MOTORSPORT: Kemp closing on Time Attack title

ON THE BRINK: Marc Kemp leads the championhsip by 50 points aftean impressive show at Silverstone. Photo supplied
ON THE BRINK: Marc Kemp leads the championhsip by 50 points aftean impressive show at Silverstone. Photo supplied

Marc Kemp is on the brink of UK Time Attack Championship glory after a stellar showing at Silverstone.

The Spalding race ace collected a hefty 90-point haul from the penultimate round of races to give himself a 50-point lead at the head of the driver standings.

Heavy rain made the 1.6 mile national circuit very difficult, but it didn’t prevent Kemp from doing what he’s done all season – topping the timing sheet in practice in his Panic Link Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo.

The rain continued for the start of qualifying, with poor visibility and lots of standing water making things tough.

Kemp had a hard time trying to put 800bhp to the wet tarmac, but still placed the fastest time to take a full 50 points.

To add to the problems of the heavy rain, the Evo developed engine issues at the start of the final.

With the engine misfiring, Kemp was four seconds off the pace. The team had to make the decision whether to carry on racing or call it a day–but with the fight for the championship so close, they instructed Kemp to continue.

With the engine cutting out continuously, he battled away and managed to get second place just 0.3 behind the fastest time of the session.

The final round of the championship is at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Kemp’s Evo will have a new engine fitted as he bids to tie-up the title.