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Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2017 – Round 1 Report

Sunday 19 February 2017

Report by Carol McLean & Photography by TLP-Photography

The LKRC & FESS 2016 awards evening was presented by Karting Magazine’s very own Chris McCarthy to an extremely busy room of 180 attendees. Fulbeck’s Competition Secretary Julie Thornsby received Karting Magazine’s 2016 Nomination Award for Circuit of the Year. The club would like to thank all volunteers, marshals and staff for their continued support. The Fulbeck directors would like to convey their thanks and appreciation to sponsors customized for supplying the excellent trophies, Strawberry Racing for donating 3 x £50 raffle vouchers per meeting throughout the year for participating drivers, KartPartsUK, JM Racing, AFRacing Engineering, British Mini Bikes for supplying the flooring to the club house and all competitors, mechanics, parents, guardians for your continued support of this great institution “THE HOME OF REAL RACING”.

New to this season Bambino & Mini X30 classes have joined FESS 2017 IKR Championship, Junior TKM more than doubling their 2016 average monthly entries and with the surge in Honda Cadets from the Rookie Racing Training Academy (RRTA) based at LKRC, this race series continues to support affordable Independent Kart Racing. Starting as it means to continue FESS 2017 kicked off Round 1 of 9 (8 of the highest scoring rounds to count) with 14 classes, 36 heats including the finals and 103 entrants and lots of new sparkle and passion from the drivers keen to get back out on track. Clark of the Course Dan Ashton called a dry meeting and pulled no punches; running a tight ship from the off. If your name was 1 of the 4 called out at driving briefing and you were not in attendance you were not allowed out in the first heat. Thankfully all four were present. Phew!!

James Lowther Junior Max
James Lowther Junior Max

Bambinos

Heat 1 Race 1

As the first drivers of the day took their starting positions, Lewis Wherrell (98) and Jack Sant (86) took the front row to commence FESS IKR 2017. By the first lap the starting grid changed with Sant (86) loosing his P2 start to Jack Robinson (33) and Mason Bishop (85) sneaking up two positions from the back of the grid. Lap 3 and it’s all change again as Skye Parker (48) came from third row of the grid, dropped to back in the initial lap and then manoeuvred her way through to P3. By lap 4 the divisions were established and it was Wherrell (98) who took a lights to flag victory and an astonishing 49.24 seconds fastest time on lap 4. Sant (86) regained his P2 start position and crossed the line to take P2 followed 5.38 seconds by Parker (48) to take P3.

Heat 2 Race 10

Jack Fowler (99) on P1 snuggled in next to him is Robinson (33) with P3 winner from the first heat Parker (48) taking the third rung. Before the end of lap 2 Wherrell (98) makes his way through the pack from P5 to P2 with Sant (86) following his trail from P6 to P4, clipping kerbs tearing past Parker (48). Lap 3 sees the pack settle in to place but not before Robinson (33) falls to back of grid and George Davidson (2) takes the gap that Wherrell (98) leaves. Fowler (99) remains the leader but Wherrell (98) continues to heap on the pressure getting closer with each turn. Lap 4 Wherrell (98) takes the lead and Fowler (99) is a 1.140 seconds off his pace. Lap 5 and Sant (86) manages another pass on Parker (48) but Wherrell (98) just keeps his head down and takes the win with a race time of 6:34.770 minutes. Fowler (99) followed 3.34 seconds off P1 with Sant (86) holding off Parker (48) to claiming P3 3.35 seconds from Fowler (99). Best Lap Time went to Sant (86) with 1:03.870 minutes on his 4th lap.

Skye Parker - Bambino
Skye Parker – Bambino

Heat 3 Race 19

Now on the front row Parker (48) sits in P1, Jacob Ashcroft (22) who was missing from the first heat, is next on P2, with Sant (86) finishing the trio. With this class entertaining us from the off, Ashcroft (22) falls to P8, Wherrell (98) leaves P7 and moves up three places, meanwhile Davidson (2) and Mason Bishop (85) also gain two positions and that’s only the first lap. The following lap Sant (86) drops from 3rd to P8 moving the pack up once place with the exception of the front runners Bishop (85) and Parker (48) who is leading the way by 1.650 seconds. Lap 3 Bishop (85) loses the two places and Wherrell (98) is there again to take the spot with Fowler (99) tagging on behind. Parker (48) is holding on to the lead with all her might but the gap is that little bit shorter with each passing sector. Lap 5 Wherrell (98) is only 0.210 seconds from leader Parker (48). The final lap and Wherrell (98) takes the chequered by 1.21 seconds ahead of Parker (48) who’s race completion time was 6:35.970 minutes. Holding on to P3 from lap 3 Fowler (99) crossed the line 15.92 seconds in third place. Best Lap Time went P1 Wherrell (98) on lap 4 with a time of 1:03.690.

FINAL Race 28

With grid positions decided for the first final of the year, Lewis Wherrell (98) having displayed superb tenacity took pole.. Next came Skye Parker (48) who made us hold our breaths in the last heat. Third spot went to Jack Sant (86). This final held more excellent racing with Wherrell (98) on lap 1 slipping away from the main pack 0.600 seconds ahead of Parker (48) and Fowler (99) was chomping at the heels of Sant (86). Lap 2 and leader Wherrell (98) extends his leads to 1.38 seconds from Parker (48) whilst Bishop (85) start to moves his way up the grid. By lap 4 Wherrell (98) is over 5 seconds ahead, Bishop (85) is now only 0.20 of a second off fourth place Fowler (99) and Sant (86) gains ground that Parker (48) loses. Lap 5 sees the final changes to the running order for this class as Bishop (85) goes ahead of Fowler (99) and Sant (86) makes his way past Parker (48) but she’s chasing him down. Making 4 wins out of 4 Lewis Wherrell (98) romped home the victor taking P1 with a race completion time of 7:33.140 minutes. Jack Sant (86) held on to take P2 0.510 seconds ahead of P3 winner Skye Parker (48) who completed the race in 7:42.400 minutes. Best Lap Time went to Lewis Wherrell (98) with a 1:03.750 on lap 4.

A big congratulations to all the Bambino competitors and welcome to the 2017 Championship.

Lewis Wherrell - Bambino
Lewis Wherrell – Bambino

Honda Cadet

Heat 1 Race 2

13 drivers entered the first outing of this class for this season but only 12 karts came to the grid of which regular Rachel Swain joined the grid in her Tyro keeping the cadets on their toes. At the head of this heat held the welcome return of 2016 Championship P2 winner Benjamin Smalley (96) on P1. On P2 came 8yrs old Liam Hartley (19) from the awning of Nathan Chafer Racing (NCR) who joined FESS at the latter end of 2016. After progressing from winning the Bambino championship at WKC 2015 Liam then moved to cadets classes, and competed in 92 of a possible 120 heats earning himself 5th place in Libra Open in addition to scooping P3 in both IAME & Honda Cadet classes. Liam now seems to have found his niche in Hondas, although father Dayle Hartley admits that Liam preferred the IAME. To complete the trio P3 gives us the 2016 Championship 4th place winner Thomas Colton (99) supporting the vibrant Boost Racing livery. First lap completed and there was plenty of movement coming through the hairpin turn in the first sector. Smalley (96) drops to P2, whilst Colton (99) shoots into the P1 slot. More pack shuffling further down the line sees newcomer Ollie Goodyear (7) passing both Jack Stimson (71); who is also new to this class and Hartley (19); who had slipped into P3 on the previous lap, whist Back at the front of the grid Colton (99) holds onto his first place with Smalley (99) just over a second behind him. Lap 4 and both Goodyear (7) and Hartley (19) give way to the sole Tyro Swain (13). Colton (99) keeps Smalley (96) at bay all the way to the chequered flag for the heat win with a time of 6:22.062 minutes. Smalley (96) crosses the line for P2 2.307 seconds off first place. Goodyear (7) falls back one place as Hartley (19) pushes past by 0.732 seconds to take P3. Best Lap Time of the heat went to Colton (99) on lap 3 posting a time of 54.274 seconds.

DNS – Rodgers (35) Farrar (24)

Heat 2 Race 11

More newcomers to the championship as Joel Smith (54) tops the grid with Hansith Rao (3) on P2. Heat 1 winner Colton (99) lines up in P3. Smith (54) maintains his lead through to the third lap but in lap 1 Rao (3) fall back two places, Hartley (19) steams past Smalley (96) and Colton (99) to take second place from his P5 start. At the opposite end of the pack on P11, Ollie Goodyear (7) blitzes his way to sixth position, meanwhile new to karting Rookie student Logan Crew (37) descends from 9th to 12th. Lap 2 Hartley (19) maintains his P2 stance but 1.095 seconds behind Colton (99) holds him in his sights and succeeds in shutting the gap in the next circuit of the track. Smalley (96) staggers back a place Goodyear (7) overtakes both Smalley (96) and Rao (3) for P4 but it all comes crashing down with a rapid decent to P8 in lap 3. Four laps in and Rookie student Max Penney (32) moves into position and propels his way through the traffic to P5 from initially slipping down one place to 9th on lap 2, while at the front Colton (99) takes the lead from Smith (54), and Hartley (19) moves up to P3. Lap 5 Lewis Farrar (24) takes a dive down the grid four places to P10 allowing Lexie Belk (98), Jack Stimson (71), Rao (3) and Goodyear (7) to all move up one slot. Lap 6 brought forth some of the Smalley (96) magic to get around Hartley for P3. Last lap of the race and Thomas Colton (99) takes the chequered flag but is docked one place for overtaking on a yellow flag so P1 goes to Benjamin Smalley (96) with a race completion time of 6:36.645 minutes follow by P2 heat winner Thomas Colton (99) who also achieved the Best Lap Time of 54.129 seconds and Joel Smith (54) claimed P3.

Joel Smith - Honda Cadet
Joel Smith – Honda Cadet

Heat 3 Race 20

Decision maker for grid positions in the finals, Lexie Belk (98) lines up in P3, Logan Crew (37) on the second step with Thomas Colton (99) leading the way whilst it looks like Joel Smith (54) transponder isn’t working on P4. Clearing all 3 sectors of the first lap Colton (99) maintains his lead but hang on Smalley (96) seizes the opportunity for P3, when Crew (37); who doesn’t have the best start off the line drops to P11 whilst Rookie student Harrison Line (55) rockets from P10 into 4th place but loses the spot and nosedives to the back by the end of his second lap. NCR’s Hartley (19) sees the windowed opened by Smalley (96) passing through in lap 1 and joins the flow settling into P4 for the next three circuits of the track. Lap 5 and Colton (99) still holds onto the lead posting the Best Lap Time of the heat with 54.165 seconds. Coming into the second chicane (aka Milton’s) Smalley (96) bites a little too much kerb, bending his chain and putting him out of the race. This moves Hartley (19) into P3, meanwhile steadily making their way through the field, are Jack Stimson (71) in P4 and Max Penney (32) in P5 who started on the 6th row. The end of lap 6 and Colton (99) is not letting go even Smith (54) is chasing him down in P2 and is Hartley (19) 4.506 seconds off P1. The chequered flag is out and it’s Colton (99) who takes the heat win with a finish time of 6:21.2015 minutes. Joel Smith (54) crosses the line for P2 with Liam Hartley (19) putting in his best lap of the heat snapping up 3rd place 2.408 seconds off P1. DNS – Rodgers (35) Exclusions – Farrar (24) Underweight Stimson (71) Leaving Parc Ferme

FINAL Race 29

The racing so far today has been absolutely thrilling from this class but there’s issues ahead as only 8 out of the 13 kart make the grade. NCR’s Liam Hartley (19) won the front row gig with Thomas Colton (99) next on P2 and Benjamin Smalley (96) complete with new chain fitted on P3. The race gets underway and Hartley (19) spins out, falling down the grid like a stone eight places! Joel Smith (54) overtakes Max Penney (32) to lock into P3 whilst Smalley (96) and Colton (99) glide into P2 & P1 respectively. During the next trip round the circuit Ollie Goodyear (7) pulls ahead of Max Penney (32) and relocates himself in 4th place. By lap 3 Colton (99) is not giving up P1 and surges on with a 1.369 second lead in front of Smalley (96) and an adamant Hartley (19) pulls in a lap time of 56.616 secs. No change in order for lap 4 as Colton (99) keeps a firm grasp on P1 but watch out Smalley (96) is narrowing that margin now at 1.042 seconds. Lap 5 and it’s still Colton (99) heading towards victory, whilst Smalley (96) gains ever closer by 1.02 seconds. Final lap and Goodyear (7) slides down to P5 whilst Hartley (19) steams ahead but can’t quite close the 12 second lead Smith (54) has in P3. With 0.843 seconds between the leaders Colton (99) remains stalwart to claim his well earned prize, Benjamin Smalley (96) crosses the line in second place but only just as 0.212 seconds separates him from P3 winner Joel Smith (54).

DNS – Rogers (35), Line (55), & Crew (37)
Exclusions – Rao (3), Farrar (23), Belk (98) Wrong tyre numbers.

Thomas Colton - Honda Cadet
Thomas Colton – Honda Cadet

IAME Cadets

Heat 1 Race 3

6 of the 11 karts for this heat are first timers to the class and for half of them it’s their first competition at Fulbeck. Last years 2nd place championship winner and dripping in ‘RK’ is Charlie Rippin (65) is our first IAME in the line up. First newcomers are brothers Joey“blue” (11) as Evan“silver”Brown (23) takes P2; all but identical except for the different coloured helmets and race numbers. In the third step with novice plates of last season gone is Rookie Racing’s Alfie Gallagher (14), now under the guidance of mechanic / trainer Alan Hoyle of Global Karting, who nurtured Lucas Ellingham from his early days to Super One.

Lights change to green and we’re racing. Holding firm in P1 Rippin (65) pulls out and leaves the others but the 2016 P3 championship winner George Blessett (72) on his way round, bypasses Brown (23) and Gallagher (14) to take P2. Further along the line another Rookie student Keira Harris (20); who having practiced at the track last season decided to join the 2017 championship, leaves her P9 start to manoeuvre past both Devon Nolan (54) and brother of the pole sitter Joseph Rippin (26); Nolan (54) last seen at Fulbeck as Bambino, drops one place with Rippin (23). It’s a very busy initial lap but to add a little twist, from P8 comes Taylor Orridge (69); only the 2016 MSA Bambino Champion, who pays a visit to P4 but settles in to P3 for the next lap. Brown (23) slides back to P5 switching places with Gallagher (14). It’s now all about the times as the grid spreads out. Lap 3 and Rippin (65) posts the Best Lap Time of the heat at 54.081 seconds keeping a head of Blessett (72) by 1.69 seconds. Last seasons P4 champion Lewis Bird (44) steps up to P5 as Brown (23) dips down a step. Lap 5 see no change in the top three. Rippin (65) is whipping out the fast laps times with 1.72 seconds from P2 Blessett (72) who in turn is trying to shake Orridge (69) from his back bumper but he hangs on. Chequered is out for Charlie Rippin (65) crossing the finish line in P1 with a race completion time of 6:19.008 minutes. Blessett (72) stuck fast for P2 and Orridge (69) comes home to take P3.

Heat 2 Race 12

At the top of list is George Blessett (72) on P1. Rookie Alfie Gallagher (14) next in line and on P3 Joseph Rippin (26) who achieved P7 in the previous season champion. Lap 1 and blimey, neither Charlie Rippin (65) or Taylor Orridge (69) really don’t like being on P7 & P8 and both slip past, shimmy, glide and negotiate their way up the through the traffic to P2 & 3 with 1.63 seconds between them. Blessett’s transponder isn’t relaying any details. Lap 2. After initially losing his P4 start place with the torrent of Rippin (65) & Orridge in the previous lap, Bird (44) regains his composure to pass Gallagher (14) and Rippin (26) reinstating himself back in P4. By the start of lap 3 Devon Nolan (54) also regains his starting position in P6 but Gallagher (14) tumbles down the order to P9. With lap 4 Orridge (69) is chasing down the leaders for P1 and shortening the gap to 1.1 seconds. Lap 5 and Gallagher (14) finds a little extra oomph and overtakes both Joey (11) & Evan Brown (23) putting him in P7. Back at the pointy end Charlie Rippin (65) takes the victory in 6:18.719 minutes with George Blessett (72) crossing the line for P2 and Taylor Orridge (69) 9.434 seconds from P1.

Exclusion – Bird (44) for incorrect tyres.

