Covkartsport made a return to Tamworth after six years away for the second round of the 2016 Winter Series.
The Tamworth circuit was once a regular on the Covkartsport calendar in its old, much smaller incarnation as Priory Park but ever-growing entry lists meant that by the time the series made its last visit to the circuit in January 2010 it had begun to outgrow it somewhat.
Since then the circuit has been taken over by Daytona and expanded into a fast, challenging 1000m layout.
As at the first round at Whilton Mill, the Winter Series format involves a seven-minute qualifying session determining the grid for a short pre-final race and longer finals in each of the three classes: Juniors (age 12 to 16), Lightweights and Heavyweights (drivers over 80kg). And also just like the Whilton event, practice conditions the day before were completely different from those on race day, so drivers who attended practice were not at any great advantage.
In the Junior class, Daniel Beardmore put Whilton winner Dante Dhillon under serious pressure for the entire final but the win escaped him. Henry Miles rounded out the podium behind Dhillon and Beardmore, with fastest lap going to Dhillon at 60.44sec.
Special mention goes to Lightweight class victor Brandon Williams for achieving the fastest lap of the day. At 59.82sec he was the only driver on the day to dip under the 60-second barrier – said to be some achievement at the Tamworth circuit. James Saunders, winner at Whilton Mill, took second place behind Williams with Paul Cox making it two podiums in a row in third place.
The Heavyweight final saw a great battle between a gaggle of drivers from third to sixth place. In the end no-one could get past Tim ‘The Wall’ Ellis, who held on for third behind winner Andrew Spencer and runner-up Neil Humpherston. Spencer also took fastest lap of the class with 60.46sec.
Elsewhere in the Heavies class Ben White had an unlucky day, suffering a puncture on the last lap of the B Final while in a clear second place in the B Final and looking set to qualify for the A Final. Luck does tend to even itself out over the year in Covkartsport, so maybe he’s getting his bad luck out of the way before the main championship begins in April.
Another Daytona venue is up next for the third and final round of the 2016 Winter Series, at the flowing 1360m Milton Keynes International Circuit on 20 March.
Words: James Taylor
Photos: Mandy Marsh