The Royal Navy Karting Team competes in the Inter-Service Karting Championships and is held over six rounds at different tracks throughout the country. The Championship is contested by almost 60 different karts from the three services as well as the a few civilian teams.

The Team has been going for a number of years and is open to anyone from the Royal Navy or the Royal Marines. Karting is the grassroots of motorsport and provides an excellent stepping stone for those interested in the other disciplines within the RN RM Motorsport Association.

The Team has enjoyed success at a number of races and having secured four new karts for 2019, it is an exciting time to get involved; whether that is to race, mechanic or spectate

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A very wet and windy weekend at Rowrah!

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Better off with a jet-ski by the looks of it?!!

You boys must feel at home with it being this wet. lol

2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships
Round 4: Crail Kart Track, Scotland

Results:
7th
Kart 47: Sam Cresswell & Matt Chambers

12th
Kart 46: Craig Beesley & Will Wright

14th
Kart 45: Jean-Luke Laister & Martin Theodorou

15th
Kart 48: Jase Probert, Scott Clements and Josh Wilson

Race Report:
Round 4 of the 2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships was held at Crail Kart Track in Scotland, on the site of the former RNAS Crail.

The team were able to field four karts for this round with nine drivers in total. Thanks to a full day of testing on the Friday, most of the drivers were ready for the race on Saturday.

Saturday’s conditions were good until a heavy burst of rain soaked the track an hour before qualifying. The team elected to qualify and start the race on dry tyres, hoping to make up the time against those starting on wets when they pitted for a tyre change.

Qualifying did not produce any standout performances, with the front rows dominated by those on the wet tyres. 47 and 45 qualified in the mid pack while 46 and 48 were further back.

The race started and Laister in 45 made a great start jumping from 11th to 4th within the first two corners and 47 with Cresswell wasn’t too far behind.

As the track dried over the first hour the karts began to perform at their best and by the midpoint 45 had managed to take the lead with 47 on a separate strategy in a very good position at the front too.

After two hours Kart 45 came into the pits for the final driver change with a massive twenty second lead. Theodorou took over from Laister who had just set the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately disaster then struck, the wire coming out of the kill switch had frayed meaning the Team were unable to switch off the left engine and the Scrutineers ruled that the kart could not return to the track until it was changed. By the time this was changed the team got back on track in the middle of the pack and several laps behind the now leader, Kart 47.

Kart 47 were pitting late as part of their strategy however as they came into the pits the kart suffered with the same strange mechanical issue with the kill switch wiring. Another frantic change however wasn’t quick enough to keep them in the lead and instead they came out in 7th place, which they kept until the end of the race.

Whilst it was a gutting performance for two of the karts, our four novices in the karts 46 and 48 got plenty of track time and vastly improved their times and ability as the weekend went on.

The Team will now look forward to Round 5 at Rowrah Kart Track, Cumbria, with new switches for all the engines. If you are interested in joining us there or to get involved in the team, please contact karting@rnrmmsa.co.uk, or visit rnrmmsa.co.uk/karting-team/.

With thanks to:
KnighTorque Engines
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
NAVYfit
• RN & RM Sports Lottery
• RN RM Motorsports Association
• Michael Winship for the Photography
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2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships
Round 4: Crail Kart Track, Scotland

Results:
7th
Kart 47: Sam Cresswell & Matt Chambers

12th
Kart 46: Craig Beesley & Will Wright

14th
Kart 45: Jean-Luke Laister & Martin Theodorou

15th
Kart 48: Jase Probert, Scott Clements and Josh Wilson

Race Report:
Round 4 of the 2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships was held at Crail Kart Track in Scotland, on the site of the former RNAS Crail.

The team were able to field four karts for this round with nine drivers in total. Thanks to a full day of testing on the Friday, most of the drivers were ready for the race on Saturday.

Saturday’s conditions were good until a heavy burst of rain soaked the track an hour before qualifying. The team elected to qualify and start the race on dry tyres, hoping to make up the time against those starting on wets when they pitted for a tyre change.

Qualifying did not produce any standout performances, with the front rows dominated by those on the wet tyres. 47 and 45 qualified in the mid pack while 46 and 48 were further back.

The race started and Laister in 45 made a great start jumping from 11th to 4th within the first two corners and 47 with Cresswell wasn’t too far behind. 

As the track dried over the first hour the karts began to perform at their best and by the midpoint 45 had managed to take the lead with 47 on a separate strategy in a very good position at the front too.

