As always, this race demands the best out of drivers, crews and karts.
Highly competitive with a largest grid in the country of almost 60 teams,
this year the race was blessed with sunshine.
KartForce 1 qualified in 4th and maintained a top 10 position for the first
8 to 10 hours, then a front wheel came off.
This dropped them down the table but they fought ther way back up to 12th,
only for another wheel to come loose – this happened to a few other karts
Once you’ve had a 3 or 4 incidents that cost 20 to 30 mins it’s impossible
to close the gap, but the lads kept on putting in consistently fast laps,
equal to those in the top 10.
KF1 finished 17th out of 34 teams in class.
KartForce 2 also had their share of bad luck with a blow out, a crash, wheel
coming loose and a stretched throttle cable.
Running for most of the race with a stretched throttle cable meant they
weren’t achieving the lap times they’re capable of, loosing 2 to 3secs per
The cable eventually broke and once it was replaced, their laps time dropped
to 1min 20sec to 1min 21secs per lap.
24hr racing is very demanding so can be very stressful, especially for the
more competitive beasts. This can often leave drivers feeling totally
deflated after not achieving a result equal to their standards.
The sense of humour and team morale was race was fantastic. The lads worked
together, supported each other and enjoyed taking part in the most demanding
race in the British ProKart calendar.
We would not have been able to take part in this race without the support of
our event sponsors.
Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust
Team Army Sports Funding
The lads will be enjoying a well-earned hot bath and afternoon sleep at the
hotel, followed by a team meal and a few beers to discuss tactics!