17th September saw a small crew of us heading up North to Grantham and it’s PF International Kart Circuit. This included our two producers Emily and Kyle, camera operator Rachael, sound recordist Jamie and myself directing.
Immediately we realised how we underestimated the sheer size and numbers of people involved in the Superone karting championship. There were motorhomes and trucks lined up and so much hustle and bustle. As soon as we stepped out from the cars, the revving of engines hit us straight away – we all couldn’t help but be excited already.
Staying with Abbi and Andy most of the day and filming, I got to know them both and slowly learnt more and more about the car and the championship she competes in. Abbi is a Junior TKM karter and a works driver with Tal-Ko, her number 49 on her kart and she hopes to get into single seater race cars soon (she’s testing a Ginetta in October).
We confirmed then that a crew would follow her racing season in 2017, whatever she decides to do. This would be our documentary’s narrative arc.