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Clay Pigeon Kart Club Round 2 Report

Round 2- 12th March 2017

An exhilarating day with brilliant races greeted spectators for round 2 of the 2017 Championship season, as a large amount of entries made for an entertaining day in the South West.

The day started off cold and with a wet circuit, but this wasn’t to deter the first heat of the day, the Honda Cadets, who were capped at 42 entrants. A very tight finish between the racers in the final stages meant Vaughan was able to take a good win from Tolley, with Mclean 3rd but had been forced across the grass on the final straight. The IAME were up next, and it was Crockett who took a good win despite being attacked by Roberts who was quicker, but could not get past. A ferocious battle followed in the Senior Max between Haworth Turner, but Haworth took the lead and was able to take another impressive victory. Minimax followed in which Sebastian Marlow took the win, and in the Senior Blue Ian Branfield raced well to get into the lead and take the win from Duncan Mcleod. For a few laps in the Junior Max first heat there was a 5 way battle for the lead, but Hepworth was the eventual winner as Pearce unfortunately went off. Following this was the second of 4 heats for the Hondas, and it was Sonny Smith who won from Ollie Tyler, but congratulations to 4th placed Aston Millar, who gained 22 positions over the course of the race, a very impressive feat. The FP4 World Formula took a while to sort out their positions, but Waddell took a well deserved win; Joe Walmsley won the ensuing 177 race. In the last of the first heats, the FP4 Prokart race was won by Matt Wileman.

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The Senior Blues returned to Clay this month

There were of course many classes at Clay today, and all drivers were rearing to go for their finals later on in the day, but there were still some very watchable heats in between the first round and the Finals in the afternoon. The IAME Heat 2, for example, saw a sudden race flourish in the last half of the last lap, as Dudfield was beaten to the line by Crockett by just 0.02 of a second. Despite the 4th heat of Hondas being very tense but overall fairly stubborn, the 3rd was possibly the race of the day, with an explosive finish as Bearman went off on the last lap, Lomliev was in the lead but in the final seconds bounced across the grass, and the top 4 finished with 3 tenths of a second, the eventual winner being Archie Brown.  The Minimax 3rd heat had an exciting finale too, with Marlow having to defend well to hold on to his 3rd win of the day. The ever large Senior Max class provided entertainment throughout their races, but all drivers were making sure they were best prepared for their Finals, beginning with the Honda Cadet B Final.

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Lucas Ellingham won the Honda Cadet Final

The Finals began in great fashion with an exciting finale, as Henderson came from 7th to 4th on the last lap with the top 4 going through to the A Final later on, with Greenall, Attreed and Lambert also progressing. The IAME Cadet Final saw Dudfield win with a relatively comfortable margin, ahead of Crockett. The 21 drivers in Senior Max were always going to supply a feisty affair, and so it was proved as Haworth overtook pole-sitter Martin to win superbly in a very fast and tense battle, Moorcroft completing the top 3. Sebastian Marlow had no troubles taking his 4th win of the day to take a maximum points haul in the Minimax, and following this the 0 plated kart of  Branfield in the Senior Blue took the win ahead of a close battle with Ford and Mcleod. Pryer was able to see off the rest of the filed on pace alone in the Junior Max, and following this Wright was almost able to hold onto the win in the final, but could not quite manage it as he was beaten by Waddell once again. Race number 36 of the day was the Honda A Final, and with 28 drivers, had the most on track of the entire day. Lucas Ellingham took the win in this race in a fantastic battle for the lead on the last lap. In the penultimate race of the day Cox won comfortably in the 177’s, and as the day drew to a close Matt Wileman won in the FP4 Prokart. It was a truly extraordinary day at Clay Pigeon with so many entrants and so many good races, the next round is certain to be a thriller too.

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Round 3 of the 2017 Championship season will be on the 9th April.

The next championship round at Clay this season takes place on the 12th March.

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club Round 1 Report

12/02/2017 – Round 1

An enthralling days racing at Clay Pigeon got 2017 off to a great start, with the first round of the season containing some truly brilliant races.

The day began with the Honda Cadets, as 25 karts took to the circuit for the first race of the day. It was a truly entertaining one too, with some great racing in the top 5, Walker losing the lead in the latter stages of the race but able to take the win on the penultimate corner on the last lap, Irfan and Millar taking 2nd and 3rd. Rose took an early lead in the Senior Max class, and was able to pull away well from the field to win their first race of 2017, but a brilliant race for 2nd saw Thomas Martin beat Gabriel Abbott by just 0.3 of a second. The Minimax were next, and an initial 3 way battle turned into a 5 way battle for the lead, but eventually Elsewood was able to win the race. Watts dominated the IAME’s first heat, but Crockett and Shurey supplied a good battle in behind. Pryer won in the Junior Max class, and Alex Tyler was the victor in the first Senior TKM race of the day. In the 177’s Bushell escaped the rest of the field to win the race by over 8 seconds, Steve Nash taking 2nd place.

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The Hondas got us underway for the second round of heats, and there was a great race between 2nd and 4th, after James Walker had escaped with the lead. Gibbons eventually took 2nd with Mclean and Clifford close in behind. There was a good race which followed too, the Senior Max saw Holden spin out in the latter stages to give Haynes 2nd, after Haworth did excellently to win the race by over 3 seconds. The Minimax race which followed was a close affair, Adams just winning from Marlow. Pryer dominated the Junior Max heat, and as usual the Senior TKM supplied a very close race, this time Darton winning from Tyler however. Bushell was able to catch Bazley, who could not hold on to the lead, to take 2 wins from 2.

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The Honda 3rd heat was expectedly exciting too, with a fantastic, constantly changing battle for the lead, Mclean eventually winning from Ellingham and Brown, the difference between the 3 just 0.17 seconds. Holden won in the ever-competitive Senior Max class, and Adams was the first driver of the day to take 3 wins as he won a close race in the Minimax class. Luke Watts, who was racing in both IAME Cadets and Hondas today, won the IAME third heat, the real talking point being his margin of victory over Shurey, which was a staggering 24.62 seconds. The Honda Cadets’ 4th heat started off as a 7-way battle, but was eventually whittled down to a squabble between the top 3 for the win, Irfan only just beating Lomliev to the finish line in a great race for the many spectators at Clay this month. Ethan Haynes held on for his first win of the day in the Max’s 4th heat well, with Haworth attacking constantly in the latter stages.

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The Honda Cadet B Final was the first race after the lunch break, and this race was structured so the top 4 qualify for the A Final in race 25. It quickly became apparent that Ethan Leader and George Walker were going to qualify as the top 2, and Jed Murphy was able to claim 3rd, but it was heartbreak for Maynard as Ross took 4th right at the death. Marlow was out in the early stages in the Minimax, as Adams won the race well. The IAME Final followed, once again Luke Watts winning by a massive margin, but it was delight for Lucas Field, the Novice who was visually delighted with 2nd place. Pryer won his 4th consecutive race to take a clean sweep In the Junior Max, and Alex Tyler took his 3rd win of the day in winning the Senior TKM Final. Bushell won well in the 177’s, and Notey, despite being caught, was able to hold onto 2nd. The Cadets A Final followed, an predictably it was an amazing race, particularly from 2nd to 5th, but Ellingham was able to win from Millar, Mclean in 3rd to conclude a brilliant 6th race in this class of the day. The last race of the day was the Senior Max, in which Haworth took a well-deserved win on his return to racing ahead of a close battle for 2nd, which Rose took over Edwards and Martin to conclude the day.

The next championship round at Clay this season takes place on the 12th March.

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club Round 9 Report

Round 9 – 13th November 2016

The track dried out under the chilly November air to provide the spectators for the final round of the year at Clay Pigeon with some excellent racing as the finalised championship tables were settled.

