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Jonny Edgar 2nd at La Conca

Jonny Edgar strengthened his Super Master Series title assault after finishing an impressive 2nd at La Conca. Fighting with Nicklas Nielsen and eventual winner Zane Maloney, the trio put on a great show for the thousands tuned in around the World which went all the way down to the last two laps! The result puts Jonny 2nd in the championship just 16 points behind Hannes Janker.

Edgar confirmed himself as a strong contender for victory right from the off. A 5th in qualifying was followed by a brilliant battle with Nielsen for victory in heat one with Nielsen taking the win by 0.047 seconds! With no Nielsen in Jonny’s second heat, he took victory and ended with a 3rd place in heat three putting him 2nd on then grid for his Pre-Final.

It may have been Nielsen who drew first blood in the heats but in the Pre-Final Jonny fought back taking the win by over two seconds! It had everyone worried, particularly Nielsen who may have started to change his tactics ahead of the final.

Nielsen appeared to have setup himself up to try and break away early in the final. Slightly over defensive driving by Jonny saw a gap open for Nielsen to take the lead and he quickly checked out but with 20 laps on the board there was still a long way to go! The lead gap grew to as high as 1.5 seconds, but Nielsen started to fade in the second half of the race and heading into the final five laps Edgar was right on him!

However, he was not on his own and had the close attentions on Maloney who passed Edgar at the first opportunity. This gave Nielsen some breathing space, but with Edgar sitting patiently behind Maloney they quickly closed the Dane back in which led to an enthralling final two laps!

The race was eventually decided on the penultimate lap. Through the double right hander at turn eight, Maloney made his move on Nielsen. The pair were side by side out of the corner and were joined by Edgar who made it three wide as he drew alongside heading into the fast-right hand sweeper at nine! Unsurprisingly someone would have to take punishment and in this case it was Nielsen who went grass cutting. Back on track Edgar momentarily led but credit to Maloney, into the turn ten chicane he managed to get the run and sweep through. A corner that rarely see’s overtaking and it had unfortunately delayed Edgar leaving him no option but to settle for 2nd.

A brilliant battle and a brilliant result for Edgar. He now sits 2nd in the championship and with two rounds at Sarno, a track he won at last year, he will have his eyes firmly set on that championship win!

Taylor Barnard 4th in OK Junior Final

Taylor Barnard put in another brilliant performance in this year’s Super Master Series as he climbed from 9th to 4th place in the final. After qualifying 16th on Friday Taylor got quicker and quicker over the weekend to eventually put himself 9th on the grid for the final. A good start to the race saw Taylor quickly climb up to 5th place but he had a gap to the leaders which he would do successfully as the race approached it’s halfway point.

Lap eight saw Taylor capitalise on an incident ahead putting him into 3rd with a small gap to the lead pair. There was nothing to choose between the four leaders, Taylor dropped in behind Ralf Aron and lined himself up for a last lap shootout for the podium positions. It all came down to the last corner and as Aron went defensive in 2nd Barnard, in 4th, went for a wide line to get the run on the start-finish straight, but there was no room for Barnard to get through despite his superb exit from the corner.

Instead it would be a 4th place and big points which leaves him 7th in the championship with two rounds at Sarno to go.

 

Disappointment for Josh Irfan in 60 Mini

Far from what Josh would have expected after getting into 4th place early on the final. The new Trofeo Andrea Margutti champion was unfortunately forced off the circuit on lap three dropping him all the way down the field and causing him to pick up a front fairing penalty. A tough result for Josh after the success at Lonato, but he’ll come back fighting next time out!

All British drivers

OK

Chris Lulham – 9th

A race that could have been for Chris. On track he drove a fantastic race climbing up from 11th to 4th place where he missed out on a podium by just one tenth of a second! However a front fairing penalty post-race dropped Chris all the way to 9th. In another case that would be a great result, but I imagine Chris would have been slightly disappointed. However he’s showing great pace ahead of the CIK-FIA season and sits 15th in the championship.

Tom Joyner – 33rd (DNF)

Taken out of the race early on Tom never had the chance to improve on his grid position of 25th. He’s yet to hit any real form since his switch to Sodi but it’s surely only a matter of time before he does.

For Harry Thompson, Callum Bradshaw, Fin Kenneally and Dexter Patterson they would unfortunately watching from the side-lines after all being involved in incidents in their Pre-Finals. Thompson and Bradshaw collided early on Pre-Final A which saw them both go into the barriers and Kenneally and Patterson were both involved in a red flag incident at the start of Pre-Final B but were both okay.

Tom Joyner

OK Junior

Alex Dunne (IRL) – 13th

Alex Dunne continues to make vast improvements in the class and was just two seconds away from a top ten finish. He showed pace quick enough to run with the leaders and is looking in good shape with the CIK-FIA season approaching fast.

Kai Askey – 28th

Unfortunately taken out ten laps in, Kai had moved from 18th to 12th with a top ten on the cards before he was punted at turn three ending his race.

Kai Askey

Zak O’Sullivan – 29th

A win in Pre-Final B put Zak on the front row for the Final, but he was pushed off at turn one dropping all the way down to 20th! His race would go from bad to worse halfway in when he was forced to retire. However, good points over the weekend still leaves him 6th in the championship.

Both Matthew Rees and Jamie Day failed to qualify for the final. Rees came very close missing out by just three laps as he continues to improve on his debut season with Day a bit further down the field in 26th.

Zak O’Sullivan

Written by Chris McCarthy

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Bayford Meadows Kart Racing Club Championship 2018 Round 1 Report

25/02/2018

Feb’rrr’uary’s icy ‘Beast from the East’ fails to stop the karting action

The opening round of the Bayford Meadows kart championship took place on Sunday 25th February, on a bitterly cold but sunny day at the Sittingbourne circuit. Good grid sizes were the order of the day and the event ran very smoothly despite one red flag incident amongst the Clubman Standard class drivers. Morning qualifying, two Pre Finals and a Grand Final were ran for each class, with the Bambinos running over three timed runs.

O’Sullivan tops the Bambino times

Oscar O’Sullivan fresh from a racing trip to Dubai, topped the day’s three Bambino timed runs. Under the experienced guidance of Paul Janes at Ambition Motorsport, Oscar whipped his blue kart around with an average lap speed of nearly 58 km/h, with a big smile on his face as he did so! Jayden Sherwood finished second in two of the timed runs to annex the runner up spot over the merged times, his Clarke kart run machine just getting to within one second of the rapid Oscar during the second of the runs.

Fletcher Jamieson took third in the merged times; he was second after the first timed runs, before slipping behind Jayden thereafter. Kristian Stefanov continued to improve with fourth overall in his gleaming red Wright kart. Harry Freeman’s shiny blue Wright kart took 5th, Charlie Warren 6th, Jack Pullen 7th, Alfie Howland 8th, Ayda Sexton, Rio’s King and Licata were 9th, 10th and 11th overall.

Oscar O’Sullivan was the fastest Bambino driver of the day

Perilly holds off Frost to take Clubman Elite class

The first of the afternoon’s Grand Finals was for the 18 kart Honda Clubman Elite class. Two drivers managed to pull clear from the start with Project One’s Jamie Perilly leading away from Leon Frost. The two pulled a clear gap over Project One’s Nathan Marques, who was trying everything he could to stay with the pair ahead, whilst pulling clear of those behind. Ian Marginean was similarly comfortable in 4th leaving a scrapping bunch behind him. Ethan Barford initially led this group from Luke Hayward until Jai Lawrence and Jack Theobald moved ahead.

Back at the front it looked as though ‘Frosty’ was saving his challenge on leader Perilly for the last lap, that was until he missed the last lap board and sat watching Jamie celebrating as he crossed the finish line at the end of the 12 lap race, the pair just 0.077 seconds apart. Marques and Marginean were comfortable in 3rd and 4th, Theobald snatched 5th from Lawrence on the last lap, Barford took 6th from Hayward, both enjoying competitive runs. Vinnie Lloyd and Chris Doble completed the top 10. Frost took the fastest lap on the 11th tour.

Jamie Perilly tows Frosty across the line to take the Elite honours.

Lee saves his best for the final in Junior Clubmax

In the 11 kart Junior Clubmax class, Clarke Karts Riley Stephenson took both of the Pre Final wins from Project One’s Declan Lee and looked to be the favorite for the 13 lap Grand Final. The rolling start was delayed while Lewis Boret tried to catch up following problems on the dummy grid and when it did start Lee managed to get the jump on pole man Stephenson into turn 1. This proved crucial as he could then control the race at his own pace. Behind these two Zac Spence couldn’t quite match the leading pair’s pace, he pulled clear of Joshua Pullen though in 4th.

