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Whilton Mill Kart Club Championship Round 3 Report

X30 Junior

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.

Reggie Duhy on the grid

Mini Max

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.

Visor down for Sam Heading

IAME Cadet

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.

Mixed emotions at the flag

X30 Mini

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.

Tom Lebbon

Junior Max

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.

Bradley Barrett

X30 Senior

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.

Tye Mason

Honda Cadet

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!

Josh Patterson

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X30 Junior

Kicking off round two finals was X30 Junior with 34 drivers lined up on the grid! At the start a small incident at turn two saw many drivers delayed including polesitter, Louie Westover. Getting through unscathed was Matthew Biry and Axel La Flamme who now had a comfortable lead with Henry Laws 3rd. La Flamme soon took front seat, but six laps in hit problems which eventually became terminal all of which gifted a healthy lead to Biry. Thomas Bryne and Piers Henderson now filled the podium spots, but were being chased hard by Westover and Luke Whitehead. The pair were quick, but ran out of time to catch Bryne and Henderson who also failed to catch Biry. The Litchfield Motorsport driver won by just under a second.

Matthew Biry takes the flag
Matthew Biry takes the flag

Mini Max

There were three main contenders for the win in Mini Max they were, Alex Lloyd, Alex Eades and Lewis Gilbert. It was Gilbert who was the last of the three, despite entering and racing in Junior max as well,but he was quickest on track and eventually hit the front on lap 12. Eades hovered around half a second behind the pair as the last lap board went out and the inevitable battle took place. Lloyd used his experience to get back through and as Gilbert went for the win at the boot he lost momentum and found Eades slipping through on the exit. Lloyd took the win with Kai Hunter 4th.

Alex Lloyd heads out for the final
Alex Lloyd heads out for the final

X30 Mini

Similar to round one it was Georgi Dimitrov and Kai Askey who were leading from the front in the final but were set to be joined in their lead battle this time. Quickest on track was their Fusion teammate Tom Edgar who had BKC Racing’s, Harry Garman just behind. As Edgar started to close in Askey decided to hit the front, but Dimitrov was having none of it and immediately got his lead back. Now in traffic Edgar’s progress was briefly halted and the four drivers were covered by less than a second going onto the last lap. Coming down to turn six Edgar squeezed past Askey and as Askey got the run onto the back straight he came across to defend valiantly all of which allowed Garman to steal 3rd from Askey. Dimitrov took the win with Edgar 2nd, but you had to feel sorry for Askey who may have felt hard done by.

Georgi Dimitrov
Georgi Dimitrov

IAME Cadet

Taylor Barnard continued his domination in the IAME Cadet class with another comfortable win as he went on to beat his 33 competitors by a hugely impressive 4.8 seconds! At the moment it’s hard to see how Barnard can get beaten, he was certainly helped by a great start but he also set the fastest lap with no tow and no assistance. Impressive stuff! Behind, Maxwell Dodds was the man on the move, from 8th on the grid he moved his way through to 2nd place at the flag. Freddie Slater was running 3rd going onto the last lap, but was passed by Alfie Hodges who took a podium and Alex Dunne with Slater finishing 5th place.

Final words before the start of the race
Final words before the start of the race for Taylor Barnard

X30 Senior

The reigning Junior X30 Champion, Jac Maybin perhaps took some by surprise when he lined up on pole in one of the most competitive grids I have ever seen at Whilton Mill. Maybin got off to a perfect start and immediately broke clear at the front with Jamie Tyler in 2nd. Tyler had a busy queue of karts behind which contained Gus Lawrence, Lewis King, Lewis Malin and Josh Thompson to name a few! Once Tyler was passed by Lawrence he started a dip in the order and he was never quite able to recover with the entire chasing pack eventually passing the JDR driver. Thomas Turner, was quickest on track and eventually got through to 4th. Back to the front and Lawrence was chasing down Maybin with King not too far behind. The newest Strawberry Racing driver eventually caught Maybin on the last lap and perhaps being slightly incautious he left to door open and Lawrence needed no second invitation to go through and take the win! Maybin had to settle for 2nd with King 3rd, Tuner 4th and Thompson 5th.

