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The 3rd Round of the Summer Club Championship had a healthy grid of club drivers all looking to take more points towards the end goal. Timed Qualifying for this event made for a different format and some longer races.
The event had two ‘landmark’ occasions – one was the first showing of the new mega ‘big screen’ – live timing was being shown all day along with photo streaming….next step ‘live’ race IPTV!!
The second was the inaugural ‘Ladies Day’ event in support of Cancer Research UK (Raising in excess of £1000).
A brilliant day, some lovely ladies (and some men in ‘pink’!), brilliant sunshine and great kart racing, what more could you want!
Joe Willoughby took a sensational Fastest Lap in TQ, and the only driver to break into the 1.07! Piers Henderson and Joshua Ra?ican were are at the sharp end (which was a sign of things to come) while Alicia Goundry was a very creditable 3rd fastest.
The Pre Final was a great scrap between Ra?ican, Henderson and Willoughby. These three finishing in that order at the flag and well in front of the pack.
The Final was a hard fought race with Ra?ican holding station at the front but Henderson was menacing in second, and so it was, he pulled off the move to take the lead on the final lap and win by a mere 0.04 second, Ra?ican second.
Willoughby just couldn’t take the fight to these guys but finished a solid third.
Full grid – Full entertainment! Alex Lloyd and Oliver Clarke ‘bossed it’ in TQ – First and second. The Pre Final saw a reverse
of TQ with these two drivers but there was nothing between them. Ben Fayers drove a solid race into third and ge?ing closer to the leading two. The Final was an altogether different affair
– a Red Flag meant a restart of which Lloyd took advantage,
but it was short lived as an early race clash dropped him down the order. Clarke then assumed the lead but Ben Fayers and Luke Whitehead also took turns at the front. This was shaping up to be a great race, Clarke and Fayers traded places, Wesley Mason coming into the action, but when it ma?ered Whitehead stamped his authority and took the win, almost neck and neck with Wesley Mason who was a great second, and a brilliant recovery drive by Lloyd into third. Fayers and Kieron Jermey were also there at the flag finishing 4th & 5th.
TVKC Club Championship Round 3 7th June 2015
A worryingly low grid of Juniors, but some fine racing. James Gee-Coates was in great form and was quick – Pole. James drove a perfect Pre Final and had the measure of the field. Jean Simmenauer was his closest challenger with Jack Martin just holding off Alex Pendlebury. The Final was a messy affair with Gee-Coates ge?ing an early Black Flag (and ending his hopes of a victory!). However his demise opened the way for a great scrap with four drivers ‘slugging’ it out. Max Bird showed his class by easing to the front and taking the win, but Jack Martin made life hard for him as he pushed hard but ended up second. Jean Simmenauer showed excellent form as he took third while Jordon Brown was right there at the flag, but 4th.
A strong grid of ‘mini’s’ was pre?y much dominated by Lewis Thompson – Fastest in TQ, Pre-Final Win, Final Win! Ryhs Hunter was his nearest challenger and looked as though second was his, but it was Jamie Rogers who offered most in terms of challenging for the win, and he almost made it. A late dive for the lead was instantly a?acked by Thompson which gave him enough cushion to take the win. Rogers an excellent second and Hunter third.
21 drivers provided some classic ‘max’ action. Jay Rudd was
on top form and a?er qualifying fastest, took the Pre Final win. Ashley Whiteman was his nearest challenger and was banking on a Final win, but as it turned out, Rudd was strong enough to fight off a late charge from Whiteman and closed out an excellent race win. Whiteman second and Sam Smelt improving all day to claim third.
Yukinori Ishii was a surprising fastest in TQ, but proved his worth by converting that into a Pre-Final win! Alfie Brown proved to be his closest rival and so it proved as he went on to win the main Final – Ishii finishing an excellent second. Elliot Harvey was always in the mix, and despite some ‘ups & downs’ claimed a worthy third place.
A solid grid of 30 Seniors provided very good racing all day. Levi King dominated and against some strong opposition, TQ, Pre & Final all had his name at the top! Ayrton Hirst had a good run in the Pre-Final but dropped out in the Final leaving Ollie Varney to chase King to the line, and a fine race it was from Varney. Phillip Rawson completed the top 3, with Archie Tille? a solid fourth and a great drive up 12 places by Lucas Vaus to claim fi?h.
All Results and current Club Championship standings can be found on the website.