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NKC Round 1 – Race Report

Well we enjoyed that weekend massively and we hope you did too. Everything seemed to come together with glorious weather (apart from when we took the picture above), great company and very close racing. It seems there are lots of drivers with a genuine shot at the overall title and it’s far too close to call right now.

3rd place went to Jake Horan, who battled back from 5th on the grid following some bad luck with a loose chain guard in Heat 3. Jake had the best pace all weekend and is certainly one to watch.

2nd went to Megan Williams who got faster and faster as the weekend progressed in her first go in a TKM. Now sitting proudly at the top of the table, if she carries on like this then Megan is certainly another title contender.

And 1st place went to NKC Chief Strategist, Oli Nitch-Smith, with an immense drive (not my words -Oli) from 10th on the grid following his own spot of bother in Heat 1, another flying chain guard. Perhaps we need to issue some NKC 10mm spanners!

Generally, the racing was close and competitive throughout the field and I’m sure it was as enjoyable to watch as it was to be involved in. And what a circuit Hooton Park is! For us that was the surprise of the weekend and we will definitely be back. We chose Hooton for Round 1 following the enthusiasm and support we received from Bob and Jon there in the early development of NKC, and we’re glad we did. They were fully prepared for us and their Indikart series is a credit to independent kart racing in the UK. Many thanks to them.

The championship table has been prepared and can be found here. Dropped scores will be factored in later in the series. For anyone who didn’t make Round 1, remember that dropped scores mean you can still contend for the title, as long as you enter Round 2.

A special mention for the King family, who worked into the night on Saturday to cobble together a motor for Darren Smith, who suffered an ignition failure during practice. A great effort, which is massively appreciated.

Finally, congratulations to Darren Smith who was the winner of the SJM engine box, thanks to picking One For Arthur in our Grand National sweepstake. There will be another box up for grabs at Round 2 and don’t forget we will be giving away a custom race suit at Clay Pigeon, courtesy of racewear.co.uk.

See you all at Fulbeck!

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