Karting catchup

Karting catchup

Thought I’d post my time-sheets from my most recent three karting sessions. Prior to this I had been going to Lakeside Karting about once a year for many years. Since it was getting a bit cold, I decided to try the indoor track at Rayleigh Karting Stadium. I had been there before many, many years ago, but the track layout has changed except for two corners, so no point comparing previous lap times. Essentially it’s a new track for me.

All sessions are 10 minutes.

Edit: I can’t figure out how to make the results sheets open full-size in a new window. If you want a copy, contact me and I will email you a link.

Autumn 2015.

2015-1x-Autumn RayleighI don’t remember much about the session now, but here are the highlights I wrote down at the time.

Session 1. 10 drivers, started 4th, finished 3rd, won fastest lap.

Session 2. 9 drivers, started 5th, finished 1st, won fastest lap.

Session 3. 10 drivers, started 11th, finished 4th. Very dirty racing from some drivers. Every time I overtook one car he would hit me and take me off on the next corner.

Session 4. 3 drivers, started 1st, finished 2nd. The other drivers, Jon and Tim, had been about ten times so far that year. Tom’s car was difficult to drive, to be fair. Jon weighed about 13lb (6kg) less than I did at the time.

Session 5. 3 drivers, started 3rd, finished 3rd. Worked on my technique for the bridge and first corner.

My fastest lap of the day 28.45.


Dec 2015.

2015-12-xx #1 Rayleigh

Session 1.

Sessions 1 and 2. I was the only driver.

Session 3. 2 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 4. 6 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 5. 6 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.




2015-12-xx #2 RayleighSession 6. 6 Drivers, finished 3rd, fastest lap. There was one driver who was very quick but not as fast as I was. Every time I pulled out to pass him he would drive me into and along the barrier to stop me from passing. I got fed up with this, and next time he moved right to force me into the barrier, I moved left and spun him out. Both of us got penalised one lap. I spoke to the marshal afterwards about it, and he wasn’t sympathetic. I didn’t pursue it; their track, their rules.

Session 7. 6 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 8. Just me. Good job too, I was pretty tired by now.


My fastest lap of the day, 28.99.


14th Jan 2016.

2016-01-14 #1 Rayleigh Session 1. Just me.

Session 2. 4 drivers, started 4th, leading after the first corner, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 3. 4 drivers, can’t remember where I started, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 4. 4 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 5. Just me.



2016-01-14 #2 Rayleigh

Sessions 6, and 7, just me.

My fastest lap of the day, 29.28. This got me to 30th fastest lap of the (short) year so far.

Karting session at Lakeside

Here are the time-sheets for my trip to Lakeside Karting Raceway yesterday.

It was a last minute decision to go, so I went on my own.  The other drivers were an individual and a couple of groups.

The first session started from the pits and was 20 minutes long.  I was 1st in that session with fasted lap too.

The second session started from the grid, with additional drivers joining from the pit lane.  We were supposed to line up with the fastest from session 1 (me) at the front of the grid, but I was 6th or 7th on the grid.

The first corner is about 30m from the start line and is a slight right, and about 10m later a left.  I had started well from the left of the grid, and was on the inside at turn 2, and already up to 3rd.  I can’t remember where I overtook the other two, but I was first at the end of the lap.  I finished 1st, and got fastest lap again.

There were a couple of people who joined in at the second session that were quite slow.  I am careful not to make contact or risk a crash with slower drivers during these sessions; they’re fun sessions, not serious races, and the speed difference is quite big.  I did get slowed down a couple of times while waiting for a safe place to overtake, but most of my overtakes were quick and clean.

One of the other drivers races in the stock car championship each year, and I think he said he had been champion for the last two years.  Another driver races regularly in a “Dad’s Series”; he had his own race suit, so he must be serious!

Looking at the rank at the top of each session sheet, I’m in the top 1.1% of drivers.  Not bad seeing as I haven’t been since Fathers’ Day last year.

So, two sessions, two wins, and two fastest laps. Perfect!

So You Want to be an F1 Driver (SoWorld) – Round 3 – date announced

Just heard from Kaz that Round 3 will be at Rye House for outdoor karting on 28 January 2009.  He received a letter about it.  I haven’t heard anything.  I was on the reserves list, so I hope the lack of a letter is not a bad omen.

Will post more when I have more info.

So You Want to be an F1 Driver – Round 1

I did my five laps on Tuesday.

For those that don’t know, this is a pseudo annual competition for wannabe racing drivers. It is televised after the event.

I missed the competition the first year, but I saw it on TV and have entered since then. First time, I only got through the first round. Last time got through to round 4.

Basically, the first competition’s first prize was a drive in an F1 car (albeit a 70’s one), and a contract with the management company who were looking after Jenson Button at the time.

I’ll be writing here about my progress in this year’s competition.

So, Round 1. There is a choice of tracks at which we have to post five laps. It’s either the fastest of the five, or the average of the five laps that is sent off to the competition promoter. They will then decide who goes on to round two.

I’m not saying which track I went to, or what my time was until after the date that the times have to be submitted. So, come back later to see how I got on.

You can subscribe to the RSS feed by clicking on the orange icon, and you will be notified of updates to this site.

Wish me luck.

Karting tomorrow (Sun 7 Oct)

I’m doing an ‘arrive and drive’ karting session with (other) Colin tomorrow.  It’s been hard to find times where we’re both free, so a weekend session will be a change for us.
I’m hoping there will be plenty of other drivers to beat, but not so many that we get caught up a lot behind accidents.  It should be quite a challenge; I haven’t been to the gym regularly since before Blanche went into hospital in June.  I know I don’t have the strength and stamina that I had before, so it will be interesting to see the results.
Still no reply from the F1 Drivers’ Challenge people.  I’ve got a busy week this week, so I’m not sure I’ll have time to phone them.
I suppose the big news is Lewis Hamilton’s potential F1 Drivers Championship tomorrow.  Good luck Lewis!


I’m back in the driving seat, well soon anyway.
I’m waiting for my regular karting buddy to book a holiday day so we can go karting again.
You may remember that this years F1 Drivers’ Challenge was supposed to start after the British F1 GP, but I haven’t heard anything from them yet.  I emailed them two weeks ago but didn’t receive a reply.  I’ve emailed them again today and I’ll post more when I hear from them.
I’m looking for more sponsors so I can really step this up.  If you’re in a position to consider sponsoring me, please leave a comment and a phone number.  The comment will not appear on the site, I will contact you.  I’ve been in business for 17 years, so I know how to promote a sponsor.
More news soon, I hope.