|team press release||4 April 2017|
The 26th running of Australia's premier Dirt Kart event the Ken & Ces Memorial was held this past weekend at the Dirt Trackers Kart Club in Western Australia.
South Yunderup based Team BCM Motorsport led by Drivers Joe Chalmers, Nathan Chalmers & Dylan Bamford kitted out in 7 Karts for the weekends event, securing 4 quick times, 6 top 6 dash starts, 5 podiums, 1 win, 2 seconds and 2 thirds.
Above: 15-year-old Nathan "Mongo" Chalmers is now in Seniors (pic - Team BCM)
Young 15yo Nathan "Mongo" Chalmers arrived as senior driver this past weekend. He showed enormous courage, respect, versatility and his ability to get through the field was a pleasure to watch. By Saturday nights end of qualifying Nathan was top points score and he accepted Sunday mornings challenge and went to P6 in the dash, gained 3 places, started P3 in the final and had a duel with eventual winner Jye Chapman & Lachie Horton and eventually crossed the line in 3rd place. The respect these 3 drivers showed each other in the weekend was outstanding to watch.
Dylan "BamBam" Bamford competed in the KT Heavy class & ran his trusthy 55 in the twin class. In the KT Heavy class Dylan quick timed, won a couple of heats and made Sunday's top 6. This put him in a great position to run the 12 lap main event, starting from the second row he got a blinder of a start and jumped out to a comfortable lead while track conditions favoured, as the race grew on the minor place getters were pulling him in slowly and then heartbreak set in - about to receive the white flag Dylan's kart stopped due to an electrical issue. This was certainly a heartbreaking situation for Dee, he was the fastest kart all weekend in that class, drove awesome & then again luck passed him by, but be sure this kid will comeback punching harder when he next hits the track, you can't take the determination away from this competitor.
Above: Dylan "BamBam" Bamford aboard the #55 in Twin KT (pic - Team BCM)
Joe Chalmers was out to try & defend his 3 wins from 2016, but in 2017 the competition is much stronger in all the classes. He ran in the 200 Opens, 100 Opens, 125 Lights & KT Mediums. On Saturday Smokin Joe secured 3 quick times and a second to set himself up for 3 high points by days end and a second. Sunday morning was a whole different story - you're left with the decision of a top 6 inversion or high points to take up the challenge and go straight to P6 and try to get back to the front - a tough task for all those who took up the challenge! Joe succeeded, winning the 100 Opens, held a comfortable lead in the KTM class till another driver again forced Joe off the track back trying to fight to gain his lead back, finishing 3rd in KTM & in the 125L class a lapped kart caused him to be forced off the race track but managed to get back on and lock in another 2nd place.
Above: Joe Chalmers on the way to quick time in 200 Open (pic - Team BCM)
The twin class was the feature event for the day and an awesome battle up the front between James Inglis & Joe Chalmers was well worth the wait. James took the win with Joe close by in 2nd. Smokin Joe again showed his class in a range of different rides on the weekend securing 4 podiums himself and winning his 14th Ken & Ces class title.
Above: Team BCM celebrate (pic - Team BCM)
Nathan Chalmers was outstanding and can now look forward to stepping into the 125s & 100 Opens over the next coming weeks as he turns 16 & Dylan Bamford again showed he is all class, luck got his ride but no one will knock this kid down, watch out he will be back stronger and stronger.
The Ken & Ces event is certainly Australia's premier Dirt Kart Event and a big 10/10 to the Ken & Ces committee on their forward thinking approach on this event. Team BCM Motorsport is honoured to compete in this high class blue ribbon event and again showed as a team they are a powerhouse combination together on & off the track.
Above: The team's haul for the weekend (pic - Team BCM)
Above: Nathan Chalmers accepts the Ces Challenge (pic - Team BCM)