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MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix 2016 Review

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Kartmasters is always a special meeting in the British karting calendar. It’s the only event you’ll go to for more than just the karting. Trent Valley Kart Club always do their best to make the event memorable with added entertainment and the added live TV coverage by Telemundi Media. The event was watched by 10,000 people on Sunday with 7,000 people tuning in on Saturday!

The weather certainly played it’s part, with glorious conditions all weekend perfect for racing. Almost everyone who isn’t racing makes the journey to PF International to watch the racing and see friends from the karting community. Off track it was certainly a great advert for our sport in this country, but what about on it?

There were reportedly bad driving standards on Friday on social media, but from what I personally saw on Sunday it was very clean bar one or two last lap incidents involving leaders. That was confirmed with a chat with Race Director Nigel Edwards at the end of the day who seemed very pleased. A front fairing penalty unfortunately saw a Junior lose his GP plate, but that’s something that will happen in this new era of Karting.

I really enjoyed the whole day. Commentator, Henry Beaudette helped make the event more exciting and dramatic as he always does, the grandstand was packed with spectators all round the circuit showing their appreciation to podium finishers and most of all the racing was great!

Click here to watch all videos from Kartmasters 2016

IAME Cadet

IAME Cadet yet again continued it’s trend to produce a dramatic finish and perhaps kick start a young drivers winning streak.

Harry Thompson led for the first few laps of the race before being passed by Bray Kenneally on lap four. He was briefly joined by his AIM Motorsport team mate Alex Simmonds at the front before Simmonds was replaced by Maxwell Dodds. The young Fusion driver got his tactics spot on and played the long game with Kenneally pushing him away in the attempt to make it a two horse race.

Pre Final winner, Bray Kenneally
Pre Final winner, Bray Kenneally

On lap twelve Dodds hit the front at the second hairpin with an immediate roar coming from the Fusion camp. However, his lead was short lived with Kenneally coming straight back at him on the next lap with brother Fin, newly crowned CIK-FIA European OKJ Champion, watching on. All of this had allowed Harry Thompson to make it a lead trio with the last lap board now out.

As Kenneally valiantly defended 1.8 seconds behind were Joseph Taylor and Zak O’Sullivan who had caught the leaders by Bobby Game corner. As Thompson went for glory into the Mike Wilson comples, the top four found themselves going wide allowing for O’Sullivan to help himself to the lead. No one could tell who had won in the grandstand with a sea of Fusion drivers sweeping up Kenneally. It wasn’t until a few meters before the line that Henry called it to the surprise and joy of the O’Sullivan crew with Zak clearly overwhelmed. Yet another dramatic IAME Cadet race and a change of luck for Zak O’Sullivan who truly deserves the GP plate after his performances on the national scene this year!

Zak O'Sullivan with his Dad and mechanic, Joe Porter
Zak O’Sullivan with his Dad and mechanic, Joe Porter

Special mention – A mention must go to young Coskun Irfan who gained nine places to finish 7th. The young Arden driver is starting to gradually put himself amongst the favorites for a run at next years Super One and LGM championships! One to watch…

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Coskun Irfan

Honda Cadet

Unlike IAME Cadet, the Honda class was very much a two horse race. It was Harry Thompson vs. Oliver Bearman with the pair evenly sharing the lead as we hit the last couple of laps.

With two laps to go it’s programmed in every Honda Cadet drivers head that it’s time to attack or in Thompson’s case, defend! Bearman very briefly took the lead, but would lose it almost immediately to Thompson. As the last lap board came out Thompson was looking over his shoulder at pretty much every opportunity and I think the race was won over the bridge section. Bearman went for the lead under the bridge, but as Thompson came back at him on the switch back he seemed to bog down and lose time.

Sam Heading
Sam Heading

The job wasn’t done yet, but on this occasion Thompson defended flawlessly and took the win with Bearman 0.09 seconds back at the flag.

Behind there was some brilliant drives, the first one coming from Oliver Marsh. The Project One racing driver gained nine places to round out the podium with Privateer, Sam Heading gaining six to finish 4th. In his first ever national event, Theo Micouris drove through to 5th from 15th on the grid with Archie Brown rounding out the top six.

