15 May 2016
The club held the very first races for the new International OK and OK Junior classes which will later in the year be the competition for the MSA British Kart Championships, with one round at the Shenington SuperPrix and E Plate meeting in July.
Both Seniors and Juniors looked extremely quick although not quite yet challenging the previous KF3 and Super KF lap records.
In the Juniors Matthew Hopcraft led the pack away but was soon passed by eventual winner Bradley Barrett. Lorcan Hanafin closed on the lead duo in the closing stages as Barrett defended rather too vigorously, resulting in a talking to by the Clerk. These very fast karts have gone back to basics, ditching electric button starts, clutches and batteries in the interests of having a lighter kart, even although they now need a push to start.
Scotsman Dean MacDonald dominated the OK Senior final, with a lights to flag victory. The evergreen Bobby Game, now over 40 years of age, started second but was elbowed wide at the first hairpin by James Johnson, the latter pulling out a few laps later. He had earlier seized in a heat but otherwise the karts showed impressive reliability. Game recovered to third behind Welshman Harrison Thomas.
The weather was extremely favourable with a good sunny day for the 142 competitors enjoying 40 minutes of track time each.
A very big grid of Honda Cadets had Theo Micouris and Maurice Henry trading the lead and breaking away from the rest. But a short battenburg neutralisation period allowed the following Thomas Mills and Dominic Kilminster to join the lead battle. Henry held on for the win but Micouris was pushed back to fourth behind Mills and Robbie Stapleford.
Lorcan Hanafin was out again in the Mini Max, passing Clayton Ravenscroft in the opening stages and the pair pulling away from Guy Cunnington. A quick double trade of the lead on the penultimate lap had Hanafin holding on for the win.
In Junior TKM Will Layton quickly lost his lead to Joe Taylor and Zak Bowen. Then Bowen swooped into the lead and kept it through to the chequer, with Archie Strong some distance back in third.
From fifth at the start of the Junior X30 Robert Welham carved through to eke out a one second lead. Alessandro Ceronetti had reached second whilst early leader Joshua Martin enjoyed a cushion over the battle behind. As Ceronetti fell to fifth in a sudden re-shuffle, Welham grabbed the lead, Martin salvaging third behind Louie Short.
The IAME Cadet race saw Lorenzo Kordal, Jamie Mead and Charily Typaldo-Cole all having turns to lead until the latter fell back. That left Kordal and Mead trading first place with Kordal having the verdict on the very last corner.
It took the local Banbury driver Eddie Mawle five laps to leapfrog to the front of the TKM Clubman economy class final, and once there he protected his lead against James Cayzer and Graham Stewart.
In the concurrent TKM Extreme Charles Machin and Will Lakin traded the lead, but Machin prevailed.
The 250 National gearbox race was one of attrition, as Richard Morris momentarily had the lead until a raised hand showed a problem. That allowed Aaron Powell to regain the lead for the win over Mark Pask.
In a thinly supported KZ UK, Tom Longfield took Lee Ward after a less than perfect start.
All results available here: http://www.tagheuer-timing.co.uk/results/skrc/2016/2016.05.15/
Report by Graham Smith