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Conditions for round 7 of Red Lodge Karting’s Formula 270 were the best they could be after the warm weather heated the track nicely and with the sun going down the air was starting to cool for the engines. There were 23 drivers competing in at least 3 heats out of 5. Heat 1 started competitively with Greg Smith at the back eager to make an impression on his return from his absence in Round 6, proudly sporting the Paralympic Games logo on his helmet. George Parker took a bit of contact early on in the fight to be in the top 3 and received a Black and White flag for his troubles. Not wanting to take the 10 point penalty he entered the pits and returned in last place. This left Aaron Lask and Andy Cornish to fight for the win with Aaron just grabbing it by .188 of a second. They both finished and impressive 10 seconds ahead of third place man Sam Foster with Greg Smith make an impressive comeback missing out on the top 3 by .160 seconds. With George Parker out in last and free air he smashed the lap record to 51.7 seconds – half a second faster than the previous round.
In Heat 2 Andy Cornish started where he left off and this time got the win. Greg Smith improved too into 2nd place and Dante Dhillon making his debut this year in an impressive 3rd. The lap record looked safe until the final lap where Dante managed to get it down to 51.5. In Heat 3 Lewis Nurse took the win, 2.5 seconds ahead of Aaron Lask in second and Dante Dhillon unable to improve. More impressively 80kg driver Andy Cornish managed to beat the lap record by just .03 seconds in 4th just half a second off the top 3.
Heat 4 saw Ryan Baker start on pole with much quicker drivers behind. He managed to hold on to the lead for the first lap however George Parker used his 30kg advantage to slip by on the long straight into the lead. It was a case of Ryan Baker making his kart as wide as he could to keep Lewis Nurse behind for 5 laps, shortly followed by Aaron Lask. It was tense right up until the final lap but Ryan Baker managed to hold on to 4th for his best finish yet and with George Parker taking another 0.1 seconds off the fastest lap. In the final heat it was a showdown between Dante Dhillon and George Parker as they swapped fastest laps and lap records. Eventually Dante finished on top with a new lap record of 51.115 seconds; 11 seconds ahead of George with Andy Taylor grabbing a podium on his debut too.
Aaron Lask won the night just one point ahead of Andy Cornish who won the 80kg class. The battle for the 90kg was separated by three points across the top three but with his earlier 4th place finish Ryan Baker took the 90kg win by just one point ahead of Charlie Tatum. Lewis Nurse continues to lead the championship with 659 points but Aaron Lask gets ever closer with his win at 617 points and Bob Willis third with 581. Sam Foster also has 581 points still leads the 80kg with Andy Cornish and Kyle Power hot on his heels with 548 and 533 points respectively. David Lask’s 503 points in the 90kg took a big dent this round from Ryan Baker in second with 407 points and with Jason Aviles in the even close battle for 3rd with 260 points.
Report by Jono Holland
Images courtesy of Jono Holland & David Lask