A strong Tarporley Karting Team (TKT) took part in the National Schools Karting Association (Natska) Sprint Finals in July at the Clay Pigeon Race Circuit in Dorset. This was the final race meeting of the 2015/16 season where the overall season championship positions are confirmed
It’s also, sadly, a time to say goodbye to some of the older competitors who retire from Schools Karting as they reach their 18th birthdays!
In Class 14, which is for Karts with either Raket or Restricted TKM engines, TKT fielded four of the 11 competitors in the field. Huge congratulations go to Sam Bailey-Saltmarsh who not only won the weekend event but also the season Championship, it was also ‘well-done’ to Katie Pritchard who finished 2nd with some highly accomplished drives over the two days. Kian Ray was 5th just missing out on a trophy by the narrowest of margins and Jon Daniels finished 7th after some frustrating heats where things didn’t go his way.
TKT fielded three of the six drivers in Class 1 (Cadet), this is the most junior class which is for competitors as young as eight years old. After some competitive racing it was TKT’s Harvey Cole who came out on top, winning the weekend event, with club-mates Ewan Sime in 4th and Daniel Kenny 6th.
In Class 7 (Junior TKM) TKT fielded almost half of the total field, here is how they got on. For the second year running, and in his final Natska race, it was 1st place to TKT’s James Mills, who also picked up the season Championship, again for the second year on the bounce. Whilst Kurt Roberts took 2nd place for the second successive season it was 3rd place for Theo Hesketh, 5th was Amy Duke, with Harry Jones 6th, Lee Whittingham 8th, Robbie White 9th and Reece Griffiths 12th. In his final Natska race Reece picked up the 158kg Class 7 trophy, so from everyone at TKT well done Reece and best of luck in the future.
In Class 15 (Rotax) TKT fielded 4 of the 14 competitors, and it was well done to TKT’s Connor Bailey in his final Natska race, finishing a creditable 4th, not far behind were team-mates Tommy Taylor in 7th, Fraser Sime 8th and Jake Bailey-Saltmarsh 10th.
Finally, three TKT novice drivers attended their first Nationals event at Clay Pigeon, all performed well with Jake Bastable impressing the on-course marshals such that he picked up the Class 1 Cadet Novice Trophy. Congratulations also go to Dom Roberts and James Goodchild who took part in the Class 11 novice heats.
The Tarporley Karting Team is mostly funded by monies raised by the parents and children through car boot sales, quizzes and other similar activities. We are also grateful for the annual donation from the Tarporley Round Table and the Tarporley & District 41 Club, this money will be put to good use repairing karts and buying spares. For more information about the club, including those interested in joining or anyone who feels that they could make a donation to keep the club going, please contact Howard Malyon on 07887 626 320.