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Southern Race Review – Round 1

The latest race reports from Camberley, Dunkeswell,Rye House and Guernsey

Camberley Kart Club Championship Round 1

Blackbushe, 25th January

Camberley’s Club Championship started on the last Saturday of January – the first race on the updated track.

Jake Cranstone sailed serenely above the fray in Honda Cadet while Matthew Herbert, Charlie Mann and Alexander Page sorted out the remaining top positions, and Harry Newman- Oakley slipped by into 4th. Toby McDonald and Sam Lambert hit the front of IAME Cadet in the early laps but with a massive advantage McDonald pulled out a 25s lead.

Michael Cope won 250 Gearbox after Jordan Long’s campaign was cut short. Colin Buxton eventually finished 2nd, 13s behind. Anthony Whitehead passed most of the field in the early laps in Senior Honda and won by 5s.

In Minimax Jordan Collard was the early leader but Samuel Johnston made a demon start and reeled him in for a narrow victory with Ethan James Haynes 3rd and also part of the lead group. Leroy Brown made the most of the start to take the lead of Junior Rotax but Lawrence Boyington passed him two laps from the end. Joe Pfiffner was fastest but had a deficit to make up for after the start.

Alexander Luck and Tom Thompson led all the way through the Senior Rotax final, and Michael Finch gained a place to 3rd when Joshua Carr retired.

Dunkeswell Kart Club

Mansell Raceway, 23rd February

Dunkeswell kicked off the season with a new chairman and a new online entry and results system.

The top three in Junior Rotax stayed the same throughout, with Charlie Cudlip winning from Kieran Shanks and Ryan Luscombe but Cole Edwards made up four places to 4th. Tommy Foster took a 13s win in Minimax.

The 22-kart IAME and Honda Cadet field was headed by Shay Keough (IAME) but just over a tenth behind was Ethan Ling (Honda) who had been on pole, and there was a big gap in both lap times and race finishing time between the top four and the rest.

John Pike was 1st and fastest in Senior Rotax on the unusually shaped Maranello RS8 kart with Scott Rose 2nd after passing Ashley Lewis. James Johnson gained 12 places to come in 5th. Alan Moore and Tom Cook swapped places halfway through to give Moore the Rotax 177 win.

Rye House, February

Two IAME Cadets took part in the combined race with Honda Clubman, with Toby McDonald finishing 2.28s ahead of Alfie Woodrow. Zak Parfett won Clubman ahead of Billy Styles while George Hanafan was 3rd and top novice. Ben Kasperczak beat Josh Steed by a quarter of a second in the main Honda Cadet class after tracking him closely and overtaking on the last lap. The rest of the field were well spread out.

Darshan Pindoria led all the way in Minimax, and 2nd was Alfie Haralambous after passing Bradley Ient halfway through. Alexander Burford-Fuller dropped a place from pole but soon repassed Warren Miles for the Junior Rotax lead. Luc Oliver also dropped back at the start but gradually came back to 2nd, overtaking Oliver Moss on the last lap.

Dean Starkes led throughout the Senior Rotax final but with George Sanders close behind. A good start for Rhys Malyon put him in a position to take 3rd from Tom Daniel at half distance.

Rotax 177 was probably the best race of the day with Scott Clee coming up from 4th to take the lead from Tony Parfett. Dave Rendall fought through the field to 2nd, ahead of Mark Palmer who had battled with Clee early in the race.

Guernsey Kart & Motor Club Winter Series Round 1

9th February

Conner Le Cras won Junior Rotax 2s ahead of Harry Torpy who leapfrogged Jordan Caradeuc at the start. Michael Salmon finished ahead of Hannah Snell in Cadets after Josh Torpy was disqualified from 2nd.

Matt Corson, Jack Le Tissier and Aaron Dodsworth were static in the top positions in Senior Rotax but there was a big fight for the remaining places which Tom Snell came out on top of.