National Karting Events
Technically the National Events were not part of a championship, however due to their significance I felt that they deserved a mention. As a driver, a championship title is always the ultimate goal, but there are certain events which carry a similar level of prestige… think Monaco, Le Mans, or Bathurst. The karting world is no different and the national events were the next best thing after the British Championship title.
Staggered throughout the year, the TKM Festival, Kartmasters GP, and 0 Plate meetings all follow a similar format. These weekend events consist of an extensive qualifying and three heat format to provide you with a grid position for a pre-final. This is the point were weekends can be ruined or recovered as the result of the pre-final determines the starting positions for the grand final. The final is where it all counts and the title is decided. As you can imagine, with no long term championship to think about, the racing can be extremely physical with drivers often feeling they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
What is there to be gained? Prize money, TV coverage and oversized trophies were a regular feature of these type of races. In addition, the 0 Plate and Kartmasters GP events allowed the champion to run an exclusive, reserved number for the following year. This was either ‘0’ or ‘GP’. This is why you will see GP displayed in some of my photos… I won Kartmasters in 2009 for the TKM 4 Stroke class. Running an exclusive number always attracted a lot of attention on TV coverage however amongst other drivers it can make you a bit of a ‘target’.