The winning shot...
The winning shot…

Special Mention – He was my one to watch going into the weekend and Arvid Lindblad certainly lived up to my expectations having a great debut in the class. The eight year old qualified on the outside of row two for the final and had the pace for a podium, but perhaps ran out of the steam in the final eventually finishing 8th place. Great drive!

Arvid Lindblad
Arvid Lindblad

Mini Max

In an interview after Thursday practice, Jenson Butterfield told Karting magazine he was very confident in taking the GP plate and why shouldn’t he be! He’s already won the ‘O’ plate and leads the Super One championship.

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Up until the final things had gone to plan for Butterfield, he qualified pole for the Pre Final which he went on to win by just under half a second from Jonny Edgar. The main final was a much closer affair though, Butterfield led for twelve laps only to then be passed by his new team mate Dexter Patterson.

Patterson’s lead was short lived as Finlay Bunce went for glory, but Patterson was able to get the lead back a lap later and hold off Buterfield all the way to the flag. After a tough first season out of Cadet’s this was just what Patterson needed although I imagine Butterfield would have been pretty disappointed to lose out at the last hurdle. Bunce rounded off the podium with Tom Canning driving a fantastic race to come from 25th and dead last to 4th place!

Special Mention – A mention must go to the Coles Racing driver Clayton Ravenscroft. From 22nd on the grid, Ravenscroft calved his way through the field to finish 4th on track only to be given a front fairing penalty post race. That unfortunately dropped him to 19th, but it was nevertheless a fantastic performance.

Junior Max

One of the most dramatic finishes came in the shape of the Junior Max final. From the outside of row one Joe Turney wasted no time in hitting the front, he had driven fantastic all weekend and looked a favourite for the final.

He had company in the shape of Myles Apps with the DHR driver happy to sit in 2nd and study Turney to work out the best place to pass. After thirteen laps the pair had built up a lead of 2.5 seconds over pole sitter William Pettitt and on lap fourteen Apps passed Turney for the first time at the second hairpin. Game on!

Myles Apps
Myles Apps

Turney’s response came straight away and the battle had allowed Pettitt to close up just in time for the last lap board. Heading into the first hairpin Turney and Apps queued up on the inside and Pettitt went for a move round the outside of the pair of them. It was a typical Kartmasters do or die move, but it unfortunately saw him crashing into a nervous looking Turney ending his race and handing the lead to Apps who went on to win by 0.3 seconds!

Turney looked dejected in 2nd and things got worse post race after he was harshly given a ten second penalty for a jump start. The fact no penalty was given to either Turney or Pettitt makes it pretty clear to me the race officials deemed it a racing incident although I’m sure both drivers would argue their case. From where I was stood (the bridge) it was too hard to tell who was at fault, it seemed like an ambitious attempt gone wrong. Rounding off the podium was Tyler Chesterton and Mark Kimber.

Special Mention – A mention must go to Cole Kilner. From dead last he gained eleven places to finish 6th to turn his weekend around when it most mattered. He gained seven more places than any other driver in the field.

Junior X30

Junior Max may have provided late drama, but the post race drama came from the Junior X30 final. BKC Racing had three drivers starting in the top three positions on the grid and I imagine had a plan making them hard to catch straight away!

Once the race settled it was BKC team mates Sam McDonnell and Jac Maybin who were working together at the front. Their team mate Callum Bradshaw was 3rd but he had Oliver York crawling all over the back of him. York eventually passed Bradshaw and it wasn’t long before we had a four kart battle for the lead with Matthew Graham and Morgan Porter doing all they could to try and make it a six kart battle!

There was heartbreak for York post race
There was heartbreak for York post race

It was obvious Maybin was unsure whether to pass McDonnell and that eventually dropped him to 3rd on lap fourteen with York originally coming passed before Bradshaw and Maybin repassed him. Bradshaw then took the lead as McDonnell dropped to 4th, but on the last lap Bradshaw over defended on the banking and York swept all the way round the outside to win in dramatic fashion.

