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Posted on 10th September, 2018

We are finalising details of our 2019 season. This is what we have so far:

 

MEETINGS

There will be an increase in the number of meetings in 2019, to 12, meaning 24 races during the year. This is a reversion to the 2016 season where we last had 12 meetings.

 

POINTS SYSTEM

There was a discussion of changing the points system to make everthing closer in 2019 but a few drivers hinted that the risks to gain just one point to win a race was worthless, so we have decided to leave the current points system in place. 12 points for a win, 10 points for second place, 8 points for third place and then 7,6,5,4,3,2, and finally 1 point for tenth place. The bonus points will also remain, so one point for Pole in the first race with a bonus point for the fastest lap in each of the two races on the day.

 

FORMAT

The format will also remain as it has done for over 5 years, with a ten-minute qualifying session followed by the first race straight after. After a break for the other classes to race their first races, the second race will take place. The second race will be a reversed grid of the first race finishing positions.

 

CIRCUITS

It has been anunced by Club Organiser Clark Cowell that we will unfortunately be dropping Birmingham Wheels for 2019 and introducing more meetings at Sutton Circuit in Broughton Astley. This was a hard decision to make and is based on the distance travelled by the drivers to the circuits as they are mostly based in Coventry/Rugby areas. It therefore made sense to keep costs down for the drivers by not havong to drive so far. There will therefre be three meetings each at Sutton Circuit, Daytona Milton Keynes, Daytona Tamworth and ELK Motorsport in Newark after two successful meetings there in 2018.

 

COSTS

Due to circuit increases allowing for fuel costs and maintenance, the costs for the 2019 season will go up by a maximum of £5 in 2019. It is likely that an increase of only £2 for some meetings will happen and other circuits would remain the same.

 

EXTRAS

During 2019, we will be introducing a 'Driver Of The Day' award. This will be decided by the circuit officials at the end of the day and the deserving driver will receive a medal for this occasion.

 

ENDURANCE AND OTHER RACES

It is likely that we will once again host an endurance event (probably at ELK Motorsport again due to the success of the 2018 version). The Spring Cup looks likely to be dropped as the calendar is increasing during the season. The Carol Cheetham Memorial, hosted at Sutton Circuit, will be kept in its' December position at the end of the season.

 

2019 is shaping up to be a cracking year!

2018 Half Term Report

Posted on 11th June, 2018

Well, now that we are halfway through the 2018 season, already, let's take a look at the standings so far:

 

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Kallum Jones appears to have one hand on the trophy in the LW class, but Karl Spencer has been within reaching distance all season, despite his results saying otherwise. The same goes for Jack Warren, with all 3 drivers sharing the spoils more often than not. 

 

The reverse grid second races seem to be the points where Spencer and Warren do the catching up, with one or the other taking more points than Jones in each of these races. The class is still open as we head to Tamworth.

 

MEDIUMWEIGHTS

Guy Tolley has always been the favourite for this class, right from the day it was announced he was racing with us here at Rugby Kart Club. And he has lived up to that, taking 4 wins in the first 4 races, before struggling for pace in the next 4 races. However he kept his head, and his lead, by taking more fastest laps and currently holds a 22 point lead on the counted dropped scores. 

 

Special mentions go out to Trevor Hansford, who has made a remarkable comeback after surgery last year to be current joint runner-up with Todd White. And also to the Club's self titled 'Ginger Stig' Neil Graham, who after the first meeting chose a real challenge and dropped into the MW class from the Heaveyweights and although his results don't show outright pace, he has stayed in touch with the top 3 and currently sit 5th, only 8 points adrift of a trophy.

 

HEAVYWEIGHTS

It has been a really close season so far in the HW class. Paul Malin took an early sprint into the distance with some brilliant results but has been sidelined with illness and hasn't raced since Round 4. Newcomer David Comber then took over the lead briefly before Chris Cheetham became the new leader.

 

Cheetham has done a lot of work since January to shed over 2 stone in weight, going from one of the heaviest drivers in the class, to nearly one of the lightest. Lou Aracsi and Richard Warren have had varied results, mainly in the reverse grid races, but stay within touch. Just 2 points cover Cheetham and Comber, while a bad result from both, coupled with good results from Aracsi and Warren will bring all 4 drivers right back together again.

 

THE REST OF THE SEASON

We expect Kallum Jones and Karl Spencer to draw close to each other by the end, with Karl running under the pressure of fighting for a championship quite well in the past. Guy Tolley looks like he is almost there with his class, while we can't say who will win the HW class. It is just that close.

 

What are your predictions for the 3 classes? Comment below.

 

The next meeting is at Daytona Tamworth on June 30th at 10am. Photos will be provided by Stacey Smith (and Chris Cheetham if we do not all race on one grid). Stacey is also going to be taking her laptop to the track and is requesting footage from any drivers wearing cameras as she wants to try a project, if anyone can help at the end of the days's racing.