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Circuit Guide: Daytona Milton Keynes

Track

The International circuit is 1360m in length comprising 11 challenging corners and a long back straight. Get up to speed!

Turn 1

From the start/finish line sweep left through turn 1 without lifting; it’s easily flat out in the dry, but don’t run too wide onto the steep kerb on the exit.

Turns 2 and 3
Turns 2 and 3 are a complex left – right flick. Brake hard but briefly in a straight line approaching turn 2 and get the kart across the concrete apron on the apex. Don’t drift too far right, just about halfway across the track before flicking the kart right into turn 3. Keep the same lock on and the kart will drift across to the right hand side approaching turn 4.

Turn 4
Brake hard on the slight uphill rise before the crest. Turn in and get the entire apron at the apex before running out as close to the kerb as you can.

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The Daytona Max Championship always swings by Milton Keynes

Turn 5
The approach to turn 5 is tricky. Point the kart towards the kerb on the left hand side and brake slightly before turning in early, apexing about a third of the way round before accelerating hard and letting the kart drift out all the way around the outside of the turn.

Turn 6
The approach to turn 6 is downhill, you may want a slight ‘comfort lift’ before turning in at the second black line that runs across the track. The apex is unsighted going in and the kart wants to get away from you as it’s quite steeply downhill. Hit the apex mid-way round the corner and let the kart drift to the outside of the track. Keep the same lock on and the kart will come across the track to the right hand side ready for turn 7.

Turn 7
Brake just as the kart straightens up properly and get to the apex in the middle of the corner and accelerate out and down the hill towards turn 8.

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They even have a fancy saftey car!

Turn 8
Braking for turn 8 is tricky as the track snakes through some esses before the corner. Aim for the right hand side of the track past the marshal post and turn in early to get all of the concrete apron and get on the power as early as you can. It’s better to brake a little earlier and get the power on early than to try and sneak some time on the brakes and get a poor exit as the long uphill straight follows.

Turn 9
Keep on the right hand side all the way up the hill and approach turn 9 hard on the power. Don’t lift going into turn 9; turn in at the black line that runs across the track and keep the kart on the inside kerb all the way round. Just after the red and white kerb ends, get on the brakes hard for turn 10.

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Even Hamilton likes a hack around MK

Turn 10
Turn 10 is the slowest corner on the track and is a good overtaking opportunity. Don’t take too much kerb on the apex of this hairpin as it unsettles the kart. Getting on the power early is key to a good exit and will gain time up to turn 11.

Turn 11
Turn 11 demands just a quick stab on the brakes before sweeping in across the apron and then exiting wide right up to the kerb. Stay on the right across the start finish line to start another lap of the technical and demanding Daytona Milton Keynes.

 

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Daytona DMAX – Round 6

The TW Steel DMAX Champs 2014 – Round 6 20th July– PF International

The DMAX crew visit the excellent PF circuit in Lincolnshire to do battle

 

Light Enduro

James Baldwin converted his Pole Position to an easy race lead in the Lights Class and an easy win looked on the cards until he lost his exhaust and had to pit for repairs. An epic race back through the field to fourth followed, leaving Tom Kempynck to take the win from Chris Hackworth and Jonny Spencer.

Inter Enduro

Anthony Kirk proved his class with the win in the Inters Class ahead of Joseph Ellis and Adam Nakar. Behind them Joe Holmes lacked pace down the straights and had to work very hard to hold on to fourth ahead of Andrew Knapp and James Pratt.

Heavy Enduro

An hour long three way race at the front for Vincent, Pender and Zaustowicz entertained the spectators. More reminiscent of a Moto GP crap with the lead changing up to three times a lap, the win went to David Vincent with Tomasz Zaustowicz second and Jamie Pender third.

Light Heats – Final

Chris Hackworth led from Jonny Spencer. At the top of the hill, James Baldwin overtook Johnny Spencer, allowing Chris Hackworth to further his lead. But he then dropped back ton 6th as Dom Whiting, Jonny Spencer, Josh King and Ben Leslie got past Jonny Spencer was back in to 2nd and chasing down Chris Hackworth, setting a fastest time of 1:09.1 as he did so. Richard Lacey was successful in passing Ben Leslie under the bridge at the top of the circuit, and Marco Coltelli followed suit shortly after. Marco Coltelli ran wide out of turn 13 and on to the grass. Chris Hackworth looked sure to win 7 minutes in to the 9 minute + 1 lap final, as he was only getting quicker with the clear air ahead of him, and gained a comfortable 3 second lead over Jonny Spencer. Further back, Kamran Moussa-Zadeh and Ben James were in a race of their own, just 4 tenths of a second apart while Dom Whiting up in 4th ran wide losing himself a considerable amount of time. Chris Hackworth secured his deserved win, with Jonny Spencer, who had a good day of racing, in 2nd. Josh King finished 3rd after also having a successful day.

Inter Enduro

1 Anthony Kirk 59:57.597

2 Joseph Ellis 1:00:02.455

3 Adam Nakar 1:00:05.497

4 Joe Holmes 1:00:11.093

5 Andrew Knapp 1:00:20.804

Heavy Enduro

1 David Vincent 59:36.192

2 Tomasz Zaustowicz 59:42.205

3 Jamie Pender 59:42.554

4 James Griffith 59:48.622

5 Michael Mckeegan 59:55.668

Light Heats – Heat 1

1 Chris Hackworth 09:09.803

2 Jonny Spencer 09:11.149

3 James Baldwin 09:16.687

4 Josh King 09:17.487

5 Dom Whiting 09:18.000

Light Heats – Heat 2

1 Ben Leslie 09:15.314

2 James Baldwin 09:15.414

3 Josh King 09:15.808

4 Jonny Spencer 09:15.928

5 Chris Hackworth 09:17.703

Light Enduro

1 Tom Kempynck 1:01:16.014

2 Chris Hackworth 1:01:22.620

3 Jonny Spencer 1:01:30.959

4 James Baldwin 1:01:33.577

5 Dom Whiting 1:02:04.096

 

Inter Heats – Final

James Brunton dropped back slightly from 2nd at the race start while Joe Holmes got away as the back of the pack grouped up. James Pratt and Alec Tucker both got past James Brunton while Kai Watson got past Andrew Knapp and into 5th to chase down the front group. The entire group we within 5 seconds of the leader Joe Holmes, who himself was over a second ahead 2nd, so the racing was close across the whole field throughout. Xander Mahony got overtook Dan Sibbons while a black flag was called on Dave Clarke for repeated late lunges resulting in advantage gained by side to side contact. Joe Holmes was then leading by over 2 seconds over James Pratt, who in turn had almost a second over Alec Tucker. Dave Clarke set the fastest lap of the race, 1:09.0 whilst failing to realise he was being called in for his penalty. He pitted for his penalty on the final lap as Joe Holmes crossed the finish line. James Pratt finished 2nd, with Alec Tucker coming 3rd and Kai Watson just taking 4th from James Brunton by 5 thousands of a second.

Heavy Heats – Final

Robert Bennett kept his position at the front despite the entire group close behind him. Tomasz Zaustowicz was overtaken by Jack Dutfield for 2nd. David Vincent, who’s raced consistently all day then took 2nd with a good overtake up the inside of Jack Dutfield, and Tomasz Zaustowicz was opportune and followed back through. Jack Dutfield lost out and out-breaked himself in an attempt to fight back for position but he came off worse for it, while the rest of the group raced fairly, leaving enough space for each other. Until Iain Brooks made a late lunge which Jack Dutfield attempted to mimic, causing contact with Jamie Pender and Rob Bennett who were both visibly unimpressed. Jack Dutfield received a black flag for the incident. Ross Woodhouse and Vinod Hirani were racing cleanly at the back, keeping within a tenth of a second of each other but giving each other necessary room. Jamie Pender retired due to time lost by the incident with Jack Dutfield, who also retired upon entering the pits for his black flag penalty. Tomasz Zaustowicz led from David Vincent and Michael Mckeegan as the chequered flag went out. Rob Bennett also retired after an unlucky race.

The next round is at Clay Pigeon Raceway on 17th August 2014.