X30 Senior podium
X30 Senior podium (left to right), Jac Maybin, Gus Lawrence & Lewis King

Junior Max

Tyler Chesterton looked the strong favourite to take victory in the Junior final after he got into a comfortable lead from the front row. However, any chance of victory was short lived when he retired with terminal problems on lap four. Taking his place at the front was Bradley Barrett who had Tommy Foster almost two seconds behind. However, Foster started to make the Barrett camp nervous as he started to take huge chunks out of Barrett’s lead, but given the hurry up Barrett responded with personal best laps to quickly stop any challenges to go and take victory. Foster was 2nd with Clayton Ravnescroft taking consecutive podiums in 3rd place.

Junior drivers heading up to the line
Junior drivers heading up to the line

Honda Cadet

The most dramatic and entertaining final came in the shape of Honda Cadet. Oliver Bearman briefly took the lead but after just three laps at the front Lucas Ellingham and his Global Karting teammates, Ivan Lomliev and Joshua McLean soared away.Soon to be joined by Archie Brown and Theo Micouris sitting in 5th impressively closing in on the four-kart train despite punching his own hole in the air. After eight laps Brown started to pass the Global drivers picking off Lomliev and McLean is successive laps, but before he had any chance of going for the win he was involved in an incident at turn six which also saw McLean and Lomliev delayed. All of which allowed Micouris to go through to 2nd, and once there he caught Ellingham heading up to turn three on the last lap. Ellingham, who was 5th in last year’s British Championship, used all of his experience to defend and with Micouris unwilling to take any unnecessary risks they finished in that order with Alfie Rigby taking an impressive 3rd!

It was another packed grid in Honda Cadet
It was another packed grid in Honda Cadet

Senior Max

Finishing the afternoon’s racing was Senior Max and it was great to see a grid of Senior’s back after a lengthy absence. Dan Bushell led from the front as he had been doing for most of the day. He controlled the race and showed great maturity as he went quicker, when needed, to win by a fairly comfortable margin at the flag. Behind Joe Bleackley had a great battle with Kearn Tsang for 2nd place which eventually ended with Bleackley taking the place almost mounting a challenge on Bushell, but ran out of time to seriously worry Bushell. The battle for 4th went to the wire, Peter Griffin was clearly impatient with Louis Large and in his attempts to get by on the last lap lost his 5th place to Jack Tritton who also matched Tsang’s fastest lap of the race.

Senior Max made their return to Whilton after a lengthy absence
Senior Max made their return to Whilton after a lengthy absence

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Junior X30

Morgan Porter and Matthew Herbert were thrown a huge lifeline at the start of the Junior X30 Final when the red flags came out after just one lap. Porter and Herbert had gone into the barriers, but the red flags for a separate incident meant there would be a full restart. There were no such problems on the restart with Porter, Herbert, Oliver Clarke and Dragan Pinsent forming the lead group. On a charge behind was Reggie Duhy who was with the leaders from p25 after just eight laps. He picked off Herbert first before the last lap board came out with Porter leading Pinsent, Clarke and Duhy. Porter looked to have things wrapped up, but a fantastic move around the outside of the boot saw Pinsent steal victory with Duhy and Clarke joining him on the podium. Porter dropped to 4th place by the flag.

Dragan Pinsent
Dragan Pinsent

Mini Max

In Mini Max it was Alex Lloyd wh led from the front unchallenged to eventually take a comfortable lights to flag victory. Behind things were a lot closer with Alex Eades holding off the challenges of Harry Newman-Oakley and Tom Adams. By lap seven Newman-Oakley was through, but his time in 2nd was short lived with Eades coming back through two laps later to finish 2nd. Tom Adams rounded off the podium with William Elswood 4th and Newman-Oakley 5th.

