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Welcome to the Tyro Junior Karting blog where we will keep you up to date with the latest race results


By Steve Chapman, Nov 28 2018 01:13PM

Saturday testing went well after a damp start, everyone seemed very happy with their performance which gradually improved as a dry line developed on what started as a very damp track.

Heat 1 Joshua Leivers led away from Flynn McClumpha but the stars from the Championship soon burst through to the front. Harry Carter was off like a rocket from grid 6. Harry taking third on lap 2 and bursting past 2nd place Lucas Romanek and the leader, Joshua, on lap three. From then on Harry just pulled away. The last lap was most exciting. A five-way battle for 5th, which had raged throughout the race, was finally settled with a flurry of overtaking. Brandon from 8th went past 3 drivers to take 5th, Flynn running in 7th took 6th. But that was not all as up front, once again on that last lap, Ben Cox came from 4th to 2nd demoting Joshua and Lucas who had been swapping places in a great battle. The result a first three of Harry, Ben and Joshua. Ben setting a fastest lap of 53.90.

Heat 2 With Yas Harris not taking his pole position, the start was totally manic, half the grid went backwards whist half the grid went forwards. End of the first lap it was Tom Ralston from grid 5 in the lead from, Lucas (grid 10), Brandon (grid 6), and Harry (grid 7) and the biggest leap forward from Joshua (grid 12) next up. Lucas and Tom seemed to be constantly swapping places until Tom went off on lap five. Otherwise the poor starters slowly climbed back up, but nothing spectacular went on. The result Lucas from Pedro Oliviera, and Joshua, with a fastest lap and new lap record of 52.48 for Ben.

The Final - Lucas led away from pole, to be constantly harried throughout the race by Joshua and Ben, who seemed to be always either passing each other or about to be attempting an overtake Lots was going on further back, after a flurry of places changing in the first few laps there were more at half way and even more as the race moved towards a close. I think everyone involved in the race, except the leader, had at least one overtaking success. Our winner of the final race of the year already crowned as our Champion was Lucas, from multi lap record breaker throughout the year Joshua, and our “rain master” Ben. Fastest lap went to Joshua with a 52.56.

Well that is it after a magnificent 2018 season Lucas is moving into the Protrain first team to drive an X30 whilst Ben and Ash along with Alex are moving on into TKM all using the new Gillard TKM chassis. But that is what we do, build young racing drivers who carry on enjoying their racing TOGETHER!

By Steve Chapman, Nov 27 2018 12:47PM


Dry and cold to start with but sun came out just before midday. With Steve away, Nathan was

managing the weekend ably assisted by his father,

As you would expect the new team of Arthur and Colin were first to arrive. In no time Nathan had

helped them get the kart set up and fitted the seat.

Testing underway Sam was complaining of severe vibration which made it impossible to see. Upon

investigation, the team concluded that there was a slight bend in the axle. Adrian and Nathan’s dad

changed the axle over but due to several seized bolts and the axle sticking, he missed session two.

What you would expect with a 6-year-old chassis!

Session two went well. Session three saw a few little spins from the mid pack, mainly into Bruno and

due to trying to carry too much speed. As we usually do usual Nathan went around with a track map

to sort the drivers out who needed it. The final session of the day ran very smoothly, everyone

seemed happy with performance and Nathan and dad were able to leave the track early with mostly

positive opinion of the day.


In a complete contrast to Saturday, Sunday was a day of rain, rain and more rain. For timed practice,

we had a greasy track with a drying line. Lucas and Yas topped the time sheets with Ben and Tom in

close attendance. Braden just pipped Pedro followed by a great showing from Ed.

The first heat came just as the rain arrived. Heat two was probably the wettest of the day, Lucas

found his way through to the lead and romped home to victory. Alfie was standing at the side of the

track again but this time due to clipping a kerb and losing his chain. He confirmed that the engine

was finally running as it should.

Heat three was a corker! Luke (now on the Tyro back up engine due to at that time unknown starting

problems) started P12 and due to a bit of bunching at the first bend, came through to P6 before the

end of the first lap. He went on, fighting his way through the field to finish an excellent P3. He and

his dad were over the moon. Alfie followed him home in P4. The boys were back!

Between the last heat and the final, Nathan had a bit of time to breathe and decided to look at

Luke’s own engine. Following a review of the manifold and starter motor, he took the large red cover

off the engine and found that the low-tension wire to the coil had been chaffing against the crank

case. It had just about worn through to the first strand of copper and must’ve been intermittently

shorting out

The final saw Lucas and Ben take a well-deserved front row. They checked out right away and were

both unchallenged for much of the race. Yas drove well to take P3. There was a battle further back

between Luke, Pedro, Braden and Alfie. It looked like Braden had got it until he defended on the last

lap and Pedro went through, only to run wide and Luke went through on the pair of them. Great

racing! Overall a successful weekend but several new challenges made it a bit of a brain teaser for

Nathan, but “that is what we do!”.

By Steve Chapman, Oct 30 2018 02:09PM

Mid October and the Tyro Junior Karting teams were off to Fulbeck for the last round of their Championship.

Heat One saw a victory for Joshua Leivers from Lucas Romanek and Ben Cox. Not far behind with his new engine was Tom Ralston. Unfortunately, the individual lap timing system was out for the first heat but a mere second covered the first four drivers over the finish line.

