Whenever the opportunity arises, I always enjoy a discussion with Gerard Cox from Project One. We tend to agree about many issues although the relevance of timed qualifying in Cadet racing is one on which our views differ. Unusually for a kart manufacturer and trader, perhaps, Gerard is concerned about the damage caused by first bend collisions. He firmly believes that such incidents are greatly reduced by sorting out quick drivers from slower ones through timed qualifying sessions. I don’t doubt Gerard’s sincerity on this issue, whilst disagreeing with his conclusions.
There are many others who share Gerard’s opinion. Timed qualifying doesn’t eliminate this risk altogether, but it’s generally accepted that starting from a front grid position greatly reduces your chances of crashing out at Turn 1. I’m prefer the time honoured system of running three Heats For 25 years or more this system was used at just about every kart race in Britain. Around the mid- eighties Class 100 International, later known as Formula “A” introduced timed qualifying. This, it was argued, would allow our top drivers to familiarise themselves with a system used in world and European Championship events. Gradually it was cascaded down to other classes. Early last year Gerard presented me with an interesting challenge.
“I expect that you’ll be a