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Grampian Kart Club Race Report

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Finals Reports

Grampian Kart Club, Boyndie Drome Circuit, Banff

Honda Cadets
A group of three, Jack Mackay, Leon Henderson and Logan Mann immediately broke away from the pack. These three circulated for the majority of the final with frequent changed in positions. Henderson dropped away at an incident at the top of the circuit leaving Mackay and Mann to battle it on the last lap. Mann was obviously challenging hard which paid off as Mackay ran wide at pit corner allowing Mann though. Mann’s joy was obvious as he took the chequered flag. The gutted Mackay crossed in second ahead of Henderson. Jonathon Edwards had a lonely race for fourth place. There was a four-way battle for fifth between Lennon Brandie, Steven Duncan, Ben Burnett and Rebecca McPhee. Brandie escaped the trio to take fifth. The trio changed places on numerous times but the order at the chequered flag was Duncan, Burnett and McPhee.

Mini Max
Craig Mann took a lights to flag victory from Hamish Ross. Keiran Glen retired with a power gremlin.

Senior Max
Pole man, Keiran Smart led away from Steven Watt, Fraser Skene, Cameron McPhee, Craig Phillip and Gary Bird. Smart opened a ten-metre gap over Watt. Watt closed down near the end of the race but Smart held on to take the victory. Phillip spun at Shirlaw’s bend on lap 3. Watt came home in second ahead of Mcphee who had moved to third on lap 6. Bird was fourth ahead of Craig Mackay, Skene, Jamie Gomeche and Stewart Thomson.

Prokart
The first three in the B final, Mike Rose, Daniel MacRae and Liam Grant were promoted to the back of the A final.
Billiant start from the second row by Adrian Brodie saw him lead at the end of the first lap from Michael Ogilvie and Gordon Mutch. Mutch moved to second on lap 2. Brodie took the victory from Mutch and Ogilvie. Dominic Lund came home fourth ahead of Stuart Campbell. B final winner, Mike Rose, came through to sixth and was followed home by David Maclennan, Daniel MacRae and Roy Wilson.

KZ2 UK (Gearbox)
Scott Byriers charged off from the starting lights and was never challenged to take a comfortable victory. The action was for second between Neil Anderson and Graeme Gibbs. Anderson was keeping his nose in front until going wide at gate corner allowing Gibbs to the inside for the charge up Boyndie Straight. Gibbs grabbed second and drew away to take the second spot on the podium. Anderson come home third with Colin McIrvine and David Wiseman retiring.

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Honda Cadets do battle on track!

Results

Honda Cadets

1st – Logan Mann (Aberdeen), 2nd – Jack McKay (Golspie)

3rd – Leon Henderson (Newmachar)

 

Mini Max

1st – Craig Mann (Aberdeen), 2nd – Hamish Ross (Rogart)

3rd – Kieran Glen (Banff)

 

Prokart

B Final

1st – Mike Rose (Ellon) 2nd – Daniel MacRae (Aberchirder)

3rd – Liam Grant (Aberdeen)

A Final

1st – Adrian Brodie (Keith), 2nd – Gordon Mutch (Locherbie),

3rd – Michael Ogilvie (Stonehaven)

Senior Max

1st – Kieran Smart (Oldmeldrum), 2nd – Steven Watt (Aberdeen)

3rd – Cameron McPhee (Inverurie)

 

ICC (Gearbox)

1st – Scott Byiers (Crimond), 2nd – Greame Gibbs (Buckie)

3rd – Neil Anderson (Insch),

Next race meeting at Boyndie will be in March 2017

See website www.grampiankartclub.com for more details.

Words by Alan Wyness

 

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British Superkart Association National Championship for F125 Open

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Reigning F125 Open champion Lee Harpham left Brands Hatch with the championship lead, but Matt Isherwood and Liam Morley had a win apiece. They now pose a serious threat for the rest of the season to the former European Superkart champion retaining his F125 crown.
Qualifying
Chris Needham, back in 125s after a spell in a Division One, set the early pace before the red flags came out. Dan Edwards seized his TM motor at Paddock Hill Bend while further round the lap at Clearways, Phil Garrett spun and was collected by guest driver Richard Watts in his 250 Honda. Liam Morley, also making a return to 125s was soon on the pace. A series of quick laps saw him secure pole position with a lap of 48.201s, comfortably inside the lap record. Needham improved on his earlier time but he was over a second slower on 49.233s to start alongside on the front row.

Race One
When the lights went out, Isherwood got a cracking start from row 2 and went past Morley and Needham on the run down to Paddock. Needham slotted into second place and they crossed the line at the end of the opening lap nose to tail. Morley led the next group of Moss, Harpham and Danny Butler.

Harpham moved into third place on lap two and started to close on the pair ahead dragging Morley along with him. Morley took over in third place on lap 5 and set a new lap record but on the following lap he pulled off with a broken clutch basket.

