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Club73 – 73 more ways to have fun karting

Last week I was invited to the fourth round of the Club73 karting championship. For those who aren’t familiar, Club73 is a 10 round series that travels to circuits in the south east and midlands. It is organised by current senior race director at Buckmore park Clinton Bell and is designed to give fun, competitive racing on a budget. Coincidentally Clinton was the first person who taught me how to drive a kart almost 12 years ago.

Professional race director Clinton Bell enjoying his own series

Round 4 of the championship took take place at the awesome Ellough Park circuit in deepest Suffolk, a really fun circuit that has previously hosted the Formula Kart Stars series.

The format of the series is unique, each race is 30 minutes long and each driver will compete in one of the A, B, or C races. The grid for each final is set by championship order, then each race’s grid is reversed e.g. 1st in the championship will start at the back of the A final. This poses a unique scenario where you will always be placed near your series rivals, however to win you will need both speed and race craft to pick your way through the drivers starting ahead of you. Drivers score championship points based on their ‘class’ (Super-pro, Pro, and Clubman) which is decided by the series organisers based on previous karting experience and ability. Drivers also have the opportunity to race for the team championship by joining one or two other drivers meaning there are even more chances to win a trophy.

Drivers Briefing at Ellough park on a beautiful May evening

Arriving on the day I could immediately tell I was going to have a great time, I was welcomed and many introduced themselves as they had heard I was coming, I even spoke to some people I haven’t seen for years who are now racing in the series, it was great to chat to everyone about their experiences of Club73. The atmosphere was very informal and everyone was ready for an enjoyable race, and the pre-race banter was flying. It felt more like a friendly social gathering than a race meeting, this is one of the main reasons this series has become so popular with on average over 60 drivers at each round.

Conversing with Clinton and eventual winner Danny Hurlock

Down to business, the race. As a new driver you are allocated a class, Super-pro for me, and then you’re placed at the back of the appropriate final. Starting last in the A final I would be mixing with the leaders of the series.

Making my way to the grid in the Custom Racewear Karting mag suit

After the manic start in the very equal Sodi karts supplied by Ellough park, the race settled down with recent Dayton 24 hour race winner Jack Goldsmith, current championship leader Danny Hurlock (someone I used to race against when I was 9 years old), and I fighting for the lead. We found ourselves together from the second lap, and swapped positions frequently as we fought our way through the 17 other karts. The further through the field we got the closer the racing became, with the order between us never remaining for more than a few corners. During the final 15 minutes of the race we managed to break free from the pack and had one of the best races I have ever been a part of.

Considering the full wrap around bumpers of Ellough’s Sodi rental karts, the racing was squeeky clean, changes of position came with no more than a kiss of side pods. Ellough park’s layout lent its self to the awesome racing with almost as many overtaking opportunities as corners. With our fastest laps separated by just a tenth or so it was impossible to break away, thus a tactical race ensued. If any of us gained even a couple of kart lengths it would be disappear in a matter of corners.

Probably the largest gap between Danny, Jack and I all race

After half an hour of hard racing Danny managed to pull a gap at the critical moment of about half a second with a lap to go, just enough to maintain his lead. I managed to narrowly hold off Jack Goldsmith for second place in a race for the line coming down to less than a tenth of a second.

I loved my first taste of the Club73 championship, this is potentially the friendliest championship around, ideal for any fairly new kart racers looking for a slightly more competitive series, or those who haven’t got a large budget.

The series is welcoming, visits 7 great circuits, is great value for money and will provide great competition whatever your ability, what more could you want. The banter doesn’t stop at the circuit though, their Facebook group is full of information and good spirited banter.

I would highly recommend Club73 to anyone especially those who are getting into their first race series, you can tell everyone loves the series and all that goes with it.

Thanks must go to Clinton Bell, the series organiser, Ellough Park, and Andy from Sprocket Photography for the images.

 

Written by Piers Prior

Photos courtesy of Andy – Sprocket Photography

FABULOUS’ DAYTONA HOSTS £20,500 HALOW FUNDRAISER AS F1 WORLD CHAMPION SPEEDS TO GLORY AT SANDOWN PARK

Former Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill OBE led his ‘All Stars’ team to karting glory at Daytona Sandown Park yesterday (21 June), as a thrilling evening of on-track action helped to raise a staggering £20,500 for local charity the halow project – an impressive 28 per cent increase on last year’s total.