The Mini Max Podium
The Mini Max Podium

Mini X30

There were little to no changes to the order in the Mini X30 Final, leading from the front was Kai Askey with his Fusion team mate Georgi Dimitrov keeping him honest. Thomas Lebbon was right there too, but was never able to put a serious challenge in with the top three finishing in that order.

Kai Askey on the grid
Kai Askey on the grid

IAME Cadet

The big talking point in both Cadet classes was the new tyre which seemed to take some adjusting to for the Cadet drivers. Taylor Barnard gained the lead after a handful of laps with polesitter, Josh Rowledge the only driver able to hold onto him. Alex Dunne in 3rd was slowly dropping back into the clutches of Oliver Gray who may have passed him had there of been one more lap. Behind Gray there was a fierce battle for 5th which included Oliver Denny, Harrison Skinner, Josh Irfan, Maxwell Dodds and Freddie Slater. It was perhaps the most entertaining battle on track with the group eventually finishing in that order.

IAME Cadets rolling up to the line for the Final
IAME Cadets rolling up to the line for the Final

Junior Max

Clayton Ravenscroft got off to a fantastic start in the Junior Max Final putting over a second between himself and Tyler Chesterton. In the bitterly cold conditions it was Chesterton who seemed to have the slight edge and after ten laps he had completed the chase. Now on the penultimate lap Chesterton took the lead, but this race was far from finished. Heading onto the last lap Ravenscroft pulled off a fantastic move at turn three going around the outside of Chesterton. He looked to have won the race, but coming into the boot Chesterton mirrored Ravenscroft’s move to steal the race victory from the KR Sport driver. Finishing in 3rd was Ben Burgess.

Tyler Chesterton prepares for the Final
Tyler Chesterton getting in the zone

Honda Cadet

The penultimate final was Honda Cadet with 32 drivers lining up on the grid, four of those had qualified through form the B Final. A first corner incident saw disaster strike for polesitter Lucas Ellingham and second row starter Sebastian Bloch. Missing the danger was Joshua McLean, Ivan Lomliev and Alfie Rigby who now formed the lead group. Oliver Bearman was leading the chasing pack, but with no real support the leaders were able to stretch their legs out front. Eight laps in Lomliev took the lead from his Global Karting teammate and it was a move that gave him a lead of three tenths and the race win with McLean and Rigby finishing 2nd and 3rd.

Ivan Lomliev taking victory
Ivan Lomliev taking victory

Senior X30

There was only ever going to be one winner of this race, Tye Mason had been on top from all day and when he pulled out a lead just shy of a second after the first lap there was no catching him as he cruised off to take a comfortable victory. Behind, Bobby Neil who is now on the Mad Croc chassis, looked comfortable on his route to 2nd place. It was the battle for 3rd where the most attention lay with as many as eight drivers on contentions for the podium spot. Jake Bowman was the early favourite before a mechanical problem ended his race. Jordan Brown seemed to disappear deep into the race, but rising up the order was Sam McDonnell who eventually claimed the spot. Next along was Matt Armstrong, Jonathan Browne, Ben Davis, Jack Leese, Daniel Seager and Tom Croydon.

Sam McDonnell chasing Tye Mason
Sam McDonnell chasing Tye Mason

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Honda Cadet

It was an all Global Karting affair at the front of the Honda Cadet Final with Coskun Irfan and Luke Watts pushing each other away. However, making sure this wasn’t just a two horse race was Harry Garman and Robbie Stapleford who chased the pair down and they were soon joined by Daniel Guinchard. Despite all the pressure Irfan did all the leading and his break came on the penultimate lap when Watts was passed by Garman and co. Garman was unable to catch Irfan who took the win, but behind Guinchard went from 5th to 3rd at the last corner in what was arguably the move of the race!

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X30 Senior

Despite a torrid set of heats Elliot Harvey qualified 8th and was about to play a big part in the final. He worked his way through the field smartly to eventually catch long term race leader Saul Robinson. Coming into turn six for penultimate time Harvey either missed his braking point or felt very brave as he threw one up the inside to take the lead away from Robinson. Harvey still had work to do on the last lap, but defended well to take the victory. Finishing 3rd was Matt Armstrong after passing Brett Wykes and Scott Snell on the last lap.

