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Kimbolton – 8th May 2016
LGM – Thompson remains unbeaten
The second round of LGM saw no change to the drivers who finished on the podium, the only thing that changed was the order they finished in. Harry Thompson got his day off to a fantastic start with three top four finishes, gaining a total of 35 places in the process, putting him on pole position for the Final.
Also going well was Jonny Wilkinson. The KMS driver also had three top four finishes and he was just three points off of pole position, which was good enough for a front row start. Funnily enough he had also gained 35 places over the course of his three heats!
The final was very much four horse race with Thompson and Wilkinson joined by Taylor Barnard and Bray Kenneally at the front of the field. From the inside of row two Kenneally briefly took the lead on lap three but Thompson was quickly back past with Wilkinson coming through to 2nd. Next it was Barnards turn to lead, but like Kenneally he was unable to hold it for long with Thompson eager to stay in control!
Barnard and Wilkinson followed Thompson through with Wilkinson then passing Barnard for 2nd a lap later. That’s pretty much how the order stayed until the last lap when Kenneally was able to take advantage of a big gap behind to pass Barnard for 3rd on the last lap. However post race Kenneally was given a 10 second penalty for ‘Gaining an unfair advantage’ promoting the GP pate back onto the podium.
Another fantastic win for Thompson as Wilkinson continues to impress with yet another podium. Three teams on the podium definitely makes this a wide open championship!
Mentions must go to Georgi Dimitrov and and Christopher Draper who both gained 13 places to finish 4th and 4th.
Biggest mover – The biggest mover of the day was Jamie Mead. He came through to win the B Final from 6th on the grid before gaining 16 places in the A Final to finish 15th. Fantastic performance!
Biggest loser – When will Zak O’Sullivan’s torrid luck change? The Fusion driver put himself 5th on the grid on the final and stayed there until his race ended on lap 10. A disappointing result but nevertheless great performance.
Junior X30 – York’s dominant season continues
After his spectacular recovery at Round one, where he gained 62 places on the Sunday, Chris Lulham looked to be set up nicely for victory at Kimbolton after taking pole position for the final. He would have round one winner, Oliver York, start alongside him with Ben Wooldridge 3rd and Henry Laws an impressive 4th after his 26th at PFI.
Before that we had the small matter of the B and C finals where some race winning contenders were eliminated.
The B Final was only an 8 lap race which really restricted drivers on time so a good starting position was key! Apart from that an incident saw some big names exit which included the likes of Taylor Bellini, Oliver Clarke, Elliot Harvey, Tom Smith, Alicia Goundry, Harry Platten and Ed Hack.
Qualifying through was Callum Bradshaw, Thomas Pegram, Mitchell White and Axel La Flamme.
Despite his pole position Lulham found himself slowly going backwards as York took control at the front of the field. The driver catching everyone’s attention was Nelson King. The privateer who found himself in the C Final at round one was on a charge from 11th on the grid and by lap 10 he found himself right on the tail of York.
Behind York and King were Wooldridge and Lulham and the next driver that started to make strides forwards was Ethan Hawkey.
As Wooldridge passed King for 2nd, Hawkey passed Lulham for 4th before passing King for 3rd a lap later. That crucially gave York and Wooldridge a gap at the front and they were left to battle for the lead on their own with Hawkey too busy defending for 3rd behind.
But despite Wooldridge’s best efforts he was unable to pass the Coles driver who went on to make it two out of two for the season with Hawkey rounding out the podium in 3rd. Morgan Porter took 4th and fastest lap with Lulham 5th.
Biggest mover – The biggest mover in the final was Dragan Pinsent who came through to 11th place from 25th on the grid!
Biggest loser – You’d have to say the biggest loser this month was Callum Bradshaw. After a second place at round one he looked it good shape to go one better but he had to come through from the B Final and was only able to finish 19th in the A Final. There’s no doubt he’ll be disappointed with that result.
Senior X30 – Lights to flag for Hodgson
A win, 5th and 15th were good enough to put Oliver Hodgson on pole position for the A Final on Sunday, but perhaps the most impressive performance throughout the heats came from Josh Thompson. After exiting in the B Final at round one he showed intent throughout the heats with a win and two 11th’s being good enough for a front row start.
Matt Davies and Daniel Russell formed row two with Mark Litchfield and Brett Ward shaping row three.
But before that we would have to say goodbye to 17 drivers in the B Final. Some of the big names to exit the B Final were Jay Rudd and Shaun Davidson, but the four drivers that made it through were Bradley Pennell, Jack Golding, Marcus Pett and Tye Mason.
As suggested in the title this was a very straight forward race for Hodgson, but it was far from comfortable. Matt Davies, who got his Super One campaign off to a flyer, was within half a second of the leader for most of the race but dropped back ever so slightly in the last few laps which may of been a sign of Davies settling for 2nd. Still a fantastic performance especially as the next driver along 3 seconds behind!
The battle for the last spot on the podium was tight to say the least. From the outside of row four Danny Kierle worked his way through the likes of Derek Morgan, Thompson, Ward and Litchfield. Kierle then had his work cut out as Litchfield and Ward mounted pressure but Kierle was able to do enough to just sneak a podium.
Further back there was impressive performances from Riki Christodoulou, Hugo Bentley-Ellis and Lewis King. Christodoulou, who has returned to karting this year after a 10 year absence, improved on his 10th place last time out to take 8th place from 11th on the grid. Bentley-Ellis made 10 places to finish 9th with King gaining 16 to finish 12th.
Biggest mover – The biggest mover in the A Final was Tye Mason, who started dead last after just qualifying through from the B. In the main final Mason gained a total of 20 places to finish 14th. Take a bow!
Biggest loser – The biggest loser in Senior X30 in my opinion has to be Jay Rudd. The Evolution driver got his season off to a fairly solid start at PFI but luck was not on his side, as despite a win in the heats, he was unable to make it out of the B Final.
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix