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Bayford Meadows Kart Racing Club Championship 2018 Round 3 Report

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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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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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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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Subarus sizzle at September club event

Some welcome early autumn sunshine welcomed the competitors to Sittingbourne’s Bayford Meadows on Sunday for round 8 of the club championships. The Junior Subaru UK class proving to be the highlight of the day with an excellent 28 kart entry.

Reg Heywood tops the times in Bambinos

Reg Heywood topped the results for the three timed runs, this after the fastest competitor in the 2nd and 3rd runs – Mason Bishop was excluded post event. Antony Parfett who finished second twice in the three runs got the closest to Heywood, finishing 0.27 seconds behind in the 2nd run. Mikey Walker finished 3rd behind Parfett in the first two runs and then 2nd in the third run. Charlie Warren and Laith Khan were 4th and 5th in all three runs, Sebastian Minns, Kristian Stefanov and Sonny Mortensen shared the remaining positions.

Reg Heywood fastest over the timed runs in the Bambino class

Nathan Marques in control of the Clubman class

The Cadet Clubman class began the afternoon’s finals and with Joseph Knight and Reece Lomax taking a Pre Final win each; leaving us anticipating a close final between the two. Nathan Marques had other ideas though as he took the lead on the second tour of the 13 lap final. Lomax who had led the first lap latched onto the back of the Project One kart of Marques and appeared to be waiting for his chance to pounce. Behind Knight slipped back, unable to match the leading duo’s pace and had one of his season long rivals – Leon Frost breathing down his neck. Ian Marginean who had looked a threat after the Pre Finals, sat just behind the Knight/Frost pairing, just unable to tow around with them. As the race progressed we waited for Lomax to make his move on Marques and as we went into the final lap he looked set to strike, Marques though, a product of the Bayford Meadows Bambino class, held his cool and took a narrow win, with Lomax just 0.083 seconds behind. Trailing these two just under two seconds back was the duo of Knight and Frost, even when working together they couldn’t close down the two leaders. Marginean finished a comfortable 5th, a little further back Luke Hayward looked set to take a fine 6th until novice Ethan Barford snatched the place on the last lap, this being a fitting reward after his kart was virtually written off last time out at Lydd. Behind Hayward was Finley Watson 8th, Josh Rudd 9th and Vinnie Lloyd 10th. Nathan Marques completed his successful day by taking the fastest lap on the 7th tour.

Declan Lee delivers in Junior Rotax while Scott Sumpton takes solo win in JX30

Project One’s Declan Lee had the perfect day at Bayford Meadows on Sunday, taking wins in both Pre Finals and then a comfortable victory in the Grand Final, although he missed out on the fastest lap to cap it off. Lee pulled away from the start and then controlled the race pace over the next 14 laps. Behind Thomas Lawson held off a spirited challenge from Lee’s teammate Jack Steadman, who took the fastest lap during his challenge. There was never much between the pair who finished 1.5 seconds behind the winner. Benjamin Boras was 4th from Jake Kolosowski in 5th .Dillon Stepney was 6th from a troubled karting returnee Max Goodwin in 7th. Scott Sumpton enjoyed mixing it with the Rotax runners as the only JX30 entry in his Virtus run kart.

Declan Lee leads Tom Lawson and Jack Steadman in Junior Rotax
Junior X30 class winner Scott Sumpton

Zach Ripley romps to crushing Cadet win

The Cadet class was once again the property of one driver, driving his Evolution run kart Zach Ripley dominated both Pre Finals before romping away to win the Grand Final in style. Having already been out testing in the Mini X30 class for next year, he was keen to see off his last few Cadet races in style, his 4.7 second margin of victory was proof of that. Behind Ripley a hot battle was played out under the warm sunshine between James Higgins and Ronnie Mansfield. The duo had taken a 2nd place each in the Pre Finals and their battle continued into the final. Initially Mansfield had the runner up spot covered until Higgins, still a relative novice in the class, made his move on lap 4, managing to hold on over the remainder of the race. Oscar Teuten, Matthew Hyde, Declan Russell and Louis Horsley squabbled over the remaining positions finishing in that order from 4th down to 7th. Jai Lawrence and Jamie Perilly had their own little entertaining dice over 8th and 9th, Perilly actually spinning out of the last corner in his efforts to beat Lawrence. Not unsurprisingly winner Ripley took the fastest lap.

