As­ton ace Turner tries Su­perkarts

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Works As­ton Martin driver and dou­ble Le Mans class win­ner Dar­ren Turner was at Don­ing­ton Park last Thurs­day for the Su­perkart test day, try­ing out three dif­fer­ent karts.

The ini­tial run was in Joe Dick­in­son’s F125 Open Raider Vor­tex. He then tried the Raider Honda of Mark Vaughan as used in the MSA Bri­tish Su­perkart Cham­pi­onship be­fore sam­pling a Di­vi­sion 1 An­der­son FPE.

Turner shared a busy track with many of the Euro­pean Su­perkart cham­pi­onship con­tenders, who were in the Mid­lands ahead of last week­end’s Su­perkart race meet­ing (see re­port, page 30).

Fol­low­ing the fi­nal ses­sion in the twin cylin­der FPE, Turner said he had thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, adding: “Mega, wow that’s quick. It’s just vi­ciously fast and more ex­treme than I ex­pected.

“As the kart has no sus­pen­sion I found bumps on the Don­ing­ton cir­cuit I didn’t know ex­isted and was us­ing mus­cles I didn’t know I had. My main prob­lem was try­ing to get used to the gears and brak­ing, but also un­der­stand­ing the grip lev­els and down­force avail­able com­pared with rac­ing a GT As­ton Martin.”

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