Arrive and Drive column – April

We’re getting into the meat of the year now with all series in full force. The weather is nice enough to look forward to, and our rain suits are breathing a sigh of relief.

Club100 Round 3 – Rye House 

Rye house was the venue of the round 3 of the Club100 championship, as previous home of Club100 its a spiritual home of the series.

Catch all the videos on the Karting Magazine website here

Elites

King Club100 Steve Brown was looking almost unstoppable in the heats with two podiums and three top tens, however he was shadowed by Joe Holmes who lined up second in the final.

In the final Joe and Steve went hammer and tongs, with Joe just edging Steve at the chequered flag. Steve still leads the championship ahead of Ian Blake and Joe Holmes.

Clubman 

Harry Neale was the inside man in clubmans with his debut win of the season in the final. He was pushed hard by Pietro Pagano who just couldn’t best Neale despite setting the fastest lap. That leaves Pietro in a very strong position in the championship in 2nd. Jack Bolton had another strong round finishing in 3rd, and maintains his championship lead narrowly.

Heavyweight 

In the heavies, Tom Hill and Andrew Dawson took the spoils in race 1 & 2 respectively with Andrew Dawson as highest scoring driver with a 5th in race 1 to back up his win in race 2. John Gooch was the only championship front running driver to take a podium and sits 3rd in the standings. Solid top 10’s for Mark Ridout and James Browning keeps them in the championship fight.

Championship Debutants Jeff Chapman and Shane O’Neil both took podiums in race 2.

Lightweight

Darri Sims was pick of the lightweights with a first and second in race 1&2. Sammy Venables took his maiden win at his home circuit in race 2 edging out Sims, He will be strong for the remainder of the season if he can maintain this pace.

Dmax Round 3 – PFi

Round 3 of the Daytona DMAX championship visited possibly the best karting facility in the country PFi, for its third round. The circuit’s long straights would really allow the Rotax Powered karts to stretch their legs.

Full results and reports can be found on the DMAX website here

All the videos from the heats and enduros can be found helpfully compiled in an easy access format on the karting magazine site here

Lights heats

Axel Slijepcevic and Cameron Noble lead early while it kicked off behind between Zack Swanell and Max O’Shaughnessy leading to a black flag for Swanell. Eventually Dante Dhillon made his way past Slijepsevic to claim second behind Cameron Noble. The top 8 drivers all had a fastest leo within 0.2 seconds showing just how closely the karts were performing.

Inter Heats

Chris Hackworth led away from the front row with Jordan Taylor in hot pursuit. After problems in the heats Bobby Trundley was on the war path making up many positions early in the race to try and catch the leading drivers. Chris Hackworth made the most of the pack getting baulked at Hairpin 2 and scampered away to an insurmountable lead. Bobby Trundley made a successful comeback from 10th to finish 2nd ahead of Taylor and Ellis.

Heavy Heats

A great start from Tomek Zaustowicz in 2nd place gave him the advantage over Alex Pritchard. Tarik Almou set fastest lap while in pursuit of Zaustowicz, while Pritchard earned a black flag for an over defensive move on Bennett. At the flag Zaustowicz took the win ahead of Almou and Munro who had a solid run.

Light Enduro

Max O’Shaughnessy set pole by just 0.009s over Luca Hirst with a great 3rd for Charlotte Manton, the top 13 were covered by less than a second.

Luca Hirst stormed to a 10 second victory and set fastest lap ahead of the very close pack of O’Shaughnessy, Ayrton Hirst, Tom Kempynck, and Charlotte Manton.

Inter Enduro

Chris Hackworth and the recent form man James Perry were the men to beat with Hackworth taking the top spot in qualifying.

In the race Bobby Trundley found some pace he left on the table in qualifying to win by over 10 seconds from Chris Hackworth and Tor Ryan. The pack spread out somewhat.

Heavy Enduro

In qualifying Tomek Zaustowicz was again the man to beat, however he was pushed hard by Adam Nakar who came within a tenth of pole position. The two were the class of the feild.

They carried on their dominance in the race pulling nearly half a lap over their nearest rival Malcolm Clark, but Tomek just edged it by a second, with Nakar in 2nd and Clark in 3rd. Eli Vergara made great progress to finish 5th from 15th.

 

NKL Round 3 – Whilton National

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Wins in the heats for Brandon Williams, Tom Kitchener, James Saunders, and Andy Spencer put Brandon Williams on pole. Brandon lead every race until the last lap when an almighty battle ensued for the whole lap. Spencer took the lead at Christmas only to be challenged back through Zulu and again at the boot where it looked as if Williams had completed a winning switchback, but Spencer just edged it on the run to the line but by just 0.043 seconds.

Covkartsport Round 1 – Daytona Tamworth

Round 1 took place at Daytona Tamworth. Andy Spencer again was the main man in the lights scoring maximum points in race 2 and 3 to win overall, with the Pauls; Gasson and Cox, in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The heavyweights were won narrowly by Sam Foster ahead of Matthew Spencer, with Guy Tolley in 3rd.

Full results can be found here

Driver of the Month 

Highly Commended:

  • Dante Dhillon – For coming back from unfortunate heats, winning the B-final and making 9 places to finish 7th in the NKL A final at round 2.
  • Sammy Venables – Taking his maiden Club100 win in some style at Rye house Club100 Lightweights
  • Luca Hirst – Winning the DMAX light enduro by 10 seconds ahead of stiff competition at PFi.

However this month’s winner is…

Tomek Zaustowicz

Tomek absolutely dominated at PFi in DMAX heavies winning both the Heavy Heats final from second, as well as the heavy enduro despite being chased hard by Malcolm Clark. Congratulations Tomek.

 

May is next on the calendar, lets hope for some more awesome racing and hopefully some great weather.

 

Written by Piers Prior

 

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