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Tal-Ko Racing Works Assisted Drivers

At Tal-Ko Racing we take our products and their quality very seriously. We have always been involved with a works assisted driver project since the company was first formed over 50 years ago. With this driver test and race programme we have found that it is a vital and a very reliable way to evaluate and improve our equipment range from simple components right up to complete Karts and Engines.

Nearly everything Tal-Ko manufactures is produced using 50 + years of race / manufacturing experience and with the latest software 3D CAD design facility.

When all of this is coupled with the driver project we can then be sure we are producing and selling to our customers the very best of race winning equipment at realistic prices.

We have always enjoyed our racing and the involvement with the drivers over the years and we are very proud of their achievements within the Formula TKM classes and beyond. 

Please see below the works assisted drivers who are in this years team project.

 

   


Abbi 3 yrs Old


     

   

 Abbi & Dad Andy

BWRDC Awards 2015

 

Abbi Pulling / TKM Junior (Full works assisted)
D.O.B. 21.03.2003 

I started racing in 2012, just before my 9th birthday, racing a cadet 6bhp kart for 8-13 yr olds, taking my first podium 3 months later. I won the Trent Valley Kart club winter series 2012/2013.

In the cadet classes I set fastest laps, had numerous heat wins and podiums and set lap records at Fulbeck and Rowrah.

In early 2015 due to my growth spurt, the decision was made to immediately switch to the Junior TKM class for 11-17 yr olds, moving onto a full size chassis with a TKM 15bhp engine.  Quite a step up. We decided to purchase a used Tal-Ko Veloce chassis and TAG BT82 engine. Both proved to be very fast.

Despite minimal testing I competed in the Super One round at Buckmore Park, setting fastest lap during the race, only being pipped by 0.05 sec for that honour in the last lap. Again at the S1 round at Larkhall in  Scotland,  I just missed qualifying on pole by 0.01.

At Kimbolton I qualified on pole for both the TKM Maxxis Festival and the British Open championship, taking my first national ‘A’ race win at this event.

At the S1 round at Shenington I set fastest lap in all 4 races, led my first British championship final and stood on the podium for the first time with a very close 2nd place finish. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TdNMlgU9zs

Abbi's hidden talent, natural on a horse from 3 years old, until horsepower took over. Also plays for the school football team. Mum Karen and sister Jaime are both still equestrian based. Dad Andy is a former champion on 4 wheels as well as 2, taking a number of Oval racing titles in the 80's then on 2 wheels in 2005, winning on a 750 Suzuki.

Being picked to be part of the Tal-Ko Racing Team has been the highlight of my karting career. The whole team work very well together are very supportive of each other. Racing with Tal-Ko is fun but the desire to win and prove the equipment is the driving force and so I will do my best in 2016 to succeed.

To start 2016 off for Abbi she was presented with the following 2015 awards at the BWRDC: Kartsport Trophy for highest points scorer,  Best Junior Driver & The Mary Wheeler Memorial Trophy for overall club champion, the youngest ever by miles. Abbi finish 2nd in the 2016 British Junior TKM S1 Championship.

2017 Abbie will again compete in Junior TKM.

 

   

 

 

 


Adam & Dad
Adam & Mum

Adam Sparrow / TKM Junior (Full works assisted)
D.O.B. 19.01.2000 

I started karting in Jan 2010 at Red Lodge and got my MSA licence Feb 2011 at Kimbolton &I won the most improved driver for comer cadets at Red Lodge.

2012 Competed in the Easykart British Championships finishing 4th and won the Rookie Championship. I also raced comer cadets winning Junior Driver of the Weekend at the East Anglian Trophy Meeting at Kimbolton.

2013 I won the comer cadet championship at Kimbolton and became the 1-point champion (the highest point scorer in all the Junior classes).

2014 I started racing Junior TKM in January purchasing a new Tal-Ko Veloce kart and came 4th in the TKM Midlands Championships and 3rd in the Whilton Mill club championship. I also worked with Tal-Ko Racing testing the new 80cc TKM WTP engine.

In August 2014, I was invited to become one of the Tal-Ko works drivers which led to assisting with the TKM promotional test day at Whilton Mill.

2015 I became the TKM Midlands Champion and raced in the Super One British Championships for the first time finishing 11th. I also assisted with the TKM promotional test day at Whilton Mill and was a representative for TKM at Kartmania.

