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01.08.15 JULY HOT LAPS!

PETER Drake takes the top spot for July with an impressive lap time of 23.855s placing him in 2nd place on the overall Elite board for the year so far!

Carl Watts comes in 2nd place with a lap time of 23.914s and Tom Mansfield takes 3rd place not far behind with a lap time of 24.034s.

Can you take the top spot for August? Check back in September to see if your name is on the August Hot Lap Leaderboard!

09.07.15 - CARL WATTS CONTINUES TO RETAIN THE TOP GUN TOP SPOT!


The Race began with the drivers names picked at random out of a helmet to determine their grid start positions.

1St – Carl Watts, 2nd – Jim Pitter, 3rd – Peter Drake

The race began and within Carl Watts in pole position.  Peter Drake battled hard to over-take Jim Pitter, coming very close on several occasions but unfortunately spinning out before he could do so.

Many drivers changed positions throughout the race with some drivers almost reaching the Top 3.

The race was very clean with very few lights slowing down the pace of the race.

Carl Watts was the race leader for the entire race with Jim Pitter challenging him a couple of times for the top spot and his title.

Race Results:

1st – Carl Watts
2nd  - Jim Pitter
3rd – Peter Drake

NEW LAP RECORDS:

Peter Drake– 23.855
Carl Watts – 23.914
Jim Pitter– 24.083
Aimee Watts – 24.215

'If anyone thinks they can beat me in a #GRID EVENT, come down and I will show you why I hold the title at Team Sport – Southampton' – Carl Watts

Do you think you can take this from him? Come on down to one of our events in August and try your luck :)


01.07.15 JUNE HOT LAPS HEAT UP FOR SUMMER!

TOM Mansfield takes 1st place for June with an epic lap time of 23.831s which not only puts him in the top spot this month but also sets a new track record!

Jonluc Loosemore is not far behind in 2nd place with a competitive lap time of 23.862s also beating the previous track record.

Tom Harvey sees 3rd place for June with a lap time of 24.041s.

Can you take the top spot for July? Check back in August to see if your name is on the July Hot Lap Leaderboard!

22.06.15 JUNE KART CADET ACADEMY

Cadets: Tonight’s session was all about passing Steve Costin or Ash Keats. The aim of this was to show your driving skills and what the attendees had learned from the previous Academy sessions. 

The drivers in this category have improved from 35 second laps down to averaging out on 30 second laps.

We also had two new drivers attend this category this month, full of nerves, and they left both educated and excited for the next one.

The winners of the cadet category were:

1st – Jack Hopkins  – Best Lap Time : 28.782
2nd – Cameron Kingston – Best Lap Time : 29.689
3rd – Cameron Butler   – Best Lap Time : 30.001

Juniors: Many of our drivers for this event have improved their Lap Times by seconds, with all drivers in this category averaging out on 25 second laps. This group has become very competitive with all drivers in this category talking among themselves and helping to educate one another.

The winners of the junior category were:

1st – Lewis Halliday – Best Lap time : 25.029
2nd – Jake Olney – Best Lap Time: 25.234
3rd – Conor Keenan – Best Lap Time : 25.401

17.06.15 THE MANSELL

The Race began with a 15 minute practice/qualifier resulting in Carl Watts taking pole position, with Chris Meadows in 2nd and Jonluc Loosemore in 3rd.

The race began and within 3 minutes Carl was flagged in to the pits. There was a 15 second rest in the pit lane and then he was sent back out to join the race.

Every further 3 minutes the next driver (through the qualifier) was flagged in, 15 second rest and then back to the race. This forced our pole drivers to fight back for the title position.

The race was very clean with very few lights slowing down the pace of the race.

The last of the drivers were flagged in to leave 18 minutes of pure racing.

Carl Watts was the race leader for most of the race with a few drivers changing position throughout.

Race Results 

1st – Carl Watts
2nd  - Jonluc Loosemore
3rd – Tom Mansfield 

Overall:

  • Lots of the members were achieving laps times of  24 seconds or under.
  • 3 new drivers trying this event for the first time (Tom Mansfield, Charlie Bettesworth, Ian Burnell-Fraser)
  • With the introduction of a new race format, many members found it refreshing and enjoyed the evening, giving positive feedback.
  • One driver was forced out of the race due to a bit of kart contact.
  • 3 new Lap Records set for Eastleigh Track

NEW LAP RECORDS

Tom Mansfield – 23.831
Jonluc Loosemore – 23.862
Carl Watts – 23.938

Carl Watts is still our undisputed #GRID EVENT champion. Is anyone willing to take his title from him??