The sixth edition of the annual Damon Hill Karting Challenge brought together 26 teams comprising motor sport luminaries, local businesses, halow supporters and karting enthusiasts for a two-and-a-half-hour endurance contest at Daytona Motorsport’s state-of-the-art Surrey venue under blazing hot, sunny skies.

Daytona Sandown Park puts the ‘fun’ into fundraising on hottest day of the year

The racing was fast-and-furious from the outset, with no quarter asked and none given as participants scrapped for supremacy around the impressive 900m outdoor GP Circuit behind the wheel of Daytona Motorsport’s super-fast Sodi RT8 pro-karts. The top four grid slots were sold to the highest bidders, whilst tactics were also part of the game, with competitors able to play joker cards to ‘buy’ an extra lap – or take one away from a rival team. Le Mans-style driver changes added to the challenge and spectacle.

When the chequered flag fell on the flat-out, adrenaline-fuelled thriller, it was Hill’s ‘All Stars’ team first past the post. The five-strong line-up – composed of the 22-time grand prix-winner, his son Josh, FIA Formula E front-runner Oliver Turvey, Asian Le Mans Series ace Ollie Millroy and Hollywood stunt driver Salvo Cachia – pipped second-placed Pilgrims Group by a fraction over 20 seconds, with the Birelart UK entry rounding out the rostrum in third, a lap adrift. Porsche Carrera Cup GB title protagonist Dino Zamparelli added another well-known motor sport face to the field.

Damon Hill OBE proves he’s still a class act 21 years on from F1 title triumph

At the end of the evening, a variety of memorabilia went under the hammer, including a special hillclimb alongside Hill at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, a framed McLaren T-shirt signed by F1 stars Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, an Aston Martin Gulf race suit previously owned and worn by multiple Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner Darren Turner, a privileged behind-the-scenes tour of the McLaren Technology Centre, Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship entry tickets with VIP hospitality and an exclusive Daytona Motorsport corporate karting event.

The racing was close at the front

“Daytona Motorsport did a fabulous job for us once again,” remarked Sky Sports F1 pundit Hill, co-founder and patron of Guildford-based charity halow, which is dedicated to supporting and creating opportunities for young people aged between 16-35 with learning disabilities. “It was a great turnout with a lot of excited teams playing their part, and I’m always stunned by people’ s generosity.

“Everybody that entered did so in the right spirit. We get involved in a lot of fundraisers, and this is the perfect example of what we are trying to do with halow – create activities that bring people together and encourage socialising, which are the things that really help people with learning disabilities to maintain their enthusiasm. We don’t get any money from anywhere else, so we have to raise it all ourselves which makes this kind of event crucial. It was a fantastic day.”

Local charity halow benefits from mesmerising on-track duels and amazing auction prizes

“We are absolutely delighted to have played a role in raising so much money for such a worthy cause,” enthused Daytona Motorsport Director, Jim Graham. “The work that the halow project does to help young people is truly inspirational, and it was our absolute pleasure to host the Damon Hill Karting Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. The sun shone brightly and everybody seemed to have a wonderful time both on and off the track, which is what it’s all about – truly putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising. We’re already excited about next year’s event!”

Daytona Sandown Park is the ideal venue to host an event of this magnitude. Easily able to accommodate three to 300 participants in a variety of racing formats, this facility is the perfect choice for corporate, leisure or high-level professional kart racing. Nestled within Sandown Park’s famous horse racing track in Esher, Daytona Sandown Park is widely hailed as one of the best kart venues in the South East and the only one of its kind within the M25. This amazing facility has been offering outdoor professional karting for five-year-olds and upwards for over two decades and is still growing in popularity (www.daytona.co.uk).

The setting sun provided some fantastic photo opportunites

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A&D driver of the month nominations – March

There have been so many races in pretty much every A&D series over the last month with so many great drives that creating a shortlist has been very hard. However the nominated drivers are as follows…

Axel Slijepcevic

Axel won one of the most hectic and chaotic sprint races of the year so far at Sandown park as part of DMAX’s second round in the light heats.

 

Jessica Alexander 

Jess has been a star driver all season this year in the BUKC for Strathclyde university. She proved that she is one of the quickest student drivers around by winning the closely contested BUKC Lightweight drivers championship beating Robert Newman after a nail-biting final race. The drivers championship is a one of event held at the end of each season, this year at Whilton Mill international, just a day after the BUKC season finale.

