Nick Kaye started racing in late 1999 as a complete novice at Silverstone kart club, learning racing lines and kart control. In 2002 he started his first full season of racing, with only two races under his belt in which he had finished second both times. By race 3 in 2002 Nick’s title challenge had got into full swing with two wins and a fifth, but there were three other drivers also in the hunt for the championship.
All through the season Nick and his main rival were swapping positions at the top of the table, pulling out a points gap at the front of the field.
By mid-season Nick had scored three more race wins and was starting to look favourite for the title, but the arrival of some smaller, lighter drivers hampered his effort in the second half of the season. After a couple of poor races nick was once again having to fight for his place at the top and it was becoming clear that Nick’s weight and size compared to the rest of the drivers was making it difficult for him to win races.
It all came down to the last race of the season Nick was clear of the second placed driver by 10 points, but a poor result would have lost him the championship.
But nick produced some of the best racecraft he had ever done to finish 3rd after starting 5th, he had won the championship by 12 points “if I hadn’t scored all those points at the start of the season I wouldn’t have even come in the top 3 because of all the smaller drivers.”