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Bayford Meadows Kart Club Championship Round 1 Report

Opening round of the BMKR championship excites

Damien continues to fly

Damien Barruss- Hagett continued his recent run of taking the Bambino class wins, by topping all three of the timed runs during the day, his ability to carry his speed through the tight and twisty Bayford Meadows turns, reaping its reward. Reg Heywood was hot on his heels, gluing the front of his crash helmet to his steering wheel whenever he could, to help find that extra tiny bit of speed. Mikey Walker secured third in the points, just two points clear of Sonny Mortensen who had a less competitive second run. Completing the nine runners on merged points were, Timo Jungling, Antony Parfett, Harry Still, Charlie Warren and Kristian Stefanov.

Baruss Haggett Bambino winner
Baruss-Haggett Bambino winner

Reece Lomax wins thrilling Clubman final

With both Joseph Knight and Reece Lomax taking a Pre Final win each, we knew we were in for a thrilling Clubman final. Lomax led the 16 kart field away in his RHP kart, while behind him DNL teammates Knight and Chris Doble tussled over 2nd and 3rd positions, that was until Knight managed to turn in some good mid race laps which brought him onto the tail of his adversary in front. By lap 10 of 12 he had forged his way past but then on the last lap went a little too defensive, allowing Lomax, Leon Frost ( who had climbed up from 6th) and Doble, to crawl all over the back of him. Lomax chose a deeper line out of one of the infield hairpins and this gave him the drive around the outside of Knight onto the infield straight, to take the lead which he held until the chequered flag. Knight was just 0.3 seconds behind with Frosty in 3rd, Doble took a well-deserved 4th, from Max Solarski in 5th and Luke Heyward in 6th. Leon Frost took the fastest lap during his climb up through the field.

The dramatic Clubman final, with Lomax coming out on top
The dramatic Clubman final, with Lomax coming out on top

Gale heads quartet in Junior X30

The least supported grid of the day was for the Junior X30 class. After a brief spell at the front for Brodie Rivers, Daniel Gale powered through to take a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish, finishing 5 seconds in front of Finley Cross, who demoted Rivers to third but could not make an impact on the leader. Behind these three was Kristian Brookes in 4th. Gale secured the fastest lap on lap 10 of 14.

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Daniel Gale won in JX30

Jack Wall holds off a charging Steve Crow for Senior max win

An all GMS front row was a mouth-watering lineup for the Senior Max class, Troy Beswick and Jack Wall had had a Pre Final win a piece but it all went wrong for Beswick when his Rotax failed to fire up as the flag was raised. This let Wall blast away, with Mike Ashby swerving around the stationary Beswick in his newly livered ‘Happy Headlights’ kart. Ashby couldn’t hold on for long though before the LICA kart of Stephen Bouffe took 2nd place. By lap 6 Steve Crow had found his brand new Evo kit powered kart had come alive and after passing Ashby, managed to make the move stick on Bouffe too. He then set off after Wall, setting the fastest lap along the way although falling 0.28 seconds short of finding a way past the GMS kart.

It was a good start to the championship for Wall this early in the season, taking points over his unfortunate teammate Beswick , who did eventually coax his kart into life. The experienced ‘Dad and lad’ team of Keith and Steve Crow will be buoyed by the speed they showed by taking 2nd place. Bouffe drove well to finish in 3rd, Ashby very happy in 4th, still remaining in touch with those in front. The father and son battle over 177 honours went the way of the former this month, with Karl Mepham beating Buster to 5th place overall. Paul ‘the cat’ Williams finished in 7th behind the Mephams. Hard luck story of the class (apart from Paul’s cat which was sent home on arrival) was Josh Young, he had his throttle stick open in the second Pre Final, leaving him embedded in the tyre barrier and then his brakes fail in the Grand Final also sending him into the rubber barriers ! At least his efforts were later recognised by the infamous Kart Bandit!

Senior Max final start with Beswick #45 left on the grid, Wall #25 took the win
Senior Max final start with Beswick #45 left on the grid, Wall #25 took the win

Zach Rips through the field to win in Cadets

After qualifying 8th in the morning and finishing 7th in the 1st Pre final, nobody would have put their money on Zach Ripley winning the  2nd Pre final, let alone the final by a huge 6.2 seconds, except perhaps for his Dad Luke, who’s enthusiasm rubs off on his son’s young shoulders. It was a fantastic performance by the Chatham lad, who looked a little overwhelmed with it all in post-race parc ferme. Watching the evolution kart disappearing up the road in front of them was Aston Millar, the morning pole man who nipped past Ronnie Mansfield early on, before settling into a comfortable runner up slot. Mansfield slipped to 4th until a late race surge saw him pass the impressive James Higgins on the last lap to snatch the final podium spot. Higgins was still happy with 4th a little way clear of an entertaining battle featuring Zach Walters 5th, Louis Horsley 6th, Matthew Hyde 7th and Joshua Hoy in 8th. It came as no surprise to hear that victor Ripley took the fastest lap, such was his dominance.

Ripley dominated in Cadets
Ripley dominated in Cadets

Declan Lee wins but fails to take the points in Junior Max

The Junior Max class final was a tense affair with a twist at the end.  Declan Lee, Thomas Rotherham and Sean Berry each had a chance of winning the final, as they led away in that order, Berry soon succumbed to kart problems, pulling over just after the exit of the first hairpin.  This left the LICA kart of Rotherham chasing down the Project One kart of Lee over the 14 lap duration, trying everything he knew to make a pass, but ultimately failing as Lee crossed the line in a delighted first place , annexing his first win in the class. Behind Rotherham, Benjamin Boros had been lying third but slipped to 5th at the end, with Ryan Chapman and Tom Lawson battling race long to 3rd and 4th. In the two kart Mini Max class, Callum Gunning overcame the extra Evo kit power of novice William Egby, to take the win on his debut in the class. Post race in parc ferme the on the track result changed,  as Lee had a clerical issue with his scrutineering card, resulting in his disqualification, however Thomas Rotherham and his father insisted that Lee should celebrate his hard earned win, a fine gesture of sportsmanship that should be commended. Ryan Chapman’s kart was found to be underweight, so he lost his 3rd place on the road as he was also disqualified, Benjamin Boros also found himself disqualified post race for a chain guard infringement. So the final classified result gave the maximum points to Rotherham, with Lawson 2nd, Gunning 3rd, Egby 4th and Berry in 5th.

Lee and Rotherham faught race long in Junior Max
Lee and Rotherham faught race long in Junior Max

Good championship head start for Riley Stephenson in Junior Subaru

24 karts lined up for the Junior Subaru final, the grid having been decided over three Pre Finals, with each driver receiving two outings. The first of these gave a hint of what to expect in the final, when Riley Stephenson overcome a great start by James Black to take the win with Zac Spence in third. The second Pre Final grouped Stephenson once again and he took a comfortable win over Lewie Weaver and Joe Hunt. In the third Pre final Black took the win from Spence and Hunt. Could Black or Spence challenge Lydd Kart backed Stephenson’s kart in the Grand Final, we was about to find out ?

