So in July we have seen 2 world champions crowned, The Henry Surtees Brooklands team challenge and the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour take place. No sooner has the dust settled from July now people look ahead to the pinnacle of most people’s season the British 24 hour at Teesside.
Firstly, let me just send out my congratulations to Matt Luff who although he was at a great weight disadvantage was able to retain his Sodi World Series Junior championship in Paris.
Over in Italy the Kart World Championship took place and it saw young Rico Haarbosch crowned the 2016 KWC Senior champion. He also backed that up with winning the KWC Junior championship, Nations Cup and finishing 2nd in the Team Rankings. Well done to Rico and everyone involved and we look forward to hearing more about KWC 2017 which will take place near Madrid, Spain.
Back over in France at Le Mans the Teesside team took the EKL karts across the sea and saw 39 teams contest the Le Mans 24 hours. It was a familiar result with the extremely talented and successful Titan Motorsport retain the title they won last year with Jack O’Neill, Andy O’Neill, Owen Jenman and Ed White adding to their impressive CVs. Well done to everyone involved in what looked a fantastic event and already plenty of talk ahead of the 2017 race.
The win at Le Mans 24 hour for Titan rounded the month of brilliantly after they had won the Henry Surtees Brooklands team challenge for the second consecutive year. This time round Jack, Andy and Owen were joined by team manager and Titan Motorsport founder Martin O’Neill who is also father to Jack and Andy. After 2 hours of racing Titans margin of victory was just over a lap from the Racing Steps Foundation team. The achievement of Titan is all the more impressive considering the event boasted names such as Ben Barnicoat, Jake Harvey, Jake Dennis, Charlie Robertson and Jessica Hawkins to name a few.
Now to shift focus and look ahead to the British 24 hour at Teesside. This year looks set to be one of the largest grids with a number of stand out teams in the Club Hire class. With Team Corporate Chauffeurs fielding 2 teams and being reigning Club Hire champions of the British 24 hour they have to be favourites once again to take top honours. Featuring 2 teams with drivers such as Bradley Philpot, Piers Prior and Russell Endean they are without doubt the guys with the target on their backs. One other team I fully expect to challenge will be the Northampton Maidens who had it not been through bad luck should have a class victory already at the 24 hours. Steph Walters will once again lead the team and be hoping lady luck shines on them this time around.
For those maybe taking part in their first race at Teesside, using the full circuit, click here to read our circuit guide
Looking back at what an exciting month it has been below are a number of links to some of the action. This includes races from back in June as footage just released…
Club100 Round 6 Elite Final
NKL Round 6 Live Stream
DMAX Round 6 Inter Heats Final
And finally the Driver of the Month is…
Andy only started karting around 18 months ago and has already seen fantastic success including beating very experienced guys along the way. He won the NKL championship last season and has continued that fantastic momentum into 2016. Andy currently is in pole position to retain his NKL title as well as take the Rugby Kart Club Mediumweight championship as well as recently picking silverware in both Covkartsport and EKL. Well done to Andy on winning this months award and his success so far in 2016. We will all be watching to see how he gets on in the future.
Thanks to everyone who voted! It was a close affair with just 7 votes separating Andy Spencer and James Small who came a very close 2nd!
Make sure you look out for the nominations for August A&D Driver of the Month in around four weeks time.
A set of Karting magazine stickers will be on their way to Andy very shortly!
Until next month, ciao!
Written by Lee Henderson
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