Arrive and drive Column – September

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August and September are big months on the arrive and drive karting scene with a number of major events as well as continued championship rounds from all the regular series around the country.

Club100

As the season draws to a close it’s at this time of year that you at home are probably thinking “what shall I race next year?” and with all the A&D championships on offer it can sometimes be hard to decide. Luckily for you Club100 are giving you the opportunity to try their series in the remaining 3 rounds of their championships at Whilton Mill 8th/9th Oct, Ellough Park 29th/30th Oct, & Buckmore Park 12th/13th November.

With a few spaces available at all of the rounds and different weight classes on offer Club100 are also offering FREE registration to all new drivers for the remainder of the season, allowing you to try the series out and practice for next year.

This is an incredibly good deal and a great opportunity for you to try The highest level “arrive & drive” championship kart racing in the UK and Europe.

If I asked you what you’re looking for in an A&D series you’d probably say big grids, close & fair racing on top tracks, and great value for money. With this offer look no further than Club100 and give them a try.

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British 24 hour, Teesside

The eagerly awaited annual British 24 hour kart race held at Teesside Autodrome is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the arrive and drive calendar. Teams of drivers competed over 24 hours around the grueling and physical Teesside circuit in their EKL twin engine Biz chassis Prokarts. The racing was as close and competitive as ever with 33 hire class karts on circuit among the 19 owner driver Prokarts. With 52 karts on circuit traffic management was as important as outright pace for a good result.

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With regular names including 2 Corporate Chauffeur teams, 2 SG Petch teams, the Northampton Maidens, Leicester Lightening, and Kartforce, as well as outsiders including the BUKC all-stars, and Downforce Radio picking a winner would be anyone’s guess.

After strong early race pace many teams including the BUKC All Stars, both Corporate Chauffeur teams were affected by unscheduled mechanical stops costing teams a chance to fight of for the win. Reliability of the karts was a talking point after the race and many teams were left feeling disappointed.

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At the finish, after 1052 laps the Cosley Cougars were crowned champions with an all-star Downforce Radio team in 2nd, and SG Petch Fury in 3rd. Rob Smedley from the Williams F1 Team was on hand to present the prizes.

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(Photos Courtesy of Gordon Welsh, many thanks Gordon)

The remainder of August and September has seen many of the premier British Arrive and Drive championship rounds take place. As we approach the end of the season we are beginning to see where everyone lies in the championship battles, and with many looking like they could go to the wire keep up with the results and videos here…

Club100

Club100 have been busy since our last issue and Rounds 6, 7, & 8 have all been and gone. Round 6 at the classic Clay Pigeon was as close as has come to be expected from Club 100. James Small took victory in the elites, with Sam Nash and Simon Lloyd taking the spoils in Lights and Heavies respectively.

Click here to read all Club100 race reports

You can watch the Elite final below:

Round 7 at Llandow in Wales took place under surprisingly dry conditions. This time series Veteran Ian Blake took victory ahead of R6 winner James Small in Elites. Darri Simms took a good win in the Lightweights, and Joe Holmes took a fairly commanding victory in the heavies.

Click here to read all Club100 race reports

This weekend just gone saw round 8 take place at the technical Red Lodge circuit. With passing not being easy the racing was very close. In the elites Darren ‘Daz’ Teal took the win by just over a second, the rest of the top 10 were covered by less than 6 seconds. In the Lightweights Tom Golding was somewhat dominant taking 2 heat and the A final win. Joe Holmes again won the heavies by an incredible 11 seconds this time with fastest lap.

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Reports from round 8 will be available here on Karting magazine soon!

Click here to see all Club100 results

Daytona DMAX Round 7:

Round 7 of the Daytona Dmax Championship was at Sundown Park on the Grand Prix Alternative Reverse circuit.

Click here to read all the Heat reports from Round 7

Click here to read all the Enduro reports from Round 7

Massive congratulations to Chris Carter who clinched the Heavy Enduro Championship with races to spare, showing his dominance in that category this year. He has been nominated for Driver of the month, for his efforts. Also apparently this is his 14th title, maybe give someone else a chance Chris?

NKL Round 7

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Round 7 of the NKL championship took place not long ago and with the championship hotting up it makes a great watch under flood lights.

Another Champion has been crowned in this series too, massive congratulations to Andrew Spencer for clinching the NKL crown a round early. Let’s see if he can cap off his great season with another win in the final round.

Karting magazine A&D Driver of the Month September 2016:

This month’s nominees were:

  1. Chris Carter – who clinched the DMAX Heavy Enduro Championship with races to spare, showing his dominance in that category this year.
  2. Andrew Spencer – for winning the NKL crown a round early.
  3. The Cosley Cougars for victory at the British 24 hour at Teesside amidst one of the strongest arrive and drive grids ever.
  4. James Small for winning round 6 and coming 2nd in round 7 if the Club 100 elite sprints showing consistently good results.
  5. Joe Holmes for winning round 7&8 of the Club 100 heavies in dominating fashion both times.

And the winner is….

The Cosley Cougars!!!

Well done guys! We’ll send you all some sticker kits and visor strips. Just send us your details at news@kartingmagazine.com

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The Cosley Cougars – Karting magazine A&D Drivers of the Month – September

Things to look out for in October:

Club100 will be at Whilton Mill on the 8th/9th for round 9 of their championships. Whilton Mill is always a favorite of many drivers and it suits the Club 100 Karts so well there will inevitably be some great racing across all classes as has come to be expected. Then with the BUKC beginning its 2016/2017 schedule later that week with the test day the season never ends!

Round 7 of CovKartSport will be at the tight and technical Red Lodge on the 23rd. Keep an eye out for some hard racing as the series reaches its climax. Championships are at stake.

NKL will again be at Whilton Mill on the 3rd for their final round, and although Andrew Spencer is this seasons victor there are still fights all the way through the field for the remaining championship positions.

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The Penultimate round of the DMAX series will be held at Daytona Tamworth on the 15th/16th we’re expecting fireworks around that very tight circuit. Lower gearing will mean fast and furious racing for all.

Moreover the Henry Surtees Foundation Karting Challenge will be at Buckmore Park on the 26th. Widely regarded as having the best prizes on offer in Karting, the crème de la crème of young British racing talent will descend upon Buckmore to battle it out in the superb Club100 karts for a day of racing. Can Jake Dennis go one better than last year and take the title away from Piers Prior, or will an outsider take glory and the pick of the prizes.

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Piers Prior

Until next month, happy racing!

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Written by Piers Prior

 

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