Lewis Bird - IAME Cadet
Lewis Bird – IAME Cadet

Heat 3 Race 21

All 11 karts congregate on the starting grid, this time with Lewis Bird (44) as pole sitter, Devon Nolan (54) as back up and Evan Brown (54) in reserve on P3 and starting on P7 George Blessett (72) transponder is not transmitting again. The first 2 laps the pack settles in their positions Gallagher (14) pushes forward two spots but loses a place to Taylor Orridge (69) on his way to the top. Charlie Rippin (65) is on fire, reaches for the top to pull himself in to P1 from P6. Whilst the front runners Rippin (65), Blessett (72) and Bird (44) & Orridge (69) grapple over the main prize the bottom half of the grid see Keira Harris (20) overtake Ben Angus (81) and Joey Brown (11). Lap 3 sees Orridge (69) wrestle P3 from Bird (44) with 0.6 seconds to spare!! Lap 5 Rippin (65) posts the Best Lap Time for the heat at 53.825 seconds. Lap 6 and whilst the upper portion of the heat is remaining steady, Harris (20) passes Rippin (23) taking her to P8 and Angus (81) follows her lead moving up two rungs of the ladder to P9. With the last lap board being replaced by the chequered flag, Charle Rippin (65) makes it 3 out of 3. Posting a race completion time of 6:20.225 minutes. George Blessett (72) comes home in P2 with Taylor Orridge (69) claiming P3 just under 7 seconds from P1.

FINAL Race 30

Only the top 3 will make it to the podium. A well deserved P1 for Charlie Rippin (65) will he make P1 four heats in a row? Taylor Orridge (69) is putting his mark on this class but he needs to find a way past the might of Rippin (65) to get the top spot. On P3 George Blessett (72) lines up but will your transponder gives us some feedback? With all 11 karts at the lights, this 7 laps final gets underway. After the first lap there’s no movement in top three front runners and the last two but is the middle of the pack where action takes place. Devon Nolan (54) takes two steps back from his P4 start and likewise Joseph Rippin (26) drops from P7 to 9th. With the following taking the advantage and moving up a step are Evan Brown (23) to P4 and Lewis Bird (44) to 5th place, Alfie Gallagher (14) steps up to P7; who turns that to P6 in the next lap, and Keira Harris (20) to P8. Bird (44) gets past Brown (23) for P4 during lap 3 and Harris (20) post her quickest heat lap.

On to lap 4 is where we see Orridge (69) enter his fastest lap of the finals at 54.604 seconds and 0.483 seconds off Rippin (65) pace. Gallagher (14) works his way around Brown (23) to P6 and Rippin (65) might be shy and quiet but he’s not giving Orridge (69) a chance and widens the gap by 0.125 seconds over the fifth lap of the circuit. Lap 6 over and parents, mechanics and even dogs are holding their breaths at the fenced finish line and its Bird (44) posting his best lap time of 54.475 seconds. Last lap and pushing his kart even further in race completion time of 6:17.945 minutes Charlie Rippin (65) makes it 4 out 4 wins claiming the 1st place trophy and Best Lap Time of the heat with 53.872 seconds on the final lap. Taylor Orridge (69) maintains his position to cross the line securing P2 5.506 seconds from P1 and George Blessett (72) coming home to take P3.

Charlie Rippin - IAME Cadet
Charlie Rippin – IAME Cadet

Junior TKM, Mini Max & Mini X30

Heat 1 Race 4

The first mixed grid of the day brings 7 Jnr TKMs, a Mini Max and from the S8Racing awning 2 Mini X30s. 2016 IKR JNR TKM P2 championship winner Scott McIntyre (35) sporting a very eye catching union flag helmet, is the first kart in this grid. Dazzling us with a Jack Dex Racing livery in P2 came last seasons 3rd place winner Byron Brown (77). Both having joined the last round of the 2016 season, Rhys Porter (71) lines up at P3 and next to him on the second row is Theo Tibbitts (46). On the third row newcomer Ethan Newsham (30) joins the fold and in P6 and seen earlier today; out with the Honda Cadets, stretching her Tyro legs, but now in Jnr TKM, we have Rachel Swain (13). For the new Mini X30 class are Ben Jenkins (99) and Jacob Heap (12 ) both being graduates from the 2016 IKR – IAME Cadet season are no strangers to Fulbeck. Heap also holds the accolades of MSA P3 championship winner and Karting Magazine 2016 Rookie of the Year Nominee. Our Mini Max driver is Ryan Evans (66) and a first timer to the championship.

With the TKMs setting off first McIntyre (35) leads the way for others to follow, with his relaxed style and late breaking, making it look all too easy. The first lap divides the ranks with both Brown (77) and Porter (71) descending six places a piece and joining them Tibbitts (46) falls back to P7. In P2 coming from his P5 start is Newsham (30) followed 2.36 seconds later by Swain (13) to P3. Also picking their way through the traffic we see both of the Mini X30s. Heap (12) makes his way to 4th place, crossing teammate Jenkins (99) on route, who follows Heap (12) to gain two positions. Even Mini Max driver Evans (66) joins the flow taking him up to P6. Lap 2 and the drivers settle down in to rhythm and start to pick up the pace. The next two laps sees Newshaw (30) closing in on the gap to McIntyre (35) and Tibbitts (46); slicing 0.4 seconds from his previous lap time, overtakes the Mini Max of Evans (66). With 2 laps remaining McIntyre (35) edges away from Newsham (30), Heap (12) pushes his X30 past the Jnr TKM of Swain (13) and the pack moves in closer together. The penultimate lap and Heap (12), Tibbitts (46), Brown (77) and Evans (66) find a little extra in the tank posting their quickest laps but it’s McIntyre (35) who wins Best Heat Lap Time with 47.60 seconds. Newsham (30) isn’t giving up so easily now taking nearly a second off his previous lap but as the chequered flag raises Scott McIntyre (35) takes the heat win in 6:22.010 minutes. Ethan Newsham (30) crosses the line in P2 and Jacob Heap (12) takes the first ever 1st place for Mini X30 class at Fulbeck.

DNS – Hearst (58) Jnr TKM

Heat 2 Race 13

Having shaken off the winter hibernation in the first heat, Newsham (30) takes to the front of the grid, with Tibbitts (46) on P2 and Porter (71) in third place. With Matthew Hearst (58); who only found out about the championship on the Saturday afternoon, missing from P4, the rest of the grids moves up a place. From the off McIntyre (35) is off to a cracking start, carving through the traffic and leaving his P5 start for second place. Relinquishing their start positions Swain (13) shuffles back two places from P4 whilst both Tibbitts (46) and Porter (71) drop back one each. Not content with looking at the back of Newsham (30), McIntyre (35) ups the pace and takes the lead role. With shortening times Newsham (30), Porter (71) and Tibbitts (46) enter their best laps. There’s possible contact going into the first chicane in lap 5 and Tibbitts (46) takes on the tyre barriers, restarts but returns to the pits and retires from the heat with a dropped nose cone. Next time round and Heap (12) cuts 0.43 seconds from his previous lap to move Swain (13) down a notch, whilst McIntyre (35) takes his second Best Heat Lap Time with 47.500 seconds. Lap 7 its Brown (77) & Swain (13) turns giving us their fastest laps. Making it 2 out of 2 Scott McIntyre (35) wins the heat with a race completion time of 6:20.040 minutes and 4.37 seconds in front of P2 winner Ethan Newsham (30). In Mini X30 P1 goes to Jacob Heap (12) posting 6:43.970 minutes over the line 11 seconds ahead of Ben Jenkins (99).

Ben Jenkins - Mini X30
Ben Jenkins – Mini X30

Heat 3 Race 22

Last chance to stake your claim for grid positions in the finals with this 8 lap decider. McIntyre (35) has his eyes on the prize and overtakes Hearst (58) for the top spot. Newsham (30) clears both Brown (77) and Tibbitts (46) but focussing in on number (35) kart, Newsham moves in to P2. Heap (12) moves up to sixth place to complete the first lap. No change to the running order over laps 2 & 3 but the top three karts hone in on their lap times with 0.37 seconds between Newsham (30) and Hearst (58) and then 0.32 seconds on lap 3. Lap 4 McIntyre (35) sets the Best Heat Lap Time of 47.740 seconds and Ben Jenkins (99) Mini X30 switches places with Swain (13) to P7. Without further movement in the positions, McIntyre (35) takes the chequered again, crossing the line posting 6:21.450 minutes.

DNS – Porter (71)

FINAL Race 22

Laying down the foundations Scott McIntyre (35) returns to the top of the stack with his main challenger today Ethan Newsham (30) who lines up on P2. Lap 1 doesn’t fail to shake up the pack a little as Hearst (58) tumbles from P7 three places. In opposite directions both Brown (77) and Swain (13) pass P5 Porter (71) switching between P6 to P4. Lap 2 and Swain (13) times slow as her engine comes to a stop and ends her day. P8 and with Heap (12) having already passed Hearst (58), fills in the gap made by Swain (13) in P6. Lap 4 Hearst (58) regains his composure and reaches P8. Lap 5 and Heap (12) continues his journey out pacing Brown (77) for P4. The grid closes down heading into the penultimate trip lap and even with the top eight karts putting down their best times on the final laps, he can’t be caught. With a lead of 14.11 seconds Scott McIntyre (35) sails over the finish line in 1st place completing the race in 6:21.570 minutes followed by Theo Tibbitts (46) coming home to take P2.

Lap 8 McIntyre (35) sets the Best Heat Lap Time of 47.700 seconds.

Penalties – Newsham (30) & Porter (71) +10 seconds for missing a chicane.

Scott McIntyre - Junior TKM
Scott McIntyre – Junior TKM

Junior Max & X30

Heat 1 Race 5

This is the second of the three mixed grids for the day bringing the welcome return of all 13 contenders from last season, with 4 Junior X30’s and 9 Junior Max drivers registered for the race. X30’s first and on P1 is Charlotte Fox (5), 2016 Championship P3 winner with former cadet driver Arron Browne (46) next on P2. Head of the Junior Max line up is Travis Coyne (72) the 2016 P2 winner, Jake Boydell 2016 MSA Mini Max 1st place winner on P2 followed by Rookie Racing’s Joe Gallagher (19) on the third rung. First lap over and Browne (46) secures the lead and S8Racing’s Jayjay Cook (27) follows his path to move into P2. Meanwhile over in with the Max’s Coyne (72) fails to start and Chris Czumpf (55), leaps from the back of the pack to P6. Next lap and Fox (5) takes back a position from Cook (27) whilst Browne (46) isn’t looking back. Boydell (88) pushes on ahead of Czumpf (55) and Luke Collins (64) swaps places with Gallagher (19). Lap 3 & 4 Gallagher is overtaken by Jak Swainston (22) and Collins (64) is now out of the heat. Lap 5 Czumpf (55) shaves 0.62 seconds of the previous lap passing Boydell (88). Browne (46) leads all the way to the chequered flag taking the heat win in 6:10.816 minutes. Likewise Czumpf (55) doesn’t back down with a lead of 2.356 seconds ahead of P2 Boydell (88) completes the heat in 6:38.597minutes.

Best Lap Time X30 – Charlotte Fox (5) Lap 6 46.424 seconds
Best Lap Time Max – Chris Czumpf (55) Lap 7 47.270 seconds
DNS – Smalley (99)

Heat 2 Race 14

In the hot seat for is X30’s JayJay Cook (27) with P2 Adam Colton (192) on P2. Max’s finds TJ Reeve (98) at the top followed by Josh Askew (35) and Luke Collins (64). Lap 1 and everyone has moved places. Fox (5) passes Colton (196) and Cook (27) keeps straight on in P1 with Browne doing likewise in to second place. Reeve (98) finds his way P13, whilst Coyne (72) launches 6 places to P7. Lap 2 sees Coyne (72) push ahead of Askew (35) and Collins (64) in the next lap to head up the Max class. Minimal difference in lap times as Browne (46) continues the pressure on Fox (5) for P1. Lap 5 is where both Smalley (99) and Gallagher (19) take the advantage as Czumpf (55) and Boydell (88) lose out but Czumpf (55) hauls himself back up a slot next time around. Final lap and Fox (5) keeps Browne (46) at bay by a mere 0.307 seconds completing the heat 6:12.638 minutes and posting the X30s fastest lap in lap 6 at 46.482 seconds. Max driver Coyne (72) passes the X30 of Colton (196) with a race completion time of 6:25.885 minutes and Best Lap Time in lap 7 posting 46.189 seconds. Collins (64) crosses the line in P2 6.289 secs from P1.

Aaron Browne Junior X30
Aaron Browne Junior X30

Heat 3 Race 23

The last chance at staking their positions for the final, sees Browne (46) in P1 and Colton (196) take the prime spots for X30s whilst Max’s Czumpf (55) and Smalley (99) sit on the third row. First over the line is Browne (46) with a lights to flag victory posting a race completion time of 6:12.298 minutes. From her P4 start place its Fox (5) who comes home to claim P2 1.895 seconds from Browne (46).

Junior Max Chris Czumpf (55) falls straight to the back of the grid as Coyne (72) shoots up the grid 5 places to P5 meanwhile Reeves (98) and Boydell (88) switch places twice by the end of lap 2. Gallagher (19) overtakes Swainston (22) for P4 where they remains for the rest of the heat. Lap 6 and Coyne (72) passes the X30 of Colton (196), lap 7 Coyne (72) posts Best Lap Time at 46.189 seconds and brings it home in P1 with a race completion time of 6:20.740 minutes with a lead of 7.525 seconds ahead of P2 Smalley (99) Exclusion – Gallagher (19) Scrutineering – incorrect engine number.

FINAL Race 32

With four trophies available over both classes the drivers take their places on the grid. X30 Row 1, with his two heats wins P1 sees Browne (46) and Fox (5) on P2. For Max on row 3 is Travis Coyne (72) and Luke Collins (64) up next but with the bright yellow body kit, Jake Boydell (88) peaks through from the row behind. X30’s Browne (46) show’s no flaws and even with posting 46.530 seconds, her Best Lap Times in both laps 6 & 7 Fox (5) just misses P1 by 0.058 seconds to the class winner Arron Browne (46) with a race completion time of 6:14.651 minutes crosses then line.

Max class Lap 1 and starting from the back of the pack Reeves (98) leaves for P6, while Boydell (88) passes Coyne (72) on his way down line four places at takes the lead. Lap 2 Reeves (98) gets overtaken by Collins (64) to regain his start position. Lap 3 with a difference of 0.37 seconds in lap times Collins (64) closes in on Boydell (88) as Coyne (72) aims to get back up through the traffic. By lap 6 Coyne (72) achieves his goal and then proceeds to post the heats Best Lap Time on lap 7 with 46.471 seconds. Chequered flag and P1 for Travis Coyne (72) with a race completion time of 6:39.893 minutes. Second kart over the line is Jake Boydell (88) 2.906 seconds off P1 and with a difference of 1.62 seconds collecting the last trophy in P3 came Luke Collins (64).

Travis Coyne - Junior Max
Travis Coyne – Junior Max

Rotax 177

Heat 1 Race 6

Healthiest grid of the day brought 17 entrants of which 15 were welcomed returners and 2 new drivers to Fulbeck. Whilst these stouter gentleman drivers formed and orderly queue, the front row held P1 Rob Carter (75), P2 Sean Smith (64) and from the row behind in P3 Steven Walker (27) the 2016 P4 Championship Winner. Whilst Walker (27) and Smith (64) switch places in the top four of the grid, it is a story different for the rest. Tim Darlow (8) the 2016 P3 Championship Winner, resets the group dynamic clearing 7 places to P9 whilst Kevin Harvey (86) and Clive Charlesworth (99) follow Darlow (8)s lead. At end of lap 2 John Scott (46) finds himself on P11 from his second row start and Darlow (8) falls back to P14. Paul Jaques (5) moves back up two places from dropping to P12 in lap 1 with a mechanical for the ABH to his front bumper, while back at the top Smith (64) takes the lead from Carter (75). In the middle of the grid Sam Scott (30) and Scott Collinge (1); the 2016 P1 Championship Winner; are steadily moving up the line with Collinge (1), getting by both Scott (30) and Mark Wingad (47) to P4 during lap 3. By the end of the next lap the top 9 karts work on their speeds and Collinge (1) posts 46.258 seconds the Best Lap Time of the heat, whilst the remaining 7 switch places until lap 6 then it’s Collinge (1) who overtakes Carter (75) for P3 while Smith (64) holds onto the lead. Collinge (1) finds 0.9 seconds to gain on Smith (64) in lap 7 but it’s just not enough as Smith (64) takes the flag in 6:16.570 minutes. With only a difference of 0.083 secs Scott Collinge (1) takes P2 and P3 for Steven Walker (27) 0.574 secs from P1.