There was a great battle over 5th, as James Black was caught out with a tardy getaway at the rolling start, allowing Oliver Bullion through. It took Black until lap 5 to pass Bullion after several earlier attempts, by this time Pullen was several seconds up the road ahead. At the head of the field Lee was doing everything he could to keep the eager Stephenson behind and proved successful by taking an eventual 0.33 second win over the #87 kart. Spence was 4 seconds back in 3rd at the finish, with Pullen a similar distance back in 4th. Black’s hard work in 5th was lost as he took a nose fairing penalty after earlier contact with Bullion dropping him to 8th. The latter Bullion – lost a further spot to William Egby who took 5th and then Bullion succumbed to Jack Richards before recovering 6th place on the final lap with Richards 7th.

Ross Hastings who is looking for set up improvements before the next round of the championship finished 9th from Harvey Colyerwallis in 10th. Lewis Boret had to retire after 3 laps when his kart refused to run cleanly. The fastest lap fell to Stephenson during his efforts to pass the eventual winner Lee.

Declan Lee heads a crossed up Riley Stephenson, on the 1st lap of the Junior Club Max final

White takes classy Junior Subaru UK win for Clarke karts

Katherine White has begun the year in style and on Sunday she put down her marker for the 2018 Junior Subaru UK title. With dominant wins in both the morning Pre Finals behind her, she followed up with a comfortable victory in the afternoon’s 13 lap Grand Final. Her margin of victory was 0.7 seconds over one of the pre-season favorites – Sait motorsport’s James Tomsett, as he tried in vain to hold onto her Clarke karts rear bumper. Although the first two positions were settled early on, the battle for third raged throughout the races’ duration.

Lewie Weaver, Harvey Roffe, Red Beswick and finally Leon Clark held the position at one point through the race, with Clark sealing it on the 11th lap, an entertaining battle typical of the competitive class. 4th went the way of GMS driver Beswick, from teammate Weaver in 5th, Roffe in his newly livered orange CHR Karting kart was 6th, Sonic racing’s Louis Barker finished 7th from Roffe’s teammate Charlie Hand in 8th. 9th fell to Jonathan Dalton and 10th from the 23 kart entry was Joseph Gethin. The fastest lap went to Roffe on the very last lap of the race.

Katherine White heads away the colourful Junior Subaru UK field

Girl power leads the way in the Clubman Standard class, as Jessica White emulates her sister

An excellent entry of 23 karts lined up for the burgeoning class, a positive statement for the year ahead for the circuit management .Jessica White had just seen her elder sibling win the Junior Subaru UK final and was keen to try and match her result. She had been on fine form driving her Clarke kart during the Pre Finals taking two wins and she rocketed off of the line in the Grand Final. Her teammate Chloe Chong followed her away from the standing start, with Harry Chamberlin and Ralph Jungling behind. As the race wore on the two Clarke karts continued to pull clear, with White looking safe from Chong in 2nd place.

The two girls were setting a fine pace eventually cruising to the chequered flag 5 seconds ahead of the 3rd place driver Ralf Jungling who passed Chamberlin midrace. Chamberlin was 4th just ahead of a hard charging Rylee Brown in 5th, who had recovered from a low grid start due to a Pre Final 2 spin.  Kaiser Reimann was 6th, Rylan Echberg 7th, Thomas Bearman 8th, Matthew Copsey 9th and Zain Khan 10th. White capped her 2.7 second win by also taking the fastest lap, something that her sister couldn’t quite do.

Jessica White matched her sister by winning in the Standard class.

Hunt picks up first Senior win as Springate is disqualified in Senior Clubmax

A respectable twelve karts were entered for the inaugural Senior Clubmax championship round. Ambition racing’s Rob Springate had everything going to plan by winning the Pre Finals and Grand Final; however a post-race engine check found an irregularity, which was a rule book non-compliance leading to his exclusion. With Springate’s demise the win went to Joe Hunt who was once again driving for the Project One team. This marked his first win since progressing from the Junior Subaru UK class, in which he ran last year. It was also a great recovery from his hefty crash from last month when he was sucked into the tyre barrier on the start/finish straight.  Hunt had to fight hard for the win as Bobby Grove held the position for the majority of the race, until the Project One kart found a way past going into the 12th lap of 14. It was good to see Grove back racing at Bayford Meadows and a good yardstick for his competitors to judge their pace.

