Winter warmers from Larkhall and Nutts Corner
Cadets take centre stage with dramatic twists for unlucky front runners, while the Rotax classes were as competitive as ever.
West of Scotland Kart Club Championship Round 1
Larkhall, 16th February
In the combined Honda and IAME Cadet field, there was a huge disappointment for Matthew Collings (Honda) who had taken the lead three laps in then dropped out in the closing stages in a clash with Cameron Thompson (Honda) leaving the win to Angus Moulsdale (IAME).
Lucas Blakeley won the quiet Minimax race from lights to flag while Cameron Evans took 2nd at the start ahead of Gordon Mutch.
Robbie Fowler was another to win lights to flag in Junior Rotax, but the driver of the race had to be Cameron McLaughlan who came through from 11th to 2nd, finally passing Jack Gordon on the last lap.
Scott Keenan finished 2.3s ahead of Cameron Low in Senior Blue, with Low followed closely by Ross Adamson.
A rare TKM 4 Stroke race saw George Wilson take the lead at the start and pull away from the field by 2.5s ahead of Paul Etheridge and Stuart McDougall.
The biggest race of the day was Senior Rotax but Tommy Leckie was unfazed and defeated the rapid-starting Jordan Irvine by just over a second.
NIKA Winter Series
At the beginning of February, the final round of the Northern Ireland Karting Association Winter Series took place on what was a damp and cold day at Nutts Corner with all four classes crowing new champions a month before the regular season starts.
In the highly competitive Cadet class it was Tom Edgar who took home the title after claiming a win and two 2nd place finishes at the County Antrim circuit. Nathan Glenn claimed a 2nd and two 3rd place finishes to end the Championship in 2nd position, with Philip Patton taking 3rd in the Championship after an impressive day where he claimed two wins and only for an off in the third race would have been well in contention for a hat trick of wins.
In the Rotax Minimax class Daniel Harper continued his great run of form in the Championship claiming another two wins and a 2nd on his way to clinching the title. Jack McGaughey finished the campaign in 2nd position claiming a win and two 3rd places at the final round, with Sam McDonnell taking home 3rd position after a solid hat trick of 2nd place finishes.
In the ever competitive Senior Rotax class it was Jack McConnell who came out on top after adding another win to his tally in the series as well and a 2nd place in Race 2 to clinch the Championship. It was Douglas Reid who sealed 2nd in the Championship after a hat trick of 3rd place finishes on the final day of the series ahead of David Irvine in 3rd who finished just 27 points behind.
Peter Caldwell finished top of the pile in the World Formula class with yet another great performance clinching two wins and a second on his way to the title after what was a dominating display in the Championship. It was Peter Crossen who finished the series in 2nd place after a solid day at the office, finishing on every step of the podium on what was an impressive display. Taking home 3rd position was Rory McPolin, finishing just nine points behind Crossen in what was a very exciting end to a very entertaining series.
With the Winter Championship now over attentions turns to Kirkistown and the first round of the 2014 NIKA Championship. The entry list has grown from those who took part in the winter series and if the standard of racing continues on into the 2014 campaign we can be sure of some very close racing throughout the field.
For more information visit the NIKA website at www.nikarting.com.