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Shenington Kart Racing Club 2018 Round 2 Report

18th February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report By Graham Smith

Photography by TSR Productions

 

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Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 12

Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 12, 19 November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report By Graham Smith

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Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 11

Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 11, 29 October 2017

With many on holiday the entry was a little subdued on normal, and no gearbox racing this time.  The sun shone all afternoon, albeit with a cold wind and with darkness descending earlier everything was finished by 4pm.  Joseph Reeves-Smith and James Pashley repeated their success of two weeks ago with victories in TKM Extreme and Junior TKM respectively, their fights no easier.

 

Honda Cadet was the largest class  where Archie Walker picked up the lead on the opening lap over Connor Clifford, Kean Berta and Antonis Sofroniou.  The latter came off coming into Café corner whilst Lorenzo Kordal joined in the lead battle.  Meanwhile Clifford had taken up the lead, Walker dropping to fourth but working his way back to the front.  Berta was next into the lead but he and Clifford had a coming together in the chicane on the last lap allowing Kordal to capitalise and slip past both for the win over Roman Bilinski, Berta and Walker.

In Junior X30 Will Layton vaulted into the lead over Caleb Marshall and Zak Bowen, holding them off for a few laps.  This developed into Layton having a massive fight with both Bowen and Marshall, all three taking turns to lead.  Marshall recovered from third to win over Teddy Pritchard-Willams whilst Layton slipped behind Jonathan Robertson only to be disqualified for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety.

The IAME Cadet class was brought to a premature halt when Daniel Dudfield crashed in the chicane.  Before that Luke Watts made a great start by taking both Bradley Beavers and Joe Sheppy and was thereafter never headed.  Sheppy was soon ahead of Beavers, these two fighting for supremacy in the club championship.

Joseph Reeves-Smith sliced into the TKM Extreme lead over Josh Sherriff at the first hairpin and initially stretched a small lead over Sherriff who was destined for retirement.  That left Chris Goffin leading the charge but by the flag he was usurped by Luke Ogden.  Reeves-Smith had to defend hard against both, the winning margin being 0.26s.

In the Junior TKM category Pashley is fighting for the club championship against Zak Taylor and Zak Oates with one round remaining.  Pashley swooped past both Oates and Dan McKeown on the opening lap but Taylor leapfrogged McKeown for third.  Taylor’s pace took him into the lead and McKeown lost touch with the lead trio.  A super move into the first hairpin clinched victory for Pashley with Oates following.

Jack Salmon took honours in the MinX class, whilst Callum Tanner worked his way past Michael Davey and Jake Robertson for second.  Chris Chater led the TKM Clubman economy class until Suk Sandher sliced underneath at Park corner on his second attempt, the first strongly rebuffed.  As Sandher stretched out a lead of 7s, Chater fell victim to Chris Yates, the pair trading second until Yates came off at the Stratford hairpin. Chater then just managed to hold off Clive Carpenter for second.

Report By Graham Smith

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Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 10

Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 9, 15 October 2017

Unseasonably warm weather heartened everyone for a great day’s racing for Round 10 of the club championship with around 140 entries.  It was a teeny bit damp at the start but the sun came out for the afternoon’s finals. 

 

The always well supported Cadet classes had Lorenzo Kordal swiftly demoted from the Honda Cadet lead to fifth as Daniel Guinchard led.  Much trading of all the top five places ensued with Kean Berta briefly leading and in the end the order was Guinchard, Berta, Kordal, Connor Clifford and Roman Bilinksi.  The IAME 2-stroke Cadet class resulted in a good fight between Coskun Irfan and William Macintyre as they managed to push each other clear of Leo Robinson and Maximus Hall.  But Robinson cut across Hall’s kart firing him into the barriers at the start line which would result in a later exclusion.  Hall managed to extract himself to finish 15th.  That elevated Bradley Beavers to third holding off Ella Stevens and Joe Sheppy.  At the front Irfan and Macintyre swapped twice on the last couple of laps, Irfan getting the winning position at the last corner. 

 

The 210 Challenge were a visiting championship having their last round of the season and Luke Whitehead stormed off in the lead ahead of Dan Bury.  Tom Whyte would claim the national title as he leapfrogged Paul Fowler then took Bury for second.  Tony Bury staggered around nursing a problem a pitstop did not cure, then retired.  Rob Perkins was another late on retirement out of fifth place.

