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’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.
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.
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.
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