The 26 Cadet drivers out on track for race 1 was always going to be interesting with such a large grid and the first race was just that, with a good race between Gibbons and Vaughan ending with Gibbons taking the first win of the day concluding a great battle between the top 3, with Owen Tolley taking the other spot inside the top 3. The next Heat was an interesting one as 3 different classes were thrown into one race, with Minimax, Junior TKM and Junior Blue in the mixed grid competing against a handful of drivers each. Adams won the race in the Minimax, with Orton winning in the TKM and Drew Calvert in the Blues also the victor. Daniel Martin edged closer towards the championship win with victory in the 177s, and Duncan Mcleod won the Senior Blues race comfortably, with over an 8 second win over the number 30 Sam Dible. The Senior Max also once again had a sizeable grid, with 20 drivers, and it was Ben Hamlet in Heat 1 who once again witnessed a fairly comprehensive win. Tommy Foster won the final first Heat of the year in the Junior Max.

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A close battle in the Junior Max

The second round of Heats began with the Cadets and there was an excellent finale to this race which seems to have been a theme of late for the youngsters, with Archie Brown benefitting from contact between Smith and Bloch. Across the line there were 3 karts abreast; it really was a thrilling conclusion to a brilliant race. Davis was able to storm away in the Minimax class as an initially tight race opened up towards the closing stages, and the number 1 Anthony Cleal was able to beat Wheeler to the line by less than a tenth in the Blues. In the Max’s, it was this year’s champion Thomas Martin who was able to win ahead of a tense battle for 3rd. Tommy Foster took 2/2 wins in the Junior Max as he was able to overtake Humphries on the last corner.

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A tight battle between the youngsters in the Cadets

The 3rd round of heats began as the top 6 were divided into 3 pairs in the Cadets, with Archie Brown able to take 2/3 wins- an impressive feat by the young no.7, who just beat Sebastian Bloch to the chequered flag. Drew Calvert was able to overtake all of the Minimax’s in his Junior Blue kart to win on the circuit in the 2nd race, Adams once again winning in the Minimax. In the 177’s Tedder had the pace and was catching Davis well, but was just unable to do so. Martin Wheeler was finally able to take a win in the Senior Blues, and convincingly too, with Anthony Cleal having to make considerable progress through the field. In the Senior Max, Edwards won comfortably, and in the Junior Max, Oakley Pryer was able to defend well to interrupt Tommy Foster’s winning streak.

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The Senior Max once again had a strong turnout

The Finals began with the Junior Blues storming through the field of Minimax to finish in 1st and 2nd, Drew Calvert the victor, and a very unlucky Tom Adams had to retire on lap 1 to enable a Rourke victory in the Minimax. The 177’s were next on track and a collision between Mark Tedder and Julian Howell early on harmed Howell’s chances of a win over rival Daniel Martin, who went on to win yet again ahead of Colin Davis, also giving Martin the Championship. Behind them was the Senior TKM driver Derek Hunt, whose appearance and wins today granted the Championship win to the 51-year-old on his 21st season at Clay. The Cadets were next on track and gave a predictably close race, with the top 2, Brown and Smith, just 0.06 seconds apart over the line. Sebastian Bloch was 3rd ahead of C plate and this years Honda Cadet champion Ollie Tyler. In the Senior Blues it was Anthony Cleal who took the win ahead of Duncan Mcleod and Luke Lattimer. The Senior Max’s saw a good battle for 2nd which Cole Edwards beat Thomas Martin to, Kieran Shanks winning easily. The final race of the meeting and indeed the season saw Tommy Foster return to winning ways with victory over Oakley Pryer.

