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BKMS Racing experienced their worst meeting in some time at Cadwell this weekend. Both BKMS Racing drivers Paul Kennings and Neil Bagley experienced many problems throughout the weekend.The event was the premier event on the British Superkart calendar and was a round of the British Superkart series as well as the visiting International Superkart Series. Drivers included the in-form Peter Elkmann from Germany, French Champion Damien Payart, defending British GP champion Lee Harpham, Mark Owens, Trevor Roberts, Carl Hulme and Malcolm Crowe. There were many others capable of a good result too. It promised to be a very competitive weekends racing. The format for the weekend was 6 free practice sessions for Friday, 1 free practice session followed by a timed Qualifying session and two qualification heats on Saturday (these two races would be the British Championship rounds). The final day included a morning warm-up, the Pre-Final and British GP Final. So, there was plenty of scope for testing, practice and hard racing. The team took to the track on Friday morning in wet conditions for running-in of engines and general practice. During these sessions, following some close running between Paul and Neil, the pair almost had a coming together at 120mph! Neil’s rear tyre popped off the rim at Coppice and Paul had to avoid the spinning Neil. Both came to rest on the grass with no damage – a lucky escape. Later in the practice sessions, once the track had dried, Paul under steered off at Mansfield and his throttle cable mechanism jammed so that his throttles stuck open – things weren’t going well but hopefully all our bad luck would be used up before the races! The rest of the day passed without a hitch fortunately. Saturday bought changeable conditions again and there were many difficult tyre choices to be made. In the wet qualifying session Paul qualified 4th on the grid with Neil 21st. Congratulations must go to Dave Harvey (Redpeed Racing//GB) for a creditable pole position against all expectations. Race 1 started in dry conditions and Paul was demoted to 10th off the start with Neil taking 2 positions on the opening lap. As Paul began to recover, disaster struck – his rear engine mount failed so his chain fell off and he lost all drive. Paul was left to watch Neil from the sidelines. Neil finished the race in 17th place. The race was won by Peter Elkmann (EWUTEC Racing Team//D) followed by Mark Owens (DEA//GB) and Trevor Roberts (Team Viper Racing UK//GB). Race 2 started after some nervy tyre choices. Most people eventually went for slicks on the drying track but some went for wets. It was soon apparent that the slick tyres were quickest. Paul made a good start to hold his grid position. He eventually passed Trevor Roberts for 3rd place and was within sight of Damien Payart and around 10 seconds behind the flying Peter Elkmann. However, just entering the last lap at Barn, Paul slid off the circuit trying to avoid back markers. It was a real shame as he was heading for maximum points in the British series race as those in front were from abroad. He eventually came in 8th. Neil had another decent showing and came in 17th again. The race was eventually won by Peter Elkmann followed by Damien Payart (FPE Racing//F) and Trevor Roberts. For the pre-final on Sunday, Paul did not even take the start. On the rolling lap his engine temperature went through the roof so he pulled into the pitlane as the start was about to take place. A failed water pump drive gear was enough to ruin his chances in the main race, as he would now start the British Grand Prix from the rear of the grid. Neil fared better and was leading a high-speed train of Superkarts in 18th place. Unfortunately, Neil’s race was destroyed when Carl Kinsey, who was recovering from an off track excursion, came back on to the racing line and Tboned Neil. The grid would be headed by pre-final winner Peter Elkmann flanked by 2nd placed Mark Owens (new lap record of 1m22.74sec!!), Lee Harpham (following a great recovery drive from the back of the grid) and Trevor Roberts. Both BKMS Racing drivers would start the GP from the back of the grid. The main British Grand Prix race was effectively over before it had started for Paul. Someone spun at the start forcing Paul to take avoiding action onto the grass and he then spun back onto the track backwards. By the time he was up and running he was 15 seconds behind the next man. Neil had a good opening lap and was up to 20th from grid 32. At the front a frightening pace was being set with Elkmann beating Owens’ lap record to nudge it further out of reach – 1m22.50sec the new benchmark. Harpham and Elkmann were having a colossal dice with Harpham holding the slenderest of advantages. Neil kept up a good pace to hold 17th and was having a great race with Gary Parkes (Barker Racing//GB). Paul came through from his first lap position of 34th to a respectable 10th on the last lap. However, a mistake at the mountain resulted in a crash into the barriers, a bent rear bumper, a snapped headrest and a bruised vertebra. The accident just about summed up his weekend. Neil eventually crossed the line in 15th place, just in front of Division 2 winner Stuart Parker (KPPMS//GB). At the head of the race, Elkmann sealed the win with a breathtaking out braking manoeuvre into the Mountain. He then pulled out a small advantage over Harpham. Both drivers producing outstanding lap times during the race. Carl Hulme (Porcelanosa//GB) completed the podium with a good 3rd place. Next BKMS Racing event – Rizla Racing Day, Assen 01-03/08/08.

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