5 April 2010
TKM Round One – Glan Y Gors.
The North Wales venue of Glan Y Gors hosted the opening round of the Super 1 TKM Championship on Easter Weekend
When the Stingray RV Super One Championship announced its 2010 rules and media package, which included television coverage on Motors TV courtesy of PSC Productions and the addition of cameras on the front of each kart to help with judicial procedures there was an unavoidable rise in the cost of entering all three of its series, MSA, Rotax and TKM.
As the 'budget' arm of the S1 umbrella, the news of a price hike did not sit well with many of the TKM entrants, who were already feeling a little like the poor third cousin against the MSA and Rotax classes.
Combined with a general plight in the four stroke classes and an overriding feeling (rightly or wrongly) that the KF and Rotax classes were the best places to be 'seen' by influential figures in higher echelons of the sport, it took some last minute investment from Tal-Ko to subsidise the TV deal and reduce the entry price back towards 2009 levels. Even so it wasn't enough to save the Junior TKM Four Stroke class, which disappeared after seven seasons.
There was also some doubt about the Senior TKM Four Stroke class, which eventually went ahead with 17 entrants, just two more than the class minimum but, tellingly more than in the more celebrated KF2 and Super KF classes.
The opening weekend of the season took place at the glorious Glan Y Gors circuit in North Wales on Easter Weekend with grids for Cadet Honda, Junior TKM, Senior TKM Four Stroke and TKM Extreme.
In the burgeoning Cadet Honda class double heat winner Billy Monger beat third heat winner Dave Wooder in the first final with Luke Knott third after a terrific three kart dice. Monger then completed the weekend double in final two just a fraction ahead of Knott with Wooder a distant third and the rest nearly 20 seconds behind. Series rookies Dino Lee and Robbie Gallier rounded out the top five as positions four through ten crossed the line together.
The first Junior TKM final saw five different leaders with rookie Matt Davies eventually nosing ahead to take the win from Oliver Basey-Fisher and polesitter James Peace.
Peace grabbed a thrilling win in the second final, taking the lead from Basey-Fisher in a frantic final corner. James Raven, following Peace closely, jumped from fourth to second in the same couple of seconds with Basey-Fisher falling to third and Stephen Letts, who ran second one corner from home. Final one winner Davies took sixth behind Daniel Burton.
Senior TKM Four Stroke was just as close with the top three separated by less than half a second in final one. Michael West just held off Michael Rich and William Thomas but there were fewer smiles for defending champion Adam Nichols, who failed to finish.
Nichols and fellow final one DNF'er Emyr Honeybun both played their part in a scintillating second final, won by Rich over Luke Graver. The top six karts crossed the line together with West slipping to third on the final lap and Honeybun climbing from sixth to fourth ahead of Miles Murphy and Nichols.
TKM Extreme caused the biggest stir when final one winner Charlie Bruce-White and runner-up Randall Lynn collided while disputing first place in the main event. Ryan Cole, only fifth in the first final, capitalised to take the victory from Joe Porter and Phil Smith as fully a third of the field retired, many with accident damage.
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