Grove fell to 1.2 seconds behind at the finish but was 4 seconds clear of LICA’s Mike Ashby in 3rd, who earned a place on the podium on merit, with consistent pace all day.  Ashby ran alone having cleared the enthralling fight over 4th place early on, which was won by Mark Figes driving in the 177 class, showing the 162 drivers behind him some experienced race craft.  Tom Richards and Stephen Bouffe (Club classic winner) were next up, locked together with Figes and Ryan Haines all race. Josh Bacon was a couple of seconds back in 7th with James Popple and Will Barnes completing the finishers.

Class debutant Lewis Deacon had a dreadful day after a very promising 5th place in qualifying, when his kart refused to run cleanly despite every attempt to cure it between races. I’m sure he will be very eager to complete some race laps next month. Of the classified finishers, Grove took the fastest lap, the only driver to break into the 46 second bracket apart from the disqualified Springate.

Joe Hunt took his first Clubmax win after Rob Springate was excluded

Report and images courtesy of Paul Babington

 

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Shenington Kart Racing Club 2018 Round 2 Report

18th February 2018

With the January meeting cancelled due to snow, this event attracted 200 drivers from all over the UK. Both Cadet categories needed last chance B Finals to finalise the A Final grid, the entries were so large.

In the IAME 2-strokes Aiden Neate and Luke Watts set the initial pace, swapping the lead position. All the time Maxwell Dodds was working his way through from a ninth place start and when Watts was deposed by Vinnie Phillips from first to fourth, Dodds reached second. Dodds then reached the front at the Stratford hairpin before a final flurry of exchanges when Watts regained the lead. Dodds had fallen to third but arrowed into the win at the last corner over Watts and Phillips.

In the Honda 4-stroke category Mitchell Gibbons held station at the front of Daryl Taylor and Mikhal Singh for half the race. Singh tried to pass Taylor in the chicane but was thwarted and in the confusion Singh shot up the bank and the following Alistair Cresswell spun. They both recovered but well down leaving Edward Pearson in second and successfully challenging Gibbons for the win, Gibbons dropping to third behind Daniel Parrans-Smith.

In the Junior TKM Zak Oates was hounded throughout by Spencer Stevenson, the latter trying to make his move with a couple of laps to run. Side by side through the chicane, Stevenson’s challenge was thwarted leaving Oates to cruise to the win. Thomas Shaw and Jack Nicholson were in lonely third and fourth places whilst Oliver Richardson escaped from the next bunch for fifth. Dan McKeown was seventh.

There was a cracking race for Junior X30 with many lead changes between initial leader Joseph Taylor, Luke Whitehead and Caden McQueen with Alexander Walker in the mix. But Whitehead retired to the pits leaving the others to fight whereupon Taylor regained the lead at the last corner to win over Shane White, McQueen, Nelson King and Walker.

Charlie Vaughan crept up on long time leader Joshua McLean in Mini X30 and a three times lead exchange at the end had McLean just winning with Jessica Edgar third.

Joshua Sherriff led the pack off the start of TKM Extreme until Al Paterson took the lead but Sam Fowler was leapfrogging to the front from his lowly grid 9 start. Once established in front Fowler held the place to the chequer with some judicious defence. The locally based pair of Joseph Reeves-Smith and James Pashley were sitting in fifth and sixth with Pashley briefly ahead but Reeves-Smith put on a spurt to not only regain the place but arrow into second by taking Paterson at the first hairpin. Pashley had to settle for a disappointed seventh behind Joe Fowler and Sherriff whilst Alex Rees had taken fourth.

In the Formula Libre class for TKM Clubman Chris Chater swiftly went into the lead having swiftly taken Will Hulaki and Clive Carpenter. Halfway through Hulacki managed to regain the lead with Chater falling to third behind Carpenter. But as the X30 leaders lapped the Clubmen, Carpenter lost impetus allowing Chater to grab second and hold on to the end. Alan Smith took fourth.

In that concurrent X30 Senior category Sean Butcher enjoyed a lights to flag victory despite the close attention of Matthew Biry. Alex Huang from Singapore fell back from third in favour of Piers Prior but was still 6s in arrears to the leaders, Butcher winning by a mere 0.09s.

Report By Graham Smith

Photography by TSR Productions

 

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Edgar and Bradshaw in top ten at Adria

Both Jonny Edgar and Callum Bradshaw got their WSK Super Master Series campaigns off to a good start with top ten finishes in the final. Out front there was a brilliant result for Hannes Janker on the new Kart Republic chassis who took the win ahead of another Kart Republic chassis in the hands of Lorenzo Travisanutto. The ever competitive Tonykart chassis in the hands of Nicklas Nielsen was unable to hold on to the pair in 3rd.