Elliot Harvey
Elliot Harvey

Junior Max / Mini Max

It was hard to know where to look in this one with two close races at the front of the field. In Junior Max, Kieron Jermey was doing all the leading despite huge pressure from Ben Burgess and Ethan Haynes. For whatever reason Burgess was happy to sit in 2nd, but that came to haunt him later in the race when Haynes came past which gave Jermey the cushion he needed to take victory. In Mini Max there was some last lap drama, Piers Henderson, Marcus Littlewood and James Watson ran in that order all race. On the last lap Littlewood went for the outside at turn six and as Henderson attempted to cover it off Watson said “thank you very much” and went straight into the lead to take what was a very popular victory!

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IAME Cadet

There were plenty big names entered into the IAME Cadet class this month and leading the pack round was Taylor Barnard, 7th in this years British Championship. His team certainly found themselves worried when Oliver Denny came through to 2nd and pulled Barnard in, but when Georgi Dimitrov and Coskun Irfan decided they wanted to do the chasing, Barnard was allowed to get away and take victory. Denny eventually got his 2nd place back with Dimitrov 3rd and Irfan 4th.

Taylor Barnard
Taylor Barnard

X30 Junior

From pole position Reggie Duhy absolutely dominated the X30 Junior Final. The closest anyone got to him was on the formation lap, once the green lights came on he was quick to establish a lead and control the race to win by 2.3 seconds. Behind Dragan Pinsent had to work very hard for his 2nd, but once there he broke clear for a lonely second half of the race. Ross Woodford was 3rd going onto the last lap with a hard charging Jonny Wilkinson behind, but neither of them would stand on the podium. Instead it was Joel Bradford who somehow managed to find a way through despite some valiant defending from the aforementioned drivers.

Tyler Read was impressive in the heats, but disaster struck at the start of the final
Tyler Read was impressive in the heats, but disaster struck at the start of the final

Junior TKM

James Pashley did the early leading in the Junior TKM race, but he had the new British Champion Bradley White chasing him down and after seven laps at the front would lose the lead. It affected him more than anyone expected and with almost six tenths between himself and White most people thought that was the race over, but Pashley drove brilliantly to chase him down. With pressure from Theo Hesketh, Pashley struggled to find a way through. He did get alongside down the back straight, but White’s defence through the boot proved why he is the holder of the number one plate.

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TKM Clubman

In terms of the lead there is really not much to say about the TKM Clubman race. Jack Macauley got a quite tremendous start from pole and was never challenged as he cruised to a 5 second victory taking the fastest lap along the way. Behind the novice, Rob Aston looked set for a memorable result, but to the disappointment of the neutrals he unfortunately dropped to 5th with two laps to go with Max Goldsmith finishing 2nd and Daniel Mense 3rd.

Jack Macauley
Jack Macauley

TKM Extreme

This was the race everyone was waiting for, 34 of the country’s best TKM Extreme drivers lined up ready to take on the Whilton Mill circuit. Predicting a winner would be tough, but that made it even more exciting. Unfortunately the lead battle everyone was expecting never came and we all have Owain Rosser to blame for that. He drove faultlessly at the front and never gave Sam Fowler a chance to challenge and was a very deserved winner! Matthew Ayres took 3rd and fastest lap and there were impressive drives from Rob Wallace, Jack Coburn, Charlie Mooney and Marcus Edmunds who all gained ten or more places.

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Junior X30

The afternoon started with what was arguably the best final of the day. Jac Maybin was in search for another victory this season, but had last years Honda Cadet Champion, Luke Whitehead for close company. Pedalling the new Fullerton chassis Whitehead tried to work with Maybin seeing that Tamzyn Buckley, Thomas Byrne and Josh Pickford were not far behind. Like the ring of a bell in a boxing match two laps from the end the fighting started and as the last lap board came out we now had five for the lead. Whitehead took the lead, but lost it at turn seven with Buckley coming through. As the elbows were out for 2nd Buckley took the win, but received a ten second front fairing penalty post race. This handed the win back to Whitehead with Maybin and Pickford rounding out the podium.

