TW Steel DMAX Championship Round 3 Whilton Mill

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After a cold but dry Saturday practice session the DMAX drivers across the weight classes were thanking the weather gods for a bright and considerably warmer race day. The higher track temperatures looked good for more grip than practice ready for what turned out to be a very exciting and, for some, heart breaking day of racing. Whilton Mill never fails to entertain both the spectators and the drivers with the much loved turn 1,2 and the straight into Christmas the main discussion points as always.

Enduro

First up were the enduro races and they proved to be full of drama as usual.

Lights

Although the weather looked good for the day the lights started with 2 laps of full course yellow, by orders of the race director, to try and get some heat in the tyres before starting quali. Sadly the yellows didn’t seem to be quite yellow enough for Ben Leslie, Tom Pughe and Dee Falconer who all picked up grid penalties for over taking and spinning under yellows. It was a clear battle between Tom Golding, DMAX Veteran Chris Hackworth and the new kid on the block Tom Sibley. Golding and Hackworth traded pole position and mere tenths of a second as the session came to an end with Sibley snagging 3rd just behind Hackworth in 2nd.

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The Race

Golding got away well but with Hackworth was putting the pressure on immediately and made his move as they headed up to Christmas for the first time. Behind them Sibley lost his 3rd place to Cameron Noble only to reclaim it later on and start chasing the top 2. Golding and Hackworth once again traded places a number of times as Axle Slijepvecic and Joe Conroy both enjoyed a lot of space in 5th and 6th. As the two leaders battled it out Sibley managed to gain some ground and join the party but during a battle with Golding slowed down and let Hackworth build a 1.2 second lead. Golding and Sibley settled down to then chase Hackworth to recommence battle all over again. Sibley made the most of Golding running wide through turn 2 and then on Hackworth on lap 32 where after 2 great corners he made a tow towards Christmas count. An incident with a back marker not seeing the Sibley coming through around the boot meant he had to settle for 3rd once again with Cameron Nobile 4 seconds back in 4th behind the trio. Golding made his move for 2nd but caused the pair to slow down again after some contact which left Hackworth to head for the chequered flag with a 2.6 second lead, Sibley in 2nd and Golding in 3rd.

pos competitor laps diff best time best lap best speed
1 Chris Hackworth 69 51.588 47 83.74 km/h
2 Tom Sibley 69 2.665 51.594 44 83.731 km/h
3 Tom Golding 69 2.775 51.649 44 83.642 km/h
4 Cameron Noble 69 23.597 51.838 68 83.337 km/h
5 Axel Slijepcevic 69 26.422 51.883 63 83.264 km/h
6 Russell Horton 68 1 lap 52.224 60 82.721 km/h
7 Joseph Conroy 68 1 lap 52.389 66 82.46 km/h
8 Ben Leslie 68 1 lap 52.074 48 82.959 km/h
9 Ellis Pullinger 68 1 lap 52.177 64 82.795 km/h
10 Dominic Cheng 68 1 lap 52.247 50 82.684 km/h
11 Paul Cox 68 1 lap 52.33 40 82.553 km/h
12 Mez Evans 68 1 lap 52.55 68 82.207 km/h
13 Kameron Khan 67 2 laps 52.613 34 82.109 km/h
14 Nikolay Angelov 67 2 laps 52.984 27 81.534 km/h
15 Harrison Pughe 67 2 laps 52.712 66 81.955 km/h
16 Tom Pughe 67 2 laps 52.544 66 82.217 km/h
17 Sam Bennett 67 2 laps 52.439 52 82.381 km/h
18 Dee Falconer 67 2 laps 52.979 45 81.542 km/h
19 Tanzi Besant 66 3 laps 53.569 49 80.644 km/h
20 Dean Thomas 65 4 laps 52.881 63 81.693 km/h
21 Dane Christison 64 5 laps 54.908 60 78.677 km/h

Inters

The battle for pole seemed to be very much between Oliver Peacock and Bobby Trundley with Luke Cousins and Martin Bourke pushing hard too. Peacock snagged pole by just 0.034 seconds over Trundley and Bourke taking the next spot and Cousins completed the second row.

