As well as hosting a round of the ABkC National Championship for the 250 Nationals, the club also hosted the third round of the new MSA Bambino series for 6 to 8 year olds with 24 entries in this ever more popular series.
Through the timed qualifying and heat runs the top spots were vied for by Nathan Tye, Chance Bennett and Taylor Orridge with Alfie Briggs often in the mix. The karts are re-grouped
for the final but still continuing with the time trial format with only their fastest lap counting for the results and points. The drivers with the least points then go into the B Final, and that resulted in a win for Oliver Wright. After six laps of the A Final the order was fastest with 63.17s for Orridge from Briggs and Tye. However at post race scrutineering it was found that
Tye had an ineligible piston resulting in exclusion from the meeting and a very unhappy and disappointed child. That elevated Freddie Slater and Bennett.
The initial five kart breakaway group in Honda Cadets soon split with Keaton Samra and Wesley Mason opening a gap for a few laps. Alex Eades closed them down and demoted Mason to fourth. With the help of a tow from Guy Cunnington he and Mason regained the front, demoting Samra and Eades. Then Mason made a winning pass on the last lap taking Eades with him and demoting Cunnington to third. Louie Westover fell away from the leaders but hung onto fifth. In the IAME Cadet Jamie Mead traded the lead with Joe Willougby whilst initial third placed Leonardo Panayiotou slumped to sixth. Mead established himself in front and left no openings for Willoughby with Lorenzo Kordal some 8s in arrears after leapfrogging through the field. The pressure came off Mead for the final half lap after a pass on a back marker. Tommy Foster eked out a lead over Thomas Edmunds in MiniMax, until Rufus Hunt closed down a big gap to relieve Edmunds of second. Jensen Fennymore and Paige Holden battled hard for fourth, never apart. In Junior X30 Anderson Chilcott enjoyed a massive winning gap over Harrison Wedgbury whilst the main battle was for third. Ash Kandola had led the group but fell back and had to come in with a broken bumper. Charlie Webster took Ryan Conde for the podium place. Kieran Wragg was dominant in the concurrent Junior Max race. He was well ahead of the novice Jack Brookes, who inherited the place after a fierce battle with Harry Wilmot. Matthew Biry lost his early second place to both Wilmot and Brookes, then Brookes carried out a block pass at Café rubbing sidepods. Wilmot soon regained the position but was later excluded for driving standards. Roman Haskett had a somewhat fortuitous win when the Junior
TKM leaders crashed in the chicane. Louis Wortley had been the initial leader but soon fell to fourth. Haskett was running in sixth place after catching the leading group,
the lead having been traded between Joe Fowler, Myles Gray, Matthew Round-Garrido and Matthew Taylor. Once in front Taylor defended strongly developing a frustrated queue resulting in Round-Garrido trying an overly optimistic move into the chicane. That resulted in them crashing, with Taylor and Wortley sidelined and Round –Garrido greatly delayed. Haskett cleverly avoided the pile up to take up the lead and resisted Fowler’s challenge on the last lap whilst Round-Garrido was later excluded.
James Hassall made a perfect start from pole position in the 250 National class with the current national champion Lee Stamp beating Ross Allen off the line giving Hassall the chance to put some space over the chasing pack. Allen was quickly past Stamp but with almost identical lap times could not make inroads. Stamp had a quick spin in the chicane trying to hold off Alex Burrows, he lost only the one place with a fast recovery. Jack Griffiths was another with a run away win after dominating the heats, this time in the senior TKM Extreme final. Kye Springfield for second place gapped Harry Moore but could not touch the leader’s pace. In TKM Clubman Goldsmith made a great start to gradually pull
out a 4s lead over Colin Morris. Jack Cobourn had slotted into second at the start but soon usurped by Will Lakin as Cobourn fell back to sixth. But as the race progressed Tom Longfield had moved into second, then Colin Morris claimed that spot right at the end.