The Junior Subaru start
The Junior Subaru start

As the Union flag dropped for the start of the 13 lap final, Stephenson got away well with Black and Spence shadowing him. Spence managed to pass Black and looked threatening, however as the final unravelled it was clear to see that he couldn’t live with Riley’s consistently fast pace. Black moved back ahead of the Ambition kart of Spence on lap 5 and the two briefly swapped places again later in the race, James in his JB Motorsport kart, taking the fastest lap while trying to catch the impervious Stephenson. Riley’s margin of victory was 1.24 seconds at the finish over James, Zac was close behind in 3rd, with Joe Hunt holding down a good 4th throughout the race, clear of the 5th place battle behind. James’s Popple and Thomsett took 5th and 6th, with Lewie Weaver, Ben Hoare, Red Beswick and Mikey Gleeson completing the top 10. the new for 2017 Subaru plus class was won by Lewis Duncan.

Stephenson pulls a gap over Black and Spence
Stephenson pulls a gap over Black and Spence

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Bayford Meadows Kart Club Summer Championships Round 10 Report

Finals day at Bayford Meadows

With the winter well and truly settling in the club’s summer championships drew to a close, after 10 hard fought rounds at the Sittingbourne circuit. Timed practice/qualifying and the first group of Pre finals were held on a cold wet and slippery track, causing a few incidents which kept the proactive marshals very busy.

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Damian tops Bambino runs

Damian Barruss-Haggett proved fastest in all three Bambino timed runs, his blue Wright kart handling the change in conditions well. Macauley Bishop took 2nd in the first two runs and third in the final run, Blake Ticehurst was 3rd in the first two runs and 5th in the third. Tighe Wratten was runner up in the final run, backing up his usual pace which was missing on the earlier runs. Eden Spanswick, Mason Bishop, Sherrie Powell, Oscar Cheasley and Charlie Warren completed the diminutive racers.

Damian Barruss-Haggett was fastest over the Bambino runs
Damian Barruss-Haggett was fastest over the Bambino runs

Reece Lomax takes debut Clubman win

The Honda Clubman drivers started off the afternoon’s Grand Finals and with the two pre finals proving to be very close affairs, the final was eagerly anticipated, could Alfie Brooks keep up his winning streak ? After 3 laps it looked a very difficult task for him as Declan Russell (Evolution) and Reece Lomax (RHP) had broken clear, with the relative novice Lomax soon asserting himself out in front. His pace was an eye opener for someone who only graduated into Cadets from co-operate karts in August, as he gapped Russell to take a debut win by 3.1 seconds, a win that he will surely never forget. Russell finished in a comfortable second place ahead of a battle over third featuring a quartet of drivers, Ryan Willis, Alfie Brooks, Joseph Knight and Leon Frost, who finished in that order with Project One’s Willis delighted to beat the champion Brooks across the line. A special mention must go to Nathan Marques who finished 9th, this after rolling his kart in a nasty looking incident in pre final 2, a brave effort. Winner Lomax also took the fastest lap.

Eventual winner Reece Lomax and Declan Russell pull clear in the Clubman class
Eventual winner Reece Lomax and Declan Russell pull clear in the Clubman class

Bobby Grove romps to JX30 win

Bobby Grove put in a champions drive in the Junior X30 class, after comfortably winning both pre finals he controlled the final at his own pace leading everyone of the 14 laps, his margin of victory was 1.8 seconds, it has been a fine year long effort for the dad and lad team . Ben Cowley moving up from Mini Max, just pipped Grove to the fastest lap on his way to 2nd place, Brodie Rivers finished 3rd, with Peter Knight 4th in front of Cameron Poynten and Matatora Wada in 5th and 6th. The 6 runners were covered by just over 9 seconds after the 14 laps, showing that the class has closed up over its first year at the circuit, this is encouraging for 2017 especially if a few more runners can be enticed into the burgeoning class.

2016 JX30 champion took the class honours
2016 JX30 champion took the class honours

Tom Lawson spins and wins

The Mini Max final was a feisty affair with Evolution driver Fraser Brunton jumping off the outside front row grid slot to lead Tom Lawson into turn 1. Lawson shadowed Brunton for 6 laps looking to have pace in reserve over the leader, indeed he made his move to the front on lap 7, but then tellingly not being able to drop Brunton over the remaining laps. Going into the last lap Fraser looked to be fancying his chances of retaking the lead from the #34 kart of Tom and approaching the final chicane was as close as ever – he then tried a lunge down the inside, a move that I have only ever seen pulled off once before in Cadets, he wasn’t successful and the end result was that both karts were spun across the exit, momentarily blocking the track until they recovered with Brunton crossing the line first. Lawson was naturally left frustrated until a post race penalty took the win away from the over ambitious Brunton, who will no doubt have taken the knowledge that he has the speed (with fastest lap) to challenge for victories in the class next year. Benjamin Boras (LICA) overtook the fast starting Josh Wellard (KPi) to finish 2nd, with Wellard 3rd and the penalised Brunton 4th, Austin Pegg rounded out the finishers in 5th.

Thomas Lawson and Fraser Brunton fought hard for Mini Max honours
Thomas Lawson and Fraser Brunton fought hard for Mini Max honours

Saunders and Meapham inherit Senior Rotax spoils

The Senior Rotax class final was a championship decider, the title resting on the day’s events going right down to the wire between Spencer Younger and Jack Wall. Wall had the looked to have made the perfect start by winning the first pre final and setting off in the lead in the second, that was until his chain broke on the approach to the chicane early on in the race, thus scuppering his chances of a front row start in the Grand final. Lewis Ridd (Team Bull) had won that 2nd pre final and rocketed away in the Grand final, going on to take his first overall win since moving up from the Junior class. Joel Saunders (G-Tech) was a welcome addition to the grid this month after competing in the endurance classes this year, he failed to set a time in qualifying and yet still managed to come through to 2nd place at the flag. Spencer Younger sealed the title by finishing 3rd in front of the frustrated Wall, who complemented Younger post race on a well driven final . Behind Younger in 5th was Mike Ashby (G-Tech), proving that he is one of the fastest Grandads in racing, with a fine drive in his debut season keeping within 1 second of the youngsters in front. James Ockenden finished 6th from ‘Mad boy’ Ryan Haines who also lost a chain during a pre final.

Joel Saunders inherited the Senior Rotax win from Lewis Ridd
Joel Saunders inherited the Senior Rotax win from Lewis Ridd

In the 177 class guest G-Tech driver Ben Avery who had qualified on overall pole, took the win from Karl Meapham and Paul Williams. However a post race parc ferme admin check on both class winners, which asked for their engine’s log books to be present, proved disastrous for both Lewis Ridd and Avery, as neither had theirs available to be checked, an administration error which cost both dearly losing their hard earned wins.

Therefore with both class winners disqualified, with Joel Saunders and Karl Meapham inheriting the overall wins and everyone else moving up one place in the results,  Ridd was still classified as having the fastest lap.

