The countdown has begun for the premier Formula TKM event of the year – the Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton.

  For 20 years this unique event in British karting has stood out as an exceptional event combining the closest racing with a great atmosphere on and off the track.

  Developed in partnership with Hunts Kart Racing Club, the event has been held every year at Kimbolton apart from a brief period away at Whilton Mill when planning problems forced a temporary end to Friday testing.

  For 2017 the event will once again combine the traditional Festival events with separate races for the ABkC TKM ‘O’ plates. Thanks to careful scheduling of races drivers will be able to compete for both Festival and ‘O’ plate awards.

  Drivers get a huge amount of racing for their money with all day Friday testing, official practice, timed qualifying and two heats on Saturday and then another heat, pre-final and final on Sunday over the weekend of August 11-13.

  Racing is open to any member of an ABkC club with an MSA licence and novices are eligible too – though not for the ‘O’ plate classes. All classes except Clubman, use new control tyres supplied at a special discounted rate. Clubman class has its own races and runs to its normal rules, except with gearing free.

 Regulations have been tweaked this year to ensure qualifying times run smoothly and logically in the large classes where there is more than a grid-full of drivers.

  Once again Maxxis, suppliers of tyres for the TKM classes, are supporting the event and providing goodies for every driver.

  Looking forward to the event TKM boss Alan Turney says: “This is the highlight of our year. The MSA National Championship is a longer event over several months whereas in one weekend we decide the highly prestigious ‘O’ plates and Festival/Elite awards.

  “It is a very special event and we continue to be very grateful to the enormous effort the Hunts Kart Club team put into making the event such a success.”

  Regulations and full details for the event can now been see at and postal entries can be made to HKRC. The online entry service from will start from June 12.