Isherwood started to put some daylight over his pursuers and by lap 13 had opened up a lead of 3.603s. He set the fastest lap of the race in the process and a new lap record beating Morley’s previous best. Harpham and Moss had caught Needham while Butler was holding fifth place, but 10 seconds further back.

Isherwood extended his lead over the remaining laps and ran out the worthy winner. “There were quick guys in front of me on the grid. I needed to get a good start and just keep my head down,” he said afterwards. All eyes were on the scrap for second place. Harpham passed Needham at Paddock on lap 17 but couldn’t shake him off while Moss watched and waited for an opportunity that didn’t come. At the flag the three karts were separated by only half a second. “Matt was pulling away and I had to make a move on Chris to stand any chance of winning,” explained Harpham “My tyres had gone off by the end of the race and I was hanging the tail out at Paddock. I looked over my shoulder and saw the others coming but couldn’t do much about it,” added Needham. Moss was happy with his fourth place despite “running out of revs at the end of the straight. We will have to change the gearing for the next race.”

 

Results

1 Matt Isherwood       Anderson Magnum Vortex

2 Lee Harpham           F1 Redspeed TM

3 Chris Needham        Anderson Vortex

4 Sam Moss                 Anderson TM

5 Danny Butler           F1 TM

6 Kevin Waring           F1 Redspeed TM

Race Two
The first five rows of the grid contained current and former F125 Open champions, UK Cup winners, Grand Prix winners and lap record holders in the 125cc class and the 250cc class. Isherwood got another good start and led Morley into Paddock for the first time, while Harpham had his TM motor load up and lost a lot of ground.

At the end of the first lap Isherwood had eked out a lead of just over half a second with Needham, Morley and Butler in hot pursuit. Needham took the lead on lap two but Morley moved ahead on lap four. As they crossed the line at the end of the lap, only 0.097s covered Morley, Needham and Isherwood. Isherwood’s chances of recording a double win evaporated on lap seven when the big end failed in his Vortex engine.

Morley started to ease away and on lap eight set a new lap record of 48.655s to open up a lead of 1.541s. Needham was still chasing and was clear of Butler and Moss who were fighting over third place. Moss stopped at the pits at the end of lap ten when the water pump pulley on the axle moved and the belts came off. Unable to effect a repair, he was forced to retire. On the following lap Needham pulled out when the exhaust spring snapped.

That left Morley with a lead of 8.5s over Butler with Harpham up to third just ahead of Edwards. Morley continued to pull away over the remainder of the race and won by a massive margin of over 19s. “That’s made up for the earlier disappointment,” Morley said. “The new Anderson was performing well.” Butler looked to be in a safe second place, but the new TM KZ10 motor went a bit flat just after half distance and he just hung on to the position at the flag.

Harpham and Edwards battled for third place and Dan was ahead at the end of lap 14. But Harpham got a tow along Brabham Straight and drove round the outside of Edwards at Paddock to regain the position on the following tour.

 

Results

1 Liam Morley Anderson Vortex

2 Danny Butler           F1 TM

3 Lee Harpham           F1 Redspeed TM

4 Dan Edwards           HRK TM

5 Duncan Marshall      F1 TM

6 Neil Robinson          F1 Redspeed TM

BSA F125 Open Championship 2014 – Positions after two rounds
1 Lee Harpham           47pts

2 Danny Butler           43

3 Dan Edwards           32

4 Duncan Marshall      32

5 Matt Isherwood       30

6 Liam Morley 30

 

Formula 6, Round 2

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The F6 South East championship continued at Bayford with some good racing in the Cadets and Prokarts.

In Cadets the Clubman Rhys Anthony came through from 4th and won a typically close race ahead of Alfie Glennie and Ethan Perry.

Nicholas Taig took another strong win in Senior Open, ahead of the field by over 8s. Daniel Lee took 2nd after starting 4th and headed Thomas Lyndhurst for most of the race.

In Senior Prokart and Heavy, Trevor Bull won after passing quickest man on track Sam Logan early in the race. Gary Ager started second before dropping to fourth, but he came back to 3rd by the flag.

Graham King won Senior Open Twin by over 5s from Anthony Whitehead in the biggest class of the day. Whitehead had been battling with Nigel Cordrey, finishing just a tenth ahead.

Isle of Man Kart Racing Association Championship Round 1

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_DSC4564sThe local kart racing championship fired into life in cold and overcast conditions at Jurby JCK circuit. There was some excellent racing throughout all the classes.

Ciaran Tear scored a clean sweep of wins in Honda Cadet. Starting from pole he led every lap of the race to win by 30.08s from young Leo Dooley followed by Corey Dale. Tear set the fastest lap of 59.50s.