After two hours Kart 45 came into the pits for the final driver change with a massive twenty second lead. Theodorou took over from Laister who had just set the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately disaster then struck, the wire coming out of the kill switch had frayed meaning the Team were unable to switch off the left engine and the Scrutineers ruled that the kart could not return to the track until it was changed. By the time this was changed the team got back on track in the middle of the pack and several laps behind the now leader, Kart 47.

Kart 47 were pitting late as part of their strategy however as they came into the pits the kart suffered with the same strange mechanical issue with the kill switch wiring. Another frantic change however wasn’t quick enough to keep them in the lead and instead they came out in 7th place, which they kept until the end of the race.

Whilst it was a gutting performance for two of the karts, our four novices in the karts 46 and 48 got plenty of track time and vastly improved their times and ability as the weekend went on.

The Team will now look forward to Round 5 at Rowrah Kart Track, Cumbria, with new switches for all the engines. If you are interested in joining us there or to get involved in the team, please contact karting@rnrmmsa.co.uk, or visit rnrmmsa.co.uk/karting-team/.

With thanks to:
• KnighTorque Engines
• Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
• NAVYfit
• RN & RM Sports Lottery
• RN RM Motorsports Association
• Michael Winship for the PhotographyImage attachment

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2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships
Round 3: Jurby Kart Track, Isle of Man

Results:
Kart 45 - 1st
SLt Jean-Luke Laister & Lt Martin Theodorou

Race Report:
Round 3 of the 2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships was held at Jurby Kart Track on the Isle of Man on the historic sight of the former RAF Jurby.

Due to travel difficulties and operational commitments of many of our drivers, the Navy were only about to enter one kart into the three hour race.

Trainee Observer SLt Jean-Luke Laister, of 750 Naval Air Squadron, and Trainee Pilot Lt Martin Theodorou, soon to join 825 Naval Air Squadron, partnered together in Kart 45.

Unfortunately the round got off to a bad start when a novice from the Royal Engineers Team spun in practice and collided with Theordorou, bending the steering column, a track rod and, most damagingly, the chassis. The Team were able to fix the kart but the bent chassis meant they would be on the back foot for the rest of the weekend.

Laister took the kart for qualifying but was only able to manage seventh in a very close field, with most of the top seven karts separated by only two tenths of a second.

Shortly after the race begun with Laister making an excellent start. By Turn Three of the first lap the team were right behind RAF Conningsby, who had managed to keep their lead after qualifying pole.

Laister kept a short distance behind Conningsby until they approached the back markers and began to lap some of the slower karts. The team were able to take full advantage when a novice driver collided with Conningsby forcing them both to spin off the track, taking the lead at about 20 minutes in.

For the next twenty minutes Laister battled it out with RAF Lossiemouth for the lead until more good fortune when a loose engine mount forced Lossiemouth to make a pit stop for repairs.

At the hour mark Laister came into the pits for one of the three required pit stops for a driver change. Theordorou took over and put in some good laps to further extend the Navy’s lead before coming in at the halfway point for fuel and to give the kart back to Laister for his last half hour stint.

Theodorou took the last hour of the race but by then the kart was suffering, not just with a bent front end but also with a loose kingpin on the front left wheel. Despite this at the three hour mark Theodorou was able cross the line at least a lap ahead of all the other military teams to claim victory for the Royal Navy Karting Team.

The Team will now look forward to Round 4 at Crail Kart Track, Scotland. If you are interested in joining us there or to get involved in the team, please contact karting@rnrmmsa.co.uk, or visit rnrmmsa.co.uk/karting-team/.

With thanks to:
KnighTorque Engines
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
NAVYfit
• RN & RM Sports Lottery
• RN RM Motorsports Association
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2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships
Round 3: Jurby Kart Track, Isle of Man

Results:
Kart 45 - 1st
SLt Jean-Luke Laister & Lt Martin Theodorou

Race Report:
Round 3 of the 2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships was held at Jurby Kart Track on the Isle of Man on the historic sight of the former RAF Jurby.

Due to travel difficulties and operational commitments of many of our drivers, the Navy were only about to enter one kart into the three hour race.

Trainee Observer SLt Jean-Luke Laister, of 750 Naval Air Squadron, and Trainee Pilot Lt Martin Theodorou, soon to join 825 Naval Air Squadron, partnered together in Kart 45.

Unfortunately the round got off to a bad start when a novice from the Royal Engineers Team spun in practice and collided with Theordorou, bending the steering column, a track rod and, most damagingly, the chassis. The Team were able to fix the kart but the bent chassis meant they would be on the back foot for the rest of the weekend.

Laister took the kart for qualifying but was only able to manage seventh in a very close field, with most of the top seven karts separated by only two tenths of a second.

