Racing driver from Welwyn Garden City returns to the track

PUBLISHED: 12:39 25 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

BMD Motorsport

BMD Motorsport

WELWYN Garden City motor racing driver David Kempton made a welcome return to the circuit as he took part in the first two rounds of the Kumho BMW Championship at Silverstone. The 41-year-old arrived at the famous race track in good spirits after four yea

The BMWs in action at Silverstone

WELWYN Garden City motor racing driver David Kempton made a welcome return to the circuit as he took part in the first two rounds of the Kumho BMW Championship at Silverstone.

The 41-year-old arrived at the famous race track in good spirits after four years out due to family commitments, to race with team-mate Mark Astall.

David is in a very strong and committed Class A field, while Mark is in a field of just as committed Class B cars.

There were two races in a field of 30 cars. Finding space was crucial during qualifying.

David's BMW E36 is some 40 bhp down on the front-running Class A cars and some 100kg over weight.

This will be seen too before the next round at Snetterton on May 10, with the Silverstone races being used to see whether the team was competitive.

Only 0.7 seconds separated eight cars between fourth and 12th in Class A, with Kempton qualifying a creditable ninth and Astall qualified first in Class B.

David said: "We're carrying too much weight and under-powered to be right on the pace.

"But I'll be up there mixing with the more powerful cars, which will put me in good stead for further races in the season.

"We've got a new engine coming, but unfortunately it wasn't ready in time."

In the first race David managed to get up to seventh before the race was stopped due to a serious accident.

The race was restarted with David coming in fifth overall.

Due to a technicality, four drivers were excluded from the race and Kempton was later moved up to second.

Team-mate Astall won his class and was to repeat this the following day.

In race two a collision with a spinning car caused David to retire with a puncture and broken suspension.

Kempton's team, BMD Motorsport, left Silverstone class winners and overall joint leaders after the first two rounds.

"It was great to be back and I really enjoyed Saturday," added Kempton.

"A bit disappointing Sunday, but that's racing. At least I know where my competition is at and I'll be working flat out to get that new engine in for the race at Snetterton.

"It was great for Mark to win both his races and puts the team in good stead for the rest of the season."

For more information on David and his racing team, go to www.bmwrdc.com or contact the man himself on davidkempton@btinternet.com


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