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Bayford Meadows Kart Racing Club Championship 2018 Round 3 Report

Sunday 22nd April dawned bright and sunny for round 3 of the BMKR championships, following on from a period of lovely spring weather, ideal for the latest round of the popular series. With the club recently announcing a new Spring Cup, which is based over race times recorded over the first three rounds of the series, incentives for drivers were high, as this was the deciding round.

Bambinos – O’Sullivan victorious

The growing number of entries in the Bambino class was great to see at the friendly Sittingbourne circuit, with 15 youngsters continuing their first steps into the competitive karting scene. The three timed runs provided us with some closely matched times at front. Oscar O’Sullivan took the first, just 0.077 seconds in front of Fletcher Jamieson, Charlie Warren was close behind in third. O’Sullivan then took the second run this time 0.206 in front of Jamieson, Jayden Sherwood sped around some engine problems to take third. Freddie Duncan starred in the third run to take the fastest time, ahead of Jamieson and Warren. The merged points results after the three runs, showed that O’Sullivan came out on top, with Jamieson second and Duncan taking third; Warren and Sherwood were 4th and 5th. Alfie Howland and Jack Pullen were next up, separated by just two points in 6th and 7th. Harry Freeman, Jesse Phillips and Rio King rounded out the top 10. O’Sullivan won the inaugural Spring Cup from Jamieson and Sherwood.

Sullivan topped the points in the Bambino class

Junior Club Max –  Stephenson dominates

9 karts rolled out for the Junior Club Max class this month, this was down to eight for the second Pre Final as Lewis Boret failed to make the grid. The two Pre Finals had been won comfortably by the Clarke kart of Riley Stephenson, his teammate Joshua Pullen was 2nd in the first but pipped by the Project One kart of Zac Spence in the second. Stephenson blasted away from the rolling start to take the lead in the Grand Final, Spence faltered and ended up going wide at turn 1, leaving him back in 7th at the end of the first lap. Pullen was in a comfortable second early on; behind him he had the LICA run kart of Ross Hastings, who was showing a good turn of speed this month, nailing a beautiful getaway. The immaculately turned out Bristol Street Motors backed kart of James Black, was snapping at his rear bumper and increased the pressure with each lap. Back at the front Stephenson was in a class of his own, stretching out his lead over his teammate Pullen, who had gapped the fierce Hastings/Black battle. Spence had found his way back up past Oliver Bullion and Jack Richards to run 5th and was closing in on the duo ahead. Black finally pulled off a move down the inside of the blue LICA kart on lap 9 and set off after Pullen in 2nd, falling just short of time to mount a challenge. Spence did manage to pass Hastings for 4th but the crafty Ross wasn’t giving the place up easily and snatched it back to take a confidence boosting 4th. Stephenson eventually won by just over 7 seconds, a crushing victory over his rivals. Pullen took a good 2nd from Black, both happy with their races. Behind Hastings and Spence were Richards and Bullion in 6th and 7th. Harvey Colyerwallis struggled throughout the day with engine problems and retired early from the final. Stephenson took the fastest lap and the Spring cup, from Spence and teammate Pullen.

Riley Stephenson leads the Junior Club Max final away

Honda Clubman Elite – Frosty on top form

The Clubman Elite class witnessed another Clarke karts driver at the top of his game, following on from the Riley Stephenson victory in Junior Club Max. Leon ‘Frosty’ Frost took victories in both of the Pre Finals and started as the favourite for the 13 lap Grand Final. Jack Badger showed a great turn of speed in the first Pre Final by shadowing Frost to the finish, things didn’t go so well for him in the 2nd Pre Final though, as he found himself spinning into the tyre barrier on the exit of turn one on lap 4, Jamie Perilly was following Jack closely at the time and was given a 10 second penalty post-race for contact, which left him starting from the back of the Grand Final. From the start of the final Frost got the hammer down and opened up an all-important gap by the end of the first lap. Josh Rudd had his Ambition run kart in 2nd with the Evolution kart of Nathan Marques close behind. Damien Baruss-Haggett initially ran 4th but slipped back into a competitive pack early on, Vinnie Lloyd, Jack Badger and eventually the recovering Perilly took over the position, a fine and impressive drive by Jamie. At the head of the field Frosty was stroking it along; any pre-race nerves completely vanished as he crossed the line 2.67 seconds ahead after enjoying a fine win.  Marques overturned Rudd’s 2nd position to take the runner up spot; Rudd was still glued to the former’s bumper as they finished the race. Perilly’s fine charge ended at 4th, Badger took something away from an eventful day with 5th  and fastest lap, Lloyd took 6th, Chris Doble 7th, Baruss-Haggett 8th, 9th and 10th were Ian Marginean and Jack Theobald. The top three in the Spring cup after three events were Frost, Perilly and Marques.

Leon Frost starred in the Clubman Elite class

Junior Subaru UK – Clark takes dramatic final

The Junior Subaru UK championship this year is proving to be very competitive, with the closely matched karts putting on some thrilling races., the two Pre Finals provided us with two of the best kart races that you will witness anywhere in the UK ! SAIT driver James Tomsett annexed the pole after qualifying, ahead of Lewie Weaver, Leon Clark, Charlie Hand, Kieran Janali and Harvey Roffe, 2018 star performer Katherine White was next up in 7th of the 26 karts entered.