Shortly after the race begun with Laister making an excellent start. By Turn Three of the first lap the team were right behind RAF Conningsby, who had managed to keep their lead after qualifying pole.

Laister kept a short distance behind Conningsby until they approached the back markers and began to lap some of the slower karts. The team were able to take full advantage when a novice driver collided with Conningsby forcing them both to spin off the track, taking the lead at about 20 minutes in.

For the next twenty minutes Laister battled it out with RAF Lossiemouth for the lead until more good fortune when a loose engine mount forced Lossiemouth to make a pit stop for repairs.

At the hour mark Laister came into the pits for one of the three required pit stops for a driver change. Theordorou took over and put in some good laps to further extend the Navy’s lead before coming in at the halfway point for fuel and to give the kart back to Laister for his last half hour stint.

Theodorou took the last hour of the race but by then the kart was suffering, not just with a bent front end but also with a loose kingpin on the front left wheel. Despite this at the three hour mark Theodorou was able cross the line at least a lap ahead of all the other military teams to claim victory for the Royal Navy Karting Team.

The Team will now look forward to Round 4 at Crail Kart Track, Scotland. If you are interested in joining us there or to get involved in the team, please contact karting@rnrmmsa.co.uk, or visit rnrmmsa.co.uk/karting-team/.

With thanks to:
• KnighTorque Engines
• Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
• NAVYfit
• RN & RM Sports Lottery
• RN RM Motorsports AssociationImage attachmentImage attachment

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Royal Navy and Royal Marines Karting Team

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Members of the Team outside the Awning at Round 2 of the 2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships

2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships
Round 2, Three Sisters Kart Track

Results: Race Abandoned
Kart 45
SLt Jean-Luke Laister & Lt Martin Theodorou:
Qualified 1st

Kart 46
POAET Craig Beesley & LA(ACMN) Liam Waterhouse:
Qualified 10th (1st Heavyweight)

Kart 47
LAET Sam Cresswell & LAET Matt Chambers:
Qualified 23rd

Kart 48
Mne Sam Woods, ETWE Scott Clements, L/Cpl Jase Probert & ETWE Ben Johnson:
Qualified 25th (3rd Novice)

Kart 49
AB Rich Price, AB Josh Wilson, AET Adam Green & Sgt Keith Curran:
Qualified 32nd (7th Novice)

With thanks to:
KnighTorque Engines
Jessica Maund - Female Karting Photographer - Busy Bee Photography
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
NAVYfit
• RN & RM Sports Lottery
• RN RM Motorsports Association
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Race Report:
Round 2 of the 2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships was held at Three Sisters Race Track in Wigan. The Royal Navy Karting Team entered 14 drivers over five karts, the Team’s biggest number of drivers to date! The grid was at capacity with 46 karts from all three Services along with a few civilian teams meaning it was looking to be a very busy and interesting race.

The Team were in a great position going into the weekend, thanks to new karts, equipment and engines they were able to purchase through a grant from the RNRMC and the Sports Lottery earlier in the year.

Practice showed the team to have plenty of pace, particularly at full speed along the start/finish straight due to our powerful engines, looked after KnighTorque. Both experienced drivers along with the eight novice drivers were exceeding expectations and things were looking exciting going into qualifying.

In kart 45, SLt Jean-Luke Laister, of 750 Naval Air Squadron, was able to put in a near perfect lap right in the dying moments of a damp qualifying session to get the team it’s first pole position in several years. While POAET Craig Beesley in Kart 46 was able to qualify 10th overall and first in the Heavyweight Category. Kart 47 qualified 23rd with LAET Sam Cresswell; Kart 48 was 25th (3rd Novice) with Mne Sam Woods and Kart 49 came 32nd (7th Novice) with AB Josh Wilson.

The race got underway soon after with Laister in 45 keeping the lead into the first corner. Over the next fifteen minutes Laister fought it out with RAF Coningsby and REME as the top three pulled away from the pack. At the fifteen minute mark the leaders started to approach and began to lap the back markers. Laister was more fortunate in his overtakes and managed to use this period to build a four second gap between him and the two others.

At 30 minutes into the race a racing incident on turn one left RAF Marham with only three wheels on one of their karts and this brought out the battenberg (yellow/black quartered) flag, where the first placed kart in effect becomes the safety car backing up the pack to allow for the race to be restarted when the incident is cleared. Laister took this opportunity to make one of the three required pit stops to hand over the kart to Lt Martin Theodorou for the second stint. A standard pit stop takes between two and two and a half minutes which meant Theodorou came back out right in the middle of the pack for the restart. After some excellent driving Theodorou had bought the kart back up to seventh by minute 45 however an accident in the pits which required medical attention brought out the red flag and racing was stopped.