DNS – Durrant (9)

Heat 2 Race 15

Scott Meakin (29) starts off this heat, P2 finds Paul Jaques (55) and 2016 P2 Championship Winner in P3 is Ross Meakin (77), brother of Scott. First lap courtship ensues as Jaques (55) loses two places, Meakin (29) drops to last place so Collinge (1) takes the helm with Meakin (77) moving into P2. Darlow (8) falls from P6 to P12 with John Scott (42), Simon Finnis (53) and Steven Walker (27) all giving up positions, but making excellent headway through traffic are both Wingad (47) and Carter (75) picking up 6 positions each to P3 & 4 respectively and from his P14 start Smith (64) goes to P9 and then P6 by the end of lap 2. Collinge (1) maintains his lead into the next lap where Smith (64) picks off Jaques (55) on his way up to P5 with Scott (30); carrying on his 6 place leap in lap 1, accompanies him. Adam Hutton (92) having gained a position in lap 1 finds he descends to P14. Recovering from his earlier loses Walker (27) applies himself to the task at hand and gets up to P9 and out pacing newcomer Damian Mott (3). No change with the top 3 as Collinge (1), Meakin (77) and Carter (75) continue to lead the way. Lap 6 mild mannered Smith (64) raises the game on Wingad (47) taking P4 and Jaques (55) pitches back to 7 places to 14th. Darlow (8) having gradually worked his way upwards gains the advantage on Scott (42) for P8. It’s the last lap, Scott (30) battles with Wingad (47) for P5. But it’s Scott Collinge (1) in 6:08.589 minutes who takes P1 4.49 secs ahead of Ross Meakin (77) in P2 who is followed with a difference of 4.649 seconds in P3 is Rob Carter (75).

Best Lap Time Scott Collinge (1) Lap 5 45.978 seconds|
Penalties – Darlow (8) Missed chicane +10 seconds

Rob Carter - Rotax 177
Rob Carter – Rotax 177

Heat 3 Race 24

Penultimate heat and the front end of the grid sees, P1 Simon Finnis (53), P2 Damian Mott (3), P3 Adam Hutton (92). Lap 1 and 16 karts set off but only 13 make it round, losing Mott (3), Meakin (29) and Carter (75) to this determined bunch. Finnis (53) falls to P7 and Hutton (92) to 11th. Sam Scott (30) jumps in to the lead from P4 with Meakin (77) moving up 5 places to P2 and Steven Walker (27) steps into P3 but it’s Sean Smith (64) that seizes the greatest leap from P15 to 5th place!! Lap 2 starts to see Hutton (92) and Collinge (1) commence their ascent and Kevin Harvey (86) holds firm in P8 from his P16 start. In lap 3 Meakin (77) passes Scott (30) for the lead role, Smith (64) overtakes Scott (42) for P4 and lap 4 Darlow (8) takes P5. Lap 5 Scott (42) shaves 4.8 seconds from his previous lap gaining on Darlow (8) and Collinge (1) overtakes Finnis (53). Lap 7 brings the Best Lap Time from Collinge (1) at 46.052 seconds but it’s Ross Meakin (77) who takes the heat win in 6:15.976 minutes. P2 for Sam Scott (30) with a difference of 1.268 secs and Steven Walker (27) takes P3, 3.878 secs off P1.

FINAL Race 33

Grid positions decided and it’s Sean Smith (64) at the top of the stack, Scott Collinge (1) lines up next on P2 with Sam Scott (30) completing the trio for the final. From the lights turning green the dance begins with all but three karts changing their start positions to the end of the first circuit. Lap 2 brings Meakin (77) to the front followed by Collinge (1) and then Smith (64) down to P3. Lap 3 Collinge (1) posts the fastest lap for the final with 46.391 seconds. The class bunches closer together through to lap 4. Lap 5 Meakin (77) drops 1.835 secs from his lap 4 time so Collinge (1) slots into P1. Last lap board and there’s only 0.35 seconds in pace between the top 4 drivers but its Scott Collinge (1) in 6:12.661 minutes who crosses the line and takes P1. Second kart home is Ross Meakin (77) 2.344 secs from P1 and taking the final trophy Rob Carter (75) in P3 2.092 secs behind Meakin (77)

Scott Collinge - Rotax 177
Scott Collinge – Rotax 177

Senior Open & X30

Heat 1 Race 7

10 entrants for mixed grid No.3 brings the visiting Dart Motorsport F4S Series Rnd 1 to the 2017 championship. As the karts take their places; the Aixro of 2016 P2 Senior Open winner, Andy Bennett (22) lines up in P1, next on P2 Jak Shepherd (10) with his KF1 and P3 for new recruit James Kitching (17) in a KF3. With a DNS for Shepherd (10) and F100 driver Niels Christoffersen (11) taking the day off, the drivers shuffles up the grid. Going into the second lap and the only non-movers are the X30 of Leon Dolby (99) in P8 and leader Bennett (22). Dart Motorsports Lee Shurey (66) takes his Aixro down two places whilst his teammate Tommi Caldwell (192) in an Ecomoto jumps up to P2. Lap 3 and the two Aixros of Bennett (22) and Caldwell (192) keep the lead while George Barnett (31) put in his best lap of the heat 47.79 seconds. Lap 4 sees X30s Jamie Falvey (92) pass both Shurey (66) then switch positions with Barnett (13) and Dolby (99) to take P6. Falvey (92) posts the Best Lap Time of 45.686 secs in lap 6. Caldwell (192) pushes on trying to catch Bennett (22) but he can’t make up the 1.802 seconds difference and it’s a lights to flag victory for Andy Bennett (22) with a race completion time of 6:11.511minutes. P2 for Tommi Caldwell (192) and the first X30 over the line is Jamie Falvey (92) in 6:14.072 minutes.

Heat 2 Race 16

Having the winter cobwebs removed, top of grid holds P1 Tommi Caldwell (192), P2 James Kitching (17) and P3 George Barnett (31) who missed joining the 2016 championship being 16 days too young, brings his unsealed Rotax . First corner incident makes a mess of the running order and Barnett (31) , Bennett (22) and Falvey (92) take a quick exit left with Dolby (99) slipping up the inside taking him from eighth to P1. Fresh from grass tracking and looking for a new speed fix, Joe Jopling (92) follows in Dolby (99) up the line and to P4. Lap 2 and Bennett (22) starts his ascent up the pack securing P3 in 3 laps. Shepherd (10) who lost two positions from the earlier incident to back marker, surges ahead pulling back into P4, Caldwell (192) posts the heats Best Lap Time of 46.162 seconds and overtakes Dolby (99) to regain the lead in lap 5. As Dolby (99) wrings out another 0.077 seconds piling on the pressure it’s Tommi Caldwell (192) who takes the chequered flag and the heat win in 6:13.118 minutes with the sole X30 Leon Dolby (99) completing the heat in 6:13.324 minutes.

Nathan Chafer Senior X30
Nathan Chafer Senior X30

Heat 3 Race 25

Last chance to secure grid positions for the final time and only six karts to choose from. In P1 is George Barnett (31) and P2 for Andy Bennett (22). The X30’s coming from the third row, crisscross their way throughout the race in pursuit of the prize. Bennett (22) and Caldwell (192) take control and move to the top spots. Barnett (13) is overtaken by both Dolby (99) and Falvey (92) and settles into P5. Lap 4 finds Caldwell (192) is out of the race but the leader Bennett (22) is X30’s driving down the gap whilst Falvey (92) is posting the heats Best Lap Time at 45.690 seconds. With his second heat win of the day Andy Bennett (22) in 6:12.143 minutes takes P1, 1.564 seconds ahead of the X30 of Leon Dolby (99).

FINAL Race 34

With nine karts for the final, Andy Bennett (22) takes stance on P1 with P2 for Tommi Caldwell (192) followed by George Barnett (31) in P3. Both Caldwell (192) and Shurey (66) are non-starters reducing the grid to 7 drivers. All change for the 5 karts in the middle whilst both Bennett (22) and Kitching (17) remain in their opposites ends of the grid. Barnett (13) and Shepherd (10) switch places and the X30’s of Dolby (99) and Falvey (92) overtake Jopling (92) leaving him in P6. Lap 2 and the X30’s leave both Shepherd (10) and Barnett (13) for P2 & 3. Lap 4 and Falvey (92) pulls in closer for P2 and lap 5 Dolby (99) retaliates slicing 0.67 seconds from his previous lap but just can’t catch him. Bennett (22) ups the pace in lap 6 and Falvey (92) responds by posting the Best Lap Time of this final with 45.748 seconds. With another lights to flag win, Andy Bennett (22) at 6:11.093 minutes is the round 1 winner for Senior Open, with nearest contender Jak Shepherd (10) at 11.650 seconds from Bennett (22) crossing the line for P2. First X30 driver over the line is Jamie Falvey (92) only 0.751 seconds the Aixro of Bennett (22)

Andy Bennett - Senior Open
Andy Bennett – Senior Open

Senior Max

Heat 1 Race 8

This grid brings another welcome return to all entrants including the top four 2016 Championship Winners, P1 James Davis, P2 Martin Brackenbury, P3 Jonathan Palgrave and P4 Paul Moran. By the end of the first lap at the front of the grid is P1 Brackenbury (73), P2 Davis (23) and P3 for Andrew Clarke (24). Both Aidas Vengris (56) and 2016 Junior Max Championship winner Reece Cridland (46), drop back to two places each. Lap 2 and Moran (77) overtakes Keegan Reeves (98) for P4 and Vengris (56) follows suit on Reeves (98) in lap 3. Brackenbury (73) still holds the lead from Davis (23) and Clarke (24) but Moran (77) tumbles back to P7 pushing Vengris (56) to P4 and Matt Evans (16) on to P5. Brackenbury (73) posts the heats Best Lap Time with 45.835 seconds as lap 5 completes. Moran (77) knocks out a 45.87 seconds lap putting him back to P5 for the end of lap 7 but both he and Evans (16) roll to the back of the grid in the final lap. Martin Brackenbury (73) crosses the line for the heat win at 6:07.372 minutes followed 1.455 seconds by James Davis (23). Third kart home was Andrew Clarke (24) 4.766 seconds behind Davis (23).

Heat 2 Race 17

Front row auditions brought in P1 Keegan Reeve (98), P2 Paul Moran (77) and Matt Evans (16) to P3. Lap 1 Moran (77) and Vengris (56) head straight into the first two places. Cridland (46) finds himself at the tail end of the pack and Brackenbury (73), Davis (23) and Clarke (24) all move up the grid. Lap 2 Evans (16) continues his descent to P6 while first place Moran (77) and Vengris (56) in P2 hold their lead. Brackenbury (73) and Davis (23) overtake Reeves (98) for third and fourth places and coming up to lap 4 Evans (16) is out of the running. Lap 5 brings the heats Best Lap Time is posted by Davis (23) at 45.930 seconds as he overtakes Brackenbury (73) for P3 but it’s short lived as Brackenbury (73) takes the spot back in the next lap. Last lap board and Brackenbury (73) finds a 0.49 seconds to clear Vengris (56) but needs an additional 0.481 seconds to catch first kart to cross the line. In P1 Paul Moran (77) takes the heat win in 6:11.641 minutes. Third kart home is Aida Vengris (56) only 0.847 seconds off P1.

Andrew Clarke - Senior Max
Andrew Clarke – Senior Max

Heat 3 Race 26

Penultimate heat and Rolandas Rimkus (162) lines up in P1 , P2 James Davis (23) followed Reece Cridland (46) in P3. End of the first lap and Davis (23) takes the lead followed by Andrew Clarke (24) in P2 from P5 start. Moving up two places are Vengris (56) to P5 and Moran (77) to P7. Lap 2 Rimkus (162) is overtaken by Brackenbury (73) for P3. As lap 3 ends Rimkus (56) is down to P6 moving Vengris (56) and Moran (77) up a place each. Brackenbury (73) locks on to Clarke (24) and gains P2, while Cridland (46) out runs Rimkus (56) for P6. Lap 5 Moran (77) puts in the quicker lap and Vengris (56) has to step aside. Final lap and Moran (77) squeezes out Clarke (24) for P3 but it’s James Davis (23) with a race completion time of 6:06.234 minutes who takes P1. Securing both the Best Lap Time with 45.659 secs, and P2 Martin Brackenbury (73) follows 3.041 seconds from Davis (23). Paul Moran (77) shakes off Clarke (24) by 0.174 seconds, for P3 and 4.592 seconds from P2.

FINAL Race 35

Martin Brackenbury (73) wins the pole spot, Paul Moran (77) steps up to P2 with James Davis (23) claiming the third place for the front of this final. Lap 1 and Keegan Reeves (98) leaves the race, Moran (77) and Vengris (56) are caught dropping 3 and 4 places respectively, Cridland (46) and Evans (16) both move up 4 places from the back of the grid, Clarke (24) slots into P3 and Davis (23) takes the lead from Brackenbury (73). From lap 2 this remains the state of play and the drivers are focused picking on up the pace. The two leaders Davis (23) and Brackenbury (73) keeping pulling further away from the rest of the grid with each passing lap. Lap 6 and Davis (23) enters his fastest lap of heat which just spurs Brackenbury (73) into posting the Best Lap Time of the heat at 45.618 secs in lap 7. Chequered flag is out and it’s James Davis (23) who wins the final in 6:06.055 minutes for P1, 1.041 seconds ahead of P2 winner Martin Brackenbury (73). For the P3 trophy Andrew Clarke (24) keeps a very close Cridland (46) off his back by 0.251 seconds for his first ever podium finish.

James Davis - Senior Max
James Davis – Senior Max

KZ125

Heat 1 Race 9

This gearbox class brought 9 returners from the last season including 2016 Championship Winner Michael Kenney and P3 Winner Ian Danby. End of lap 1 brought Peter Britcliffe (52) to the front of the pack followed by Lucas Vaus (12) with CCL Racings Chris Lawrence (56) on his tail. Chris Elvidge (8), Dale Foster (31) and Mitchell Brown (42) don’t make it to lap 2 where back marker Ian Danby (7) takes the place left by Foster (31) and looks towards his overtake. Lap 4 is when Vaus (12) takes the advantage of Britcliffe (52) drop in pace for the lead. Lap 5 and mislaying 1.42 seconds from his previous lap time Danby (7) moves in on Baldwin (36) for P5. The top 5 draw closer together into the closing ninth lap. Lucas Vaus (12) takes the heat win with a race completion time of 6:04.092 minutes and the heats Best Lap Time posting 39.745 seconds. Peter Britcliffe (52) crosses the line for P2, 2.051 seconds after P1 following by 3.507 seconds in P3 came Chris Lawrence (56).

Heat 2 Race 18

To the grid came P1 Michael Kenney (48), P2 Dale Foster (31) and Chris Lawrence (56) in P3. From the off Kenney (48) leaps ahead of the field, Britcliffe (52) and Vaus (12) fly up to P3 & 4 whilst Lawrence (56) and Baldwin (36) drop back to P5 and P8. At the end of the second lap the pace is up and whilst Kenney (48) holds his lead, Britcliffe (52) and Vaus (12) are the quicker karts in P2 & 3. Lap 3 and Vaus (12) takes over P2. Vaus (12) ramps up to 39.78 seconds in lap 5 snatching P1 from Kenney (48). With 0.43 seconds faster lap Lawrence (56) over powers Foster (31) for P4 in lap 7 then Foster (31) bows out of the race. After 6:05.230 minutes Lucas Vaus (12) takes his second heat win of the day, Michael Kenney (48) follows him home in P2 with a difference of 3.364 secs from P1, followed by 0.2 seconds for P3 is Peter Britcliffe (52) Best Lap Time Lucas Vaus (12) 39.623 secs on lap 8.

Peter Britcliffe - KZ125
Peter Britcliffe – KZ125

Heat 3 Race 27

Last heat of the day before the finals and the grid assembles without Chris Elvidge (88) on P6. Lap 1 complete and its Vaus (12) leading the way from Danby (7) whilst Kenney (48) shoots from P8 to P4. Next time round and both Foster (31) Kenney (48) pick off Danby (7) as they move into P2 & 3. Lap 3 and now Lawrence (56) passes the descending Danby (7) whilst Britcliffe (52) gets into action to overtake Mitchell (42), Danby (7) in lap 4 and Lawrence (56) in lap after, also Kenney (48) pushes past Foster (31) for P2. Britcliffe (52) makes it to P3 in lap 7. Vaus (12) just keeps finding a little bit more pace with each lap and takes a dominant victory and his third heat win with a race completion time of 6:03.805 minutes as well as the heats Best Lap Time with 39.638 seconds. With a gap of 6.848 seconds crossing the line in P2 is Michael Kenney (48) quickly followed by 0.918 seconds is P3 heat winner Peter Britcliffe (52).