Junior TKM 4-Stroke saw some excellent racing between all the drivers, but it was young teenager Liam McCann from Douglas who claimed all three heats and the final honours, also setting the fastest lap of 47.68s. There was a good battle between Rory McCann and Kealan Beattie, changing places throughout the laps but it was Rory McCann who just squeezed home in front of Kealan Beattie who had to settle for 3rd. Other strong contenders were Adam Goby who claimed 5th and Jordan Guest 6th.

Honda Junior Owen Dooley, making his debut in this class, claimed a full house of wins and fastest lap of 57.46s.

Craig Wade was dominant in Junior Rotax with a fastest lap of 47.82s. Tanisha Beattie showed her racing skills in Honda Senior by keeping the boys at bay, claiming a full house of wins and claiming the fastest lap of 54.05s followed by Stuart Hutchinson and Neil Pearson.  Daniel Bougourd scored Senior TKM 4-Stroke victory.

Rob Birnie was victorious in heats one and three in Senior Rotax only to be denied a hat trick by Chloe Duke-Keig in heat two. Starting from 6th position Rob Watson had climbed to 3rd place at the end of the first lap and took the lead from Rob Birnie on lap five to win by 0.02s followed by Chloe Duke. Well done to novice driver John Bowness who finished 6th.  Chris Swinden won the Rotax Max 177 final.

Clay Pigeon Kart Club Championship Round 2 & Formula Blue O Plates

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Photo 13-04-2014 10 33 54The second club round of the year was enhanced by the Junior and Senior Blues competing for their O Plates.

Daniel Lamport won the MiniMax final after an early-race battle with Tommy Foster but when Foster retired the way was clear for Lamport. Harry Gooding was 2nd by 0.5s with Riley Philips less than a tenth behind.

Junior TKM and the Junior Blue O Plate field raced together with Blue Jake Drew Calvert leading all the way ahead of TKM Cole Edwards. The next Blue home was Taylor Waldron in 8th overall. Ross Deal moved up to second in TKM.

Shanaka Clay won Junior Rotax by a large margin from Alex Forshaw while the only X30 in the race, Josh Pickford, won overall just ahead of Clay.

In the combined Cadet class Ethan Rees won IAME four tenths ahead of the Honda winner Guy Cunnington just ahead of fellow Honda Bradley Sheppard. Second IAME was Reece Lycett in 10th.

Even more classes were combined on the main Senior grid where James Moorcroft won Rotax and overall, Sammy Bourlet X30, Leon Lerego KGP and Julian Howell Rotax 177.

Senior Blue had a full grid with a B Final which was won by Elis Jackson who made it up to 14th in the A Final. Martin Wheeler led all the way in the A Final to win by over 6s. Douglas Simpson was 2nd for the first half of the race but he was overtaken by Ross Adamson James Rees and Stuart Gray who finished in that order.

Michael Eastwell took the lead of the TKM Extreme and Masters final on lap four and pulled away from Charlie Bruce-White and Jamie Patten. Anwar Beroul-Smith was the Masters winner in fourth.

International Round-up

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NorrisThe first round of the WSK Supermaster Series was at Sarno at the end of March with practice under warm and dry conditions but much of the racing was in the wet.

Dan Ticktum won KFJ after fighting Leonardo Lorandi on a very wet track with it finally being decided in favour of the British Zanardi driver when Lorandi overshot the track. Enaam Ahmed remained 3rd for the whole race.

Karol Basz was unbeatable in KF where he finished 4s ahead of British driver Callum Ilott who had a good start from the third row. World Champion Tom Joyner had won the Prefinal but dropped to the back after contact early in the race although he recovered to 13th.

There was a big field of KZ2s as their World Championship will be at Sarno in September. Bas Lammers was the winner in only his second race with Formula K, although helped by the wet conditions. Marco Ardigo looked threatening after a string of fastest laps but Lammers also speeded up to stay ahead.

The following weekend was the classic Margutti Trophy at Lonato, the 25th running of the event which commemorates a young Italian driver who was killed in a crash.

Marco Zanchetta dominated the event in KZ2 and finished the final in formation with his Maranello team-mate Lorenzo Camplese just ahead of the Kosmic of Luca Corberi.

British driver Max Fewtrell took his second win of the season in KFJ, also staying ahead at each stage of the event. Ross Martin, in only his second international race, came in 5th but Daniel Ticktum retired in the early stages.

KFJ World Champion Alessio Lorandi took the KF win ahead of Julien Fong from the Irish team Kartronix. There were no British drivers in the class but plenty of entries from British teams like RFM and Forza.

On 13th April it was back to the WSK Super Master Series, this time at Castelletto in Northern Italy. Marco Ardigo controlled the KZ2 final just ahead of Bas Lammers so now takes the lead of the championship from the Dutchman. Paolo De Conto was 3rd after moving up from the fourth row on the grid and the top Brit was Ben Hanley in 5th.

