With many entries already in, the closing date for standard entries to the Maxxis TKM Festival is this Saturday, July 30, after which entries will be at a higher rate and could also be refused. 

 The much loved event will once again give drivers the chance to race for Festival trophies as well as the prestigious ABkC TKM ‘O’ plates, following on from the success of the format last year.  

 Says TKM boss Alan Turney: “It was very clear that drivers and their teams got a real buzz from taking on the double attack for awards last year so it is a natural choice to do it again. We want to see if we can get the magic festival double for which there will be a special prize.” 

 The event takes place at its traditional Kimbolton track, the home of Hunts Kart Racing Club, from August 12 -14 with testing on the Friday and then official practice, timed qualifying, heats and pre and grand finals on Saturday and Sunday. 

 The event will once again be recorded for Motors TV and as usual is expected to attract top flight TKM drivers along with novices to take part in the longest running single make event in UK karting with a history stretching back almost 20 years. 

 With tyre supplier Maxxis once again sponsoring the event there will be gifts for drivers along with a special discounted price on the control tyres used for the event.  Control fuel is not being used. 

 Classes racing in both Festival and ‘O’ plate will be Junior TKM and TKM Extreme. In addition there will be a separate TKM Clubman section in the Festival where drivers will use second hand tyres with a maximum tread depth of 2.8mm, underlining the long lasting performance on the Maxxis tyres used in the TKM classes. Novices are welcome too, though not for the ‘O’ plate races. 

 The timetable of races is specially designed to allow drivers to race in both Festival and ‘O’ plate with the same kart – though using different tyres. Or they can compete using a separate kart for each section. 

 Full regulations and tyre order forms for the event are now available on the TKM website at Entries should be made direct to HKRC and can be completed online at Entries at standard rate close on Saturday July 30. After that date they will only be accepted at the discretion of the organisers and at an increased rate of plus £25.