FINAL Race 36

With the grid positions decided Lucas Vaus (12) takes his well earned position in P1, Peter Britcliffe (52) next in P2 and in P3 Michael Kenney (48). After the first lap the only movement in the line is with Foster (31) overtaking Baldwin (36). Lap 2 and Britcliffe (52) scares Vaus (12) out of P1 with quicker lap and Foster (31) continues his ascent out gunning Danby (7). Lap 3 and the field draws closer together but Vaus (12) wants his P1 back. Lap 5 and Vaus (12) is top of the stack and makes the break from Britcliffe (52) leaving him to deal with Kenney (48) nipping at his exhaust. Lap 4 and Elvidge (8) is MIA. Lap 5 and Best Lap Time of the final goes to Lucas Vaus (12) posting 39.713 seconds and why stop there. Taking his lead all the way to the chequered Lucas Vaus (12) dominates this class for another heat romping away with the class win in a race completion time of 6:05.294 minutes. Staving off the might of P3 Michael Kenney (48) by 1.6 seconds Peter Britcliffe (52) comes over the line in P2 4.273 seconds behind P1.

Chris Lawrence - KZ125
Chris Lawrence – KZ125

Sprint Series 2017 IKR – Round 2
18-19 March 2017
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Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 – Round 5 Report

Sunday 19 June 2016

Reported By Alex Rouse / Carol McLean

Sunday 19 June 2016 marked the fifth round of the FESS 2016 Championship. The weather for the day was dry with an overcast of clouds that would stay with us all day. The drivers briefing took place at 9:15 AM. Clerk of course Amanda Goldthorpe warned drivers that the clerks on circuit will be looking for driving standards due to incidents during Saturday practice. There was no serious accidents during the day with all enjoying the entertaining racing.

William Ashe - X30 Junior
William Ashe – X30 Junior

IAME Cadets

Heat 1 Race 1

With the first of cadet classes 18 contenders line up for the start with an S8Racing front row (pays to get your entries in early) with P1 Hadley Simpson, P2 Jacob Heap and P3 Jack Younger. The day started off well for Josh Rowledge (32), coming from P9 and overtaking AJ Arnold (93); who started in P11 for the win. Rowledge made the move going into turn 2 by finding the gap and slipping down the inside of Arnold. When they crossed the line the gap between them was 0.62 seconds. Connor Taylor (12) was not at all far behind as he finished in third place 0.31 seconds after Arnold. Rowledge’s race finishing time was 7:11.59 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to AJ Arnold posting a time of 53.59 seconds on lap 6.

Heat 2 Race 10

Brought P1 Lewis Bird (44), P2 Benjamin Doughty (28) and in P3 Josh Rowledge (32) to the head of the pack. The race saw Micah Taylor (48) take a great win from his P4 start, as he bypassed the main starters. AJ Arnold (93) crossed the line from P5 to finish second and followed Taylor with a 0.75 second difference. Connor Taylor (12) finished the race in third place 0.83 seconds behind Micah Taylor. S8Racing teammates Jacob Heap (2) and Danyal Hussain (96) took each other out at the second chicane resulting in them both finishing in the last two positions.Micah Taylor’s race finishing time was 7:09.48 minutes. AJ Arnold set the pace yet again with the fastest lap time of 53.34 seconds. Heat 1 winner Josh Rowledge (32) got excluded for contact driving.

AJ Arnold
AJ Arnold

Heat 3 Race 19

Rookie Racing Academy’s Alfie Gallagher (14) buckled up for his first time on P1 with Ben Jenkins (99) next in the eye-catching RK kart on P2, followed by Bayliss & Harding driver Freddie Slater (47). Slater who finished in fifth place in the second heat, took the win only 0.09 seconds ahead of Josh Rowledge (32) who’s dogged determination won him second place from his P12 starting place. From P9 on the grid Connor Taylor (12) came through to make it a trio in third place, 2.27 seconds behind race winner Slater. Slater’s race completion time was 4:27.46 minutes. Charlie Rippin (21) did not finish the race. Jacob Heap (2) got excluded for contact driving. Josh Rowledge set the fastest lap time with a lap time of 53.34 seconds.

FINAL Race 28

All 18 entries rolled up for this 8 lap decider with five trophies up for grabs. P1 – Connor Taylor (12)’s consistency earned him the prime spot, but can he hold onto to it for the win? In P2 AJ Arnold (93) lined up next and P3 – Micah Taylor (48) finished off the pointy end of this pack. Coming from P5 Josh Rowledge (32) seized a glorious victory separated by only 0.76 seconds from AJ Arnold (93) taking the second place. Freddie Slater (47) crossed the line to finish in third place 0.15 seconds from Arnold. Connor Taylor (12) came home in fourth place 1.78 seconds behind Slater and from P10 George Blessett (27) took the final trophy in fifth place 5.74 seconds after P4 winner. Rowledge’s race completion time was 7:10.02 minutes. On lap 4 AJ Arnold for the third time today posted the fastest lap time of 53.39 seconds. Danyal Hussain (96) sadly didn’t start the race. Charlie Rippin (21) received a 5 place penalty for overtaking under yellow flags.

Josh Rowledge
Josh Rowledge

Honda Cadet

Heat 1 Race 2

Nine drivers gridded up for this 8 lap heat. With the top three winners less than a second apart, Benjamin Smalley (96) overtook Harry Wainwright (39) to take an amazing victory with a gap of 0.07 seconds. New comer Khali Atkins (42) starting on P6 crossed the line to finish in third place 0.83 seconds from P2. Smalley’s race finishing time was 7:13.81 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Thomas Colton (20) posting a time of 53.82 seconds on lap 5.

Heat 2 Race 11

On the front of this grid saw another newcomer to the championship, Aiden Lyne on P1, Khali Atkins (42) on the second rung with Thomas Colton (20) completing the front row in P3. This race was on fire. From P6 Benjamin Smalley (96) got his head down and went for a little more of his sweet success from the earlier heat and took on another dalliance with P7 starter Harry Wainwright (39) and crossed the line in first place. Whilst newcomer Khali Atkins (42) finished in third place 2.08 seconds behind Smalley. 7:10.22 minutes was Benjamin Smalley’s race completion time. The fastest lap of the race was shared by three drivers setting identical lap times of 53.74 seconds. The drivers who achieved this were Benjamin Smalley, Harry Wainwright and Thomas Colton. The only driver not to finish this race was Riley Marsh (55).

Benjamin Smalley
Benjamin Smalley

Heat 3 Race 20  

Starting line saw P1 – Harry Wainwright (39), P2 – Jack Hobson (28) and P3 – Thomas Colton. Wainwright feeding off Benjamin Smalley (96)’s earlier success found some extra skill as he passed Benjamin Smalley (96) by 0.10 seconds for the win. Smalley was hanging on behind Wainwright to capitalise on any mistake he may have made. Khali Atkins (42) collected his third, third place 4.20 seconds behind Smalley. Wainwright’s race finishing time was 7:13.29 minutes. The fastest lap of the race was 53.52 seconds set by Thomas Colton (20).

FINAL Race 29

Three trophies places on offer for this 8 lap contest. P1 for the determined Benjamin Smalley (96) whilst Harry Wainwright (39) snuggled up real close in P2. Earning his P3 spot is Khali Atkins (42) but he can make it four third places in a row? Meanwhile, Smalley and Wainwright presented enough entertainment but the conclusion saw Wainwright overtake Smalley to take the chequered flag by a lead of 0.16 seconds. Jack Hobson (28) crossed the line to finish in third place 9.48 seconds from P2 winner. Wainwright’s race completion time was 7:14.92 minutes. In lap 6 Benjamin Smalley put down the fastest lap of the race posting a time of 54.43 seconds. Khali Atkins (42) was excluded for incorrect tyre barcodes!!! Thomas Colton (20) received a 5 place penalty for overtaking yellow flags.

Khali Atkins
Khali Atkins

TYRO – Junior Gillard

Heat 1 Race 3

This popular and entertaining class saw the starting grid as P1 – James Leivers (94), P2 – Joshua Leivers (43) and P3 – Jack Godden for the third race of the day. With Jack Godden (22) overtaking James Leivers (94) for the lead, Godden went on to win the race. Second place went to Robert Sims (33) who followed Godden by just 0.27 seconds. 10.06 seconds later Josh Raistrick (28) crossed the line to take third place. Godden’s race finishing time was 7:11.44 minutes. The fastest lap of the race was set by Jack Godden as he posted a lap time of 53.59 seconds.

Heat 2 Race 12

Kyle Levison (56) found himself in P1, Tyro’s only female driver Rachel Swain (13) lined up on P2 with Leo Robinson (56) completing the front row. Jack Godden (22) is on fire as he takes the lead going into turn one and was not seen again by the rest of the pack, as he pulled a stunner and won the race by 6.97 seconds ahead of second place winner Robert Sims (33). Josh Raistrick (28) completed the top three 0.85 seconds after Sims. 7:10.79 was Godden’s race completion time. Jack Godden took the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 53.57 seconds.

Leo Robinson
Leo Robinson

Heat 3 Race 21

Robert Sims (33) settled in to P1, on P2 Josh Raistrick kept him company and Jack Godden (22) looking to continue on this winning streak on P3. This race saw Sims victory from the claws of Godden, but Godden was not far behind him with a 0.16 second gap between them. Josh Raistrick (28) finished in third place 7.54 seconds behind Godden. Sims’s race completion time was 7:08.53 minutes. Robert Sims set the fastest lap of the race posting a time of 53.55 seconds.

FINAL Race 30

As the Tyro’s come to their 8 lap conclusion all nine entrants took their places on the grid. First up was Jack Godden (22), P2 brought Robert Sims and on P3 Josh Raistrick (28) going for his fourth third place. It was Godden’s day as he claimed the chequered with Sims following in second place, 0.62 seconds behind Godden. Raistrick makes it 4 out of 4 crossing the line 7.79 seconds off P2 winners time. Godden’s race completion time was 7:08.43 minutes. For the second time today the fastest lap of the race went to Robert Sims on lap 6 with a time of 53.57 seconds.

Jack Godden
Jack Godden

Junior Max

Heat 1 Race 4

For the first heat William Smalley (99); big brother to Benjamin in Honda Cadets, lined up in at the front, with Rookie Racing Academy’s driver Joe Gallagher (19) on the second step and Travis Coyne (72) making up the front of this eight contender grid. From P8 George Holbrook (49) started his day off with a victory ahead of second place driver Travis Coyne (72). William Smalley (99) finished in third place. Jamie Brown was excluded for contact driving. George Holbrook set the fastest lap. No correct lap times or total times due to system error however all positions are recorded correctly.

Heat 2 Race 13

The front row line up had Reece Cridland (46) on P1, Josh Askew (35) on P2, Luke Collins (64) on P3. From his P4 start George Holbrook (49) takes another win with a lead of 2.00 seconds ahead of second place driver Reece Cridland (46). Travis Coyne crossed the line in third place and 1.93 seconds behind Cridland. Holbrook’s race finishing time was 7:00.80 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to George Holbrook as he posted a lap time of 46.35 seconds.

Luke Collins
Luke Collins

Heat 3 Race 22

Lined up on pole was George Holbrook (49), P2 was occupied by Travis Coyne (72) and in P3 Luke Collins (64). Holbrook is the man to beat today as he takes a dominant win of 6.73 seconds ahead of William Smalley (99). Reece Cridland (46) came home in third place only 0.46 seconds after Smalley. Holbrook’s race completion time was 6:57.38 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to George Holbrook as he posted the time of 46.38 seconds.

FINAL Race 31

With a front row line up for this 8 lap final of George Holbrook (49) at it head, Travis Coyne on P2 and William Smalley (99) on P3 can Holbrook make it four out of four? William Smalley (99) has had a good day so far and he ends it off with a tight victory over George Holbrook (49) who trailed Smalley by 0.11 seconds. Travis Coyne (72) finished in third place 1.17 seconds behind Smalley. 7:04.97 minutes was Smalley’s race finishing time. On lap 7 George Holbrook set the fastest lap of the race posting a time of 46.95 seconds.

George Holbrook
George Holbrook

Junior Open

Heat 1 Race 5

Mixed grid this month of X30’s, Mini Max and TKMs. On pole Ethan Marr (16) from S8Racing topped this grid of eight entrants. Steven Dixon (71) took the second spot and William Ashe (14) on P3 for the X30’s. Steven Dixon (71) gave everyone a wakeup call as he won the race with a gap of 7.55 seconds ahead of second place driver Ethan Marr (16). William Ashe (14) finished the race in third and was 0.20 seconds behind Marr. Dixon’s race finishing time was 6:58.11 minutes. The fastest laps of the race were set by Steven Dixon who posted a lap time of 46.31 seconds in his X30 kart. For TKM / Mini Max Jak Swainston (22) and Scott McIntyre (35) took the front row but it was Byron Brown (77) that crossed the line 0.84 seconds ahead of Swainston with a race completion time of 7:39.40 minutes. Adam Colton (41) put down a lap time of 51.13 seconds and he was running in a Mini Max. Scott McIntyre (35) was the only driver that failed to finish although posted the fastest time on lap 2 and his last lap in this race.

Heat 2 Race 14

The second race of this mixed grid, Steven Dixon (71) stepped in to P1 with, William Ashe (14) on P2 and Ethan Marr (16) on P3. At this moment in time it is looking like Steven Dixon (71) is looking totally in control as he takes another dominant victory with a lead of 6.44 seconds over second place driver Ethan Marr (16). William Ashe (14) finished in third and was 8.71 seconds behind commander Dixon. 6:57.94 minutes was Dixon’s race finishing time. The fastest laps of the race went to Steven Dixon the time of 46.38 seconds in for X30. P1 for Scott McIntyre (35) with Jak Swanston (22) in P2 and Byron Brown (77) in P3 for this group. Scott McIntyre the fast set a lap time of 48.12 seconds in for TKM and Adam Colton (41) posted a time of 50.61 seconds for Mini Max.

Scott McIntyre
Scott McIntyre – Junior TKM

Heat 3 Race 23

The line up consisted of P1 – William Ashe (14), P2 – Ethan Marr (16), P3 – Steven Dixon and P4 – Charlotte Fox (5) completing the X30 grid. After the amazing performances in the previous two heats Dixon continue on this top form and clasped the race by 0.48 seconds ahead of Ashe. Charlotte Fox (5) edged out Marr to finish in third place. Dixon’s race completion time was 7:03.86 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to Steven Dixon who put down a lap time of 46.64 seconds for the X30 camp. Scott McIntyre (35) posted a lap time of 48.34 seconds for TKM and Adam Colton (41) set a lap time of 49.55 seconds. Can anyone ruin Dixon’s party and take the victory in the final? Bryon Brown (77) was the only non-finisher.

FINAL Race 32

Grid positions for this 9 lap decider had Junior X30 P1 – Dixon P2 – Marr P3 – Ashe P4 – Fox Junior TKM P1 – Swainston P2 – McIntyre P3 – Brown P4 – Colton – Mini Max The day has been owned by Steven Dixon as with his calm personality and steely concentration he made it four out of four romping home and taking the chequered final with a 9.96 seconds clear lead. Ethan Marr. William Ashe crossed the line in third place with Charlotte Fox 0.08 seconds off his bumper. Dixon’s race finishing time was 6:58.74 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to Steven Dixon (71) on lap 9 posted a time of 46.34 seconds Scott McIntyre (35) set a time of 48.26 seconds on lap 3 Adam Colton (41) set a lap time of 48.94 seconds Byron Brown (77) was the only non-finisher.

William Ashe - X30 Junior
William Ashe – X30 Junior

Senior Max

Heat 1 Race 6

Thirteen entries in this class for the first heat where on the first three lines of the starting grid saw Martin Fisher (59) on the first step, with Alex Exton (31) gracing us on P2 and Paul Moran (77) taking P3. Starting from P12 Kurt Davies (12) came out on top with a lead of 1.76 seconds ahead of second place driver James Davis (1). Davis got a warning during the race because of contact driving. Alex Exton (31) crossed the line in third place 2.35 seconds behind Davis. Davies’s race completion time was 6:54.91 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Kurt Davies as he posted a time of 45.58 seconds. Martin Brackenbury (73) was the only non-finisher.

Heat 2 Race 15

We had P1 – Rolandas Rimkus (16), P – 2 Andrew Clarke (24) and P3 – Samantha Neve (8) and keeping a watchful eye over Samantha was her baby brother Liam Neve (33) who landed the first two row gigs. Only five karts to get past this time but this proves not so bad for Kurt Davies (12), who takes another heat win with a lead of 1.56 seconds over second place driver Martin Brackenbury (73) who had failed to finish the first heat. Brilliant stuff from Brackenbury coming from the fifth row at the start to claim P2. Liam Neve (33) who finished last in the first heat managed to claim third place 7.69 seconds behind Davies. 6:52.73 minutes was Davies’s race completion time. Both Kurt Davies and Martin Brackenbury set the fastest lap of the race with an identical time of 45.60 seconds. DNFs for both Jonathan Palgrave (6) and Thomas Baldwin (11).