Let’s start by rewinding back to where it all began on Friday evening in qualifying which was dominated by Marijn Kremers. On slicks in the wet he was closely pursued by CRG teammates Pedro Hiltbrand and Callum Bradshaw with Janker down in 12th.

So in qualifying it was Birel-ART on top, but Tonykart started to turn up the gears in the heats in the hands of David Vidales who took three wins out of three to score maximum points. Janker started to show the Kart Republic chassis was looking like a race winning contender as he moved up to 2nd and Dexter Patterson did well to recover from 26th in qualifying with some fantastic performances in the heats.

Pre-Final A threw up a couple of surprise results with Tonykart’s Noah Milell disqualified for being underweight and Andrea Rosso not finishing the race from 5th on the grid. Out front there were no real surprises with Travisanutto taking the win from Vidales and Roman Stanek. As for Pre-Final B it was Janker who took the win from Nielsen in a close run race. Behind it was a whole nine seconds before we would see Glenn van Berlo cross the line with Jonny Edgar setting himself up nicely for the Final finishing 4th.

The first few laps of the final saw Travisanutto take the lead before Vidales took his turn. A lengthy lead from Vidales came to an end on lap ten and that would pretty much be where Vidales’ battle for a podium position stopped. From this point on we found ourselves with Janker leading Travisanutto and Nielsen. The trio split themselves apart by around one second and the immense consistency from all three meant that was the last lead change we’d see and that’s how the final would finish.

The Brits

Jonny Edgar

The Forza Racing driver was once again impressive at Adria showing fantastic pace all weekend. Edgar’s weekend got off to a good start with 4th in qualifying and if not for one bad heat he would have classified a lot higher than 10th after the heats. He was the sole Brit in Pre-Final B and picked up 4th, which put him 8th on the grid for the Final. It was perhaps that bad heat which cost Edgar a top 5 finish, but he still put in a good performance in the final to finish 8th.

Callum Bradshaw

The weekend may have ended well for Callum but overall the first round of the WSK Super Master Series was a very frustrating one. Callum had the pace all weekend to get an overall podium after a very strong qualifying but he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on more than one occasion giving him work to do on Finals day. Callum really did put a shift in especially come the final and was able to walk away with 9th place and a strong haul of points leaving the Adria circuit.

Tom Joyner

Tom Joyner started his life at Sodi with 15th in the Final. It’s a change he’s made over from Zanardi with Dino Chiesa now parting company to run his new Kart Republic project. Tom seemed to settle in pretty well overall and looked quick at times, but I think he’ll be aiming for a lot higher than 15th as the season progresses. That said, he was the highest placed driver on a Sodi chassis in the class…

Dexter Patterson

We never really got to saw what Dexter Patterson was capable of in the finals at Adria with a DNF topping off what was a seriously frustrating day. Before that he had been on fire classifying 3rd after the heats but the Forza Racing driver hit all sorted of problems on Sunday and only completed four laps of the final. Definitely one to forget for the young Scot!

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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O’Sullivan and Barnard impress at Super Master Series opener

There were mixed fortunes for the British drivers in the OK Junior class at the WSK Super Master Series opener, but two drivers who had a particularly strong result in the final were Zak O’Sullivan and Taylor Barnard. The pair both managed top five finishes, with Barnard actually finishing 2nd on track before a bumper penalty pushed him down to 5th place.

The weekend started badly for all British drivers with Harry Thompson the highest placed in 20th! In tricky conditions Dario Isidoro Vezzaro was the surprise package taking pole position from two title contenders in Dilano Van’t Hoff and WSK Champions Cup winner, Paul Aron.  Vezzaro was flawless in the heats winning every single one of his races in traitorous conditions to take pole for his Pre-Final. Classified in 2nd was Aron with Thompson putting on a good display to turn around a tough qualifying into 3rd place after the heats.

However, Pre-Final A would see a complete disaster for Thompson after he was taken out by Vezzaro resulting in a penalty for the Argentine. He wasn’t the only one hitting bad luck with Matthew Rees also in the wars on the first lap! But as the Ricky Flynn pair up front hit problems, Luca Griggs put in what could have been his best performance in WSK racing finishing an impressive 2nd place! Since joining the Lennox Racing Team he has had a real turn of pace and passed ten drivers on his way to a second row start for the final.

