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SSM Super One results – Round 5

Super One returned to the classic Cotswold venue of Little Rissington for the first time since 2003 and enjoyed a superb weekend of racing at the flat but beautiful airbase that was once the home of the world famous Red Arrows display team.

MSA Cadet British Championship

The results of the second final will remain provisional until the start of the final round at PF International following the conclusion of Teddy Wilson’s appeal against his exclusion to the Super One Stewards.

Wilson and Edgar broke away from the rest in Sunday’s first final with Edgar pushing his teammate all the way. Wood tried to break away from a furious multi kart scrap for third but couldn’t quite catch the leaders and as the race reached its conclusion Wilson was able to pull out a small gap on Edgar to take the victory. Wilson led away again in the second final as Robertson snatched second from Edgar. Finlay Bunce was one of the karts in a tangle at the start. As Edgar dropped back into the pack Robertson stormed up from seventh and he and Wilson powered away at the front. Wilson continued to lead until the start of the final lap when Robertson dived to the inside going into turn one. Wilson fought back at Top Bend but as the pair headed on to the back straight side by side there was contact. Robertson spun while Wilson sailed through the air but managed to stay pointing in the right direction to take the chequered flag but was given a one lap penalty. However he is appealing the decision. Should Wilson’s appeal be unsuccessful Wood will take the win from Alex McDade and Owen Byatt. Jewiss was out of the top ten in both finals with a score he will hope to drop for the final standings, falling from first to third in the provisional standings.

Junior TKM ABkC National Championship

There were major problems just behind Lee as Kyle Hornby, the driver in control of the championship standings was excluded from the entire meeting when it was discovered he had a modified piston after he finished a close second to Lee. Hornby’s disqualification handed Matthew Graham and Matthew Round-Garrido second and third with Ethan Pitt a strong fourth and Forward only sixth. Graham took the honours in a similarly close second heat with Round-Garrido and Forward both within half a second of the winner when the flag fell.

Sunday’s first final got better and better the longer the race went on as Graham and Round-Garrido traded the lead numerous times. This all let a number of other drivers closer and closer to the lead duo until, with a handful of laps remaining, nearly a dozen karts looked to be in contention. Graham eventually got muscled back into the thick of the pack as Round-Garrido held off a late challenge from Lee to take the win with Pitt, Forward and an inspired Susanne Gutzold rounding out the top five. Pitt pulled off one of the best passing moves of the entire season to take his first Super One victory in the second final, calmly sweeping around the outside of the last corner to beat the points leader to the line by 2/100ths of a second. Behind the overjoyed Pitt there were several issues in deciding the third place finisher. Lee initially took the spot but was excluded for overtaking under yellow flags which then promoted Round-Garrido. However Round-Garrido was also penalised five places which then elevated Joseph Reeves- Smith to a delighted third. This all means any one of five drivers could take the title at PF International on 13/14th September.

Formula KGP Super One Championship

Hodsgon had a new threat in Sunday’s first final : Matt Davies, who pushed Hodsgon every step of the way as Litchfield and Game scrapped over third. Sadly Davies failed the post race weight check and was excluded, handing second to Litchfield. Hodgson and Litchfield broke away from the rest in the second final but Litchfield couldn’t find a way past his teammate, who led every lap to complete the weekend double. More than five seconds behind the two leaders Davies staged a fantastic fight back from the back of the grid to pass Game for third.

MSA Cadet, final 1 (20 laps)

1 Teddy Wilson Synergy

2 Jonny Edgar Synergy

3 Tom Wood Zip

MSA Cadet, final 2 (20 laps)

1 Wood

2 McDade

3 Byatt

Junior TKM, final 1 (24 laps)

1 Matthew Round-Garrido Jade

2 Dino Lee Tonykart

3 Ethan Pitt Jade

Junior TKM, final 2 (22 laps)

1 Pitt

2 Forward

3 Joseph Reeves-Smith

Formula KGP, final 1 (24 laps)

1 Oliver HodgsonKosmic

2 Mark Litchfield Kosmic

3 Bobby Game Alonso

 

SSM Super One – Round 4

Rotax Series Round 4: 9th – 10th August 2014

After a month’s break the SSM Super One Series visited north Wales for the picturesque circuit of Glan y Gors. Following a dry day on Saturday for the heats, Sunday was punctuated by showers courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Bertha.

Dean MacDonald took the second MiniMax final after the first winner Alex Quinn fell back and took a penalty. Tom Canning took the first of the Honda Cadet wins as Kiern Jewiss went off, he stormed back to win the second. In Junior and Senior Max Dave Wooder and Jack Bartholomew enjoyed double victories.

MiniMax

Jonathan Hoggard was quickest in timed qualifying and although Alex Quinn won both the heats, Hoggard lined up alongside for the first final. Dean MacDonald sprung into the lead of that, battling with Adam Smalley and Quinn, losing out to the latter by a whisker on the last lap. MacDonald took command of the second final, Quinn falling back to 12th after a penalty for an incident. That left Jonathan Hoggard as runner-up following a battle with Samuel Pooley, the latter pipped by Axel Charpentier.

Honda Cadet

Kiern Jewiss once again showed his never give up attitude after being spun to the back in the first final, yet winning the second. Although Dragan Pinsent topped timed qualifying, his heats were not completely to plan with Tom Canning winning two, and Jenson Butterfield the other. So the first final grid line up was Canning, Butterfield, Keaton Samra, Jewiss and Pinsent. The latter leapfrogged to second behind Canning whilst Jewiss recovered to only 18th. But Jewiss was on a charge, reaching 8th on the first lap of the second final and soon mixing it with the leading group. Jenson Butterfield lost the lead running wide and falling to 22nd leaving Jewiss to scrap hard with Pinsent, then Myles Apps and Tom Canning when Pinsent fell back. Jewiss had a break at the end as Canning defended against Zak Rogers, Nicholas Reeves and Harry Thompson.

Junior Max

William Tregurtha, tenth in the points, was having a great run through the heats for the first final pole, although Jack McCarthy had been fastest in the time trials. Unfortunately after Dave Wooder had grabbed the first final lead, Tregurtha had an off dropping him way back, to finish 11th. Wooder pulled 3.7s on Stuart Middleton, with Tom Gamble a further 9s in arrears for third. Wooder had to battle a lot harder in the second final, having to overcome initial leader Sandy Mitchell then Jonathan Paylor and briefly Josh Skelton. Coming from the repechage last chance race Hugo Ellis reached 3rd but had to settle for 6th behind Paylor, Zak Fulk and Jack McCarthy after Tom Gamble established himself as nearest challenger to Wooder.

Senior Max

Another on a winning streak just now is Jack Bartholomew, although not doing so well in the heats, lining up fourth on the first final grid behind Josh Price with Luke Knott and Josh Collings on the front row. Price had been fastest in timed qualifying and won both his heats, with Luke Knott taking the other. Bartholomew vaulted to the front, past Collings and Knott, with Joseph Reilly and Price fourth and fifth. In the second final, Bartholomew gradually eased away from Collings as other contenders such as Price and Knott fell by the wayside. Scott Mackrell stormed up to third to beat Reilly and Adam Glear.

SSM Super One results – Round 4

SSM SUPER ONE

Rotax Series Round 4: 9th – 10th August 2014

After a month’s break the SSM Super One Series visited north Wales for the picturesque circuit of Glan y Gors. Following a dry day on Saturday for the heats, Sunday was punctuated by showers courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Bertha.

Dean MacDonald took the second MiniMax final after the first winner Alex Quinn fell back and took a penalty. Tom Canning took the first of the Honda Cadet wins as Kiern Jewiss went off, he stormed back to win the second. In Junior and Senior Max Dave Wooder and Jack Bartholomew enjoyed double victories.

MiniMax

Jonathan Hoggard was quickest in timed qualifying and although Alex Quinn won both the heats, Hoggard lined up alongside for the first final. Dean MacDonald sprung into the lead of that, battling with Adam Smalley and Quinn, losing out to the latter by a whisker on the last lap. MacDonald took command of the second final, Quinn falling back to 12th after a penalty for an incident. That left Jonathan Hoggard as runner-up following a battle with Samuel Pooley, the latter pipped by Axel Charpentier.

Honda Cadet

Kiern Jewiss once again showed his never give up attitude after being spun to the back in the first final, yet winning the second. Although Dragan Pinsent topped timed qualifying, his heats were not completely to plan with Tom Canning winning two, and Jenson Butterfield the other. So the first final grid line up was Canning, Butterfield, Keaton Samra, Jewiss and Pinsent. The latter leapfrogged to second behind Canning whilst Jewiss recovered to only 18th. But Jewiss was on a charge, reaching 8th on the first lap of the second final and soon mixing it with the leading group. Jenson Butterfield lost the lead running wide and falling to 22nd leaving Jewiss to scrap hard with Pinsent, then Myles Apps and Tom Canning when Pinsent fell back. Jewiss had a break at the end as Canning defended against Zak Rogers, Nicholas Reeves and Harry Thompson.

Junior Max

William Tregurtha, tenth in the points, was having a great run through the heats for the first final pole, although Jack McCarthy had been fastest in the time trials. Unfortunately after Dave Wooder had grabbed the first final lead, Tregurtha had an off dropping him way back, to finish 11th. Wooder pulled 3.7s on Stuart Middleton, with Tom Gamble a further 9s in arrears for third. Wooder had to battle a lot harder in the second final, having to overcome initial leader Sandy Mitchell then Jonathan Paylor and briefly Josh Skelton. Coming from the repechage last chance race Hugo Ellis reached 3rd but had to settle for 6th behind Paylor, Zak Fulk and Jack McCarthy after Tom Gamble established himself as nearest challenger to Wooder.

Senior Max

Another on a winning streak just now is Jack Bartholomew, although not doing so well in the heats, lining up fourth on the first final grid behind Josh Price with Luke Knott and Josh Collings on the front row. Price had been fastest in timed qualifying and won both his heats, with Luke Knott taking the other. Bartholomew vaulted to the front, past Collings and Knott, with Joseph Reilly and Price fourth and fifth. In the second final, Bartholomew gradually eased away from Collings as other contenders such as Price and Knott fell by the wayside. Scott Mackrell stormed up to third to beat Reilly and Adam Glear.

 

Minimax Final 2 (22 laps)

1 Dean MacDonald Tonykart 16m26.7s

2 Jonathan Hoggard Tonykart +1.05s

3 Axel Charpentier Tonykart

4 Samuel Pooley Tonykart

5 Thomas Turner Alonso

6 William Pettitt Tonykart

Honda Cadet Final 2 (19 laps)

1 Kiern Jewiss Tonykart 16m 13.29s

2 Tom Canning BRK +1.42s

3 Zak Rogers Project One

4 Nicholas Reeve Project One

5 Harry Thompson Zip

6 Thomas Pegram BRK

Championship Standings

MacDonald 606pts

Quinn 591

Hoggard 552

Adam Smalley 520

Championship Standings

Jewiss 532pts

Thompson 529

Apps 522

Canning 509

SSM Super One – Round 5

Championship – Round 5 – Rissington 16-17th August 2014.

Super One returned to the classic Cotswold venue of Little Rissington for the first time since 2003 and enjoyed a superb weekend of racing at the flat but beautiful airbase that was once the home of the world famous Red Arrows display team.

MSA Cadet British Championship

The results of the second final will remain provisional until the start of the final round at PF International following the conclusion of Teddy Wilson’s appeal against his exclusion to the Super One Stewards.

Wilson and Edgar broke away from the rest in Sunday’s first final with Edgar pushing his teammate all the way. Wood tried to break away from a furious multi kart scrap for third but couldn’t quite catch the leaders and as the race reached its conclusion Wilson was able to pull out a small gap on Edgar to take the victory. Wilson led away again in the second final as Robertson snatched second from Edgar. Finlay Bunce was one of the karts in a tangle at the start. As Edgar dropped back into the pack Robertson stormed up from seventh and he and Wilson powered away at the front. Wilson continued to lead until the start of the final lap when Robertson dived to the inside going into turn one. Wilson fought back at Top Bend but as the pair headed on to the back straight side by side there was contact. Robertson spun while Wilson sailed through the air but managed to stay pointing in the right direction to take the chequered flag but was given a one lap penalty. However he is appealing the decision. Should Wilson’s appeal be unsuccessful Wood will take the win from Alex McDade and Owen Byatt. Jewiss was out of the top ten in both finals with a score he will hope to drop for the final standings, falling from first to third in the provisional standings.

Junior TKM ABkC National Championship

There were major problems just behind Lee as Kyle Hornby, the driver in control of the championship standings was excluded from the entire meeting when it was discovered he had a modified piston after he finished a close second to Lee. Hornby’s disqualification handed Matthew Graham and Matthew Round-Garrido second and third with Ethan Pitt a strong fourth and Forward only sixth. Graham took the honours in a similarly close second heat with Round-Garrido and Forward both within half a second of the winner when the flag fell.

Sunday’s first final got better and better the longer the race went on as Graham and Round-Garrido traded the lead numerous times. This all let a number of other drivers closer and closer to the lead duo until, with a handful of laps remaining, nearly a dozen karts looked to be in contention. Graham eventually got muscled back into the thick of the pack as Round-Garrido held off a late challenge from Lee to take the win with Pitt, Forward and an inspired Susanne Gutzold rounding out the top five. Pitt pulled off one of the best passing moves of the entire season to take his first Super One victory in the second final, calmly sweeping around the outside of the last corner to beat the points leader to the line by 2/100ths of a second. Behind the overjoyed Pitt there were several issues in deciding the third place finisher. Lee initially took the spot but was excluded for overtaking under yellow flags which then promoted Round-Garrido. However Round-Garrido was also penalised five places which then elevated Joseph Reeves- Smith to a delighted third. This all means any one of five drivers could take the title at PF International on 13/14th September.

Formula KGP Super One Championship

Hodsgon had a new threat in Sunday’s first final : Matt Davies, who pushed Hodsgon every step of the way as Litchfield and Game scrapped over third. Sadly Davies failed the post race weight check and was excluded, handing second to Litchfield. Hodgson and Litchfield broke away from the rest in the second final but Litchfield couldn’t find a way past his teammate, who led every lap to complete the weekend double. More than five seconds behind the two leaders Davies staged a fantastic fight back from the back of the grid to pass Game for third.

TKM Extreme ABkC National Championship

Matthew Allnutt enjoyed a breakout weekend at Little Rissington but it was James Ogden who left the circuit on Sunday evening feeling happiest of all as he extended his championship advantage. Final one on Sunday saw Allnutt take his maiden win although he was pushed all the way by Ogden and an inspired Jeffs but as the action got even more frenetic it was Owen to snatched third and Forsdyke fourth with Jeffs a still highly creditable fifth. Controversy surrounded the last lap of final two as Owen and Allnutt collided in the Dog-leg half a lap from home whilst battling in the midst of a furious gaggle. Owen had already recovered from an earlier clash as was Jeffs to fall to the back. Ogden led into the final corner but Forsdyke tried an audacious outside pass that resulted in Monks nipping through to snatch second behind the victorious Ogden. Simon Vercoe took fourth with Matt England fifth.

KZ1 MSA British Kart Championship

Henry Easthope was crowned the 2014 MSA British Senior Short Circuit Karting Champion as the KZ1 class concluded their season.

Easthope had all but secured the title following the most recent round of the championship at Larkhall but had to race under the new Super One regulations. Sam Webster and Scott Allen shared the two victories with Webster doing a sterling job of holding Allen off in final one with Denis Gorman completing the podium. Although Allen was within a kart’s length all through he just didn’t have the pace to pass.

However Webster’s dreams of taking third place in the final standings turned sour when his chain broke on the rolling lap as he tried a dummy start, leaving pole position empty and Webster’s day over. This gave Easthope’s teammate Jamie Garvie an invitation to snatch the lead from the second row of the grid with Allen a close second. Soon after Allen had taken the lead, the mechanical attrition wasn’t over as Garvie’s kart faltered on lap four when his engine came loose. Garvie spent two laps fixing the problem before continuing, by which time Allen, Gorman and Easthope were comfortably ahead. The drama continued as with second place virtually in the bag Gorman coasted to a halt when his fuel pump fell off, leaving Allen clear to take his fifth win of the year and handing Easthope second place on a silver platter.

John Pike completed the podium with Will van Es fourth. Webster’s retirement meant he finished the season just seven points behind van Es in fourth place overall in the championship. “It was a very hard race as the pack were on my bumper for the first 13 minutes, then I started to edge away after Denis stopped and held up Henry slightly,” said a happy Allen, who has clinched the vice-champion spot.

SSM Super One Rotax 2014 – Round 3

stock-superoneSeries Round 3: Larkhall 12/13 July 2014

For the halfway stage of the ABkC National Championships, Super One visited showery Scotland and the popular Summerlee circuit

It’s a challenging circuit, needing bravery for overtaking. At the top of the hill on the back straight, or into one of the hairpins is a favourite, whilst a last gasp move into the last corner can come unstuck.

MiniMax

A sudden heavy shower just before the first final forced a quick move to wets for the protagonists. The Scotsman Dean MacDonald held pole position over Alex Quinn, Tyler Chesterton and Jonathan Hoggard. But Quinn snatched the lead at the start and thereafter was never headed, MacDonald failing to find a safe passage past. Whilst Hoggard held station in third, Ed Hack bypassed the opening lap incidents to finish fourth, pipping Adam Smalley and Jack Young. An unlucky Chesterton only completed two laps. For the second final MacDonald swept past Quinn on the second lap and retrieved the lead twice, firstly from Hoggard and secondly from Young, who fell to seventh after receiving a five-place penalty. It promoted Smalley, Hoggard and Thomas Turner. Quinn was the unfortunate driver on the receiving end of the contact and fell to sixth.

Honda Cadet

With Kiern Jewiss on pole from Zak Rogers for the first final, the former had to fight hard for the win against strong challenges from Harry Thompson and Myles Apps. Rogers faded to ninth whilst Jenson Butterfield was placed last after a penalty. He stormed up to an impressive fifth in the second final where Mark Kimber took the honours. Thompson skipped past Jewiss to claim second with Apps on their tail.

Junior Max

A Welshman in Harrison Thomas and a Scotsman in Sandy Mitchell shared the front row for the first final, with Thomas in the driving seat for the first 14 laps. But then he was spun by Lucas Vaus who was given the black flag, leaving Will Shaw leading to the finish. Stefanos Charambolous and Sandy Mitchell fought over second and third, finishing in that order. Jonathan Paylor followed Charambolous from their grid 15 and 16 start, and he reached fourth. Mitchell surged into the lead for the second final, never headed until the chequer. Josh Skelton kept him honest throughout whilst the American driver Darren Keane leapfrogged several drivers, finally relieving Shaw of third.

Senior Max

Jack Bartholomew and local driver Kyle Fowlie battled very hard but finished in that same order in both finals. The following drivers in both finals were Gary Donnelly and Josh Price, but in the second final they came together with Price beached and Donnelly out of touch with the leaders. Buckmore Park Round Two winner Joe Reilly had a heat exclusion and had to battle through the repechage to reach tenth in the first final, and fifth in the second with John Stewart leaping up the points order with a fifth and fourth place.

SSM Super One results – Round 5

 

TKM Extreme ABkC National Championship

Matthew Allnutt enjoyed a breakout weekend at Little Rissington but it was James Ogden who left the circuit on Sunday evening feeling happiest of all as he extended his championship advantage. Final one on Sunday saw Allnutt take his maiden win although he was pushed all the way by Ogden and an inspired Jeffs but as the action got even more frenetic it was Owen to snatched third and Forsdyke fourth with Jeffs a still highly creditable fifth. Controversy surrounded the last lap of final two as Owen and Allnutt collided in the Dog-leg half a lap from home whilst battling in the midst of a furious gaggle. Owen had already recovered from an earlier clash as was Jeffs to fall to the back. Ogden led into the final corner but Forsdyke tried an audacious outside pass that resulted in Monks nipping through to snatch second behind the victorious Ogden. Simon Vercoe took fourth with Matt England fifth.

KZ1 MSA British Kart Championship

Henry Easthope was crowned the 2014 MSA British Senior Short Circuit Karting Champion as the KZ1 class concluded their season.

Easthope had all but secured the title following the most recent round of the championship at Larkhall but had to race under the new Super One regulations. Sam Webster and Scott Allen shared the two victories with Webster doing a sterling job of holding Allen off in final one with Denis Gorman completing the podium. Although Allen was within a kart’s length all through he just didn’t have the pace to pass.

However Webster’s dreams of taking third place in the final standings turned sour when his chain broke on the rolling lap as he tried a dummy start, leaving pole position empty and Webster’s day over. This gave Easthope’s teammate Jamie Garvie an invitation to snatch the lead from the second row of the grid with Allen a close second. Soon after Allen had taken the lead, the mechanical attrition wasn’t over as Garvie’s kart faltered on lap four when his engine came loose. Garvie spent two laps fixing the problem before continuing, by which time Allen, Gorman and Easthope were comfortably ahead. The drama continued as with second place virtually in the bag Gorman coasted to a halt when his fuel pump fell off, leaving Allen clear to take his fifth win of the year and handing Easthope second place on a silver platter.

John Pike completed the podium with Will van Es fourth. Webster’s retirement meant he finished the season just seven points behind van Es in fourth place overall in the championship. “It was a very hard race as the pack were on my bumper for the first 13 minutes, then I started to edge away after Denis stopped and held up Henry slightly,” said a happy Allen, who has clinched the vice-champion spot.

 

Formula KGP, final 2 (24 laps)

Hodgson

Litchfield

Matt Davies

TKM Extreme, final 1 (22 laps)

Matthew Allnutt Tonykart

James Ogden Tonykart

Tom Owen Jade

KZ1, final 1 (27 laps)

Sam Webster (ART

Scott Allen (Jade

Denis Gorman (Maranello

TKM Extreme, final 2 (22 laps)

Ogden

Monks

Forsdyke

KZ1, final 2 (27 laps)

Allen

Easthope

Pike

2010 Super One Review

Whilton Mill Rotax May 2010Whilst inevitably a season will have both good and bad points, progress can come from listening to driver comments and considering if changes should be made. With a dozen championships on offer it is also difficult to do justice to the champions in a short review of the season, although on the whole the drivers spoken to should appreciate the addition of a Super One title to their CV’s, should they wish to progress further up the sporting ladder.

From a class perspective two significant changes will be made for 2011, with the nomination of the KF2 category as the top MSA British and ABkC Championship, replacing the poorly supported Super KF class. The champion will receive £10,000, with £5,000 for second place, and £2,000 for third, with other cost reducing measures. But perhaps equally as important in these financially burdened times, will be the two new budget championships, although the ABkC National championships for these classes will not be affected. And as in 2010 some of the races will be televised.

With support from JKH, Intrepid, RPM, and JAG, the season fee is £4,495 plus VAT for the Honda Cadet Challenge (3 sets of slicks – 6 rounds) and £5,995 plus VAT for the Junior Max Challenge (4 sets of slicks – 7 rounds). Drivers will be loaned a kart for the season, with an engine at each round, drawn for on a random basis. The price includes a set of wets to start the season, registration and entry fees, fuel, and new slicks on alternate rounds, with a GoPro HD camera.

Billy Monger overcame a disastrous start to his campaign in Honda Cadet, when he won the title with one round remaining. The day after Glan-y-Gors, where I won both finals, I broke my arm at the local park. Thankfully I had six weeks until round 2 at Rowrah and with a few laser treatments made it back to compete at Rowrah. He won four more rounds, but he really wanted to see the season out and compete in the final round at Buckmore Park, his home track, so as the new champion and with no pressure he was able to do so with my team-mates and friends. With thanks to his mechanic (dad) Rob, Paul at Ambition Motorsport, Project One, and Roger at RPM, is now moving to Super Cadets with Prima Racing.

The Racing Steps Foundation (RSF) U18 World Champion, Jake Dennis, provided entertainment in KF3 with Ben Barnicoat. The season went really well for me as I won the British championship, before then going on to win the world championship. Terry Fullerton helped me a lot through the season, without the RSF I wouldn’t be here today. S1 has been I really good championship in my eyes. The one thing I would say they should do is create a questionnaire on what tracks you would go to next year. Other than that the Super One has been good. It would be great to see more KF2’s next year.

Only four points behind was Ben Barnicoat, who had won the Kartmasters, and who came close to taking the British, but I think the start of the year let me down. I had a few problems, but as soon as they were solved I won a lot of the races. I think that the S1 organisation has been great this year; I don’t think that anything needs to be changed. The main problem was the lack of karts – I think if the grids had of been higher this season it would have been so much better.

With four race wins an excited Thomas Harvey in Comer Cadet was able to end his season early after taking the title. The season highlight was when I won the championship a round early at Whilton Mill. I am proud to be Super One champion and putting my name with all the legends who have won it. It is mental to think that I am going to have the trophy that Jenson Button had in his house – at my age it is quite amazing if you think of it like that. This year has been the toughest competition in years. Everybody has been close so when it comes to that last lap you don’t know what is going to happen. Next year I am going to be running with Williams Motorsport on a Tonykart with GFR doing my engines, planning on Super One and the WSK Euro series.

TKM Extreme champion David Eadon started 2010 knowing it would be even harder to maintain the S1 title. The season got off to an amazing start; I did very well at Rowrah and Shenington, which got the first half of the season on the way to an almost perfect start. I had mathematically won the championship after Clay Pigeon (round 5), even though it was my worst round of the season. The idea of being double champion didn’t settle in until the end of the final at Buckmore Park, the last round, where even though I had crashed out, I was ecstatic.

My closest championship rival was Joe Porter, even though I had a very strong start to the year, he still had more points than me until half-way through the championship. On the track Joe was a very strong but fair driver, and was consistently fast all year. But I would just like to thank my Dad for his support for the last 12 years of my race career, and also Ashley Orchard and the KR-Sport team for pushing me forward as a driver.

Double race winner Alex Walker (KF2) did not have an answer to the pace of Jacob Nortoft who won seven times and took the title. Jacob is a very good driver and proved that this year, it is good to have people like Jacob in the championship, as it was a good challenge for me. This was my first year in KF2 and I was one of the youngest drivers on the grid. Alex was disappointed with the number of entries, but it would help to see a good grid next year for KF2 as it makes the racing much more excitable. Sadly a need concentrate on my GCSE’s in 2011 could curtail his progress.

In Junior TKM James Raven pushed champion James Peace hard, and felt that being runner-up was a good achievement. I did have problems especially at Rowrah where I blew up four engines, which kind of cost me the championship, which he missed by 35 points. In 2011 I’m looking to do a bit of Formula Ford racing and some karting as well.

Jonathan Walker had a tough job against Mark Litchfield in the poorly supported SKF, but his year went well with a great start and two 2nds Shenington behind Mark, on a new chassis I had not raced before. The season stayed very steady with podium after podium, but I struggled a little with engine power over Mark. In the end we ended up second in the championship knowing that was really the best I could manage, with Mark having this very small advantage and ‘lady luck’ on his side.

S1 was OK; just the officials really need to change – it seems to be like we have personal grudges with them now. They seem to handle things very badly. To improve I think they need to look at some CIK regulations, leaving black flags until the end of the race and then sort it in the office (if necessary) with time penalties.

Seasoned racer Jordan Chamberlain took on Litchfield and Walker, winning two races, conceding the Super One wasn’t very successful as the SKF category was a major flop. We joined the KF2 field where the racing then came alive again and the action was far more exciting. Personally the thing with British karting is the amount of classes we have, the Rotax category has killed out KF, KF was brought in for cheaper racing yet it has over shadowed 100cc racing hence the small grids. Also I think we need more tracks like PFI with amazing facilities, this could possibly attract foreign drivers over.

Junior Max racer Jack Marshall, runner-up to Matthew Parry after dropped scores, felt the Super One series wasn’t run smoothly with all the cameras, etc., but by the end of the season it all became better, as they found ways of sorting cameras so that you didn’t have too worry. Indeed it did appear that the on-board cameras were an industry by itself at one stage of the year. To improve Super One I think that the prizes to the World’s should be for the top three in each class, as those three people have spent a lot of time and effort to get there (only) to then not get too the World’s.

(Next year) I will stay with Strawberry Racing, but move up too the senior category and (because of funding issues) just race in the UK. The 2010 season for me went pretty well. Strawberry Racing and my family got me too the best possible place by the end of the season by putting in a lot of hard work. My main competition was Matthew Parry all throughout the year, but I also had the likes of Sean Babington, Andy King, and also my team mate Jack Barlow towards the end of the year.

Minimax champ George Russell felt consistency was the key. The season went very well for me with a very good start by winning four of the first six rounds. I am very proud to be Minimax champion in my first year because it gave a big boost in my career. I would say my main competitor through out the year was Harry Webb, because he and I both came out of Cadets and he was the only person I really could compare to. I thought Super One was run and organised well, and every one knew when to be on the grid and in parc ferme. My plan for 2011 is to do KF3 in all of the ‘WSK’ series and in Super One.

From a critical perspective, and these were some comments worthy of note to improve the show, Michael Simpson Snr felt get rid of black flags and use 10 second penalties after the race. And echoing the thoughts of SKF driver Jonathan Walker, too many officials at S1 black flag the wrong driver, or black flag wrongly. An apology doesn’t cut it when you have wrongly been excluded from a race. For those who have suffered from such an unjust black flag, few would probably deny that nothing rankles more! Get more officials who are pro active and want to help, and get rid of officials who talk to competitors like rubbish – some act like bad teachers or frustrated traffic wardens.

Not a champion in 2010, but arguably one of the most successful competitors in the Series, and one I have a lot of respect for is Michael Simpson Jnr. I think S1 has improved greatly since John Hoyle was in charge of promoting. Television is good (but) some of the regulations need improving, hence the reason I was chucked out at Rowrah. Way too many classes; all there needs to be are two junior classes (budget and premier) and two senior classes (budget and premier). All clubs are struggling, and I believe there should be some sort of criteria to be eligible for S1 – you can do a race straight off novice plates. It should be something special and making the grid should be an achievement.

So overall a good year of racing, and John Hoyle’s approach has been a positive one, despite the early season controversy over the grid girls. Some points still need to be looked at, particularly it seems with the decision making processes, but Rome was not built in a day. Early indications suggest that 2011 should show progress in the right direction.

2010 Super One Champions

SKF
Mark Litchfield

KF3
Jake Dennis

KF2
Jacob Nortoft

Cadet Comer
Tom Harvey

Junior Max
Matthew Parry

Rotax 177
Lucas Orrock

Minimax
George Russell

Senior Max
Tom Fawcett

TKM Extreme
David Eadon

Junior TKM
James Peace

TKM 4 Stroke
Adam Nicholls

Honda Cadet
Billy Monger