James Perry 

James took a very well worked victory in the DMAX inter enduro at Sandown park for round 2 of the championship from third place after a great fight with Chris Hackworth for a large proportion of the race. James was on fire setting fastest lap on route to his debut win in the series win.

James Taylor

James Taylor has been in great form this season in the Club100 Clubman championship. He qualified on pole for the final at Buckmore, and this month at Whilton mill qualified 2nd for the final after winning 2 heats after making big gains. He finished 3rd in the final and has boosted himself to a fairly healthy championship lead with his consistent front running pace after just 2 rounds.

Robert Newman

Rob Newman got one back on Jess Alexander after finishing 2nd in the BUKC light drivers championship by taking victory in the Superfinal at the end of the day (Top 10 drivers from the lights, heavies, and graduates, grid position by finishing position in their respective category). He drove from 4th in the grid to take a great victory and the overall drivers championship crown.

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The winner will be announced later this week in the Arrive & Drive article, get voting!

Karting in the year 1974: a history

JANUARY 1974

Gary Latham at Morecambe was on the cover. The main article was on Terry Fullerton’s equipment and preparation when he won the World Championship. We visited Dave Hockey’s premises to see the Bultaco that Reg Gange Jnr. borrowed to win the World Cup. There was great interest in our photos of an American front engined kart with front wheel drive and a rocket-powered kart. A vital step in the establishment of a British kart motor industry was the launch by Aubrey Upton of his 100cc Manx engine.Secondhand karts with motors were advertised at: 100cc – £85 to £150, Villiers machines – £100 to £250, 250cc – £200 to £500.

FEBRUARY 1974

The Montesa MX250VR motor, having suddenly acquired crinkled finning, became the subject of intense arguments as to whether the appearance still complied with the homologation. This new version was one of the most powerful 250cc motors then available. 1974 saw the Villiers class change its name to 210 National. To keep up with Parilla, Komet took the step of producing a TT version of their K88 model. Tal-Ko responded with their own-grown ‘7 porting’ and dual carbs for Komets.

MARCH 1974

Major changes took place at this time to the regulations governing the Villiers class to allow more non-standard components to be used.Despite another competitor deliberately pushing Fullerton off the track, Terry managed to rejoin the race and win the 7th Hong Kong International Prix .Zip unveiled their beautiful Le Mans model which was the result of a collaboration between Martin Hines and Australian dentist Peter Booth. Zip also announced and showed off their 100cc ZED motor.Paul Deavin, having acquired a dyno, soon became a leading expert with this technology for improving motor performance.

APRIL 1974

These were troubled times, what with a three day working week and crippling crisis affecting the steel, coal and oil industries. The RAC asked clubs to achieve a voluntary reduction of 30% in the fuel used by motorsport. With the very generous help of Bert Hesketh, Karting magazine carried a comprehensive article on tuning the Bultaco.Of great interest to the gearbox brigade was the announcement of the Amal Concentric Mark 2 carburettor. Multiple World Kart Champion Francois Goldstein won all seven rounds of the Ford Mexico Challenge.

MAY 1974

A comprehensive article covered the workings and maintenance of Tillotson carburettors. Tracks were in the news. Clay Pigeon held its first meeting following resurfacing and now, 30 years later, it has been announced that there are to be changes in the ownership that will enable a major upgrade to the facilities at this popular venue. The Nivelles circuit in Belgium was said to be bankrupt. The newly formed Norfolk & Suffolk Kart Club started using the disused airfield at Tibbenham. A reader’s letter revealed some secret mods to Villiers motors.

 

 

JUNE 1974

 

Despite a 57% increase in one year in the price of petrol, and the RAC requiring a 30% reduction in the total amount of fuel used by motor sport, kart race entries reached record numbers. A twenty-car motorcade, with police outriders, bearing placards congratulating Terry Fullerton on winning the World Champs, welcomed him at Manila airport to race in the Philippines GP. He not only won, but also supplied the motors for the four quickest in qualifying. The British teams selection took place at Little Rissington.

 

 

JULY 1974

 

Close racing between, the eventual winner Chris Doble and Reg Gange Jnr enlivened the Baldwin 250 Championship at Brands Hatch. Tal-Ko displayed a massive carburettor with 1.625 in. bore that they were importing from Tillotson. The first round of a revamped European championship was held at Wohlen in Switzerland. Fullerton was fastest but had noise penalties. The British four man team came 3rd. The ban on kart racing in Portugal, that had been imposed during the political coup, was now lifted.