Karl Meapham worked hard for his 177 win
Karl Meapham worked hard for his 177 win

Champion Troy Beswick ends year with Junior Subaru victory

One of the karting success stories of the BMKR has to the the Junior Subaru class and with 30 drivers competing in this year’s championship, it continues to thrive. The affordable 4 stroke karts attract some very talented young drivers, one or two that have sampled other classes with success but, ultimately returned to the cut and thrust racing the class provides. As with other championships the cream will rise to the top over the season’s duration, this year Troy Beswick driving his well sorted GMS team kart has proven that right. Already crowned champion before the final round, he won one of the pre finals and then took the lead from an on form pole sitter, Ross Connolly early in the race, after that he pulled away to a 2 second win over Connolly who secured 2nd place in the championship . Charlie Nash always puts on a combative show in the final and he didn’t disappoint with a drive from 5th to 3rd, in 4th Riley Stephenson finished off a great season just snatching 3rd in the championship over Nash, although only two points separated them after 10 rounds. The top 10 was rounded out as follows, in 5th Zac Spence, 6th James Popple, 7th Owen Hizzy, 8th James Black, 9th Joe Hunt and 10th Emily Linscott. Riley Stephenson took the fastest lap in his drive from 6th to 4th.

The healthy Junior Subaru grid sets off
The healthy Junior Subaru grid sets off

Zach Ripley returns to the top step in Honda Cadet

The Honda Cadet class saw a return to form for Zach Ripley which was great to see. The popular DRS driver won both pre finals but had a fired up Oliver Greenall (Evolution) to deal with in the Grand final. After an initial place swap over the opening laps the Evolution driver decided to shadow Ripley and save his challenge for the end of the race. Behind the pair that were beginning to break away were Jack Steadman (Project One) and Callum Gunning (DNL), that was until a charging Jack Clements and Theo Micouris (both Virtus) found their way past into 3rd and 4th. Micouris had started 11th set the fastest lap in his climb up through the field, he then managed to pass Clements who himself had started back in 7th on the last lap as the two had caught the leading pair. Greenall had found a way through Ripley’s defence on lap 10 but then Zach retaliated on the last lap with a decisive move into hairpin 1, which he held until the finish line, Greenall was still on his rear bumper to take 2nd, with Micouris and Clements 3rd and 4th,  just needing one more lap to have challenged the two in front. It was great driving by all four in a good clean exciting final. Gunning took 5th a little way behind and Liam McNeilly moved up into 6th during the race.The top 10 was rounded out by Kristian Brookes, James Higgins, Jack Steadman and Rubens Stanislaus. Absent Max Herbert had already secured the championship, Micouris took 2nd from winner Ripley and Gunning, with Brookes and Stanislaus 5th and 6th .

The last lap in the Cadet final was close, here Ripley leads
The last lap in the Cadet final was close, here Ripley leads

Thomas Rotherham steps up and takes win in Junior Max

The final race of the BMKR season was for the Junior Rotax class, a race that featured two 2016 club champions. Oliver Appleby (KPi) had already sealed the championship and he came up against class debutant and the season’s Mini Max champion – Thomas Rotherham (LICA) . The tricky conditions didn’t favour either of them in pre final 1 as Sean Berry (2nd in the 2016 championship) took the win from Rotherham. The latter took the 2nd pre final and so the scene was set for a decider between Rotherham, Berry and Appleby in the final. The LICA driver had other ideas though as he lit his #15 kart off of the grid at the start and pulled safely away to secure a debut overall win by 3.1 seconds, Appleby on old tyres could do nothing about Rotherham in front and had to settle for second, ahead Henry Ayers in third and Berry in 4th. Luke Freestone finished 5th from Jake Kolosowski 6th and Zak Parfett 7th with James Wharrier retiring.  Thomas Rotherham took the fastest lap on his way to winning and sets us up for a mouth watering 2017, battling against the class regulars and champion Oliver Appleby.

Thomas Rotherham passes the LICA awning on his way to a debut Junior Rotax class win
Thomas Rotherham passes the LICA awning on his way to a debut Junior Rotax class win

The full championship results can be found at – http://www.mylaps.com/en/championships/6141 (under BMKR )

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Bayford Meadows Kart Club Summer Championships Round 9 Report

A damp start to the day brought a lot of head scratching during the morning qualifying sessions, slicks, inters or full wets? Inevitably the wrong decision left one or two competitors at the wrong end of their grids, the weather lifted during late morning making decisions a lot easier to predict.

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Ticehurst tops Bambinos

Two of the six Bambino runners were running their new MSA National championship numbers for the first time and it was the number 6 of Blake Ticehurst that headed the merge after their three runs. The last run featured and entertaining ‘dice’ between young Blake and Tighe Wratten, with the latter tucking his head into his steering wheel at every opportunity! It was Tighe who annexed the runner up spot from the new number 4 kart of Damian Barruss-Haggett. Eden Spanswick, Reg Heywood and Mikey Walker rounded out the top 6.

Tighe Wratten #18 took 2nd in the Bambino class from #6 Blake Ticehurst
Tighe Wratten #18 took 2nd in the Bambino class from #6 Blake Ticehurst

Brooks wins again in Clubman class

Two drivers dominated the Honda Clubman final for round 9, Alfie Brooks and Jack Matthews spent the whole race with less than a second separating them. The KPi kart of Matthews wasn’t quite able to mount a challenge, so settled for a confidence boosting and well-deserved runner up spot. For Brooks in his KC, GDC livered #57 kart, it was a continuation of a ‘Vardy’ like scoring run of Clubman wins that he is currently experiencing, so much so that his Dad and I were guessing what celebration he would do as he approached the finishing line! Some 6 seconds behind this pairing – Archie Walker took the final podium spot, driving a little too defensively early on according to his Dad, but delighting the RHP team. Jamie Perilly, Reece Lomax, Mika Renzullo and Declan Russell fought hard over the next positions finishing in that order. Alfie Brooks also took the fastest lap on his victorious way.

Alfie Brooks took another Clubmans win, here shadowed by Jack Matthews
Alfie Brooks took another Clubmans win, here shadowed by Jack Matthews

Cross wins for Ambition in Junior X30

Ambition driver Finley Cross scored a popular victory in the Junior X30 class, having driven beautifully all day also winning both of the Pre finals along the way. Bobby Grove brought the gap down to 3.3 seconds once past Ben Cowley to score a confidence boosting 2nd place after a recent run of bad luck. Cowley was just under 2 seconds back in third but well clear of a race long battle between Luke Shopland and Cameron Poynten, with only a tenth of a second between them at the finish. Cross recorded the race’s fastest lap on the 5th tour.

Finley Cross leads from the start in the Junior X30 class
Finley Cross leads from the start in the Junior X30 class

Rotherham seals Mini Max Championship with comfortable win

Thomas Rotherham sealed the Mini Max championship with a commanding 6.3 second victory and fastest race lap, in doing so ending his Mini Max career in grand style before moving up into Juniors next month. He didn’t put a foot wrong all day, even managing a rare celebration for the cameraman as he crossed the finish line! Behind the blue LICA kart was some fine early race action which went the way of a delighted Tom Lawson, his sinister black #34 machine pulling clear Benjamin Boras, Harvey Norton and Declan Lee, who had a topsy turvy final. Running close together in 6th and 7th were class debutant Sam Heading and Josh Wellard, two of the new breed that will no doubt be at the front of the pack next year.

