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Since last month I have competed the 3rd round of the European WSK championship at Zuera, Spain. I’ve raced there a couple times before and last year finished 2nd there in the WSK. It’s a really long circuit where engine power is very important and also it’s in the middle of the desert so the track never becomes very grippy because of the dust, and it’s hard to get the chassis perfect too.
Going into the race I was 4th in the championship after the first two rounds. I had a bad first round with a crash in the pre-final and then the second round at Lonato I had a win and a 3rd in the two finals. The tests went OK but we weren’t the fastest. Armand Convers was consistently the quickest and he qualified pole in Superpole, I was 2nd, not too far off his time. During the heats I wasn’t really as fast as Convers or the young McLaren driver Nyck de Vries. I finished 3rd behind them both in two heats and then in the third heat the engine broke early on in the race. So, after the heats with having one bad one it would mean I would start 9th for the pre-final. I started well and got into 2nd after a few laps and was right with Convers, however in the second part of the race I struggled to hang on to him and he pulled away. De Vries also passed me so I finished 3rd. We changed a few things for the second final and in the early stages of the race I was leading and battling with Convers, he was always faster than me but the slipstream on the long straight enabled me to stay with him. In the middle of the race I started to struggle again with grip and Convers pulled away then I was passed by De Vries and in the end I finished 5th. It wasn’t a great result for me and in the championship and I am still 4th now.
After the race we had big problems getting back to the UK because of the Volcano erupting in Iceland. Luckily, Steve Tillett arranged a coach for all the Brits at Zuera to drive us back to Stansted. It was a coach full of karters and it was good fun (well for the first few hours anyway) and 23 and a half hours later we arrived at Stansted. The next race I will be doing is the next round of the WSK and it’s at Genk, Belgium. I need a good result there to get me back in the championship, I’ll let you know how it goes.
Bas started racing in 1993 as a Cadet and has since become one of the most successful racers in Europe. He raced in JICA, winning the Dutch Championship, then stepped up to Formula A where he was European Champion with Swiss Hutless in 2003. In 2004 he combined karting with a limited Formula Renault programme in Holland and the UK, then in 2005 went to Formula Renault full time, coming 5th in the Dutch Championship. After a switch to Tonykart, he retired briefly, but was tempted back to top-level karting in 2008 by Topkart, now concentrating on gearbox racing. After moving to Intrepid, Bas won the European KZ1 and WSK KZ2 Championships last year, as well as the SuperNationals at Las Vegas, and also won races in the BRL Light touring car series in Belgium and Holland. He has won one European round and two WSK rounds this year, and is leading the WSK Championship after three rounds.
Jake started racing at the age of eight after watching his father Steve compete in 250cc gearbox. With numerous club wins under his belt he stepped up to a full season of championship level racing in 2005, finishing the year as South West Cadet Champion and Best Up and Coming Cadet in the Rissington Club Championships. The following year he competed in the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow and Super 1 MSA Cadet Championships and finished third in the Shenington club championship. Since 2008 he has been backed by the Racing Steps Foundation and has raced with the Zip Young Guns team in the KF3 category, winning Stars in his first year with the team. Last year he finished the season as runner-up in the World Cup and the Super One. This year he is focusing on the WSK and European Championships as well as the S1, and will compete in the U18 World Championship with Topkart. So far this year he has won three out of four Super One rounds, and has had a 4th in the WSK round at Zuera.
12-year-old Cadet racer Tom races in the Super One and FKS and is presently leading the Rookie Championship in S1. He started racing in 2006, competing in the Shenington and Llandow club championships, and by 2009 he had improved enough to win the Welsh Championship, the Midland Championship and round 8 of Formula Kart Stars with a huge improvement in the second half of the season. He is racing for Fusion Motorsport in 2010, and at the first round of the S1 at Shenington finished 2nd twice in an almost dead heat with Max Vaughan, earning himself the Rookie of the Day award. Meanwhile, in FKS he is 2nd in the championship after two rounds and a win at Rowrah. His immediate aim is to go on to compete in the major European or American races and eventually he would like to be a professional racing driver and to travel the world.