After a disappointing double DNF at Silverstone at the British Superkart Championship event in June, Skegness racer Josh Rayman had mixed fortunes at back to back race weekends in July at Mallory Park and Snetterton.
Starting at Mallory with a class win (second overall) from 16 in the first of three mixed-class races at the Leicester circuit, the Ramotak team were encouraged by the pace shown, and it was the highlight of the two race weekends.
Rayman complemented the first race with a second in the final and was only held back from a better result in the second race by a spin whilst chasing the overall leader (racing a twin cylinder 250cc kart).
Moving on to Snetterton four days later for the three day Superkart Grand Prix weekend, the team’s fortunes faltered, failing to complete a session on Friday or Saturday due to technical problems.
Despite the lack of track time, on Sunday morning Rayman posted the 10th fastest time of the 47 entered karts at the Norfolk circuit - which was backed up by moving through the field in the first race of the day from 37th to 16th.
Unfortunately engine troubles returned for the final race of the day, the Grand Prix.
After a poor start from 25th, Rayman dropped towards the back of the field and worked himself back up to 23rd before a piston failure on the penultimate lap ended his weekend.
Josh said: “We are really pleased with how Mallory went, where we were one of the fastest on track and I felt we had a shot at an outright win in one of the races. It is a shame we couldn’t carry the same reliability to Snetterton, but when the kart was working, it showed the pace I knew it had and I’m very thankful to Ramotak Racing and Parker Motorsport for their work to get the kart together.”
The next British Superkart championship event is at Thruxton in August but due to the unexpected cost incurred completing the Grand Prix meeting, Josh will be sitting it out to conserve resources for the last two rounds of the season.
Josh is seeking sponsorship for the rest of this season and 2014, For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org Josh’s next race is the UK Cup at Cadwell Park on September 7 and 8. For details go to www.iamrayman.co.uk.