19th Oct, 2017

Teenager Mark Kimber delighted with runner-up spot in Lincolnshire

Solihull Editorial 30th Sep, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

EXCITING motor racing talent Mark Kimber produced a superb performance during the Super One Mini Max Championship finale at PF International in Lincolnshire to finish runner-up in the last race of the season on Sunday.

Quick from the outset at the popular Grantham circuit, the 13-year-old went on to accrue the most points of any driver over the course of the final event of his maiden season in Mini Max, hoisting the Solihull driver into the championship top six and confirming his undoubted talent.

Piloting his trusty Dan Holland Racing-entered Alonso Kart, Kimber progressed strongly through the seventh race meeting of the British Championship campaign.

He finished second fastest in practice, qualified in the top six and then posted a top three finish in Heat One and second place in Heat Two.

Ending the first of the two finals in fourth position, the West Midlands schoolboy started the second final from pole position and delivered another excellent performance. Frustratingly, he was prevented from fighting for a potential victory when the contest had to be red flagged five minutes early while Kimber was in second position.

“We were quick all weekend and we knew we easily had the pace to win, it was just about getting to the front at the right time and staying there,” reflected Kimber.

“The leader got a bit of a gap after all the overtaking, which I managed to close down, but then the race was red flagged with five minutes still on the clock. It was still a fantastic weekend and great to end the season so strongly.”

As well as his impressive haul of points and results tally at PF International, Kimber underlined his terrific pace by concluding the event with the fastest lap of the weekend thanks to a best time of 1m00.44 seconds (51.16mph).

Kimber’s manager, Veloce Sports’ Rupert Svendsen-Cook, added: “Mark again showed his great ability to be at the front all weekend in the last round of the British Championship at PF, he was fast from the outset and really did perform very strongly.

“To qualify on pole for the Final was nothing less than he deserved for his performance. In Final Two I think the win was on the cards, had it not been for the red flag. But still, time after time, Mark is showing his talent and he can build on this going into 2016.”

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