 

 

 

Heavy Heats – Heat 1

1 Tomasz Zaustowicz 08:15.430

2 Jack Dutfield 08:16.159

3 George Dutfield 08:16.585

4 Michael Mckeegan 08:17.499

5 Chris Munro 08:20.703

Heavy Heats – Heat 2

1 Jamie Pender 08:18.482

2 Robert Bennett 08:18.765

3 Ian Brooks 08:19.167

4 David Vincent 08:19.540

5 Jack Dutfield 08:21.814

Heavy Heats – Heat 3

1 Robert Bennett 08:15.495

2 David Vincent 08:15.595

3 Tomasz Zaustowicz 08:16.090

4 Chris Munro 08:21.903

5 Ian Brooks 08:22.206

Inter Heats – Final

1 Joe Holmes 10:26.676

2 James Pratt 10:30.888

3 Alec Tucker 10:31.416

4 Kai Watson 10:33.688

5 James Brunton 10:33.693

Heavy Heats – Final

1 Tomasz Zaustowicz 10:37.607

2 David Vincent 10:38.737

3 Michael Mckeegan 10:40.293

4 Ian Brooks 10:43.917

5 Chris Munro 10:45.706

Daytona DMAX – Round 6

The TW Steel DMAX Champs 2014 – Round 6 20th July– PF International

The DMAX crew visit the excellent PF circuit in Lincolnshire to do battle

Light Enduro

James Baldwin converted his Pole Position to an easy race lead in the Lights Class and an easy win looked on the cards until he lost his exhaust and had to pit for repairs. An epic race back through the field to fourth followed, leaving Tom Kempynck to take the win from Chris Hackworth and Jonny Spencer.

Inter Enduro

Anthony Kirk proved his class with the win in the Inters Class ahead of Joseph Ellis and Adam Nakar. Behind them Joe Holmes lacked pace down the straights and had to work very hard to hold on to fourth ahead of Andrew Knapp and James Pratt.

Heavy Enduro

An hour long three way race at the front for Vincent, Pender and Zaustowicz entertained the spectators. More reminiscent of a Moto GP crap with the lead changing up to three times a lap, the win went to David Vincent with Tomasz Zaustowicz second and Jamie Pender third.

Light Heats – Final

Chris Hackworth led from Jonny Spencer. At the top of the hill, James Baldwin overtook Johnny Spencer, allowing Chris Hackworth to further his lead. But he then dropped back ton 6th as Dom Whiting, Jonny Spencer, Josh King and Ben Leslie got past Jonny Spencer was back in to 2nd and chasing down Chris Hackworth, setting a fastest time of 1:09.1 as he did so. Richard Lacey was successful in passing Ben Leslie under the bridge at the top of the circuit, and Marco Coltelli followed suit shortly after. Marco Coltelli ran wide out of turn 13 and on to the grass. Chris Hackworth looked sure to win 7 minutes in to the 9 minute + 1 lap final, as he was only getting quicker with the clear air ahead of him, and gained a comfortable 3 second lead over Jonny Spencer. Further back, Kamran Moussa-Zadeh and Ben James were in a race of their own, just 4 tenths of a second apart while Dom Whiting up in 4th ran wide losing himself a considerable amount of time. Chris Hackworth secured his deserved win, with Jonny Spencer, who had a good day of racing, in 2nd. Josh King finished 3rd after also having a successful day.

Inter Heats – Final

James Brunton dropped back slightly from 2nd at the race start while Joe Holmes got away as the back of the pack grouped up. James Pratt and Alec Tucker both got past James Brunton while Kai Watson got past Andrew Knapp and into 5th to chase down the front group. The entire group we within 5 seconds of the leader Joe Holmes, who himself was over a second ahead 2nd, so the racing was close across the whole field throughout. Xander Mahony got overtook Dan Sibbons while a black flag was called on Dave Clarke for repeated late lunges resulting in advantage gained by side to side contact. Joe Holmes was then leading by over 2 seconds over James Pratt, who in turn had almost a second over Alec Tucker. Dave Clarke set the fastest lap of the race, 1:09.0 whilst failing to realise he was being called in for his penalty. He pitted for his penalty on the final lap as Joe Holmes crossed the finish line. James Pratt finished 2nd, with Alec Tucker coming 3rd and Kai Watson just taking 4th from James Brunton by 5 thousands of a second.

