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Arrive and drive Column – May

Arrive and drive Column – May

As another month ticks by once again the strength and quality of UK arrive and drive karting has shown. 

This month I have to start by looking back to the Daytona 25 hour. Some of the best from varying series and backgrounds descending on Milton Keynes for the 25th annual race of pure stamina and determination. With Karting magazine’s very own, Chris McCarthy doing his very own test of endurance at the event and commentating for nearly the entire event. Following some fantastic battles in both the DMAX and Sodi classes, the overall win went to Sign Logic who showed great team work to achieve a prestigious victory. 

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One member of the winning Sign Logic team was Tom Golding. Not only my pick for championship glory this year but also was picked by yourselves as April’s ‘Driver of the Month’. I caught up with Tom and spoke with him about the story that makes up his karting life.

You first became known in arrive and drive karting circles last year when you entered the DMAX Championships, how did that come about?

I’d done a few arrive and drive sessions over the years, and at one point had the chance to drive against and beat the late Dan Wheldon which really inspired me to try something a bit more serious.

I’d heard Daytona ran their 2-stroke DMAX karts and after a few practice outings I entered their TW Steel Endurance and Heats Championships in 2015 and narrowly missed out on being Champion in both despite winning more races than anyone else over the course of the season.

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In such a short space of time you have had amazing success not just in DMAX but Club100 and BUKC also, what else is it you are looking to be involved with?

This season I am competing in 4 different championships; the TW Steel Daytona DMax Endurance and Heats Championships, DMax Powermaxed Championship and the Club 100 Sprint Championship. Currently leading 3 out of the 4

I’ve also entered the first round of BUKC and won (although as a non-student I’m not eligible to score points in this series) and the latest round of OEKC at fulbeck beating the clubmans and finishing 3rd in the premier class in my first Senior rotax race

The immediate goal is to win the four main championships I’ve mentioned above and move into cars next season – I’m already looking at taking my National B Racing Licence and have been making enquires with several teams – so watch this space.

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I know you have said to myself that 2 stroke arrive and drive karting is what you prefer but would you ever look at other series like Covkartsport or EKL to progress too?

Yeah as I said I’m not a fan of the 4 strokes; no disrespect intended but I would look at it as a step back from 2-stroke karting.

Next season my aim is to be racing cars with the ultimate goal of racing in the BTCC. To do this I’m actively searching for sponsors to partner with to help fund another successful season, so if anyone out there is interested in helping out please check out my website at www.tomgoldingracing.com and feel free to get in touch.

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Obviously your recent success at the Daytona 25 hour shows you enjoy the longer races would you like to repeat that success maybe at British, Le Man or BUKC 24 hour events?

To win the TW Steel Daytona 25 Hour Race at Milton Keynes was a massive result for me and my team; however I’d be lying if I said I prefer team endurance racing to the stand out personal glory of individual races!

Having that said my team from the D25 have discussed the British 24hr Race at Teeside and I certainly wouldn’t rule out giving it a try if we could put a suitable package together.

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So finally what means more to you Daytona 25 hour victory or being named April’s Driver of the Month?

I’m not sure if I could pick one over the other as they are both great in their own way.

Winning the TW Steel Daytona 25 Hour Race after months of preparation was unbelievable. I also took pole position for my team in qualifying and won the award for setting the fastest lap of the race so it was an incredible achievement!

To be named Karting Magazines Driver of the Month was a huge honour too.

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So now we look forwards to this month and the obvious star attraction on the calendar is Club100 visiting Spa for a very special 10 hour race. This race is bringing Club100 names of the past and present together at one of the best karting facilities in Europe. With around 40 teams on the grid it’s going to be a fantastic sight to see. Club100 have had visits previously to Europe and I’m sure as before this will be a great success and hopefully many more visits in the future. 

We also see Covkartsport make the trip to Wales for there visit to Glan-Y-Gors in what is always a track that is popular with members of the Covkartsport paddock. The EKL crew will continue their season with a bank holiday Monday trip to PF International, which looks set to boast one of the biggest grids they have had in recent history. All other race dates and results can be found on the Karting magazine website.

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Driver of the Month

Once again the amount of different names put forward has been amazing but this month one name won by a massive margin…….. Joe Holmes!!!! 

Joe has had not just a great month but great 2016 season by winning the Pre-Final and Final at all 4 of Club100 opening rounds and all in very dominating fashion. Well done Joe and a Karting magazine visor strip is on its way to you.

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So once again send your picks for the next Driver of the Month to the below,

Email – leehendy1988@icloud.com

Twitter – @leehendy1988

Can be anywhere from National to local championships. We want to hear your thoughts!

Until next month keep on racing!!!!

Written by Lee Henderson

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