Luke Whitehead

Honda Cadet

It was Harry Garman and Robbie Stapleford who broke clear at the start of the Honda final, but they struggled to decide who was going to lead and that decision eventually cost them as a hard charging Daniel Guinchard came through. In their defence they did stay with him for a while and Stapleford even re-took the lead at one stage, but once Guinchard was given some breathing space he was never to be seen again and went on to take victory. Garman did all he could to chase him down but eventually had to settle for 2nd. Despite pressure from Maurice Henry, Stapleford was able to claim the last space on the podium.

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Senior X30

It was a race that almost provided a sensational win for Matt Armstrong. After starting 8th on the grid he carved his way through the field and then went on to chase down the two Campfield Racing team mates, Aaron Drury and Tye Mason. Unfortunately, this is where his progress was halted, an unsuccessful move on Mason delayed the pair and in the blink of an eye Drury was down the road. Armstrong eventually completed the move and arguably deserved the win, but in Drury’s defence he made no mistakes and led from lights to flag to win by an impressive five seconds.

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Junior Max

The most processional race came from the Junior Max class. Riley Phillips has been on form in the class this year and was simply too quick for anyone to contend with. The last anyone saw of him was at the completion of lap one before he went on to win by an astonishing 8.1 seconds. Ethan Haynes was never really challenged in 2nd place with Jake Paice driving well for his 3rd after taking advantage of Jacob Page who came off on lap five.

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IAME Cadet

The big story to come out of IAME Cadet was pole man, Freddie Slater, was a novice! He won heat three in tricky conditions and did not look out of place at the front as he held his own at the start. Leonardo Panayiotou, William Elswood, Alex Keens and Zac Meakin made it a lead quintet as the battling commenced. Sixty percent of the group had turns leading, but the major turning point in the race came on lap thirteen. As Elswood went from 1st to 5th, Panayiotou managed to make a break for it leaving Keens to try and defend his 2nd place. Slater and Elswood tried their best but couldn’t get through and unfortunately Meakin fell back to 12th on the last lap. So we had one novice on the podium in Slater, and novice Vinnie Phillips in 6th in a grid of 29 karts! Stars of the future…

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Mini Max

The fight of the novices continued in the Mini Max final as George Smith tried to follow in Freddie and Vinnie’s footsteps. Rain just before the final meant everyone started on slicks in tricky conditions and as it continued to fall the most inexperienced driver in the field got through to 2nd place and looked set for a memorable result. Smith made no mistakes but when the track dried a recovering Marcus Littlewood came through and was soon followed by Karl O’Brien. That left Smith to settle for an impressive 4th. In the midst of all this Piers Henderson was out front and won by a staggering 8.5 seconds! A solid performance given the changing conditions.

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IAME Cadet

With the LGM Series on at Larkhall it was a slightly reduced grid for the IAME Cadet’s and the absence of some usual suspects towards the front made it an easy day at the office for Reggie Duhy. After taking all three heat wins he flew off in the final to win by a commanding 6.1 seconds taking fastest lap along the way. The battle for 2nd was mainly led by Leonardo Panayiotou, he was originally challenged by Oliver Denny before Denny was replaced by the hard charging Lorenzo Kordal. Neither were able to beat Panayiotou who finished 2nd with Kordal three tenths behind in 3rd. The only novice in the field, Micah Taylor finished a hugely impressive 8th out of the 22 drivers. Being the only novice meant there was no trophy for him, that was until Duhy decided to give Taylor his trophy for fastest lap allowing Taylor to deservedly join in the podium celebrations.

