Kemp claims overall victory

WINNERS: Marc Kemp with Team Malta in the first round of Time Attack Sicily at Racalmuto circuit.
WINNERS: Marc Kemp with Team Malta in the first round of Time Attack Sicily at Racalmuto circuit.
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Cowbit-based Marc Kemp has returned from Sicily after representing Team Malta in the first round of Time Attack Sicily at Racalmuto circuit.

When the opportunity arose for him to compete in his 2013 championship-winning 800bhp Mitsubishi Evo that he sold in 2014, Kemp was very keen to get behind the wheel again.

A big challenge was to get familiar with a circuit he had never seen before and to get used to driving the car again.

The Time Attack events work on fastest lap times rather than door-to-door racing.

Kemp had four practice laps to get familiar with the car and track before the competitive times started with four sessions available to set the fastest time.

He headed out in session one with the car set in its lowest power setting of 600bhp to get a lap time in the bank.

The car suffered with power steering failure but Kemp wrestled at the steering wheel to continue, only to struggle to find a clear space, being held up with slower cars.

When finally there was a space to get a clear lap the engine’s oil temperature was too high so the lap was aborted and he returned to the pits to cool down.

Despite the troubled laps Kemp had set the fastest time overall of over 70 entries and was 10 seconds faster than the second-placed car in his class.

It wasn’t all good news, though, as the Maltese team running the car discovered that the engine had suffered internal damage and made the decision not to run in the next three sessions.

Kemp was left frustrated knowing he could go much faster and he had his sights on a new outright lap record. The time was not beaten and he took the Open Racing class win and the overall victory.