Kemp dogged by car problems but still retains pole position

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Spalding race ace Marc Kemp still leads his class in the new UK Time Attack Championships after finishing second in round two up north at the weekend.

Kemp and the Spalding-based Panic Link Motorsport travelled to the Croft Circuit, where they were looking to match last month’s victory at Cadwell Park.

The changeable weather suited Kemp and he topped the timing sheets in warm up and practice. In qualifying, where points were at stake, his Mitsubishi developed a technical problem where it could not develop full power.

Kemp had to drive the car on its very limits in the corners to make up for the lost power and he finished qualifying in second place.

With the technical problem tracked down to a broken wire in the boost control system, the team was confident for the final – but it didn’t quite go to plan.

All the hard driving in qualifying had taken its toll on the front tyres, meaning the south Lincolnshire man really struggled with front end grip and finishedsecond, less than 0.5 seconds behind the winning car.

Round 3 sees the team at Snetterton and every effort is going into the car to make sure it’s on the best possible form.