An introduction to Buckmore Park
Buckmore Park is one of the leading Kart circuits in the UK and is continually undergoing major improvements to its facilities and circuit alike. The track was extended in 1999 to its current 1200 length although it has a number of different possible circuit layouts to suit customers needs. C-100 uses the full circuit and this is described below in more detail.
Club 100 has used Buckmore Park since its very first race (C-100 race that is) back in 1993. It has been a regular feature on the C-100 calendar and there are always at least two races scheduled at the track each year as it is so popular with the drivers. The pit lane and pit facilities are next to the major car park at the back of the circuit and this means that the drivers are a little remote from the briefing room, toilets and cafeteria that are situated near the start / finish line. It is therefore essential the customers spend as little time as possible in the café/toilets and remain around the pits area in order to ensure they do not miss their races!
The pit lane exit is at the bottom of the long downhill section although it is rather refreshing to push start the karts downhill that does assist those doing the pushing! The circuit has a number of cut through’s and C-100 tends to use the cut through at hairpin one and at Pullmans in order to create a oval type rolling up lap. This will be made clear at any driver briefing at any C-100 event. The pits entrance is on the left-hand side of the fast downhill section at Symes Sweeps and drivers are reminded to pull to the left hand side of the circuit and raise their hand before coming into the pits.
The marshalling is always first class at Buckmore and most marshall posts are manned on race days. Drivers should pay attention to any waved flags (especially yellow flags) as a number of the corners have blind spots that obscure the drivers view. These corners (café curve in particular) are high-speed corners so it is essential that drivers are vigilant at all times when on the circuit.
Buckmore Park is always the most popular event of the season and the entry lists for all events tend to fill up a long time in advance of the races themselves, so it is always worth booking in at least a month in advance to avoid disappointment. The circuit is both demanding and exciting and the changes of gradient make a refreshing change from the other circuits visited during the year. All in all, a great track that always delivers some great racing.