Sunday 17 April 2016
With an entry of over 200 drivers and a bright sunny day after having had snow at the start of Saturday, the Honda Cadets kicked off Sunday afternoon’s finals. Caden McQueen picked up the lead from Louis Harvey at the end of the first lap but was soon usurped by Caspar Stevenson. By mid-race McQueen was back in command for the win over Stevenson, Maurice Henry and Harvey after an incredible number of lead changes. Max Herbert lost fifth with a 10s penalty.
A big battle ensued for the lead of the Junior Max race, variously led by Axel Charpentier, Bradley Barrett and Joe Turney. Charpentier was shuffled back to fifth then had a 10s penalty applied whereas leader on the road Turney was excluded for a non-compliant clutch. That left Barrett for the win over Mark Kimber and Myles Apps.
In the concurrent Mini Max race there was an equally exciting battle with Jensen Butterfield passing Dexter Patterson and pulling out a big lead. That was swiftly eroded by the chasing pack with Jonny Edgar diving to the lead in the chicane. He was put back to fourth and on the last lap Tom Canning took Patterson for the win.
In Junior TKM Joshua Sherriff prevailed over Zak Bowen and Joe Taylor despite multiple challenges and a few lead changes. The local driver William Layton was an excellent fourth after Jack Johns massive dive in the chicane lost him a couple of places but the other local James Pashley clattered over the kerbs in the chicane early on and lost places to eleventh.
The meeting hosted the MSA Bambino Championship for 6 to 8 year olds where Monde Konini Junior put up the best time in the final from pole sitter Leo Robinson. Robinson’s better points score gave him the overall verdict over Finlay Brown and Damian Barruss.
The IAME Cadet final was likened to snakes and ladders, with various drivers getting to the front before being shuffled down the order. Lorenzo Kordal made his winning move at Café Corner on the last lap, to hold off Charlie Typaldo-Cole and Jamie Mead.
Robert Welham was twice hung out to dry in the Junior X30 but he battled back to third, with Alessando Ceronetti similarly afflicted in the closing stages, finishing fourth after Luke Newman was one of four penalised for detached front fairings. That left Luke Whitehead to win over Matthew Hopcraft.
André Marot led from start to finish in TKM Clubman defending from Banbury compatriot Eddie Mawle initially until Mawle was piped by Graham Stewart. That was enough to take the pressure off Marot for his run to the chequered flag.
Matthew Taylor pulled out an astonishing 7s lead in TKM Extreme over a huge runner up battle. Alexander Paterson yo-yoed up and down the chasers, eventually regaining third behind Lewis Wadley and ahead of Jack Griffiths and Louis Wortley.
Scott Allen had an outing in KZ UK and enjoyed a lights to flag victory which was punctuated by an all course battenburgs. Despite the bunching up Allen was able to pull out a lead once more at the restart, chased by Adam Glear, Dan Kelly and Matt Sherwen who all closed him up at the end. Hannah Lang, the only lady in the race, had been a strong third prior to the race equalisation but fell to ninth.
Scott’s brother Ross Allen was not so lucky in the 250 National ABkC Championships. Allen was chasing down leader Lee Stamp when his kart developed a mechanical problem forcing retirement. Allen had already suffered a retirement in a heat when his engine seized but had fought back to second in the final before experiencing the problem. Allen’s demise put Alex Burrows back into second, but Tim Woods fell down the order from his initial third to seventh. Jack Love came up well for third after a heat exclusion.
Many drivers were testing for the Super One Series later in the year, and in Senior Rotax Max Morgan Rose had a runaway win over Harrison Thomas and Jack McCarthy. Rose was gifted the gap on the first lap when Josh Skelton lunged in the chicane forcing Will Shaw over the kerbs.
Full results are available on http://www.tagheuer-timing.co.uk/results/skrc/2016/2016.04.17/
Report and Images courtesy of Graham Smith