Zach Ripley romped to victory in Cadets

Lewis Ridd returns and takes Senior Max win

The Senior Rotax class looked a close run affair up until the first corner of the Grand Final. Birthday boy Jack Wall’s kart refused to fire up on the dummy grid, despite some vigorous attempts to cure the fault by GMS team members, taking out one of the challengers on the spot. Two more contenders were eliminated at turn 1, when Steve Crow and Troy Beswick argued over the same piece of Bayford Meadows real estate! Both were left on the outside of the corner shaking their heads. This gave pole man Lewis Ridd a comfortable lead on his return to the club championship, also securing the two Pre Final wins. Stephen Bouffe found himself in 2nd place, a remarkable effort after suffering two engine failures over the weekend, he was ahead Mike Ashby in 3rd, the two beginning a race long battle of the fifty somethings. In the 177 class Paul Williams and Karl Mepham continued their day long rivalry with the latter leading initially, until Williams managed to find a way pass, thankfully without the two making contact as they had done earlier. Mepham later retired leaving an easy class win to a delighted Williams. With two laps to go Ashby driving with a swollen hand (after earlier Pre Final contact with Mepham), had dropped off the back of the LICA kart of Bouffe, he now had his hands full of keeping the recovering Crow and Beswick, behind him. Ashby stoically defended and held onto his well-deserved 3rd place, behind the absolutely chuffed Bouffe, who now claims be the oldest 2nd place finisher in the class at Bayford Meadows! Crow and Beswick were left wondering what might have been in 4th and 5th, especially as the GMS kart of Beswick took the fastest lap, Williams finished 6th.

Junior Subaru UK

With a bumper 28 kart entry the Junior Subaru UK class required a B Final, of which the top four finishers progressed into the main Grand Final later in the proceedings. Joe Wood took a comfortable 2 second win over Jono Dalton, who along with Owen Hizzy in 3rd, had had a dreadful day thus far. Hizzy had earlier been involved a frightening looking accident at one of the fastest parts of the circuit, thankfully he was released from the on circuit medical team and cleared to race on. The final qualifier was Novice Max Lee. Catlin May, Oliver Martynski, a frustrated Lewis Deacon and Tom Richards with front bumper penalty missed out.

Callum Gunnning leads the Junior Subaru UK final

Grand FinalStephenson digs deep to take a valuable win

With the drivers split into A,B and C groups each had two Pre Finals. The top 3 in each were Callum Gunning from James Tomsett and Harvey Roffe in the 1st, James Tomsett, from Riley Stephenson and Gunning in the 2nd, the third Pre Final having Stephenson winning from Joe Hunt and James Black. Surprise pole man for the Grand Final was James Tomsett, the SAIT Motorsport driver really standing out as one to watch for the race win. Championship rivals Stephenson (Clark karts), Gunning (DNL) and Black ( SAIT) lined up next on the grid. The 23 four stroke karts blasted off over 13 laps of the 1000km twisty Swale circuit, still under warm sunny skies, snaking their way through the fast turn 1 and down into the tight right handed first hairpin, making for a spectacular sight. Early on Gunning had his head down as he pushed to the front, relegating Tomsett and Stephenson, after 4 laps though it was clear that he wasn’t going to pull a lead on this particular day, as Tomsett grabbed the lead back. Gunning and Stephenson then continued their earlier Pre Final battle, with a superb display of close and clean racing, letting Tomsett pull away. Stephenson’s determination eventually shone through as he cleared Gunning and set off after the leader.