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club Round 8 Report

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Round 8- 9th October 2016

The big Cancer Research event of the year was a brilliant day for competitors and spectators alike, as big grids and intense racing helped Clay Pigeon raise a huge amount of money for a great charity. The grids were big across the majority of the classes competing at Clay on a beautifully sunny day, and in with the Honda Cadets this was no different, the first heat of the day being an excellent one. The top 4 battled it out to the very end as Archie Brown won the first race just 0.07 of a second ahead oh Harry Garman and Sean Cuss. In race 2, the Junior Max saw Pryer closing in on Foster but the latter won comfortably, and in the IAME race which followed Joshua Rowledge won by a relatively large margin of over 2.3 seconds. Colin Davis won a good battle between himself and Julian Howell to win race 1 in the 177’s, and in the Minimax Adams was able to pass Newman-Oakley after having closed him down. There was a massive 20 competitors in the Senior Max class, and they supplied decent entertainment early on as Cole Edwards was able to win having overtaken Kieran Shanks. In the Junior TKM class, Lucas Sullivan won easily, as there was a decent squabble for 2nd. It was an easy win for Martin Wheeler in the return of Senior Blue to Clay this season, and the Senior TKM Heat 1 there were many changes in position in a very closely fought race, Lewis Round eventually taking a tense win.

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Davis vs Martin in the Senior 177s

The second round of heats began with the Honda Cadets, and Harry Garman took his first win of the day in a race in which himself and Smith overtook Eades having caught the race leader. The Junior Max race had an exciting finale, with Foster overtaken but he regained his position and defended heavily on the last lap to hold on to the win. Martin was simply beaten for pace in the 177’s (something not done too often) with Colin Davis able to take yet another win, and in the Senior Max it was a great contest between the top 3 drivers. In the Senior Blue there were several collisions and incidents throughout the race, but Martin Wheeler was able to take 2 wins out of 2 in the outcome. The Senior TKM race once again showed why it was such an entertaining battle, with all of the drivers so close together on pace, however it was Peter Newman who came out on top on this occasion.

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some competitors in the charity bike race helping raise money for Cancer Research

The round of 3rd heats began and it was a truly phenominal race as Archie Brown led the battling top 3 towards the finish line on the last lap but Sonny Smith made it past Brown and Eades to take the win at the last possible second, beating Archie Brown by 4 hundredths of a second. The battle was very close too between the top 4 drivers in Junior Max, Foster getting past Haynes in the end but unable to take the hattrick of victories. Daniel Martin was able to win as he, Howell and Davis all started in lowly grid positions for the final heat in the 177’s, and Rowledge won all 3 of the heats in IAME Cadet. On the last lap of the race in Minimax Watts overtook Newman-Oakley to win the race, and in the Senior Max Oliver Holden won relatively comfortably as Edwards from 2nd was forced to retire. Anthony Cleal interrupted the winning streak of Martin Wheeler to take a win in the Senior Blue, and the Senior TKM once again provided a tense race and yet another different winner, as Sam Fowler won the race. The Honda Cadets even had a 4th heat this month due to their huge grid, and the race was worth a watch too as once again a very close finale this time saw a win for Garman over Smith.

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close racing in the Minimax

The Finals began with the Junior Max, and Pryer was battling eventual race winner Foster until the very end but Tommy Foster was able to hold on to win. The IAME Cadet Final witnessed Joshua Rowledge able to win all 4 races of the day, a very successful day for the driver. The

Honda Cadet Final unsuprisingly had many spectators, and they were rewarded with a once again extremely close and well-fought race. On the last lap of the race heading towards the chequered flag, Eades and Brown collided meaning Harry Garman was able to win only just ahead the C plated Ollie Tyler. Colin Davis had a poor start in the 177 Final and was leapfrogged by bot Daniel Martin and Julian Howell, but he was able to get back into the lead and win an impressive 3⁄4 of the races of the day. Tom Adams won in the Minimax Final and in the Senior Max Cole Edwards was catching Kieran Shanks early on in the race, but couldn’t quite keep up the pace and Shanks won well. In the Junior TKM Final Lucas Sullivan took the win, ahead of a Senior BlueFinal which consisted of a battle between Wheeler and Cleal, but the former was able to hold onto the win. The final race of the day was the ever exciting Senior TKM, and the 3 winners of the 3 heats finished as the top 3- despite Sam Fowler’s blistering pace he had to settle for 3rd behind Lewis Round and winner Peter Newman.

Round 9 and the final championship round of the season at Clay is on the 13th November.

