Rowrah Super One rd1 – Top 10 in large super strong grid

Jack had a super solid first round at the Super One nationals. The circuit was Rowrah in Cumbria and the weather was wet, very wet. After nearly three years out of karting and only starting to test at the end of last summer, it was  a satisfying one. Good qualifying and heats, grew into solid points all weekend. Top 10 in the final, leaving Jack in joint 7th in the Championship, the karting “hobby” away from the rally preparation has started well.



Jack Vs Mark Litchfield at Rowrah

Back in December, Jack spent a full day testing at Rowrah with championship winning karter Mark Lichfield.
Mark has been a mentor to Jack throughout his junior career, helping him to improve his performance and get the most out of his talent as a driver.

We’d planned the testing as part of Jack’s preparation for the 2017 SuperOne season where Jack will be taking part in all rounds including Rowrah and PFI.  The main goal of the session was to help familiarise Jack with the performance of the Super One spec kart in challenging winter conditions, and also to give him a strong benchmark for his times against the experienced 5-time British Champion Litchfield.

Over the course of the day, Jack and Mark took it in turns to drive around the tight circuit swapping fastest times as they tuned the kart to the conditions.

So, how did they do?

Here’s a GoPro recording of their fastest laps around Rowrah, showing how they approached the challenging circuit on a cold day:

February 2017 – Rowrah Kart Track, 2nd Place

Jack had a good result to start February at the Rowrah Karting Circuit with a strong 2nd place in a competitive field.  This was really positive for Jack, as the he will be returning to the track in March for the opening round of the SuperOne championship.

The first round of the SuperOne Series takes place on 18th March at Rowrah, and we’re expecting a strong result on the day.

Ice Driving Training at John Haugland Rally School in Norway

In January 2017, Jack was a guest of the John Haugland Ice Driving School in Norway to help him prepare for the different challenges of Rallying ahead of his first season in 2018.

Spectacular scenery around the driving school along with really tricky conditions meant that Jack learned an enormous amount from the experience. And he’s looking forward to more training as part of the MSA elite driving programme at Loughborough College during 2017.

Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car

While Jack will be racing in the Super One Karting series during 2017, the long term goal is to compete at the highest level in rallying, and over the off season, he’ll be taking part in a specific winter driving course in Norway to prepare him for a wider range of conditions and improve his skills.

A key part of Jack’s preparation for rallying has been to familiarise him with the type of car that he will be driving in the senior series.  With this in mind, we have acquired a factory spec Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car which he is using to test in North Wales.

Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car

Although the car looks like a regular road going 208, under the skin, it’s a different beast entirely, providing the perfect basis for Jack to hone his skills.

More Power

The Peugeot 208 R2 delivers 185 BHP at 7800RPM compared to 67HP from the regular model.  This increased power comes from a 1.6l engine that has been tuned to rev higher.  A Magneti-Marelli indirect fuel injection system provides faster delivery of power thanks to the fly by wire design.

Better Control

Control is essential for racing on loose surfaces.  The R2 has a limited Slip Diff on the front wheels and a 5 speed manual gearbox that is cooled through a dedicated intake on the bonnet.  To deliver the power smoothly, a 184mm ceramic clutch connects the engine to the transmission, providing fast gear changes and ensure that power is delivered to the wheels.

Lighter Weight

Despite running in race trim, the car is 30KG lighter than the standard road going version.  This weight saving was achieved despite the larger engine, uprated suspension, and more robust gearbox.  The interior of the car is totally stripped with lightweight Sparco racing seats, and a full FIA approved roll cage for increased stiffness and safety.

Opting for the factory spec R2 will give Jack a solid foundation for rallying in 2018.

18 December 2016 – Buckmore Park, 2nd Place

Jack had a good result at the December meeting at Buckmore Park in the run up to Christmas, with a strong second place finish in a mixed class field.

Driving in the Senior X30 Class that he’ll be competing in during 2017, Jack finished well, coming second in the last race of the year in tricky foggy conditions.

The result marks the end of a good year for Jack which has included him being invited to study on the elite MSA programme at Loughborough College.