturday and will be at the usual track rate of £46. Saturday will be sessioned into classes, to ensure safety

TV Coverage!!

Motorsport.tv are coming too!!! They’re booked and ready to come back to film for 2017! So, to be in with the chance of getting on the telly… GET BOOKED IN!

Watch the 2016 London Cup programme below

How do I sign up?

Dead easy… click the button below, and follow the instructions!

Good luck and we’ll see you on the 29th October!!!

Click here to enter The London Cup now

 

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