The first Pre Final saw many place changes, with the head wind down the main straight providing a good tow for following karts – turn 1 witnessed many exiting lunges ! Tomsett and Clark fought hard for most of the race until Clark was sucked into a scrap involving Weaver and amazingly White from 7th on the grid, a great drive up from the Clarke karts driver. Going into the last turn – 3 into 1 was never going to work, somehow through the chaos White emerged in front, with Clark and a despondent Weaver behind her, Tomsett meanwhile was cruising over the finishing line ahead. Pre Final 2 featured the same protagonists battling for the all-important Grand Final pole position spot. Tomsett initially led away until the Clark Motorsport kart of Leon Clark and Katherine White usurped him, they then entertained swapping the lead position repeatedly, at the end of 9 breath taking laps it was Leon Clark who led them over the line, in a kart set up by his absent father, who was out of the country on business, it was his mother and the experienced DG racing squad that ensured Leon was switched on for the day. Tomsett confirmed his credentials for the Grand Final by taking 2nd from White at the end. Red Beswick and Charlie Hand were close by, ready to push for honours in the final, although Hand had picked up a nose drop penalty dropping him back to 16th.

The 14 lap final began with Clark leading the 26 colourful karts away, snaking their way around the home of Junior Subaru racing. As they began to settle down, White’s Clarke kart continued to battle with Leon’s Clark Motorsport version, Tomsett had slotted in behind for now. An early off by Kipp Chorley, who hit the tyres hard after being caught up in somebody else’s crash on the run down the turn 2 hairpin, threatened to bring out the red flag, but double waved yellows covered the incident, as Chorley extracted himself from his kart. Just as the dust settled from this incident though a more serious incident happened just past the same point, when White and Tomsett tangled, the consequences of which were that the unlucky number 13 kart of Tomsett was launched into a scary roll, leaving his kart inverted and the driver nursing a very sore broken finger. This time the red flags were flown and the drivers brought to a stop out on the circuit

The race resumed after the Senior Club Max final in single file and this time Leon Clark looked comfortable out in the lead, Katherine White soon came under fire from the GMS kart of Red Beswick, giving Clark a breather out in front.. White eventually pulled back to 2nd but Clark was gone finishing 1.6 seconds clear in front of her. Beswick crossed the line almost side by side with Katherine, a fine result for Red. 4th went to Lewie Weaver who found some good pace in the final to move up the order, dropping Harvey Roffe down to 6th, in 5th was Charlie Hand, a fabulous effort up from 16th. Behind teammate Roffe in 7th was Catlin May, who finished as the top silver rated driver, a fine effort for her. 8th went to the 2nd silver rated driver Oliver Martynski, with Joseph Knight 9th and 3rd in the silver driver honours. 10th place went to Poppi Stephenson.  Beswick recorded the fastest lap and finished 2nd to Clark in the Spring Cup, with White taking 3rd.

Senior Club Max – Hunt out in front

In-between the two part Junior Subaru UK final was the Senior Club Max event. Joe Hunt rocked up to the Swale circuit in great form, as he won each of the Pre Finals with relative ease from Stephen Bouffé (1st Pre Final) and Troy Beswick (2nd Pre Final). Hunt again made a perfect rolling start in the final and pulled comfortably away in his Project One run kart, eventually taking 5.3 second win over the GMS kart of Beswick.  Bouffé was a delighted 3rd   having briefly held 2nd early in the race and managing to keep within striking distance of Beswick in his LICA run kart.. Both Lewis Deacon and Drew Holmes were delayed on the first lap of the final, they then fought back up through the field, enjoying some great racing between themselves as they did so. Mike Ashby drove to a comfortable 4th and as top classic driver picked up a trophy too. James Popple took 5th just over 2 seconds behind the Happy Headlights driver Ashby. 6th and first in the 177 class went to Karl Mepham, carrying on his good form from Lydd a couple of weeks ago. The battling Holmes and Deacon recovered to 7th and 8th, 177 driver Mark Figes was 9th and Tom Richards 10th. Fastest lap went the way of victor Hunt, he also wrapped up the Spring Cup from Bouffé and Ashby.

Joe Hunt pulls clear to win in Senior Club Max

Honda Clubman Standard – White wins

A bumper entry of 27 karts required the drivers to be split into three groups A, B and C for their two Pre Finals. The winners in the three finals were Jessica White, who took two wins with the other going to super-fast novice Rylan Echberg.  A ‘B’ final was required due the entry numbers with for four drivers progressing through to the 20 kart final, the four that made the cut were Ethan Bentley, Rohan Nainei, Owen Neave and Joshua Graham. As the starter marshal dropped the Union flag Jessica White took off into the lead in her Clarke kart, behind Rylee Brown was debuting his DNL sticker kit and was keen to get ahead of the DG kart of Ryan Echberg and chase after the speedy White, it all went wrong for Brown however as he was sent spinning on the twisty infield section and also suffered a dropped nose cone, leaving him devastated. Young Jess was away and gapped the impressive novice Echberg, romping to a 4 second win after 12 laps. The battle for third wen the way of Harry Chamberlin, after a good race with Ralph Jungling who finished 4th . Matthew Copsey was next up in 5th ahead of the recovering Brown, prior to his enforced nose drop penalty. 6th place fell to a battling Henry Ng- Zeederberg, Zain Khan finished 7th, in 8th was Reg Heywood, 9th Will Hickman and 10th B final winner Ethan Bentley. Jessica White took 1st in the Spring Cup, Harry Chamberlin 2nd and Rylee Brown 3rd; fastest lap went to the charging Brown, some reward for the disappointed driver.

Racing returns to Bayford Meadows on May 27th for round 4, this also incorporates the next round of the Kent Championships.