Alex Exton
Alex Exton

Heat 3 Race 24

The lucky contestants for the front row audition were Aidas Vengris (56) on P1, P2 for Kurt Davies (12) and James Davis (1) Kurt Davies (12) is keeping up the good work and takes a satisfying victory of 1.87 seconds ahead of Martin Brackenbury (73) who finished in second place. Third place went to James Davis (1) who crossed the line 2.22 seconds behind P2 Brackenbury. Davies finished the race in 6:53.41 minutes. Martin Brackenbury set the fastest lap posting a time of 45.70 seconds. Samantha Neve (8), Martin Fisher (59) and Thomas Baldwin (11) all failed to finish.

FINAL Race 33

Now for the decider, P1 – Kurt Davies (12) will he, won’t he, Brackenbury’s on P4? Whilst on P2 – James Davis (1) had to shake off Alex Exton (31) on P3. Martin Brackenbury (73) stole the show crossing the line to take the chequered with lead of 4.20 seconds. James Davis (1) came home to take the second trophy with a gap of 4.84 seconds ahead of P3 winner Liam Neve (33) Brackenbury’s race completion time was 6:52.51 minutes. Martin Brackenbury claimed the fastest lap of the race posting a lap time of 45.74 seconds. Kurt Davies (12) was excluded from the race because of incorrect tyre codes!!! Only 8 finishers in this race…

Thomas Baldwin
Thomas Baldwin

Rotax 177

Heat 1 Race 7

Utilising the sooner you enter the higher up the grid you start, came John Scott (6) at the front, on P2 – Mark Wingad (47) whilst championship leader P3 – Scott Collinge (95) completed the trio for the 9 lap heats. Nine laps and 16 entrants for the first race of the Rotax 177’s and within 6:57.23 minutes Scott Collinge (95) passed his front row chums and with a lead of 4.99 seconds to claim the his first win of the day; it’s Collinge he’s bound to get another one! Negotiating is way from a P6 start came driver Tim Darlow (8) cross the line to take P2, after having to defend off CCL Racing’s Robert Carter (75) as he launched from P13. Carter missed out on P2 by 1.30 seconds. The fastest lap of the race went to Scott Collinge at of 46.10 seconds.

Heat 2 Race 16

Up to the altar came the next potential victors with P1 – Peter Bielby (88), on P2 – Chris Watson (62) rejoining us from last years championship and making up the trinity we find Ross Meakin (77) currently ranking third in the championship. The second race of the 177’s commence with Tim Darlow (8), Sam Scott (30) and Andy Hargrave (181) crashing at turn one leaving all three at the back of the grid for the remainder of the heat but Darlow who started off the back wasn’t going to let that spoil his day. Robert Carter (75) who finished in third place in heat one, snapped at the flag with a gap of 0.19 seconds as he overtook previous winner Scott Collinge (95) for the win. John Scott (6) came home in third place 1.94 seconds behind Carter. 7:03.28 minutes was Carter’s race finishing time. On lap 7 Scott Collinge set the fastest lap of the race with at 46.46 seconds. Chris Watson (62) was excluded from the race.

Steven Walker
Steven Walker

Heat 3 Race 25

On his first day in the championship and Kevin Harvey (86) lands the role on pole. Steven Walker (2) who came in fourth in the previous heat took the second line with Tim Darlow (8) on P3, needing to make amends for the previous heat. Elbows out from P8, Scott ”yes he did it again” Collinge (95) claimed a victory with a lead of 1.60 seconds in front of Darlow and Walker finished in third place. Collinge’s race completion time was 7:03.13 minutes. Collinge set the fastest lap pf the race posting a time of 46.27 seconds. Robert Carter (75) and John Scott (6) failed to finish the race.

FINAL Race 34

Nine laps for the 15 finalists with four trophies on offer. P1 – Can Scott Collinge (95) maintain his position at head of the pack? Steven Walker (2) on P2, who is currently in sixth in the championship. Tim Darlow (8) slotted into P3 with his success from the previous heat. Again and again this man Scott Collinge (95) takes final flag, dominating the race with a lead of 9.06 seconds and nearly knocking over the photographer trying to capture the winning shot. Steven Walker (2) crossed the line to claim second place followed by Tim Darlow (8) 2.22 seconds later in third place. Collinge’s race finishing time was 6:54.72 minutes and also set the fastest lap of the race posting a time of 45.95 seconds. Robert Carter (75) was excluded from the race because of contact driving.

Scott Collinge
Scott Collinge

Senior Open

Heat 1 Race 8

A mixed grid of eight Senior X30s and four Open drivers start their day of racing with a 9 lap heat. X30’s headed up by Dave Tucker (80) who moved down to a step in the leaders table as Mad-Croc UK’s driver Josh Simms with three meetings points, took the top slot. Two new comers to this championship Simon Church (77) on P2 and third to the altar Leon Dolby (99) also from the Mad-Croc UK camp. Competing for his second time, Brent Smith (158) with Michael Garwood at the front of the open pack. Tucker took a pole to lights heat win with ’s Euan Wilson (11) alongside his back bumper; coming from P8, and a minuscule 0.14 seconds behind in second place. Dolby came home in third place 3.14 seconds off P2. Tucker’s race completion time was 6:52.00 minutes. In the Open Brent held on to his first place start whilst David Garwood (7) over took his son Michael for P2 by half a second. The fastest laps of the race went to X30 Euan Wilson, on lap 7 setting a time of 45.30 seconds with Open driver Brent Smith (158) posting a time of 46.74 seconds on lap 8.

Heat 2 Race 17

Making their way to the pointy end of the troop was Leon Dolby (99) on P1 with another of the Mad-Croc UK contingent Ian Laws (96) on P2, and Jonathan Gask (18) in spot No.3. After his challenge against Dave Tucker (80) in the previous heat, it was time for Euan Wilson (11) to start off the back of the grid and take control and seize the heat win 0.31 seconds ahead of Tucker. Dolby is keeping it consistent and finishes in third for the second heat running. Wilson’s race finishing time was 6:54.50 minutes. Euan Wilson set the fastest lap again with a time of 45.41 seconds in X30’s. This time is was Jak Shepherd (10) in the screaming KF1 who posted a time of 47.00 seconds in the Open class. Luke Wingfield (12) did not finish the race.

Brent Smith
Brent Smith – Senior Open

Heat 3 Race 26

Final decider for grid positions had Jonathan Gask (18), Simon Church (77) and Ian Laws (96) at the front of the X30 grid. It’s an S8Racing 1, 2, 3! From the back of the grid Euan Wilson (11) makes it a second win with a dominant victory lead of 6.17 seconds ahead his teammate Luke Wingfield (12) whilst third place James S8Racing (39); who finished in fourth in heat two, crossed the line in third only a staggering 0.02 second after Wingfield. Wilson’s race finishing time was 6:53.40 minutes. The fastest laps of the race came from Euan Wilson for X30’s, who posted a time of 45.61 seconds. Michael Garwood (88) who put down a lap time of 46.70 seconds for the Open class. Dave Tucker (80) and Brent Smith (158) were both non-finishers.

FINAL Race 35

Lining up for the for the penultimate race of the day S8Racing drivers Euan Wilson (11) and novice James Gleave (39) were on P1 and P3 respectively, with Mad-Croc UK driver Leon Dolby (99) on P2. From fourth off the grid, with a 0.49 second lead and by holding off Dolby to second place, Dave Tucker capture the chequered. James Gleave (39) came home in third place missing out on a trophy by 1.32 seconds. Tucker’s race completion time was 6:53.40 minutes. Returning to last years winning form, Jak Shepherd (10) stole the win with a lead of 3.72 seconds from Michael Harwood (88). The fastest laps of the race both on lap 5 went to James Gleave who put down a lap time of 45.87 seconds and on Jak Shepherd (10) set a time of 46.96 seconds. Brent Smith (158) did not finish the race. It was a tragic race for Euan Wilson (11) whose brilliance shone all day, was excluded from the race due to incorrect tyre barcodes! Making this the third time today across the classes.

Euan Wilson - Senior X30
Euan Wilson – Senior X30

KZ125

Heat 1 Race 9

Fourteen gearbox challengers take to the grid for these 10 lap heats. From the CCL Racing awning Lucas Vaus (12) lines up for P1, Mitchell Brown (42) on P; who’d missed rounds two and four of the championship and Ben Hissitt (76); sponsored by J. Davidson, smoking up the grid on P3. A comfortable win for pole-sitter Vaus who came out on top with a win of 3.53 seconds lead over second place driver Hissitt. Coming from P10, Mark Stimson (10) crossed the line in third place 4.64 seconds behind Hissitt. 6:47.37 minutes was Vaus’s race finishing time. On lap 7 the fastest lap of the race was set by race winner Vaus as he set a brilliant time of 39.92 seconds. James Harvey (26) was the only non-finisher.

Heat 2 Race 18

Looking cool and dripping in Praga, Ian Danby (7) takes the front pew, on P2, championship leader Sarah Budby (54) with brothers Jason (5) and Mark Stimson (10), lined up next to Budby on the second row. Mark Stimson (10) who finished in third in heat one, comes out on top with Lucas Vaus (12) in second position trailing Stimson by 4.70 seconds. Ben Hissitt (76) manage to claim the third spot. Stimson’s race finishing time was 6:50.13 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Lucas Vaus who set a time of 40.08 seconds. Ian Danby (7) started the race from pole position and stalled at the start causing some “confusion” but he managed to get the kart going again.

Simon Parker
Simon Parker

Heat 3 Race 27

Sporting a very lovely Arai Chaser V helmet, Michael Kenney (48) headed the pack. P2 brought CCL Racing driver Chad Hargrave (81) with on P2, Emlyn Hughes (44) who we haven’t seen since round one in February and currently standing fifth in the championship Peter Britcliffe (52) on P3 and P4. Finishing the previous heat in sixth place didn’t deter Peter Britcliffe (52), stamping his mark on the win. Britcliffe’s lead on Mark Stimson (10), who finished in second place was 0.69 seconds. So far Ben Hissitt (76) is having a good day finishing in third again 0.89 seconds behind Stimson. Britcliffe’s race completion time was 6:51.42 minutes. Mark Stimson however took the fastest lap away from Britcliffe and posted a lap time of 40.40 seconds. Michael Kenney (48) sadly failed to start the race.

FINAL Race 36

As the day came to a close the top spot was awarded to Mark Stimson (10) who gave the recognition to his success so far today on his new Sodi kart and suit. Heat 1 winner Lucas Vaus (12) rolled up on P2 and could it be another third for Ben Hissitt (76) on P3? P4 held Peter Britcliffe (52), with Sarah Budby (54) and Michael Kenny (48) on the third row just because there’s not enough entertainment on offer with the first four LOL! Disaster for Britcliffe as his kart fails with just over a lap to go. Excellent driving from Mark Stimson (10) as he shakes free with a 2.01 second lead and takes the final chequered flag and first of the four trophies. Second place winner Hissitt (76) led Kenney (48) by 2.68 seconds, who in turn was defending like a demon to keep Budby (54) at bay, not an easy challenge but 0.09 of a second edge won him P3 . Stimson’s race finishing time was 6:49.62 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to our fourth place finisher Sarah Budby (54) who posted a lap time of 40.41 seconds on lap 6. Jason Stimpson (5) did not finish the race.

Chad Hargrave
Chad Hargrave

Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 Round 7
Sunday 17th July

Fulbeck Kart Track – NG32 2AY

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Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 – Round 4 Report

Sunday 15 May 2016

Reported By Alex Rouse / Carol McLean

With the sun shining down upon us 145 entrants brought another busy weekend for the 4th round of the IKR/Non-MSA Fulbeck Events Sprint Series. Clerk of Course, John Goldthorpe held drivers briefing at 9:15am and racing commenced just after 9.30am for 12 classes over 40 races of close competitive racing. With no serious injuries and high driving standards there was constant entertainment throughout the day.

Freddie Spindlow
Freddie Spindlow

Honda Cadets

Heat 1 Race 1

As the day kicked off it was this class brought who were first up. The race saw Harry Wainwright (39) take a comfortable victory with a gap of 3.06 seconds ahead of new comer Thomas Short (4), Max Cotton (24) crossed the line to finish third and 3.14 seconds behind Wainwright. Wainwright’s race finishing time was 6:16.37 minutes. Harry Wainwright claimed the fastest lap with a lap time of 53.78 seconds. 

Heat 2 Race 11

Thomas Colton (20) came home in first place with a lead of 2.31 seconds ahead of Benjamin Smalley (96) and Thomas Short (4) finished in third 4.75 seconds behind Colton. Colton’s race completion time was 6:14.31 seconds. The fastest lap of the race went to Thomas Colton posting a lap time of 53.50 seconds. It was a disappointing race for Harry Wainwright (39) as he received a 10 second penalty for overtaking whilst under yellows.

Max Cotton
Max Cotton

Heat 3 Race 21

For the start of the third and final heat for this class we saw Harry Wainwright (39) pounce back from the previous heats penalties to storm home 1.39 seconds ahead of Benjamin Smalley (96), Max Cotton (24) crossed the line in third place and 4.11 seconds behind Wainwright. Wainwright’s race finishing time was 6:16.11 minutes. Thomas Colton (20) set the fastest lap with a time of 53.42 seconds.

FINAL Race 31

Now as we move on into this 6 lap final, Harry Wainwright (39) returned to again to pole position with Benjamin Smalley (96) in place and Max Cotton (24) on the third rung. This was a closely fought battle but out of nowhere came Thomas Short (4) who just snatched the chance on the win from Harry Wainwright by only 0.08 seconds. Benjamin Smalley came home in third place and 0.20 seconds behind race winner Short. Thomas Short’s race finishing time was 5:27.92 minutes. Short set the fastest lap of the race posting a time of 53.67 seconds. Thomas Colton (20) was not classified.

With 6 rounds still to go championship leader Harry Wainwright maintains P1 on the championship table with 313 points. On P2 is Ben Smalley with a 12 points difference, follow by Adam Colton on P3 with 279 points.

Thomas Short
Thomas Short

IAME Cadet

Heat 1 Race 2

With 21 drivers and on his first visit to FESS, 2015 Bambino British Open champion Freddie Slater (7) from the Fusion Motorsport awning, took a stunning victory with a gap of 0.14 seconds ahead of Harvey Riby (71) from Mark Baines Motorsport (MBM). Connor Taylor (12) came in third place 3.59 seconds s Slater. Slater’s race finishing time was 6:17.59 minutes and the fastest lap of the race was awarded to fellow teammate Vinnie Phillips (87) posting a lap time of 52.99 seconds. Alfie Garford (18) did not finish the race.

Heat 2 Race 12

With 2.5mins left on the clock Freddie Slater (7) holds his lead but 30 seconds later MBMs Harvey Riby (71) snatches the lead and Slater with his teammate Vinnie Phillips (87) making it impossible to guess outcome. The top three were separated by less than half a second! Riby holds onto his lead by going wide and defending like a demon all the way to the flag. The gap between Riby and Slater was 0.05 seconds and Riby’s race finishing time was 6:14.11 minutes but the fastest lap of the race again went to Vinnie Phillips setting a time of 53.06 seconds.

Vinnie Phillips
Vinnie Phillips

Heat 3 Race 22

In the last IAME heat it was another breathtaking finish. MBM’s Harvey Riby (71) take his second another victory for the day with a 0.09 second lead over Connor Taylor (12). Fusion’s Freddie Slater (7) finished in third place and 0.99 seconds behind Riby. Riby’s race completion time was 6:15.90 minutes. MBM’s Freddie Spindlow set the fastest lap time of the race with a time of 52.97 seconds. Benjamin Doughty (28) received a 5 place penalty due to a jump start.

FINAL Race 32

Harvey Riby (71) was our pole sitter for this nine lap decider with Freddie Slater (7) and Connor Taylor (12) in third. With “meticulous defensive driving” Freddie Slater who started in second place won the race in 7:10.42 minutes, 0.44 seconds ahead of fifth place starter Freddie Spindlow (60). Harvey Riby held on for a third place only 0.62 seconds off first place, followed by Vinnie Phillips (87) in fourth place with a race time of 7:12.20 and a hungry Connor Taylor 0.13 seconds The fastest lap of the race went to Freddie Spindlow setting a lap time of 53.37 seconds.