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Mini Max

Mini Max was one of the only classes that found it’s grid rise in numbers for this month, but we still found the main protagonists of Ben Burgess and Piers Henderson on the front row. But they would find themselves joined by Burgess’ team mate Tom Adams in the battle for the lead in a dice that lasted the entire 16 laps. Burgess led the majority of the race with Henderson 2nd until Adams crept up to take the lead on lap 12. The top three were now split by just three tenths of a second and on the penultimate lap Burgess was able to retake the lead and hold off the challenges of Adams and Henderson to take a well deserved victory.

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Junior X30

With so much drama on the last lap it’d be hard to describe the whole race in just over 100 words so here was the situation going into the last tour. Jake Bowman led after losing it to both Dragan Pinsent and Thomas Byrne who now ran in 2nd and 3rd. Tamzyn Buckley was 4th after falling and rising up the order again and she had Josh Pickford and Matthew Herbert for company. It was the boot where it all kicked off and heading into it Bowman and Bryne were side by side for the lead with Buckley somehow alongside Pinsent. She managed to pass Pinsent at the right and in her attempts to take 2nd away from Bowman made contact causing them both to fall down the order. This left Bryne to take the win with Herbert finishing 2nd and Pinsent 3rd. Bowman fell to 5th with Buckley coming off much worse in 12th.

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Honda Cadet

In terms of the win there was only ever two drivers in contention for Honda Cadet and they were Daniel Guinchard and Thomas Mills. They had a hard charging Harry Garman and Joel Wren working together to try and catch them in 3rd and 4th, but Guinchard and Mills worked together very well to allow themselves to battle on the last lap. Heading up to turn three was the first time Guinchard defended and Mills slight misjudged his attack and found himself very briefly on the grass which gave Guinchard the cushion needed to go on and win the race. Garman came home 3rd with Wren 4th and Maurice Henry a very impressive 5th.

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Senior X30

Watching the race, you’d never have guessed that this was Tye Mason’s first ever victory in a final. It was the manor in which he dominated the race taking fastest lap, which made him look like he’d been winning for years with absolutely no sign of nerves or weakness towards the end. It was his team mate Aaron Drury who led at the start, but once Mason passed on lap eight he was never to be seen again going on to win by 1.6 seconds. A win I’m sure he’ll find hard to forget! Brett Wykes rounded out the podium with Sean Rudge making an immediate impact on his return to karting to finish 4th.

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Junior Max

Nine karts may have rolled out onto the track to take the start, but there was only ever going to be two drivers who would contest for the victory and they would be Jordan Brown and Riley Phillips. Two drivers who have gone head to head on a number of occasions were about to battle once again. Brown led for the first six laps before Phillips made his move on lap seven. Brown felt happy to follow for the next eight laps, but on the penultimate lap he made the move on Phillips which turned out to be a race winning one with Phillips simply having no response. Ethan Haynes took 3rd after Spottiswood came off on the last lap which allowed Paige Holden to inherit 4th place.

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Whilton Mill Kart Club Round 4 Report

Sunday 24th April 2016

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Mini Max

It was the Mini Max class that kicked off the afternoon’s proceedings for Round 4 and with weather that was struggling to make it’s mind up we certainly looked in good shape for some fantastic racing. Piers Henderson and Harry Newman-Oakley were in a class of their own in this race! On average they were lapping a second faster than Marcus Littlewood and James Watson who were likewise battling hard for 3rd. Newman-Oakley seemed very comfortable following Henderson for most of the race but when the crucial stage of the race came Henderson was able to eek out enough of a gap to allow him just enough breathing space to take victory on the last lap. Twenty seconds behind Littlewood held onto 3rd with Watson 4th and the novice driver, Zak Aldred 5th.

