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LGM Bosses: Qualifying Key to Success

Organisers of the Little Green Man Series say its format of having no qualifying is one of the key reasons why this season’s racing has begun in blistering style.

The series’ recent first round at PF International attracted 70 drivers to both its Finals with only 0.06s separating A Final winner Teddy Wilson from rival Tom Wood (see report, p84).

With no qualifying, the IAME engine-powered racers have to make their way to the front of the grid through heats alone. James Mills, of series promoter JM Racing said the format produces more exciting racing and ensures drivers work harder to make their way up the grid.

“The A Final at PFi was probably one of the best Cadet races ever,” Mills said. “During qualifying in other series, the quick drivers work together to pull away from the rest of the grid. With no qualifying and mixed heat grids in LGM, it increases a driver’s skill level. They can no longer rely on a strong qualifying. They have to make quick decisions in order to get through the pack in the heats. This ensures that the cream will come to the top.”

The IAME unit is now in its second season of use in the championship, and Mills said all teams should now be up to speed with it – something which will further increase competitiveness.

“Last year, some were on top of the engine more than others,” he added. “This year, with a season’s experience that has now balanced out. You could see the effect it had on the crowds at PFi, the grandstand was packed. I hope we see that again this weekend and throughout the season.”

Heli-Helpers

Karters will be raising money for Midland Air Ambulance at an endurance charity event on June 15th at Midland Karting in Fradley. Two races will take place – at 10am and 2pm – and will last for around two-and-a-half hours. Entry fees are £150 per team of up to six drivers. To book your place, call 01543 418419.

Standing Starts In Superone

The opening Super One Rotax and Honda Championship round of the season at Rowrah last month took place with the major talking point surrounding the decision to hold standing starts.

After a multitude of first corner incidents the previous weekend at the O Plate in Cumbria, standings starts were trialled in practice and Saturday heats. After a driver vote, all classes except Senior Max racers agreed to continue it on Sunday. After a multiple kart pileup in Saturday’s Senior races however, drivers later agreed to revert to standing starts.