KARTING: KARTING champion Mark Kimber added the MSA British title to his growing list of championship titles.
Kimber took part in the final race of the season and was surprised when Russian racer Pavel Bulantsev topped the timesheets in qualifying.
The Solihull ace took fourth spot, while his nearest rivals Joe Turney and Oliver Clarke found themselves further down the order.
Bulantsev, competing with Sweden’s Ward Racing, converted his pole position advantage into a comfortable lights-to-flag victory, with Kimber passing a brace of karts to cross the line in second place and put the championship beyond Turney and Clarke’s grasp.
Turney’s hopes took a blow when he was given a time penalty, while Clarke showed spirit to claw his way up the order to tenth.
Putting his celebrations on hold, Kimber joined the fray for the following final and sensibly avoided trouble in the tricky conditions to score a safe eighth, with Clarke and Turney completing their season-long campaigns on the sidelines.
As part of the raft of prizes he received from the Super One Series, Mark was delighted to receive the prize of a full factory works drive with the TonyKart Racing team at the World Championships.
Paul Spencer, Strawberry Racing team manager, said: “Mark did fantastically well.
“He’s used to racing on the big stage and knows how to win under pressure, as he proved when he won the Junior Rotax world title. He has a big future ahead of him.
“Mark’s set his sights on racing GT cars and ultimately wants to compete in the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race.
“On this form, I wouldn’t bet against him achieving that goal sooner rather than later.”