Piers Henderson
Piers Henderson

X30 Junior

Jac Maybin quickly established himself as an early favourite to take back to back to victories! After just three laps he had passed early leader, Matthew Biry and built himself a one second lead! Behind the BMR team mates of Porter and Pegram were now working together to try and catch the BKC Racing driver and they were quickly joined by Dragan Pinsent and the recovering Biry. Three of the group set about trying to push each other but Biry had other ideas as he passed Pinset and Pegram allowing Porter to escape in 2nd. Not only was By lap 15 Porter wasted no time in passing Maybin before making himself impossible to pass as he went on to take a well deserved victory. Behind, perhaps one of the best drives in the race came from Ben Wooldridge who’s impressive season continues as he carved his way through to 3rd place.

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Morgan Porter

Honda Cadet

Yet again Honda Cadet failed to disappoint as we saw another nail biting affair at the front of the field. Alex Eades and Daniel Guinchard briefly disputed the lead early before clearing off into the distance with Guinchard in charge at the front. Behind the battle for 3rd was fierce as Harry Garman, Alfie Rigby, Joshua Patterson, Ivan Lomliev and Khali Atkins all took turns pass each other but it was eventually Garman who was able to establish himself at the front of the pack. If anything though this soon started to work in his fellow competitor’s favour as the number 75 was setting fastest laps and closing the lead down! Back at the front and now well into the business end of the race, Guinchard was heavily defending but it wasn’t long before Eades was through and with Garman now on Guinchard’s case he had no choice but to settle for 2nd place leaving Eades to take victory! A special mention has to go to novice driver Alex Mollov who finished an impressive 16th place.

Alex Eades
Alex Eades

Junior Max

It was an electric start to the Junior Max race, from the front row Ethan Haynes led but after just three corners he was passed by Riley Phillips. Haynes, however, quickly put this mistake right by re-passing Phillips on the exit of turn six but there was to be more passing, this time into turn eight and Haynes on this occasion found himself on the grass and down in 7th place. At the front Phillips and Georgie Whitbread ensued in a battle that seemed to last forever with James White a front row spectator in it all. White dropped back from the lead too in the second half of the race leaving Whitbread and Phillips to battle it between themselves and Phillips came oh so close to taking it back from Whitbread but the Campfield racing driver was not prepared to lose out for a third month running and held on to take his first victory of the year! Phillips finished 2nd with White 3rd, Gent 4th and Haynes recovered brilliantly to finish 5th and within two seconds of Whitbread. Novice driver, Kyle Palmer, drove fantastically making some great moves to finish 7th.

Georgie Whitbread
Georgie Whitbread

X30 Senior

The X30 Senior threw up the most exciting race with a change of weather deep into proceedings. The race started dry and with Aaron Drury leading closely followed by Brett Wykes and Jamie Flynn. The latter seemed to struggle for pace in the final and quickly dropped back with Max Stilp and Hugo Bentley-Ellis coming through. Of all the leaders Bentley-Ellis looked the quickest and it wasn’t long before he passed Stilp and it was at that point, 10 laps into the race, when the rain hit! Max Stilp became to first victim as he skated off at turn 3 promoting Bobby Neil into a podium position. He was quickly followed by several others down the order, the next front runner to go was leader Arron Drury but his huge lead meant he only dropped to 2nd. Finally, Bobby Neil came off after what looked a guaranteed podium! So that left Hugo Bentley-Ellis to take victory with Arron Drury finishing 2nd and Brett Wykes 3rd.

Hugo Bentley-Ellis
Hugo Bentley-Ellis

Iame Cadet

After the events in the X30 Senior Final a lot of activity had to start on the dummy grid as some Cadets opted to change to intermediate tyres for the final. The late change however meant some of those drivers would have to go to the back promoting the likes of Alfie Briggs to the front row. Alfie Baxter-Davies looked confident and determined at the start of the race as he quickly cleared off to a substantial lead but behind Elswood was coming fast! He was up to a second a lap faster than Baxter-Davies and unsurprisingly Baxter-Davies couldn’t put up a fight and allowed Elswood through. Now out front Elswood went on to win by 5.6 seconds over Baxter-Davies with AJ Arnold. A mention has to go to Samuel Shaw who charged through from the back to finish 6th place.

William Elswood
William Elswood

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Stu Stretton

 

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