Jessica White won the Clubman Standard final

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Lydd Kart Circuit IKR Championship & Kent Kart Championship Round 2 Report

8th April 2018

A very soggy Sunday morning greeted the competitors for round 1 of Lydd’s IKR Championship and round 2 of the Kent Kart Championship, which alternates between Bayford Meadows and the Clarke family run venue, situated between lakes in a picturesque corner of the south east. The ongoing circuit improvements are noticeable with every visit to the fast and flowing venue, promising a bright future for karting in the SE Kent area. Qualifying was held on a wet circuit, which mixed up the grids in one or two classes, ensuring some eventful races during the two pre finals. Later as the warm spring sunshine burnt through the clouds, the circuit dried until the end of the day.

Karl Mepham took the 177 class


The enthusiastic young Bambino drivers had three timed runs during the day and the results proved to be close in each. It was great to see the diminutive racers mixing it confidently out on the track, as the set intervals between each was gradually eroded. The merged results of the three runs had Fletcher Jamieson prevailing victorious, with two 2nds and a 1st in the final run. Charlie Warren was just two points behind after taking the fastest time in the second run. Third overall was Jayden Sherwood, he was fastest in the first timed run of the day.

Jack Pullen was 4th, with consistent points scoring, just two points in front of Alfie Howland in 5th. Archie Beard took 6th in his number 10 kart, matching Archie Howland’s points tally as he did so. Rio’s King and Licata were 7th and 8th. Oscar Askell-Tucker was 9th, after suffering a DQ in the second of the runs. Harry Freeman was classified 10th looked fast out on track but had also suffered unfortunate disqualifications in each of the runs.

‘Flat Out Fletch’ topped the merged Bambinos runners

Honda Clubman Standard

One driver dominated in the Clubman Standard class – Rylee Brown’s black number 53 kart. He took off from the front of the qualification races and the main final, to take convincing wins, highly impressive performances in all three. Ethan Bentley became the closest to being able to run with the rapid Rylee out in front, but a mistake at the fast first chicane early in the final, cost him dearly. Ethan smote the last of the tyre conveyor belts hard, bending his kart’s steering and brought out the red flag, as he was gently lifted from his kart.

Although thankfully okay, he was unable to make the restart of the final as the drivers completed the remaining 10 laps. Brown carried on back out in front and took the flag a good distance ahead of delighted Harry Chamberlin,  Kyan Upton had initially diced with Chamberlin only to slip back as the race wore on, behind Kyan in 3rd was Reg Heywood’s Ambition kart in 4th, Jack Minter-Young finished in 5th. Cameron Charman was 6thh, a close battle for 7th featured Thomas Bearman, Joshua Graham 8th and Beau Sullivan 9th.

Rylee Brown -Clubman Standard winner

Junior Subaru

Eleven karts started the Junior Subaru final and this was a very close affair. Katherine White continued her stunning 2018 pace by taking the wins in the qualifying Pre Finals; she didn’t have it her own way though as Harvey Roffe, Ben Harper and Red Beswick finished right in her slipstream in both races. White led away from the pole and as the final settled down it was clear that both Roffe and Beswick wanted to topple White for the victory. Over the last few laps White drove very wisely, covering the inside line down the long back straight, preventing either of her pursuers from passing.

Roffe and Beswick took it in turns to attack the Clarke kart of White, but neither could find a way past. At the finish White celebrated a hard earned win, Beswick moved ahead of Roffe over the closing laps to take 2nd. It had been a tense battle and one that was great to watch. Marlo Cordell took 4th from Daniel Hughes in 5th, 6th was Rory Burke, Ollie Martynski 7th and debutant Chloe Clarke 8th. Kieran Janali was unfortunately disqualified after enjoying racing with Burke and Hughes, Ben Harper retired whilst challenging at the front and poor Poppi Stephenson never made the start , as her kart hit problems on the dummy grid.

White leads Beswick and Roffe in a breathtaking Subaru final

Senior Prokarts

Marcus Shephard came out on top of the quartet of 175 Prokarts, beating Archie Sherwood, Daniel Tidwell and Les Partridge. The trio of 200 Prokarts was won by Jack Denne, with John Denne 2nd and Ross Tidwell 3rd.

Marcus Shepherd wins in Prokart

Junior Club Max

A disappointing four karts made it out for the Junior Club Max final, clashing events elsewhere unfortunately taking their toll on the class. The Clarke karts duo of Riley Stephenson and Josh Pullen were up against Jack Richards and Oliver Bullion. All three races produced the same results, as Stephenson got his head down early on in the races and pulled away from his teammate Pullen, who in turn gapped Richards and Bullion. It was emphatic display from Stephenson and he now looks to be an early favourite for the Kent Championship title.

Riley Stephenson flies to Junior Club Max victory

Honda Clubman Elite

The Clubman Elite class proved to be very competitive for this second round of the Championship and first of the IKR summer series. Declan Russell made a welcome return to the Kent scene after travelling for his racing for most of this year. He was immediately bang on the pace and enjoyed some great racing with Leon Frost. ‘Frosty’ drove a corker in the second Pre Final, as he came through to take the win and therefore started the final from pole. He briefly led away before Russell passed him, then settling down into the lead. Barely had the race began when a big crash occurred at the final corner involving a number of karts, with drivers looking hurt the race was immediately halted. Luckily everybody was okay and the race restarted later after the Senior final had ended. Damian Baruss-Haggart, Jess White and George Oxford did not make the restart, having been involved in the incident. The last race of the day over 10 laps, had Russell once again taking the lead before the end of the first lap with Frost latched on behind him.

Archie Sugar-Harmer and Jamie Perilly were next up with Ethan Barford right behind them. As they started their penultimate lap it looked as though Frost was saving himself for a move on the yellow and blue kart ahead, however it never came and his Clarke kart dropped back a length on the final lap, leaving Russell clear to take the win, a great confidence booster for him. Frosty was happy with a bag full of points for the championship in 2nd. Perilly came out on top in the battle for 3rd, leaving Sugar-Harmer disconsolate as he crossed the finish line in 4th. Barford was in a very comfortable 5th, perhaps hoping that the track had stayed wet to show the speed he had in those conditions. Chris Doble also looked comfortable in 6th, clear of a battle between Nathan Marques and Jack Theobald in 7th and 8th. Finley Watson was 9th and Sonny Mortenson 10th.