Out front Gabriele Mini took the win with Zak O’Sullivan pulling in a good result for the RFM team with 3rd place.

Pre-Final B was won by Kirill Smal fairly comfortably and Taylor Barnard in just his second race in the OK Junior class proved the Champions Cup was no fluke with 2nd place. An impressive turn around after qualifying 47th on Friday! Once again present at the front, Gabriel Bortoleto completed the top three.

As the 16 lap final got underway Barnard made his intentions clear as he immediately challenged Smal for the lead. This followed with a great fight for the lead between the two afore mentioned drivers along with Mini. All took turns to lead before Barnard eventually settled in what could be described as a comfortable 3rd with the two leaders just ahead. Approaching the final lap the top three were pretty much together once again and late into the last lap Smal made his lunge on Mini for the lead of the race!

There was contact and from the camera angle it looked far from the cleanest of moves and it saw Mini pushed wide and Barnard inherit 2nd. Into the Bridgestone hairpin Smal was now being forced to defend with Barnard furiously attacking but there were simply not enough opportunities left for Barnard to pass Smal who took the win. As Barnard received a front fairing penalty Mini took 2nd from Aron in 3rd and Bortoleto’s penalty boosted O’Sullivan up to 4th and Barnard back up to 5th.

A brilliant race to start the OK Junior class with what looks set to be a difficult championship to predict.

The Brits

Zak O’Sullivan

Zak O’Sullivan continues to improve and impress in 2018 and if this kind of form stays with him over the rest of the WSK Super Master Series he’ll be certainly be a title contender for European and World Championships this year. Currently 5th in the standings a strong overall finish in WSK could be on the cards too!

Taylor Barnard

It’s still hard to believe that this time last year, Taylor Barnard was being considered the favourite for the IAME Cadet title and now he is being looked at as the one to watch for this years European and World Junior titles. He’s still hugely inexperienced in the class, but it’s not evident when watching the young driver. After that performance, it’s clear why Dino Chiesa had to have him in his new team!

Luca Griggs

It was certainly one of Luca’s best weekends in WSK racing as he proved what he was really made of with that 2nd in Pre-Final A. Luca actually qualified down in 28th and had mixed fortunes in the heats with 4th in his second heat the stand out performance. The 2nd place in Pre-Final A was certainly his highlight of the weekend and he was able to match the likes of Aron in the final for pace.

Kai Askey

Kai had his best weekend in WSK racing with 18th in the final. He started the weekend with a decent qualifying session finishing 24th but also suffered his fair share of bad luck throughout the heats. Out in Pre-Final B Kai was probably involved in the most entertaining battle on track for 9th place which he rounded off in 12th. As for the Final after avoiding what could have been a race ending incident Kai went on to gain five places and finish 18th.

Alex Dunne

Alex had a difficult start to his Super Master Series campaign. Down in 41st after qualifying he found himself in the wars throughout all of his heats making the task of making the final very difficult. But you have to give the Irish man credit, he put in an impressive performance to gain ten places in his Pre-Final and finish 23rd. It didn’t take him into the Final but considering he set times good enough to be in the top three, it’s probably the best he could’ve managed!

Jamie Day

Jamie was immediately on the back foot at Adria after qualifying 69th place. Now with a lot of work to do each heat was crucial and some decent performances moved Day up to 50th in the points after the heats. In the Pre-Final he didn’t make the progress he would’ve hoped for and took the flag in 23rd.

Harry Thompson

As mentioned already, Harry looked on track for a good result until he was taken out by Vezzaro in the Pre-Final. His 20th in qualifying soon became a 3rd after the heats, but that DNF in the Pre-Final leaves him down in 15th in the championship and 79 points off the leader.

Matthew Rees

Seemingly recovered from his illness at last weekends Champions Cup, Matthew Rees was finally able to give us a first taste of his capabilities in the OK Junior class. The initial signs were very promising with Matthew qualifying 31st of the 82 entries and his 5th in the final heat was even more impressive! It’s a shame he was unable to get through the first lap of his Pre-Final but the early signs are positive.

Written by Chris McCarthy

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28/01/2018

A new start to the year at Bayford Meadows

The MSA racing season began at Sittingbourne’s Bayford Meadows last Sunday, with a Warm Up meeting to kick start the circuit’s 2018 racing season in its 20th year . Ahead of the Summer Championships which begins in earnest next month, there were some new faces, new karts and some new classes, which successfully debuted during the day. With competitors budgets in mind, Bayford Meadows together with Lydd kart circuit have come up with an economical initiative for the Rotax and Clubman classes, which restricts choice of gearing and limits tyre use throughout the year. The new ‘Club Max’ class in Rotax, looks to be a positive step in the right direction, if reaction from those competing is anything to go by.

