British Superkart Championship – Round One
Castle Combe, 6th May
Round one marches onwards and in one week we will have travelled down to Wiltshire for the opening two rounds of the British Superkart championship at Castle Combe. It feels a bit odd to write this as our engine is in pieces, having blown it to pieces at the final shakedown (quite literally, we could have done without making a hole in the crank cases really).
However, the gears are in motion for my engine to be functional once again by the time Motors TV start their cameras next week, so we continue. Castle Combe, a picturesque Wiltshire village with an airfield-based race circuit attached, shares many similarities on the surface, layout wise, to Thruxton – fast, frantic and largely unchanged from its original iteration. A couple of chicanes have been added to slow down competitors, but compared to Silverstone – another airfield perimeter road derived race track – nothing substantial.
After seven years of service as an RAF airfield built for World War 2, the circuit opened its doors as a race circuit in 1950, back in the days when wearing a crash helmet was merely suggested (than mandated). The circuit has run a variety of programmes over the years, including the BTCC and F3 packages in the past, but now subject to limited race day allocation and noise controls, so is mostly used for club racing, including it’s own one-circuit single seater and saloon car series which joins several visiting championships on each race day.
The outright lap-record is held by a Tyrrell 022 at 130.9mph, and the superkart lap record is 94.4mph.
The race is being broadcast live by Motors TV (Sky 413), coverage at the circuit begins at 1.30pm and our races are scheduled for 1.40pm and 4.20pm.
Information for this post taken from Peter Swinger’s ‘Motor Racing Circuits in England : Then & Now’