Leon Frost (59) and Declan Russell (44) begin their duel in the final

Senior Club Max

19 karts rolled out on the fast Lydd circuit for the Senior Club Max final, the grid made up of 13 162s and 6 177 class karts. Watching these karts through the fast chicane, the swooping bends, the lift over the rise and high speeds along the back straight, is always exciting, as the drivers try to keep up a good rhythm without becoming too erratic, which can cost valuable lap time. To win against a quality field and make it look as though you are out for a Sunday drive is no mean feat, one driver who managed that on Sunday, was Bobby Grove. He calmly drove away from those behind, hitting his apexes with precision every lap and even managed a cheeky wave to his Dad on the back straight of the final tour! Behind the laid back Grove, Drew Holmes brought his immaculate kart through to 2nd place, passing Sam Gumbrell who had started well to take the runner up spot.

Hobbie Vickerman was next up until he disappeared from the lap charts, inheriting his 4th place was Troy Beswick who had worked his way up through the grid after morning problems. Josh Bacon was next up in 5th, ahead of Tom Richards, Mike Ashby and Will Barnes, the trio finding it difficult to pass the well driven 177 kart of Mark Figes. Behind Barnes was Stephen Bouffe in 9th, 10th place went to Jonathan Harrison. Karl Mepham impressed in the 177 class by showing a great turn of speed to finish on the road behind the Beswick and many of the lighter 162 drivers. Figes was 2nd in the 177 class, Dean Horlock 3rd, Dennis Tzeciak, Mark Waters and Nick Floyd.

So after a tough day for the officials with timing issues and the red flag incidents, the day came to an end, next up for the Kent Kart Championships is a trip back to Bayford Meadows in May, while the IKR summer championship continues here at Lydd next month.

Bobby Grove heads the Senior Club Max Final off the line

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Bayford Meadows Kart Racing Club Championship 2018 Round 1 Report


Feb’rrr’uary’s icy ‘Beast from the East’ fails to stop the karting action

The opening round of the Bayford Meadows kart championship took place on Sunday 25th February, on a bitterly cold but sunny day at the Sittingbourne circuit. Good grid sizes were the order of the day and the event ran very smoothly despite one red flag incident amongst the Clubman Standard class drivers. Morning qualifying, two Pre Finals and a Grand Final were ran for each class, with the Bambinos running over three timed runs.

O’Sullivan tops the Bambino times

Oscar O’Sullivan fresh from a racing trip to Dubai, topped the day’s three Bambino timed runs. Under the experienced guidance of Paul Janes at Ambition Motorsport, Oscar whipped his blue kart around with an average lap speed of nearly 58 km/h, with a big smile on his face as he did so! Jayden Sherwood finished second in two of the timed runs to annex the runner up spot over the merged times, his Clarke kart run machine just getting to within one second of the rapid Oscar during the second of the runs.

Fletcher Jamieson took third in the merged times; he was second after the first timed runs, before slipping behind Jayden thereafter. Kristian Stefanov continued to improve with fourth overall in his gleaming red Wright kart. Harry Freeman’s shiny blue Wright kart took 5th, Charlie Warren 6th, Jack Pullen 7th, Alfie Howland 8th, Ayda Sexton, Rio’s King and Licata were 9th, 10th and 11th overall.

Oscar O’Sullivan was the fastest Bambino driver of the day

Perilly holds off Frost to take Clubman Elite class

The first of the afternoon’s Grand Finals was for the 18 kart Honda Clubman Elite class. Two drivers managed to pull clear from the start with Project One’s Jamie Perilly leading away from Leon Frost. The two pulled a clear gap over Project One’s Nathan Marques, who was trying everything he could to stay with the pair ahead, whilst pulling clear of those behind. Ian Marginean was similarly comfortable in 4th leaving a scrapping bunch behind him. Ethan Barford initially led this group from Luke Hayward until Jai Lawrence and Jack Theobald moved ahead.

Back at the front it looked as though ‘Frosty’ was saving his challenge on leader Perilly for the last lap, that was until he missed the last lap board and sat watching Jamie celebrating as he crossed the finish line at the end of the 12 lap race, the pair just 0.077 seconds apart. Marques and Marginean were comfortable in 3rd and 4th, Theobald snatched 5th from Lawrence on the last lap, Barford took 6th from Hayward, both enjoying competitive runs. Vinnie Lloyd and Chris Doble completed the top 10. Frost took the fastest lap on the 11th tour.

Jamie Perilly tows Frosty across the line to take the Elite honours.

Lee saves his best for the final in Junior Clubmax

In the 11 kart Junior Clubmax class, Clarke Karts Riley Stephenson took both of the Pre Final wins from Project One’s Declan Lee and looked to be the favorite for the 13 lap Grand Final. The rolling start was delayed while Lewis Boret tried to catch up following problems on the dummy grid and when it did start Lee managed to get the jump on pole man Stephenson into turn 1. This proved crucial as he could then control the race at his own pace. Behind these two Zac Spence couldn’t quite match the leading pair’s pace, he pulled clear of Joshua Pullen though in 4th.