Junior Subaru winner Stephenson leads , Gunning and Tomsett

Gunning held his position but just could not match the pace of Stephenson at this stage of the race. Behind this trio Black had held a comfortable 4th until his brake started to bind, forcing him to slip back in the train and eventually to retire, a disappointing end for him after an excellent build up to the final. The battle train for 4th place was pretty hectic, with place changes galore, initially Ross Hastings took over from Black’s demise until he slipped back, giving the place to DNL’s Lewis Berry, who held on until two laps from the end when a charging Leon Clark usurped him to make the place his own, this after starting from the rear of the Pre Finals due to a qualifying disaster, a commendable effort. Berry held onto to a stellar 5th just in front of two drivers who had started back in 14th and 15th, Joe Hunt and Lewie Weaver, fine recovery drives from both. Back at the front Stephenson’s determined effort had brought him onto the tail of Tomsett and he took the lead on lap 8, he then managed to pull clear to the tune of 1.14 seconds at the finish, his jubilation was clear to see as he crossed the finish line, setting down a real marker to his championship rivals. Tomsett was delighted with 2nd, Gunning probably a little bemused in 3rd. The remaining top 10 at the finish were as follows – Clark 4th, Berry 5th, Hunt 6th, Weaver 7th, Hastings 8th, Roffe 9th and Zac Spence in 10th. Owen Hizzy recovered well from his earlier crash by taking the Plus class, Hastings took the Inters and Joe Gethin finished as the top novice in 15th overall.

Joe Hunt grabbed the fastest lap during his progression up through the field. It had been a cracking final, great to watch with exciting racing throughout, as the class goes from strength to strength. Next month the championship visits Buckmore Park on 15th October for what should be another closely fought event.

Riley Stephenson wins in Junior Subaru UK

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July 23rd 2017

Finals complete under threatening skies

Walker fast in Bambinos

Mikey Walker starred out of eight the Bambinos drivers to take the fastest times in the 1st and 3rd timed runs, leaving him at the top of the merged table on points. Reg Heywood took the fastest time in the 2nd run, which helped him to secure second in the points. Charlie Warren and Antony Parfett tied equal on points in 3rd and 4th.  Warren’s 2nd place in the final run giving him the edge in the table, Jayden Sherwood, Harry Still, Sonny Mortensen and Kristian Stefanov filled the remaining positions.

Mikey Walker topped the Bambino points

‘I won on a Project One’ Marques takes debut championship Clubman win

The Honda Clubmans opened the finals and gave us a debutant championship winner in Nathan Marques, driving for the local Project One team. It was a very impressive performance having qualified second to surprise pole man novice Danny Shields, Marques won both Pre Finals before dominating the Grand Final by a cool 7.4 seconds, a massive margin for this close and competitive class. Ben Witham initially held 2ndplace before Joseph Knight and Leon Frost demoted him to fourth, Frost and Knight then had a moment out of my sight which left the former at the back of the field and Knight limping back to the pits to retire. Through all of this Joshua Rudd jumped in front of Witham in what was a close fight with Ian Marginean and Danny Shields. The latter two then tangled with Marginean angrily dropping to the back and Shields later receiving a 10 seconds penalty dropping him to 11th at the finish, one place behind Marginean. Witham fought his way back into 2nd in front of Rudd and held onto to the position to the finish, Rudd close behind in 3rd. Jack Theobald took 4th, Blake Ticehurst 5th, Finley Watson just held onto 6th from the recovering Frost in 7th. Vinnie Lloyd was 8th, ‘leaning ‘ Luke Hayward 9th from Marginean. Marques completed his rise to the top by taking the fastest lap. A special mention must go out to Damien Baruss-Haggett who had a frightening accident in Pre Final 1, when he collected a Shields spun kart at turn 1. Damien rose from the floor to a huge round of applause as he bravely made his way into the circuit Ambulance. The medics later told me that his safety equipment had served its purpose well with Damien suffering bruising and a cut, they assured me that even though his day’s racing was curtailed, he had looked more cheerful on a visit later in the day.

Nathan Marques took his first win in Clubman

Berry snatches win from Lee in Junior Max

Declan Lee looked to double up on the Project One victory tally as he led away the Junior grid, but unlike his wins in the two Pre Finals, he couldn’t hold off Sean Berry in the Grand Final. It was very close though as a late charge by Lee almost paid off, he finished just 0.104 behind at the line. Thomas Lawson was right with the pair as they crossed the line in third place, stealing the fastest lap too. Jack Steadman took 4th from Harvey Norton in 5th. 6th was novice Dillon Stepney, from Mason Weir in 7th, William Egby in 8th and Brandon Dyer in 9th.