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The Race

Unfortunately for Trundley he managed to pick up part of a barrier on the parade lap and had to fall back from his spot on the grid giving Peacock an easy time off the line and allowing Cousins to move straight into second once he got past the gantry. Bourke, William Topp and David Cottrell followed behind but the action was firmly at the back where Trundley had made up 5 places before the first lap was over. After a mid-field mistake Peacock and Cousins got a chance to build some breathing space while Trundley snagged a fastest lap and another 11 places by lap 7 seeing him in 8th and only 9 seconds away from Peacock at the front. By lap 25 Trundley had passed Topp and managed to get into 3rd place. The fight for 5th was heating up between Matthew Conroy, Ben Oliver, Coppin, Ben Chapman and James Perry as they all lapped together in a long train and swapped for position. Trundley moved into 2nd on lap 46 pushing Cousins back to 3rd but got caught in traffic and sadly failed to complete his titanic run for the top slot leaving Peacock with the win but grabbing a very well deserved 2nd place with Cousins holding onto 3rd over Topp.

pos competitor laps diff best time best lap best speed
1 Oliver Peacock 67 53.001 60 81.508 km/h
2 Bobby Trundley 67 7.283 52.948 65 81.589 km/h
3 Luke Cousins 67 10.211 53.081 58 81.385 km/h
4 William Topp 67 18.173 53.309 55 81.037 km/h
5 Matthew Conroy 67 46.577 53.496 41 80.754 km/h
6 Michael Coppin 67 49.465 53.356 64 80.966 km/h
7 Ben Chapman 66 1 lap 53.796 35 80.303 km/h
8 Ben Oliver 66 1 lap 53.376 46 80.935 km/h
9 David Cottrell 66 1 lap 53.129 64 81.312 km/h
10 James Perry 66 1 lap 53.772 64 80.339 km/h
11 Andrew Tempest 66 1 lap 53.568 50 80.645 km/h
12 Simon Gibson 66 1 lap 53.792 58 80.309 km/h
13 Martin Bourke 66 1 lap 53.193 58 81.214 km/h
14 Tom Eastwood 66 1 lap 53.325 66 81.013 km/h
15 Ronan McClintock 66 1 lap 54.041 62 79.939 km/h
16 Seb Cook 66 1 lap 53.91 64 80.134 km/h
17 Giles Handley 66 1 lap 53.362 58 80.956 km/h
18 Stuart Shearman 65 2 laps 54.315 52 79.536 km/h
19 Dan Fisher 65 2 laps 54.318 57 79.532 km/h
20 Antonio Caccioli 65 2 laps 54.451 53 79.337 km/h
21 Robert Purtak 64 3 laps 54.183 58 79.73 km/h
22 Blaze Sienko 64 3 laps 54.276 58 79.593 km/h
23 Macauley Pond 63 4 laps 54.069 59 79.898 km/h
24 Nigel Foot 63 4 laps 55.687 24 77.576 km/h

Heavies

The heavies saw a real mix of contenders in the fight for pole with Tomasz Zaustowicz looking fast early on, Chris Carter having his moment too along with Adam Daly and Adam Christopher but Zaustowicz finally took 1st place on the starting grid after some epic efforts from all concerned. Christopher was in second and Carter unusually sat in 3rd.

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The Race

Zaustowicz not only got away well but managed to build a 1 second lead by the end of lap 1 with Christopher chasing hard and Daly following up with Carter behind only to see him pass and take 3rd on lap 2. Xander Mahony also followed Carter through leaving Daly in 5th. By lap 5 Carter had taken 2nd but by lap 9 Christopher had regained the position again but Carter wasn’t going to let that stand and took the number 2 slot once again. Daly and Jamie Pender were enjoying the battle at the front because it allowed them to make their way up to create a 5 kart train at the front of the race. This same battle saw Carter pushing Zaustowicz so hard the pair slowed down round the boot and Christopher took the lead. As was their downfall earlier in the race drivers fighting for 3rd and 4th this time allowed Carter and Zaustowicz to break away. Carter got his head down and built a lead on Zaustowicz who in turn had a good lead on Pender who had 4 seconds on Daly in 4th. Carter took a well-deserved win with Zaustowicz finishing 2nd, and Pender completing the podium.

