Gearbox News: Gearbox Roundup

Division 1 Superkarts, Silverstone

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The familiar face of Gavin Bennett claimed pole position with a time of 55.090s, which was inside the existing lap record and he held the lead in the first race. But the leader was in trouble and dived into the pits with a broken seat bracket which was causing problems changing gear. After making some adjustments he rejoined the race a lap down. This handed Malcolm Crowe the race on a plate and he won comfortably by 11.658s. In Race 2 Needham took the lead early on, then Crowe, and finally Bennett took the lead helped by traffic although he couldn’t get away by more than 1.3s.

6th May 2012
WSK Euro Series, Val D’Argenton
Anthony Abbasse was Saturday’s KZ1 winner despite pressure from Marco Ardigo, with Armand Convers in 3rd. Jorrit Pex won Sunday’s KZ1 Final ahead of the much more experienced Ardigo and Convers. Patrik Hajek and Simo Puhakka had been having a battle in front of the stands for 2nd but this allowed the other two to catch up and pass.

Riccardo Negro won Saturday’s KZ2 Final from the hard-pushing Dylan Davies with Jordon Lennox-Lamb taking 3rd from Mirko Torsellini on the last lap. Torsellini won on Sunday in his first race for Tonykart, ahead of Lennox-Lamb who had fought hard for the lead, and Negro. Lennox-Lamb is now 2nd in the championship and would have been leading without a stub axle breakage at the previous round.

26th April 2012
Super Four Series, Rowrah
Richard Palmer took his maiden national win in KZ2 after making his move on Daniel Borton at the Rock with just a few corners left. Matt Dittman was 3rd after being the early leader, just holding on ahead of James Glenister who had been pushing him for much of the race.

In the growing 250 National class James Hassall and Lee Stamp set the pace, but in the rain Stamp was unbeatable and won by 24s from Alex Barrow with Hassall 3rd after struggling with his kart’s handling.

Sarno layout updated
Sarno has just had a new layout approved for the KZ1 and KZ2 World Cups in September and it should now be more flowing and more enjoyable to drive for the Gearbox drivers.

The long straight has been extended with a slight bend before the hairpin in an attempt to reduce crashes at the start and the shorter straight on the other side now now finishes with a less sharp and challenging right-hander. There is also a new grandstand here. After this the series of three tight bends in the infield have been replaced by to 90 degree left-hand bends. The start-finish straight is now shorter as the sharp right turn on to it has now been replaced by two wider bends. It is about 20m shorter at 1681m and will have a lower lap time. Dates for the official tests will be announced soon.