It was a day when changeable weather conditions tested the judgement of team managers and privateers. For the mechanics there was little chance of resting up between races as kart set-ups were altered onto dry settings and then hastily changed back again as rain clouds appeared.
As a stand-alone meeting providing lots of track time, you might think this one would have created less problems for the organisers. Maybe it was all the chopping and changing that dampened spirits, but Mike Mills must have gone home with sore ears a?er listening to a stack of complaints. Unfortunately, just about all of them were beyond his powers to control.
LGM Championships for IAME Cadet
At least no-one in the AIM team appeared to be complaining,
as all their drivers adapted well to track conditions. This was especially true of Dexter Pa?erson, who emerged from his three Heats with a win and two runner-up spots to claim pole position for the “A” Final. Si?ing alongside him on the front row was Harry Thompson, with Joseph Taylor, Taylor Barnard, Bray Kenneally and Jonny Edgar making up the next four places. Although wet tyres had been used in four of the five Heats, everyone came out for the “A” Final on slicks.
Pa?erson took an immediate lead, closely followed by Thompson and Taylor. Edgar had made an unusually tardy start to this race and initially dropped down to 12th spot. A?er half
a dozen laps had been completed, however, he hit the front bringing Thompson along with him. Thompson then pulled off a risky manoeuvre to take 1st spot and Edgar found himself hung out to dry. Edgar’s woes increased when he was forced onto the
grass and dropped down to 11th place. Within the space of just one lap Thompson and Pa?erson had pulled out a 40 yard gap over their opponents.
Pa?erson somehow got his wheels ahead of Thompson on the last lap to record a much needed victory. Behind them it was all change as Edgar made a strong recovery to grab 3rd position. Dragan Pinsent had been going well in 4th spot but then got involved in an incident that resulted in him taking a shortcut that subsequently led to his exclusion. That le? Finlay Bunce in 4th ahead of Brandon Martland, Georgi Dimitrov and Clayton Ravenscro?. A?er starting his final tour holding 3rd position, Taylor dropped down the running order and eventually finished 8th.
Junior X30 Tour
Alfie Brown Angus Fender, Callum Bradshaw and Eddie Hack all emerged as Heat winners. Brown claimed pole position for the “A” Final and he immediately opened up a huge lead over Bradshaw. Further back there was mayhem as Mario Mills, Anderson Chilco?, Max Jeanne, Taylor Bellini, Jonathan Browne, James Taylor and Billy Matlock were all involved in a first lap collision. A?er a couple of laps had been completed, Jac Maybin took over 2nd spot, but he was already 50 yards or more behind Brown.
With Brown pressing on relentlessly out in front, a?ention focused on the ba?le for 2nd place. Bradshaw moved ahead
of Maybin, only to lose out a lap or so later. Saul Robinson then took over 2nd spot with Bradshaw and Maybin challenging strongly. By half distance Maybin had begun to drop off the pace and he was soon overtaken by Yukinori Ishii. Davey Shepherd took 4th position from Ishii shortly a?erwards. Brown’s lead
had extended to almost 200 yards by lap 18 when Harrison Wedgbury le? the circuit and collided with a lamppost. This brought out the red flags with 3 laps remaining.
Senior X30 Tour
Mark Litchfield claimed pole position for the “A” Final with his teammate Oliver Hodgson alongside. Their benefactor and team boss, Paul Fletcher, wasn’t entirely happy however. “We’ve had good Heat results but I don’t think either Oliver or Mark is quick enough to win the final,” declared Paul. As if determined to prove him wrong, Litchfield stormed off into an early lead but was soon overtaken by Gus Lawrence who kept his place at the front for most of the race despite strong pressure initially from Hodgson.
Danny Keirle had started this race from grid 11 but soon began to make up ground. With two thirds of the race still remaining, he went into 2nd place, but dropped back to 4th by half distance. Litchfield appeared to be having a torrid time and by this stage was lying 7th. With four laps remaining Keirle hit the front, taking Hodgson along with him. Litchfield moved up to 4th spot close behind Lawrence. Derek Morgan was also challenging strongly in 5th position. Keirle was able to take advantage of the ba?le behind him and claimed victory with some 40 yards to spare. Hodgson finished 2nd followed by Litchfield who had managed to get past Lawrence. Morgan took 5th followed by Jacob Stilp.
The fourth round of this years championship. The Iame Cadet and Rotax classes were enjoying their third round of the season with the TKM classes into their second round.
Mini Max had been the closest class all weekend and that didn’t change in Final 2. Axel Charpentier and William Pe?i? took their turn to lead what was a lead train of 13 karts before Wood briefly took charge. However Kiern Jewiss took the flag by just holding off Wood and Pe?i?, with the top 13 covered by just 3 seconds.
Similar to the Mini’s Junior Max found themselves with a titanic ba?le for the lead but you always felt this race was going to be between Jordan Brown-Nutley and Dean MacDonald a?er they made a break for it late on. MacDonald it was eventually who took the win with McCarthy stealing 3rd on the last lap from Tom Gamble who also lost 4th to Harrison Thomas.
Iame Cadet was again a very tough race to call and come the final it was Jonny Edgar who lead the first half of the race with Harry Thompson and Finlay Bunce in pursuit. Dexter Pa?erson briefly took the lead before dropping to 6th with his place filled by Thompson who went on to take victory. Owen Marlow in 2nd pushed him all the way with Pa?erson recovering to 3rd.
Luke Kno? had not been beaten all weekend in Senior Rotax before Final 2 but a?er he found himself 2.4 seconds back from Sam Marsh in 2nd a?er just a couple of laps most people would expect that to change. But with the assistance of his team-mate Connor Hall behind, the pair reeled him in with Kno? passing Hall in a do or die move on the last lap!
The start to the Junior TKM race was explosive to say the least with at least six drivers taking their turn to lead from the front. However a?er 12 laps Jack Davidson and Ma?hew Graham were given a chance to run away with the race which was exactly what they did before Graham passed Davidson in the late stages. Joining them on the podium was Ryan Edwards.
Ma? England’s poor start to the TKM Extreme Final ultimately cost him his chance to eventually fight for a victory. He came up to 2nd with 7 laps to go but just couldn’t quite close Al Paterson down who took both Final wins. Behind Owain Rosser was just able to hold off Joe Forsdyke for 3rd.
The Series has made a hugely successful return to the Welsh circuit after an absence of seven years, promoter John Hoyle saying this was due to a request from the club and some sponsors. He added that the move to an unfamiliar track for the majority of the entrants also spiced up the racing.
The final hairpin following a long straight produced many an exciting last chance pass. It was also the first outing for the qualifying series for the IAME X30 classes, hoping to earn places in the IAME International Final later in the year.
MSA British Cadet Championship (IAME)
With a full grid of 34 karts for the UK’s most prestigious Cadet championship, Georgi Dimitrov topped timed qualifying over Maxwell Dodds with Jonny Edgar languishing in eight place. But Edgar soon recovered pu?ing in two heat wins and going on for a solo breakaway in a damp first final, chased hard by Dexter Pa?erson and Lorcan Hanafin. Piers Henderson led Clayton Ravenscro? over the line for fourth, both rookies. The second final proved much more of a ba?le for Edgar as he only narrowly beat an inspired Hanafin in a head to head duel. They le? Harry Thompson and Pa?erson some 5s in arrears whilst Ravenscro? lost his sixth place with a one lap penalty for driving standards. Edgar holds a slender lead over Dexter Pa?erson in the points standings a?er his near perfect score at the weekend.
MSA British Kart Championship for KZ1
Sam Webster proved the best adapted to the unfamiliar track stopping the best time in qualifying at 42.49s over Henry Easthope but he was then excluded from the first heat for making adjustments on the grid. That le? Easthope winning over Sco? Allen and the la?er went onto win the second heat over Adam Glear with Webster and Stephen Tyldsley both retiring. So Allen would be on pole for the first final, but dropping to third whilst Webster stormed up to fourth. Glear relieved Easthope of the lead early in the race and held him off to win. But then Glear stalled on the starting line for the second final but still managed third place whilst Easthope retired. Webster continued his progress to win over Shaun Slavin and Allen fell further back to sixth a?er being flagged in for a repair but still leads the championship.
Honda Cadet ABkC National Championship
In a very close ba?le Oliver Bearman took pole for the heats
with a 50.93s in timed qualifying, the top fi?een blanketed by
a quarter second showing how competitive this class really
is. Bearman held his advantage for the first heat but had to se?le for second to Nicholas Reeve in the second one. From fourth on the grid Reeve established himself at the front mid race for the first final and held off Gary Cunnington to the flag whilst Bearman was sixth. The second final produced the most thrilling finale with the top four crossing the line together. Oliver Clarke timed his run out of the final turn to perfection to go from fourth to first in the final metres and beat Harry Thompson, Dragan Pinsent and Reeve whilst Bearman went out at the start. Clarke is now leading the championship.
Junior TKM ABkC National Championship
Ma?hew Taylor convincingly topped timed qualifying and went onto win every heat and both finals for the first round of their series. Luckily the ba?ling behind was quite frantic with privateer Bradley White taking second in the first final and local driver Ryan Edwards scoring his first S1 podium with a fighting runner-up effort in final two. Joseph Reeves-Smith lined up second on the first final grid but fell to fi?h in both finals but still holds second in the standings, showing how important good heat results are this year. Ma?hew Graham had a 5 place penalty in the first final but appealed it successfully to have third place re-instated and a fourth in final two puts him fourth equal in the standings.
TKM Extreme ABkC National Championship
The privateer driver Ma? England broke the track record en route to a double heat win a?er being fastest in timed qualifying too and looked to be cruising in the first final only to suffer a mechanical failure, leaving the door open for rookie Owain Rosser to take the win with Kyle Sproat as runner-up. It was all the more creditable that England then stormed from the back to take his maiden win in the second final. He passed Al Pa?erson with five laps remaining then Pa?erson crashed trying to keep pace with England, leaving Rosser and defending champion Joe Forsdyke to complete the podium. Despite his DNF England still leaves Wales leading the championship by a point from Sproat.
Junior X30 International Qualifier
Angus Fender had the measure of his opponents all of Saturday from timed qualifying and winning both heats but had to give way to Harry Pla?en for the first final win on Sunday, Ethan Pi? in second. However the second final was more controversial and the result remains provisional subject to an appeal by Fender, who took the win on the road but was then docked a lap for contact. Pla?en inherited victory from Pi? and Ma?hew Hopcra?. So provisionally Pla?en leads the points table.
Senior X30 International Qualifier
Local driver Josh Collings had swept all before him from timed qualifying through both heats and the first final, with Zachary Jones and Jamie Flynn behind. But then his kart refused
to fire up for the second final leaving him as a disconsolate spectator. Collings’ CRG UK teammates Zach Jones and Craig Mooney appeared to be the most likely successors but from
the back of the grid a?er a DNF in final one it was Hale who emerged triumphant, passing Jamie Flynn with four laps to go to claim victory. Flynn held off Mooney to claim second with Jones slipping to fourth. Even with the DNF Collings leads Jones by a point in the standings.
From: Dublin, Ireland. Started karting: 2013 (Aged 8)
When was your first race: February 2013, Whiteriver Park, Ireland
What series you currently race in: Cadet, Motorsport Ireland Karting Championship
Have you won any races: Two novice races in my first season and a heat in my second season. I became the first girl ever to win a Cadet final in Ireland last month and have won three of the eight championship finals so far this year.