There was a great battle over 5th, as James Black was caught out with a tardy getaway at the rolling start, allowing Oliver Bullion through. It took Black until lap 5 to pass Bullion after several earlier attempts, by this time Pullen was several seconds up the road ahead. At the head of the field Lee was doing everything he could to keep the eager Stephenson behind and proved successful by taking an eventual 0.33 second win over the #87 kart. Spence was 4 seconds back in 3rd at the finish, with Pullen a similar distance back in 4th. Black’s hard work in 5th was lost as he took a nose fairing penalty after earlier contact with Bullion dropping him to 8th. The latter Bullion – lost a further spot to William Egby who took 5th and then Bullion succumbed to Jack Richards before recovering 6th place on the final lap with Richards 7th.

Ross Hastings who is looking for set up improvements before the next round of the championship finished 9th from Harvey Colyerwallis in 10th. Lewis Boret had to retire after 3 laps when his kart refused to run cleanly. The fastest lap fell to Stephenson during his efforts to pass the eventual winner Lee.

Declan Lee heads a crossed up Riley Stephenson, on the 1st lap of the Junior Club Max final

White takes classy Junior Subaru UK win for Clarke karts

Katherine White has begun the year in style and on Sunday she put down her marker for the 2018 Junior Subaru UK title. With dominant wins in both the morning Pre Finals behind her, she followed up with a comfortable victory in the afternoon’s 13 lap Grand Final. Her margin of victory was 0.7 seconds over one of the pre-season favorites – Sait motorsport’s James Tomsett, as he tried in vain to hold onto her Clarke karts rear bumper. Although the first two positions were settled early on, the battle for third raged throughout the races’ duration.

Lewie Weaver, Harvey Roffe, Red Beswick and finally Leon Clark held the position at one point through the race, with Clark sealing it on the 11th lap, an entertaining battle typical of the competitive class. 4th went the way of GMS driver Beswick, from teammate Weaver in 5th, Roffe in his newly livered orange CHR Karting kart was 6th, Sonic racing’s Louis Barker finished 7th from Roffe’s teammate Charlie Hand in 8th. 9th fell to Jonathan Dalton and 10th from the 23 kart entry was Joseph Gethin. The fastest lap went to Roffe on the very last lap of the race.

Katherine White heads away the colourful Junior Subaru UK field

Girl power leads the way in the Clubman Standard class, as Jessica White emulates her sister

An excellent entry of 23 karts lined up for the burgeoning class, a positive statement for the year ahead for the circuit management .Jessica White had just seen her elder sibling win the Junior Subaru UK final and was keen to try and match her result. She had been on fine form driving her Clarke kart during the Pre Finals taking two wins and she rocketed off of the line in the Grand Final. Her teammate Chloe Chong followed her away from the standing start, with Harry Chamberlin and Ralph Jungling behind. As the race wore on the two Clarke karts continued to pull clear, with White looking safe from Chong in 2nd place.

The two girls were setting a fine pace eventually cruising to the chequered flag 5 seconds ahead of the 3rd place driver Ralf Jungling who passed Chamberlin midrace. Chamberlin was 4th just ahead of a hard charging Rylee Brown in 5th, who had recovered from a low grid start due to a Pre Final 2 spin.  Kaiser Reimann was 6th, Rylan Echberg 7th, Thomas Bearman 8th, Matthew Copsey 9th and Zain Khan 10th. White capped her 2.7 second win by also taking the fastest lap, something that her sister couldn’t quite do.

Jessica White matched her sister by winning in the Standard class.

Hunt picks up first Senior win as Springate is disqualified in Senior Clubmax

A respectable twelve karts were entered for the inaugural Senior Clubmax championship round. Ambition racing’s Rob Springate had everything going to plan by winning the Pre Finals and Grand Final; however a post-race engine check found an irregularity, which was a rule book non-compliance leading to his exclusion. With Springate’s demise the win went to Joe Hunt who was once again driving for the Project One team. This marked his first win since progressing from the Junior Subaru UK class, in which he ran last year. It was also a great recovery from his hefty crash from last month when he was sucked into the tyre barrier on the start/finish straight.  Hunt had to fight hard for the win as Bobby Grove held the position for the majority of the race, until the Project One kart found a way past going into the 12th lap of 14. It was good to see Grove back racing at Bayford Meadows and a good yardstick for his competitors to judge their pace.

Grove fell to 1.2 seconds behind at the finish but was 4 seconds clear of LICA’s Mike Ashby in 3rd, who earned a place on the podium on merit, with consistent pace all day.  Ashby ran alone having cleared the enthralling fight over 4th place early on, which was won by Mark Figes driving in the 177 class, showing the 162 drivers behind him some experienced race craft.  Tom Richards and Stephen Bouffe (Club classic winner) were next up, locked together with Figes and Ryan Haines all race. Josh Bacon was a couple of seconds back in 7th with James Popple and Will Barnes completing the finishers.

Class debutant Lewis Deacon had a dreadful day after a very promising 5th place in qualifying, when his kart refused to run cleanly despite every attempt to cure it between races. I’m sure he will be very eager to complete some race laps next month. Of the classified finishers, Grove took the fastest lap, the only driver to break into the 46 second bracket apart from the disqualified Springate.

Joe Hunt took his first Clubmax win after Rob Springate was excluded

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Shenington Kart Racing Club 2018 Round 2 Report

18th February 2018

With the January meeting cancelled due to snow, this event attracted 200 drivers from all over the UK. Both Cadet categories needed last chance B Finals to finalise the A Final grid, the entries were so large.

In the IAME 2-strokes Aiden Neate and Luke Watts set the initial pace, swapping the lead position. All the time Maxwell Dodds was working his way through from a ninth place start and when Watts was deposed by Vinnie Phillips from first to fourth, Dodds reached second. Dodds then reached the front at the Stratford hairpin before a final flurry of exchanges when Watts regained the lead. Dodds had fallen to third but arrowed into the win at the last corner over Watts and Phillips.

