Allan Curtis of Wildcard D&D is interviewed post qualification. The image was captured from the Daytona Motorsport live video stream.

Uckfield-based kart team scoops 8th place in 24-hour race

A team from Uckfield-based Design & Display Structures took part in a highly competitive 24-hour kart race with teams from across the UK during the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The six-man team, Wildcard D&D, included the youngest driver on the track Ash Curtis, a Year 9 student at Uckfield Community Technology College.


Ash Curtis in action at a previous kart event in the D&D-owned BPEC prokart 88. He was the youngest driver on the track in the Dmax 2-stroke race. Picture: Gordon Welsh.

Ash’s father Allan Curtis secured Wildcard D&D a front row grid position in the Dmax 2-stroke race by qualifying in the fastest time 1:05.311 only to hear another top team had posted the exact same time to the 1/1000 of a second.

In this unique dead heat situation Daytona management settled pole position on count back, ie who hit the fastest time first.


Wildcard team members Bruno Botelho from London, and Tom Eastwood, an Uckfield driving instructor. Picture: Ben Leslie.

With the 24-hour race starting at 1pm on the Saturday and each driver on track for one-and-a-half hours at a time Wildcard D&D drove with great determination and pace, navigating high traffic – 45 karts were charging around the track – and soaring temperatures which test body and mind.

Dmax karts are allocated randomly and Wildcard D&D discovered theirs had slow pick-up but good mid-range requiring the drivers to adapt their racing style in/out of bends to get the best out of their allocated kart.


Harry Gibson, from Lewes, a member of the Wildcard D&D team. Picture: Ben Leslie.

The team had its fair share of good and bad luck, mutliple battery failures and some time-consuming delays with the refuelling bay, but went on to successfully complete this year’s 24-hour race in 8th place out of the 45 teams.

Wildcard’s next endurance race is the BPEC 12-hour at PF International in a twin GX200 RPM extreme engine MS Prokart capable of speeds to 80mph.


Among those gripped the racing is Wildcard Simon Gibson of Lewes. Picture: Ben Leslie.

• Contact details for Design and Display Structures can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Architectural-themed features, Construction or GRP manufacturer.

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