Drivers were treated to an extra practice session before qualifying in the morning although this was held on a wet track after the previous day’s rain had doused the track. The wet surface persisted for most of the morning for the two Pre finals, until some welcome sunshine dried the asphalt in time for the afternoon finals.

Bambinos

Five of the young Bambino class drivers took part in their three timed runs during the day, the early morning moisture having an adverse effect on a few of their delicate little engines. Jayden Sherwood’s Clarke kart proved fastest in all of the sessions, managing to keep his engine’s revs up through the tight infield sections the best and not losing too much momentum. Kristian Stefanov was debuting his new for 2018 kart and managed to take second in the three runs, delighting his enthusiastic parents. Alfie Howland took two third places to Harry Freemans one, so secured third in the overall merge, with young Harry fourth. Rio Licata unfortunately failed to turn a lap in the final timed run, ending a chance to improve on his fifth in the standings.

Jayden Sherwood proved the fastest of the Bambino drivers

Junior Club Max

Project One drivers dominated in the new Junior Club Max class, with Declan Lee, Zac Spence and William Egby taking the top three places in both Pre Finals and the Grand Final. Lee comfortably pulled away to a 4.2 second win in the final, Spence showed well in second place as did Egby close behind in third. James Black drove up from the back setting some very quick laps only just shy of winner’s Lee’s best – to finish fourth, a good omen for the future for the personable young lad. Jack Richards was comfortable in fifth after running in front of Black earlier on. Ross Hasting’s initial pace dropped off during the race as he finished 6th, on what had been an eventful day for the LICA driver. Oliver Bullion who had made a big jump up from Cadets finished a few seconds behind in 7th.

Declan Lee won the Junior Club Max class

Junior Subaru UK

A healthy 20 karts were entered for the popular Junior Subaru UK class, with new drivers mixing it with the majority of class regulars. Damp qualifying saw Lewie Weaver take pole, with impressive Caitlin May 2nd, class debutant Joseph Knight 3rd, Charlie Hand 4th and significantly Leon Clark 5th. The first Pre Final started with Weaver and May sharing turns in the lead until Clark stormed through to the head of the field, once there he controlled the pace and took the win from Red Beswick and Harvey Roffe. Weaver slipped to 8th with May 5th. The second Pre Final once again went to Clark, who led every lap from Beswick and Roffe once again.

For the final over 13 laps, Clark took off in the lead from Beswick (GMS), Roffe slipped behind Katherine White, who’s Clarke Kart suddenly looked very threatening, she highlighted this by moving past Beswick into 2nd on lap 4. There was nothing between Clark, White and Beswick over the rest of the distance, the latter Beswick took the fastest lap but couldn’t find a way past the two in front, White shadowed the victorious Clark to the chequered flag, putting in her best performance so far. Beswick finished on her tail in 3rd. 4th went to a lonely Roffe, who had lost touch with the leading trio, but running clear of those behind. Lewie Weaver took 5th from Louis Barker who later suffered from a post-race nose fairing penalty, which dropped him to 13th. So 6th went to Charlie Hand from Catlin May in 7th. James Tomsett had a disappointing day by his high standards finishing in 8th after earlier problems. 9th went to Joseph Gethin and 10th Poppi Stephenson.

Leon Clark heads a tight Junior Subaru UK final

Senior Club Max

The new Club Max class attracted ten entries for the warm up event on Sunday, with a mixture of experience and youth, a good base for the future. An extra incentive was offered for drivers over 40 with a Club Max trophy up for grabs. Elliot Rice made a welcome return the the circuit, putting some miles on his new for ‘18 kart, that he plans to race in the SuperOne series this year, he led away from the start and gradually gapped Rob Springate in his Ambition racing run kart in 2nd place. Springate pulled clear of good battle for third which had SAIT driver – Tom Richards leading a close group consisting of Ryan Haines, Josh Bacon, Mike Ashby and Joe Hunt. Mid race drama intervened amongst this bunch as Richards started losing pace eventually succumbing to a loose exhaust, he had bunched those behind up which caught out class newcomer Joe Hunt, who drifted wide onto the grass coming onto the start finish straight, ending his race in the tyres opposite the finish line, with a heavily damaged Project One kart and sore wrist. Haines was the next one to suffer, retiring from third on the 10th lap of 14. The final positions were Rice by 3.7 seconds from Springate in a comfortable 2nd, Bacon took third just ahead of Club Classic winner Ashby in 4th, he had another newcomer James Popple on his bumper going across the finish line. Mark Figes finished 6th and took the win in the 177 class. Rice took the fastest lap on his 6th tour.