Heat Two, with the timing system providing us all with live information was exciting. Victory went to Lucas with Joshua beating the Tyro lap record one more time, bringing it down to 52.50 secs. Once again, an amazingly close race in Tyro, just 0.07secs between the first two. Third place went to Yaz Harris and fourth Ben Cox.

Heat Three, and whilst we had the same two leaders they had swapped places with Joshua first and Lucas second. Ben took another third place, but this time chased just half a second behind by Pedro Oliviera.

The Final started in chaos, the marshals had forgotten to remove the two cones that normally only guard the entry to the first chicane from the second lap; not after the start. Everyone except the unsighted Pedro managed to get through but it did disturb some driver’s starts. Lucas and Joshua swapped places a couple of times, but it was Lucas taking the victory from Joshua, Ben and Yaz. Once again only 0.08secs between the first two!

The top five in the Championship receive their trophies at next month's Fulbeck race meeting as we await the final points to be pulished!!!???

By Steve Chapman, Oct 30 2018 01:32PM

Tyro Junior Karting started the month of October with weather that was most unfamiliar for 2018. Having been roasted for most of a fantastic racing season we were treated to a weekend that was wet, wet, wet, at the Shenington Circuit.

Timed practice gave us a clue as to what would be happening during the day, with the “rain masters”, Ben Cox, Lucas Romanek, Joshua Leivers and Braden Hill leading the way.

Heat One, lapping about 11 seconds a lap slower than a dry pace, was led by Ben who had been praying for rain all year. A new face up near to the front for the first time was Braden Hill. Braden joined us very early in the year with a second hand kart and was really settling in to what Tyro racing is all about. Pedro Oliviera took third place in what was an extreemly wet race where all of the drivers needed congratulations for basically keping the kart on the track.

Heat Two gave us a slightly more normal finishing order as the raineased a lttle. Lucas taking the victory from Joshua and Yaz Harris. Best part of this race was the battle for fourth place between Ben and Braden, never more than 0.1secs apart!

Heat Three and the rain had eased a little more and it was the turn of Joshua to take a victory from Ben, Lucas, and another driver in his first year, Alfie Taylor, again with a second hand kart.

For the Final we had Ben on pole, Lucas on grid two, Joshua on three and Braden on four. It was quite a battle before Lucas took the lead from Joshua. Sitting in third was Ben and fourth Yaz until there were just a couple of laps to go. Than it happened, Johua locked his brakes going in to Wilkins taking out Lucas and allowing the third and fourth placed drivers into the first two places. It stayed like this to the end. A final victory to Ben from Yaz, Alfie Taylor took third and another new Tyro driver, Luke Woodward, also with a second hand kart, bought it home in fourth.

Cold and wet it was but some great racing demonstrating that as usual Tyro karting is close and exciting no matter what the weather is

By Steve Chapman, Mar 13 2013 01:54PM

There was a great deal of interest at the weekend as Protrain and Rissington Kart Club hosted the introduction of the new Junior Tyro class to the UK. This new cost efficient class is aimed at drivers ages 11 to 15 who following a short assessment can participate without the need for taking an ARKS test.

With six entrants in the maiden race the Tyro team had assembled a group of very mixed ability drivers ranging from keen indoor racer Josh Porter, who was a total novice to circuit racing and Ross Campbell who came via "Lets Go Karting", through to experienced Cadet and Mini Max competitors.

Knowing they were a part of something very special added to the electric atmosphere surrounding these karts with drivers who are normally unable to race together in MSA events lining up eager to put the newly built karts through their paces. All equipment used in Tyro is identical, all that can be done is to alter wheel positions and tyres pressures so every driver knew it was their talent on display just as much as the kart. Despite the obvious competition all the drivers thoroughly enjoyed being together and helping each other perfect their driving skills with the more experienced drivers offering great support to the novices.

Race day was dry and crisp with great racing promised, it did not disappoint. The heats saw the boys dominating the racing with Keiran Wragg and Thomas Row fighting for the win with Hannah Chappell and Georgie Chapman battling for third place. This set up a great final with the lead swapping and any of the front four looking likely to take victory; in the end it was Wragg who took the chequered flag just 0.2s ahead of Row who headed Chapman for third. Not to be outdone Hannah Chappell set the new Tyro Lap record on lap two.

The two novices, Ross and Porter, had never previously witnessed an MSA race meeting and happily immersed themselves in the atmosphere. On track with the team behind them offering coaching they continually improved their lap times as they came to grips with the complexities of racing lines and braking points. They are the essence of Tyro karting; bringing new people into the sport and helping them to enjoy the fun!

The day ended with all drivers reflecting on a great days racing leaving with massive smiles on their faces and team engineers commenting that it was the best fun they had enjoyed at a race track in many years.

The Tyro karts will be racing every month and will be back at Little Rissington for three days at the first weekend in April. Although it is available to buy karts are currently being leased at an amazing £120 for the whole day with full race team facilities provided bringing true economy karting to a full MSA event.

All the Tyro drivers had a fantastic weekend and were very competitive; If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of a race weekend, experience a fast kart in open wheel racing and want to leave the track smiling give Steve a call on 07711 606967, email protrain@emcourses.com or see a bit more about the Tyro at http://www.emcourses.com/junior_tyro.htm.

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