05.06.15 #KARTCHAMPS 2015 IS UNDERWAY

Can Southampton be crowned KartChamps? Don't forget you have until June 30th to set your first two lap time entries.

If you do not submit two lap times before the end of June then it's game over for you!

You can get all the details on this years competition here
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01.06.15 MAY HOT LAPS!

CARL Watts and Aimee Watts dominate the leaderboard in May with 1st and 2nd place. Carl Watts beats his personal best with a top lap of 24.108s in 1st place and Aimee follows in 2nd place with 24.388s.

Finley Beckett continues to impress with a hot lap of 24.957s in 3rd place.

Can you take the top spot for June? Check back in July to see if your name is on the June Hot Lap Leaderboard!

26.05.15 CADET KART ACADEMY

FOR the May Cadet Kart Academy it was agreed that this session much like previous session would be run like a lesson. Sara headed out onto the track with this group and taught them 'rolling start' – which is different methods of starting a race!

The winners of the cadet category were:

1st – Jensen King       – Best Lap Time : 29.358
2nd – Jorge King        – Best Lap Time : 29.428
3rd – Cameron Butler – Best Lap Time : 30.299

The adult category saw many of our drivers returning to improve their times from the last session.

The winners of the junior category were:

1st – Jake Olney – Best Lap time : 25.368
2nd – Ben Pearson  – Best Lap Time: 25.498
3rd – Amelia Nicholson-Bessey – Best Lap Time : 25.925

We had race reports printed out for the cadets to write down what they wanted to learn next time. What they needed help with and a diagram of the track to give us an indication of how much the karters had learnt so far and what they require assistance with next time!

The evening finished with a presentation for the winners.

Cadet Kart Academy and tuition nights take place atleast once a month so please do let us know if you want to get involved or require any assistance with karting tips and tricks!!

06.05.15 KARTCHAMPS HAS BEGUN!

KartChamps 2015 is off to a start, and don't forget all you need to do to get involved is set 2 lap times before June 30th and then another time in July in order to qualify through to Track Attack.

There's some epic prizes up for grabs, so do not miss out!

Find out everything you need to know here.

01.05.15 DID YOU MAKE THE APRIL HOT LAP LEADERBOARD?!

TOM Harvey takes 1st place for April with another record breaking time of 24.040s.

Jim Pitter is in 2nd place with a competitive 24.251s with Carl Watts just behind him in 3rd place with 24.295s!

Can you take the top spot for May? Check back in June to see if your name is on the May Hot Lap Leaderboard!

23.04.15 EASTLEIGH MEMBERS MANSELL RACE NIGHT

The Race began with a 15 minute practice/qualifier resulting in Finley Beckett taking pole position, with Jim Pitter in 2nd and Jonluc Loosemore in 3rd.

The race began and within 3 minutes Finley was flagged in to the pits. There was a 5 second rest in the pit lane and then she was sent back out to join the race.

Every further 3 minutes the next driver (through the qualifier) was flagged in, 5 second rest and then back to the race. This forced our pole drivers to fight back for the title position.

The race was very clean with no lights slowing down the pace of the race.

The last of the drivers were flagged in to leave 18 minutes of pure racing.

Finley worked really hard for the remainder of the race to fight back into it to take the title.

Race Results

1st – Finley Beckett
2nd  - Jonluc Loosemore
3rd – Nigel Lee

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20.04.15 FUTURE STARS OF THE TRACK ASSEMBLE

Our Cadet category only had 4 drivers this time but that didn't stop these young drivers. 

With Steve's guidance during the first 10 minute session we saw many drivers quickly improving times and driving styles. Steve taught the cadets the race line and how best to improve their lap times.

The winners of the cadet category were:

1st, Morgan Collins – 29.924s
2nd, Jack Hopkins – 30.378s
3rd, Ben Ford – 30.299s

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The Junior (adult kart) category saw many of our drivers returning to improve their times from the last session.

The first 10 minute session was led by Steve Costin in a 'follow the leader' format, with all drivers working on their brake control. After this session ended many of the young drivers said they benefited from this lesson style session.

The winners of the junior category were;

1st, Jake Olney – 26.091s
2nd, Jaden King – 26.287s
3rd, Amelia Nicholson-Bessey – 25.867s

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You can follow and retweet us here!

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09.04.15 TOP GUN CHAMPION REMAINS UNDEFEATED

Finley Beckett started this evenings race on pole, with Andrew Matthews and Jordan Dore to follow.

The race was a very close battle between our race leaders Carl Watts and Jim Pitter and a battle began between Jordan Dore and Chris Meadows, with Chris holding his position for the majority of the race.

