The BKMS Superkart Racing Team were in action again this weekend, this time at Cadwell. The annual running of the MSA British Superkart GP was eagerly anticipated by the team. It was made more interesting with Neil debuting his PVP chassis.Free practice on Friday started dry but just after lunch, the heavens opened and the rain came. Eventually the circuit became so water logged that free practice was abandoned for the day. Some serious local flooding occurred all over England including the area around Cadwell Park. The weather played a part in transforming the event timetable as the schedule was changed and changed again whilst the organisers monitored the track condition and waited for the weather to improve. Circuit action did resume around midday on Saturday but was soon curtailed again by further rain. Qualifying eventually went ahead in the late afternoon with the organisers taking the sensible decision to send out each driver individually at 5 second intervals. This meant that there was less likelihood of following another driver closely and having vision impaired by their spray. Neil found that his pace was OK but trod carefully whilst he explored the limits of his new chassis. A conservative outing saw him qualify in 18th place of the 38 runners. Paul managed to find one clean lap, which was enough before his left rear wheel came loose on the way into the Mountain section. As he pulled into the pitlane to change wheels, all 3 wheel studs sheared – very lucky that it didn’t happen during a fast corner. The clean lap was good enough for 6th on the grid. Sunday dawned sunny and it didn’t take long for the circuit to dry completely. The new timetable meant that there was time for one heat, not the originally planned two, and a pre-final race to determine the grid for the main GP race. Critically for the team, the heat would count towards the British Superkart Series and with Boyd Barrington electing to race in the 250 National class this weekend, it was a good change for Neil to grab some points. The heat was quite disappointing for the team with Neil crashing out at the Hall bends and destroying the nosecone and Paul finishing at the wrong end of a 5 kart train. The race was won by Malcom Crowe followed by Lee Harpham, Thomas Johansson, Mark Owens and Paul. Lee, Thomas and Mark all broke the lap record The pre-final didn’t really get going for Neil who was sidelined by a gearshift problem caused by the crash in the previous heat. Paul was running in 5th trying to find a way past Malcolm Crowe who was carrying a problem. Unfortunately, Paul’s engine failed (conrod) on the exit of the Gooseneck so both BKMS Racing drivers were destined for the back of the grid for the main Grand Prix race. The pre-final was won by Lee Harpham with a healthy 10 sec margin following his new lap record setting pace – he raised the bar to a highly impressive 1m23.38sec. Neil suffered more bad fortune in the Grand Prix race. Despite making up several places, he lost the rear end at the super-fast run up to Charlies. He was very lucky to come away unscathed from this high-speed spin. Paul managed to get up to 7th place by the end on is second engine following the big end failure in the pre-final. The GP podium was occupied by Lee Harpham, Malcolm Crowe and Thomas Johansson. Mark Owens succumbing to a failed spark plug having lead in the early stages. In the MSA 250 National class, Trevor Roberts (Team Viper Racing UK) once again won the GP, retaining his title. Dean Hawley made it a dream result for Viper Racing UK by coming home second. Matthew Bett scored a well deserved podium following some last minute dramas to get out on track. James O’Reilly had a fantastic charge through from the rear of the grid to come home 4th setting the fastest lap of the race. In the 125 open’s, Richard Ward took the spoils followed by Mark Bramhall and Damien Sleep who was spared yet another 4th place by Paul Platt’s retirement. In the other classes, 125 ICC was won by Sam Moore and the 210’s was won by Loiuse Colin. A mention must go to Steve McAdam. Pole man from qualifying in Division 1, he had terrible luck in the races but salvaged 4th in the GP from the back of the grid. So there it is – BKMS Racing’s first poor weekend of the season. The team will look to bounce back at their next race at the Assen European Championships (only Paul competing here). The team would like to thank the organisers for a great weekends racing in what were very trying circumstances due to the weather. Thanks also go to all who support the team.
Samedi 26 Octobre 2019
Dimanche 27 Octobre 2019