COVKARTSPORT race report

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For the first time in the history of COVKARTSPORT, the series rolled into the town of Beccles to compete at the flat but technical Ellough Park circuit. The championship is well into the second half of the season and every lap counts for the title contenders but at least the dry conditions did not look like changing to play their part.

James Saunders kept his championship chances alive with a strong, consistent performance to claim overall victory in the Junior Class at Ellough. The win, three points clear of second place, allowed Saunders to close the gap to the points leader Sam Lovelace, who could only finish third. Matthew Tetley put his local knowledge to good use to split the championship rivals and looked on course for victory before struggling in the final heat to take a career best second overall.

Jodi Humphreys almost made the podium finishing one point behind Lovelace but fourth place was enough to keep him in contention, making it a realistic three horse race for the title. The only two female representatives in the Junior class put on a strong battle for fifth overall with Plus category leader Ami Jerger beating Skye Siddall to the position, whilst Daniel Beardmore’s speed deserved higher than seventh on the day. Joe Tuffin beat his season’s best of tenth, coming home in eighth overall whilst Luke O’Sullivan and Jack Lungley rounded out the top ten. It had not been the season that Lightweight champion, Alex Harding, wanted in defence of his title. Even more so that he had not managed to make a podium. Harding changed all that at Ellough with a visit to the top step of the podium and moved back in to championship contention in the process. Former Lightweight Plus champion John Stanton made a welcome return to the podium in second ahead of Daniel Truman, who in contrast scored his third podium out of six rounds.

Truman’s rival in the points, Brandon Williams, finished in fourth after equalling three other drivers on points. Gary Jones, Rikki Gunner and Christopher Dobson all finished equal with Williams but lost out due to a slower lap time but it was a career best for Gunner and Dobson, finishing in sixth and seventh respectively. Another former champion Graham Wallace took eighth ahead of impressive rookie Richard Harrison (who won a race on his debut) and Connor Marsh. Sean Brierley finally claimed his race win during the day but suffered a penalty in his first race to finish in 12th overall. For the fifth time in six rounds, a new name topped the podium in the Heavyweight class. Marcus Lungley has shown flashes of speed in his few races in the series but has never been able to put a day together. This changed at Ellough Park as he claimed his victory in a hard fought battle with championship contender Neil Humpherston. The duo finished equal on points with Lungley taking the win on lap time, whilst Humpherston could not be disappointed as he gained valuable ground in the points.

Third went to Mr. Consistent James Fitchew, who claimed his third podium in a row since joining the series at round four. Michael Holdcroft just missed out on the podium but finished fourth after holding off David Whitehouse on laptime by 0.01s. But the result was enough to keep Whitehouse in contention for his third title in four years. Sixth placed Tim Ellis had a strong run equalling Whitehouse and Holdcroft on points but dropped due to his slower laptime. Carl Bannister claimed a season’s best of seventh with more championship contenders in Allan Smith and Sam Foster close behind in eighth and ninth respectively. Tenth place was a best result of the season for novice racer Slawek Piskorz, who has impressed in his debut season. With two rounds left, all the title contenders know who they are fighting with but there are many others who could spoil the party and prove they will be the ones to watch for 2015.