Nigel Moore Italy Winter Cup summary

A faulty spark plug foiled international junior kart racer Nigel Moore's final charge at Italy's Garda Winter Cup. Out of one hundred entries, he had charged safely through timed qualifying, heats and semi-finals to make fifth on the grid for the...

A faulty spark plug foiled international junior kart racer Nigel Moore's final charge at Italy's Garda Winter Cup. Out of one hundred entries, he had charged safely through timed qualifying, heats and semi-finals to make fifth on the grid for the grand final. But when he pressed the accelerator on his 80 mph machine at the green start light, the engine died. A faulty spark plug was diagnosed, it had become fouled up on the slow formation lap.

"We gambled and put a different plug in for the longer final, and it was too temperamental and didn't work," Nigel explained. Even so, the first meeting with his factory BRM team was deemed a success.

"Team manager Gianluca Beggio passed on so much track knowledge to me, it was superb," said the fourteen year old who had finished third in his semi-final after having earned a fourth and fifth in the heats.

The Winter Cup was won by Italian driver Luca Genini, with British driver Will Stevens in second place. Nigel, who is based at the Tockwith Motorsports Centre in Yorkshire and attends King James School in Knaresborough, may have to spend much more time in Italy.

"As a factory team driver, the testing schedule for Nigel is very intensive, so we will find some accommodation in Italy near the factory in Milan," said his father Simon.

Nigel will be back out in Italy next week, testing for the Margutti Trophy race at Parma, which is held on 11/12th March. He will also contest the British, French and Italian as well as the European championships.

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Series Kart
Drivers James King , Will Stevens , Nigel Moore