Close battle for Junior max was won by Sean Berry 47

Brown takes the win but not the trophy in Senior Max

The GMS team was well represented in the Senior Rotax class, with Lewis Brown on pole, Troy Beswick 3rd and Jack Wall 4th on the grid. In-between the trio of team mates was the privateer Dad n lad outfit of Steven Crow. Brown lit the GMS touch paper and disappeared when the Union flag fell, as he had done all day, although he later managed to miss the prize giving ceremony! Crow some 6 seconds back held off the remainder of the GMS challenge by taking a comfortable 2nd. Behind Beswick lost out on the first lap run down to hairpin one, as his kart faltered , this let a returning Ryan Haines, Stephen Bouffe and a delayed Jack Wall past him, Mike Ashby almost made it through into hairpin two, before Beswick coaxed his kart back into life. As the race settled down Haines started to make little mistakes, his race rustiness starting to prevail, first Bouffe managed to move into 3rd, before the charging teenager Beswick demoted him further into 5th on lap 10, to make matters worse for Haines the remaining GMS kart of Wall took 5th from him on the final lap. Ashby watched all of this action from just behind, his brakes not giving him the confidence to make a challenge, finishing 7th, although he later jumped at the chance to take the top spot on the podium in the winner’s absence!  The dominant Brown also took the fastest tour on lap 4.

Lewis Brown dominated Senior Max

Ripley robs Horsley of win in Cadets

A competitive 13 kart Cadet final started under very threatening skies, with a brief shower catching out only one of the youngsters – Leon Frost at a slippery turn 1. Zach Ripley continued his recent fine form with a good start away from his customary pole slot, this didn’t last long though as the Ambition kart of Louis Horsley surprised him going into turn 1 at the start of lap 2, slipping through on his inside. With the slippery surface flags flying Horsley then put in some cracking laps, opening a gap over his pursuers. Ripley had fallen back behind the Virtus pair of former circuit ‘O’ plate winner Oliver Bearman and Jack Clements, before  correcting his downward slide and fighting back up to second, although still a long way behind the impressive Horsley. Bearman and Clements couldn’t live with Ripley at this stage of the race and had Project One’s Oscar Teuten mixing it up with them, this until he was spat out of the pack at turn 1 on the 6th lap, sending him over the bumpy run off area in a spectacular fashion, he did very well indeed to find his way back into the pack without losing too many slots!

Matthew Hyde then managed to shadow the Virtus pair to the finish, putting in a stellar drive as he did so. Back at the front Ripley’s kart : as we have been lately used to seeing, came alive. He had managed to track down the #38 of Horsley and made his robust but clean move on lap 9 of 13, Horsley stayed right with the #36, setting the fastest lap on the penultimate tour as he challenged for the lead back, however as they came out of the hairpin 1 exit he just clipped Ripley’s kart which lost him the important tow over the remainder of the lap, leaving him 2nd at the finish. It had been another cracking drive by the Zip kart of Ripley, setting him up as the one to beat over the remainder of the year, equally impressive had been Horsley running comfortably at the front. Clements just pipped his teammate Bearman over the line but was later issued with a 10 second penalty dropping him to 12th. So Hyde took a well-deserved 4th behind #2 of Bearman in 3rd, 5th was the Arora kart of James Higgins just few tenths back, in 6th was class returnee Mika Renzullo, 7th the recovering Teuten, Liam McNeilly was 8th, Jamie Perilly 9th and Declan Russell 10th.

Zach Ripley won again in Cadets

Waddell wins from the back in visiting FP4 class

The visiting 12 kart four stroke FP4 championship competitors closed the finals for the day. This was an entertaining affair as Angus Waddell in the #1 kart, came through from the second to last row of the grid, to take the win at the race’s end, securing the fastest lap on his way up through the field. Alex Whitley had run at the head of the field until lap 11 of 12 finishing 2nd behind the flying Waddell. Chris Kelly gave Whitley a scare at the finish closing onto his bumper, bringing David Jarvis with him in 4th. Rob Teague finished 5th, he had had the Pro Kart of Tony Lamb close behind in 6th.

Angus Waddell had to work hard for FP4 win

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Thrilling summer action on track at Bayford Meadows

Round 5 of the popular BMKR championships took place under warm sunny skies after an overcast start.