Ricky Flynn Motorsport’s Indian driver Jehan Daruvala was unbeatable in the KF final, winning ahead of French driver Gabriel Aubry. Karol Basz kept his championship lead with 3rd and Lando Norris had a welcome return to form with pole in qualifying although he was 9th in the final.

Venezuelan driver Mauricio Baiz won KFJ after running at the front of the pack all weekend. Mick Junior finished 2nd 2.6s behind and 6th-placed Dan Ticktum was the top Brit.

The final round of the WSK Super Master Series was due to be on 27th April at La Conca in Southern Italy, a chance to prepare for the European Championship in mid-May.

Rotax Max Euro Challenge Round 1

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Lennox-LambThe European Rotax season started at Genk in early April, with two impressive wins for some of the UK’s best drivers.

In Juniors Thomas Preining was the one to beat. The Austrian youngster was in top form and took two wins in the finals, and was never really in danger. For the Alonso driver it was his first Euro win ever. Dean MacDonald took the chequered flag in 2nd place in both finals, staying out of trouble and leaving the rest of the grid to its own quarrels. Max Timmermans and Richard Verschoor were fighting for the last podium place and while Timmermans took 3rd place in the prefinal ahead of Verschoor, the final was destined to end badly. At the last corner they collided, leaving the way clear for Rinus van Kalmthout who was lucky to cross the line in 3rd place. But the Dutchman was penalized due to unfair driving which dropped him back to 24th place, so after all Verschoor did manage to get on to the podium.

In Seniors Guan Yu Zhou and his teammate Joseph Reilly were the driving force. In the prefinal Zhou asserted himself early on in 1st place while Reilly made a brilliant start, which boosted him from 7th up to 2nd. Once in front the duo had quite an easy job bringing home their top positions. 3rd place went to Edward Brand who drove a remarkable prefinal, which he had started from 13th position.

The final quickly turned into a fight between Zhou, Reilly and Brand. Although the trio pulled far away from the pack a yellow flag phase and a subsequent interruption of the race – due to an accident at the back of the field – undid their advantage. However they were confident enough to repeat the performance after the race was re-started. For most of the remaining laps Zhou stayed in control but as the race approached the end Zhou had to give way to Reilly and Brand. While he finally was able to regain 2nd place on the last lap, by pushing Brand back to 3rd place, he had no way to challenge Reilly. He crossed the finish line 1st to repeat his victory at the Rotax Winter Cup in February.

Paolo De Conto and Jordan Lennox Lamb proved to be the protagonists of the prefinal in DD2, although both of them had to contend with Jonathan Thonon. The Belgian had a great start and put the leaders under pressure. But this was only a flash in the pan. As fighting got tougher he slightly struggled with Xen de Ruwe who had to retire from the race, while Thonon finally had to be satisfied with 5th place. The leaders were unintimidated and dedicated themselves to their own battle. Unfortunately this ended quite dramatically; at the last but one corner De Conto launched a last minute manoeuvre against Lennox Lamb. As a result both went off the track. Lennox Lamb rescued 13th position, while De Conto cut the track and was excluded – which also kept him out of the final. The lucky driver who inherited the win was Denmark’s Mads Thomsen. 2nd place went to title defender Ben Cooper ahead of Sean Babington who had started the race from 18th.

After the start of the final Cooper established himself in the lead, but with his opponents breathing down his neck. Almost 15 drivers were in his slipstream and started to fight for positions. Here Babington got involved in a collision that caused him to drop to the back of the field. At half distance Lennox Lamb and Thonon took over the leading role, pushing Cooper back to 3rd place. Even the Frenchman Damien Vuillaume found a way to pass Cooper but he was given a time penalty for unfair driving which dropped him back to 25th. At the front Lennox Lamb and Thonon put on an impressive duel. Several times the lead changed until a photo finish had to identify the winner: 0.018s was the winning margin for Lennox Lamb at the opening round ahead of Thonon and Cooper. Cristiano Morgado was the Masters winner with 7th in the Repechage although he didn’t make the main final.

Results
Junior
1 Thomas Preining Alonso
2 Dean Macdonald Tony +2.087s
3 Richard Verschoor Alonso +12.495s
4 Dzianis Slavinski Tony +13.492s
5 Nick Dunker Alonso +13.602s

Senior
1 Joseph Reilly Tony
2 Guan Yu Zhou Tony +0.726s
3 Edward Brand Intrepid +0.869s
4 Oliver Myers Tony +4.341s
5 Viktor Oberg Gillard +4.376s

DD2
1 Jordon Lennox-Lamb CRG
2 Jonathan Thonon Praga +0.018s
3 Ben Cooper Birel +1.952s
4 Bryan Eerden CRG +2.461s
5 Fillippos Kalesis DR +2.705s