After a long lay off from full-metal racing and after some badgering from Ant Brown I decided to book a session at the reopened Buckmore Park. The race was a 60 minute endurance for pairs of drivers. Ant wasn’t able to make it but James could. Neither of us had driven around Buckmore for ages so we didn’t have a lot of expectations for the evening other than having some fun on the track.Continue reading
On Sunday I had my first practice in a Senior Rotax Kart – roughly 21 years since I last stepped out of a ‘proper’ Kart at Three Sisters. The Kart in question was offered to me by Dan Wyatt, fellow SuperPro and Race Club driver and owned by his brother Chris. Joined by Jason, Rob (his Dad) and Matt we all trooped over to Bayford for an open practice day.Continue reading
Terence Doves “Learn how to master the art of Kart driving” is pretty good. At just over 180 pages, spread across 15 chapters it’s easily and quickly read. It’s a paperback, printed on demand by Amazon with a fairly large print which is easily read. Few of the pages are dense text and there are plenty of black and white photos and hand drawn diagrams which give the book quite an informal feel, especially coupled with the engaging and friendly way in which it’s written.Continue reading
After waiting for what seemed like at eternity to get back in a Kart I was really excited to get back to Bayford Meadows for round 1 of the SuperPro Sprint Series. There was a big turnout with over 30 drivers spread out across 8 heats – each driver would complete in 3 sprints (I was in heats 1, 2 and 8). Unfortunately this meant that most of the grids were quite small – about 11 Karts. The sun was out and it was a beautiful day.Continue reading
Under grey skies and the threat of rain, 20 drivers took part in round 2 of the Winter Cup at Bayford Meadows. I was quite happy with my performance in round 1, taking my first overall win on track and was in 5th in the championship. I knew that if Lewis and Dean were taking place then 3rd would be the best I could expect…. especially if the rain arrived.Continue reading
Bayford Meadows is a nice technical track in Sittingbourne. They have 3 different classes of hire Karts – this track guide shares my experiences of driving the SuperPro Karts. In my first year of Karting I finished 7th in the championship and am now a regular finisher in the top 3 of races. Depending on the Kart and the conditions I can lap consistently between the 59.5 and 1:00.5.
he braking points for each of these corners will be different to what you would drive in an owner driver Kart where the times will be much quicker.Continue reading
So…. you can collect your own Karting telemetry on the cheap but you can’t do it for free. In order to get it to work reliably and with consistent data you’ll have to buy a few bits and pieces…. here’s how I do it. This follows on from an article I wrote months ago (First steps in data) but has more info on how I’m actually collecting the data.Continue reading
One of the advantages of having couple of weeks in-between jobs is that I could get in a bit of practice in a Kart rather than on the PS4. While I was still working I booked a practice session at Lydd on what I hoped would be a dry day. While I was off, I booked a practice at Buckmore on the spur of the moment as it was such a nice day.
The session at Lydd unfortunately was wet and not as much fun.Continue reading
Saturday the 26th September saw the final round of the Bayford Meadows SuperPro Summer Cup take place in less than summery weather. It was cold and windy with a feeling of rain to come. On the day, 27 drivers competed in 3 of 7 heats with 15 in the lightweight class that I was entered in to. Coming in to the event I was 4th in the championship and hopeful that I could maintain that.
At the end of the meeting I was disappointed to have finished so badly in 2 races because of (I felt) bad Karts. The last one had been especially bad. I dropped from 4th place in the championship to 6th, beaten to 4th by Steve Best by 3pts. That fight we’d had at round 2 had cost me more than I thought at the time 🙁Continue reading
Saturday the 22nd August saw competitive hire karting at Bayford Meadows continue with round 2 of the Summer Cup. It was the usual format with each driver competing in 3 10 lap races with a short practice before each race. There was a bumper entrance with a record 7 heats – and with lots of visiting drivers it was going to be interesting.Continue reading