That Put us in 3rd for the Final on the grid. In the first corner I move up into 2nd chasing the leader. Then on the 2nd Lap I got overtaken by a kart and the person behind followed him through so I am down to 4th with the top 7 all together. On lap 8 following an incident between the leaders I move up to 3rd with the top 6 still all together. Then on lap 9 I overtake up into 2nd. Then on lap 14 I am hit wide down to 4th then on the last lap I overtake into 3rd but down have enough to get back into 2nd and finish 3rd. Overall it was a very good race weekend for us and we got a great result in a very competitive field and move up into 5th in the championship.
We came to Clay Pigeon for Round 6 of the championship.
In Heat 1 I started 3rd and finished 4th and were quick through the heat.
In Heat 2 I started 11th and just before the heat it started heavily raining so we went out on slicks on a soaking track. At first i struggled as it was my first time being on slicks in the wet but I got to grips with it and made my way up to 8th.
In Heat 3 I started 8th and was good in the 1st corner but got caught up in the esses and was last by half a lap but caught the pack up and made some good overtakes to finish 10th and also picked up the fastest sector 3 time.
In the final I started 7th and went down to 8th at the first lap I then got up to 6th but got re overtaken down to 7th I then overtook again into 6th but it resulted me going back into 8th. Then when I came to overtake to 6th got pushed off again down to 9th I then went back again with some good overtakes to finish 6th and got fastest sector 3 time again.
Overall we had a competitive weekend and close in on 5th in the championship.
For less than £150 the Qstarz BT-q100ex is the simplest way to get into data logging. It includes PC software and all you have to do is turn it on and fix it securely to your kart. Because it uses GPS it can be used during MSA racing and is compliant with 2014 Gold book regulations for Junior and Senior karts.
C1.9 Data Logging. Data logging is permitted; data logging systems with or without memory may be used. Global navigation satellite system reception is permitted. It is only permitted to take readings of engine rpm, engine water temperature, speed of 1 wheel, an X/Y accelerometer, lap times
and split lap times. The engine water temperature sensor may only be fitted in the position provided in the cylinder head cover for this attachment. The rpm, may only be recorded via a sensor on the HT lead to sense spark plug pulses. The HT lead must remain a single length from ignition coil to spark
plug cap. The fitting of these sensors is only permitted providing there is no modification to the original engine components.
One of the great advantages is you can link your video and quickly understand why you were quicker on one lap than another in a particular corner
To buy one either search Amazon or look at these great deals on Ebay
Here are the result from Round 3 of Stars at Wilton Mill
Jenson started 10th and was spun out on lap 1. He restarted at the back and managed to make his way back up to 22nd.
Jenson started 14th and finished 9th. After the first lap he was up to 6th having got his best start every in minis and staying out of trouble. He posted the 5th fastest lap. Heat 1.didn’t go so well finished 25th.
We went to Kimbolton for the first time for the January Race weekend. I got to grips with the technical track and in a tough grid I qualified 15th. Unfortunately in the final I made someplaces in the first corner then in the 4th corner got rammed onto the grass and couldnt get going again. Overall it is a fun track and we will return!
Below are a few tips on how to approach buying your first kart for your son or daughter. Karting is not a cheap sport but with a bit of research you get started for a few £100 you can get on the track.
Tips for buying a Cadet kart
Visit your local track
Before you buy a kart you should visit your local track on race or practice day and check what classes are popular at your local track. In 2014 for Cadets Honda and IAME are the most popular classes with Comer still allowed but in it last year as an MSA class. For a list see the following post of UK Kart tracks.
Talk to lots of people
Talk to as many other karters, dads, team managers, kart shops as possible. You will get lots of advise on what chassis to use, engine tuner, class. As a good friend of mine said “listen to all the advise you get at the kart track but don’t trust any of it” . You may prefer to run with a team or you may prefer to start slowly and set the kart up yourself.
Buy the MSA getting started pack
Read the MSA getting started website and purchase the MSA Starter Pack this gives you all the information you need to apply for your racing Licence. You don’t need a licence to test at most tracks so no rush to apply or take your ARKS test yet but the information is helpful.
Buy a kart and as much kit as possible
An excellent place to find a good first kart is eBay. Look for phrases like “Retirement Sale”, “Complete package”, “Moving classes”, “Lots of Spares”. You will soon want extra sets of wheels. wet tyres, a Mycron dash etc.
Make sure the chassis is straight and the seat fits
Before you do lots of testing make sure you chassis is straight as this will help the driver be confident. Ask at you local track who straightens chassis they should check it for about £20 plus time if it needs straightening.
Test, Test and more testing
Do as much testing as possible don’t mess with the set-up or buying really quick engines just focus on getting time on the track don’t worry if you slow just enjoy it and you will get quicker.