 

In the Junior TKM James Pashley was sporting his new number 2 as the National vice-champion, and set off in the lead.  That was extended when Zak Taylor was demoted from second to fourth in favour of Dan McKeown and Zak Taylor.  Gradually Oates crept up then passed Pashley for the lead leaving Taylor and McKeown trading fourth ending in Taylor’s favour.  Pashley made a great move to regain the lead into the chicane on the last lap, somewhat to Oates’ annoyance.  The MiniX winner Charlie Typaldo-Cole built on a good start and was soon mixing it amongst the concurrent Junior TKM backmarkers ending 13th overall.  Nearest to him was Bowen Morris-Kent just ahead of Jack Salmon but there were six Junior TKM between first and second.

Alex Rees led the senior TKM Extreme from the start tracked by Joseph Reeves-Smith.   E Plated Harry Moore leapfrogged into third ahead of Josh Sherriff but he was demoted back by Sherriff and had to fight to restore third by the chequer.  Reeves-Smith sliced under Rees at Park Corner to regain the lead and just hold off Rees on the finish line.  In the TKM Clubman economy class Chris Chater managed to stay clear of a big second place battle between Marcus Edmonds, Suk Sandher and Chris Yates.  Yates reached second putting pressure on Chater until Edmunds managed to retrieve the spot, gifting Chater a one second cushion to the finish. 

 

The KZ UK 125cc gearbox heats had seen a battle between Lee Ward and Tom Longfield, two wins to one in Ward’s favour and pole position.  Although Ward made the best start in the final Longfield struck back on the first lap and led for a few more.  But with a couple to go, Ward found a gap at the first hairpin and in his efforts to take the win Longfield’s attempt in the chicane resulted in a spin and non-finish.  That elevated Luke Child to runner-up.  In the Junior X30 Luke Whitehead took a massive lead from the off, but gradually Zak Bowen closed the gap to give a real challenge at the end.  Jack Williams battled with Tom Nippers and once clear momentarily passed Louie Short for third, but Short retrieved the final podium place by the chequered flag.

 

Report By Graham Smith

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Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 9 & MSA IAME X30 E Plate

Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 9 & MSA IAME X30 E Plate 17 September 2017

Matthew Graham and Alessandro Ceronetti, both local drivers, took the senior and junior honours respectively as Shenington hosted the IAME X30 English Open Championships, the E Plate.  They both won free entries to the IAME International Finals to be held at Le Mans on 15th October.  Amongst a total entry over 170, the morning was overcast but the sun appeared in the afternoon.  The day’s racing was punctuated by a number of red flags for various reasons.

Matthew Graham set off in third place in the X30 Senior final, watching as Macaulay Walsh and Sam Stansbury vied for the lead.  Seeing a chance for himself he was briefly leading before being pushed wide out of the Stratford hairpin and falling back to third.  Stansbury then got the upper hand but Walsh once more regained first.  Rob Wheldon reached fourth but was squeezed wide in the chicane and lost four places. His drop favoured the charging Piers Prior, grabbing fourth. A big last lap sort out gave Graham his chance to win, followed by Owen Byatt and Stansbury as Walsh fell to fifth.

In the Junior final Caden McQueen led Will Layton and Ceronetti, until Ceronetti leapfrogged into the lead putting McQueen third.  McQueen was soon back to second, then took the lead as Ceronetti dropped to third albeit swiftly vaulting back to first.   Ceronetti and McQueen had pulled clear of the rest until Zak Bowen came to third and led the charge to close the gap.  A swift move put Bowen into second but Ceronetti came back through, Bowen then briefly regaining second from McQueen at Café Corner.  Ceronetti held on to the lead from McQueen and Bowen with Layton haven fallen behind Kaleb Marshall.

The Honda Cadet final was punctuated by an early red flag stoppage but once underway again Lorenzo Kordal, Daryl Tayfor and Connor Clifford swapped the lead dropping Nathan Clifford a few kart lengths back.  Teddy Thomas had been running up to tenth but an incident dropped him a lap.  Later Mikhail Singh was excluded.  Going three abreast into Café Corner on the last lap Taylor came out ahead for the win, following by Connor Clifford and Kordal.

Jude Fernhough took the MiniX win despite having to wrest the lead back from Bowen Morris-Kent whilst Jack Salmon was disappointed to have a spin on the first lap.  He got back to fourth behind novice Charlie Thompson.

James Pashley led much of the Junior TKM final although twice having to regain the lead from Zak Taylor.  As the race wound down Lucy Boulding in novice X30 class from the back of the grid overhauled them but Pashley took Junior TKM honours over Taylor, Zak Oates and Spencer Stevenson.  Pashley is provisional MSA Junior TKM National vice-champion.

