The January exams were over and it was time for DIT Karting Club to set the wheels back in motion with their first trip of the second semester.
On Thursday the 30th of January a grand prix was held in Kart-City Raceway, Santry. The club was happy to see some new faces on the night and are always on the lookout for fresh new talent. The trip was a success despite some challenging conditions, due to heavy rainfall the track was slippery.
After 7 heats of 10 and 2 heats of 11, James Newe took the lead, to start first in the A final. Guy Foster took the lead on the first lap and broke away from the chasing pack, consisting of James Newe, Myles Redmond & Graham Higginbotham. Myles eventually took 2nd, followed closely by Graham and James. The B final was won by Andrew Harron with Lorcan Cunningham 2nd and Kevin Kilgarriff 3rd. First in the C final was Gary Gardiner with Denis Delaney close behind.
The aim of the trip was to get the members back into the swing of things but it was also an opportunity to spot some new talent to join DIT's Karting Intervarsity teams for the next round, taking place on February 12th. DIT's A team are leading the championship by 23 points, with Peter Campbell just 1 point off the lead of the Driver's Championship.
Other members of the club have been busy in their respective motorsport activities:
Niall Murray has won the Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year award. His prize was the coveted Sexton Trophy, and a fully funded season of racing in Formula Ford.
Aron Smith has signed with BMR Racing to compete in his third full BTCC season, after leaving the Motorbase team. He will be racing alongside double ex-champ and former WTCC racer Alain Menu.
Guy Foster took the lead after round 7 of the Irish National Autotest Championship, and is now lying 2nd behind Steven Ferguson, the reigning British, Northern Irish and Irish champion.
The next trip is to Galway for the John Hanrahan Cup. This is a weekend trip to Galway and is kicking off on the 8th of March. The Cup is in its 11th year running and is expected to be bigger and better than ever!