2016 I became the East Anglian Junior TKM Champion, the Junior TKM British Open Champion, achieved 2nd in the Elite final of the Maxxis TKM Festival and came 4th in the Super One TKM British Championships.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJOBfZCEiv0 for the TKM Open Championship race

Father: Neil (Mechanic), Mother: Zoë  and Sister: Lauren

I am very enthusiastic about all types of Motorsport and have done Gymnastics since the age of 4 and now doing it regularly to keep fit. I really enjoy the challenge of TKM and being involved with Tal-Ko as a works driver means a lot to me. The team is like a family and it makes you feel good when the team does well.

I am moving up to Senior TKM Extreme for 2017

   

Simon & Dad

Simon Vercoe / TKM Senior Extreme (Full works assisted)
D.O.B.31.01.1989 

My first karting experience was at a local non MSA kart centre on a Honda pro kart in 1999 when I was 11. In August that year I got my MSA licence at Dunkeswell and started racing in Junior TKM. I continued in this class for 5 years, winning the Wessex championship, the Dunkeswell club championship and winning the Maxxis TKM Festival cup along with numerous other races and holding fastest lap records.

In 2006 I moved up to Senior TKM and in that year I won the Clay Pigeon club championship. Since then I have won the Senior TKM Festival cup and the Welsh championship. In 2008 I started racing in the British Super One championship in Senior TKM class & have placed number 11, 10, 7 and 5.

In 2012 I became a Tal-Ko Racing works driver which has been the main high point in my karting journey, I feel my racing has improved massively with the help and support from the Tal-Ko team, I am remarkably greatful and look forward to my weekends away with them.

My family actively support me at each race meeting, traveling far and wide or watching me online. My Dad - Steve Vercoe, Race Ace Mechanic and good friend - Rich Marsh, My Son - Finley Vercoe.

My main interests are working on cars, watching and participating in Motorsport and weekends away.

2017 Simon will compete again in TKM Senior Extreme.

 

   


Brad & Dad

Bradley White / TKM Senior Extreme (Full works assisted)
D.O.B. 11.05.1999 

Started karting aged 11 in Comer Cadet multiple race wins before moving to Junior TKM aged 13

2014 Kimbolton Club Champion

2015 Super One Junior TKM seeded 6, winning 2 TV Finals

2016 Super One Junior TKM British Champion

Family, Mum (Julie) Dad (Gary), Brother Jamie (aged 14), Grandad (77) Grannie and my Great Uncle used to race 100 Britain in the 70,s

My Dad used to race 100TKM in the nineties when there were grids of 70+

Interests: Keeping fit, mountain Biking

We entered the TKM class as we believe it’s the only premier class that you can be competitive in on a resonable budget

Joined Tal-Ko Team in Jan 2016 , having toured the Tal-Ko Factory and in my first year with them I won the 2016 Junior TKM British Champs.

I have now moved up to Senior TKM Extreme for 2017.

   

 

 

 

 

Lee & Dad

 

Lee Whittingham / TKM Senior Extreme (Works assisted)
D.O.B. 04/02/1999

My first experience of driving was driving the tractor at home on the family farm, from there I moved to two wheels by competing in Motocross/Enduro events with my dad. I began racing karts in March 2011 when I joined my local schools kart club.  I raced an 85cc Raket kart winning the National Schools Kart Championship in 2012.

In 2013 we decided to move to MSA in Jnr TKM racing in the Northern Championship and still competing in NATSKA and in 2014 we competed in the Northern TKM Junior Championship coming 4th and also breaking the lap record at Hooton Park on a v-clutch engine.  I also finished 2nd over all in the NATSKA championship.

In 2015 we decided to move up to Super One to compete at top level in Junior TKM. In my first year Ifinished 13th over all, and in 2016 I finished 5th over all winning the final round at PFI after qualifying on pole position. In August 2016 having competed in my first Maxxis TKM Festival I managed to win the Jnr TKM Elite Final.

Family: Dad Robin (Chief Mechanic), Mum Heather (Chief Supporter), Brother Charlie (Media Officer) and my late Grandad Whittingham raced karts in the early 1960s. 

We feel extremely privileged to be asked by Alan Turney to join the Tal-Ko Racing works assisted driver program, making this the highlight of my karting career.

We will be competing in TKM Senior Extreme for 2017.

   


Abbi & Ross

Ross & Dad

Ross Deal / TKM Junior (Works Assisted)
D.O.B. 07/10/2000

My love for cars and anything with four wheels began when my cousin handed me down his vast collection of toy cars when I was about 2 years old. Everything since then has revolved around them…

I passed my ARKS in October 2011 and I had my first race meeting in Honda Cadet class in October.