Thomas Rotherham wins the Mini Max championship in his last race in the class
Thomas Rotherham wins the Mini Max championship in his last race in the class

Wall takes Max honours

In the Senior Rotax class GMS driver Jack Wall hit good form after a patchy outing last month. His speed has never been in doubt and he proved that with a masterclass performance, apart from qualifying where he was a very close 2nd to circuit regular and LICA driver, Stephen Bouffe, perhaps the happiest man in the Bayford Meadows paddock on Sunday morning! Wall took honours in both Pre finals and comfortably by nearly 5 seconds in the final. One man who had hopes of winning after last month’s excellent 2nd place was Lewis Ridd, his team were left slightly bewildered at his lack of expected pace in the final, where he finished 3rd behind G-Tech driver Rory Pye. This was to take nothing away from Pye though as he hunted down Ridd early on and held onto the flag in second place. Spencer Younger finished 4th making his way up from 8th on the grid in front of a driver making big improvements this month – Mike  Ashby, he and his immaculately prepared G-Tech kart eventually found a way past Stephen Bouffe to finish in a smart 5th place. Bouffe took 6th from leading 177 driver Paul Williams and top novice Steve Thompson.

Paul Williams jumps his way to the 177 Senior win
Paul Williams jumps his way to the 177 Senior win

Beswick steals victory from Nash on the last lap in Junior Subaru

The Junior Subaru class gave us another fantastic final this month, a brilliant advert for the very competitive class. An tense and exciting race long duel between Riley Stephenson and Troy Beswick became a threesome over the closing laps as Charlie Nash took full advantage of the two slowing each other up in their frenetic dice. He then went one step further by snatching the lead on the last lap when the pair ahead made slight contact. It looked as though Nash had pulled off a perfectly opportunist win until the Subaru 12 wheeler rounded the mound, where somehow Beswick managed to grab the lead back and then hold on for the win. It had been a champion’s drive by the GMS driver Beswick, Nash and Stephenson were both naturally disappointed to have lost the chance of a race win. Behind the battle for outright honours, Ross Connolly held off a queue of karts to take 4th, James Popple was 5th from Zac Spence in 6th. Stephenson’s race pace rewarded him with the fastest lap.

Troy Beswick headed Charlie Nash and Riley Stephenson across the finish line in Junior Subarus
Troy Beswick headed Charlie Nash and Riley Stephenson across the finish line in Junior Subarus

 

Herbert takes a classy Cadet win

The Honda Cadet class last month saw two drivers battling to take their first win, with Max Herbert coming out on top from a race long dice with Theo Micouris. For this month the race played out a different script as Micouris lead until the last lap, looking a though he was going to break his duck as the lead Virtus driver for the day, Herbert in his RHP kart had other ideas though and stealthily took the lead over the final tour to hold on for a Bayford Meadows double and fastest lap, also wrapping up the BMKC summer championship as he did so. Micouris was glued to his bumper at the line to still take a fine 2nd place, behind in third was Ambition driver Owen Tolley, he managed to fend off a list of drivers including Callum Gunning who was classified 4th after finishing 5th on the road behind Evolution driver Kristian Brookes. Brookes was guilty of tapping the DNL kart of Gunning twice going into the Horseshoe section and retrospectively moved back to 5th. Mitchell Gibbons drove well to 6th in a very competitive field from Liam McNeilly, Zach Ripley, Jack’s Clements and Steadman rounding out the top 10.

Max Herbert took a perfectly judged win in the Cadet final from Micouris
Max Herbert took a perfectly judged win in the Cadet final from Micouris

Appleby holds off Ayres in Junior Max

The last race of the day was a tense one for Oliver Appleby in the Junior Max class. His KPi kart set the early pace but on old tyres found himself to be a sitting duck over the final couple of laps, from the Project One kart of Henry Ayres. With KPi boss Chris George frantically signalling Appleby to hurry up going into the last lap, he managed to just hold off the flying Ayres. Sean Berry had initially held down the runner up spot until Ayres found a way past and crossed the line in third 3 seconds behind but comfortably clear of Luke Freestone and Jake Kolosowski in 4th and 5th. Ayres took the fastest lap in his pursuit of Appleby.

Appleby with a fast closing Ayres behind
Appleby with a fast closing Ayres behind

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Bayford Meadows Kart Club Summer Championships Round 8 Report

With the threat of morning rain disappearing, the competitors were left with near perfect conditions for their finals in the afternoon at the Sittingbourne circuit.

Paul Williams took the 177 class win
Paul Williams took the 177 class win

The merge of the three Bambino timed runs revealed that Blake Ticehurst had scored maximum points in each, with Tighe Wratten securing the runner up slot in each of the three runs.  Macauley Bishop secured third in the merge by finishing in that position twice in two of the runs. Sherrie Powell took fourth with her 3rd and two 4th positions. Mason Bishop finished 5th, from Eden Spanswick in 6th, rounding out the nine drivers were Reg Heywood, Mikey Walker and the ever photogenic Lewis Stannard.

Blake Ticehurst was the fastest of the Bambino runners
Blake Ticehurst was the fastest of the Bambino runners

The Junior Subaru class were running an Enduro Cup event for this weekend, with practice, a 10 minute qualifying session and then a 20 minute final to finish off with. Starting from pole Riley Stephenson led away, closely perused by Troy Beswick, James Tomsett and Ross Connolly. On lap 3 Tomsett and Connolly tangled down at turn 2, the former was out on the spot and Connolly severely delayed. This also gave the top 2 of now Beswick and Stephenson a break over a fast starting Tom Emson, Owen Hizzey, James Popple and Emily Linscott. By lap 15 Stephenson’s Clarke’s kart had taken the fastest lap and the lead back from the GMS kart of Beswick and it looked as though we were in for a grandstand finish over the final few minutes of the race. However on lap 17 disaster struck the group dicing over third whilst lapping novice driver Keston Cornwall. Tom Emson who was behind Owen Hizzey in 4th at this point was unsighted as they lapped the slowing Cornwall, Emson’s  kart hit the back of Cornwall’s with enough force to launch his kart into a roll, ending up inverted on the track. A circuit worker was promptly on the scene, as was commendably the delayed Connolly, to help extricate the unfortunate and stunned Emson. With only 3 minutes left on the clock the results were declared at the end of the 17th lap with Stephenson winning from Beswick, Hizzey took 3rd with Emson painfully nursing a broken arm classified in 4th, 5th went to James Popple and Emily Linscott 6th. I’m sure that everyone will be wishing Tom well on his recovery from injury and that he can return to racing soon.