Elliot Rice heads the Senior Club Max field into turn 1

Honda Clubman Elite and Standard

The Clubman class was split into two categories with the Elite buy back class allowing open gearing and the Standard class using restricted 20-79 gearing .Project One drivers Jamie Perilly and Nathan Marques started the Grand Final on intermediate tyres and this proved decisive as they pulled clear of the 24 kart field, an earlier B final (won by Rylan Echberg) having trimmed the original class entry down. Behind the Project One pairing in front – Leon ‘Frosty’ Frost on slicks made third his own, having pulled clear of a great dice between Jai Lawrence and Blake Ticehurst, who raced bumper to bumper all race. Back at the front Marques set the fastest lap in his chase of Perilly and drafted up onto his bumper over the closing laps, he couldn’t find a way past his teammate though as Perilly took the win, a great start to him and his team’s year. Frost was alone in 3rd some 3 seconds back, Lawrence held off Ticehurst to finish 4th, Jessica White took 6th and first in the Standard class behind Ticehurst, capping a great day for the White sisters. George Oxford was 7th, Ethan Barford 8th, Ian Marginean 9th and Ethan Bentley 10th and second in the Standard class.

The Summer Championship begins next month on February 25th.

Jessica White took the Standard Clubman class win

Report and images courtesy of Paul Babington

 

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Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 12

Shenington Kart Racing Report Round 12, 19 November 2017

After Saturday’s rain the raceday had sunshine all day and club members raised £300 for Children in Need.  James Pashley tracked his championship rival Zak Oates throughout the Junior TKM final, knowing there was no need for an attempt at the win in order to clinch the club championship crown.  The other championship contender Zak Taylor pulled off on the second lap with mechanical issues whilst Dan McKeown, also a contender, dropped out of third with a problem a little later.  That left a 6s gap to Spencer Stevenson who had held off Morgan Kidd throughout whilst Joel Oswick made it up to fifth.

In the senior TKM Clubman economy class on his way to winning the series Suk Sandher arrowed clear of Chris Yates who lost several places in the last hairpin elevating Chris Chater to second.  But Clive Carpenter stormed through to catch the leader and take the win, Chater surviving for third.

In TKM Extreme Joe Fowler rode off into the distance as locals Max Goldsmith and Reeves-Smith traded second place with some enthusiasm.  Eventually Reeves-Smith took the upper hand, Goldsmith falling to sixth.  Will Lakin retired from sixth place and Alex Rees lost many places soon after passing Goldsmith.  Meanwhile Dean Hale leapfrogged up the order into second demoting Reeves-Smith.  Josh Sherriff won the championship but was excluded from this race for driving standards.

In IAME Cadet Luke Watts raced clear with Maxwell Dodds on his tail until halfway through when Dodds found a gap and eased clear towards the finish.  Behind them Samuel Shaw and Bradley Beavers were fighting so hard there must have been six swaps, Shaw eventually in third but Beavers taking the championship by three points over Joe Sheppy.

Honda Cadet 4-stroke had a massive entry needing a B Final.  In the A Final Alfie Rigby got away in the lead at the start whilst the others bumped and barged round the second corner.  Eventually Daniel Powell joined forces with Archie Walker and drafted up to Rigby, Powell jumping into the lead.  But Rigby took it back only to lose to Walker until the last lap sortout when Rigby prevailed for the win over Walker. Lorenzo Kordal took third along with the championship and Powell dropped to sixth.

MiniX was won by Bowen Morris-Kent who also won the raffle for the Pudsey Bear, whilst Jack Salmon took the championship series.

Teddy Pritchard-Williams started Junior X30 in the lead until a huge battle ensued, the lead shared with him, Zak Bowen and Alessandro Ceronetti who would take the 2017 championship crown.  On the last lap Pritchard-Williams sliced past Bowen at Café Corner then took Ceronetti for the win, the Stratford driver dropping to fifth behind Alexander Walker.  In the very close run to the line Kaleb Marshall just cleared Bowen for second.

Report By Graham Smith

Photography by TSR Productions

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