Nathan Tye’s crash at the chicane gave Alfie Baxter-Davies a huge cushion over Bradley Beavers, who had just passed Maximus Hall in IAME Cadet.  The pack eventually caught Baxter-Davies leading to a huge battle for the win.  Baxter-Davies was put back several places but fought hard to regain the lead over Beavers whilst Joe Sheppy bounced over the kerbs in the chicane, falling to an eventual fifth behind Ella Stevens.  Beavers was dropped out of second to twelfth for his part in an incident, promoting Kordal to second over Hall.

Josh Sherriff dominated TKM Extreme putting over six seconds on Alex Kennedy who had a race long exchange with Colin Morris. As in the Junior TKM, the X30 Senior novices were off the back as not eligible for the E Plates and Boris Yeung stormed through to the front, Sherriff waving him past at the end.  But he chose to push Alex Jones off the track on the finish line, thus getting excluded.  Sherriff, right behind, had to take avoiding action. In the concurrent TKM Clubman economy class Chris Dymond settled into an unassailable lead from Samuel Baker, the latter coming to a stop halfway through in the chicane, an incident also putting out Suk Sandher.

Despite a start into third position from pole Dan Kelly had proved his speed in the heats in the KZ UK 125 gearbox class, and wasted little time leapfrogging Tom Longfield and Lucas Vaus for the win.  Malcolm Smith did not start the final after a fire in the last heat caused when another kart hit him and knocked the fuel pipe off.  Luckily the damage was minimal.

Report By Graham Smith

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Shenington Kart Racing Club Round 8 Report

Shenington Kart Racing Report 20th August 2017

With a good entry of 170 karts, some practicing for the following weekend’s British Championships, the format was changed to a timed qualifying session followed by two heats and a final.

A great start propelled Alfie Briggs into second at the start of the IAME Cadet Final from fifth on the grid to follow Robbie Stapleford as Max Speed spun off to the side. As Maximus Hall leapfrogged from third to first, Briggs lost another place to Leo Robinson whilst the front runners split into two pairs. With Joe Sheppy trailing in fifth the race ended in the order Hall, Robbie Stapleford, Robinson and Briggs.

In Junior TKM James Pashley arrowed to the front past Zak Oates and Zak Taylor. A heated battle commenced, the lead changing often but from sixth on the grid Spencer Stevenson was picking each of them off in his route to the front. Then it overheated, Oates spearing off at the Wilkins hairpin and later Pashley docked a penalty lap for gaining an advantage from his third on the road. Stevenson held onto the lead from Taylor, with Ethan Newsham and Joe Taylor elevated to third and fourth.

In the concurrent Mini X race Charlie Typaldo-Cole pipped Ivan Lomley with a couple of laps to run. Local drivers Alessandro Ceronetti and Will Layton sparred over the lead for the initial laps in Junior X30 until Ceronetti settled into first and held on to the chequer flag. They left behind Harry Restall who succumbed to Caden McQueen before plunging to eleventh. McQueen then held off Zak Bowen and Luke Preston for fourth whilst Leonardo Panayiotou was excluded for driving standards.

Fifty four drivers contested the Honda Cadet class necessitating a full B Final to sort the last four places in the main final. In that Oliver Bearman and Oliver Greenall dropped Alfie Rigby and pulled away, their positions unchanged to the flag despite Greenall’s best efforts. Rigby fell behind Harvey Charter and Archie Brown.

Despite all encouragement for the Senior X30 class with the E Plates a month away only a meagre five karts contested the final, with Laurence Everitt-Williams nipping past Michael Hitchcock when it started raining.

 

As Stephen Letts led from pole position in the TKM Extreme class, Joseph Reeves-Smith quickly vaulted by Josh Sherriff for second whilst Max Goldsmith was right behind vying with national champion Harry Moore. In the last few laps Sherriff had a brief turn in the lead, relieved by Reeves-Smith but Moore had been working through and pounced on Letts, who had regained the lead. All that action put Reeves-Smith back to sixth, with Goldsmith fourth. On the last hairpin Letts lunged by a disgruntled Moore for the win with Christopher Whitton grabbing second.

As the TKM Clubman class settled down Samuel Baker got into his stride picking off Will Hulacki, Suk Sander and erstwhile leader Chris Yates both by diving down the inside at the last hairpin. As the rain came back Baker pulled away. George Robinson led the concurrent Formula Libre class from Clive Carpenter.

