The afternoon’s finals were kicked off by a full grid of X30 Junior karts. Despite a hugely competitive field it was Reggie Duhy and Louie Short who were able to break clear from the front row at the start. Short was playing the long game with Duhy, who was in no mood to be the following driver. With two laps to go Short made his move with just one lap remaining. Short was defending (perfectly), but Duhy managed to sneak past heading into turn seven. A corner later Short found his race practically over after colliding with a back marker who was trying to move aside. That allowed Duhy to take victory with Mario Mills 2nd and a hard charging Piers Henderson 3rd from 12th on the grid. Thomas Byrne was 4th with fastest lap.
There was no stopping Sam Heading in the Mini Max Final. From pole, Heading was half a second clear after just one lap and eventually went on to win by a remarkable 7.91 seconds. He unsurprisingly took the fastest lap along the way. Behind, Dominic Bush was the driver to watch from 6th on the grid. He was the only driver who could get near Heading’s pace and worked his way through to 2nd over the 16-lap final. Harry Newman-Oakley put up a fantastic fight and challenged Bush all the way to the last corner taking a deserved podium.
Similar to X30 Junior, IAME Cadet was a race that was decided on the last lap. Samuel Shaw and Harry Pears pushed away together over the duration of the final. Nine laps in Pears attempted to pass Shaw, but it was short lived as Shaw came back through. Pears waited for the last lap before going for a move at turn eight, he ran slightly wide which allowed Shaw back through and many would have thought that was the race done. But Pears threw everything he had into a move at the penultimate corner and got through cleanly to take the race victory. Shaw was later excluded for a non-compliance which saw the recovering Arvid Lindblad 2nd who also took fastest lap, Micah Taylor finished 3rd.
William Elswood led the early stages of the X30 Mini final until the red flags came out whilst TJ McDonnell was attended to. Thankfully he was okay and when the race got back underway Thomas Lebbon wasted no time in passing the Coles Racing driver after coming up from fourth on the grid. Once there Lebbon was unchallenged going on to win by 6.6 seconds. Behind there was some late drama with pole-sitter, Alex Ley coming off on the last lap whilst fighting for 3rd. The last spot on the podium was eventually taken by Harry Garman with Karl O’Brien 4th.
The Junior Max Final was almost a repeat of the round two final with Bradley Barrett leading from the front. The difference this time was Barrett having to pass Guy Cunnington after two laps, but once through, he broke clear and went on to take victory by an impressive 2.83 seconds. Behind there was a great fight for 2nd which included Cunnington, Kieron Jermey, Riley Phillips and Clayton Ravenscroft. Ravenscroft was coming through from the back of the grid to finish a comfortable 2nd. Jermey was able to consolidate his 3rd place on the last lap, with Cunnington and Phillips coming together behind.
A grid of 32 drovers took to the track for the X30 Senior final and at the head of it Tye Mason and Jac Maybin were working together to try and break clear at the front. Maybin doing most of the pushing with Mason making no mistakes ahead. From behind, Jamie Tyler, Jenson Brown and Arran Mills were also working together and started to close in as the last lap approached. Maybin had waited until the last lap to try and make his move, but credit to Mason he had a slight edge which left him not even needing to defend on the last lap and he took the win from Maybin. In the fight for 3rd Tyler held off Brown and Mills.
There was early drama in the Honda Cadet final with front row starter Drew Davidson coming off at turn six in the opening laps which saw him having to cut across the track. Not slowing down he was penalised which left the battle for the lead between Robbie Stapleford and Joshua Patterson. The pair traded places on more than one occasion, but on lap 11 Stapleford came off at turn four which saw him come into the pits and left Patterson taking a comfortable victory. Callum Tanner finished 2nd and Airijus Jomantas pipped Marcus Luzio for 3rd at the flag by just 0.001 seconds!
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy of Stu Stretton