In the Honda 4-stroke category Mitchell Gibbons held station at the front of Daryl Taylor and Mikhal Singh for half the race. Singh tried to pass Taylor in the chicane but was thwarted and in the confusion Singh shot up the bank and the following Alistair Cresswell spun. They both recovered but well down leaving Edward Pearson in second and successfully challenging Gibbons for the win, Gibbons dropping to third behind Daniel Parrans-Smith.

In the Junior TKM Zak Oates was hounded throughout by Spencer Stevenson, the latter trying to make his move with a couple of laps to run. Side by side through the chicane, Stevenson’s challenge was thwarted leaving Oates to cruise to the win. Thomas Shaw and Jack Nicholson were in lonely third and fourth places whilst Oliver Richardson escaped from the next bunch for fifth. Dan McKeown was seventh.

There was a cracking race for Junior X30 with many lead changes between initial leader Joseph Taylor, Luke Whitehead and Caden McQueen with Alexander Walker in the mix. But Whitehead retired to the pits leaving the others to fight whereupon Taylor regained the lead at the last corner to win over Shane White, McQueen, Nelson King and Walker.

Charlie Vaughan crept up on long time leader Joshua McLean in Mini X30 and a three times lead exchange at the end had McLean just winning with Jessica Edgar third.

Joshua Sherriff led the pack off the start of TKM Extreme until Al Paterson took the lead but Sam Fowler was leapfrogging to the front from his lowly grid 9 start. Once established in front Fowler held the place to the chequer with some judicious defence. The locally based pair of Joseph Reeves-Smith and James Pashley were sitting in fifth and sixth with Pashley briefly ahead but Reeves-Smith put on a spurt to not only regain the place but arrow into second by taking Paterson at the first hairpin. Pashley had to settle for a disappointed seventh behind Joe Fowler and Sherriff whilst Alex Rees had taken fourth.

In the Formula Libre class for TKM Clubman Chris Chater swiftly went into the lead having swiftly taken Will Hulaki and Clive Carpenter. Halfway through Hulacki managed to regain the lead with Chater falling to third behind Carpenter. But as the X30 leaders lapped the Clubmen, Carpenter lost impetus allowing Chater to grab second and hold on to the end. Alan Smith took fourth.

In that concurrent X30 Senior category Sean Butcher enjoyed a lights to flag victory despite the close attention of Matthew Biry. Alex Huang from Singapore fell back from third in favour of Piers Prior but was still 6s in arrears to the leaders, Butcher winning by a mere 0.09s.

Report By Graham Smith

Photography by TSR Productions


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Bayford Meadows Kart Racing Club Warm Up Meeting Report


A new start to the year at Bayford Meadows

The MSA racing season began at Sittingbourne’s Bayford Meadows last Sunday, with a Warm Up meeting to kick start the circuit’s 2018 racing season in its 20th year . Ahead of the Summer Championships which begins in earnest next month, there were some new faces, new karts and some new classes, which successfully debuted during the day. With competitors budgets in mind, Bayford Meadows together with Lydd kart circuit have come up with an economical initiative for the Rotax and Clubman classes, which restricts choice of gearing and limits tyre use throughout the year. The new ‘Club Max’ class in Rotax, looks to be a positive step in the right direction, if reaction from those competing is anything to go by.

Drivers were treated to an extra practice session before qualifying in the morning although this was held on a wet track after the previous day’s rain had doused the track. The wet surface persisted for most of the morning for the two Pre finals, until some welcome sunshine dried the asphalt in time for the afternoon finals.


Five of the young Bambino class drivers took part in their three timed runs during the day, the early morning moisture having an adverse effect on a few of their delicate little engines. Jayden Sherwood’s Clarke kart proved fastest in all of the sessions, managing to keep his engine’s revs up through the tight infield sections the best and not losing too much momentum. Kristian Stefanov was debuting his new for 2018 kart and managed to take second in the three runs, delighting his enthusiastic parents. Alfie Howland took two third places to Harry Freemans one, so secured third in the overall merge, with young Harry fourth. Rio Licata unfortunately failed to turn a lap in the final timed run, ending a chance to improve on his fifth in the standings.

Jayden Sherwood proved the fastest of the Bambino drivers

Junior Club Max

Project One drivers dominated in the new Junior Club Max class, with Declan Lee, Zac Spence and William Egby taking the top three places in both Pre Finals and the Grand Final. Lee comfortably pulled away to a 4.2 second win in the final, Spence showed well in second place as did Egby close behind in third. James Black drove up from the back setting some very quick laps only just shy of winner’s Lee’s best – to finish fourth, a good omen for the future for the personable young lad. Jack Richards was comfortable in fifth after running in front of Black earlier on. Ross Hasting’s initial pace dropped off during the race as he finished 6th, on what had been an eventful day for the LICA driver. Oliver Bullion who had made a big jump up from Cadets finished a few seconds behind in 7th.

Declan Lee won the Junior Club Max class

Junior Subaru UK

A healthy 20 karts were entered for the popular Junior Subaru UK class, with new drivers mixing it with the majority of class regulars. Damp qualifying saw Lewie Weaver take pole, with impressive Caitlin May 2nd, class debutant Joseph Knight 3rd, Charlie Hand 4th and significantly Leon Clark 5th. The first Pre Final started with Weaver and May sharing turns in the lead until Clark stormed through to the head of the field, once there he controlled the pace and took the win from Red Beswick and Harvey Roffe. Weaver slipped to 8th with May 5th. The second Pre Final once again went to Clark, who led every lap from Beswick and Roffe once again.

