Bumper en­try for TKM’S Su­per One classes af­ter cost-cut­ting al­ter­ations

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Planned changes to TKM’S Su­per One cham­pi­onships for this year have been well-re­ceived, with the ini­tial 34-place Ex­treme grid fill­ing up be­fore Christ­mas.

For 2016 the TKM classes will only race at six of the nine Su­per One events, with five of those based around a two-day timetable that al­lows driv­ers to ar­rive for Satur­day test­ing ahead of the event start­ing. Only the fi­nal round at PFI in Septem­ber will be spread over three days.

Other cost-cut­ting changes have also been in­tro­duced, in­clud­ing TKM driv­ers only us­ing one set of slick tyres per meet­ing and this set then be­ing used in prac­tice at the fol­low­ing round. Ex­pen­sive con­trol fuel has also been dropped from all classes.

TKM boss Alan Tur­ney said the amount of in­ter­est in both the Ex­treme and TKM Ju­nior se­ries shows the changes have the sup­port of driv­ers.

“It is a fan­tas­tic re­sult and I am de­lighted as ob­vi­ously are the driv­ers that Su­per One has agreed to tweak our cham­pi­onship to the for­mat we re­quested,” he said.

“The driv­ers have voted with their feet. We asked their opin­ion and it is very clear that the changes we all wanted have to­tally trans­formed the at­ti­tude of driv­ers to­wards do­ing the top TKM se­ries.”

Su­per One or­gan­iser John Hoyle added: “The TKM en­try is amaz­ing. I am in shock! We will be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to give them all a great year.”

En­tries re­main open un­til the end of Jan­uary and if there are suf­fi­cient num­bers, Su­per One will con­sider run­ning a se­cond ‘B’ grid.

The TKM cham­pi­onships start at Rowrah in March but will not take part in the Su­per One rounds at Riss­ing­ton, Ful­beck and Larkhall.

TKM Ex­treme is set for full grid in 2016

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