The TKM Club Championships – backed for the first time by Karting Mag – got off to a flying start in the North at Hooton Park with strong grids and very close racing.
And with more than 80 drivers now registered across the UK, the other two regions in the Midlands and South get underway later this month with rounds at Shenington and Clay Pigeon.
TKM boss Alan Turney says: “It’s a very good entry and our continued expansion of the club championship concept underlines our desire to give drivers low cost championship racing without travelling too many mles.”
At Hooton every registered driver was on the grid with plenty of close racing right through the heats. In Juniors, come the final, of the front two rows of the grid only Robbie Wozencro survived in tact to take the race win from Ethan Hammerton.
Junior poleman Cameron Sharpe was excluded for driving standards aer an incident which saw the demise of Kristian Brierley who recovered to 7th place. Having started second on the grid he is one of the first to appreciate the tweaked regulations this year which award points for the grid position for the final as well as result.
In Extreme Rob Wallace was on top form and stamped his authority on proceedings with pole and a race win by 4 seconds. Lewis Main and Joe Taylor followed him home. Lee Drinkall recovered from poor heats which saw him start well down the field to take 5th.
So what to look for in the other regions when they hit the track. In the Midlands, now in its fourth year, last year’s champion Matthew Taylor is back again to defend his title though can expect tough competition from Chris Whitton. Chris was battling up front last year until an accident left him with a broken arm forcing him to miss the last two rounds. Adam Sparrow back too after finishing 4th last year.
The Midlands is the only region running the TKM Clubman class and last year’s winner Jack Macaulay is back again. He will be a busy man because he is also racing in the Extreme class in the South. In Extreme, Matthew Allnut, 3rd last year is back and also racing in the South as well.
The Southern championship is being run for the first time with a strong list of drivers from a number of clubs in the Extreme category. Juniors look a lile think on numbers at present but with the hope of more joining in.