I was top novice in every race and my first race off my novice plates was May 2012 and I had lots of heat wins. Finished second in the Kartmania Honda challenge championship and 4th in  NKRA championship.

Moved to junior TKM in 2014 and competed in Clay championship in finishing 4th whilst also getting various podiums all around the country and 4th in the Welsh champs

During 2015 we won the Southern TKM Junior Championship at the last round by 2 points and competed for 3rd place in the Midlands TKM Junior Championship up until the final round. I finished 3rd in the elite final at Kimbolton TKM Festival.

For 2016 we competed in TKM Super One as a rookie and managed to get 10th in the championship and achieved a narrow miss of the podium in Buckmore and fastest lap in a heat at PFI.

Following a tour of the Tal-ko factory at the end of 2016, a kart fitting and introduction to all the people who make TKM happen, I am extremely excited to participate in the Super 1 series next season. I look very much forward to being able to push to my full ability and aim to prove what I am capable of for the team at Tal-ko and for myself.

Dad – Mark Deal / Mum – Virginia Deal / Sisters – Sophie and Georgina Deal / Mechanic – Sam Jenkins

I will be competing in Junior TKM in 2017

   

Joe Stockford / TKM Senior Extreme (Works Assisted)
D.O.B.13.04.1985

I started racing in Cadets in 1997 and soon progressed onto Junior TKM eventually winning the Rye House Junior TKM Club Champs in 1999 and finishing second in the TKM Festival out of an entry of 85.

In 2000 I won the Kimbolton Junior TKM Club Champs was 2nd in both the Buckmore Club Champs and the Midland Kart Champs.

In 2001 I finished 12th in my first attemp in the very competitive Junior TKM Super One Champs and then 6th in the TKM O Plate and finally 6th at the PFI Kartmasters.

In 2002 I moved up to Senior TKM and only raced PFI and in 2003 I tested and did some racing in Formula Ford.

In 2011 I returned back to Karting enjoying success at Kimbolton up to present day.

In 2013 I won the Senior TKM Extreme Midland Champs.

I returned back to TKM Super One racing in 2016 and be again racing in this for 2017.

My family actively support me at each event. Dad (Barry) and my two brothers (Nikki & Adam)

We feel privilaged to be part of the Tal-Ko Racing driver programme and will be working hard to make 2017 our best year yet.

   

 

Richard Marsh / Ace Mechanic & Team Judge for Best Kept Works Kart
D.O.B. 28.08.1982

I first raced a kart in August 1993 for my 11th Birthday at a local indoor circuit. I finished 2nd in the junior championship the following year. In 1996 my parents bought me a junior TKM outfit and I had my first race at Dunkeswell kart circuit. I regularly raced at Clay Pigeon and Rissington as well. We had some great times and I met some great people, who I am still in regular contact with. In 1998 I moved into senior TKM and Extremed my original and only TKM engine which I still own today! The TKM senior class was the best and closest racing I have been involved with. 

I then built a MK2 VW Golf GTI and raced in a national championship for 2 years visiting many of Britain's largest tracks. I won the first race and finished 2nd in the championship. In 2008 I started to Co-drive in a rally car with ex TKM team mate Stuart Bliss, we have had some great results and still compete now. 

I then raced a miniature Nascar  (Called Mascar) on short circuit oval tracks. 

After I hung up my karting boots in 2004. I then started mechanicing for Simon Vercoe in Junior TKM, we had some great results and formed a great relationship with him and his Family.

I have also been helping Tal-Ko with their assisted driver programme and have enjoyed working with Alan and the Team. We have all learnt a lot along the way and enjoy working with new drivers and are focused for every season.  I also am joint judge with Alan on who has the best and worst kept kart in the team.

 

   

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Adam Sparrow & Abbi Pulling with Tal-Ko Boss Alan Turney

Matt England 2015 TKM Extreme
British Champion

Adam Sparrow 2015 Midlands Club Champion & 2016 O Plate Champion

Abbi Pulling
Joins Tal-Ko Works Driver Team

Simon Vercoe Leads the Pack

Bradley White 2016 British Junior Champion

Abbi Pulling TKM Festival 2015

Team Celebrations 2015

Adam & Bradley

Simon Vercoe

Bradley White (pic by Adam Zielinski)


Team Celebrations 2016

Ross Deal