As the winter draws in and you begin to get those neoprene gloves out, the rain-ex bottle gets replenished, and you begin to wonder why you put yourself through this when its chucking it down just barely above freezing, at least the November A&D article has arrived to keep you on the ball. We’re back with all your usual reports, videos and much more, so let’s get going!
Before we get into the meat of this month’s column, I know many of you made use of the great offer from Club100 of free registration to compete in the final rounds of this year. I’m sure you’ve now caught the bug and are chomping at the bit to sign up for next year. No matter what your preference, sprints, enduro, or weight category with Club100 you are spoilt for choice, but before you make your decision we’d like to announce some exciting news…
Club100’s very successful format has remained largely unchanged for a few years, but we are glad to announce an exciting new addition for next year.
For 2017 Club100 will be introducing the brand new and exciting ‘Quadrant Championships’ replacing the Rookie and Intermediate team endurances. This new format will take place on the Saturday of the main Club100 rounds and consist of 4x 25-minute races, plus a 5-minute practice before each race, with the results coming from a compilation of the 4 races. These races will be a Libre grid of 3 classes, Class 1, 2 and 3, with podiums in each class. These races can be run in either teams of 2, 4, or even as an Iron man on your own. We think this is a great addition to the competition and challenge that Club100 already offer, plus it will add a new dynamic that will make for some great racing. More information, details and prices will be coming soon, keep an eye out here on Karting magazine for updates, or on the Club100 website.
Club100 – Ellough Park
Full reports can be found here
Elite – As you may have seen in our ‘A&D driver of the month’ article, Joe Holmes made the step from the heavyweight division into the Elites and did what he does best. He added to his incredible stats for the year winning on his elite debut from pole position, this also earned him a 3rd consecutive nomination for driver of the month. He was joined on the podium by Ian Blake and Steve Brown.
Steve Brown also is crowned champion in 2016! He’s been consistently fast all year racking up big points at every round. Congratulations Steve!
The Elite final was filmed live and can be viewed on the Club100 Facebook page here
Lightweight – Pietro Pagano was able to prevent October’s A&D driver if the month Tom Golding’s hat-trick of victories in the class with a faultless performance in Suffolk. After being fastest in qualifying he didn’t look back, taking victory in both the pre-final and final. He was followed by Frankie Hedges and Darri Sims on both occasions.
Catch the A final re-live on Club100’s Facbook page here
Heavyweight – With the absence of the season champion it was all to play for in this class, this was shown by a different person leading every session. This time James Taylor took victory ahead of Jack Bolton and Christopher Murray.
Again this is available re-live here
Elite/Premier/Clubman – In the elites Pure Racing put in a great performance to avoid the Firing Squad who came a close second (just over a second) after nearly 3 hours of racing. Tanked up on Jager were less than 2 second behind the leaders in 3rd
In premier CD30 took a fairly convincing victory 15 seconds ahead of cLunge CUFF Racing.
KOKS Talladega were very impressive in winning the Clubman class, and coming 5th overall only 25 seconds from the leaders.
Inters/Rookies – Jam racing took the spoils in the Inters while CKS Throatpunchers managed to take the rookie crown.
A full race report can be found on the Club100 website here http://www.club100.co.uk/race-report/joe-holmes-makes-club100-look-easy-isnt-course-oh-steve-brown-champion/
All videos from the Daytona DMAX championship round 9 have been uploaded to YouTube for your pleasure. There was some great racing throughout the day in both the sprints and Enduros as was covered in the October A&D article. These are all available on Karting magazine here http://www.kartingmagazine.com/videos/dmax-round-9-videos/
The final round of the championship is at Daytona Milton Keynes, the traditional home of DMAX, on the 19th of November. Keep an eye out for the Arrive and Drive December edition to find out more about what went on.
The Daytona DMAX 2017 Championships Calendar has been released – and features ten rounds at eight of the UK’s leading kart circuits – including PF International, Buckmore Park, Clay Pigeon, Whilton Mill and Shenington, as well as visits to Daytona’s superb circuits in Milton Keynes, Sandown Park and Tamworth. This is all included in their 2017 preview video, check it out.
Club100 – Buckmore Park
Elite – After his incredible maiden voyage into the land of the elites, Joe Holmes couldn’t keep series champion Steve Brown behind after a titanic battle along with Jay Elliot. After a great start it seemed as if Joe was up to his old tricks with nearly a 1.5s gap after just a couple of laps. Debutant Ed White who managed to qualify P2 for the final after a very strong showing in the heats was passed early on by a determined Jay Elliot who set after Joe. With not long to go Elliot caught Holmes, the fight that ensued saw the two leaders fall backwards towards the advancing Steve Brown. In an epic end to the race Brown managed to make it a 3-way fight for the lead and managed an awesome double pass into the second hairpin on the penultimate lap to take victory from P9 on the grid.
I encourage you to watch the race as it was recorded live here https://www.facebook.com/Club100Racing/videos/1233479803376592/ it makes for awesome viewing.
Also catch Club100 champ Steve Brown’s awesome drive from P9-P1 in the final onboard – a masterclass.
Lightweights – Tom Golding was back to his old ways in the lights taking victory in A final, but ‘Driver of the Month’ nominee Pietro Pagano pushed him all the way finishing less than 0.2s behind Tom. It was fitting as these two have been the class of the field all year taking 20/22 final wins throughout the season between them.
Heavyweights – A very close top 3 in the final saw Jack Bolton just edge out Harrison Darvill and Mark Ridout, all three covered by less than a second. A great end to the season.
CovKartsport – Round 7&8
Round 7, Red Lodge – In the lightweight class Charlie Machin took the victory in race 1, Matthew Clarke won in race 2, and race 3 was won by Sam Lovelace
In the heavies Matt Tetley came out on top in race 1m race 2 was headed by series leader Jordan Taylor, and the third race was won by Sam Foster.
Round 8, Milton Keynes – In lights Sam Lovelace once again took victory in race 1, race 2 was conquered by Dante Dhillon, and the final race of the year was won by James Saunders.
The first race in heavies was won by Matt Tetley, race 2 by Guy Tolley, and race 3 by Slawek Piskorz.
Overall the season in Lights was won by Brandon Williams who has been strong all season. 2nd goes to Sam Lovelace, and 3rd to James Saunders
The top step of the heavy podium was occupied by Jordan Taylor, with 1 point separating Sam Foster and Guy Tolly for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Driver of the Month
- Joe Holmes – Club100 Elite victory on debut
- Pietro Pagano – Club100 Light victories at Ellough
- Michael Crees – HSF and Buckmore Man of Steel success
- Sammy Venables – Rye House Senna cup victory
- Matt Luff – Buckmore Park Man of Steel of championship victory
And the winner of driver of the month for November 2016 is …………
Congratulations to Michael, he drove brilliantly well at the HSF challenge and that seemed to be the deciding factor.
It is worth mentioning that Sammy Venables came a very close second missing out by just 2 votes! Well done Sammy.
A&D Driver of the Year
The winner to be announced at the Karting magazine awards evening at Capital Karts on December 3rd.
Keep your eyes peeled for December’s article where we’ll have the culmination of the DMAX championship as well as the driver of the year announcements and some previews for next year.
Until then, happy racing.
Written by Piers Prior
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