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The sun shines at Whilton Mill – 23/24 May

May 25, 2009
Top novice trophy
Top novice trophy

Its been a long wait since our last race weekend as we skipped the rain soaked Shenington weekend last week and chose instead to compete at Whilton Mill in Daventry with the rest of the DPRS Team. As it turned out, we had a dry weekend and an absolutely glorious race day. Daventry felt just like Monaco!!  Well almost …

By past standards we had a relatively uneventful weekend (which is good!!) to get the third signature on Sams novice licence, despite upsetting the scrutineers on more than one occasion. Not exactly novice friendly! But the day finished on a high with another novice trophy 🙂



With our No.1 engine not yet ready from its Rissington incident we had to run on engine No.2, which I had not used until this weekend. I dont know about Dad but I was seriously nervous about how the engine was going to perform [Have faith boy! – Dad]. Green flag comes out, engine starts (so far so good). First lap around hitting 15,000 revs, lap 2 again hitting 15,000 revs. The nerves disappear and the confidence boosts. But then lap 3 comes around and it barely hits 13,000 revs, oh dear.  After two more laps the revs get lower and lower. I wasn’t happy with it so I return to the pits thinking “this weekend could be over before it even starts.” But thats the advantage of having the magic Dave Paveley and Jason Dredge to fix things. So with a change of carburetor and spark plug we were back up and running. [ Oi!! I changed the carb – Dad ]



With my confidence back up to 100% and my target of the day set on that novice trophy (that I was competing with Charlie for), we arrive at the circuit, prepare the kart and before I knew it, it was time for the first practice which flew by. Heats one and two were “not brilliant” should I say [ Sam actually held position but was disappointed with those results ].   Infact, scrutineering was as exciting as it got !!


Throughout the heats, Sam and Charlie were trading times and spent most of the three heats glued together again. Fastest laps were split by only 0.04 seconds in heat 1, and only 0.01 seconds in heat 2.

Sam and Charlie glued together again

Sam and Charlie glued together again

Heat three soon came around and I feel that it was one of my best performances yet. Starting at the back with nothing to lose I decided to be on the right for the rolling start so that I can get the inside line up the hill. From this position I overtook Charlie and Will which put me second novice, but one corner later I gain the position of first novice. At this point I was buzzing and finished the race as top novice.

Heat 1 rolling start - Jade on pole

Heat 1 rolling start - Jade on pole


TKM Final

Jnr TKM Final

This gave me an extra confidence boost for the final, which soon came around. I started 12th on the grid as first novice. The first few laps were about defending my position but a few laps later I caught up with Jade and another blue plate who were having a bit of a battle on the outside line. I got along side them and overtook them both into the corner. Unfortunately the other blue plate got back past me later but I still finished 7th – my best result out of the three races I have done so far.

What a great weekend and a new PB of 50.37 seconds.

Full results and times on

Next stop Rissington in June for the penultimate race as a novice.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2009 8:38 am

    Sam, your Dad has been filling me in with every detail and it sounds like your having a great time and making some real progress. I hope you quickly progres through the ranks and enjoy it as you go. Looks like your trips to Silverstone are paying off. Cool helmet. Nigel

  2. Sam Randon permalink
    May 27, 2009 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone and its nice to know you are following my progress. Hopefully you will all get a chance to watch me race one day.
    See you all at some point,


  3. Ian Randon permalink
    May 27, 2009 6:22 pm

    Well done Sam, keep it up. I thought my Monaco comment was most amusing until I realised everyone else had said the same thing. Reading this reminded me that I used to do exactly the same when running in races at your age, but obviously in a diary – t’interweb hadn’t been designed back in those days. Keep all of this, it’s great to read back when you’re old and grey (like your Dad)!!

  4. Ken richard permalink
    May 27, 2009 1:20 pm

    Great job Sam! Looks like lots of fun for you and Dad! Hope to see you race one day!

  5. Gran & Randon permalink
    May 27, 2009 10:28 am

    Brilliant Sam. We proud of you.

  6. Alan at Mr Karting permalink
    May 27, 2009 10:19 am

    well done

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