Round 2, April 12th, 2015
A brilliant spring day turned into a brilliant day’s racing for the second round
at Clay Pigeon, with some spectacular races on show in mid-April. The TKM Southern Championship also began its series, with the first round at Clay, which supplied fantastic entertainment from both junior and senior classes.
10:30 was the time at which the first heat of the day, the Honda/Iame Cadets, commenced. Unfortunately, the first race had to be red flagged for an accident, however this was the only unplanned stoppage, and the rest of the day ran smoothly. The second race saw Minimax’s Tommy Foster take the win ahead of Thomas Edmunds, and Taylor Trueman was able to take 3rd after a good race. The Junior Blue’s took to the circuit shortly afterwards, with Drew-Calvert winning race 3 ahead of Luke Lattimer, with front runner Waldron retiring after a strong opening few laps. Junior Max came into the day with a flourish, as Humphries took the win ahead of Sheppard and Wilmot managing third, having lost 2nd position with just 1 lap to go. Junior TKM saw an early win for Louis Beaven, and the first Senior TKM race of the day saw Charlie-Bruce White take his fifth victory in a row this season. Senior Max saw a strong grid at a sunny Clay, with Luke Griffen winning ahead of a catching Shanaka Clay. Toby Harlow took third as an unlucky Joe Pfiffner crashed from 2nd position. The last of the first heats saw victory for Chris Derrick in the Senior Blues.
A very entertaining 2nd heat for the Cadets was won by Iame driver Elswood, with Garman and Burgess taking the other podium positions. A highly entertaining race with a close finish made this one of the best races of the day so far, with such fantastic driving talent on show for these drivers brimming with potential. The Junior Max class saw Humphies claim his 2nd win of the day, while Sheppard takes 2nd once more, and the Junior TKM class followed this trend, with the top 3 taking the same positions as they did from earlier, with Alp-Williams finishing 4th. Charlie Bruce-White could not continue his formidable form in the second heat for Senior TKM, as an early incident meant he finished 16th, with Luke Barton taking a sound victory. Shanaka Clay dominated the Senior Max class, and the 177/Masters heat 2 was won by Colin Davis.
The final set of heats saw Elsewood take an impressive second victory of the day, with Keens 2nd and Adams 5th after an incredible start to the race. The Junior TKM saw Ross Deal take the win as he finally claims a decent result after a very unlucky first couple of heats, and the 177’s race was once again won by an electric Colin Davis. A phenomenal battle for 2nd could not prevent yet another victory for Shanaka Clay in the Max class, and the only 4th heat of the day in the form of the Cadets saw Oates and Adams only finishing 5th and 6th respectively after making contact on the final lap of the race, with Watts taking victory at the last second after being in second, and winning a breath-taking race by 0.04 of a second.
Minimax got us underway for the finals in the afternoon, Ryan Taylor-Trueman and William Uphill finishing in the first couple of positions. The latter was always facing an ‘uphill’ battle to catch the leader, and had to settle for 2nd. Waldron won the Junior Blue final ahead of Drew-Calvert, and the Junior Max class saw utter domination from Humphries. The Junior TKM final was won by Beaven, who won 3 of the 4 races in his class. The Cadets saw a high tempo race where Elswood on pole was involved in a first lap incident meaning he could only take 15th in the end, Burgess was leading at the start of the last lap, however just
one exhilarating lap later and Watts is the victor, just ahead of Newman-Oakley, Burgess having to settle for 3rd. The Senior TKM class was apparently determined to not let the spectators down, as Fox wins ahead of Round. Allnut takes 16th after him and Bruce-White come together, the latter having to retire. Senior Max sees a dominant display from Shanaka Clay, and his fastest lap of a 34.63 can be matched not even closely by any of the other competitors. 177’s saw another dominant showing, this time by Davis, and a win for Derrick by just 0.07 ahead of Dible in the Senior Blue class concluded a spectacular day at Clay Pigeon. The second round of the year made a great reason to return for more excellent racing on the 10th of May for Round 3.