Karl Mepham took the 177 honours


The Bambino class proved very competitive this month, with different drivers heading the three timed runs. Fastest around the Sittingbourne circuit in the 1st of the runs was Mikey Walker, he headed Antony Parfett and Mason Bishop with a lap time of 1:01.961. For the second runs Eden Spanswick topped the times with a faster time of 1:01.765, showing that the circuit was becoming quicker, Walker was 2nd with Parfett 3rd. In the final run Bishop scorched around in a 1:01.654, proving to be the fastest time of the runs, Walker was again 2nd and finished at the top of the merged runs. Bishop secured second in the merge from Parfett 3rd, in 4th was Charlie Warren, 5th Sonny Mortenson, 6th Reg Heywood, from Harry Still, Jack Pullen, Spanswick who missed the first run and Timo Jungling in 10th.

Bambino overall merged winner, Mikey Walker


Eight karts ventured onto the twisty technical circuit in the Junior classes, this consisted of 5 in the Max class, 2 in JX30 and 1 in the MiniX30 class.

Sean Berry and Thomas Lawson had a good tussle in the Max class, with Lawson leading initially and Berry tracking him down after earlier pre final problems. Berry soon took the lead and although Lawson briefly fought back, he couldn’t find another way past but still finished a close 2nd to the consistent Berry. Jack Steadman finished third and was the last of the runners in the class after Benjamin Boras and novice Dillon Stepney retired.

Max Herbert (seen here leading MiniX30 winner Kristian Brookes) took the JX30 class win when Daniel Gale had starting problems

Max Herbert had proved the faster of the two JX30 runners in qualifying; however Daniel Gale headed him in both Pre finals. Come the final though Gale’s kart refused to start, this despite the efforts of his Dad and helpers on the dummy grid, even a couple of extra warm up laps didn’t help him, as he dropped in a lap behind before his kart had fired into life. Herbert no doubt used the race as an extended test session as he crossed the line to take the win, with Gale taking the fastest lap in his forlorn chase of the Project One kart. Kristian Brookes in the Mini class, sealed victory sadly without any on track opposition.

Junior Max winner Sean Berry takes the lead from Tom Lawson

Junior Subaru UK B final

With a very impressive entry of 32 karts the Junior Subaru UK class required a B final, with the top four progressing through to the Grand Final. 16 karts fought for the 4 grid slots and put on a very entertaining display. Zac Spence isn’t somebody who you associate with in the B final and he had to fight hard in his Ambition kart to overcome an impressive Lewis Berry, who had led away from the start. Once in front of the DNL kart of Berry, Spence controlled the race with Berry glued to his bumper in 2nd. Ross Hastings drove well to come through a tight field to take 3rd, wiping the sweat away from his brow as he crossed the finish line! 4th and the last of those who would progress was Rookie Katherine White, fellow rookie Joseph Gethen was 5th. Lewis Deacon sealed the Plus category with his 11th place finish.

Senior Max

Having set blistering times in testing on Saturday, Jack Wall set the fastest time in Senior Max qualifying; it was very close though with his teammate Troy Beswick fractionally slower and Bobby Grove next up in third. Eleven drivers were within a second of each other in what has become a super competitive class at the Swale circuit. Chaos ensued at the first corner of the first Pre final with a number of drivers taking to the grass banking facing the wrong way! This gave Wall a breather over his nearest rivals as he went on to take the win. The second Pre final saw Wall again lead, although this only lasted to lap 5 as Grove had scythed his way through from 4th on the grid to take a lead that he would not lose.

We were then set for a tense final between the two Pre final winners on the front row, by the end of the first lap however the anticipated duel had been torn apart by Troy Beswick and Anton Stamp, as these two prevented Wall from staying with an absolutely switched on Grove, who was driving as though he was in a different class. It took the GMS kart of Wall until lap 8 to pass his teammate Beswick, who was showing great pace in the final. By this time the fat lady was singing and Grove was on his way to the top step of the podium, indeed he won by a comfortable 2.6 seconds over Wall despite the latter taking the fastest lap during his chase. Beswick was a second further back in a stellar third place after the 14 laps. Stamp’s early pace dropped off and ended in retirement after 6 laps, giving Drew Holmes 4th place. Steve Crow drove superbly up from 13th on the grid (after a visit to the popular turn 1 grass bank in the 2nd Pre final!) to finish 5th, setting the race’s third fastest lap behind Wall and winner Grove. Mike Ashby made a welcome return to the sharp end of the results with a fine drive to 6th, after some fierce dicing with Steven Bouffe 7th and Josh Young in 8th.   Nichola Evans and Robert Walters completed the top 10. Karl Mepham overcame early carb problems to win the closely fought 177 class from Paul Williams.

