A FORMER karting enthusiast has made the transition to the short oval track world of stock car racing.
Twenty-eight-year-old Tim Leeton’s latest high-speed challenge is in the Rebels Stock Car Championship.
At 6ft 4in, Tim used to struggle to fit in the confines of a kart, and can only just squeeze into his Rebel racer.
The championship is made up of identical mini race cars manufactured by one supplier. Powered by an 850cc all-aluminium Reliant engine, the nostalgic-looking car bodies are five-eighths size replicas of the old sit-up-and-beg Ford Popular saloon car of the 1950s.
Purpose-built for full-contact competition, the high-revving 60hp robust Rebels can reach speeds of around 60mph on the short quarter-mile race circuit straights, and with up to 40 cars on track at any given time – racing is not for the faint-hearted.
The season began two weeks ago at Birmingham Stadium where Tim picked up seven points to open his account in the national championship.
He reached the first round final but was taken out in a crash that left him needing a new gearbox. With a new set of cogs, Tim set off for Northampton Stadium on Sunday, hoping for a better day.
He came away with 28 points after finishing 14th in race two and crossing the finish line 13th in the final. His points tally of 35 will go some way to helping him move up from the novice ‘white top’-roofed cars to yellow.
Tim’s next race is back at Birmingham next Saturday where he will hope to qualify for the Rebels World Championship.