The whole race was close, with many staying in the same positions through-out.

Several *BLACK FLAGS* were issued during the race and a few yellows to accompany the flags.

Carl Watts remained in front with an impressive BEST LAP of 24.495 – his best yet, Jim Pitter achieved a BEST LAP of 24.251 and Finlay Beckett secured a BEST LAP of 24.643!

The race was very close with many of the members pulling out their best driving to secure podum possitions.

Race Results 

1st – Carl Watts
2nd  - Finley Beckett
3rd – Jim Pitter

We are challenging all Southampton members to see if they can knock Carl Watts off the top spot!

04.04.15 KARTCHAMPS 2015 IS COMING SOON!

Can Southamptom bring home the KartChamps crown? It's that time of the year again!

KartChamps Qualifying starts in May, where you need to set two top lap times between May 1st and June 30th, with a final lap time set by July 31st!

We've got epic prizes to be won and some serious competition between now 13 TeamSport Indoor Karting venues... !

Do you have what it takes to become TeamSport KartChamp of 2015?!

Find out everything you need to know here.


01.04.15 DID YOU MAKE THE MARCH HOT LAP LEADERBOARD?!

TOM Harvey takes the TOP spot for March with a hot lap of 24.040s on not only the March Leaderboard, but the ELITE board - making this the fastest lap time to be set!

Chris Meadows comes in 2nd place with another record breaking lap of 24.134s and Finley Beckett takes 3rd place with a competitive 24.146s!

Can you take the top spot for April? Check back in May to see if your name is on the April Hot Lap Leaderboard!

28.03.15 ARE YOU ON THE #GRID FOR APRIL?

We've got some awesome formats for our Member Only events in April including a members only section on our Unlimited Night and another epic Top Gun race night!

New PBs and Hot Lap victories expected!

Check out all our upcoming Member Only Events here.

12.03.15 TRACK RECORD MADE AT #GRID TOP GUN EVENT!

Top Gun started with Chris Meadows on pole, with new member Nathan Duncan in 2nd and our champ from the last race Carl Watts in 3rd.

Jonluc Loosemore who was positioned 8th on the grid, quickly pulled up position to 2nd (behind Carl Watts in 1st). After only 14 laps.

Tom Harvey our youngest competitor this evening (polled in 6th position on the grid) raced his way to 3rd fairly quickly.

Many of the new members this evening struggled against the other racers, however they pulled out some impressive lap times such as:

• Mark Butler – 25.868
• Nathan Duncan – 25.435
• Ian Leggett – 26.787

Very good, clean race with very few yellows and NO black flags.

The race finished with Carl Watts taking 1st position, with Tom Harvey in 2nd and Jonluc Loosemore in 3rd.

Tom Harvey managed to smash our all time track record during this race and was awarded with a glass trophy in honour of that.

His lap time was a staggering 24.040!!

Next Top Gun event takes place on April 9th!


05.03.15 CADET ACADEMY

Young karters.. our fantastic Cadet Academy is off to a great start with increasing numbers of junior drivers and fantastic tuition available to the future karting stars of the track.

Our Cadet Kart Academy is now running on a monthly basis providing tuition and competitions for younger drivers.

It's a fantastic opportunity to make karting their favourite hobby and with a loyalty scheme in place too including fantastic membership benefits to join in with - there has never been a better way to get the kids into karting!

We will also be running our Junior track day mornings throughout the Easter holidays!

Find out more about Cadet Kart Academy here.


01.03.15 IT'S MARCH ALREADY!! DID YOU MAKE THE FEBRUARY HOT LAP LEADERBOARD?!

Carl Watts sets the top lap time for February with 25.035s, not a personal best for Carl but good enough to beat the rest!

Bradley Page comes in 2nd place with a top lap of 25.223s and Steve Wallis takes 3rd place with 25.390s!

Can you beat their times in March? Check back in April to see if you have made the March Leaderboard!


23.02.15 TOP GUN TIME!

The evening started with choosing grid positions for the racers which were completely random and picked out of a helmet. 

The race started with Chris Wade out on pole, followed by Peter Drake, Carl Watts, Tom Harvey, Alexander Kovacs and Jonluc Loosemore at the rear.

Carl Watts managed to pull a lead of 5 seconds just 10 minutes into the race which set him up nicely to continue racing. There was a few reds and yellows but that didn't stop our determined Tom Harvey from pulling up the positions.

Throughout the whole race it was a close and positions changing constantly. The overall race results were Tom Harvey in third, Jonluc in Second, and taking the podium position of first was Carl Watts.