Bobby Grove pulled an early lead that he never gave up, in Senior Max

Honda Cadet

In the Honda cadet class Zach Ripley looked the man to beat, nailing pole in qualifying and taking both of the Pre Final wins. His form continued in the final as he pulled an early gap over circuit returnees Owen Tolley and Oliver Greenall, who have been away on SuperOne duty this year. As the race reached its climax, the two chasers began to catch the seemingly impervious Evolution kart of Ripley, both working together to close down the lead. Ripley then made a small mistake and going into the last lap the chasers pounced, both passing the championship leading #36 kart of Ripley, Tolley still ahead of his season long rival Greenall. As the trio approached the chicane at the end of the lap, we all held our breath and wondered if Greenall would attempt to try a move, sure enough he did, but Tolley reacted covering the only line through the tight right hand corner, contact was inevitable with Tolley’s adversary unfortunately spearing off into the outside tyre wall. Ripley came through the melee to finish on the bumper of Ambition kart of Tolley as they crossed the finish line. Project One’s Oscar Tueten put in his best result with a fine third place after starting 2nd , finishing just ahead of Virtus driver Jack Clements in 4th. Greenall recovered to a disappointing 5th and although he did set the fastest lap, wasn’t happy with Tolley in parc ferme. Louis Horsley finished 6th after a race long battle with James Higgins in 7th. Completing the top 10 were Declan Russell, Ronnie Mansfield and Ryan Willis.

Owen Tolley used his S1 experience to take the Cadet win

Junior Subaru UK Grand Final

The three Pre Finals for the Junior Subaru UK class, saw two wins for DNL driver Callum Gunning over fierce rival Riley Stephenson and a debut win for SAIT driver James Tomsett. Surprise pole sitter had been Joe Hunt and he continued his impressive form in the Pre Finals, with 2nd and 3rd place finishes. With the Gunning starting from pole and the Clarke Karts machine of Stephenson alongside, we had a repeat line up of the Buckmore Park start, tellingly this time Gunning managed to judge the start perfectly, with Stephenson falling into position behind him by the time they hit turn 1.The two Pre finals had the pair locked together once they were clear of the pack, this time they lead away from the start and together pulled a gap over Hunt. They then put on a superb display of controlled aggression, with the blue and yellow kart of Gunning setting the pace which the red and yellow kart of Stephenson matched. As with the preceding Pre Finals Callum managed to respond to any attack by quickly regaining control of the race before Riley got into a rhythm. It was great to watch these two at the top of their game, not losing any time over the pack as they fought hard but fair throughout the 13 lap race. As they began their final lap Stephenson appeared to slightly lose the tow to Gunning and although he closed back up, setting the fastest lap as he did so, he just failed to mount a challenge before the finish line, you could sense his disappointment as he tossed his head back on the approach the chequered flag, Gunning on the other hand showed his elation at winning with a clenched fist. This season is really bringing out the best in these two young stars.

Callum Gunning and Riley Stephenson give each other some space at the start of the Junior Subaru UK final

Behind Hunt gallantly tried to hold onto the pair but with nobody to work with it was a vain effort. He was well clear of a tumultuous battle which was eventually won by Owen Hizzy, he just held off the impressive Lewie Weaver, Red Beswick, Jono Dalton and James Black in 8th place. Leon Clark finished 9th with B final winner Zac Spence moving through to 10th. Lewie Weaver was top Inter driver and top Rookie Katherine White managed to climb up to 14th.

Triumph and despair as Callum Gunning heads home Riley Stephenson in Junior Subaru UK

