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Rugby Kart Club Rounds 15 & 16 Report

Sunny skies shone over Daytona Tamworth as the drivers took part in the eighth meeting of the 2016 season.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Karl Spencer took the win in Round 15, while Paul Cox, who joined from Rounds 11 & 12, took second place. Andrew Strike took third place. In Round 16 Cox took the win with Spencer second. Strike made the podium again taking the final spot. Newcomer Richard Ware made two fourth place finishes despite being one of the heavier lightweights on the grid.

Top 3 After Drops:

Karl Spencer – 297
Andrew Strike – 244
Ross Barnacle – 154

MEDIUMWEIGHTS

With championship leader Andrew Spencer not making this meeting, the top honours for Round 15 fell to Neil Humpherston, who took part in most of the 2015 season but due to clashes with other series, has only managed to make this meeting so far. Second place went to Jason Whittle while third place went to Nigel Brown. This was Brown’s third podium this season. Round 16 saw Humpherston take the win again with Whittle remaining in second. Third place went to Mark Mason. This consolidated Mason’s third place in the championship.

Top 3 After Drops:

Andrew Spencer – 298
Jason Whittle – 201
Mark Mason – 153

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HEAVYWEIGHTS

Matt Spencer had a run of 4 straight victories going into this meeting, and it wasn’t about to stop. Round 15 saw him notch up his fifth straight win, with Paul Malin finishing in second place. Newcomer Luke Welbourn took third place. The podium remained unchanged for Round 16 with Spencer on top, Malin second and Welbourn in third place.

Top 3 After Drops:

Matt Spencer – 343
Chris Cheetham – 258
Neil Graham – 199

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Report by Chris Cheetham

 

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Rugby Kart Club Rounds 11 & 12 Report

Sutton Circuit in Leicester hosted the first rounds after the halfway point in the season, and with dry weather at the circuit it was set to be a great day. The first race, round 11, was to be run clockwise as normal, with round 12 switching directions and running anti-clockwise.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Andrew Strike and Karl Spencer resumed their rivalry at the top of the standings, and the gap closed to just 2 points in Strike’s favour after he had a bit of a bad run in both races. Spencer managed a win in the second race, while Paul Cox, who raced at Tamworth last time out but chose to drop his scores won the first race on a track he’d never even seen before, let alone driven on. Such is the friendly nature of the club, advice was given to him on braking points etc and he utilised all the info given to take that win.

Top 5 after drops:

Andrew Strike: 181
Karl Spencer: 179
Ross Barnacle: 118
Bob Moss: 95
James Curtis: 82

MEDIUMWEIGHTS

Trevor Hansford was missing from this round due to complications with his illness suffered earlier in the year, so it was left to Andrew Spencer to romp away and take both wins. This gives Spencer a 61 point lead over Hansford. Jason Whittle in third place in the standings managed a 3rd and 4th place to hold on to that place, While Tony Jessop closed up by 3 points after claiming a second place in the first race. Mark Mason, who only started racing with the club from rounds 7 & 8, is already up to fifth in the standings and is still mathematically in with a chance of taking third spot by the end of the season.

Top 5 after drops:

Andrew Spencer: 193
Trevor Hansford: 132
Jason Whittle: 125
Tony Jessop: 103
Mark Mason: 80

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Matthew Spencer extended his lead over Chris Cheetham at the top to 37 points by taking both wins in the HW class. Neil Graham played a joker in the first race to double up the points for 4th place. Graham struggled a little running anti-clockwise as he had never raced this direction in the dry. Paul Malin struggled yet further and Lou Aracsi, fifth at the moment, could spring a surprise come the end of the year to take fourth spot, and there are only 20 points between them.

Top 5 after drops:

Matthew Spencer: 243
Chris Cheetham: 206
Neil Graham: 149
Paul Malin: 110
Lou Aracsi: 90

The next event with Rugby Kart Club is their annual 6 Hour Endurance, run at Whilton Mill, on 6th August.

The next event for RKC itself will be rounds 13 & 14 at Whilton Mill on 20th August, running on the National circuit for the final visit of 2016.