He received a huge cheer across the line and couldn’t hide his emotion with the BKC Racing camp struggling to figure out how they lost the GP plate. But as the truck came out carrying the the podium finishers, three BKC Racing drivers emerged with Bradshaw, Maybin and McDonnell in that order. York received a ten second penalty for his front fairing dropping him to 18th.

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Special Mention – A mention must go to Elliot Harvey who came from the B Final to finish 6th place. At one stage he looked like finishing on the podium but seemed to lose pace in the second half of the race. Other hard chargers included Ed Hack (15 places), Ross Woodford (11 places), Ben Wooldridge (21 places), Toby Stephenson (11 places) and Alessandro Ceronetti (16 places).

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Elliot Harvey

Senior X30

The Senior X30 final was the last race of the day and the grandstand was packed out with pretty much everyone staying to watch a race which promised excitement.

Mark Litchfield led the race for the first few laps, but a driver on a charge was Connor Hall. He worked his way through the lead pack to take the lead on lap seven. Unfortunately, it was short lived as his race quickly turned into a disaster with a lead group of four breaking away. They were Danny Keirle, Brett Ward, Mark Litchfield and Derek Morgan.

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Brett Ward

As they started the penultimate lap Ward led Keirle, but a mistake at the first hairpin invited pressure from the Jade Karts driver who punished Ward into the chicane. A fierce battle then erupted with Morgan and Litchfield closing in once again, but Keirle was able to hold on and take victory with Litchfield finishing 2nd and Ward 3rd.

A front fairing penalty for Morgan saw Matthew Hirst finish 4th from 22nd on the grid!

Special Mention – A mention must go to Tom Sharpe-Reynolds. He ran at the front all weekend only to have a disastrous Pre Final, but he turned it round in the Final to gain 28 places and finish 6th!  Other hard chargers included Matt Davies (12 places), Johnathan Browne (15 places), Jordan Baines (23 places) and Fraser Rose (20 places).

Tom Sharpe-Reynolds
Tom Sharpe-Reynolds

OK

The most boring race of the whole event came from the OK class which was a shame although not a surprise with only thirteen entries.

A lead battle was non existent. Oliver Hodgson commanded the whole race leading from lights to flag to win by 1.14 seconds. That certainly would have been much greater had he not gone into conservation mode for the last five minutes to the point where he was barely accelerating through the chicane.

Oliver Hodgson
Oliver Hodgson

Trying to chase him down was Tony Kart Factory driver Clement Novalak who was shown how tough British racing really is. In fairness to Novalak he showed up the Strawberry Racing drivers Dean MacDonald and Luke Knott who were close at the flag with MacDonald racing slightly injured.

Ross Martin had everyone feeling sorry for him after he lost his 5th place at the line when his engine went bang. He ended up 8th with Archie Tillett 5th who gets our special mention for a great recovery drive after a mistake put him down in 10th on lap six.

Archie Tillett
Archie Tillett

So that’s another year of Kartmasters ticked off and seven new champions who have the honor of wearing the GP plate for the next year. Watch out for all videos to be post on the Karting magazine website shortly!

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix

 

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TVKC – Club Championship Round 3

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The 3rd Round of the Summer Club Championship had a healthy grid of club drivers all looking to take more points towards the end goal. Timed Qualifying for this event made for a different format and some longer races.

The event had two ‘landmark’ occasions – one was the first showing of the new mega ‘big screen’ – live timing was being shown all day along with photo streaming….next step ‘live’ race IPTV!!

The second was the inaugural ‘Ladies Day’ event in support of Cancer Research UK (Raising in excess of £1000).

A brilliant day, some lovely ladies (and some men in ‘pink’!), brilliant sunshine and great kart racing, what more could you want!

IAME Cadet

Joe Willoughby took a sensational Fastest Lap in TQ, and the only driver to break into the 1.07! Piers Henderson and Joshua Ra?ican were are at the sharp end (which was a sign of things to come) while Alicia Goundry was a very creditable 3rd fastest.

The Pre Final was a great scrap between Ra?ican, Henderson and Willoughby. These three finishing in that order at the flag and well in front of the pack.

The Final was a hard fought race with Ra?ican holding station at the front but Henderson was menacing in second, and so it was, he pulled off the move to take the lead on the final lap and win by a mere 0.04 second, Ra?ican second.

Willoughby just couldn’t take the fight to these guys but finished a solid third.

Honda Cadet

Full grid – Full entertainment! Alex Lloyd and Oliver Clarke ‘bossed it’ in TQ – First and second. The Pre Final saw a reverse

of TQ with these two drivers but there was nothing between them. Ben Fayers drove a solid race into third and ge?ing closer to the leading two. The Final was an altogether different affair
– a Red Flag meant a restart of which Lloyd took advantage,
but it was short lived as an early race clash dropped him down the order. Clarke then assumed the lead but Ben Fayers and Luke Whitehead also took turns at the front. This was shaping up to be a great race, Clarke and Fayers traded places, Wesley Mason coming into the action, but when it ma?ered Whitehead stamped his authority and took the win, almost neck and neck with Wesley Mason who was a great second, and a brilliant recovery drive by Lloyd into third. Fayers and Kieron Jermey were also there at the flag finishing 4th & 5th.

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Junior Max
A worryingly low grid of Juniors, but some fine racing. James Gee-Coates was in great form and was quick – Pole. James drove a perfect Pre Final and had the measure of the field. Jean Simmenauer was his closest challenger with Jack Martin just holding off Alex Pendlebury. The Final was a messy affair with Gee-Coates ge?ing an early Black Flag (and ending his hopes of a victory!). However his demise opened the way for a great scrap with four drivers ‘slugging’ it out. Max Bird showed his class by easing to the front and taking the win, but Jack Martin made life hard for him as he pushed hard but ended up second. Jean Simmenauer showed excellent form as he took third while Jordon Brown was right there at the flag, but 4th.

Mini Max

A strong grid of ‘mini’s’ was pre?y much dominated by Lewis Thompson – Fastest in TQ, Pre-Final Win, Final Win! Ryhs Hunter was his nearest challenger and looked as though second was his, but it was Jamie Rogers who offered most in terms of challenging for the win, and he almost made it. A late dive for the lead was instantly a?acked by Thompson which gave him enough cushion to take the win. Rogers an excellent second and Hunter third.

Senior Max

21 drivers provided some classic ‘max’ action. Jay Rudd was
on top form and a?er qualifying fastest, took the Pre Final win. Ashley Whiteman was his nearest challenger and was banking on a Final win, but as it turned out, Rudd was strong enough to fight off a late charge from Whiteman and closed out an excellent race win. Whiteman second and Sam Smelt improving all day to claim third.

X30 Junior

Yukinori Ishii was a surprising fastest in TQ, but proved his worth by converting that into a Pre-Final win! Alfie Brown proved to be his closest rival and so it proved as he went on to win the main Final – Ishii finishing an excellent second. Elliot Harvey was always in the mix, and despite some ‘ups & downs’ claimed a worthy third place.

X30 Senior

A solid grid of 30 Seniors provided very good racing all day. Levi King dominated and against some strong opposition, TQ, Pre & Final all had his name at the top! Ayrton Hirst had a good run in the Pre-Final but dropped out in the Final leaving Ollie Varney to chase King to the line, and a fine race it was from Varney. Phillip Rawson completed the top 3, with Archie Tille? a solid fourth and a great drive up 12 places by Lucas Vaus to claim fi?h.

All Results and current Club Championship standings can be found on the website.

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TVKC Report

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Championship Round 1, PF International, 6th April 2014

The first round of the Club Championships, combined with round one of the LGM and NKF Championship drivers, made for a stunning entry totalling 283.

As well as the Little Green Man competitors (see separate report on p84), there was a IAME Cadet club grid of over 20 drivers and great racing all day. Taylor Barnard was in great form and took an excellent win in the final. Ross Woodford was his nearest challenger.

There was a full grid of Honda Cadets and, as always, brilliant racing. Myles Apps looked to have the upperhand in the heats but Harry Thompson was always in his wheel tracks. In the final, the roles were reversed as a stunning drive by Thompson earned him the win..

In Junior Rotax, 30 drivers slugged it out. Tom Gamble on grid two was shuffled down at the start but drove a storming race to charge through at the flag and take another win. Will Shaw had to be content with second.