Honda Clubman

14 drivers started the Clubman final, which had been moved to the end of the day after Reece Lomax had a ride in the circuit ambulance following an incident in Cadet Pre Final 2. Suitably recovered he joined the grid for the final, hoping to match his race winning pace which he set in Pre Final 2. Leon Frost had been on pole after qualifying and took the first Pre final win. Lomax led away from Joseph Knight at the start of the final with Frost close behind, after some initial shuffling between these three, Frost’s Clarke Kart headed the field, with the DNL Kart of Knight snapping at his rear bumper, Lomax’s RHP machine retook the lead between laps 8-10 before Knight and Frost usurped him. Going into the last lap Knight held the advantage with Frost and Lomax trying everything they knew to get past, as they approached the finish line, Knight was already celebrating unaware that Frost had pulled up alongside, he just held on to break the timing beam first but it had been very close. Post race Knight’s jubilation was shattered when an engine irregularity meant he lost his hard earned win, handing the victory to Clubman man of the moment Frost. Lomax who had been disappointed with third, no doubt felt better with the second place he now inherited. Nathan Marques had a great race to take the final podium spot from top novice Joshua Rudd in 4th. Ethan Barford was 5th, Luke Hayward 6th. The top 10 was completed by Ben Witham, Damian Baruss-Haggett, Ian Marginean and Jack Theobald. Chris Doble (11th) who had an early race spin took the race’s fastest lap.

Joseph Knight and winner Leon Frost neck and neck, at the finish line in the Clubman class

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Karters show their support for Billy Monger at round 3 of the BMkR championships

An impressive 13 karts made it out for the three Bambino runs during the day, around the 1100m twisty Sittingbourne circuit. At the head of the times for all three runs, was Damien Baruss-Haggett, proudly supporting a number 23 sticker in support of our karting friend Billy Monger, who was horrifically injured in a F4 crash at Donington Park last week. He wasn’t alone as many of the day’s competitors wore #BillyWhizz visor strips and #23 stickers on their karts throughout the event.  Second behind the impressive Damien in the three run points merge was Reg Heywood with Mason Bishop completing the top 3. Eden Spanswick finished 4th, followed by Mikey Walker and Antony Parfett in 5th and 6th.

Damien Baruss-Haggett was unbeatable during the Bambino runs

Honda Clubman

Reece Lomax was unbeaten all day in the Honda Clubman class, leading the 16 kart entry every one of the 12 laps when it mattered in Grand Final. It wasn’t quite as easy as it seems though as he was pushed hard all day, less than half a second behind at the finish was Jai Lawrence. He managed to jump ahead of a battling Joseph Knight and Leon Frost on lap 9 and held onto the place while the other two squabbled over the remaining podium spot. Knight eventually took the 3rd place honours from Frost at the flag, with Chris Doble and Jack Theobald close behind in 5th and 6th.  7th and 8th were Nathan Marques and Ben Whitham, both fighting their way up from the last row of the grid. The fastest lap went to Lawrence on the final lap, during his chase of the eventual winner.

The Honda Clubman final about to start with Reece Lomax on pole


The Junior & Mini X30 classes were poorly supported for this month, with only 3 entries in the former and one less in the later. Daniel Gale won comfortably by over 7 seconds from class newcomer and former circuit Cadet Clubman champion Alfie Brooks, the only other runner Ben Cowley retired four laps from the end. Frankie Taylor beat Nooris Gafoor to the Mini class.

Daniel Gale won in JX30

Junior Rotax

Junior Rotax Pre final winner Sean Berry, led away the eight kart final, his job made a little easier by the Project One kart of Declan Lee failing to start on the dummy grid. Berry’s GMS kart was initially chased by the P1 kart of Henry Ayers, that was until lap 4 when he was usurped by the charging blue LICA kart of Thomas Rotherham, who had had a difficult Pre final. The aforementioned Rotherham then tracked down Berry in the lead, who had been driving beautifully.On lap 9 the #15 LICA kart made it’s move on the run down to the first infield hairpin, Berry tried to respond into the second hairpin but Rotherham had closed the door firmly, from that moment the race was sealed in the favour of young Rotherham, a great recovery from his grid slot. Behind Berry not only held off Ayers but managed to finish just 0.253 seconds behind the winner, securing the fastest lap too, Ayers was on his bumper in third. Tom Lawson had a day of 4th’s and ended the day in that position, not far behind the 3rd placed kart. Benjamin Boras was 5th from Jayden Walker, Brandon Dyer and the dreadfully unfortunate Lee, the last of the runners.

