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South Yorkshire Kart Club, Round 5,July 13th 2014
The sun shone once again on Wombwell for the July meeting of the South Yorkshire kart Club which included the competitors from the NKRA Northern championship.
Wombwell has always been a popular circuit to begin karting, the trend continues with novices throughout the field including a number who had only taken their ARKS test on the Saturday, but more important was the fact that they were not all cadets – but spread through all classes including seniors.
Senior X30 (including Snr Blue) set the finals under way, Peter Sharrocks once again showing his local knowledge as he came through to take the win after a race long dice. Robert Smith taking the novice trophy, whilst Nigel Pritchard took the honours in Snr Formula Blue.
As ever the IAME cadet grid was awaited with anticipation, it certainly did not disappoint and with 5 novices in the pack, there were in effect 2 races to be won. At the head of the pack a quartet of MBM drivers had to hold of the hard charging Jensen Parker, could he break the run of victories that Joe Ellison was on. The lead 3 drivers of Ellison Parker and Callum Hattersley soon broke free and in typical cadet style they drove faultlessly inches apart whilst exchanging positions but once again it was Ellison who held his nerve to take the flag. Further back the battle for the honour of first novice home was excellent – the trophy eventually falling to Alicia Goundry, no doubt her sister will be after revenge next meeting.
Nice to see Sam Holgate back at Wombwell in a Minimax where he was right on the pace challenging the regulars. Adam Batty definitely knew that he had a fight on his hands this month, but no matter how he tried Holgate could not find a way through, watching and waiting for a mistake by the lead duo was Tamzyn Buckley, and the Novice trophy going to Will Drydal.
Senior Rotax once again had everyones attention with a closely matched pack on the tight confines of wombwell it was non-stop action, close but clean – wherever you looked there was a dice to be seen. For the last few months Ryan Turner has been on the brink of his first win, could today break his duck? Also now on the pace and challenging for a podium was James Towell. Once again we had a number of novice drivers. The overall honoures would eventually fall to Ryan Turner ahead of James Towell and the W plate holder Scott collinge.
Once again great to see Honda cadets with a grid, it may have only been a small grid but the race for the lead between Maurice Henry and Daniel Holdsworth was as close as could be – whilst Sam Pattison stayed in touch hoping for an error by the lead duo, but that was not going to happen as Henry held out for another win. Again we had 2 novices in this class – in fact a brother and sister and although during the day they had each had misfortunes in the heats, come the final they were having a right good family dispute, girl power prevailing with Gracie Holdsworth taking the novice trophy ahead of brother Daniel.
The Jnr Rotax final closed the day, recently Thomas Wood and Brendan Pattison have been the favourites for the win, but Joe Stables has recently matched that pace and we were treated to a 3 way fight for the lead, it would again go the way of Pattison, but it wont be long before we see a new winner in jnr rotax at Wombwell. Sharing the track were the Jnr X30’s where River (rubber) Hughes was the victor ahead of Thomas Neill.