Heavy Heats – Final

Robert Bennett kept his position at the front despite the entire group close behind him. Tomasz Zaustowicz was overtaken by Jack Dutfield for 2nd. David Vincent, who’s raced consistently all day then took 2nd with a good overtake up the inside of Jack Dutfield, and Tomasz Zaustowicz was opportune and followed back through. Jack Dutfield lost out and out-breaked himself in an attempt to fight back for position but he came off worse for it, while the rest of the group raced fairly, leaving enough space for each other. Until Iain Brooks made a late lunge which Jack Dutfield attempted to mimic, causing contact with Jamie Pender and Rob Bennett who were both visibly unimpressed. Jack Dutfield received a black flag for the incident. Ross Woodhouse and Vinod Hirani were racing cleanly at the back, keeping within a tenth of a second of each other but giving each other necessary room. Jamie Pender retired due to time lost by the incident with Jack Dutfield, who also retired upon entering the pits for his black flag penalty. Tomasz Zaustowicz led from David Vincent and Michael Mckeegan as the chequered flag went out. Rob Bennett also retired after an unlucky race.

The next round is at Clay Pigeon Raceway on 17th August 2014.

DMAX RACE REVIEW

TW Steel DMAX Champs 2014, Round 2, Daytona Sandown Park, 16th March
With bright sunshine and un-seasonally warm temperatures, the drivers were treated to dry tarmac for the second month in a row.

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Heavy Enduro
David Vincent led from pole as Bennett grabbed 2nd, taking Gareth Holt through with him. Haine held onto 4th ahead of Carter who moved up from 6th as the leading four quickly began to break away at the front. Haine moved into 3rd on lap 3, passing Holt with a tidy move up the inside at turn 4 and set after Bennett all the while, Carter was gradually closing in on the leading group which was still headed by Vincent. Carter moved into 2nd at the halfway stage, getting ahead of Bennett at the final corner only to have the full course yellow brought out again, reducing Vincent’s lead once again. The green flags got racing back underway with Vincent soon stabilising the gap to Haine at 1.5 seconds with Carter now running on his own in 3rd a further 3 seconds behind with 20 minutes of racing remaining. Vincent gradually edged out another half a second over Haine as the race entered the final stages with Carter running in 3rd, albeit with Jamie Pender and Clark right on his tail and pushing him for the final podium position. Vincent took the chequered flag after an hour of racing, beating Haine by 2.367 seconds. Carter came home in 3rd holding off Pender and Clark who completed the top 5 with half a second covering the three of them. Chris Carter – David Vincent – Andrew Haine

Light Enduro
The green flag got the hour of racing underway with Dom Whiting leading James Baldwin and Josh King from pole. The leading pair was quick to open a gap over the field which was soon headed by Chris Hackworth who had passed King for 3rd on lap 2. Baldwin was looking for a way past Whiting by lap 3, but Whiting was placing his kart well to keep Baldwin at bay, but was allowing Hackworth to close in. Baldwin finally got passed Whiting on lap 10, but Whiting got back ahead half a lap later to regain the lead. King. Whiting’s charge was unfortunately brought to an end with an incident at turn 5 with the race being briefly stopped. Those involved, including Whiting, were deemed to be ok and the race was soon restarted with 10 minutes of racing remaining with Baldwin now enjoying a lead of 25.5 seconds over Hackworth. Baldwin had an easy run to the line from then on, taking chequered flag 27.515 seconds ahead of Hackworth. Spencer completed the podium ahead of Leslie and Gibbons. Jonny Spencer – James Baldwin – Chris Hackworth