Report By Graham Smith

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Shenington Kart Racing Club SuperPrix Report

Shenington – 16 July 2017

With a fantastic entry of 254 karts for the annual Teng Tools Kart SuperPrix, plus another eighty karts from the fifties to nineties for the Historic Revival, the meeting was widely applauded.  The KZ UK were racing for the MSA E Plate as well as being a round of the ABkC Super 4 national championships, the 210 National for their O Plate and all the other classes for the SP (SuperPrix) plate.  The 250 National was also a round of the Super 4.  Guests enjoyed pizza and the bar on Friday night, and the pig roast and music on Saturday in one of the two large marquees.  The event was televised for Motorsport.tv and Frontrunner and will start on 14 August and the British Historic Kart Club and the The Legends put on some evocative track demonstrations.  The Club wishes to thank the many sponsors who helped pay for the television and especially Teng Tools for putting up £3000 of tool vouchers for the podiums.

 

James Pashley led into the first corner of the Junior TKM final but Joe Taylor went past on the second lap, Pashley retaliating at the next hairpin.  But he was elbowed aside and dropped to fourth as Ross Deal and Spencer Stevenson vied for the lead.  Another shuffle put Robert Welham in front, hanging on for the win with Pashley settling for third behind Deal, and ahead of Taylor.  Charlie Typaldo-Cole won the concurrent MiniX class with a new lap record.  Alessandro Ceronetti led the Junior X30 final but was pushed back to fourth as Harry Restall and Reggie Duhy tried to escape at the front.  As they diced, Caden McQueen joined in the fun but crashed with Duhy at the last hairpin losing many places.  Restall won from Evan Cook and Ceronetti.  Will Layton gained eleven places during the race for fourth and for his efforts was awarded the Gil Rixon Driver of the Day trophy.  Alfie Baxter-Davies, Joe Sheppy, Maximus Hall and Bradley Beavers all vied for the lead of the IAME Cadet.  Beavers led on the last lap but Hall dived inside and took them both wide, earning himself a 10s penalty, leaving Sheppy to win from Baxter-Davies and Max Speed whilst Briggs held seventh.

Ross Allen sped to victory in the 250 National class.  Coming off the start in third behind Jack Bliss and team-mate James Hassall he was quickly past Bliss and hunting down Hassall.  On his tail for a few laps, Allen found a gap and eked out a second’s cushion for the win.  Bliss got tangled up in a four kart pile up in the chicane leaving Lee Stamp to defend third from Paul Lawson. There was further local interest in the third geared class, the 210 National, racing for the O Plate, where Banbury father and son Tony and Dan Bury were competing.  An unchallenged Tom Whyte took the honours with Lee Plain recovering from a tardy start to beat the slowing Neil Hancock for second.  Dan Bury, the current class champion, overwhelmed Adam Woodward for fourth.

In the KZ UK class Scott Allen led the 30 strong pack into the first hairpin but his mission to retain the E Plate, the English Championship, was thwarted when Henry Easthope and Shane Daly proved to have a smidgeon of extra pace.  Allen held onto third, on their tail, and simultaneously defending against Matteo Zanetti.  By half distance Daly had moved into the lead to win.  Honda Cadet was by far the largest class with a 20 strong B Final.  Initially leading, Archie Briggs was pushed down to fifth by Neo Phipps but he battled back up the order to lead over the finish line with Phipps second.  Longtime leader Alfie Rigby had to settle for fourth behind Oliver Greenall.

Despite being the smallest grid, Senior X30 provided excitement as Rob Wheldon and Matthew Graham repeatedly swapped the lead, Wheldon eventually falling out.  That let Piers Prior take the win from Graham and Nathan Herbert, as second over the line Harry Moore had a 10s penalty added.  Samuel Baker enjoyed an unchallenged win in TKM Clubman where Andre Marot was defending the SP plate he won last year but he started a lowly ninth after a spin in a heat.  Christian Chater leapfrogged into second but slowed before the end with a terminal steering problem.  Suk Sandher hit Chris Yates out of second in the chicane gifting that place to Will Hulacki and promoting Marot to fourth.  Max Goldsmith’s lead in TKM Extreme was short-lived as James Ogden took him just before the pace was slowed to clear a multi kart pile up at Café Corner.  Later Goldsmith was elbowed wide and into a spin, out of contention.  Ogden had to give best to Sam Fowler, and they were followed over the line by Adam Sparrow and Tom Owen.

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 Report By Graham Smith

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