A hot and dusty Ghibili Raceway caused many engines to take in grit through the air filters as everyone went off line in the first heat. Laura was up to 4th in this race but her best engine blew up and she stopped 2 laps from the end.
In the final Laura was taken off by another driver so she had to be content with 9th. She ended up 13th in the WSK World Series.
Laura is unable to race at the World Championship, due to CIK qualification regulations that disallowed most of the Super KF drivers from competing. 3 months is a long time to be out of a kart so Laura has been concentrating on her fitness ready for the next race in Egypt.
New Jersey Motorsport Park was a race to forget. 14th was all she could manage as the problems in the setup could not be overcome.
Bring on the next race!
Laura joins Johnny Herbert, Barry McGiugan, Andy Stapley and Josh Webster in the Buckmore Old Boys 1 team at a Club 100 charity race. The race was organised by John Surtees to remember his son Henry Surtees and raise money for the Headway brain injury charity. Continue reading
Portimao saw her first SKF race that actually could be described as having hot weather. Starting from from 12th the pre final all started well with Laura moving up the field and setting the 4th quickest time of the race. Unfortunately a front tyre destroyed itself as it overheated and she went back to 11th.
Allowed to change one of the fronts for an old tyre used in the heats meant that although able to finish the race, Laura could only remain static in the field finishing 10th.
After having a motor blow up in the heats it was going to be a tough race from grid 15 but Laura survived the intense competition and got to 13th in the pre final. She finished a creditable 9th in the main final. She finishes 11th overall in the Super KF WSK Euro Championship. Continue reading
Laura is to partner Johnny Herbert in the charity meeting organised to celebrate Henry Surtees life.
Henry and Laura used to race together at Buckmore Park and John Surtees helped Laura enormously when she first started.
The charity that will benefit from this event is the Headway brain injury charity.
The Tonykart Junior team and Vortex engines gave Laura the equipment necessary to be competitive and she was looking forward to another good finish after gaining 10th grid for the pre final. However, before the start of the race another driver swerved violently smashing Laura off the track. She rejoined 100 meters behind the 31 karts, after overtaking half of the grid, she overtook a driver who then knocked her off the track at the next corner, so Laura pulled in to save the tyres for the main final. The main final was going well and she had passed about 10 drivers when yet again she was spun around from behind. She recovered to 21st place. After the success from the previous races it was a disappointing end.
Tonykart are one of the most professional team in the world of karting so to be offered the chance to drive for them is a real honour. Laura now has that chance and this has created an enormous amount of excitement in the family.
This of course means leaving Dean Panrucker’s Millennium Motorsport team and this has caused a certain amount of upset. Laura owes allot of her success to Dean, Dan, Terry and Spike. This team is a fantastic team where no driver is ever left out or neglected and Laura would like to thoroughly recommend them to anyone wishing to succeed in their karting career.
The team move means an engine change too and she would also like to thank GFR for the brilliant TM engines that she has used this year.
Laura made the Superpole top 12 again for the second WSK race in succession and after three tough heats had grid 8 for the pre final. At one stage she ran as high as 5th in the pre final, only to get knocked off the track by someone she had already overtaken. In the final she got a bad start when her side of the grid was held up going over the start line and as a result of this she needed to come from 18th after the first lap. However Dean and Dan had her Tonykart TM working faultlessly and she overtook many works drivers to finish in a fine 8th position. Continue reading