Inters Enduro
Joe Holmes led the field away with Russell Endean, James Northfield, James Pratt and Stuart Foster all behind him; as they completed lap 1, there was just 1.6 seconds covering all 5 of them. Holmes was keen to build an early lead, pulling out 0.8 seconds after 4 laps, but Endean responded with a fastest lap to stop him from disappearing into the distance. Northfield lost out to Pratt, Foster and Joseph Ellis as the race progressed with traffic allowing Ellis to nip past Foster. Holmes and Endean had built a small lead over Pratt who still had Ellis and Foster close behind with every intention of taking 3rd if they got any closer. After 50 minutes of racing, the podium was still not decided as Endean was on the back of Holmes in the fight for 1st and Pratt was on the back of Ellis in the fight for 3rd.
Pratt was closer to Ellis than Endean was to Holmes with the gap at 0.305 seconds with 5 minutes remaining. Pratt eventually got his man however, with just 3 minutes of the race left, he grabbed the final podium position from Ellis. Ellis and Partt swapped third place twice more before Holmes took the honours from Endean, eventually winning by 4 seconds. In the close fight for 3rd, Ellis and Pratt swapped places twice on the final lap with Pratt just taking it from Ellis and Knapp, the three of them separated across the line by just 0.273 seconds. James Pratt – Joe Holmes – Russel Endean Throughout the afternoon, the drivers competing in the TW Steel Dmax Heats Championships raced three qualifying heats each to set their grid positions for the Class Finals. The Heavy Heats saw two race wins for Tomasz Zaustowicz and one for Chris Munro. The Lights Heats winners were James Baldwin, Josh King and Chris Hackworth. Joe Holmes recorded two Inters Heats wins, with the third heat won by James Pratt.

Heavy Final
Chris Carter soon hit the front with a late lunge at turn 4 which also allowed Malcolm Clark into 2nd and dropped Zaustowicz to 3rd. Jamie Pender and Ian Brooks were lining up behind Zaustowicz on lap 2 as Carter started to build an early lead over Clark who now had Zaustowicz coming back at him. Brooks had moved ahead of Pender to take 4th and began to close on Clark and Zaustowicz ahead of him. Michael McKeegan and Robert Bennett were having a good scrap for 6th and had Pender in their sights. Michael McKeegan got ambitious with possibly the move of the day, passing both Pender and Bennett at turn 6 as they got in each other’s way. Carter won comfortably by 5.583 seconds from Zaustowicz, Clark, McKeegan and Brooks. Malcolm Clark – Chris Carter – Tomasz Zaustowicz

Light Final
James Baldwin headed Josh King and Chris Hackworth through the opening three corners, but Hackworth soon deposed King at turn 4 to take up 2nd with the move allowing Baldwin to build a small lead over Hackworth. Ben Leslie and Jonny Spencer were having their own battle for 4th with Marco Coltelli and Kyle Jackson a further 2 seconds behind. Hackworth found his rhythm and set a series of fastest laps in his pursuit of leader Baldwin, leaving King behind in 3rd. Richard Lacey had joined Coltelli and Jackson to make a three kart train in the battle for 6th. Hackworth took the lead with a move up the inside at turn 5 on the penultimate lap, but Baldwin responded on the final lap at turn 3 to get back ahead. Baldwin just beat him across the line by 0.104 seconds with King completing the podium. Josh King – James Baldwin – Chris Hackworth

Inter Final
Joe Holmes got a good start from pole with James Pratt losing out to Andrew Knapp and Kai Watson at turn 2. Pratt quickly began to put the pressure back on Watson as Holmes quickly began to establish a lead over Knapp, who was in turn leaving Watson behind who was defending against Stuart Foster, Pratt, Allan Curtis and Lawrence Howlett. Pratt eventually squeezed past Watson at turn 4 on lap 4 to take 3rd and had it all to do to close the gap of 4 seconds to Knapp in 2nd. Curtis appeared to be taking a tenth or two out of Pratt as he chased him for 3rd, but Pratt kept responding to maintain the gap at the 2 second mark. Holmes took the chequered flag by 10.425 seconds from Knapp. Pratt completed the podium ahead of Curtis and Foster. James Pratt – Joe Holmes – Andrew Knapp The TW Steel Dmax Driver of the Day was Tomasz Zaustowicz. Tomasz wins one of the limited edition TW Steel Daytona Motorsport Watches. The next round is on Sunday 20th April at Whilton Mill. Call Mark Wimblett on 0845 644 5504 if you would like to join in.

