The BKMS Superkart Racing Team travelled to Snetterton in Norfolk, England for the third round of the 2007 British Superkart Series (incorporating the UK Cup) this weekend (1st July). Paul Kennings and Neil Bagley were lying 1st and 3rd in the series going into the meeting. A quality field lined up including 2005 European Champion John Riley (Redspeed Racing), current MSA British Superkart champion Lee Harpham (Barker Racing) and former British Champions Steve McAdam (Dukes Transport), Boyd Barrington and Rob Chilcott (Redspeed Racing).The qualifying session went very well for the team with Paul posting a convincing pole position and Neil with a creditable 5th place. The lap times were personal bests for both drivers. The weather forecast was pretty changeable with some strong winds, which made slipstreaming very important. The first race stayed dry and Paul took the lead into the first corner but soon had to resist pressure from Steve McAdam and Rob Chilcott. The race then developed into a great dice between Steve and Paul. Steve was showing the kind of pace that had recently seen him demolish the opposition at the Bishopscourt ‘King of the Court’ event in N. Ireland. They swapped the lead several times throughout the race with some clean, close racing but Paul managed to get in front on the last lap to win from Steve, Rob Chilcott, John Riley, Dave Harvey and Hanif Gillani. Neil followed them home in 7th place. He had been in quite a lonely race in ‘no-man’s-land’ but had still managed to go 0.5sec quicker than his personal best in morning qualifying so he was pleased. Neil was the first driver home that hadn’t been a British Champion in the past, such was the quality of the field, and so he should be very pleased. After a great first race of the day, Race 2 was something of disappointment for the team. The conditions were very difficult as a cloud burst during the pace car lap made the circuit treacherous. Neil had a decent start but was brake tested by another driver into turn 2. Neil spun but kept the engine running and rejoined the race, albeit in last place. Paul had a great start and by the end of lap 3 had extended to a monster lead. Paul then made a mistake at the end of the main straight. He shot down the escape road but managed to rejoin still in the lead such was the gap he had made! By this time, Lee Harpham was on a charge. Lee got past Paul as the circuit was drying and beat him by some 5 seconds with John Riley completing the top three. Neil was having a good recovery and managed to get through to 11th place but was suffering from a lack of straight-line speed compared to those around him. He had a frustrating battle with drivers who were posting slower lap times but he couldn’t get past on the straights. The third and final race of the day was the decider for the UK Cup, for which the winner would receive the ‘O’ number plate. Lee Harpham and Steve McAdam both had quick starts so Paul slotted into third place. Neil had some work to do to improve from 11th on the grid but started to pick them off. Paul pushed to stay with Steve McAdam but couldn’t quite get into his slipstream. Paul then came under fire from Boyd Barrrington who was coming through from 14th on the grid and flying (he had set the fastest lap in race 1 prior to a mechanical problem). Boyd demoted Paul to 4th for a couple of laps but Paul managed to get back into 3rd on the last lap. Lee Harpham won the race with some superb pace so was awarded the UK Cup – well done Lee! Paul won the meeting overall and grabbed some great points for the British Superkart Series. Neil had a great result in getting through to 7th place and pipped Simon Holloway (www.adultjoy.com) by 0.3 second. Neil consolidated his 3rd place in the championship. In the 125 open’s, Paul Platt got his disastrous 2007 season back on track with 2 wins including the UK Cup. Mark Bramhall won the meeting but missed out on the UK Cup by 0.1sec. Damien Sleep also showed well. In the MSA 250 National class, Trevor Roberts (Team Viper Racing UK) stamped his authority all over the meeting to take the Series lead but was denied a clean sweep by only 0.25sec in the UK Cup race by the impressive Gavin Bennett (Bennett’s Coaches / GB Racing). Gavin was fresh from a podium finish in the F1 support race at Magny-Cours on Friday. Gavin now shadows Trevor in the MSA British Superkart Series, leads the European Superkart Series and now has the UK Cup - what a great season he’s having. Martin Jones also had a fantastic return to the sport after several years out with 3 podiums. We sympathise with Don Kennedy though, a Race 3 accident caused him some injuries – best wishes to him. Finally, congratulations must go out to Malcolm Crowe (CPC Motorsport - Anderson CSK) who took both races at the F1 support event at Magny-Cours the same weekend. A well earned result following a disappointing showing at the European round there in May – nice one Malcolm and team. Well done Mark Owens too who took a podium in both races. A great result for the Brits.
Samedi 26 Octobre 2019
Dimanche 27 Octobre 2019