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Hi All,

so I’m actually a late bloomer to the karting scene, starting in hire karts at bayford meadows. It took literally 2 practice days and 1 race day in hire karts before I bought 2 go karts off a friend (a big leap I admit). Having seen the competition in BMKR, I decided to use the karts I had to practice as much as possible to get my times to within a couple of seconds of the race pace. To get my race craft up I entered the hire kart championship at Bayford Meadows coming 8th overall in my first year with a second place in round 4. I’ve carried this on for the last two years becoming a more consistent driver and a better racer, whilst also doing owner driver practice days and the occasional marshaling.

roll on to 2022 and I’ve decided that this is my year to go for it….3 championships this year

Bayford Meadows super pro 270 - my social event for the month that I don’t have to take too seriously anymore.
club 73 - my way of getting to other tracks in the country and competing with a broader range of ability racers
BMKR max 177 - the end goal…the life dream…. What all the work has been for.

results so far
superpro - 4th overall
club 73 - 6th overall (I expect this won’t last too long considering my two best tracks are now done with)
max 177 - 11th overall (I’m no longer last 😂)

here’s a bunch of images of my journey so far
 

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Club 73 - Wednesday saw the 2nd round of club 73 at Wilton mill, going into this race I was place towards the back of the A final (which is fine with me as I’m totally out of my league with these drivers) I make the long drive up and do a practice session before hand, in the pouring rain….safe to say not the conditions I wanted given that hire karts run slicks all the time. The A final is the last race of the evening and it was a struggle, learned from the practice a reasonable line I was comfortable with but by no means was I fast. My plan was to stay out of trouble which I managed to for the most part which landed me with a placement of xx after the 30 mins.



I started this series in clubman plus class, I have now been promoted to pro after my results from the last three rounds. So currently sitting 6th overall and 2nd in class.





Max 177 - so having made the decision to change the chassis last minute I genuinely thought this race wasn’t going to happen for me, rebuilding and servicing everything throughout the week it got to Friday and I still had to service the brakes, sort out my throttle, service the clutch and power valve and change the gear oil, sounds easy but I hit obstacles every step of the way.



Saturday rolls around and I’m taking the kart to the track in pieces hoping for a miracle. Throughout the day whilst everyone is working on setup I’m in the paddock with a scanner in my hand working flat out. I took a break to watch my little one do the Easter egg hunt which she loved (thank you KRM) so having missed the first 4 sessions I managed to get everything sorted so I can get out for the last two, spurred on by my misses and daughter, instantly I felt the setup was wrong (setup was the same as the Tony kart except for the rear track) given that it was just a shake down I didn’t push too hard and after coming and doing a check of all the nuts and bolts I was happy it was at least rebuilt safely. Now time to push!!



I made no setup changes (big mistake) and found I really struggled in the corners due with my lap times reflecting the struggle, even had a full 360 spin on corner one after taking too wide of a line and dropping a wheel on the grass 😳. So packed up for the day nervous about the race on Sunday.



So qualifying was as expected….12 entries for 177 max and I’m plum last with a terrible time of 49.72, 6 tenths slower than my rival and 2.t seconds behind the pole sitter, this was a combination of not trusting my brakes fully and terrible setup. Quick change to the pressures and out for the first race, which had a false start which I ignored meaning I run into the back of my rival and dropping my bumper, fortunately I was able to move past him in the race finishing 11th. Even with the penalty I managed to keep my place. For the second race I had made an adjustment to the rear bumper and found an instant confidence gain in the corners, this combined with the brakes finally feeling bed in meant I was able to challenge my rival a bit better however I still couldn’t get past him.



Having made another change this time to the middle bearing I was confident in the final. This time I was closer than ever to my rival but lack of confidence and not wanting to damage anything meant I finished behind again however due to a collision I moved up two places 😁 not the way I want to gain place but I’ll take it.



I’ve now booked some driver tuition because I feel like I should be able to get more out of the kart and I want to learn from my telemetry what changes I should be making.



Thank you if you managed to read this long post, I’ve mainly done this journal so I can look back on it.
 

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Keep working at it, you'll keep improving. If you need any help at whilton I find my way round ok 😉
 
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Welcome to owner driver karting.
Bayford is my sons local track and started his racing with the 270pro Sunday cup and there club championships... on his way to winning those he learnt many things you won't learn in owner like slicks in the wet!
Now his senior max champion...but it started in those 270s.
It is indeed quite a jump both in speed but also physically and there's alot more factors to learn in kart setup and driver techniques.
Seat time is key and just keep it fun!
 
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Well done Dan! Roll on the next one and keep up the good work. ;) 👍
 
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Gota get that latest entry done fella! :p (y) 🏁
 

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May results

Super pro - 4 ↔️4

Club 73 - 6⬇️18

Max 177 - 11 ↔️11



Super pro

Heat 1 - 5⬇️6

Heat 2 - 1↔️1

Heat 3 - 6↔️6





Club 73 rd 3 - rye house

Wednesday 11th of may saw club 73 visit Rye house, a track I have never been to before so I hasn’t exactly brimming with confidence.



Practice

Before the race a few of the regulars from Bayford snuck in a cheeky practice, however there’s a catch….lots of rain 😂.

Only 7 of us on track and I finished 6th which is pretty much what I expected, only a second or two off pace though so not too bad.