 

 

AUGUST 1974

 

The Dutch just beat a British club team at Long Newnton.

 

At the first Shenington Memorial meeting for Roger Williamson, an ex-karter who died in a F1 accident, Nigel Mansell was 2nd in the 87 strong Villiers field.

 

Our team won the French round of the Euro Champs aided by others getting penalty points for not having helmets and leathers in team colours.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 1974

 

Details of karts used in Russia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and East Germany at last filtered through the Iron Curtain. In the UK, reed valve induction was being tried with the Villiers. Blow Karts introduced a wide range of new models. The last meeting was held at the popular Long Newnton track and it reverted to farmland. After many successful events at RAF Topcliffe, the Thirsk kart club lost the use of the track for security reasons and moved to Holme on Spalding Moor. Bruno Ferrari wrote up the technical changes to date of the Parilla motor. The Lancs KC were giving strong support for ‘box stock’ McCulloch powered classes. Radne in Sweden produced an electronic ignition for karts.

 

 

OCTOBER 1974

 

The World Junior Championships were run at Rye House and the winner was Felice Rovelli of Italy on a Birel Parilla. Other famous entries included the late F1 driver Elio de Angelis and Roberto Ravaglia. Lorraine Peck, Birel Komet, put up a superb performance to come 2nd.

 

Dud Moseley and Chris Doble won Class 210 Nat. and 250 respectively at the Cadwell Park British Championships.

 

The Marlboro sponsored 100cc British champs at Blackbushe resulted is some superb close racing. The Shell Gold Trophy meeting at Morecambe attracted 5000 spectators.

 

 

NOVEMBER 1974

 

The winners of a four hour race at Tilbury were Harland and Paul, Barlotti BM, with 347 laps. The final of the 100cc Marlboro RAC Champs was held at Shenington with two classes being won by Mirage karts and two by Sprints.

 

The CIK Euro Champs at Fano in Italy were chaotic and there were no trophies for the victorious Swiss team.

 

 

DECEMBER 1974

 

The World Championships staged at what was then the F1 circuit of Estoril in Portugal was one of the most spectacular in the history of the event. Winner Riccardo Patrese had to overcome the likes of Prost, Senna, Goldstein, Fullerton, Speed and Cheever. The Italian teams started monitoring tyre temperatures. Many of the drivers joined a strike against exclusion for excessive noise and penalties for helmets not in National colours. All was eventually resolved.

 

The 125cc gearbox Euro Champs were won by Aad van Daalen on a Landia Yamaha tuned by Peter de Bruijn. There was concern at the Kart Club Conference at the proposal to raise the 100 National weight limit by 5kg.

Jewiss remains undeterred despite unlucky end to championship

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Rotax Max Euro Challenge contender Kiern Jewiss suffered a disappointing weekend at the championship’s final round in Genk, Belgium on Sunday, when he was excluded from Final One and therefore the possibility of scoring any points. Despite originally being in a strong position to take the crown, the young star remained in the championship top ten, finishing in ninth.

Kiern’s talent shone through when he won Heat One. Unfortunately in Heat Two, contact at the start pushed Kiern into last place, leaving him the remaining seven laps to dominantly overtake from 25th, finishing in 14th position. Heat Three proved difficult from the offset, with difficult weather conditions and a lot of on-track contact, Kiern eventually finished 2nd.

Unfortunately an accident involving almost half of the grid in Final One occurred. Along with thirteen other drivers, Kiern was forced off the track at the first corner. The 13 year old then carved through the traffic, making his way back up to ninth. The racing clerks penalised all seven drivers who re-joined at turn 5, excluding them from Final One. This meant they could not qualify and race in Final Two to score any points for the weekend.

Kiern commented on the weekend: “It’s disappointing, but I’m confident under different circumstances I would have finished in the top three of the championship and fought for the win. I would like to thank my team Strawberry Racing and Cream Engines for their continued effort and support, and offer a big congratulations to my teammate Jack McCarthy for winning the European Championship.”

Kiern will next compete in the 9th and final round of the 2015 Mini Max Championship, held at the PF International Kart Circuit, Grantham, from 25-27 September.Je

Robert Welham – One to Watch

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

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

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

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

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

Roberts 5 to 1:

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

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

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

2 memorable moments in your career

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

1 goal for the future – Competitive Single Seater racing