Riley Stephenson leads Troy Beswick before the race stoppage
Riley Stephenson leads Troy Beswick before the race stoppage

The two Honda Clubman Prefinals were won by the on form GDC/KC Car sales backed Alfie Brooks, but he was hard pressed by Evolution novice Declan Russell in both. The second of the Prefinals had been a bruising affair, and an explosive final was on the cards. This proved to be the case as early as the 2nd corner as the Clarke kart of Leon Frost and KPi driver Jack Matthews touched, Frost was delayed and Matthews was out on the spot, caught up in the incident were Chris Doble, and the Harrisons’ Crowther and Esqualant. At the front the familiar pairing of Brooks and Russell broke clear leaving behind a battling bunch of at least 6 karts, which conducted a race long duel to the finish. Russell did find a way past the Roalf racing Brooks kart for a period near the end, but as they crossed the line it was Alfie celebrating while Declan had his head down trying to inch his way past, failing to do so by 0.118 seconds. In the race to 3rd place Archie Walker (RHP) clinched it from Ryan Willis 4th, last month’s winner Jamie Perilly 5th (both with Project One) and Joshua Hoy (DNL) 6TH. Worth a mention as they were a part of this frantic battle were Joseph Knight and Mika Renzullo, the latter who managed to secure the race’s fastest lap.

Alfie Brooks leads away the clubman final
Alfie Brooks leads away the clubman final

There were just four entrants in the Junior X30 class for this round of the championship. Evolution driver Luke Shopland held the upper hand in the final, passing both Privateers Ben Cowley and Bobby Grove over the early laps to take the win and fastest lap. Grove tried desperately hard to stay with Shopland but struggled to match his pace on worn tyres. Cowley had a spin in the dying laps which Cameron Poynton, running close behind, took full advantage of, grabbing the final podium position, Cowley did recover from his spin to finish 4th.

Luke Shopland leads Bobby Grove and Ben Cowley in the JX30 final
Luke Shopland leads Bobby Grove and Ben Cowley in the JX30 final

The Mini Max class also featured just four karts for this month, continuing his recent breath-taking form was Thomas Rotherham, the slick LICA run kart finishing 5.944 seconds in front of a happy Thomas Lawson. Declan Lee had been behind Lawson when his kart gave up the ghost, leaving him watching from the start/finish area. Benjamin Boras finished 3rd. Rotherham also took the fastest lap on his way to victory.

Thomas Rotherham was on fine form in the Mini Max class
Thomas Rotherham was on fine form in the Mini Max class

The Senior Rotax class had a very healthy 17 kart grid starting their final, the only problem for 16 of those drivers, was the fact that Charlie Bennett (Project One) had moved up from Juniors to Seniors this month! He took to the class like a duck to water and sped off from his pole position slot to leave the rest to sort themselves out. Another of the recent Junior to Senior class movers – Lewis Ridd (Team Bull), did things the other way around – he qualified dead last and yet worked his way up to 2nd place by the 6th of the 14 lap final, as an impressive drive as Bennett’s had been out in front. In the early laps of the race Michael Finch, Spencer Younger and Ridd enjoyed a good battle over the 2nd place position before Ridd made it his own. Finch slipped to 4th at the finish as Younger secured 3rd, in 5th was Tom Fuller with Jack Wall close behind. Bennett’s margin of victory was up to 9.5 seconds at the finish, an impressive debut in the class, securing the fastest lap also. Paul Williams secured the 177 class and enjoyed an entertaining podium presentation as a reward!

Project One driver Bennett dominated in Senior Rotax
Project One driver Bennett dominated in Senior Rotax

The Honda Cadet final gave us a race long duel between two young drivers who were desperate to clinch their first Bayford Meadows MSA win. Max Herbert who for this weekend was under the comforting guidance of the RHP team, was driving beautifully winning both of the Prefinals. He led away from the start and settled down in front, behind Max the other driver whose potential has been proven many times this year but not completely rewarded, was Theo Micouris (Virtus), he had decisively passed Callum Gunning (DNL) on lap 4 and glued himself onto the RHP kart in front. For lap after lap Micouris towed along the long start/finish straight behind Herbert and then on the run down to turn 2, giving him a gentle push, which in turn gave the duo a performance gain over the battling Gunning and Frank Elwell (Project One) behind. Despite setting the fastest lap young Theo fell a mere 0.059 seconds short of taking that first victory, Max Herbert looking to his left at the crouched down Virtus driver as he crossed the finish line had taken his first win. The Gunning / Elwell duo finished equally as close in 3rd and 4th, in 5th was impressive novice Declan Russell, with Kristian Brookes (both Evolution) close by in 6th, as was James Higgins (LICA) in 7th.

Head down Theo Micouris (#74) finished just 0.059 behind RHP driver Max Herbert
Head down Theo Micouris (#74) finished just 0.059 behind RHP driver Max Herbert

The last race of the day for the Junior Rotax class was comfortably won by KPi star driver Oliver Appleby, without his recent nemesis Charlie Bennett present in the class, his margin of victory was 5.9 seconds over welcome returnee Liam Carter (Team Bull) in 2nd. Privateer Sean Berry was 3rd, Henry Ayers (Project One) 4th, Ben Gosling (Wavetree) 5th, Luke Freestone (Team Bull) 6th and Lewis Halliday (Racing Perfection) in 7th. The fastest lap went to the dominant Appleby.

KPi driver Oliver Appleby dominated the Junior Rotax class
KPi driver Oliver Appleby dominated the Junior Rotax class

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Bayford Meadows Kart Club Summer Championships Round 7 Report

Sunday 28th August

Includes Kent Championship R5

After a 5 week break racing returned to Bayford Meadows on Sunday and with the two championships reaching their climax, tension on and off the circuit could be seen and felt.

Jamie Perrilly leads the Clubman field.

Baruss-Haggett bags the Bambino prize

The nine Bambino drivers had two timed runs after their morning practice, finishing on top in all of the sessions was Damien Baruss-Haggett, managing to maintain the momentum that he has built up this year. Tighe Wratten finished 2nd in the points from Blake Ticehurst in 3rd. Rounding out the 9 runners in the points merge were Joseph Katsantonis, Sherrie Powell, Eden Spanswick, Mikey Walker, Reg Heywood and Timo Jungling.

Damian Baruss-Haggett took the Bambino honours
Damian Baruss-Haggett took the Bambino honours

Dead Heat goes to Perilly in Clubman final

The 18 kart Clubman final produced a dramatic finish between Jamie Perilly and Zach Walters, which proved tricky to decide who had actually won! Although the each driver’s transponders gave the victory to the LICA kart of Walters by a mere 0.003 seconds, the start line officials awarded the win to the Project One kart of Perilly, in their eyes the blue #40 kart crosed the line first. It had been an excellent race between these two, each taking their turn to lead throughout and managing to pull away from eventual 3rd place finisher Archie Walker in his smartly turned out RHP kart. Alfie Brookes was also supporting a new colour scheme in his GDC kart, finishing in 4th place after a good battle with Mitchell Gibbons and Mika Renzullo in 5th and 6th.