There was a full house in MiniMax and some brilliantly close racing. One name that keeps rising to the top is Ed Hack – he took a well judged win. He had to work hard as the pack behind were chasing hard. Runner up was the consistent Thomas Turner.

There was an excellent grid of almost 50 Senior Rotax drivers and the pace at the front was hot but Ben Hingeley shone. He converted his hard-earned pole into a win. Ollie Varney was always at the sharp end, finishing a solid second. Matthew Hirst eventually took third place. The race came to a premature end when Jack Harding lost a rear wheel and collided heavily with the barriers.

Numbers continue to increase in X30 Junior with 18 quality drivers. Alfie Brown made excellent progress forward in the final to take the win. Hugo Ellis was another who looks at ease in the class, again a forward charge taking him into an excellent second, with Elliot Harvey completed the top three. In the same race Chris Whitton was the top Junior TKM.

In Senior X30, Jack Bartholomew’s experience showed as he brought home a very controlled win. Chad Little held onto second while Josh Hatton charged to third.

TVKC RACE REVIEW

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PF International, Winter Championships, Round 4, 2nd March
The fourth and final Round of the 2013-2014 Winter Championships provided another stunning entry of 250 drivers.

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Cool temperatures and an initial wet track made qualifying tricky, and conditions remained challenging all day. 63 drivers for a club meeting shows the popularity the IAME Cadet class is having on the future of karting! Top of the pile was front runner Tom Wood in qualifying, Jonny Edgar was a fine 2nd and Zac Robertson completed the top three. The two prefinals provided two pairs of runaway leaders – Tom Wood led home Zac Robertson in the first while Kiern Jewiss was ahead of Lewis Thompson in the second.

There was little to choose between Thompson and Jewiss in the final and the race finished with those two in that order – a delighted Lewis Thompson on top of the podium and well deserved under great pressure to the line from Jewiss. Tom Wood hung on initially but could not maintain the pace of the front two but still ended up a creditable 3rd (and overall Winter Series Champion). Chris Lulham and Nicholas Reeve won the two Honda Cadet Prefinals, just keeping Myles Apps and Keaton Samra at bay. The final was close and produced a fine win for Reeve, a brilliant drive up the grid gaining 11 places in the process and finishing 2nd for Harry Thompson, and Samra was a solid 3rd. 40 drivers battled it out in Junior Rotax and Tom Gamble made the most of the tricky conditions to claim pole, while Dave Wooder looked smooth as he claimed second fastest with Gamble and Wooder winning the prefinals.

The status quo remained however in the final as Tom Gamble took another measured win, Josh Skelton just holding off Wooder for 2nd. Heading the list in Minimax was Tom Bayley who made the best of the drying track, and Sean Butcher qualified 2nd from the slower group after the 101% rule was applied. Jonathan Hoggard and Dean Macdonald won the prefinals with Macdonald storming through the field to finish just ahead of Luke Wooder. Macdonald put in class drive to take the win, leading from lights to flag. Lucas Vaus had a brilliant 13 laps as he made giant strides through the field and was a very satisfied driver in 2nd. 3rd place looked to be heading to Luke Wooder but a misjudged late braking attempt at the hairpin saw him penalised, promoting Thomas Turner to 3rd after a strong race. Fastest overall in Senior Rotax was James Johnson with Brett Ward 2nd and Nathan Aston 3rd. Josh Gardner and Brett Ward won the prefinals but Championship leader Aston had to retire after feeling the effects of a pre-event rib injury.

There was some very close and exciting racing in the final but the day belonged (just) to Ward holding on for 14 pressured laps for an excellent win. Johnson worked very hard for his brilliant 2nd place at the flag and Adam Glear was always in the mix at the sharp end and ended up 3rd. Daniel McAuley is really getting it together in the new X30 Junior class, with his measured performances particularly in the final when he drove a ‘masterclass’ to take the win. Euan Wilson and Harry Whittaker had a great battle for the runners-up spot with Wilson just piping Whittaker by 0.06s. Alex Forward won Junior TKM in the same race. Toby Sowery and Josh Hatton turned Senior X30 into a two horse race – there was little between the two as the final wore on. For seven laps Sowery was in control but for the next six Hatton took the lead. It looked however as though Sowery was awaiting his opportunity and he made the move one lap from home, taking the win by 0.06s. Harrison Newey, as last month, drove a calm and confident race into 3rd.

