On Sunday 26th April, Ancaster Karting hosted the second round of the COVKARTSPORT National Series. To the joy of the drivers and spectators alike, bright skies and sunshine replaced the expected showers to leave the conditions perfect for racing.
In the Junior class, Taylor Ascroft fought back from a disappointing opening round to put his title challenge back
on track with overall victory at Ancaster. Ascroft claimed his first COVKARTSPORT overall victory with three strong drives leaving him five points clear ahead of the rest of the field
and now sits second place in the championship. Behind Ascroft, the battle for the podium was much closer. In fact,
the remainder of the podium was decided by lap time as
both Daniel Beardmore and round one winner Dante Dhillon finished on forty-nine points for the day with Beardmore taking second although third place was enough for Dhillon to retain the championship lead. Fourth place is Nathan Bull’s career best result after only joining the series in January and fifth place was a good reward for three solid drives by Skye Siddall on her return to the series. Reigning champion Sam Lovelace took sixth and will have a fight on his hands to make it a third title in a row in 2015 whilst seventh placed Matt Tetley continues to lead the Plus category at this early stage. Debutant Jack Warren claimed a fine eighth ahead of Joe Perkins whilst Charlie Andrews rounded out the top ten on his series debut.
The Lightweight class also had a first time winner but this
driver won on his debut in the series. Jake Campbell-Mills, who finished second in Junior TKM during 2012, claimed two race wins on his way to the overall victory but he did not have it all his own way. Campbell-Mills was matched on fifty-seven points by Mark Bramford, who was only a hundredth of a second slower on lap time and had to settle for second. Third place went to another debutant as Harry Andrews showed he could be a factor in the championship after only missing the opening round. James Saunders may have missed out on a podium but fourth place was enough for him to continue to lead the Lightweight class in the championship. Former Lightweight Plus champion
Gary Jones started his part-time campaign this season with fifth ahead of Stephen Allsopp, who continued his strong form at the circuit. A strong seventh went to Jack Wallace and Tom Emsden followed up to continue his successful start to the season after finishing second in round one. Ninth placed Alex Harding was close behind whilst Kayleigh Vincent got the better of brother Neil in the battle for tenth. Reigning Lightweight champion Brandon Williams was the only driver outside of the top ten to take a race win during the day but finished in twelfth overall.
After missing out on a podium in the opening round, Winter Champion Chris Daines fought back with two race wins on his way to overall victory. The win moves Daines back up to second in the championship and closes the gap by three points to current leader Wayne Lidgbird, who took third place to add to his Sandown dominance. Jason Keeler split the two on the podium with a career best performance. Keeler, who had never made
the podium in any of his previous events, found his form around the Ancaster circuit finishing the day with the fastest lap of the day alongside his podium. Neil Humpherston got the better of Ben White in a close battle for fourth, with White scoring his a well deserved first race win in COVKARTSPORT. Jordan Taylor followed home in sixth after scoring his first race win and could be a thorn in the side of the championship contenders this year if he can keep up the consistency. Carl Bannister is another driver who has had a strong start to the season and seventh continues this ahead of David Whitehouse in eighth. Ninth placed Kosta Kyritsis showed strong pace on his series debut ahead of Jonathan Carty in tenth.
With two rounds gone, the championship is starting to take shape but with six dropped scores allowed at the end of the season, anything can still happen!