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Report by Chris Cheetham

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Rugby Kart Club Rounds 9 & 10 Report

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As RKC approached the halfway point in the 2016 season, the classes were at their closest since the season started. Overcast conditions for the event stayed that way, as the weather held off for one day only. The karts were nowhere near the standard that we enjoyed in the first visit of 2016, with a reported 3 second difference between some of them. This gave way to odd results.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Andrew Strike claimed pole for the LW class, who raced separately to the other classes due to increased numbers and not enough karts to cover the whole field. The disparity in the karts meant Strike was able to win by 18 seconds come the chequered flag for the first race, with guest driver Paul Cox finishing second and Karl Spencer in 3rd. Daytona chose, for the first time in RKC history there, to reverse the grids. So it fell to the lovely Terry Keefe to win in style and get his first gold medal in the championship. Spencer took runner up spot while Ross Barnacle took third place. Paul Cox chose to relinquish his second place from race one as he didn’t want to interfere with the standings, which was a lovely gesture. This gave Spencer second place in race 1 and Ross 3rd place. At the top of the standings, Strike now has a 15 point lead on dropped scores from Karl.

Top 5 (On Drops):

Andrew Strike: 151
Karl Spencer: 136
Ross Barnacle: 96
Bob Moss: 81
Chris Pease: 65

MEDIUMWEIGHTS

Tony Jessop won the first race in the MW class, who were joined on the grid by the HW class. He backed this up with a second place in Race 2 to keep him in the top 5 overall.  Jason Whittle won Race 2, and managed 5th place in the first race. Andrew Spencer, Championship leader, had a bad run with the karts but still managed to hold the lead of the championship by 29 points on drops. Trevor Hansford took 3rd place in Race 1, while Mark Mason, in only his second RKC meeting, took 3rd place in Race 2.

Top 5 (On Drops):

Andrew Spencer: 143
Trevor Hansford: 114
Jason Whittle: 98
Jordan Taylor: 73
Tony Jessop: 73

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Matthew Spencer played a Joker card and won the first race of the day, doubling his win to 50 points to extend his lead on Chris Cheetham. Cheetham had a shocking kart for the first race, finishing dead last against every other driver on the track. He got revenge though, starting on pole for the reverse grid race and never looking back. He played a Joker in Race 2 which meant the only advantage Spencer got was 12 points as he finished 2nd in Race 2. Spencer leads by 20 points on drops. Neil Graham and Paul Malin, who got his mojo back after a dismal (by his own terms) showing at Whilton last month, had decent results; Graham holds 3rd place comfortably for now, with Malin 4th. Andrew Fellows nearly quit but was bribed by Cheetham to race, and he didn’t disappoint. Taking 3rd place in Race 1, he followed it up with a 5th place in Race 2.

Top 5 (On Drops):

Matthew Spencer: 193
Chris Cheetham: 173
Neil Graham: 115
Paul Malin: 96
Andrew Fellows: 77

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Report by Chris Cheetham

 

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Rugby Kart Club Rounds 7 & 8 Report

The fourth meeting of the 2016 season, Rounds 7 & 8, took place on the International circuit at Whilton Mill. We were greeted with a warm, dry day. A complete contrast to the wet opening rounds we had here in February. A record 38 drivers turned up to race with us, as the club continues to grow.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

The Lightweight class suddenly got blown wide open at Whilton, with leader Karl Spencer struggling for the second meeting in succession and allowing nearest rival Andrew Strike to grab the honours in the first race. Newcomer Scott Clenaghan claimed the win in the second race. Spencer scraped a second and fourth place but on dropped scores, he is now 11 points behind Strike in the standings. Ross Barnacle has shown he is also one to keep an eye on for the rest of the season after taking second place in the first race and followed it up with a great third place. The first race was a close battle for the whole 20 minutes, as you can see in this YouTube video from Andrew Strike’s view.

Standings (Counting Drops)

1st – Andrew Strike – 111 points
2nd – Karl Spencer – 100 points
3rd – Bob Moss – 67 points
4th – Ross Barnacle – 66 points
5th – James Curtis – 44 points

MEDIUMWEIGHTS

Jordan Taylor took his first win of 2016 in the first race after a close battle with Andrew Spencer. The positions were reversed for the second race, with Spencer taking the win ahead of Taylor. Tony Jessop claimed third place in both races. One double points Joker was played in the first race by Noel Uhure, but as he finished outside the top 10 and failed to score, it was a wasted effort.

Standings (Counting Drops)

1st – Andrew Spencer – 100 points
2nd – Trevor Hansford – 89 points
3rd – Jordan Taylor – 73 points
4th – Jason Whittle – 61 points
5th – Nigel Brown – 44 points

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Matt Spencer took the lead of the HW class from Chris Cheetham at this meeting, after playing a winning Joker in the first race and following it up with another win in the second race. Cheetham struggled, defending second place until 2 laps from the end when Neil Graham snatched it from him. The second race started badly, with Cheetham dropping to seventh place by the end of lap 1 but he clawed his way back to fourth. Lou Aracsi made only his second appearance of 2016, and took second place in race 2. Neil followed second place up with third.

Standings (Counting Drops)

1st – Matthew Spencer – 125 points
2nd – Chris Cheetham – 108 points
3rd – Neil Graham – 88 points
4th – Paul Malin – 66 points
5th – Andrew Fellows – 52 points

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Rugby Kart Club Round 3 Report

Venue: Sutton Circuit, Broughton Astley

The third meeting of 2016 saw us arrive at the small but technical Sutton Circuit in Broughton Astley, Leicester. The clouds followed everyone from all directions as we got going, and the threat of them dumping their contents on the track never went. As it happened, the heavens opened 15 minutes after we left.

Sutton had taken delivery of new karts but we were too early to use them as they were still being built in the workshop. This meant we used the old fleet, which was good as we all knew how they’d handle.

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Lightweights

Karl Spencer had dominated the proceedings so far this season, winning all 4 previous races. His run would end here, as he finished 3rd and 2nd in his two races. He still leads the championship by a healthy margin though. Andrew Strike took the spoils in the first race, also playing one of his two double points Jokers, taking the win value to 50 points. Ross Barnacle showed he has the speed as he took 3rd place in the first race.

For the second race, Bob Moss took a well deserved victory from Spencer. Andrew Strike followed his win up with a fantastic 3rd place in this race. With Strike playing his Joker as he won, Spencer now has a 5 point lead going to Whilton Mill in 4 weeks time.

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1st – Karl Spencer – 133 points

2nd – Andrew Strike – 128 points (1 Joker played)

3rd – Bob Moss – 78 points

4th – Ross Barnacle – 67 points

5th – Chris Pease – 41 points

Mediumweights

If Karl didn’t dominate the races in the LW class, his namesake most certainly did in the MW class. Both races won in style. In the first race, newcomer Alex Williams finished 2nd with regular Trevor Hansford finishing in 3rd place.

In the second race, another newcomer, Jordan Taylor took 2nd place behind Spencer, while in 3rd was yet another new driver. Noel Uhure showed class to take a podium. Jokers were played in the second race by Hansford, and also by Jason Whittle, who finished 6th. Spencer leads by 11 points from Hansford, with Whittle lying 3rd.

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1st – Andrew Spencer – 100 points

2nd – Trevor Hansford – 89 points (1 Joker played)

3rd – Jason Whittle – 79 points (1 Joker played)

4th – Paul Low – 41 points

5th – Sam Lennox – 38 points

Heavyweights

The HW class results were turned upside down compared to the form of the previous races. Neil Graham recorded his first win in the first race, with Club Organiser Clark Cowell finishing 2nd. Chris Cheetham managed damage limitation for his title hopes by finishing in 3rd place. Paul Malin ran out of road on one corner and lost a few places. Knowing that the second race was to be a reverse grid race, he chose to slow down and finish last, gaining pole for the second race.

Malin duly won the race in comfort, with Mike Harvey gaining 2nd place and Graham finishing in 3rd while playing a Joker. Cheetham still leads the championship, with the lead only dropping by 2 points to 54 over Graham. Harvey is running 3rd, just ahead of Malin.

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1st – Chris Cheetham – 133 points (1 Joker played)

2nd – Neil Graham – 79 points (1 Joker played)

3rd Mike Harvey – 64 points

4th – Paul Malin – 62 points

5th – Andrew Fellows – 52 points

The next rounds of the Championship take place at Whilton Mill in Daventry, May 14th. Spaces are limited to 25, but we may see about getting another grid booked if interest is there to fill it up. Please visit rugbykartclub.co.uk for info on booking.

Report by Chris Cheetham.

Photos by Chris Cheetham, Andrew Strike, Carol Cheetham

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Rugby Kart Club Round 2 Race Report

Venue: Daytona Tamworth, 12th March 2016

Round 2 saw us visit Daytona Tamworth for the second time in RKC history, and we were blessed with a glorious day, perfect for racing. Championship leaders were aiming to improve their standing with good results early on in the season, while those further down were hoping for a swift change of fortune. Drivers were all out on track together, allowing for a 28 driver grid, spread across the three usual classes.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Reigning champion Karl Spencer won both of his races, making it a full house this season with four wins from four races. His 100 point tally gives him a 37 point lead over second placed Andrew Strike. The other podium finishers were Bob Moss (second in race 1), Adam Boon on his return to RKC (second in race 2), Andrew Strike (third in race 1) and Chris Pease (third in race 2).

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Lights Podium (left to right): Chris Pease, Bob Moss, Karl Spencer, Andrew Strike

MEDIUMWEIGHTS

Championship leader Trevor Hansford was unable to race due to illness, so the spoils would be guaranteed to go to someone else after Hansford dominated the previous round. Andrew Spencer duly took up position by winning both races in the Mediumweight class. With Spencer missing the first round, he would therefore only tie with Hansford in joint second place. Newcomer Slawek Piskorz came second in both races, while another newcomer Nigel Brown finished third in both. Jason Whittle, who won the Heavyweight Championship last season, finished fourth in both races which was enough to give him the championship lead by 7 points.

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Medium’s Podium (left to right): Slawek Piskorz, Andrew Spencer, Nigel Brown

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Chris Cheetham dominated the first round of the season and was hoping to just maintain the lead he had. As it happened, his nearest rival Andrew Fellows had a shocking round and it fell to Paul Malin, back from an operation last month, to take the challenge to Chris. Ahead of them, Matthew Spencer won both races. Cheetham and Malin finished second and third in both races, Cheetham ahead in race 1 before swapping places for race 2. This gives Cheetham a 56 point lead from Andrew Fellows, extended from 39 points. Spencer jumps into third place just 2 points behind Fellows.

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Heavy’s Podium (left to right): Chris Cheetham, Matthew Spencer, Paul Malin

The next round of the championship takes place at Sutton Circuit in Leicester on April 16th. To book in with us, simply email Club Organiser Clark Cowell at clarkmcowell@talktalk.net stating name and weight in kilos (so we can put you into the right class). Membership is free.

Standings

Lightweights:

  1. Karl Spencer – 100 points
  2. Andrew Strike – 63 points
  3. Bob Moss – 41 points
  4. Chris Pease – 41 points

Mediumweights:

  1. Jason Whittle – 57 points
  2. Trevor Hansford – 50 points
  3. Andrew Spencer – 50 points

Heavyweights:

  1. Chris Cheetham – 108 points
  2. Andrew Fellows – 52 points
  3. Matthew Spencer – 50 points

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Rugby Kart Club Round 1 Race Report

Track: Whilton Mill

Date: 13th February 2016

The 2016 season kicked off at the fast Whilton Mill circuit in Daventry with overcast skies and a damp track. Throughout the day it would lightly drizzle and the temperature would never climb above 4C all day. Old faces and newcomers alike took to the track, Lightweights first, followed by Mediumweights and Heavyweights grouped together for Group 2. With week old karts and a greasy track, it was a learning curve for all concerned.

New for this season is the ‘joker’ system. Drivers are given two opportunities to double their points for a single race during the season. These jokers cannot be played in the same weekend as each other, and to avoid sudden tactical play hours before the race starts, jokers are secretly passed to series organiser Clark Cowell before the Wednesday before the event. Nobody knows who plays a joker until the end of the day’s racing.

There is also an extra round for 2016 taking the total to 10 rounds, and 20 races through the year. Drivers are allowed to drop their four worst scores. Scoring is as per the F1 scoring system:- 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1. No points for 11th or below, and no bonus points for fastest lap or pole position.

In the Lightweights, Karl Spencer chose to defend his 2015 title by winning both of his races. In second was newcomer Andrew Strike while third place was shared by Ross Barnacle (Race 1) and Robert Lewis (Race 2). Spencer has a 14 point lead.

Lightweight Group:

Karl Spencer – 50pts

Andrew Strike – 36pts

Ross Barnacle – 27pts

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In the Medium weights, Trevor Hansford did the double by winning both races for his class, while Jason Whittle and Paul Low shared the spoils through both races for second and third places. Hansford takes a 17 point lead going into round two.

Medium weight Group:

Trevor Hansford – 50pts

Jason Whittle – 33pts

Paul Low – 33pts

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In the Heavyweight group, Chris Cheetham won both of his class races finishing ahead of Andrew Fellows in both. Michael Cort finished third in race 1 while newcomer Joshua Parker took third place in the second race. Cheetham leads by 39 points by virtue of playing a double points ‘joker’ in his second race.

Heavyweight Group:

Chris Cheetham – 75pts (1 Joker)

Andrew Fellows – 36pts

Chris Czora – 32pts (1 Joker)

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Round two is at Daytona Tamworth on March 12th.

 

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