EKLBB Grand Prix
The East Kent Light Blues Brothers (EKLBB) took to the track of Buckmore Park Karting circuit on Saturday to race for the inaugural EKLBB Grand Prix.
39 Members and guests lined up to take on this 1200m track once driven by the likes of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
The event was a 90-minute enduro with the winner decided by the most laps completed.
Members were greeted by the team at Buckmore park and kitted out with their race suits. There followed a safety briefing by the race director and outlined the “bid for grid” where each team was invited to make a voluntary donation to the 2025 festival appeal in exchange for moving up the grid in the race.
Representing the province were the team of David Graeme, Mark Costelloe and Mark Bassant and their desire for pole position saw them make a generous donation in exchange for the front row. Their time at the front lasted for nearly three corners before they slipped substantially down the grid after the first lap!
Each team of three drivers were obligated to change drivers at least three times during the 90-minute race and so there was frantic strategic planning up and down the pit wall.
The afternoon ended in a mixture of victory and humiliation as team 8 received a black flag penalty after some aggressive on-track overtaking manoeuvres on the track.
The winners were Team 6 driven by Ed Felton, Oliver Marshall & James Colton who completed 100 laps in the 90 minutes. Second came Team 12 and Third was team 9. Both teams completed 99 laps.
The event was an excellent chance for members of EKLBB, prospective members, and guests to be able to relax and enjoy the fellowship. The last winner was the 2025 festival. The generosity of everyone present meant that £361 plus gift aid was raised towards the 2025 festival.
A huge thank you also goes to Buckmore park for hosting along with Andrew Berry, Fraser Gregory & Mark Prince from the EKLBB committee for administering the event and taking wonderful pictures.