Championship table shows a different name in the top spot for May. P1 Vinnie Phillips with last months leader Connor Taylor moving down a line to P2 and Harvey Riby holding onto P3. Charlie Rippin and George Blessett are closely following in the top three in P4 and P5.

Chloe Buckley
Chloe Buckley

TYRO – Junior Gillard

Heat 1 Race 3

As the Tyro’s kicked off their first race of the day, it was Robert Sims (33) who took a tight victory over second place driver Jack Godden (22), the gap between them was 0.53 seconds. Josh Raistrick (28) brought it home to finish in third place and 1.05 seconds behind Sims. Sims’s race finishing time was 6:22.62 minutes. Robert Sims set the pace with a fastest lap time of 53.57 seconds.

Heat 2 Race 13

Robert Sims (33) managed to keep his race winning form to win the heat only 0.48 ahead of James Leivers (94). Jack Godden (22) finished in third place 5.21 seconds behind Sims. Sims’s race finishing time was 6:16.97 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Robert Sims with a lap time of 53.83 seconds.

Rachael Swain
Rachael Swain

Heat 3 Race 23

The previous winner of the last two heats, Robert Sims (33) drove away from James Leivers (94) to win the race with a comfortable enough lead of 2.26 seconds. Jack Godden (22) finished in third 2.43 seconds behind Sims and less than a second behind Leivers. Sims’s race completion time was 6:14.98 minutes. Robert Sims posted the fastest lap with a time of 53.56 seconds.

FINAL Race 33

Third final of the day and theTyro’s line up for this 8 lap final. Robert Sims (33) started on pole ahead of Jack Godden (22) and Josh Raistrick (28). Robert Sims took a comfortable victory over Jack Godden with a lead of 3.10 seconds who was closely followed by James Leivers (94) 0.59 seconds in third place. Sims’s race finishing time was 7:06.64 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race was 53.57 seconds by Robert Sims. Championship stands with Robert Sims on P1, P2 Jack Godden and P3 Josh Raistrick.

Josh Raistrick
Josh Raistrick

Junior Max

Heat 1 Race 4

Now as we move on to Junior Max, we find 10 contenders. Jason Lockwood (78) pipped James Lowther (22) to the victory with a gap of 0.58 seconds. Travis Coyne (72) came home in third and 3.55 seconds behind Lockwood. Lockwood’s race finishing time was 6:08.98 seconds. It was James Lowther who set the pace with the fastest lap time of 45.90 seconds. Callum Kenny (12) got a 10 second penalty due to gaining an unfair advantage.

Heat 2 Race 14

For the second Junior Max heat it was James Lowther’s (22) turn to take ownership of P1 from Jason Lockwood (78) with a gap of 1.58 seconds. Third place went to Reece Cridland (46) crossing the line 0.58 seconds behind Lockwood. Lowther’s race finishing time was 6:11.69 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to Lockwood and Lowther setting an identical lap time of 46.30 seconds.

Jamie Rooke
Jamie Rooke

Heat 3 Race 24

Jason Lockwood (78) won the third and final heat of the Junior Max’s with a finishing time of 6:12.14 seconds. From the Thomas Day Racing camp, driver Jamie Rooke (70) took P2, 3.14 seconds behind Lockwood and threatening to topple Lowther from the head of the championship. Travis Coyne (72) finished in third place 2.89 seconds behind Rooke. The fastest lap of the race went to James Lowther (22) with a time of 46.45 seconds on lap 7. James Lowther received a 10 second penalty for contact driving.

FINAL Race 34

With a front row line up for this 9 lap final of Jason Lockwood (78) on pole, James Lowther (22) on second rung and Travis Coyne (72) in third, it was going to be a tough battle but Lowther managed to take the chequered flag with Lockwood hot on his heels with a difference of 0.45 seconds. Coyne held his position to come home in third place . Lowther’s race finishing time was 6:58.87 minutes. The fastest lap of the race was set by Jason Lockwood posting a time of 46.32 seconds lap 7.

Some shuffling in the FESS championship with TDR’s Jamie Rooke moving up one place to P1, with Reece Gridland and Travis Coyne following Rooke up the table in to P2 & P3. Lowther now sits in P4.

James Lowther
James Lowther

Junior X30

Heat 1 Race 5

No mixed grid this month with 6 entrants. Fraz Fenwick (163) held off close CCL Racing’s challenger Starr Casey (38) to win the race with a gap of 0.33 seconds. Charlotte Fox (5) finished in third and was 3.96 seconds behind Fenwick. Fenwick’s race completion time was 6:09.67 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Fraz Fenwick with a lap time of 45.96 seconds on lap 7. William Ashe (14) was disqualified due to being underweight.

Heat 2 Race 15

The second race of the X30’s consisted of tight negotiated racing, as the top three were separated by less than a second. Team 698 Racing driver Steven Dixon (71) held off Starr Casey (38) to win the race by 0.32 seconds. Charlotte Fox (5) crossed the line in third place and 0.28 seconds behind Casey. Dixon’s race finishing time was 6:09.08 minutes. The fastest lap of the race was set by Steven Dixon with a lap time of 46.00 seconds.

Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox

Heat 3 Race 25

For the third and final Heat for the X30 group it was Steven Dixon (71) who won the race with a lead of 0.52 seconds ahead of Charlotte Fox (5), Starr Casey (38) came home in third place and 1.64 seconds behind Dixon. Dixon’s race finishing time was 6:09.17 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Charlotte Fox posting a lap time of 45.99 seconds.

FINAL Race 35

Steven Dixon (71) managed to stay on his feet as he won the race 0.38 seconds ahead of Fraz Fenwick (163). Starr Casey (38) crossed the line to finish in third position and 3.87 seconds difference between her and Dixon. 6:53.74 minutes was Dixons race finishing time who on lap 9 set the fastest lap time posting a time of 45.82 seconds. Its all change in this championship.

Charlotte Fox now heads the table in P1, William Ashe moves into P2 from fourth place whilst Steven Dixon moves down to P3.

Fraz Fenwick
Fraz Fenwick

Junior Open

Heat 1 Race 6

Mixed grid of EasyKarts, Mini Max and Junior TKM. In the EasyKarts Keagan Reeve (99) dominated the race with a gap of 4.60 seconds ahead of his brother TJ Reeve (98), another Thomas Day Racing driver Matthew Bonnet (71) in Mini Max finished in third and 11.37 seconds behind Keagan Reeve. Reeve’s race finishing time was 6:22.00 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to Keagan Reeve setting a lap time of 47.77 seconds for EasyKart and Matthew Bonnet posted the fastest lap of 48.26 in Mini Max and Junior TKM driver Jak Swainston (22) set a lap time of 49.06.

Heat 2 Race 16

Yet again it was another comfortable victory for Keagan Reeve (99) as he crossed the line 3.19 seconds ahead of Matthew Bonnet (71), third place went to TJ Reeve (98) 3.39 seconds behind brother Keagan. Keagan Reeve’s race finishing time was 6:23.68 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to Keagan Reeve posting a lap time of 47.78 seconds, Matthew Bonnet with a time of 48.09 seconds in his Mini Max and Junior TKM driver Jak Swainston (22) set a lap time of 48.95 seconds.

Keagan Reeve - EasyKart
Keagan Reeve – EasyKart

Heat 3 Race 26

For the third heat in a row, Keagan Reeve (99) is showing everyone how unbeatable he is at the moment by taking a 3.92 second victory over Matthew Bonnet (71). Zak Aldred (32) also in Mini Max finished third and was 8.59 seconds behind Keagan. When Keagan Reeve crossed the line, his race time was 6:22.40 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to Keagan Reeve with a lap time of 47.70 seconds, Matthew Bonnet set a lap time of 48.12 seconds in his Mini Max and Junior TKM driver Jak Swainston (22) posted a time of 48.85 seconds.

FINAL Race 36

Keagan Reeve (99) started the race on pole position with his brother TJ Reeve (98) in second place and Jak Swainston (22) in third place. Keagan Reeve drove a great race and won the race by 4.87 seconds ahead of TJ Reeve. Matthew Bonnet (71) who started the race in fifth place took third place and was 6.64 seconds behind Reeve. Reeve’s race completion time was 7:10.32 minutes and the fastest laps of the race went to Keagan Reeve posting a lap time of 47.70 seconds, Matthew Bonnet set a lap time of 48.01 seconds in Mini Max and Jak Swainston put a lap time down of 49.40 seconds. Tomas Peacher holds top spot on the leader table for Mini Max with Josh Askew moving up to Junior Max, Jak Swainston’s the only contender for Junior TKM whilst the Keegan Reeve keeps his brother at bay.

Zak Aldred - Mini Max
Zak Aldred – Mini Max

Rotax 177 

Heat 1 Race 7

As we saw this first heat of seniors race get underway it was Ross Meakin (77) who took a close win with a lead of 0.50 seconds over second placed Team 698 Racing driver and current championship leader Scott Collinge (95). CCL Racing’s Sean Smith (64) finished in third and 1.54 seconds behind Meakin. Meakin’s race finishing time was 6:09.59 minutes. The fastest lap of the race was by close challenger Scott Collinge setting a lap time of 45.65 seconds. Tim Darlow (8) was given a 10 second penalty for overtaking over yellow flags.

Heat 2 Race 17

For their second time of the day to the grid and it’s Scott Collinge (95) who came over the line first beating Ross Meakin (77) to the victory with a lead of 0.57 seconds. Sean Smith (64) came home in third and 5.83 seconds behind Collinge. Scott Collinge crossed the line to set his race finishing time of 6:06.96 minutes. The fastest lap went to Scott Collinge with a lap time of 45.87 seconds.

Tim Darlow
Tim Darlow

Heat 3 Race 27

Mild mannered Sean Smith (64) took an out of the blue victory with second place driver Gary Slator (31) cross the line in second place and 2.85 seconds behind Smith. Ross Meakin (77) finished in third and was only 0.15 seconds behind Smith. Smith crossed the line to set a race finishing time of 6:10.57 minutes. Fastest lap again went to Scott Collinge (95) posting a time of 45.86 seconds on lap 8.

FINAL Race 37

With all 14 entrants on the grid it’s Ross Meakin (77) who would start the race on pole position, with Scott Collinge (95) in second place and Sean Smith (64) finishing off the front row. Scott Collinge shimmied his way to take the lead winning the race with a lead of 0.77 seconds ahead of second placed Sean Smith. Third place went to Robert Carter (75) who started fourth on the grid but was awarded third place because pole sitter Ross Meakin got a 3 place penalty due to overtaking under yellows on the rolling lap. Collinge’s race finishing time was 6:56.98 minutes. Sean Smith secured the fastest lap of the race setting a lap time of 45.61 seconds.

More shuffling around in the championship table with CCL Racing driver Rob Carter moving up from third place to P1, his teammate Sean Smith moves down to P6. P2 we see Gary Slator from three rungs below. On P3 we now have Steven Walker from P8!!!

Scott Collinge
Scott Collinge

Senior Max

Heat 1 Race 8

With 17 entrants Nathan Chafer (44) takes a comfortable victory over Milton SteeleVaessen (96) with a gap of 2.88 seconds. Steven Burdass (26) crossed the line to finish in third place 5.77 seconds behind Chafer. Chafer’s race completion time was 6:02.23 minutes. Kurt Davies (31) set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 45.20 seconds. Thomas Baldwin (11) and Alex Exton (31) were not classified and Harry Edwards received a 10 second penalty.

Heat 2 Race 18

Milton Steele-Vaessen (96) jumped back at Nathan Chafer (44) to win the race with a lead of 0.46 seconds. Steven Burdass (26) came home in third place with a 2.07 seconds difference to race winner Steele-Vaessen. Steele-Vaessen’s race finishing time was 6:04.89 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Nathan Chafer posting a lap time of 45.26 seconds.

Matt Evans
Matt Evans

Heat 3 Race 28

Nathan Chafer (44) found some extra oomph to take the chequered but only 0.22 seconds ahead of Milton Steele-Vaessen (96). Steven Burdass (26) managed to finish in third position and with a gap difference of 4.49 seconds behind Chafer. Chafer’s race finishing time was 6:06.07 minutes and he set the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 45.04 seconds.

FINAL Race 38

Brought Nathan Chafer (44) to the front of the altar in P1 in this 9 lap final ahead of Milton Steele-Vasesen (96) and Steven Burdass (26). This race belonged to Nathan Chafer as he managed to pull out a lead of 1.58 seconds ahead of second place driver Martin Brackenbury (73) to win the race. James Davies (1) finished 5.26 seconds behind Chafer followed by Steele-Vaessen 2.11 seconds later. Chafer’s race finishing time was 6:47.35 minutes. Kurt Davies (12) set the pace posting a fastest lap time of 44.17 seconds. Kurt Davis is knocked off the top of the ladder and moves down to P4. With the absence of Joe Jaques, in P3 we find Jonathan Palgrave who has moved up two places and Martin Brackenbury in P2. P1 belongs to James Davies who’s leading the championship but by only 12 points.

James Davis
James Davis

Senior Open 

Heat 1 Race 9

With 9 entrants we have a mix of classes, four X30s, three Biland SA 250s (BIL) and a Senior Open (SNO). James White (58) in X30s who took an authoritative victory with a gap of 4.14 seconds ahead of second place Mad-Croc driver Joshua Simms (40). Jonathon Gask (18) crossed the line to finish in third position and 7.95 seconds after Simms. White’s race finishing time was 6:04.08 seconds. The fastest laps of the race went to James White setting a lap time of 45.21 seconds for X30s, Brent Smith (158) set a lap time of 46.83 seconds in SNO and Michael Garwood (88) put down a lap time of 46.98 seconds for BIL.

Heat 2 Race 19

James White (58) romped home yet again with a lead of 4.96 seconds ahead of Joshua Simms (40). Michael Garwood (88) brought his kart home in third place 23.98 seconds after Simms. White crossed the line to complete the race with a race time of 6:01.06 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to James White posting a lap time of 45.01 seconds in his X30 kart, Brent Smith (158) in SNO put a down a lap time of 47.14 seconds and Andy Bennett (22) set a lap time of 48.32 seconds for BIL.

David Garwood
David Garwood

Heat 3 Race 29

Today James White (58) is on supreme form as yet again taking the chequered but this time with a 6.39 seconds difference between him and second place driver Joshua Simms (40). Jonathon Gask (18) came home 19.01 seconds behind White. James White set the race finishing time with a time of 6:02.38 minutes. The fastest laps of the race went to X30 James White setting a lap time of 45.31 seconds, BIL Andy Bennett (22) set a time of 47.89 seconds and SNO Brent Smith (158) posted a time of 49.81 seconds. Will James White manage to keep his dominant form going into the final?

FINAL Race 39

Heading into the penultimate race of the day it was James White (58) who started the race on pole position with Joshua Simms (40) and Jonathon Gask (18) adding to the front row. White was in total control of this 9 lap decider and managed to shake off a dogged Simms with a gap of 3.01 seconds. Gask held on to his third place start crossing the line 15.77 seconds off second place. 6:50.13 minutes was White’s race finishing time who also set the fastest lap time of 45.55 seconds on lap 7. SNO Brent Smith (158) posted a lap time of 46.92 seconds and BIL Michael Garwood (88) put down a lap time of 47.77 seconds. Andy Bennett heads up the leader table for SNO even with the switch from his normal Arixo to Biland.

Father and son team Michael & David Garwood also retain their positions in P2 & P3 respectively. Joshua Simms now holds P1 for X30 with nearly a 100 point lead!!

Ian Laws
Ian Laws

KZ125

Heat 1 Race 10

The first heat of the KZ’s looked promising for Glen Guest (23) who won the race by 6.11 seconds ahead of Ben Hissitt (76), Mark Stimson (10) came across the line to take third 6.46 seconds behind Guest. 6:05.92 minutes was Glen Guest’s race completion time. The fastest lap of the race went to Lucas Vaus (12) setting a blistering lap time of 39.81 seconds.

Heat 2 Race 20

This was to be a close challenge between Sarah Budby (54) and Lucas Vaus (12) for the race win. Budby grasped the flag winning the race with a gap of 0.96 seconds ahead of Vaus. Peter Britcliffe (52) finished in third and was 6.15 seconds behind Budby. Sarah Budby’s race finishing time was 6:05.70 minutes. Lucas Vaus set the fastest lap of the race with another great lap time of 39.53 seconds but Sarah Budby wasn’t far off as she set a lap time of 39.81 seconds.

Glenn Guest
Glenn Guest

Heat 3 Race 30

With 14 contenders Sarah Budby (54) took a comfortable 2.06 seconds win over Mark Stimson (10). Peter Britcliffe (52) secured third place 3.22 seconds behind Budby. 6:05.12 minutes was Budby’s race finishing time who also set the fastest lap with a time of 39.90 seconds on lap 6.