pos competitor laps diff best time best lap best speed
1 Chris Carter 68 52.696 63 81.98 km/h
2 Tomasz Zaustowicz 68 7.209 52.891 68 81.677 km/h
3 Jamie Pender 68 13.002 53.032 50 81.46 km/h
4 Adam Daly 68 18.604 52.936 48 81.608 km/h
5 Xander Mahony 68 17.778 52.993 48 81.52 km/h
6 Adam Nakar 68 27.296 53.112 48 81.338 km/h
7 Gareth Holt 68 27.881 53.08 67 81.387 km/h
8 Adam Christopher – SH 68 37.768 53.015 59 81.486 km/h
9 Stuart Foster 68 41.95 53.531 34 80.701 km/h
10 Malcolm Clark 68 46.351 53.421 51 80.867 km/h
11 Lee Witney 67 1 lap 53.377 20 80.934 km/h
12 Adrian Wisniewski 67 1 lap 53.563 64 80.653 km/h
13 Bruce Shingler 67 1 lap 53.778 31 80.33 km/h
14 Chris Munro – SH 67 1 lap 53.76 59 80.357 km/h
15 Tommaso Ammendola 67 1 lap 53.914 47 80.128 km/h
16 Gary Martin – SH 65 3 laps 54.621 37 79.09 km/h
17 Ian Howard – SH 57 11 laps 56.71 49 76.177 km/h

Heats 

As always, the heats take place later on in the day than the endure races and because of this the track tends to be a bit more sticky. Round 3 saw clear blue skies and relatively warm sunshine which added to the traction potential and with a warming track and the vibe in the paddock was definitely geared towards falling lap times. Many of the enduro drivers were rehydrating furiously ready to take to the track once again and chase down some of that sometimes elusive silver wear including the like of Chris’s Carter and Hackworth, Tom’s Golding and Sibley, and the regular front runner Bobby Trundley. The grids for each heat class were busy but the lights, as always, was all but full and the level of skill in the group was formidable.

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Lights

The qualifying heats were a mixed back at the top but one name stood out getting wins in 2 of the 3 races and that was Cameron Noble leaving him very much chasing a spot on the podium for the day. Tom Golding also took 2 top 3 wins during the qualifying heats so he was certainly out to make sure he didn’t miss the party.

Noble made his pole position count but Golding was instantly in hot pursuit followed by Hackworth in 3rd who set a new fastest time on lap 2. Golding took the lead through Christmas corner and Noble fought hard to take it back only to lose another position to Hackworth as he was forced wide on the infield straight. Michael Tillet was in 4th with Joe Conroy in 5th and they were both chasing hard to gain some ground on the top 3. Hackworth was still setting fastest lap times as he chased Golding but ran wide into The Boot giving Noble a chance to get back into the fight as he then set a fastest time of his own. All three leading drivers were putting in some great times so the movement between them was minimal. Matthew Bees, Max O’Shaughnessy and Ollie Ursell were having a close fight for 8th as Conroy finally managed to get passed Tillett for 4th. Golding snagged a fastest lap just as he entered the final lap and went on to take 1st with Hackworth in 2nd and Noble taking the final step on the podium.

pos competitor laps total time diff best time best lap best speed
1 Tom Golding 14 12:18.0 51.757 13 83.467 km/h
2 Chris Hackworth 14 12:19.7 1.79 52.057 7 82.986 km/h
3 Cameron Noble 14 12:21.1 3.102 52.09 9 82.933 km/h
4 Joseph Conroy 14 12:31.7 13.778 52.574 14 82.17 km/h
5 Michael Tillett 14 12:32.1 14.111 52.508 14 82.273 km/h
6 Joshua Craft 14 12:32.3 14.329 52.483 14 82.312 km/h
7 Matthew Bees 14 12:33.0 15.079 52.484 14 82.311 km/h
8 Ollie Ursell 14 12:33.4 15.424 52.428 14 82.399 km/h
9 Jonny Spencer 14 12:35.1 17.115 52.537 11 82.228 km/h
10 Max O’Shaughnessy 14 12:35.3 17.352 52.627 11 82.087 km/h
11 Kameron Khan 14 12:35.5 17.57 52.704 14 81.967 km/h
12 Hugo Bush 14 12:40.6 22.685 53.212 13 81.185 km/h
13 Levi Anderson 14 12:44.6 26.61 53.499 5 80.749 km/h
14 Josh Lad 14 12:44.9 26.971 53.232 14 81.154 km/h
15 Jake Butler 14 12:49.6 31.677 52.722 8 81.939 km/h
16 Faris Malik 14 12:51.3 33.344 53.932 13 80.101 km/h
17 Dillon Parmar 14 12:51.4 33.469 53.84 14 80.238 km/h
18 Dane Christison 14 13:01.1 43.167 54.641 11 79.062 km/h
19 Ade Holder 14 13:08.3 50.326 54.506 12 79.257 km/h