For the final over 13 laps, Clark took off in the lead from Beswick (GMS), Roffe slipped behind Katherine White, who’s Clarke Kart suddenly looked very threatening, she highlighted this by moving past Beswick into 2nd on lap 4. There was nothing between Clark, White and Beswick over the rest of the distance, the latter Beswick took the fastest lap but couldn’t find a way past the two in front, White shadowed the victorious Clark to the chequered flag, putting in her best performance so far. Beswick finished on her tail in 3rd. 4th went to a lonely Roffe, who had lost touch with the leading trio, but running clear of those behind. Lewie Weaver took 5th from Louis Barker who later suffered from a post-race nose fairing penalty, which dropped him to 13th. So 6th went to Charlie Hand from Catlin May in 7th. James Tomsett had a disappointing day by his high standards finishing in 8th after earlier problems. 9th went to Joseph Gethin and 10th Poppi Stephenson.

Leon Clark heads a tight Junior Subaru UK final

Senior Club Max

The new Club Max class attracted ten entries for the warm up event on Sunday, with a mixture of experience and youth, a good base for the future. An extra incentive was offered for drivers over 40 with a Club Max trophy up for grabs. Elliot Rice made a welcome return the the circuit, putting some miles on his new for ‘18 kart, that he plans to race in the SuperOne series this year, he led away from the start and gradually gapped Rob Springate in his Ambition racing run kart in 2nd place. Springate pulled clear of good battle for third which had SAIT driver – Tom Richards leading a close group consisting of Ryan Haines, Josh Bacon, Mike Ashby and Joe Hunt. Mid race drama intervened amongst this bunch as Richards started losing pace eventually succumbing to a loose exhaust, he had bunched those behind up which caught out class newcomer Joe Hunt, who drifted wide onto the grass coming onto the start finish straight, ending his race in the tyres opposite the finish line, with a heavily damaged Project One kart and sore wrist. Haines was the next one to suffer, retiring from third on the 10th lap of 14. The final positions were Rice by 3.7 seconds from Springate in a comfortable 2nd, Bacon took third just ahead of Club Classic winner Ashby in 4th, he had another newcomer James Popple on his bumper going across the finish line. Mark Figes finished 6th and took the win in the 177 class. Rice took the fastest lap on his 6th tour.

Elliot Rice heads the Senior Club Max field into turn 1

Honda Clubman Elite and Standard

The Clubman class was split into two categories with the Elite buy back class allowing open gearing and the Standard class using restricted 20-79 gearing .Project One drivers Jamie Perilly and Nathan Marques started the Grand Final on intermediate tyres and this proved decisive as they pulled clear of the 24 kart field, an earlier B final (won by Rylan Echberg) having trimmed the original class entry down. Behind the Project One pairing in front – Leon ‘Frosty’ Frost on slicks made third his own, having pulled clear of a great dice between Jai Lawrence and Blake Ticehurst, who raced bumper to bumper all race. Back at the front Marques set the fastest lap in his chase of Perilly and drafted up onto his bumper over the closing laps, he couldn’t find a way past his teammate though as Perilly took the win, a great start to him and his team’s year. Frost was alone in 3rd some 3 seconds back, Lawrence held off Ticehurst to finish 4th, Jessica White took 6th and first in the Standard class behind Ticehurst, capping a great day for the White sisters. George Oxford was 7th, Ethan Barford 8th, Ian Marginean 9th and Ethan Bentley 10th and second in the Standard class.

The Summer Championship begins next month on February 25th.

Jessica White took the Standard Clubman class win

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Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 12, 19 November 2017

After Saturday’s rain the raceday had sunshine all day and club members raised £300 for Children in Need.  James Pashley tracked his championship rival Zak Oates throughout the Junior TKM final, knowing there was no need for an attempt at the win in order to clinch the club championship crown.  The other championship contender Zak Taylor pulled off on the second lap with mechanical issues whilst Dan McKeown, also a contender, dropped out of third with a problem a little later.  That left a 6s gap to Spencer Stevenson who had held off Morgan Kidd throughout whilst Joel Oswick made it up to fifth.

In the senior TKM Clubman economy class on his way to winning the series Suk Sandher arrowed clear of Chris Yates who lost several places in the last hairpin elevating Chris Chater to second.  But Clive Carpenter stormed through to catch the leader and take the win, Chater surviving for third.

In TKM Extreme Joe Fowler rode off into the distance as locals Max Goldsmith and Reeves-Smith traded second place with some enthusiasm.  Eventually Reeves-Smith took the upper hand, Goldsmith falling to sixth.  Will Lakin retired from sixth place and Alex Rees lost many places soon after passing Goldsmith.  Meanwhile Dean Hale leapfrogged up the order into second demoting Reeves-Smith.  Josh Sherriff won the championship but was excluded from this race for driving standards.

In IAME Cadet Luke Watts raced clear with Maxwell Dodds on his tail until halfway through when Dodds found a gap and eased clear towards the finish.  Behind them Samuel Shaw and Bradley Beavers were fighting so hard there must have been six swaps, Shaw eventually in third but Beavers taking the championship by three points over Joe Sheppy.

Honda Cadet 4-stroke had a massive entry needing a B Final.  In the A Final Alfie Rigby got away in the lead at the start whilst the others bumped and barged round the second corner.  Eventually Daniel Powell joined forces with Archie Walker and drafted up to Rigby, Powell jumping into the lead.  But Rigby took it back only to lose to Walker until the last lap sortout when Rigby prevailed for the win over Walker. Lorenzo Kordal took third along with the championship and Powell dropped to sixth.

MiniX was won by Bowen Morris-Kent who also won the raffle for the Pudsey Bear, whilst Jack Salmon took the championship series.

