Thursday, 15 July 2010

Thursday, 15 July 2010

The Kempt GP#1 - Write Up and Results.

Well it's all over bar the bragging, sadly the inaugural Kempt GP has been and gone leaving only great memories, the lingering smell of burnt rubber and big black lines on the tarmac.

I hope the attendees will all agree that the day was a triumph, thanks in no small part to our hosts Andrew, Emma and Rob from who were simply awesome.

For those that didn't attend, the format went as follows: We started the day at 10am (although a few of us snuck in at 9 for a bit of cheeky practice) and from then until about 12:30 the Carlimits team took us all through a series of car control exercises including how to steer (yeah, you thought you knew that huh!) and the spin-inducing monster that is the high speed bend.

With the initial training over we then adjourned to lunch at a nearby pub where we all swapped experiences of the day so far whilst consuming some well-earned nosh. Then it was back to the track to begin the competition in earnest.

Whilst we'd been filling our faces the carlimits team had setup two courses on the airfield. After a (very entertaining) set of demonstration laps with Andrew driving the scooby each of the competitors began their timed laps in each of the two cars under Emma and Rob's expert guidance, by this time a degree of healthy competition had built up and everyone was trying their very hardest to lap as quickly as they could. Inevitably there were an unlucky few that span out mid-run but hey, if you don't spin out, you're just not trying hard enough!

The official results are as follows:

Very well done to our fastest guest David, who was not only quick but impressively consistent on the day and took away a magnum of bubbly to make his colleagues green with envy. Unsurprisingly Mr Fryer put in a series of blistering times despite strict orders to let the clients win ;o).

I think it's safe to say that we all had a fantastic time and learnt a little bit too, there was lots of excited talk afterwards about buying sports cars and coming back to do it again which, I think, is a great indication of the success of the day. So, only it remains for me to say a massive thank you to the attendees without whom it wouldn't have happened and for those of you that missed it, don't worry, we'll be announcing more shortly!

So, thanks for reading (and for coming if you did!) I'll leave you with some footage of Andrew and Emma taking the Lotus around the big track in style: