Rye House Kart Raceway, Round 4 – 2015 Championship – May 3
May is supposed to be a mild month as summer approaches but this opening Sunday was far from that. The karters were thoroughly drenched for the first two heats until it brightened up considerably
The Finals started optimistically but more frowning faces were increasingly pointed skywards at the close of day when huge black clouds zoomed in and dropped their full load over the MiniMaxes, all stranded on lap two on slicks. Three of them did not survive, with Brodie Rivers and Archie Flack, the winner of the fastest lap trophy, bowing out early on. Conrad Collinson took the lead,drove impeccably and seemed to have the race sewn up, when 150 yards from the line, fate intervened and his chain snapped! Disconsolate, he had to watch poleman Zak Parfe? take the flag. “I was so angry, I could have booted the kart over the line with one kick” rued a philosophical Collinson.
The split Junior Rotax and X30 Final had started in bright sunshine with a lights-to-flag victory by two seconds for Michael Smith, also bagging the trophy for the fastest lap. The ba?le for second place was won by defending Champion Alex Burford- Fuller who overtook P3 Warren Miles on lap five and was able
to keep him at bay until the close. Speedy Harry Dyson won
the X30 section, beating Bayley Gregory by six seconds, with Thomas Fleming coming third.
In the Honda Clubman Cadets Oliver Greenhall briefly took
the lead midrace from poleman Daryl Taylor before coming to grief on lap 11. Ronnie Mansfield crept up and finished within a second of Taylor. Fastest lapper Ma? Hyde was holding on in third before Alex MacGregor came through and pushed him down a couple of places to take the last podium spot. Kacper Skuza was top Novice at fi?h, beating Daniel Guinchard, who had only passed his ARKS test the previous Monday.
The next Senior Rotax MAX Final was an astonishing affair with a lone X30 in the mix and early separate retirements for poleman George Sanders and P3 Tom Banister. Out of the blue, Molly Hart emerged on lap six from last place on the grid, there because she had not started any of the earlier heats, and held on for a remarkable victory. Defending Champion George Sanders did however get the fastest lap trophy before he was sidelined.
The Honda Cadets came on next with poleman Josh Steed holding off first Harvey Norton, then Harrison Fox, before Harrison Lambert scythed though to mount a his challenge from lap ten. Lambert’s a?ention was divided between chasing Steed and holding off Khali Atkins, whom he only just beat into third by 6/100 s. Fox eventually ended fourth, snatching a place back on the last lap from Astin Wigley, who set the fastest lap time.
With rain now threatening and waiting to wreak its havoc on the following MiniMAX Final, the Rotax 177’s got out as quickly as they could. Poleman Mark Palmer lost his lead to Sam Nicolaou on lap two and then had to chase him the rest of the way, just coming up short by half a second, se?ing the fastest lap time in his bid to regain his place. Tony Parfe? was solid at third.