Perrilly and Walters dead heat at the line
Perrilly and Walters dead heat at the line

Evolution battle goes down to the wire

The Junior X30 class final began with a bang at the first turn, when the 10 kart field almost wiped itself out! Perhaps as a consequence of the classes rolling start, or maybe just 10 very eager youngsters desperate to perform in the burgeoning class. Out on the spot with damaged karts were David Rivers and Ben Cowley, Finley Cross only managed 3 laps before he had to retire as a consequence of the crash. At the front of the race the three Evolution run karts of Jenson Harvey, Alfie Glenie and Luke Shopland broke clear. Harvey led the opening 5 laps before he and Glenie swapped places, they stayed this way for the next 8 laps until the very last lap when a controversial moment occurred. Harvey had had a nibble at his teammate the previous lap on the infield but could not find a way through, on the last lap however he made a concerted effort and this time managed to position his kart on the inside of the young Glenie through the tight left handed infield bend, there was slight contact which forced Glenie offline, giving the win to Harvey as there just wasn’t time for Glenie to regroup before the flag. Unfortunately for the #23 kart of Harvey the win was taken away post race, as the race officials did not approve of his last lap overtaking manoeuvre. Glenie who had driven beautifully then inherited the win; Harvey still took second after his penalty.

The Junior X30 grid heads towards disaster at turn 1
The Junior X30 grid heads towards disaster at turn 1

Bobby Grove finished 3rd on the road after charging up through the field but suffered with a bumper penalty which put him behind Shopland post race. Anthony Amato finished fifth after an eventful and competitive race with Kartik Sawhney taking 6th. Cameron Poynten was desperately unlucky; as after avoiding the first corner pile up she showed good competitive pace before losing her chain with just 3 laps to go.

Harvey and Glenie (Foster)  rub tyres on the last lap
Harvey and Glenie (Foster) rub tyres on the last lap

Rotherham wins for LICA

The Mini Max class final witnessed a classic dice between Thomas Rotherham (LICA) and James Wharrier (Project One). Wharrier patiently sat behind Rotherham for 12 laps and then with just two to go made his move, leading lap 13 over the line . The blue and yellow kart of Rotherham didn’t give up though and pulled a great move around the last part of the last lap to grab the lead back and take the win, it had been a thrilling end to the race. The remaining positions were settled early on, Declan Lee taking 3rd, Tom Lawson 4th, Ben Boras, Harvey Norton, Josh Wellard and Brandon Dyer rounding out the finishers.

Thomas Rotherham leads James Wharrier in the Mini Max class
Thomas Rotherham leads James Wharrier in the Mini Max class

Rice returns and wins

A good 17 kart entry in the Senior max class enjoyed the newly laid tarmac, which had improved grip substantially at various corners around the twisty Sittingbourne circuit. Elliot Rice returned to the circuit where he had spent many of his junior racing years and his past circuit knowledge showed.  Spencer Younger initially led the final into the first corner but it wasn’t long before Rice stamped his authority on the race, leading all 14 laps to the chequered flag. Jonathan Wilkes (Project One) took 3 laps to find a way past Younger and then set off after the flying Rice, he was just 1.9 seconds behind at the finish. Lewis Brown also found a way past Younger over the last part of the race to take 3rd, Younger eventually finished 4th, from Lewis Ridd and Jack Wall in 5th and 6th. Michael Jungling took 1st in the 177 class.

Elliot Rice returned and won
Elliot Rice returned and won

Riley romps to victory

21 of the throaty Junior Subarus were up next and with the championships finely poised there was some great close racing on the track, most of this took place behind the #87 kart of Riley Stephenson who had the perfect day at the office. He led everyone of the finals’ 13 laps to win by 1.2 seconds, from an epic scrap between title protagonists – Troy Beswick, Charlie Nash and Ross Connelly. These three eventually finished in that order after trading paint throughout the race. Owen Hizzy and Zac Spence had latched onto the leading four karts by the end to finish 5th and 6th . The popular class continues to entertain and thrive at the circuit.

Riley Stephenson leads away the Junior Subaru final
Riley Stephenson leads away the Junior Subaru final

Project One karts in side by side finish

The Honda cadet class final finished with Project One’s driver’s Ollie Marsh and Frank Elwell side by side over the finish line, with Marsh arms aloft celebrating a very tight 0.057 second victory ! It had been a tense final with the teammates never very far apart, Callum Gunning (DNL) was perhaps the fastest driver of the day, having led initially before a mix up between him and the P1 boys saw him drop back. He eventually fought his way back into a very deserved 3rd place, helped by Seb Bloch and Max Herbert tangling over the last half lap. Nicky Taylor also benefited out of the last lap shenanigans ahead of him by taking an excellent 4th place in his Virtus kart. Herbert was a frustrated 5th and Jack Clements 6th.

Oliver Marsh heads Callum Gunning and Frank Elwell
Oliver Marsh heads Callum Gunning and Frank Elwell

Bennett frustrates to take Junior win

Charlie Bennett and his Project One kart are normally a formidable duo that dominate at Bayford Meadows, for this month though he had to adopt a completely different style of driving to take the win. Oliver Appleby (KPi) had beaten Bennett in the 2nd prefinal and knew he had the pace to beat his arch rival but could not match him for pace away from the line, Bennett crucially had his kart in front. For 14 laps the KPi kart pressured the P1 kart hard, Sean Berry(Privateer) also joined in the attack on Bennett and was there to pick up the pieces when Appleby’s attacks failed. After 14 dramatic laps, which included warning flags for the duelling Bennett and Appleby, the former took the win by 0.59 seconds over Berry, with a hugely frustrated Appleby on his tail in 3rd. Henry Ayres watched all of this going on in front of him in 4th and Luke Freestone had joined in too over the last few laps to finish 5th. Harry Gent had Conrad Collinson sitting on top of him on the first lap which badly damaged his steering, but even so he made it to the finish in 6th, Ben Gosling took 7th and Josh Young 8th, Collinson’s race was over on the first lap after the clash with Gent.

The Junior start with Bennett (53) covering Appleby (34) from the off
The Junior start with Bennett (53) covering Appleby (34) from the off

Fastest laps

Clubman – Jack Matthews.

Junior X30 – Alfie Glenie.

Mini Max – Thomas Rotherham.

Senior Max – Lewis Brown.

Junior Subaru – Charlie Nash.

Honda cadet – Callum Gunning.

Junior Rotax – Oliver Appleby.

Rotherham and Wharrier were close all the way through the Mini Max final.

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Bayford Meadows Kart Club Summer Championships Round 6 Report

Over 100 entries descended on a sunny Sittingbourne circuit for round 6 of the BMKR summer championships. The youngest of the competitors the Bambinos, had their usual 3 timed runs throughout the day, Damian Baruss-Haggett took the first two fastest times, before Macauley Bishop buzzed around fastest in the third, very little separating the two over the runs, Blake Ticehurst, Tighe Wratten, Lewis Stannard, Sherrie Powell and Reg Heywood filled the top 6 places during their timed sessions.