FINAL Race 40

As the day came to a close Sarah Budby (54) starts the final race of the day in pole position ahead of Ben Hissitt (76) and Michael Kenny (48). As we ended the day it was Sarah Budby again, who was in a league of her own, as she dominated the race by 7.79 seconds ahead of Ben Hissitt. Michael Kenny crossed the line in third and 1.13 seconds after Hissitt. Sarah Budby completed the race with a race time of 7:20.86minutes and the fastest lap of the race at 39.92 seconds on lap 6.

Championship leader Sarah Budby holds on to the top step but with the ever improving Michael Kenney looming closely behind in P2 and Ian Danby retaining P3.

Josh Denny
Josh Denny

Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 Round 5
Sunday 19th June
Fulbeck Kart Track – NG32 2AY

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Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 – Round 3 Report

Sunday 17th April 2016

Reported By Alex Rouse / Carol McLean

With spring under way the changeable weather brought its full bag of tricks, threatening snow showers but hailstone joined with Saturday practice and with Sunday remaining dry. The third round of the IKR/Non-MSA Fulbeck Events Sprint Series (FESS) welcomed more than a 30% increase in competitor entries and with John Goldthorpe as Clark of Course the weekend ran like clockwork.

Racing commenced just after 9.30 am, with 3 lap practice and 27 heats to determine the grid positions for the 9 finals.

Chris Lawrence KZ125
Chris Lawrence KZ125

Honda Cadets – Heat 1

In this heat we saw Harry Wainwright (39) take a nerve racking win over Mack Priestwood (73) with a gap of 0.64 seconds, third place was awarded to Benjamin Smalley (96) and was 1.31 seconds behind Wainwright. Wainwright’s race completion time was 6:23.64 minutes and the fastest lap of the race went to second place driver Mack Priestwood posting a lap time of 54.32 seconds.

Honda Cadets – Heat 2

The tenth race of the day saw the start of the second heat and first up was Honda Cadet. Taking the win was Thomas Colton (20) with Harry Wainwright (39) following closely in second place with a 0.16 second margin and Joe Harrison (12) completing the top three 0.49 seconds behind Colton and all of them were separated by less than a second. If anyone made the slightest mistake then they would have had to pay the price. Colton’s race finish time was 6:23.39 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Mack Priestwood (73) setting a time of 54.38 seconds.

Harry Wainwright
Harry Wainwright

Honda Cadets – Heat 3

With the third and final heat of the meeting showed tenacity from Joe Harrison (12) who took a breath taking victory only 0.17 ahead of second place Ryan Ward (47) who in turn was seconds behind Harrison. Harry Wainwright (39) crossed the line 0.30 seconds behind Harrison and finished third overall. The top five were separated by less than a second. Joe Harrison’s race finishing time was 6:23.22 minutes. Thomas Colton (20) posted the fastest lap with a time of 54.40 seconds.

Honda Cadet – FINAL

For the first race of the finals, it was Harry Wainwright (39) who started the race on pole position with Joe Harrison (12) lining up in second place and Benjamin Smalley (96) in third. Another nail biting race with less than a second between the top five, “Smoking” Joe Harrison took the chequered flag and his first final win with Benjamin Smalley 0.20 seconds behind and Harry Wainwright finishing in third 0.49 seconds after Harrison who’s race completion time was 7:19.61 minutes.

Harry Wainwright set the fastest lap of the race posting a lap time of 54.63 seconds.

Championship leader Wainwright still holds on to top spot with Smalley and both the Colton brothers in close contention for the title.

Joe Harrison
Joe Harrison

TYRO – Junior Gillard – Heat 1

For the second race of the day we saw Robert Sims (33) take a dominant victory with a lead of 7.91 seconds over James Lievers (94)! In third place was Leo Robinson (48) came in 15.31 seconds behind Sims. Robert Sims’s race finishing time was 6:23.99 minutes and the fastest lap of the heat went to our race victor Sims setting a lap time of 54.68 seconds.

TYRO – Junior Gillard – Heat 2

In the second Tyro Heat we saw Robert Sims (33) take another dominant win over Rachel Swain (13) with a 6.45 second advantage but Valentino Coppola (18) wasn’t far off Swain and was 6.70 seconds behind Sims. Sims’s race completion time was 6:25.52 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Robert Sims setting an improved lap time of 54.42 seconds.

Robert Sims
Robert Sims

TYRO – Junior Gillard – Heat 3

In the final Tyro heat Robert Sims (33) chose not play with the other kids and romped home ahead of second place driver James Lievers (94) with a lead of 7.65 seconds. Josh Raistrich (28) finished in third and was 8.10 seconds behind the leader. Robert Sims’s race completion time was 6:21.74 minutes. The fastest lap of the race went to Robert Sims with a lap time of 54.44 seconds. Sims was the only driver to make it into the 54’s.

TYRO – Junior Gillard – FINAL

For the Tyro final Robert Sims (33) started on pole position, James Lievers (94) in second place, can Lievers beat Sims to the victory? Rachel Swain (13) lined up in third. James Lievers had to settle for second as Robert Sims ran away with the race win with 8.89 seconds lead over Lievers. Rachel Swain who started in third place ended up finishing fifth and fourth place starter Leo Robinson (48) managed to finish third and was 14.21 seconds behind Sims.

Robert Sims’s race finishing time was 7:13.98 minutes and he also collected the fastest lap of the race and he posted a lap time of 54.29 seconds.

Valentino Coppola (18) was handed a five place penalty for contact driving.

Josh Lievers
Josh Lievers

Junior, X30 & Junior Open – Heat 1

For the third race we saw a mix of three different categories competing making up a grid of 14 contenders with all classes looking very close. First place went to Team 698 Racing driver Steven Dixon (71) who took a comfortable victory with a lead of 3.21 seconds ahead of fellow team driver Cameron Coombs (86). Jamie Rooke (70) who finished only 0.93 seconds behind Coombs took third place. Dixon’s race completion time was 6:12.58 minutes.

The fastest laps of the race went to Steven Dixon (71) setting a lap time of 46.22 seconds in the X30 class, Jamie Rooke (70) set a lap time of 46.48 seconds in the Junior Max and Jack Swainston (22) posted a lap of 50.01 seconds in the Junior Open category.

Charlotte Fox (5) failed to finish because of a carburettor failure, if she had finished then we would have had a fight on our hands.

Junior, X30 & Junior Open – Heat 2

This race was another brilliant result for race winner Steven Dixon (71) as he won the race with a 4.05 second gap between super charged Charlotte Fox (5), Fox drove a fantastic recovery race in heat 2 to claim 2 points and second in the heat. Third place was Jamie Rooke (70) who was 4.83 seconds behind Dixon. Dixon’s race finishing time was 6:11.72 minutes.

The fastest laps of the race were Steven Dixon (71) and Charlotte Fox (5) setting an identical lap times of 46.37 seconds in the X30’s. Jamie Rooke (70) set the pace in the Junior Max with a lap time of 46.59 seconds and for Junior Open it was Jack Swainston (22) who posted a lap time of 49.54 seconds.

Jack Swainston
Jack Swainston

Junior, X30 & Junior Open – Heat 3

Steven Dixon (71) took a heart in mouth victory with equal challenger and second place driver Charlotte Fox (5) who kept Dixon on his feet for the entire race!! Dixon won by 0.16 seconds. Third place driver was Jake Brooker (11) who was 9.63 seconds behind Dixon. Dixon’s race finishing time was 6:11.04 seconds.

The fastest laps of the race go to X30 Junior driver Steven Dixon (71) posting a lap time of 45.96 seconds. Reece Cridland (46) with a lap time of 46.58 seconds for Junior Max and Jack Swainston (22) set a lap time of 49.66 in the Open class.

Junior, X30 & Junior Open – FINAL

The starting grid for the 30th race of the day brought Steven Dixon (71) to top rung, William Ashe (14) in second tier and with the best view of Turn 1 in their sights. Kart No.5 of Charlotte Fox lined in third spot. Could Fox take a win and ruin Dixons glory so far?

The focussed Team 698 Racing driver, Steve Dixon (71) grasped the win from Charlotte Fox (5) with only 0.20 seconds between them. Jamie Rooke (70) finished in third place and came in 11.81 seconds after the winner. Front row starter William Ashe (14) fell down the order to finish in sixth place. Steven Dixon’s race completion time was 6:57.04 minutes.

The fastest laps of the race went to Charlotte Fox posting a lap time of 46.27 seconds for X30 Juniors and Jamie Rooke entered a 47.09 seconds lap in Junior Max class and in Junior Open Josh Askew (35) set a lap time of 50.18 seconds.

Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox

IAME Cadet – Heat 1

22 drivers entered the expanding grid in the fourth race of the day. Chequered flag went to Reggie Duhy (66) 1.99 seconds ahead of send place Connor Taylor (12) and 2.15 seconds ahead of third place S8 Racing Danyal Hussain (96). Duhy’s race completion time was 6:21.02 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race went to fourth place driver Arron Browne (46), setting a lap time of 53.52 seconds.

The first penalty of the day went to Micah Taylor (48) for contact driving.

IAME Cadet – Heat 2

For the second heat in a row Reggie Duhy (66) who took a comfortable win over Connor Taylor (12) with a 3.53 second difference and in third was Jake Weston (45) who came in 4.45 seconds first place winner. Duhy’s race completion time was a 6:15.38 minutes.

The fastest lap of the heat went to Arron Browne (46) posting a lap time of 53.52 seconds.

Arron Browne
Arron Browne

IAME Cadet – Heat 3

In the final heat for the IAME grid Reggie Duhy (66) who again took victory this time over second place driver Jake Weston (46) with a gap of 0.52 seconds. Vinnie Phillips (87) finished in third place and was 1.74 seconds behind race winner Duhy. Duhy’s race completion time was 6:15.00 minutes.

The fastest of the race goes to Arron Browne (95) who set a lap time of 53.39 seconds.

IAME Cadet – FINAL

Reggie Duhy (66) started on pole position with KMS driver Jake Weston (45) in second place and Connor Taylor (12) in third. Vinnie Phillips (87) who starts fourth and Arron Browne (46) who starts in sixth place could be race winning contenders. In the end it was Reggie Duhy who drove 4.39 seconds down the road and won the race with Jake Weston in second place and Connor Taylor in third and was 4.48 seconds behind Duhy. Arron Browne managed to finish in fourth place and gaining two positions. Ash Turner (20) came home in fifth 0.08 seconds behind Browne whilst Vinnie Phillips dropped from third to sixth place. Duhy’s race completion time was 7:09.25 minutes and he also took the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 53.56 seconds.

Leader board is looking very interesting with new blood challenging established the contenders and only 15 point between the top five!!

Reggie Duhy
Reggie Duhy

Rotax 177 – Heat 1

17 entrants took to this grid in this fifth race and we saw CCL Racing driver Sean Smith (64) claim a comfortable victory over second place driver Scott Collinge (95) with a gap of 5.04 seconds and third place driver Gary Slator (31) finished 8.04 seconds behind Smith. Smith’s race completion time was 6:12.18 minutes.

Fastest lap of the race went to Sean Smith posting a lap time of 45.09 seconds.

Rotax 177 – Heat 2

For the second race of the Rotax 177 category we saw Scott Collinge (95) take a dominant victory with a lead of 5.35 seconds over second place driver Gary Slator (31) and Sean Smith (64) finished in third place and was 7.54 seconds behind Collinge. Collinge’s race completion time was 6:11.75 minutes who also took fastest lap of the race posting a lap time of 46.05 seconds.

Gary Slator
Gary Slator

Rotax 177 – Heat 3

In race 23 of the day Scott Collinge (95) took a nose to tale win over Steven Walker (2) who had finished in second only 0.35 seconds behind and with Sean Smith (64) finishing in third only 0.89 seconds behind Collinge. Collinge’s race finishing time was 6:16.95 minutes. Collinge claimed the fastest lap of the race posting a lap time of 46.02 seconds.

Rotax 177 – FINAL

Scott Collinge (95) and Sean Smith (64) locked out the front row with CCL Racing team mate Robert Carter (75) snuggling into third place and Gary Slator (31) in fourth. Can Smith, Carter or Slator ruin Collinge’s party?

0.41 seconds over second place driver Sean Smith, Scott Collinge took the challenge, battled and won the final. Robert Carter finished in third and 7.02 seconds off the leader and with Gary Slator coming home in in fourth place 0.18 seconds after Carter. Scott Collinge’s race finishing time was 6:56.87 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race went to Sean Smith posting a lap time of 45.95 seconds in lap 6.

Championship table shows 1 point between Collinge and Smith but which still has a meeting to drop?!!

Scott Collinge
Scott Collinge

Senior Max – Heat 1

A whopping 26 challengers gridded up to the alter. Martin Brackenbury (73) secured the heat win 0.53 seconds ahead of second place driver Scott Reynolds (77). There followed a gap of 3.03 seconds difference between Brackenbury and third place driver Josef Jaques (55).

The fastest lap of the race went to Josef Jaques posting a lap time of 45.81 seconds.

Ryan Jones (38) was excluded from the race because his mechanic was working on the kart in an inappropriate place.

Senior Max – Heat 2

Jonathan Palgrave (6) comfortably extracted victory over Scott Reynolds (77) with a gap of 3.55 seconds and in third place it was Martin Brackenbury (73) who finished 4.83 seconds behind Palgrave. Palgrave’s race completion time was 6:08.02 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race went to Martin Brackenbury (73) posting a lap time of 45.68 seconds.

Martin Brackenbury
Martin Brackenbury

Senior Max – Heat 3

It was Josef Jaques (55) who took a comfortable victory over Matt Evans (46) who was 4.26 seconds with third place driver Paul Moran (70) was 4.77 seconds behind Jaques. Jaques race completion time was 6:09.69 minutes.

Scott Reynolds (77) set the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 45.76 seconds.

Senior Max – FINAL

The starting grid for the tightly packed Senior Max race saw Scott Reynolds (77) and Josef Jaques (55) take the front stands with Matt Evans (46) and Jonathan Palgrave (6) in third and fourth place.

A brilliant win for the determined Josef Jaques who stole the final 2.26 seconds ahead of Jonathan Palgrave with a race completion time of 6:52.79 minutes. Matt Evans finished in third 0.54 seconds behind Palgrave. Martin Brackenbury made his way to take fourth from seventh place 0.07 seconds from Evans heels. The pole sitter Scott Reynolds had a very disappointing race to finish in ninth place.

The fastest lap of the race went to Martin Brackenbury with a lap time of 45.68 seconds.

Championship leader Kurt Davis (12) didn’t make the 9 lap final and second place James Davis came home in sixth place. Top five contenders only have 13 points between them!!

Jonathan Palgrave
Jonathan Palgrave

Senior Open – Heat 1

A welcome return from Mad-Croc Karting UK and CCL Racing driver Kirsty Lawrence took some time out from her studies and jumped back in the seat of her X30. In this heat it was Mad-Croc X30 driver Joshua Simms (40) who took a comfortable victory over second place teammate Zachhairy Stilp (19) with a lead of 5.13 seconds.Third place came Axiro driver Andy Bennett (22) who was 5.86 seconds behind Simms.

The fastest laps of the race were given to Joshua Simms (40) and Andy Bennett (22), both lap times were almost identical with a 46.05 seconds for Simms and 46.06 for Bennett.

Michael Garwood (88) did not finish.

Senior Open – Heat 2

In this mixed grid of Milland SA 250, Axiro, X30’s Joshua Simms (40) dominated the race with a lead of 4.59 seconds ahead of teammate Zachairy Stilp (19) in second place with the void of a 23.30 second gap between Simms and third place driver Andy Bennett (22).

The fastest laps of the race were by Joshua Simms who set a lap time of 46.10 seconds Andy Bennett posting a lap time of 46.61 seconds driving a Senior Open.

Andy Bennett
Andy Bennett

Senior Open – Heat 3

In the third heat of the senior open it was Joshua Simms (40) who took victory over Zachairy Stilp (19) only 0.81 seconds behind Simms. Coming home in third place with a gap of 1.13 seconds after Simms was Kirsty Lawrence (66) after haranguing Stilp defence with dogged tenacity.

Joshua Simms (40) and Michael Garwood (88) set the fastest laps of the race. Simms set a lap time of 46.33 seconds and Garwood in the Biland set a lap time of 48.06 seconds.

Martin Powell (2) was given a one place penalty for gaining an unfair advantage.