TVKC Race Review

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PF International, TVKC Club Meeting, 2nd February

PFi was a popular place to be in February with close to 250 entries and two grids for IAME, Honda and Minimax.

61 drivers entered IAME Cadet and results from the two qualifying sessions were alternated as the times were more than 101% different due to varying track conditions. Session 2 was faster and Kiern Jewiss took pole with Lewis Thompson 2nd overall and fastest in the second session.

Joe Turney gained four places to win Prefinal A.Jonny Edgar was 3rd, closing right up to Turney and Jewiss as they fought. Owen Byatt held his nerve in Prefinal B while leading a breakaway including Tom Wood and Josh Rafferty. Wood and Jewiss were the main protagonists of the final with Wood getting clear a few laps from the end. Thompson unfortunately retired with five laps to go and Zac Robertson moved up to 2nd but wasn’t close enough to challenge Wood. Jewiss was 3rd, holding off a hard-charging group until the flag. Turney’s start wasn’t optimal ending up 8th but was fastest.

Oliver Bearman came out on top of a more even set of qualifying sessions in Honda Cadet, ahead of Luke Whitehead and Chris Lulham. Harry Thompson won Prefinal A from Matthew Hopcraft, while Connor Grady headed the field early on. Mark Kimber saw off O Plate holder Myles Apps and Jenson Butterfield to win Prefinal B. Thompson was the lights-to-flag winner of the final as well with Kimber, Grady and Hopcraft never far behind. With a 1.5s gap behind Dean Macdonald in the second session and Thomas Turner in the first, the Minimax times were alternated. Jordan Cane was 3rd, but still a quarter second behind Macdonald in the same session. Macdonald was beaten by Lucas Vaus in Prefinal A in a three-way battle for the lead including Cane. Ed Hack came up from 2nd on the grid to lead throughout in Prefinal B while Turner was relegated to 3rd by Rory Hudson. Turner won a wild final, albeit helped by Macdonald’s penalty and Vaus’s exclusion from 1st and 2nd for an incident that could have caused a major pile-up. Hack was a couple of seconds behind.

Tom Gamble started February as he finished January in Junior Rotax, heading qualifying ahead of Stef Charalambous and Dave Wooder. A bad start in the prefinal for Gamble allowed Wooder to take the win by 2s from Sandy Mitchell. Wooder led the way in the final, controlling the race well, gradually pulling away from Charalabous. The AIM duo of Brett Ward and Thomas Arme topped Senior Rotax qualifying. Arme led the prefinal early on before Ward then Nathan Aston took over at the front and Arme dropped to 5th. Ward took the lead at the start of the final but Aston regained control pulling away by several tenths a lap.

There were 12 Junior X30s this month, again running with Junior TKM. Daniel McAuley took pole overall from Alfie Brown and the top TKM was Alex Forward. Gus Lawrence won the prefinal after dispatching Brown and McAuley, and Forward won TKM but with George Sutton gaining. Lawrence again won the final after fighting with McAuley and Harry Whittaker, with Whittaker keeping the pressure on throughout. Forward won TKM, holding off Arran Mills who was next to him on the line and a total of six drivers in contention. In Senior X30 Chad Little on a Gillard topped qualifying 0.3s ahead of Andrew Rees-Reynolds on a CRG. Rees-Reynolds took the prefinal from of Jacob Stilp and Harrison Newey but the winner was Corby Gormley, with Little, Rees-Reynolds and Newey in the same second over the line.

Trent Valley Kart Club Winter Championships, Round 4

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Sandy MitchellThe fourth and final Round of the 2013-2014 Winter Championships provided another stunning entry of 250 drivers. Cool temperatures and an initial wet track made qualifying tricky, and conditions remained challenging all day.

