Arrive and drive Column – October

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“At last” I hear you cry! This month’s Arrive & Drive article has come around again filled with all your hire karting needs. This month we have all of the links and videos to the country’s main A&D championships including Club100, DMAX, and NKL, as well as previews of the HSF Challenge to take place soon.

You may remember in last month’s edition of the A&D article Club100 were giving you the chance to try them out with FREE registration to join any of the remaining rounds of the series. There are still two rounds to go! Ellough Park on the 29th/30th Oct, & Buckmore Park on the 12th/13th November. With nearly a dozen signing up so far taking advantage of this deal, many of you girls and guys reading tried the series out at Whilton, and I’m sure you had a whale of a time. There are still spaces available for the last 2 rounds at arguably 2 of the best circuits for racing in the UK. Ellough Park with its new resurfaced circuit and extended turn 3. Plus the fabulous looking Buckmore Park after a huge investment by its new owner John Surtees CBE. Both circuits have possibly the best racing thanks to overtaking opportunities at almost every corner. With the unrivalled parity between the Club100 karts, the racing is guaranteed to be close.

Club100 have also released their championship calendars for 2017. Check out the link where you will find all testing and race dates next season. Including their very special event, the 10 Hour at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.

Registrations for 2017 will go live on the week beginning 28th November.

http://www.club100.co.uk/2017-calendar-announced/

Club100 Whilton Mill Zulu

On the subject of Club100, round 8 of the main series took places at a spectacularly dry and autumnal Whilton Mill, this time on the alternative ‘Zulu’ layout. This particular variation of the circuit was probably new to many of the drivers as the ‘International’ layout came into existence over 10 years ago. However, any drivers who have previously raced in the BUKC will almost certainly have raced on it as it’s the traditional home of ‘The Qualifier’.

Courtesy of Slawek Piskorz
Courtesy of Slawek Piskorz

In the Elite Sprints Chris Powell took victory in the final also with fastest lap of 43.879. He commanded the race despite falling to third at the start. He took victory even after both Steve Brown and Jay Elliot made a move on him for the lead at the same time on the penultimate lap; both lost out to Tyler Mays as a result.

Catch all the action onboard with Steve Brown(P4) here

and with Tyler Mays(P2) here

As always results are available on alpha timing here http://results.alphatiming.co.uk/club100/2016/9

Find the full report on the Club100 website here http://www.club100.co.uk/race-report/wins-8-9-tom-golding-can-anyone-stop-winning-title-ellough/ 

In the Lights Karting Mag’s very own Tom Golding took a convincing victory by over 5 seconds. It was a good day for Tom having been fastest in qualifying after setting a blistering time of 43.616, as well as winning the pre-final.

Results can be found in the link above.

In the heavies, Joe Holmes took a clean sweep being fastest in qualifying, then winning the Pre-A and A final! He’s beginning to make this look easy. For his dominance he has for the second month running been nominated for driver of the month. Well done Joe.

Again, results above.

Next up for the Club100 boys and girls is Ellough park on the 29th & 30th of October, but not before they visit Rye House on the 23rd for the 60min challenge and then Buckmore Park on the 26th for the HSF challenge.

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HSF Challenge Preview

This month sees the annual Henry Surtees Foundation challenge take place at the recently refurbished and improved Buckmore Park. The event has over the years become one of the biggest one off races in British Motorsport. Many top level drivers compete every year allowing the UK’s up and coming racing talent to fight them for the prestigious ‘Blue H’ trophies, as well as their pick of what are ‘considered to be the best prizes ever offered at a karting event’. This year’s prizes include tests in F3, F4, FR2.0, Clio Cup, GT4, GT5, and many many more! For a full list of prizes and more information visit http://henrysurteesfoundation.com/?p=1338 where you will also be able to enter the event.