Race

So starting towards the back of the A final, and now with a dry track which made practice pretty redundant (totally out of my league against all the quickest guys in club 73) as expected the start was like a stampede into stadium, I ended up towards the back after a couple of knocks from the the quick boys behind. And that’s pretty much where I stayed until the end of the race,





Max 177



Driver coaching - this month I decided to take some driver tuition as I’ve felt I’ve gotten into some bad habits thanks to hire kart driving, unfortunately most of the day was spent on setting up my new chassis properly,



Saturday practice - this month I took some awning space with Clark motorsport, all the guys there were fantastic and helped out more than I was expecting, by the end of the day I was happy with setup despite the piss poor tyres I had to use.



Quali - qualified 10th out of 14, struggled for grip on the old tyres 49.01 which is fairly decent on the worn rubber. The top boys put in times of 47.54. I had fairly consistent times all mid to low 49’s, more importantly I was ahead of my three main rivals for the season, Adam pell, Gerry poore and Andy Locke



Heat 1 - 10 ⬆️ 9 first lap was a disaster after being hit at the rise by one of the new guys, causing me to slip to last. Fortunately for me 13th and 12th both had problems after lap 2 leaving me to chase down Gerry, after 4 laps I finally managed to get past on the mound after a small mistake by Gerry leaving me finishing 10th on track, thanks to a drop down from Lee moved me up to 9th place.

Fastest lap time :- 49.29, most times in 49’s



Heat 2 - 9 ⬇️13 a bad session for me, another time someone crashed into me causing me to drop to 13th in the first lap, I moved up to 12th after the other new boy Stuart pulled out of the race, unfortunately for me Luke Bailey come through by lap 6

Fastest lap:- 49.11, average mid to low 49’s



Final - 13 ⬆️ 9 much better race for me and where the position really matters given the double points for the final. Lap 1 saw Andy Locke spin giving me 12th, After lap 1 8th and 9th place had a coming together promoting me to 10th. Losing 10th on lap 6 to Richard friend. Again I found myself chasing down Gerry and finally managed to make the pass on on lap 12, after luke bailey had a spin I gained another position finishing 9th







June

Superpro - 4⬇️10

Club 73 - 18↔️18 6 in pro class

Max 177 - 11⬆️9



June - superpro - no show

Club 73 - stone dead last

New track which is fantastic but very tight, wet race yet again and lack of track knowledge and driving ability caused the last placement 2 seconds off leaders pace







June max



Qual - on the bumper of 26 and gave myself a nose cone, come in early figuring they would give me 5 seconds so did my want to carry on, end up with an 48.57 instead of the 48.08 could have easily made a mid to low 47 based on the feeling in the kart



Pre final 1 - 14⬇️18 what a disaster that was…this is the result of over confidence and cockiness, game plan was to chase down Adam and Andy knowing I had the legs on them with the set up I had. I did well sitting on Adam’s bumper and when he went for a dive on Andy I fully expected to also get past, unfortunately everyone decided to slide into each causing massive damage to my front end (track rod and yet another steering column) Decided to pull the kart in given the damage and to save the tyres.stared xxx finished last



Pre final 2 - 18⬆️15 due to a string of false starts (I blame the front runners 😂) I got into an accident pushing my front bumper back far enough it started to make contact with the wheel reducing my turn in capability, although I stuck out race it wasn’t without its issues, tracking was again shifted and the kart didn’t feel nice to drive.





Final - started 18 ⬆️ 16

suspect that the chassis is bent thanks to people falling off I ended up where I did but couldn’t break low 48’s and the kart felt like I couldn’t put the power down


side note…had the chassis checked and it was bent alright…I don’t do things by half 😂

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Getting some seat time in mate! :cool: 🏁

Was the chassis bent from our coming together? The only damage I had on mine was a tyre mark on the side pod and a slightly bent pod bar as I assume as it got lifted up? :oops:

Roll on Sunday, looking forward to it. No seat time for me since last round...so we'll just wing it 🤪
 
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Quali - quali was a rush for me to get to the grid so game plan went out the door, as with last month I positioned myself behind someone that I couldn’t get past without risk of damage and wanting to get to the end of this round I decided to just go with whatever happened.

Heat - 11⬇️16 well that went well…didn’t even start 😂 electrical connection from the battery to the starter snapped clean off

Pre final - 16⬆️12. starting from the very back is always dishearten but it does mean I can do what I love doing in karting and that’s chasing the guy in front and finding their weak points, unfortunately a few people had offs around the track so I didn’t get a chance to practice my overtakes like I wanted too, I did spend a few laps chasing Gerry (my championship rival) and after he made a few mistakes I found where I could make the move…back after the back straight was where I was going to send it so lap 5 i got the best exit I could onto the back straight and dived up the inside, Getty not wanting to concede did squeeze me but played fair and gave me room to make the pass. Following this battle was now allowing me to chase down my rightful position, and every lap I was catching the 3/4 in front, unfortunately it just didn’t happen with me finishing 12.

Final - 12↔️12 what a race! From 7 - 12 we were pretty much bumper to bumper and that’s the racing that I enjoy, yes I was on the back of a train of karts but after backing off and catching up I knew I had the pace to be making moves, unfortunately with how close it was I dare not make a move without risk of damage, when I did decide that it was my time to make the move a battle literally in front of me caused a kart to flip upside down causing a red flag and the final to be abandoned. Driver was fine and kart didn’t seem to have any damage which was surprising.



Final surprise of the day was on the last day of rookie plates I won the rookie trophy, couldn’t be anymore happy with how this weekend finished given the worry about lap times and damage
 
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Well done fella, good drive! How good was that final? o_O:love:

Well deserved bit of silverware too that mate, good on ya!
 
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