63 drivers for a club meeting shows the popularity the IAME Cadet class is having on the future of karting! Top of the pile was front runner Tom Wood in qualifying, Jonny Edgar was a fine 2nd and Zac Robertson completed the top three. The two prefinals provided two pairs of runaway leaders – Tom Wood led home Zac Robertson in the first while Kiern Jewiss was ahead of Lewis Thompson in the second. There was little to choose between Thompson and Jewiss in the final and the race finished with those two in that order – a delighted Lewis Thompson on top of the podium and well deserved under great pressure to the line from Jewiss. Tom Wood hung on initially but could not maintain the pace of the front two but still ended up a creditable 3rd (and overall Winter Series Champion).

Chris Lulham and Nicholas Reeve won the two Honda Cadet Prefinals, just keeping Myles Apps and Keaton Samra at bay. The final was close and produced a fine win for Reeve, a brilliant drive up the grid gaining 11 places in the process and finishing 2nd for Harry Thompson, and Samra was a solid 3rd. 40 drivers battled it out in Junior Rotax and Tom Gamble made the most of the tricky conditions to claim pole, while Dave Wooder looked smooth as he claimed second fastest with Gamble and Wooder winning the prefinals. The status quo remained however in the final as Tom Gamble took another measured win, Josh Skelton just holding off Wooder for 2nd.

Heading the list in Minimax was Tom Bayley who made the best of the drying track, and Sean Butcher qualified 2nd from the slower group after the 101% rule was applied. Jonathan Hoggard and Dean Macdonald won the prefinals with Macdonald storming through the field to finish just ahead of Luke Wooder. Macdonald put in class drive to take the win, leading from lights to flag. Lucas Vaus had a brilliant 13 laps as he made giant strides through the field and was a very satisfied driver in 2nd. 3rd place looked to be heading to Luke Wooder but a misjudged late braking attempt at the hairpin saw him penalised, promoting Thomas Turner to 3rd after a strong race.
Fastest overall in Senior Rotax was James Johnson with Brett Ward 2nd and Nathan Aston 3rd. Josh Gardner and Brett Ward won the prefinals but Championship leader Aston had to retire after feeling the effects of a pre-event rib injury. There was some very close and exciting racing in the final but the day belonged (just) to Ward holding on for 14 pressured laps for an excellent win. Johnson worked very hard for his brilliant 2nd place at the flag and Adam Glear was always in the mix at the sharp end and ended up 3rd. Daniel McAuley is really getting it together in the new X30 Junior class, with his measured performances particularly in the final when he drove a ‘masterclass’ to take the win. Euan Wilson and Harry Whittaker had a great battle for the runners-up spot with Wilson just piping Whittaker by 0.06s. Alex Forward won Junior TKM in the same race.
Toby Sowery and Josh Hatton turned Senior X30 into a two horse race – there was little between the two as the final wore on. For seven laps Sowery was in control but for the next six Hatton took the lead. It looked however as though Sowery was awaiting his opportunity and he made the move one lap from home, taking the win by 0.06s. Harrison Newey, as last month, drove a calm and confident race into 3rd.

TVKC PF International, February

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Thomas TurnerPFi was a popular place to be in February with close to 250 entries and two grids for IAME, Honda and Minimax.

61 drivers entered IAME Cadet and results from the two qualifying sessions were alternated as the times were more than 101% different due to varying track conditions. Session 2 was faster and Kiern Jewiss took pole with Lewis Thompson 2nd overall and fastest in the second session.

Joe Turney gained four places to win Prefinal A after attacking his team-mate Jewiss. Jonny Edgar was 3rd, closing right up to Turney and Jewiss as they fought. Owen Byatt held his nerve at the front of Prefinal B while leading a breakaway including Tom Wood and Josh Rafferty.

Wood and Jewiss were the main protagonists of the final with Wood getting clear of the pack a few laps from the end. Thompson unfortunately retired with five laps to go and Zac Robertson moved up to 2nd but wasn’t close enough to challenge Wood. Jewiss was 3rd, holding off a hard-charging group until the flag. Turney’s start wasn’t optimal and he ended up 8th but was fastest.