Courtesy of the HSF
Courtesy of the HSF

With previous drivers such as Alexander Sims (winner), Scott Malvern, Ben Barnicoat, Oliver Rowland, Jake Dennis, Piers Prior(winner), David Pittard(winner), Jack Aiken(2x winner), Seb Morris, & Charlie Eastwood, (to name a few) having benefitted from the event it genuinely has a great prestige.

I have been a prize winner at the event previously, and I cannot describe to you what a massive boost to my racing career it has been. I have been given so many incredible opportunities thanks to the event’s profile, the kind of which you can’t find elsewhere.

If you are contemplating entering this year, I implore you to go for it! It is an expensive one-day event at £500 but I promise you it will be worth it. At the very least you get to race on a level playing field against some of the best drivers in the country and see where you lie, an opportunity you won’t find anywhere else. Most importantly it is a charity event and all proceeds go to the HSF who do a huge amount of good around the country both in and away from motorsport.

Get involved people! If I have convinced you, you can sign up here http://henrysurteesfoundation.com/?page_id=1274

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NKL Whilton Mill

The Spencers were on form at this month’s round of the NKL. Karl Spencer took heat 1 and Andy Spencer won heat 2 and also went on to win the A final after a very close battle becoming the only driver to win twice in the series this year. At the end of the 10 lap race the top 4 (Andy Spencer, Karl Spencer, Dante Dhillon & Louis Dymond respectively) were covered by just eight tenths of a second. Louis Dymond’s 4th place secured him 2nd in the series this season with Karl Spencer a solid 3rd overall. Congratulations again to Andy Spencer for the title. Catch all the action re-Live here

DMAX Tamworth

All the videos from last round at Whilton Mill have now been uploaded and can be viewed here http://www.kartingmagazine.com/videos/dmax-round-8-videos/

This month DMAX visited the technical Dayton Tamworth. With the circuit being tight with tyre barriers in close proximity the racing was intense.

In the Light Enduro Tom Golding took victory storming from pole to a lead of 18s ahead of Tom Sibley and Charlotte Manton, who were separated by less than two tenths.

In the Inter Enduro the fight for the lead was somewhat closer with Luke Cousins taking pole, but Bobby Trundley eventually took the win by just over three seconds after a strong drive.

In the Heavies, the field was somewhat more spread out. Tomasz Zaustowicz took victory 3 seconds ahead of Lee Witney, with Adam Nakar ten seconds behind.

In the Heats it was Tom Golding again in the Lights that took the win, however he was made to fight a bit harder than the enduro.

In the Inters Lee Hollywood raced to victory ahead of Enduro winner Bobby Trundley.

In the Heavies again it was Tomasz Zaustowicz who claimed the win, thus crowning himself ‘King of Tamworth’ (probably).

Full results and report can be found here https://www.daytonamax.co.uk/results/dmax-championships-2016/ for all 3 classes. Congratulations to Tom and Tomasz for their nominations in driver of the month.

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What to look out for this month!

We’ve got round 7 if CovKartSport coming up at the end of this month at Red Lodge, that’ll be a close as ever.

As mentioned above the HSF event will be taking place on the 26th, event if you aren’t racing it’ll be a great event to watch, spectators are welcome.

Driver of the Month

Nominations:

  1. Joe Holmes – Club100 Heavy domination…again!
  2. Chris Powell – winning Club100 elites at Whilton having not raced this season
  3. Tom Golding – winning C100 Lights and Dmax Lights
  4. Bobby Trundley – for great recovery drive in mixed conditions to win DMAX inters
  5. Tomasz Zaustowicz – DMAX Heavy victory in Heats and Enduro

And the winner of driver of the month for October 2016 is …………

Tom Golding

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He received the most votes by quite some margin, obviously your success isn’t going unnoticed Tom! It must be a great way for him to cap off a great month after clinching both his Club100 and DMAX titles on top of his round wins. Congratulations!

Keep your eyes peeled in a month’s time for November’s nominations.

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Until then, happy racing.

Written by Piers Prior

 

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