Round 2 – Sutton Elms
After a wet and windy round one, 87 drivers arrived at Sutton to a sunny but drying track
With no dropped scores in the Winter Series, this was the round which would make or break a championship challenge in any three of the main categories. Ami Jerger had a decent start to the season at Ancaster but swung herself into championship contention with victory at Sutton. Jerger won a close contest with second placed Daniel Beardmore and due to her first victory in Covkartsport, Jerger also went home with the ‘Driver of the Day’ award for two mature drives. A second straight third place for Luke O’Sullivan has placed him as the closest challenger to reigning champion Sam Lovelace, who’s fourth place meant he retained the overall points lead by three points. James Saunders followed Lovelace closely but had to settle for fifth. All the five drivers mentioned here are the realistic bets for the title but sixth placed Jake Banyai has the speed to upset the party if things go his way at Whilton Mill.
Gary Jones dominated at Sutton to take victory and the Lightweight Plus class, a category he won last winter. Second place went to the ever present James Taylor after an extremely close battle with Alex Harding and Adam Wheeldon, who finished in third and fourth respectively. Fifth place was enough to see Brandon Williams impressively move to the overall Lightweights points lead in only his second event but had to fight hard after coming under sustained pressure from Mark Bramford and Connor Marsh, who moves to fifth overall as we go to a circuit he knows well.
There is a temptation to rename the Heavyweight Class in 2014 to Wayne’s World after the dominating way that Wayne Lidgbird has driven in the Winter Series. Lidgbird has been able to add consistency to this speed to take a second straight victory of the season, giving him a massive nine point lead going into the final round at Whilton Mill with, dare I say it, one hand already on the trophy. Alex Vangeen finished in third at Sutton to score his first ever Covkartsport podium. David Whitehouse split the pair on the podium to claim second place and jump from twenty-third to eighth in the points. Fourth and fifth went to Michael Holdcroft and Tim Ellis, both keeping their championship hopes alive whilst sixth place boosted Jonathan Carty’s hopes of the Heavyweight Plus crown, currently being led by Dean Davis.