Macauley Bishop topped the third Bambino timed runs
Macauley Bishop topped the third Bambino timed runs

Alfie Brooks knows how to coax the best out of his NR Honda Clubman kart around the sinuous Swale track and so it proved once again in the Clubman Cadet final. After stamping his mark on the two Pre finals, he led every one of the 12 laps to take the win by 1.7 seconds from Jamie Perilly, who had made 2nd place his own from lap 6 onwards. Both James Higgins and last month’s winner Ryan Willis had a spell in 2nd  place before dropping back in the pack. Mitchell Gibbons put in a fine drive to take 3rd   , Mika Renzullo finished 4th from Willis in 5th who had contact with Joshua Hoy on the last lap, knocking the latter down to a thoroughly dejected 13th place, Higgins recovered to 6th  securing the fastest lap on the way, after dropping as low as 11th at one point.

Alfie Brooks took the Honda Clubman final
Alfie Brooks took the Honda Clubman final

There were seven entries this month for the burgeoning Junior X30 class, with Harry Gent (KPi) making the move across from the Rotax powered series and Reece Shepherd joining the class too. Evolution driver Alfie Glenie showed a mature head on his young shoulders to take the win in all three finals, a superb tonic after tricky start to the year in the class. His team mate Luke Shopland made it a good day for the Evolution team by taking second from championship leader Bobby Grove in third, who was only 1.4 seconds away from Glenie at the race’s completion. Harry Gent’s KPi kart was little way back in 4th, a similar distance behind was Anthony Amato (Ambition) in 5th and then Privateers Cameron Poynten and Reece Shepherd in 6th and 7th.  The race’s fastest lap went the way of Glenie on lap 7.

Alfie Glenie on his way to Junior X30 victory
Alfie Glenie on his way to Junior X30 victory

The Mini Max final had a strange feel to it with two drivers on Novice plates starting from the front row of the final grid. Peter Knight who had won the Pre finals couldn’t quite hold his pace together to complete a clean sweep, as fellow novice Ryan Chapman took over Knight’s initial lead on lap 4 and managed to stay there until the end of the race, crossing the line with both arms in the air but with Declan Lee a scant 0.112 seconds behind him! This was cool drive by Lee as he had started from 5th on the grid and taking the fastest lap along the way. Knight still finished an impressive 3rd from last month’s winner Thomas Lawson, who was on old tyres for this event. Benjamin Boras finished 5th from Harvey Norton in 6th.

Ryan Chapman won the Mini Max final running with novice plates
Ryan Chapman won the Mini Max final running with novice plates

The first lap of the Senior Rotax final was a very frantic affair, with karts three abreast on the infield section trying to sort who should be where! Anton Stamp had won both Pre finals but was slow off of the line giving the lead briefly to Lewis Ridd, who was making a comeback after 8 months away from racing, also moving up from the Junior ranks on his return. During the mayhem of the first half a lap, Stamp had made it to the front, with Ridd being knocked back to 7th, Spencer Younger snatched the 2nd spot and made it his own, withstanding fierce pressure from Jack Wall and Sam Gumbrell over the race’s distance, but tellingly unable to stay with the flying Stamp, who won by 6 seconds, taking fastest lap too.. Darren Bartlett had a spin at turn one early in the race which knocked him out of contention, finishing in 8th at the end. Ridd  recovered well to finish 5th in front of part time DJ Steve Crow in 6th, Mike ‘Smart’ Ashby continued his improving form in 7th ahead of Bartlett. Chris Harvey took the 177 class win.

Lewis Ridd leads away the Senior final, victor Stamp is kart #74
Lewis Ridd leads away the Senior final, victor Stamp is kart #74

Yellow flag infringements affected several of the front runners during the Junior Subaru Pre final, with the subsequent penalties imposed for the Grand Final, the grid was a little mixed up. This fell into the hands of James Black who stole away from pole to open up an immediate gap over his pursuers. Over the following 13 laps he drove faultlessly, no doubt impressing his Dad who mechanics for the Subaru BTCC driver Colin Turkington, on his weekends away from Karting. Owen Hizzy was holding down an excellent 2nd place until he was seen sadly parked up on the exit of the hairpin, allowing championship leader Troy Beswick to take up the chase of the incredibly smooth Black. Beswick hadn’t counted upon fellow pre-race penalised Charlie Nash catching him though and these two fought out a Hamilton/Rosberg type duel right until the last lap when they then tangled within the infield, leaving a frustrated Nash out on the grass scrapping along the tyre barrier. Nash still took the fastest lap and third place behind Beswick but was convinced that he could have caught the leader post race. Behind these three Riley Stephenson had a quiet run into 4th, picking up good points along the way. Zac Spence pipped Mikey Gleeson to 5th , Rogerio Mendes and James Popple also slipping past Gleeson on the last lap to finish 6th and 7th.

James 'Turkington' Black won the Junior Subaru class
James ‘Turkington’ Black won the Junior Subaru class

The Honda Cadet grid this month featured the return of some Super One competitors, coming back to their roots and eager to put on a good show. The two Pre finals had produced a couple of very close races, with Sebastian Bloch and Theo Micouris finishing one two in each, with the rest of the pack very close behind. The final began again with Micouris shadowing Bloch’s every move, this was until lap 7 when an aborted pass by Micouris dropped him back and allowed first Owen Tolley and then Frank Elwell to take up the chase of the blue Ambition kart. Tolley somehow managed to lead a lap over his team mate on lap 11 but couldn’t hold off the determined Bloch and then slipped back to 5th. The Project One kart of Elwell followed Bloch closely over the finish line to take 2nd, with the Virtus kart of Micouris 3rd,  Callum Gunning complete with his new DNL sticker kit had joined in with the leading group to finish ahead of Tolley (fastest lap) in 4th, less than a second covered the top 5 at the finish. Max Herbert finished 6th just ahead of Zak Ripley and Ethan Kaye.

Seb Bloch leading  Theo Micouris early in the Cadet final
Seb Bloch leading Theo Micouris early in the Cadet final

The last final of the day was for the Junior Max class which saw a comfortable win for KPi driver Oliver Appleby, although he didn’t make it easy for himself after his kart bogged down at the start of the first Pre final, leaving him to fight his way back up to finish behind Henry Ayers. Ayers kept Appleby honest in the Grand final with his Project One kart finishing 2.6 Seconds behind after 14 laps. Zak Parfett (RHP racing) finished a good third from GMS driver Sean Berry, an improving Josh Young took 5th from fellow privateer James Freeman in 6th. Winner Appleby also managed to bag the fastest lap on his way to victory.

Oliver Appleby was on fine form to win the Junior Rotax class
Oliver Appleby was on fine form to win the Junior Rotax class

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Bayford Meadows Kart Club Summer Championship Round 5 Report

Sunday 26th June played host to the 5th round of the BMKC summer championships.

Paul Williams took the 177 win
Paul Williams took the 177 win

The ten youngest competitors of the day in the Bambino class, had three timed runs throughout the day. Macauley Bishop headed the times in runs one and three and therefore took the points win over Blake Ticehurst, who secured the fastest time in the second run. The remainder of the top six were Tighe Wratten, Lewis Stannard, Marco Horsley and Sherrie Powell.

