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Team BMR win at Kimbolton
The new BMR Team showed that they mean business this year after taking victory at the Kimbolton LGM shakedown meeting last weekend. Benefiting from the both the previous experience of Chris Rogers and Ben Platten combined with the wealth of experience of the championship winning British Touring Car team they have turned out to be one of the most competitive X30 teams this season.
 

Juniors

Axel La Flamme – 1st
Axel La Flamme has come on leaps and bounds since joining the team and took what a somewhat surprise victory in the Junior X30 class.
After qualifying 3rd in his group Axel took a 3rd and 2nd in the heats to put him on the front row for the final alongside reigning vice World Champion, Callum Bradshaw. Axel got a perfect start and was able to hold position. From there he chased the vice World Champion down before passing him on lap 6. Once passed Axel drove a perfect race making no mistakes and left Bradshaw for dead eventually winning by 2.3 seconds.
 
Morgan Porter – 13th (New lap Record!)
Whave all eyes on him come LGM after he smashed the lap record at Kimbolton.
Surprisingly, Morgan did not have a good qualifying and was 10th in his group meaning he would have to start down the order for the heats but from there on in he was the quickest Junior X30 kart on track all day!

Team BMR win at Kimbolton
 
In his first heat he came from 20th to 9th in just 13 laps and set a time of 42.55, which was two tenths quicker than any other kart! n heat two he made an astonishing 18 places coming from 20th to 2nd but was given a 10 second penalty from a dropped down front bumper which put him back in 15th place. On a positive note he again set the fastest lap of the race with a 42.44 which was three tenths quicker than any other kart! That was also a new lap record for Kimbolton, something that may not be beaten any time soon. Morgan started 19th in the final and was able to work his way through to 13th over the course of the race in what was a grid full of the UK’s best drivers. Yet again he set the fastest lap, this time a 42.58 which was a tenth quicker than anyone else!
 
Harry Platten – 5th
The ever consistent Harry Platten also had a solid weekend as he attempts to recover from an unfortunate opening round to his LGM campaign.
 
Harry qualified 7th in his group before making 14 places in two heats to finish 10th and 7threspectively. This put him on the outside of row 4 of the final. Like Axel, Harry was able to hold position at the start and from there he slowly picked his way through what was a hugely competitive field to finish 5th within 2 seconds of 2nd place Bradshaw.
 
Thomas Pegram – 8th
Thomas made a great start to the day qualifying 5th in group, which was a sign of good things to come.
Heat 1 saw Thomas make an impressive 8 places to finish 6th place which made him the second highest mover in the whole field! Heat two didn’t quite to plan as Thomas had to recover from a bad start, but he made the most of a bad situation and was able to fight his way back through to 14thplace showing great lap times.
 
Despite a fairly average heat two, Thomas had qualified 9th for the final and more importantly on the inside row, which can sometimes play it’s part!
However, Thomas was unlucky at the start and dropped back a couple places to 11th but it wasn’t long before he was on the move!
Over the 15 laps he was able to get himself up to 8th place and was ensued in a close battle for 6th. Unfortunately, on this occasion 8th was the best he could do, but that’s still a fantastic result and he again showed quick lap times and was quicker than four drivers ahead of him!
 
 

Seniors

Jack Golding – 23rd
As they say, sometimes it’s just not meant to be. There can’t be a better example of that saying than the day Jack had at Kimbolton last weekend.
Jack’s qualifying didn’t quite go to plan and he was classified down in 24th place but with two heats coming up it was certainly no disaster.
In heat one Jack made great progress making 9 places to finish 16th place but was given a 10 second penalty after the race for his front bumper. He had however, improved his pace and was now matching the top 10!
 
Heat two saw Jack come through to 20th, but again he was given a 10 place penalty for his front bumper along with 7 other drivers! That dropped him to 22nd but he again improved on pace and was now matching the likes of Brett Ward who finished 3rd.
It then came the final and starting on the outside of row 12 was always going to be a tough task in the class of the Senior X30 grid. But Jack kept a positive attitude and drove through to 15th place and was again matching the likes of Brett Ward for pace who finished 5th. However, he was hit with another 10 second penalty dropping him to 23rd.
A weekend to forget in terms of results but in terms of pace very positive.
 
Images courtes of:
Stu Stretten Media
Chris Walker, Kartpix