Senior Open – FINAL

Race 25 of the day and Joshua Simms (40) started on pole position with Zachairy Stilp (19) in second place and Kirsty Lawrence (66) in third place. It was a beautiful race for Joshua Simms as he crossed the line to take a victory with a race completion time of 6:55.66 minutes. With a gap of 7.95 seconds ahead of second place teammate Zachairy Stilp making a rewarding day for Mac-Croc. Andy Bennett (22) who started fifth fought his way to third place taking Senior Open cup. Sadly it wasn’t so good for Kirsty Lawrence as she finished sixth from third on the grid plus and a lap down.

The fastest laps of the race went to Joshua Simms with a time of 46.03 seconds and Andy Bennett with a lap time of 46.63 seconds both on their final laps.

Joshua Simms
Joshua Simms

Supermax UK Race Series British Championship Rnd 2

The eighth race of the day brought the Supermax UK race series with both Seniors & 177 categories to FESS.

Supermax UK is a new and affordable race series designed by kart racers, for kart racers. No MSA race license is needed to race in Supermax UK

“We have taken the well proven and reliable Rotax FR125 engine, added the Tillotson HX-12a Carburettor and Komet K1H tyres. This combination has provided a perfect blend of reliability and performance at a very affordable price.”

Supermax UK – Heat 1

It was Peter Jeanes (36) who took the win with a lead of 0.55 seconds ahead of Ross Meakin (99) and 7.70 seconds ahead of Matt Isaacs (0). Jeanes’s race finishing time was 6:10.31 minutes and he managed to set the fastest lap of the race, the time was 46.09 seconds.

Supermax UK – Heat -2

In the penultimate race of the second heats, Peter Jeanes (36) who had a comfortable victory over second place driver Ross Meakin (99) with a difference of 3.06 seconds and for third place it was Nick Cridge (95) who was 7.59 seconds behind Jeanes. Jeanes’s race completion time was 6:16.53 minutes. The fastest lap of the race was set by Ross Meakin and he posted a lap time of 46.31 seconds.

Ross Meakin
Ross Meakin

Supermax UK – Heat -3

Peter Jeanes (36) took another a satisfying victory with a lead of 3.48 seconds ahead of second place driver John Purchase (7) and Nick Cridge (95) who finished in third 4.24 seconds behind Jeanes. Jeanes’s race finishing time was 6:26.52 minutes also set the pace and got the fastest lap time of 46.80 seconds.

Supermax UK – FINAL

Peter Jeanes (36) who started on pole position with John Purchase (7) in second, Nick Cridge (95) in third and Ross Meakin (99) in fourth place.

Peter Jeanes made it four out of four at took Senior first place with a race completion time of 7:00.70 minutes. Ross Meakin took first place for the 177s with only 0.13 seconds between him and Jeanes, it was amazing!! Mick Thorman (40) who started sixth on the grid battled his way to third man home and second place for the Senior class. Nick Cridge finished fourth place from grid and took second place in 177 class.

Ross Meakin achieved the fastest lap of the race with a time of 46.09 seconds.

“Round 2 of the Supermax British Championship at Fulbeck was another massive success with some fantastic racing. The Tillotson HX-12A carburettor performed outstandingly. The 177 class performed extremely well again, with Ross Meakin matching Peter Jeanes’ fastest lap of 46.09sec in Senior Supermax.”

Peter Jeanes
Peter Jeanes

KZ125 – Heat 1

For race nine Lucas Vaus went out for his first time in the class. Peter Britcliffe (52) took a heart pounding win ahead of James Harvey (26) with a gap of 0.35 seconds and 3.33 seconds ahead of Sarah Budby (54) Britcliffe’s race finishing time was 6:09.82 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race was given to Sarah Budby posting a lap time of 40.22 seconds.

KZ125 – Heat 2

The race was won by Sarah Budby (54) with second place driver Mark Stimson (10) 3.66 seconds behind Budby, but Stimson just managed to finish in second ahead of third place man James Harvey (26). Harvey was 3.75 seconds behind Budby. Sarah Budby’s race finishing time was 6:07.01 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race went to Sarah Budby posting a lap time of 40.02 seconds.

Michael Kenney
Michael Kenney

KZ125 – Heat 3

So the final race of heat three with Michael Kenney (48) taking the win with a 1.39 second advantage over second place driver Ben Hissitt (76). CCL Racing driver and team owner Chris Lawrence (56) finished in third place and 1.44 seconds behind Kenney. Kenney’s race completion time was 6:13.45 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race went to Sarah Budby posting a lap time of 40.32 seconds.

KZ125 – FINAL

As the day came to a close we finished off with the KZ 125 gearbox karts. Sarah Budby (54) started the race on pole position with Peter Britcliffe (52) in second and James Harvey (26) in third place.

Sarah Budby stole the final with a 4.30 second difference to fifth place starter and second place finisher Chris Lawrence (56). James Harvey come home in third place 5.83 seconds behind Budby. Peter Britcliffe who started second only managed four laps.

Budby’s race finishing time was 6:45.87 minutes and she took the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 39.95 seconds on lap 9.

Championship leader Sarah Budby is closely followed by Chris Lawrence with Ian Danby and Michael Kenney in joint third.

Sarah Budby
Sarah Budby

Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 Round 4
Sunday 15th May
Fulbeck Kart Track – NG32 2AY

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Fulbeck Events Sprint Series Round 2 Report

Sunday 20th March

Reported By Alex Rouse / Carol McLean

The first day of Spring and the second round of the IKR/Non-MSA Fulbeck Events Sprint Series (FESS), brought a just over a 100 entrants this month.  An open meeting was declared with the conditions ranging from blinding sunshine to cloudy and overcast but still damp. Racing commenced just after 9am, with 3 lap practice and 27 heats to determine the grid positions for the 9 finals.

Harvey Riby - Iame Cadet
Harvey Riby – Iame Cadet

Race 28 Final 1Honda Cadet

For second month is succession Harry Wainwright (29) took the win with a 1.27 second lead on second place Archie Carter (17), on his tail was Benjamin Smalley (96) finishing in third place with a gap of 0.02 seconds behind Carter.

Wainwright’s race completion time was 8:14.61 minutes. The fastest lap of the race was jointly achieved by Benjamin Smalley and Archie Carter with an identical lap time of 54.31 seconds whilst both on lap 5.

Harry Wainwright - Honda Cadet
Harry Wainwright – Honda Cadet

Race 29 Final 2 – IAME Cadet

The second race of the finals brought a grid of 15 entrants.  The top three drivers were not even separated by a second, it could have been anyone’s race. Connor Taylor (12) was the triumphant winner with a gap of 0.16 seconds ahead of second place driver and friend Harvey Riby (71). In third place, driver Charlie Rippin (21) was just 0.74 seconds behind Taylor who achieved a winning time of 8:10.86 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race went to Harvey Riby, with a time of 53.89 seconds on lap 4.

Connor Taylor - Iame Cadet
Connor Taylor – Iame Cadet

Race 30 Final 3 – TYRO – Junior Gillard

A welcome return to FESS for the Tyro grids.  The “Tyro Concept” has been developed to provide 11 to 16 year olds with ready to race karts.  The chassis are identical, only tyre pressures and wheel positions may be varied.  Gearing is fixed for each circuit, and the 95cc sealed engine.

Valentino Coppola (18) took the victory in 8:17.06 minutes, followed by novice Joshua Raistrick (95) coming in only 0.20 seconds behind Coppola. Novice Rachel Swain (13) finished in third place, with a gap of 29.36 seconds after winner Coppola.

The fastest lap of the race was secured by Joshua Raistrick with a time of 54.86 seconds on lap 4.

Valentino Coppola - Tyro
Valentino Coppola – Tyro

Race 31 Final 4 – Junior Max

In this 10 lap final James Lowther (22); with his mild-mannered style, claimed his second win in the championship with a completion time of 7:49.15 minutes. Just behind was Jamie Rooke (10) who took second place with a gap of 1.44 seconds and achieved a 46.67 seconds on lap 8, for fastest lap of the race. In third place Reece Cridland (46) finished 2.53 seconds behind Lowther.

Isaac Smith (23) was excluded from the race for breach of tyre regulations.

James Lowther - Junior Max
James Lowther – Junior Max

Race 32 Final 5Junior Open

This grid consisted of X30 Juniors, EasyKart & Mini Max in this 10 lap final and didn’t fail to keep us thoroughly entertained throughout the preceding heats.

X30 Junior driver Cameron Coombs (89) with Team 698 Racing, after a kiss, chase and overtaking battle in earlier heats, took first place with a finishing time of 7:48.16 minutes, with Charlotte Fox (5) following in 1.42 seconds behind Coombs, but Fox took fastest lap of the race with a time of 46.08 seconds.

EasyKart drivers and brothers TJ (98) & Keegan Reeve (99) with his “drive it like he stole it” style accomplished the win in 8:02:00 minutes and fastest lap time of 47.55 seconds.

Keegan Reeve - EasyKart
Keegan Reeve – EasyKart

Mini Max brought to the alter the third class in this race with Jake Boydell (88) who just grasped the win, with a 8:20.73 minutes race time and Gracie Holdsworth (99); also with Team 698 Racing, just missed out on the fastest lap time of 48.87 seconds by 0.07 seconds on lap 8.\

Jake Boydell - Mini Max
Jake Boydell – Mini Max

Race 33 Final 6 – Rotax 177

The sixth final brought 16 drivers to the start of this 10 lap concluder. Scott Collinge (95), dominated over this ever eventful class, with a leading gap of 4.25 seconds ahead of the 8:15.08 minutes finish time for second place Steven Walker (2). Hot on his heels Tim Darlow (8), followed in third by finishing 0.025 seconds off second place.

Fastest lap went to Ross Meakin (86), posting a lap time of 46.21 seconds on lap 8.

Scott Collinge - Rotax 177
Scott Collinge – Rotax 177

Race 34 Final 7 – Senior Rotax

19 drivers lined up for the seventh final of the day. With 11 lap race Nathan Chafer (44) came into his element and took hold of the first place in 8:26.49 minutes, also on lap 10 accomplished a 45.25 seconds fastest lap. With a gap of 0.26 seconds came second place driver Kurt Davies (12) with James Davis (1) finishing in third; 6 seconds behind Chafer, and Davis was closely followed by Martin Brackenbury (73) who secured fourth place with a race time of 8.32:84 minutes.

Nathan Chafer - Senior Max
Nathan Chafer – Senior Max

Race 35 Final 8 – Senior Open

In the penultimate race of the day, the grid brought together X30 Senior, Biland SA 250 & Arixo in this 11 lap final.

X30 Senior Dave Tucker (80), decided not to play with the others and by lap 6 Tucker entered his fastest lap of the race with 45.03 seconds. Having took control of the sport, Tucker romped in at 8.17.83 minutes,10.40 seconds ahead of second place driver and MBM team owner Mark Baines (64) who’s fastest was on lap 5. Joshua Simms (40) finished in third place with a gap of 13.28 seconds behind winner Tucker.

Dave Tucker - X30 Senior
Dave Tucker – X30 Senior

Arixo driver Andy Bennett (22) started the day with a small but consequential lack of talent in Heat 1, but soon regain his naturally commanding presence on the circuit taking the number one spot and completing the final in 8:33.17 minutes. Biland driver Jay Anand (23) was a very close second place only 0.25 seconds after Bennett. Anand posted a time of 45.68 seconds, whilst Bennett recorded 45.74 seconds, on both of their final and fastest laps

Andy Bennet - Axiro
Andy Bennet – Axiro

Race 36 Final 9 – KZ125

14 of the 16 entrants took to the grid for 12 lap final race of the day.  Another epic and graceful performance by first place winner Sarah Budby (54), who left the pack with a 6.62 second lead over second place was CCL Racing Team Owner Chris Lawrence (56), who crossed the finish line at 8:10.45. Third place winner Adam Barbour (64) was 6.98 seconds behind winner Budby and fourth place went to Peter Britcliffe (52) completing the race with a time of 8:14.41 minutes.

The fastest lap of the race went to Sarah Budby with a time of 39.76 seconds on her 10th lap. Budby’s race completion time was 8.03.83 minutes.

Sarah Budby - KZ125
Sarah Budby – KZ125

Photos by Carol McLean

Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 Round 3
Sunday 17th April
Fulbeck Kart Track – NG32 2AY

 

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Fulbeck Events Sprint Series Round 1 Report

Sunday 21st February

Reporter – Carol McLean

Photos – Carol McLean

The ever popular Non-MSA sprint series started the session with 93 entrants braving the cold for the glorious passion of grassroots karting.

Report for today’s sessions following the qualifying races.

Final 1 – Honda Cadet

Harry Wainwright – 29 secured the win with a time of 6:25.10 coming in 6.04 seconds  ahead of second place Thomas Cotton – 20 and 11.82 seconds of third place Ben Smalley – 96.

Harry Wainwright set fastest lap of the race with his second lap at 55.37.

Harry Wainwright - Honda Cadet
Harry Wainwright – Honda Cadet

Final 2 – IAME

With a grid of 13, Vinnie Phillips – 87 won the race with a finishing time of 6:25.16, followed by Charlie Rippin – 21 finishing second at 6:28.65, with George Blessett finishing in third place with a time of 6:28.72, making that 1, 2 & 3 for Ollie Walker Racing. In fourth place Jacob Heap – 2 coming in only 0.09 seconds behind the third place.

The fastest lap went to Vinnie Phillips with 54.56 seconds on his third lap.

Vinnie Phillips - IAME
Vinnie Phillips – IAME

Final 3 – Mini Max

The two entries joined on the back of the Junior Max grid and gave a couple of the back markers some close racing. Well done to Josh Askew -35 for taking the win at with a race time of 6:56.95 and his fastest lap of 50.81 seconds on the eighth and final lap.

Josh Askew - Mini Max
Josh Askew – Mini Max

Final 3 – Junior Max

A great win for James Lowther – 22 taking first place with a time of 6:18.98, Jamie Rooke – 10 came in 2.52 seconds behind Lowther followed by Reece Gridland – 46 at in third place with a race time of 6:24.46.

Fastest lap went to James Lowther with a time of 47.14 on lap 6, whilst Starr Casey – 21 received a one place penalty for contact driving.

James Lowther - Junior Max
James Lowther – Junior Max

Final 4 – Junior X30

With four contenders Steven Dixon – 72 took first place  with a race time of 6:20.72  with the rest of the field over five seconds behind. Dixon also produced the fastest lap.

Steve Dixon - Junior X30
Steve Dixon – Junior X30

Final 5 – Senior Max

Another healthy grid of 17 drivers kept the spectators entertained and the driving close.  Milton Steele-Vassaen streaked into first place in this first round with a lead of 4.85 seconds and also ensured fastest lap with an excellent performance of 46.01 seconds.

Second place went to Kurt Davies – 12, third place to Steven Burdass – 26 and fourth place to James Davis – 4 with a race time of 6:19.62

Final 6 – F100 / Senior Open

Dark horse Josh “Rock up and Win” Blackman – 18 (F100) had vehicle trouble and missed the first two heats of the day.  When mechanic / coach Niels Christofferessen from Ricard Racing / Global Karting was ready to pack up and go home Blackman arrives and takes the final 1.55 seconds ahead of fellow F100 driver Lee Gadsby – 12.

Andy Bennet – 22 took first place for Senior Open with a race time of 6:22.67 and Dave Tucker – 80 followed in second place by 0.36 seconds.

Fastest laps went to Josh Blackman 46.06 seconds on the last lap and Andy Bennett at 47.00 seconds on lap 5.

Final 7 – Rotax 177 

This first round brought 14 drivers to the final grid, with more close and challenging racing. Sean Smith – 64 from CCL Racing took a comfortable win coming in 7.53 seconds ahead of the rest of the grid at 6:16.47. Ross Meakin – 86 secured second place with Tim Darlow in a very close third place at 6:24.15

Sean Smith also claimed the fastest lap at 46.64.

Sean Smith - Rotax 177
Sean Smith – Rotax 177

Final 8 – KZ125

Another busy grid of 14 karts for the final to yet another great race. After the earlier hiccup  of a kart stalling at the start line, Sarah Budby – 52 drove with her usually high standards and grace to take first place with 6.09 seconds to spare ahead of second placed Mark Stimson – 10. Stimson finished on 6:21.08 with Guy Johnson – 11 following in third place with a race time of 6:29.93

Fastest lap went to Sarah Budby with a staggering 40.88 seconds on lap 6.

Sarah Budby - KZ125
Sarah Budby – KZ125

Final 9 – 250 Gearbox

A grid of novices First place went to Shaun Lombardo – 35 with a winning time of 5:45.00 and fastest lap of 43.12 seconds, followed in second place by Samantha Hempshall – 35 with a race time of 5:59.61

Shaun Lombardo - 250 Gearbox
Shaun Lombardo – 250 Gearbox

Fulbeck Events Sprint Series 2016 Round 2

Sunday 20th March

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