**UPCOMING GRID EVENTS**

TOPGUN- 12th March, 19:00 arrival

MEMBERS UNLIMITED KARTING- 22nd March, 17:00 arrival

01.02.15 NEW YEAR, NEW PBs - DID YOU MAKE THE JANUARY LEADERBOARD?

Carl Watts takes 1st place for January and puts himself on the #1 spot on the new Elite Board with an impressive 24.311s!

In 2nd place is Stephen Findlow with 24.707s and 3rd place goes to Jonluc Loosemore with 24.734s!

Can you beat their times in February? Check back in March to see if you have made the February Leaderboard!


13.01.15 IT'S ANOTHER EASTLEIGH TOP GUN!

Race started with Clive Scrivens on pole, with Carl Watts and Aimee Watts just behind. On the first few laps Fabio Paixao took the lead by half a lap- the track was flat out all night with only a couple yellows. 

Carl who did a kart change on the third lap managed to go from last to second in no time at all. There was a close race between Carl and Fabio.

They were neck and neck but Carl took Fabio on the hairpin before the bridge leaving Fabio eating his tyre dust! 

During the evening it was a very close race between everyone, the positions were constantly changing until Carl finally took the chequered flag with Fabio just under a lap behind him and Sam Powell taking third.

Don't forget to get involved in our next Top Gun event taking place on Thursday 29th January!

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01.01.15 HAPPY NEW YEAR KARTERS! DID YOU MAKE THE DECEMBER HOT LAP LEADERBOARD?


CARL Watts takes the top spot in December with a track time of 24.767s which also places him second on the current Elite laps. Closely followed however by Tom Harvey with a lap time of 24.842s, and Aidan Cribben comes in third place with 25.041s.

Can you beat their times in January? Check back in February to see if you have made the January Leaderboard!

18.12.14 CALLING ALL FUTURE YOUNG KARTING STARS!

OUR brand new Cadet Academy is a fantastic way for young drivers aged between 8 years and 16 years to progress their way through karting and learn the best techniques. The Academy is staged from Beginner through to Advanced where karters will then be invited to compete in TeamSport championships across our 13 locations. Existing young #GRID members will go straight through to Intermediate stage should they meet the required criteria. 

If you are a young driver, or would like to get your child into karting then Cadet Academy is the perfect option! Beginners stage is open to all drivers and once progressed to next stage they will be required to become part of the #GRID and are on their way to the podium! 

Sessions will run on a monthly basis to begin with so give us a call or visit your local track for more information.

Check out Cadet Academy on our website.

01.12.14 DID YOU MAKE THE NOVEMBER HOT LAP LEADERBOARD?

Peter Drake takes first place overtaking the October’s top lap with an EPIC time of 24.709 in November. Tom Harvey follows with a great top lap of 24.931 in 2nd and Lewis Halliday comes in 3rd with 25.200!

Can you beat their times in December? Check back in January to see if you have made the December Leaderboard!

27.11.14 EASTLEIGH TOP GUN!

THE evenings fun and games started with the grid positions being picked out of a helmet at random!
Peter Drake was out in front for the first 15 minuets of the race until he unfortunately span out. Leaving a gap for Tom Harvey (positioned in last place from the grid start) to take the lead and leave everyone in his tyre dust, eventually winning the race – EPIC!

All racers averaged out under 30 seconds with all members getting *Best Lap* times of under 25 seconds.
2nd (Finley Beckett) & 3rd (Nigel Lee) place was a close race with both racers dueling for the title against Tom Harvey.

This event drew in one of our highest numbers to date and all racers had a clean, fun and exciting race.

01.11.14 DID YOU MAKE THE OCTOBER HOT LAP LEADERBOARD?

Tom Harvey takes first place in October with a fantastic lap time of 25.195 followed by Finley Beckett and Sam Holloway with a matching lap time of 25.640!

Can you beat their times in November? Check back in December to see if you have made the November Leaderboard!

23.10.14 #GRID TOP GUN IS BACK

ON 23rd October, the race was extremely close, Jonluc Loosemore pulled out in first place, for the first 30 minutes of the race. With only 30 minutes left of the race Tom Harvey was just 14 seconds behind Jonluc with Finley in between them. There was a brilliant battle between Finley and Tom but Finley managed to keep him behind her. Jonluc took 1st place with Tom in second missing out on top spot by 0.767 seconds and in third place was Finley who was only 2 laps behind!

Overall a brilliant event, and some very impressive lap times.

Top Gun returns to Eastleigh again on Thursday the 27th November, spaces still available to book.

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