Unfortunately the incident required the air ambulance which meant the Clerk of the Course declared the race abandoned. Had the race restarted kart 45 would have been in an excellent position fighting it out with the leaders with a pit stop in hand. Once they had all made the first of their pit stops the Team would have had around a 2 minute lead and been in a great position for the remainder on the three hour race.

The Team will now look forward to Round 3 at Jurby Kart Track on the Isle of Man. If you are interested in joining us there or to get involved in the other three rounds later in the year, please contact karting@rnrmmsa.co.uk, or visit rnrmmsa.co.uk/karting-team/.
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2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships
Round 2, Three Sisters Kart Track

Results: Race Abandoned
Kart 45
SLt Jean-Luke Laister & Lt Martin Theodorou:
Qualified 1st

Kart 46
POAET Craig Beesley & LA(ACMN) Liam Waterhouse:
Qualified 10th (1st Heavyweight)

Kart 47
LAET Sam Cresswell & LAET Matt Chambers:
Qualified 23rd

Kart 48
Mne Sam Woods, ETWE Scott Clements, L/Cpl Jase Probert & ETWE Ben Johnson:
Qualified 25th (3rd Novice)

Kart 49
AB Rich Price, AB Josh Wilson, AET Adam Green & Sgt Keith Curran:
Qualified 32nd (7th Novice)

With thanks to:
• KnighTorque Engines
• Jessica Maund - Female Karting Photographer - Busy Bee Photography
• Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
• NAVYfit
• RN & RM Sports Lottery
• RN RM Motorsports Association
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Race Report:
Round 2 of the 2019 Inter-Service Karting Championships was held at Three Sisters Race Track in Wigan. The Royal Navy Karting Team entered 14 drivers over five karts, the Team’s biggest number of drivers to date! The grid was at capacity with 46 karts from all three Services along with a few civilian teams meaning it was looking to be a very busy and interesting race.

The Team were in a great position going into the weekend, thanks to new karts, equipment and engines they were able to purchase through a grant from the RNRMC and the Sports Lottery earlier in the year.

Practice showed the team to have plenty of pace, particularly at full speed along the start/finish straight due to our powerful engines, looked after KnighTorque. Both experienced drivers along with the eight novice drivers were exceeding expectations and things were looking exciting going into qualifying.

In kart 45, SLt Jean-Luke Laister, of 750 Naval Air Squadron, was able to put in a near perfect lap right in the dying moments of a damp qualifying session to get the team it’s first pole position in several years. While POAET Craig Beesley in Kart 46 was able to qualify 10th overall and first in the Heavyweight Category. Kart 47 qualified 23rd with LAET Sam Cresswell; Kart 48 was 25th (3rd Novice) with Mne Sam Woods and Kart 49 came 32nd (7th Novice) with AB Josh Wilson.

The race got underway soon after with Laister in 45 keeping the lead into the first corner. Over the next fifteen minutes Laister fought it out with RAF Coningsby and REME as the top three pulled away from the pack. At the fifteen minute mark the leaders started to approach and began to lap the back markers. Laister was more fortunate in his overtakes and managed to use this period to build a four second gap between him and the two others.

At 30 minutes into the race a racing incident on turn one left RAF Marham with only three wheels on one of their karts and this brought out the battenberg (yellow/black quartered) flag, where the first placed kart in effect becomes the safety car backing up the pack to allow for the race to be restarted when the incident is cleared. Laister took this opportunity to make one of the three required pit stops to hand over the kart to Lt Martin Theodorou for the second stint. A standard pit stop takes between two and two and a half minutes which meant Theodorou came back out right in the middle of the pack for the restart. After some excellent driving Theodorou had bought the kart back up to seventh by minute 45 however an accident in the pits which required medical attention brought out the red flag and racing was stopped.

Unfortunately the incident required the air ambulance which meant the Clerk of the Course declared the race abandoned. Had the race restarted kart 45 would have been in an excellent position fighting it out with the leaders with a pit stop in hand. Once they had all made the first of their pit stops the Team would have had around a 2 minute lead and been in a great position for the remainder on the three hour race.

The Team will now look forward to Round 3 at Jurby Kart Track on the Isle of Man. If you are interested in joining us there or to get involved in the other three rounds later in the year, please contact karting@rnrmmsa.co.uk, or visit rnrmmsa.co.uk/karting-team/.Image attachment

4 months ago

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Karting Team

Race day here at Champs Parc for round 2 of the British Sprint Enduro 🤘

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