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FKS returned to Silverstone on the 6th of June after a nine year absence in what was a brand new revolutionary purpose built kart track.
The circuit itself was almost 1500m in length and provided a brand new nascar style of racing where if you lost the tow then your race would effectively be over. No testing was allowed before the meeting so it came down to who could learn the track the fastest! Here’s what happened on Karting’s return to the home of British Motorsport.
The Cadet class all weekend was a battle between four drivers; Joseph Taylor, Oliver Bearman, Max Dodds and Bray Keneally. In
all three heats on Saturday the four dropped the rest of the field to fight between themselves but in the Final it became just a three way fight after Keneally’s bad start. The race went right down to the wire at the front with Taylor eventually piping Dodds with Bearman a second back. Sunday was a different story with Keneally out of position for the Final but he quickly put that right with the top four all swapping positions. It wasn’t long before Taylor and Keneally found themselves a gap with Dodds a comfortable 3rd but Bearman in 4th now had company from Mace and Keeble. Keneally was patient all race and stole the lead when it mattered right the end from Taylor to take victory, Dodds was 3rd with Mace 4th.
Saturday’s Final was always going to be won by Dexter Patterson, he took pole before going on to win two of his heats, comfortably, before coming 2nd in heat 3. From pole he and Caden McQueen pulled away from the pack but there was never any real challenges from Caden. Behind Harry Thompson’s day yet again did not go plan which put him 7th on the grid but he came through strong
to get on the podium bringing Evan Smillie with him. On Sunday Thompson repeated Patterson’s feet on Saturday by taking pole, two wins and a 2nd with Dexter taking the third heat, but the final was not so straight forward. Yesterday’s top four were joined by Keaton Samra and Brandon Martland in what was a nail biting race. Several lead changes lead to the last lap where we had Thompson leading from Samra and Martland, but a spectacular move from Samra saw him take the race win with Patterson gaining 3 places to finish 2nd , Thompson was 3rd with McQueen 4th, Smillie 5th and Martland 6th.
FKS Junior has so far proved to be the most competitive class this season and that was repeated again at Silverstone. The Final quickly saw a break away group of four with Hawkey being replaced by Wood after he suffered from a mechanical problem. The lead quartet, lead by Wood, stretched their advantage to over 3 seconds and with the business end fast approaching, started to fight. All of this was allowing Finnish driver William Alatalo to catch up. The last lap was nothing short of dramatic going into Mansell’s team-mates Maybin and Robinson collided which put Alatalo on the podium with Wood taking victory and MacDonald 2nd. On Sunday’s Final it quickly became a straight fight for victory between Robinson and Wood. MacDonald looked in no danger of losing 3rd with Logie and Alatalo spacing themselves out in 4th in 5th after Maybin’s retirement. We looked set for a grandstand finish but Wood suffered damage to his chassis on the last lap leaving Robinson to win by over two seconds with Wood 2nd.
Yet again this Round had been all about Ross Martin but
he had Max Stilp alongside who had shown he could be quicker at points during the weekend. The two broke away to gain a huge 11 second advantage. On lap 20 Stilp took the lead from Martin for the third time in the race in a bid
to make a break for it but on the penultimate lap he made
a crucial mistake which gifted the victory yet again to Ross Martin. Behind there was a similar scrap between Rudge and Esmaeili with Rudge sneaking past the Swedish born driver to stand on the podium. Sunday’s Final was almost an exact repeat of Saturday’s in terms of the lead with Martin and Stilp going toe to toe and it was again Stilp who took the lead going into the latter stages. On the last lap the pair found themselves side by side going into Hill chicane and Stilp decided to cut the chicane and hold onto his lead, so he took victory on the road but was later given a 5 place penalty leaving Martin unbeaten. Behind King did the same at the last corner as she took 3rd which promoted Hegarty to 2nd Esmaeili to 3rd and Owen to 4th.