Thomas Rotherham had his work cut out to win in Junior Rotax

Honda Cadet

Having won the two Pre finals Zach Ripley looked odds on favourite to continue his winning ways in the 13 lap Grand Final, little did he know that Zach Walters had shadowed his Evolution kart for the race’s duration, patiently waiting until the last lap to pounce. When he did Ripley could not retaliate against the Ambition run kart of Walters, finishing a scant 0.068 seconds behind. Declan Russell started off the day on his back foot after qualifying 14th out of the 16 entries, however by the Grand final he had managed to pick his way through to finish third, 4.9 seconds behind the leading pair, he headed a group featuring a good drive by Oscar Tueten in 4th, Jamie Perilly who started 2nd finishing 5th and Jack Steadman in 6th. Winner Walters also took the fastest lap on the 12th tour.

The two Zachs, Walters headed home Ripley in the Cadet final

Senior Rotax

In the Senior Rotax class Steve Crow has been threatening to win since the start of the season and it all came good for the father and son team at the weekend. Having comfortably won both Pre Finals he set off in the lead from the now rolling start which has been re-introduced for the class. On the run down into the first hairpin however he was jumped by the Ambition kart of Rob Springate and had to give up the position into the second hairpin. Crow wasn’t prepared to give in easily though and returned the favour to Springate by pulling the same move on him into the first hairpin on the 3rd lap. Unfortunately for the Ambition driver an opportunist Troy Beswick squeezed his GMS kart past too. Beswick then sat in Crow’s slipstream for the duration of the race, not quite able to manage a challenge to the Strawberry kart ahead of him finishing 0.43 seconds behind. Springate cemented a stellar drive with 3rd place, Jonathan Harrison was not far behind in 4th, Steve Walker and Drew Holmes were some 6 seconds further back in 5th and 6th. Two drivers who should have finished further up were Josh Young and Jack Wall, but they had a spectacular clash at turn 1 early on the race delaying both, Young finished 7th and previous winner Wall 10th. Karl Mepham took the 177 honours and Troy Beswick the fastest lap.

Senior lookabout. Steve Crow heads home Troy Beswick

Junior Subaru

The last race of the day was for the biggest entry on the program, with the Junior Subaru class managing an impressive 28 karts for this month. After the completion of three Pre Finals which gave each driver two races, a B final was needed to finalise the Grand Final grid. Katherine White fought off a stern challenge from Charlie Hand for the whole race to take the win, Ben Hoare and Poppi Stephenson followed the two through into the Grand Final.

At the end of the first Junior Subaru lap, Stephenson leads, winner Gunning is 5th

Two wins for Clarke kart’s Riley Stephenson saw him start on the pole with surprise newcomer Leon Clarke (DNL) starting alongside after taking the other Pre Final win. James Black and Zac Spence were next up, with Callum Gunning losing his Junior Subaru 100% winning record in the Pre Finals starting 5th, Emily Linscott was alongside him in 6th. From the start Stephenson had his head down and concentrated on trying to pull a gap, Clarke behind him couldn’t hold off the snarling, colourful, snake of rumbling Subarus and slipped back to 5th on lap 3. Black and Spence couldn’t hold a driver off who was on his way to the front, this was a hard charging Gunning, by lap 3 the former Cadet star had worked his way up into 2nd and set off after Stephenson who had eked out a gap at the front. On lap 11 of 13 Gunning had closed the gap, bringing Spence and Black with him and then made his move for the lead, Stephenson wasn’t having any of it though and dived up the inside into turn 1 to take the lead back a lap later. Going into the last lap Gunning hadn’t given up and as Stephenson went defensive into the infield hairpin 1, Gunning went wide and deep, turning in later giving him a faster exit, he then drove a wall of death around the outside of hairpin 2, giving him the inside line into the next left handed turn. To be fair Stephenson knew he was there and gave him just enough room to make the move work and save them both from clashing. Gunning then covered the line into the horseshoe section and had the race won. Spence and Black were on the tail of the combative two in front, waiting to pick up on and scraps that were left and finished close behind in 3rd and 4th. Just half a second covered Gunning, Stephenson, Spence and Black as they crossed the line after what had been a tense and fitting finale to the day.Emily Linscott just pipped Jono Dalton to 5th and took the fastest lap too. The top 10 was rounded with James Tomsett 7th, Joe Hunt, James Popple and Leon Clarke who was bumped back to 10th after such a promising start. Tom Richards took the win in the plus class.

Gunning does the wall of death around the outside of Stephenson on the last lap of the Junior Subaru final

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