Macauley Bishop took the Bambino points win
Macauley Bishop took the Bambino points win

Matt Hyde made a welcome and popular return to MSA racing at Bayford Meadows securing pole for the Honda Clubman Grand final as he did so. An exciting race saw the lead swap between young Matt and Zach Walters before Ryan Willis came through from his 5th grid slot to snatch the lead on lap 8 of 12. The LICA run kart of Walters briefly took the lead back before the Project One kart of Willis secured the victory, with Walters hot on his tail. A fraught dice behind had Declan Russell snatching 3rd from Hyde’s Ambition kart in 4th, Jack Matthews (KPi) made up 5 positions to finish 5th from Mika Renzullo who had been up to 3rd on the penultimate lap, slipping to 6th. The race’s fastest lap went to the DNL run kart of Joshua Hoy, who finished 9th overall, after starting from 3rd on the grid.

Ryan Willis was number 1 in the Honda Clubman class
Ryan Willis was number 1 in the Honda Clubman class

The Junior X30 class only had four entries for this month’s race but didn’t lack in excitement. Bobby Grove on a new Comp kart chassis, continued his impressive Bayford form by taking a dominant win, this by 6.8 seconds, despite easing off near the end to save his tyres. His ‘dab style’ finish celebration showed us how much the win meant to him.

Bobby Grove dominated the JX30 and celebrated in style
Bobby Grove dominated the JX30 and celebrated in style

Behind the other three competitors thrilled throughout the two Pre Finals and Grand final. Luke Shopland (Evolution) took 2nd in the 1st pre final but was disqualified in the 2nd after contact with Cameron Poynten (Privateer) saw her collide heavily with the turn 1 tyre barrier. The plucky Poynten recovered fully for the Grand Final and her kart luckily only suffered light damage in the spill, she now wanted to forget about the crash and show what she could do.

In the early laps of the Grand Final, Anthony Amato (Ambition) drove well to hold 2nd behind Grove who was pulling a gap at the front. Poynten was hounding Amato but couldn’t find away past, this was until Shopland , who had been running close behind Cameron, spotted a gap on the inside at turn 1 placing his kart in front of Poynten and Amato, he did however carry a little too much speed and drifted wide on the exit, holding back Amato as he did so, Poynten saw her chance and grabbed the 2nd place from both of the delayed boys, it was an excellent opportunist move that impressed everyone watching. Shopland did have a brief go at taking the place back but half spun at the first infield hairpin, giving third place back to the patient Amato.

Grove also took the fastest lap with the win, Poynten a delighted and rewarding 2nd, from Amato and Shopland close together at the flag.

Cameron Poynten recovered from a nasty crash to finish 2nd in the JX30 final
Cameron Poynten recovered from a nasty crash to finish 2nd in the JX30 final

The five kart Mini Max final was a little more of a settled affair, although the last lap was otherwise dramatic. Thomas Rotherham (LICA) had led for the full 12 laps with Thomas Lawson (GMS) patiently shadowing him. Going into the last section of the infield around the mound, Rotherham went defensive, so Lawson chose a different deeper line which gave him a boost on the exit of the long right hander. Using the kerbs on the inside his extra pace propelled him in front of a stunned Rotherham. It was a very exciting ending to the race one that I am sure young Thomas Rotherham will learn from. Benjamin Boras took 3rd from Brandon Dyer in 4th, Ben Cowley hit problems at the end and was classified 5th.

Thomas's Rotherham and Lawson (34) were never far apart
Thomas’s Rotherham and Lawson (34) were never far apart

Spencer Younger was in fine form in the Senior Rotax class, taking a comfortable win in the Grand Final. Darren Bartlett had a great race to secure 2nd, his position was under threat for a most of the race with the battle behind him raging throughout. Rory Pye (G-Tech) came very close to pipping Bartlett at the finish line, both drivers making themselves as small as possible behind their steering wheels ! Nick Packham was 4th from Jamie Shilling who had climbed up through the field in 5th, taking fastest lap along the way. Jack Wall found himself bumped down to 6th from a 4th grid slot. Paul Williams survived and early race turn 1 spin to secure the 177 class.

Younger takes the Senior Rotax win
Younger takes the Senior Rotax win

Troy Beswick and Riley Stephenson made the 19 kart Junior Subaru final their own personal race, by pulling away from the rest early on. There was nothing between the two and after leading for spell, Stephenson decided to play cool and take a healthy bag of points by finishing 2nd. Beswick had driven his GMS kart cooly and appeared to have an answer to any of Riley’s moves.

Beswick leads the Junior Subaru final away
Beswick leads the Junior Subaru final away

Zac Spence and James Tomsett mirrored the two leaders by breaking away from their pursuers, finishing 3rd and 4th. Charlie Nash took 5th on the last lap, bumping James Black down to 9th, the latter frustrated at losing a top 6 finish so close to the end. Ross Connolly finished 6th and Riley Stephenson took the fastest lap in his chase of Beswick.

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With the clashing Super One event elsewhere, entries were still very good in the Honda Cadet class and they gave us a wonderful race. After the pre finals four drivers headed into the Grand Final as favourites. Zach Ripley (DRS), Theo Micouris (Virtus), Callum Gunning (DNL) and Max Herbert now with Project One, fought out a beautifully clean race for the 13 lap duration. Herbert’s initial pace from pole faded as the race progressed leaving Ripley to head the field from Micouris. Gunning further demoted Herbert and set off in chase of the leading two but with a gap having appeared couldn’t quite coax his blue and yellow DNL kart onto their bumpers. Micouris (fastest lap) looked as though he was building an attack for the last lap and sure enough it came, although it was a little too late on the run up to the flag, pulling up alongside the ‘Dab style’ celebrating Chatham driver Ripley, the gap being a mere 0.06 at the line ! Gunning was less than a second behind the leading two in 3rd with Herbert 4th, only just over a second further back. Ruben Stanislaus couldn’t quite get on terms with the top quartet in 5th. Louis Horsley took 6th from a very close race long scrap which included Jack Steadman and class debutants – DNL driver duo of Joshua Hoy and Corbin Newbury.

The very close Honda Cadet finish
The very close Honda Cadet finish

The last race of the day was for the Junior Max class. KPi’s Oliver Appleby was one of the pre event favourites, this was until his kart was slow off the line in pre final 1 and then stalled in pre final 2, leaving him almost a lap behind at the finish. Sean Berry (GMS) improved as the day went on and made the most of Appleby’s delayed low grid slot, by taking an emphatic win in the Grand Final. Appleby’s Kpi kart had made it to within 1.3 seconds of the victorious Berry at the finish and took the fastest lap too. Luke Freestone finished a competitive 3rd after showing great form all day, Joshua Young was an improving 4th, from Henry Ayres in 5th and Zak Parfett in 6th.

Sean Berry won the Junior final
Sean Berry won the Junior final

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