I’ve been very busy karting this year, probably the busiest I’ve ever had. Last year I was competing in the X30 class but at the start of 2016 made the move to KZ. It is very, very different. You basically have to throw away everything you know and start again. I decided to compete in the Super 4 championship, probably a year too early in all honesty but we aren’t far off the pace now. I’ve had fairly mediocre results throughout the KZ season so far at places like Rowrah, Glan y Gors and Shenington.
The absolute highlight of the year gearbox wise was being mental enough to enter the Superkart Grand Prix at Donington Park in 125 open. I thought I would get absolutely trounced being on a short circuit kart on a track like Donington, however I managed some impressive results. 19th out of 47 in the championship race which I thought was out of this world. In the main GP race I then went and brought it home in 14th! For anyone who doesn’t know I basically spent all my childhood weekends at Donington watching various types of motorsport, From F3 to truck racing so to race around the place I call my second home really was a dream come true.
So that’s the gearbox class. The other class I have been competing in for 2 and a half seasons now is the F100 Pre 2000 class part of F100 Spirt of the 90’s. This class and series really is my absolute passion in karting currently. So far I’ve had some very good results, 2nd at the first round at Clay Pigeon, narrowly missing out on the win. A 5th at Lydd, 4th at Fulbeck and an unfortunate 9th at Wigan. Up until Wigan I was leading the championship but had a bit of a shocker which meant I lost that. Next up are 2 tracks I really like, Buckmore and Ellough park so I’m hoping I can bring myself back into contention. The next F100 Race is the ‘0’ Plate at Rowrah so I’ll be hoping for a good result there.
The highlight of that series was something I don’t think any of the karting community believed we could pull off. A fully fledged World Championship race at Lonato in Italy. I was lucky enough to be able to compete in this, this really was for the experience as 60 odd drivers had entered. I flew out with my family on the Thursday and started testing on the Friday but it didn’t go well at all, losing an engine straight away. Come the heats however I was in my absolute element, racing in karts I love, at a track I’ve dreamed of racing in and pulling in some mega results meant I only went and put it on 2nd at the World Champs on a 60 strong grid! I couldn’t quite believe that. I kept up the consistency with the final race and I’m a bit gutted I wasn’t 2nd due to an incident but I managed to bring it home 3rd. That’s a weekend that will stuck in my memory forever.
So for the rest of this year I still be trying to bring some good results in, mainly in F100 as I’m in contention for the championship win.
If you’re a karter reading this, probably senior I would genuinely look into getting out of your comfort zone karting wise and doing things you didn’t think you would be able to do. You make by far the best memories, have the most fun and it really is how karting should be enjoyed.
Below is a gallery of various images so far and some videos from Lonato and Donington.