Inters

Once again the qualifying heats saw a lot of different winners but there was no doubt that Bobby Trundley and Lee Hollywood were going to be fighting for the top slot in the final.

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It was Hollywood who drew first blood and took the lead as the pack headed into turn 1. David Cottrell was in 3rd with Chris Alcock in 4th ahead of Luke Cousins as the race really got underway. Hollywood wasted no time in pushing ahead and building a gap between him and the determined Trundley. Cottrell was attacking Trundley hard and this forced him to go defensive further compounding the lead Hollywood was building over him. Alcock had kart problems on the run out of Christmas corner leaving him out of the running and allowing Cousins to take 4th and start pushing for a podium spot. Trundley managed to hold off some heavy pressure from Cottrell who was in turn being chased hard by Cousins. Cousins made a move on the outside of Cottrell after Christmas but couldn’t make it stick, however he finally made his way round and into 3rd 3 laps later with Richard Lacey following him through. Trundley was immediately put under pressure by Cousins but managed to hold off all the attacks that were thrown at him. This meant he had slowed the pace off a little which allowed Hollywood to run away with the lead and cross the line 4.321 seconds ahead. Trundley took a battle worn 2nd place with Cousins grabbing a well-deserved 3rd place.

Heavies

One name stood out as always throughout the qualifying heats and that was Chris Carter, he won no less than 2 of the 3 races and took 3rd in the other. With this kind of performance there was no doubt who would be on pole and who the favourite for the final was but Tomasz Zaustowicz and Jamie Pender were also having a good day and they had no plans to make life easy for Carter.

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Pender started in second with Zaustowicz in 3rd and Stuart Foster in 4th. Carter made the most of his position and lead the race into turn 1 as the 3 then started building a lead over Foster. Pender made a move and made it stick on the final corner of lap 2 and Zaustowicz managed to get through too leaving Carter suddenly in 3rd.  After swapping places twice more Zaustowicz was left chasing Pender who was building a solid lead and Carter had to start fending off Foster, Adrian Wisniewski and Malcolm Clark as they lined up behind him. Adrian Wisniewski and Carter went for a spin as too many karts tried to be in the same place at once. This allowed Pender to build his now 1.3 second lead and saw Carter out of the running. Chris Munro was running as a super heavy driver but he was making a good show of it by battling hard for 4th with Clark. Pender predictably took the win he deserved with Zaustowicz taking 2nd and Foster completing the podium just ahead of Clark and Munro.

pos competitor laps total time diff best time best lap best speed
1 Jamie Pender 14 12:41.0 53.449 9 80.825 km/h
2 Tomasz Zaustowicz 14 12:42.3 1.336 53.521 14 80.716 km/h
3 Stuart Foster 14 12:45.0 4.002 53.5 13 80.748 km/h
4 Malcolm Clark 14 12:47.5 6.541 53.629 8 80.553 km/h
5 Chris Munro – SH 14 12:48.7 7.717 53.699 8 80.448 km/h
6 Adrian Wisniewski 14 12:48.8 7.84 53.158 8 81.267 km/h
7 Lee Witney 14 12:49.4 8.428 53.502 14 80.745 km/h
8 Tommaso Ammendola 14 12:56.5 15.532 53.683 7 80.472 km/h
9 Bradley Shears 14 13:15.5 34.502 54.561 14 79.177 km/h
10 Lee Meayers 14 13:33.7 52.692 56.485 13 76.48 km/h
11 Ian Howard – SH 13 13:15.1 1 lap 57.874 3 74.645 km/h
12 Chris Carter 4 03:45.1 10 laps 54.736 4 78.924 km/h

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Written by Ade Holder

Images courtesy of Daytona Motorsport

 

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