How to overtake Jenson Button

Forward this video onto 9m30 to see the funny goings on at this Dan Wheldon memorial kart race. The driver, SASRacing is making his way through the pack, picking off top-name drivers like Sam Bird. He then happens across Jenson Button and gets involved in a serious scrap. It’s a funny video, get watching!

DMAX Race Review – Race 1

2014 Daytona TW Steel DMAX Round 1, Milton Keynes

One of the country’s biggest Arrive&Drive championships blasted off at Daytona Milton Keynes on Sunday 16 February, with over 100 entries for the first event of the ten-round Daytona TW Steel DMAX Championship.

With the Light, Intermediate and Heavy categories racing in both Endurance and Sprint contests the championship caters for all tastes and sizes. Drivers were greeted with mercifully dry conditions on the day. The morning’s Endurance qualifying was the first opportunity for drivers to dust off their overalls and get re-acquainted with the challenging 1360m International Circuit.

The Intermediates were the first to venture out onto the circuit, with James Pratt the only driver to dip below 1m10s in qualifying to snatch pole position from Tim McKeegan and Joe Holmes. Times tumbled as the track warmed. As McKeegan and Holmes jostled for second and third, Pratt appeared to be making his escape with a lead of over six seconds after just three laps. His efforts were soon to be thwarted, however, as kart problems forced an unplanned pit-stop that would drop him out of contention. This left Holmes with clear air, and he took full advantage to stretch an impressive winning margin of 28.9s after an hour of racing with Allan Curtis and Andrew Tempest coming through to take second and third.

The Heavies were next and it was James Griffith that set the pace in qualifying from Chris Carter and Tomasz Zautowicz. It was to be these three drivers that set the pace during the race, swapping positions throughout a dramatic hour of close racing that included a period of full-course yellow flags. The trio eventually crossed the line covered by just over five seconds, with pole-sitter Griffith taking the win from Zaustowicz and Carter.

The Lights class contested the final Endurance race of the day, with Ben Leslie and Chris Hackworth the early pace setters in qualifying. Pole was snatched by James Baldwin, who found clear air late on in the session to edge out the competition by just 0.168s. Come the race, the leading trio broke away from the pack and crossed the line in their starting order. Behind them were some fierce fights, with Paul Cox and Justin Harwood crossing the line just 0.163s apart in fourth and fifth.

In the Sprint heats, the three weight categories contest three heats with each driver given a mixture of grid positions. Results across the heats determines their grid position for the final.

The Intermediates went into their showdown with pace-setter from the Endurance race James Pratt once again leading the pack. Following mechanical issues, Pratt was keen for silverware. It was a day he will be keen to forget, however, as his fight for the lead lasted two laps. A racing incident at turn one saw Pratt spinning off and once again out of contention for the win. This left the door wide open for Endurance winner Joe Holmes to make a repeat performance, building a ten-second lead by the time the chequered flag fell. Behind the leader the chasing pack split into two groups, with Joseph Ellis, Ian Gough and Stuart Gough battling for second place ten seconds up the road from the trio of Sam Fisher, James Cleaver and Andrew Knapp who stayed within two seconds of each other over the line.

Chris Carter was on pole for the Heavies showdown after taking victory in all three heats, and a good start saw him open up a few kart lengths over Tomasz Zaustowicz and Robert Bennett. A clean sweep for Carter, who held off Zaustowicz to the line. Bennett looked to have done enough for third place, but he left just enough room on the penultimate corner for Chris Munro, and an opportunistic David Vincent to slipped through, demoting Bennett to fifth.

The Lights Sprint finale top three were covered by just a couple of seconds. Endurance winner James Baldwin led from lights to flag, but he was unable to break away from the chasing pack. Hounded by Chris Hackworth and Ben Leslie, it was an intense race showcasing the competitiveness of the championship.

The “TW Steel DMAX Driver of the Day” awarded with a brand new TW Steel watch. This weekend the bonus prize went to is Andrew Tempest. Round two at Daytona Sandown Park in Surrey on 16 March, book your place at www.daytonamax.co.uk