Oliver Bearman came out on top of a more even set of qualifying sessions in Honda Cadet, ahead of Luke Whitehead and Chris Lulham. Harry Thompson won Prefinal A from Matthew Hopcraft, while Connor Grady headed the field early on. Mark Kimber saw off O Plate holder Myles Apps and Jenson Butterfield to win Prefinal B. Thompson was the lights-to-flag winner of the final as well with Kimber, Grady and Hopcraft never far behind.

With a 1.5s gap behind Dean Macdonald in the second session and Thomas Turner in the first, the Minimax times were alternated. Jordan Cane was 3rd, but still a quarter second behind Macdonald in the same session. Macdonald was beaten by Lucas Vaus in Prefinal A in a three-way battle for the lead including Cane. Ed Hack came up from 2nd on the grid to lead throughout in Prefinal B while Turner was relegated to 3rd by Rory Hudson. Turner won a wild final, albeit helped by Macdonald’s penalty and Vaus’s exclusion from 1st and 2nd for an incident that could have caused a major pile-up. Hack was a couple of seconds behind.

Tom Gamble started February as he finished January in Junior Rotax, heading qualifying clearly ahead of Stef Charalambous and Dave Wooder. A bad start in the prefinal for Gamble allowed Wooder to take the win by 2s from Sandy Mitchell. Wooder led all the way in the final, controlling the race well and gradually pulling away from Charalabous.

The AIM duo of Brett Ward and Thomas Arme topped Senior Rotax qualifying. Arme led the prefinal early on before Ward then Nathan Aston took over at the front and Arme dropped to 5th. Ward took the lead at the start of the final but Aston quickly regained control and pulled away by several tenths a lap.

There were 12 Junior X30s this month, again running with Junior TKM. Daniel McAuley took pole overall from Alfie Brown and the top TKM was Alex Forward. Gus Lawrence won the prefinal after dispatching Brown and McAuley, and Forward won TKM but with George Sutton gaining. Lawrence again won the final after fighting with McAuley and Harry Whittaker, with Whittaker keeping the pressure on throughout. Forward won TKM, holding off Arran Mills who was next to him on the line and a total of six drivers in contention.

In Senior X30 Chad Little on a Gillard topped qualifying 0.3s ahead of Andrew Rees-Reynolds on a CRG. Rees-Reynolds took the prefinal ahead of Jacob Stilp and Harrison Newey but the final winner was Corby Gormley, but with Little, Rees-Reynolds and Newey in the same second over the line.

Results
IAME Cadet
1 Tom Wood Zip
2 Zac Robertson Zip +0.52s
3 Kiern Jewiss Zip +1.70s
4 Alexander McDade Zip +0.06s
5 Albert Carter Zip +0.01s

Honda Cadet
1 Harry Thompson Project One
2 Mark Kimber BRK +0.15s
3 Connor Grady Project One +0.05s
4 Matthew Hopcraft Zip +0.11s
5 Myles Apps Zip +2.32s

Minimax
1 Thomas Turner Alonso
2 Ed Hack Gillard +2.12s
3 Luke Wooder Tony +0.68s
4 Jack Young Tony +0.10s
5 Rory Hudson Tony +0.41s

Junior Rotax
1 Dave Wooder Alonso
2 Stef Charalambous Tony +0.78s
3 Will Shaw Tony +4.31s
4 Josh Skelton Tony +0.2s
5 Sandy Mitchell Tony +0.92s

Senior Rotax
1 Nathan Aston Tony
2 Jamie Dzyra Tony +7.85s
3 Adam Glear Kosmic +0.57s
4 Jack Bartholomew Tony +0.95s
5 Danny Cruttenden ART +0.35s

Junior X30 & TKM
1 Gus Lawrence Mach 1/X30
2 Harry Whittaker Tony/X30 +0.19s
3 Daniel McAuley Tony/X30 +0.40s
4 Alfie Brown Tony/X30 +0.20s
5 Bryony King Tony/X30 +0.28s

Senior X30
1 Corby Gormley CRG
2 Chad Little Gillard +0.35s
3 Andrew Rees-Reynolds CRG +0.20s
4 Harrison Newey Wright +0.08s
5 Ryan Green DR +0.59s