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club Round 7 Report

11th September 2016

A sunny September day provided lengthy circuit times for all drivers in an action packed day at Clay Pigeon.

The glorious sunshine was met with a brilliant race to start off the day as there were many very close battles early on in the Honda Cadets race, and Ollie Tyler, who started 9th, began his day’s campaign with an impressive win over Whittington-Couch, who climbed 10 positions. In race 2 it became clear early on today would be about 2 drivers at the front, with Alex Keens and Leo Purches disappearing from the rest of the field, Keens winning it. In the Minimax class Tom Adams kept stretching out his lead to beat Watts to the finish line, and Bradley Sheppard took the win in the Junior Max with Wilson-Brown not quite able to overtake him. In the 177’s Martin was able to take the win, but not without Dene Mann giving him a very close contest. The first Senior TKM race ended shrouded in controversy, as Davies and Barton collided on the final lap leaving Barton with a DNF and the former with the race win. The Senior Max was the biggest grid of the day, and it lived up to the hype too. Cole Edwards established himself as an early potential winner as he progressed rapidly through the field, but was unable to beat Harriett Stiles to the finish line.

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Cucurullo-Yeomans leading a group of Honda Cadets

The 2nd round of Heats began and the Hondas provided a great race for 2nd, with 2nd -11th place all so close together, however it was Ollie Tyler who won his 2nd race of the day and Sean Cuss taking the difficult 2nd spot. Keens won again in the IAME Cadet, and Adams won significantly more comfortably in the Minimax than he did in Heat 1. The Junior Max saw an exciting last lap, with Fry overtaking Goodburn for 3rd, but no one was able to stop Sheppard winning the race by over 10 seconds to Ethan Ling. The 177’s saw a great race between the top 3, with James defending lap after lap, but ultimately couldn’t hold on and Daniel Martin took the chequered flag. In the Senior Max, Edwards was able to go ahead and win from pole, ahead of a ferocious battle for 3rd.

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Jon Sweeper ahead of Vincent and Holden

The 3rd Heats were underway shortly after this race, and once again it was the Hondas who got them underway, with some brilliant racing in the final third of the race, but once again Tyler went on to win the Heat, taking him to a hat-trick of victories in the day, something which is uncommon within the Honda Cadet class. Bradley Sheppard went on to win again in the Junior Max, and in the 177’s there was a good battle for 4th, with Willson fending off Wood until the end. Barton overtook Davies on the last lap of a tense Senior TKM final Heat, and once again entertainment was supplied within the Senior Max as all of the drivers were squabbling for any position, a very close affair which Oliver Holden won to become the 3rd different winner in as many races.

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Cole Edwards in #11 won the Senior Max Final

The Finals began with a superb race from the Honda Cadets- notably the fight for 2nd, within which Vaughan (with whom luck had not been on the side of throughout the day) and Adams spun and Ethan Leader was able to take the position, Cucurullo- Yeomans driving excellently to finish 3rd on the podium but Ollie Tyler won the race empathically, but over 9.6 seconds and taking all 4 victories of the day. The IAME Cadet saw Keens win once again, following in Tyler’s footsteps, and this apparently 4 victories for 1 driver in each class was the course of the day, Adams winning his 4th by a massive 18.4 seconds. In the Junior Max Class, however, this string of consecutive winners was interrupted by Harry Wilson-Brown taking an unexpected victory when Bradley Sheppard lost power and had to settle for 6th. In the 177’s, Daniel Martin from pole was being caught by Dene Mann midway through the race, but eventually extended his lead to take his 4th win, and there was drama in the Senior TKM as they provided yet another close race, Davies sneaking the win, and the final race was ready to begin. The Senior Max supplied once again a brilliant race, with some amazing last few laps as there were 6 fighting frantically for the lead, which eventually settled down into a tense affair between Cole Edwards and Oliver Holden, the former taking a hard earned win.

