Karting event is hit by wet weather

KART Circuit, Whilton Mill was renamed “Water Mill” last weekend, as it played host to the first round of the Rotax and Honda Super 1 Series championship in dreadful weather conditions.

Saturday’s weather allowed for the first set of heats to take place, with lots of superb action from all the drivers fighting to get a good place on the grid for the finals the following day.

But as the heavens opened overnight, the conditions on the track on the Sunday were treacherous and teams were forced to wait for a break in the rain to allow the water to be cleared.

After lots of hard work by the Whilton Mill team, the track was cleared, and considered to be safe to race.

Each class was allowed out for a three-lap practice with the hope that the weather would hold and the remaining heats could take place.

More rain came down, meaning more delays to the racing, and the decision was made to run the final heats in reverse order so that the more experienced drivers could test out the conditions.

The heats were looking promising and the drivers were doing extremely well given the flooded track, but by the time the Honda Cadets got on to the grid for their last heat the organisers had to call it a day and abandon all the finals.

All of the classes, with the exception of the Honda cadets, received championship points based on their heats.

Operations manager of the Whilton Mill circuit Graeme Smith said: “We tried everything we could to maintain a safe circuit for the championship, but sadly the rain kept coming and it was out of our control.”

Whilton Mill will be hosting the Super 1 Series Round Two for the MSA/TKM groups on May 12 and 13 and hopefully it will take place in better weather conditions.