On a day as warm as May, PFi welcomed the regular ProKarters and Extreme Cadets plus a good number of first-timers for one last fling in 2015. This year’s “Fun Meeting” had the more serious purpose of competing for the inaugural “O” plate and a full day’s racing was rounded off in the Panorama Suite with the presentation of some gigantic trophies for all the 2015 Champions winners, and cups and seasonal chocs for all the Cadets.
This has been a highly successful format with a total of 51 different 7 – 13-year olds competing during the year with grids averaging well over twenty. Lucas Ellingham was the runaway winner with Josh Irfan over a hundred points behind him. Then thirty points separated the next four, led by Cian Ketteringham, next Thomas Short, George Smith, and Taylan Babbs. Trophies were presented to the first eight so rounding up the cup winners, were Blake Angliss and Harry Wainwright. Ben Rainbow and Oliver Phillips also get to keep their top-ten numbers next year.
The “O” Plate Final was a great contest with the first six finishing within two seconds of each other. Reggie Duhy won through from P3 losing Travis Mitchel on the first lap and then Ben Kasperczak on lap four. There was precious little between these two – Kasperczak actually got the lead back for one lap — but then Mitchel intervened on the last lap to snatch second place in a photo finish too close for the timing system. Daniel Guinchard, JayJay Cook, and Harvey Charter weren’t far behind, and the 7/100 gap between these latter three demonstrated how competitive they had been all race long.
The trophy for Driver of the Day went to Luke Watts, who shrugged off a nasty-looking accident in Heat 3 to join in the Final.
GX200 Extreme ProKarts
A total of 102 separate drivers had raced in the Extreme Championship with average grids well into the twenties. The Championship was won by Ben Fallon with Lewis Cannon second and Sam Pitchford, third, over a spread of a hundred points. In contrast, the next three positions were separated by only eleven points. Matt Dorling came fourth and Steve Thompson fifth — a fitting conclusion for two drivers, who do so much to make these meetings such a success. Spare a thought, though, for Piers Cooper who missed a trophy by a mere two points and all three of them only entered this class from Round 3. Cooper will get to keep his high racing number next year as will Charlie Bingham, Neil Richards, James Esaw, and David Line.
The “O” Plate was a lights-to-flag victory for Jack Dex, who was shadowed by Tristan Oman until lap 10/14 when he pulled away and crossed the line two seconds ahead. There were some good battles among the next few contenders but Charlie Bingham eventually got the last spot on the podium, seeing off Steve Thompson, Lewis Cannon, and Ben Fallon as he surfaced from P12.
Josh Rout won the 2015 Championship by twenty points from James Humphries. Tony Feasby was third, three points behind, and then James Richards nine points later with only forty odd points separating them. Ian Robertson was fifth, one of only three who competed every month.
Unaccountably, only three GX 160’s turned up to contest the “O” Plate although there had been forty nine of them in the Championship. True, a number of the regulars did take the opportunity to try out with the Extreme and the select threesome did in fact produce some rather fine racing between them. Skye Siddal came away with the “O” Plate, followed by Ian Robertson and Paul Richmond.
One name is completely missing from this list of honours: Ben Cook. He clocked up more wins than any other driver over the year but moving from GX160’s, (where he was sixth in the table), to GX200 Extremes half way through the year (eleventh overall) split his scores and deprived him of any Championship trophy.
|2015 Championship Trophy Winners|
|Extreme Cadets||GX200 Extremes||GX160 ProKarts|
|First||Lucas Ellingham||Ben Fallon||Josh Rout|
|Second||Josh Irfan||Lewis Cannon||James Humphries|
|Third||Cian Ketteringham||Sam Pitchford||Tony Feasby|
|Fourth||Thomas Short||Matt Dorling||James Richards|
|Fifth||George Smith||Steve Thompson||Ian Robertson|
Written by Andy Webb with pictures from Sprocketphotography.com