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Tim Janes in the 177 Masters

Round 8 at Clay is on the 9th October, and it’s the biggest of the year, the Cancer Research Charity meeting

Written by Sam Hunt

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club Round 6 Report

14th Aug 2016

The gorgeous weather inspired some close racing as drivers relished the opportunity to race in the warmth of the August sun.

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Some spectators watching some brilliant racing at Clay

The day began with the Cadets, and there was a tangle between some of the drivers in the first race of the day as Charlie Vaughan collided with eventual race winner Theo Micouris and also Sonny Smith, meaning Vaughan finished 11th. The Minimax class was won by the E plated Oakley Pryer, who competed closely with Tom Adams, who finished 2nd and 0.13 seconds behind the winner. In the Senior Max 1st Heat, Thomas Martin was winning well until an unfortunate technical flag led to his retirement from the race, Oliver Holden therefore taking the win, despite starting in 7th.

This month also saw the annual visit of the RAF Premier class, and they supplied not only a big field but some pretty close racing. Simon Hilton led in the early staged but was unable to hold on as Matthew Hildred took his first win of the day. Daniel Martin was involved in an early incident which ultimately led to his 4th place finish in the 177 class, Julian Howell winning deservedly, and in the Senior TKM there were some good early battles but no troubles for Luke Barton, as he easily won his first of the day. In the Junior Max class, nobody could rival Angus Fry as he won with a large gap to spare.

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The RAF Premier made a welcome return to Clay

The Honda’s got us underway with the second round of Heats and once again Theo Micouris took the victory, driving a truly superb race in the process, Ollie Tyler finishing just 0.12 seconds behind. Once again, the battle in the Minimax was between Pryer and Adams, and Pryer once again came out on top, the pair separated by 0.2 seconds over the line. The battle between the top 5 in the Senior Max had some good racing too, albeit Oliver Holden escaping.

There was more great racing on display in the RAF Premier as well, the top few drivers having a good fight for the lead with many battles going on through the field, Callum Drew winning it. In the Senior TKM Will Davies was just unable to hang on to the win in a good race, and in the Junior Max Fry was in a winning position but unfortunately span at the Esses, effectively granting Bradley Sheppard the win.

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Pryer and Adams fought fiercely throughout the day

The Honda and IAME Heat 3 was the highlight of the day so far. There was a 3 way battle for the lead consisting of Vaughan, Ross and Micouris, until Vaughan had to bounce across the grass to avoid an incident, and overall a well-earned win for Ollie Tyler. In the Minimax class Pryer, who had a collision on the first lap, managed to come 2nd to Tom Adams. A very entertaining RAF race saw a chopping and changing race throughout the entirety of the Heat between the top 6, Callum Drew eventually taking his 2nd win of the day. An easy looking win for Bradley Sheppard concluded the heats of the day.

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As always it was close in the Senior TKM

The Cadet Final got underway after the lunch break, and was met with two separate red flag incidents, the 2nd of which actually ended the race, granting a win to the Cadet driver of the day for sure, Theo Micouris. In the Minimax Final Adams was right behind Pryer in the latter stages but was just unable to get past, finishing behind Pryer by just 0.06 of a second. The Senior Max Final was a good watch with Ryan Hodge and Thomas Martin; the former being a novice and holding off Martin for a good number of laps but just unable to keep in front, and Hodge finished 3rd behind Martin and race winner Holden.

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The Senior Max line up on the grid

Oliver Waind took the win in the RAF Final, Matthew Hildred in 2nd, with a massive 23 laps completed in that race. Julian Howell retired just 2 laps from the end in the 177 Final, meaning Daniel Martin was granted an even larger margin of victory than he would have otherwise, and then came out the Senior TKM. Despite a relatively small grid, this was a stunning race, all drivers on exactly the same pace with a lot of changing in positions, and eventually Jonathon Fox took the win over championship leader Derek Hunt. The Junior Max Final concluded the day, Bradley Sheppard taking a deserved victory ahead of Angus Fry.

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Ollie Tyler in his C plated Kart leading the Cadets

Round 6 at Clay is on the 11th September and it’s sure to be a good one!

