News Archive: May 2013
LGM at PFI
As the LGM series move back to the midlands and the home of the IAME engine at the PF International Circuit for its first visit of two in the championship calendar. Alex Quinn is hope for his hat trick, but I’m sure Oliver York fresh from his S1 win will be praying his own winning ways can continue. If the weather forecast is correct we should be free for the bad weather that was seen a Rowrah. With an impressive 50 drivers entered for this round it set to be a close fort contest with the honours able to go in a number of different directions, Tom Wood, Oliver York, Teddy Wilson & Albert Carter all taking the top spot in pre-season club meetings at the PFI circuit. So lets hope its not just the racing that going to be a scorcher, but the weather also. To keep up to date with the results and live timing visit www.tagheuer-timing.co.uk/?page_id=5
With the growth of the IAME class and it being the cadet formula to compete in TVKC will also be supporting a healthy club grid this weekend, with third place driver last club meeting Ross Woodford is setting his eye on 1st place trophy
York Keeps on Trucking
William Pettitt produced a lap out of nowhere in Timed Qualifying that no-one else could match. The 2nd session was run on what should have been a slightly quicker circuit but still William’s time remained unbeaten, Alex Quinn and Oliver York coming closest. Both sessions were run on Saturday morning in wet conditions that began to dry in time for the Heats. York claimed pole position for final 1 after winning both of his Heats. Quinn won the other one to gain a place opposite Oliver on the front row. Lewis Thompson shared row 2 with Jonny Edgar. Tyler Chesterton, George Price, Luca Molinaro and Owen Marlow qualified via the “B” Final.
Competitors were faced with a difficult tyre choice in Sunday’s first final. Although an early morning shower had left the circuit looking damp, there were sufficient dry patches to suggest that slicks might be an advantage in later stages. As it happened, everyone opted for wets. York and Thompson made very fast starts, forcing Quinn to take a wide line at Turn 1. Alex found that he’d run out of road and dropped down to 12th place initially. Thompson went into 1st place half way round the opening lap and he was followed by Teddy Wilson who looked extremely quick at this stage, having started off grid 5.
Wilson hit the front after half a dozen laps had been completed but his tenure was short lived as York replaced him almost immediately. There was nothing between the front three runners at this point, but it soon became clear that Wilson’s tyres were starting to go off. Matthew Graham took over 3rd place from Wilson at half distance, by which time York and Thompson were some 40 yards ahead. Wilson lost another place to Kiern Jewiss next time around, with Jonny Edgar and Alex McDade rapidly gaining ground.
Out in front, meanwhile, York had established a lead of around 20 yards over Thompson and looked as though he might win this race comfortably. However, Thompson put in two or three quick laps to close the gap once more. As they began their final tour, York was holding on grimly with Thompson looking ready to pounce. Jewiss had replaced Graham in 3rd spot, but was almost 100 yards behind the two leaders. In a thrilling end to this race, Thompson got his kart alongside York around the final bend with Oliver just and so winning by a coat of paint. Edgar finished behind graham in 5th spot only just ahead of McDade .
There were no doubts about the tyre choice for this race as it got underway on a perfectly dry circuit. York took an immediate lead but was overtaken within half a lap by Edgar who had come flying through from grid 5. Wilson was involved in a shunt at turn 1 that dropped him outside the top twenty runners. Jewiss initially held 3rd place ahead of Thompson with Jack Armstrong coming under strong pressure for 5th spot. After two or three laps, Edgar and York were starting to pull away from Thompson who had relieved Jewiss of 3rd position. Graham was fighting hard to retain 5th spot ahead of McDade, Pettitt and Armstrong. Quinn found himself in 9th position, some 20 yards behind the battle for 5th.
Edgar and York were working well together so that, by half distance, they had pulled out a gap of 40 yards or more over Jewiss who was back up into 3rd place ahead of Thompson. York then decided to take over at the front with Edgar seemingly glued to his rear bumper. Quinn was back under our radar having jumped up to 5th position ahead of Pettitt, Graham and McDade. Thompson dropped down to 5th after Quinn and Jewiss both went through. Even with a quarter of this race still remaining, York was beginning to take a defensive line around the corners. Back in 3rd spot Quinn could see a gap of 50 yards gradually diminishing.
York had slowed the paced dramatically so that, with two laps still remaining, Quinn and Pettitt were just 10 yards behind. Pettitt got ahead of Quinn on their final tour and then snatched 2nd spot from Edgar who responded immediately to retrieve the situation. These four approached the last bend with nothing to separate them. Edgar swung wide in an attempt to get past York and almost allowed Pettitt through. York took the win, with Edgar just holding onto 2nd spot. Jewiss took 5th place, about 40 yards behind Quinn in 4th position. Thompson finished 7th behind Graham, with Alex McDade, Sean Butcher and Zach Robertson making up the top ten.
‘0’ Plate Announced
This inaugural title will be decided on Sunday 3rd November 2013 at the legendary PF International kart circuit – IAME’s UK home.
With more details to follow in the coming weeks, you can be assured that the 2013 ABkC IAME Cadet ‘O’ Plate will make its debut with a bang!
To guarantee your entry at this premier race meeting, register your interest today by emailing the TVKC Competition Secretary, Danielle Short, at or for further information go to www.tvkc.co.uk
Quinn sees double
The Rowrah circuit in Cumbria played host to the second round of the 2013 LGM series, with what can only be described as atrocious weather. Very heavy rain with wind and fog was taking it to the limit of the race actually being run at all!
Shining through from the gloom was Alex Quinn, starting on the front row, Quinn with his smooth driving style made it look easy, with a faultless lights to flag victory, pulling clear of his nearest rivals Lewis Thompson & pole sitter Dextor Patterson. Quinn now heads the series with his double win. The front three pulled a gap from the rest of the field, with a first lap incident involving many drivers at the start in the fog, this included Oliver York, Kiern Jewiss, Jack Brailsford, Tyler Chesterton, Mario Mills to name but a few, all managed to re start apart from Brailsford who received damage to his rear tyre, taking him out of the race. York recovered very well and with the conditions suiting him, managed to get back to a creditable 4th. Teddy Wilson had a better race, still not showing his early year pace, but finishing 5th overall. Sean Butcher equalled his round best of 9th and Jewiss who was unlucky at the first round, did not have a great day either finishing 19th, having to recovering from the pile up at the start. In the Privateers cup, Chesterton again took top honours with 16th overall, Joshua Rafferty & Toby Stevenson taking 2nd & 3rd both of which came through from the ‘B’ final. So its on to the Lincolnshine based PFI circuit next, which hopefully will be back to better weather !
Gazelle homologation paper
The final Gazelle homologation paper and class regulations are now available, please follow link below
LGM heads to “Sunny” Rowrah
As the LGM series heads up to Rowrah this weekend for round 2 of the championship, Kiern Jewiss hopes to put his misfortune from Larkhall behind him whilst Alex Quinn is looking to make it two on the trot. With local drive Jonny Edgar fresh from his ‘0’ Plate win at Rowrah he will be hoping to take the honours this weekend but with Teddy Wilson hoping to better his 1st round result and the likes of Oliver York, Tom wood & Alex McDade snapping at the heels, mix that with the top running privateers of Tyler Chesterton, Sean Butcher & Toby Stevenson all able to pinch one of the top 3 spots its set to be a heart stopping race weekend. To keep up to speed on all the results, timings visit www.cumbriakrc.co.uk www.lgmseries.com