IndiKart Series Round 3, Sunday April 12th
The 3rd round of the very successful IndiKart Series at Hooton Park was held on Sunday 12th April in what can only be described as very wet, windy and difficult conditions. The meeting included the 1st Round of the National F100 Championship which boosted the entry to well over 110 drivers.
The first Finals were the Bambinos who showed great skill all day in what for some was their first taste of a very wet track. James Ollier, in only his 3rd race, led from the start and was going well until spinning off on the 4th lap surrendering the lead to Will Hickman who went on to take the win and max points from James in 2nd and Dara McInerney finished 3rd in his first race.
Next out was the Cadet class which includes two separate championshipsin one race. In the IAME class Arvid Lindblad showed good pace all day and quickly moved into the lead from 3rd on the grid and held off the chasing pack to take the win. Visiting Indi driver Joe Weaver finished a comfortable 2nd IAME with Iago Sco? completing the podium places. In the combined class which incorporates Honda, Comer and WTP engines, Sandro Ballesteros continued the success he had in the Bambino class, winning the Honda class at a canter overcoming the difficult conditions to take maximum points finishing 2nd overall. Ben Hearsey finished 2nd in the combined class in his Honda with the Comer of Oliver Founds finishing 3rd at the flag.
Next on track were the Juniors including all Junior engines such as Rotax, Blues and TKM’s and it was Jake Worsfold who worked through from 3rd at the start to take the win and keep the pressure on championship leader Jason Coughlin who had to se?le for 4th. Alex Enston pushed Worsfold all the way coming home in 2nd place with Joe Weaver taking 3rd in his KF3. The 4 stroke brigade was the next final and so it proved that the wet weather was to provide the ‘heavier’ chaps with an advantage which they were all too keen to capitalise on. And so it was that in the GX200 class veteran Henry Brough won the final dominating from start to finish winning the race by over 13 secs. The creaking podium was put under increased stress with Colin Jones and Andy Downey completing the top 3 finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively, in what is proving to be a far more competitive class than last year. In the Extreme class Justas Kriunas claimed the maximum points finishing 2nd overall with Caity Robinson finishing in 2nd place. In the very closely fought GX160 class Stuart Smith took the flag with Darryl Warren in 2nd and Paul Williams taking 3rd place.
In the more powerful Thunderkart class Mike Kenworthy held off Will Jones behind him to take the victory with Will having to se?le for 2nd and D McLoughlin finishing 3rd. There was a starting grid of 27 in the Senior Rotax/Heavy class and in the final it was Max Jackson who mastered the tricky conditions the best keeping his cool to take the win and increase his lead in the championship, from David Mew who was a close 2nd just over 1 sec behind. Justin Williams completed the podium places finishing 3rd. In the 177Kg Rotax class Kev Courtney recorded his first win finishing just 0.04 secs ahead of Andy Weaver in what was a titanic ba?le in more ways than one, with Mark Harrop completing the top 3 but still finishing mid field overall. In the direct drive class Weyne Burgis continued his fine form, again taking maximum points from Connor Pla?tt in 2nd with Jake Horan completing the top 3.