A huge 41 TKM Extreme kart grid for this weekend's club meeting at Kimbolton meany a good chance to measure our competitiveness in our new class, a few Super One champions were in the group.
Practice day was dry but unfortunately our engine had its starter ring gear break up in the second session and with our other engine still being converted we were a bit stuck. Alan Swain came to the rescue with his spare engine and with that in place we carried on. We ran both gold and blue restrictors with their different weight limits to check performance but something wasn't right. A check of the exhaust flex showed it had part collapsed which wouldn't help but come the last session we were up to speed.
Race day started wet and after the first Cadet race with two red flag stoppages racing was suspended due to excessive surface water. Come about 1 pm it was deemed safe but with only half the day left it was decided to run a timed qualifying session and a 12 minute final with both scoring points.
Qualifying was still on the wet track, the fastest 30 karts would go straight through to the A final with the others racing in a B final, the quickest four from that would also get to join the A final. By the 4th lap I was 7th fastest when the engine cut out when I locked up under braking, this engine having no on board starter I was out. By the end of qualifying I was 28th and just in the A final. Dad set the kart up for dry running and kept an eye on the clouds but it remained dry. On the opening lap I had a bit of a collision in the general melee of karts and the nosecone dropped which would get me a 5 second penalty added to my race time. I had a good race making up 11 places to 17th, the time penalty dropping me to 18th in the end. We were quite happy with that.
Thanks to Alan and Rachel Swain for lending us the engine and many other bits of assistance, much appreciated. Thanks to Maddie for Marley sitting, to Gillard Racing Karts, CGC karting and of course to Michael Anthony Estate Agents for their support.
The meeting was a sad affair as on Wednesday night we lost Steve Adkins, father of TKM junior racer Archie in a traffic collision. We've only known Steve a short time but he was very entertaining company and would always help with a bit of advice. He'll be much missed and our thoughts are with Archie and his family at this sad time. A minute's silence was held at the driver's briefing on Sunday morning in his name.
This report's photo is Archie leading Alex Tuzzeo late last season.