Teddy Pritchard-Williams started Junior X30 in the lead until a huge battle ensued, the lead shared with him, Zak Bowen and Alessandro Ceronetti who would take the 2017 championship crown.  On the last lap Pritchard-Williams sliced past Bowen at Café Corner then took Ceronetti for the win, the Stratford driver dropping to fifth behind Alexander Walker.  In the very close run to the line Kaleb Marshall just cleared Bowen for second.

Report By Graham Smith

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RLK Formula 270 Round 9 Report

The penultimate round of Formula 270 started in complete darkness thanks to the end of daylight saving, but an unusually mild day kept the temperatures just into the double figures. A rather light field of just 18 drivers started the night, however this allowed both lightweights and heavies on the track together, separated by a 30 second staggered start of random grids over 18 laps. The extra five laps and a full field of karts would make for a congested track, meaning the ideal weather for fast lap times could be hindered by traffic. 

In the first Heat Ash Connor started on pole with Aaron Lask hoping to clinch the title with a round to spare, behind him. Wasting no time Aaron grabbed the lead on lap 1 with Josh Adams and Jake Taplin making their way to the front a lap later. However Jake couldn’t make the move on Ash who defended 3rd place. Bob Willis was making good progress from the back of the grid and muscled his way to the front of the pack – however Ash held on to 3rd by just 0.1 seconds. The lap times were well into the low 52s with eventual winner Aaron and second place man Josh setting exactly the same fastest lap of the heat 4 laps apart, half a second faster than the last round. 

In the Heavies it was David Lask on pole with Jono Holland lined up in second. Jono with a generous 10kg advantage was off the line quicker than David, but being on the outside was out of position for the first left hander. Paul Turland and Andy Cornish were off the line quicker than their 90kg counterparts but Charlie Tatum in 3rd was preventing them from making any further progress up the road. David and Jono pulled a fairly safe 3 second gap from the chasing pack and Jono tried everything he could to slip up the inside of David but to no avail. David Lask took his first heat win of the year, with Jono Holland second and the defensive tactics of Charlie Tatum helped him to secure third. 

Heat 2 saw Aaron Lask starting at their back of the grid and Josh Adams on pole, However Jake Taplin and James Rose were able to deny Josh the advantage and demote him to 3rd. Aaron Lask was making his was through the field with George Parker in tow who was hoping to get a better result in this heat by leapfrogging Aaron and John Padley on lap 5 for 4th. Two laps later he had managed to catch and pass Josh. George kept up the progress by catching James in 2nd on lap 9, however this time it wouldn’t be so easy and two laps later James retook 2nd place, although now a second behind Jake in the lead. George looked like he was going to make it into 3rd but on the penultimately lap a watchful Josh passed for third place leaving George to settle for 4th, albeit ahead of Aaron in 5th. However it wasn’t all lost as George Parker set a new lap record for the series at 51 seconds exactly, more than half a second faster than the winner. 

For the heavies Paul Turland started on pole and took the advantage at the the start with Andy Cornish making his way into second in pursuit. James Oakley fed through the rest of the pack to lead the chase in 3rd from Rafal Wolski and Jono Holland, before contact demoted them both to the back of the grid. Not wanting to take a penalty Jono relinquished the place to Rafal but in doing so had meant the lightweights were starting to catch up. The blue flags then came out and the slower heavies started to slip further away from the top 3. With just 5 laps to go Andy made his move on Paul and into the lead with James Oakley in 3rd. Charlie Tatum finished 4th with the rest of the heavies being a lap down to the rest of the field. 

For the final heat George Parker had the advantage of a front row start along side pole sitter Ethan Hall. On lap 1 he was into the lead but Aaron Lask starting towards the back was already into second place by lap 2. By the half way point Aaron had cut George’s advantage down to less than a second with a safety margin of 3 seconds behind Jake Taplin in third. However George was just too fast this time and held on to the lead from Aaron with less than a quarter of a second between them. Jake had gotten a second closer but couldn’t close in on those last 2 seconds whilst keeping an eye on the very fast James Rose behind him in 4th. 

The heavies started with James Oakley on Pole with Andy Cornish alongside him, both keen to take the maximum points they could to cement their position as category leaders. This left Mathew Hall leading the rest of the pack with David Lask poised to pounce which he successfully did on lap 3 to take third place. This left Jono Holland to try and do the same, and although faster was unable to sneak by. It looked like it was never going to happen with 3 laps to go, and a wide lunge at the fast left handed of the Esses ensured it wouldn’t as Jono dropped a tyre onto the grass and pirouetted into last place. It finished with James Oakley beating Andy Cornish in second and David Lask finishing a very successful round in 3rd. 

On the night Aaron Lask got the lightweight win with 100 points from Jake Taplin in second with 97. One point behind him was Josh Adams on his second ever F270 round who himself was just one point ahead of 4th man James Rose. In the 80kg category it was another dominant victory for Andy Cornish with 101 points. Paul Turland took 2nd with 93 and Jono Holland taking 3rd place, level on points with Mathew Hall but Jono clinching the trophy due to setting the fastest lap in Heat 1. In the 90kg James Oakley beat David Lask by just one point with Charlie Tatum taking the 3rd spot. 

In the Championship this confirmed Aaron Lask as the Overall and Lightweight Champion for 2017. The last round already confirmed Andy Cornish as the 80kg Champion and now James Oakley was confirmed as the 90kg Champion. However, none of the categories have confirmed runner up spots with George Parker 2nd and Jake Taplin 3rd in the lightweights, Paul Turland 2nd and Jono Holland 3rd in the 80kg and David Lask 2nd to Charlie Tatum 3rd in the 90kg. And for added drama the final round of the series will be run with the circuit backwards! 

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