How did you get into it: I wanted to race since I was very little. My dad, Gary, and my uncle Aaron both raced karts and run our race team, Coby Motorsport, with my Grandad. After spending most my time growing up in the karting world I was bound to end up racing! My dad inspires me to want to be just as good as he was. At my first race there were a lot of boys and only two girls, myself and another girl called Laura. The boys didn’t intimidate me because most of my friends are boys and I wouldn’t let them keep me from doing something I love.
What I enjoy most is how close my dad and I are, and all the time we spend together. And, of course, the winning! But a big part of that is proving to myself and the karting world that girls can be just as good as the boys, and I think so far I’m giving it a good bash. When things just don’t go right on the track, well those days are the worst days but I try to learn from them as much as possible. Karting is fast becoming all I think about and I live for the next race. I’ve learned so much in the few years, but I know that I have so much still to learn. As
my dad keeps telling me, there is always room to improve, and always a tenth of second to be found somewhere. He mentions this a lot!!!
The first time I won a National Championship final in Cork was one of the best days of my life. To know all my hard work and tears paid off. It’s so hard to describe the feeling. I had come second in the two heats, and then to win both the finals was proof to me that I could do this. It gave me so much confidence and drove me to win again in the next National round. I’m currently sitting in 2nd place in the Motorsport Ireland National Championship, 5 points off the leader. I know that it is going to take a lot of hard work to win the Championship this year but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
What are you plans for 2015? This will be my final year in Cadets before hopefully moving up to Minimax next year so I would really love to go out on a high by winning the Championship, but I also hope to learn and develop my skills to make me a better racing driver.
Where do you hope to see yourself in karting world in 5 years time?
I hope to be the best female kart racer in Ireland, and after that who knows. I know this is something that is always going to be a huge part of my life and I just want to race forever!
Round 2 at Cateletto on the 31st of May marked the halfway point of the championship for all four classes with drivers looking to solidify or improve on their championship positions. For some that’s exactly what they did, however for some it turned into somewhat of a disaster, here are the main stories from the event.
Disaster for McCarthy
In the Juniors championship favourite Jack McCarthy had somewhat of a disaster only finishing 16th in the Final dropping him to 4th in the championship. From the outset McCarthy never looked his usual self he qualified 22nd place before going on to finish 4th, 11thand 9th in his heats putting him 11th on the grid for the Pre-Final. He could only convert that into 9th before dropping to 16th in the Final. Whatever happened to Jack that weekend he’ll need to put right before Wackersdorf in July if he is to remain a title contender. At the front Dean MacDonald did the unthinkable by going unbeaten all weekend! In what is an extremely competitive field it was a seriously impressive performance by the Scot and looks like he’s now fully settled in to his new team Aim Motorsport. Behind Charpentier has now firmly put himself as a serious title contender as his 2nd place has made him the championship leader whilst Keneally’s 3rd launched him up to 6th in the championship and within 21 points of the leader Richard Verschoor takes suprise victory Richard Verschoor was my tip for the victory before the weekend but after being excluded from qualifying you would have expected him to finish in the top 10 at most! Verschoor drove a good setoff heats and Pre-Final to put him 8th on the grid for the
Final but even from there you would have not put money on him to win especially as he was starting from the outside! But you have to take your hat off to him as he was able to not only win but win comfortably with a 1.3 second gap to Van Kalmthout across the line. Speaking of this I believe is a really a turning point in Rinus’ Euromax career taking is maiden podium and moving up to 6th in the championship. Rinus knows his way round Genk very well which is coming up later in the year after success at the BNL and could potentially be inline for a maiden victory and a ticket to the Grand Finals in Portimao later in the year. Lennox-Lamb donehis job of causing a disturbance to the championship finishing 3rd, Webb had his best result of the year in 6th and Lehane his most disappointing finish in 7th. Another major talking point was the number of non finishers with 12 in total! Askew, Timmermans, Grice, Varley, Donnelly, Ward, Mavlanov, Stewart and White were all involved.