Written by Sam Hunt

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club Round 5 Report

10th July 2016

The day started off foggy and damp but eventually the sun came out to shine on some brilliant racing once again by the competitors at Clay in the July meeting.

Ollie Tyler holding off Charli Knight
Ollie Tyler holding off Charli Knight

The day began with a decent grid of the Honda Cadets, and in a supremely competitive class it was really difficult to single out the favourite to win. However, in the end it was Ethan Leader who was able to escape the pack and take a win over Thomas Cucurullo-Yeomans and a very entertaining battle for 2nd by 1.7 seconds. The Minimax were next on track, and with Tom Adams a definite race leader, the battle was on for 2nd, which Uphill, despite being overtaken on the final lap, regained and took. The Senior TKM was next, and the small grid may have looked uninteresting but there was an enthralling 3 way battle for the lead, in which Derek Hunt came out on top, ahead of Max Tadd. Thomas Brann had an over 20 second victory in the IAME first heat, and Daniel Martin won the 177’s with a closely fought contest with Mark Tedder. A brilliant battle at both the front and rear ends of the grid met the spectators in the Senior Max heat 1, with Perrett the eventual victor, and Angus Fry had little trouble to win in the Junior Max class.

Close racing Cadets in the wet conditions
Close racing Cadets in the wet conditions

The second Honda heat was a brilliant race to behold, with an early collision involving Ethan and Edward Leader and Whittington-Couch, in which the latter had to retire. However, the two others went on to try and recover their races, and an especially brilliant recovery from Ethan Leader provided him with a 4th place which was seemingly impossible after the collision at Billy’s Blind. Ollie Tyler won the race though, side by side across the line with Charlie Knight. The battle between the top 3 was a good one in the Minimax class, which Watts was able to win. Derek Hunt won in the Senior TKM, and Alex Kite won a very entertaining race in the Senior Max, where towards the end of the race the majority of the field was closing in on each other leading to a brilliantly tense conclusion.

Tadd and Hunt disputing the lead in TKM Extreme
Tadd and Hunt disputing the lead in TKM Extreme

In the final round of heats, there was a very close affair between the top 3 in the Honda Cadets, the 3 separated by just 0.6 of a second over the line, and Charlie Knight took a deserved victory at last. Tom Adams won the Minimax 3rd heat to take 2/3 victories throughout the day so far, and Brann won well in the IAME Cadets. Daniel Martin won to complete his hat-trick of victories in the 177’s, however was pushed to the very end by Julian Howell. Perrett won well in the Senior Max as the top 4 were split into 2 battling pairs, and in the final heat, Minimax, Bradley Sheppard won comfortably.

Gilbert leading a healthy Senior Max class to start a race
Gilbert leading a healthy Senior Max class to start a race

Spectators at Clay were greeted with another spectacle from the Hondas, as drama on the last lap led to Charlie Knight overtaking Ollie Tyler on the last lap to take a very impressive victory in Round 5. Credit has to go also to 3rd placed Edward Leader, who started 8th and drove brilliantly. Tom Adams stormed to victory in the Minimax class as Uphill and Watts collided just 3 laps from the end, which was followed by a Senior TKM battle which proved to be very much a battle for second place- Hunt, Davies and Nitch-Smith fighting for it, which eventually Hunt was able to take after a comfortable victory for Tadd.

Steve Nash entertaining as always in the 177 Masters
Steve Nash entertaining as always in the 177 Masters

Brann dominated in the IAME Cadet final, his victory over 2nd placed Cameron Crockett a mighty 17 seconds. Julian Howell got the last laugh in the 177’s- beating Tedder and Martin over the line by just 0.8 seconds, and the penultimate race of the day saw Thomas Martin take the win over Perrett for the first time in the day. The day concluded with the Junior Max final and a comfortable victory for Angus Fry.

Sean Cuss leading into Buttons Bend
Sean Cuss leading into Buttons Bend

Round 6 at Clay is on the 14th August, and it’s bound to be a cracker, so don’t miss it!

Written by Sam Hunt

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