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Paul Platt, MSA Champion of 2012

On the start of race one, between fourth and fifth gear, it jumped out of gear, dropped a couple of places and went back into the field. Going into the first corner, Marcel Maasmann got it wrong, drifted sideways. Chris Needham crashed into him. I backed right off because there were karts starting to fly off everywhere, crashing into each other. Someone hit me up the back end, spun me sideways to the right and then another kart came along and hit my front right wheel. I was spinning clockwise and then a kart hit me on the left wheel which spun me anti-clockwise the other way to a standstill.

That snapped the chassis, snapped the steering, the exhaust. We had to change the exhaust to the older spec and we had to weld the chassis up. We got it just ready in time and managed to keep up with the front lot for the first five laps. But by lap eight the tyres were shot. I managed to finish seventh. In my first European championship round, I was happy to finish in the top ten."
"Where do you think you'll be next season?"

Paul Platt:
"At the front, that's where I'm planning to be."
"Sorry I mean in which championship?"

Paul Platt:
"The MSA. The European championship is far too expensive. On our budget we can only afford the British championship. The European championship is three times the amount of money if you want to be competitive, at the front in that, which is where we'd like to be.

The main aim next season is to do the treble. Win the MSA championship, retain the O Plate and win the GP. That's the main aim next season. A tall order, but that's what we'll be aiming for."

by Simon Stiel

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