Anthony Abbasse title dreams crushed!
The big news from DD2 came from Anthony Abbasse and unfortunately for him it was not good news! Abbasse was excluded from the Final due to a ‘technical non conformity’ which means he will now have to count a 0 score towards his Championship total. At the end of the Championship each driver is able to drop their lowest Pre-Final score and Final score however Abbasse will not be able to drop this zero score as he was excluded for a technical reason. This ultimately means Abbasse championship challenge has ended and he can only hope for a top 5 finish at best!
Abbasse finished 4th track which left Marcel Schirmer inherit his position. At the front De Conto did what MacDonald did in Juniors by going unbeaten all weekend but it’s fair to say De Conto was slightly more dominant winning by 3.3 seconds. Ferenc Kanscar finished 2nd but with Kevin Ludi also
being excluded he now sits more comfortable in his championship lead with De Conto and Schirmer his nearest challengers 16 points behind. Rasmus Markkenen finished 3rd taking what was his first podium and in the Masters Morgado took the spoils with Mukhin and Pierce joining him on the podium.
Compared to the FWD, the Senior looks like something that wouldn’t look out of place at any kart track. It’s an Octane chassis with a 250cc four-stroke, fuel injected engine, the same used in the FWD but this time it’s rear- mounted and RWD.
Before I arrived at the circuit I wasn’t too sure what to expect so just to clear up it’s not a gearbox and is an electric start, which certainly put me at ease as I’d barely recovered from last months 175 test. It uses Komet tyres, which have already been proven in UK karting and the engine is developed by the touring car team. It’s simple to start, simple to maintain.
The first thing that captures you is the noise of the engine! I fired it up for the first time and it sounded like war. I was passed by a couple of quicker karts in the first session but I never heard them coming…
As I let the engine rip down the main straight for the first time I felt the speed building through my whole body, my hands, back, legs! The kart is not boring to drive even in a straight line. I felt the wheel vibrating as it started to top out (due to high gearing) and I thought there was a problem but it was just the engine willing me on.
It didn’t take the tyres long to get up to temperature and once they did the grip was phenomenal. I was planted through Stadium, all be it with the kart bouncing, which I paid the price for come the end of the day. As I came into hairpin one on lap 3 I decided to really see what the brakes could do and they’re pretty similar to any Rotax or X30 the only difference being the kart would go very light. So imagine you’ve hit the brakes then you start to feel the kart controlling you rather than the other way round, that’s kind of the feeling you get but you quickly get used to it.
As for acceleration, the characteristics are very similar to a TKM in the sense you are either on or off the throttle, there’s no in between. This is because it is fuel injected, it’s very precise. In the first session I was really feeding the power on and found myself bogging down. After a quick talk with Aron in session two I was putting my foot hard to the floor out of the hairpins and it worked a lot better.
The best thing engine-wise is the mid power band. Coming into the second hairpin: brake, turn in, foot to the floor and then almost a slight delay before the engine would let rip! And when I mean let rip I mean it is relentless!
The 250cc four-stroke offers great acceleration, strong top speed and the jart has the brakes to match. In terms of handling the kart is planted and rides the extremely unforgiving kerbs at Rye House fairly well. As long as you’re able to keep the kart controlled under braking and stamp your foot to the ground off the corner – which I’m sure most racing drivers wouldn’t struggle with – then you’ll be quick. It’s an incredibly stable kart front to rear. The motor is addictive. It’s what I loved most about the whole setup.
I was dropping around a three tenths in every session and on a good day this kart would comfortably break the Senior record round Rye on a race weekend, with the Junior version already smashing the Junior lap record!
This is certainly a real drivers kart but ultimately it’s not hard to drive. You can be aggressive and get away with it, you can put your foot down and the thing will rip your arms off! Just remember to pad up as it’s a brutal karting experience.
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