Round 6 Llandow, 17th August 2014
South Wales was still feeling the effects of Hurricane Bertha as the Easykart competitors assembled for Round 6 of the championship in pouring rain. Set up and tyre management would make for an interesting day.
With the conditions beginning to improve but the circuit still far from dry Trott was determined not to get caught in second but it was Mace who made the better start to take the lead. Joe Paterson made a demon start and was rapidly making up ground. Trott harried Mace all the way round the first lap and made the better exit out of the final turn to swoop by into the lead at the chicane. Paterson was also looking to find a way by. Trott continued to stretch his advantage but as he came down the back straight his engine let go and he coasted into early retirement and an end to his days racing. Mace inherited the lead but not for long as Paterson slipped by at the first chicane. Mace wasn’t about to give up though and continued to attack at every opportunity. Paterson wasn’t to be beaten though and took the flag just ahead of Mace and a flying Roland Breadner.
Masters A final
Joe Paterson led the field away from pole and with the conditions improving rapidly and his set up finally sorted he put in a drive which showed just why he is the Championship leader. He moved steadily away from the pack to record a resounding win and strengthen his Championship advantage. Mace gave valiant chase but couldn’t get his tyres to come in until it was too late to mount a serious challenge. Nevertheless it had been a good day for him as he gained valuable points. Breadner took third. With Paterson well out front but not out of sight it’s looking like a three way fight for second between Churchill, Mace and Trott.
Drama right at the start as poleman Jenman pulled off the circuit with electrical trouble leaving Lay to lead the field round the first tour. Ingram held second but had Robert Newman hard on his tail. Dimelow had made a poor getaway and dropped to sixth but was looking very feisty in his efforts to ascend the order. Lay continued at the front but on lap 9 Newman dived through at the chicane to take the lead. Also looking strong was Massey, beginning to drive like a champion elect and harassing Ben Yeomans for fourth. At the front meantime Lay grabbed the lead back from Newman with two laps to run. A lead he then held all the way to the flag with Newman just a Kart length adrift in second followed by Dimelow, Yeomans and Massey.
Lightweight A Final
Lay lead away from pole with Dimelow up to second from Newman. At the back Jenman, his Kart maladies cured, was really on the move, up to fifteenth by the end of lap1. Lay continued to lead but experienced major understeer and on lap 5 Dimelow slipped by into the lead. It was the beginning of a steady descent for Lay as his handling worsened and he became a sitting duck down the straights. He would eventually finish twelfth. By half distance Massey had finally made his way to the front ahead of Dimelow but all eyes were on the flying Jenman up to an incredible fourth. Sadly his heroics had rooted his tyres and he would advance no further. At the flag then it was Massey followed by Dimelow, Newman and Jenman. Massey continues to lead the championship with Jenman in second place.
A smaller entry than usual due to the holidays but it didn’t detract from the quality of the racing despite the atrocious weather.
Junior pre Final
The track had at last dried out. Faulkner led away from pole but Hawkey was beaten into the first corner by Murchison. Collins was holding fourth from a charging Elliott Webb and Mitchell White. At the front though Faulkner continued to pull away as Murchison and Hawkey disputed second but then on lap 5 Hawkey appeared on her own. Murchison was out at the bottom of the circuit with a displaced chain. A comfortable win for Faulkner with Hawkey a distant second ahead of White in third.
Junior A final
Faulkner again led the field away but Hawkey made no mistake this time and slotted into second ahead of White. Faulkner led for the first three laps with Hawkey in close attendance and looking for a way by which she finally achieved on the run down to the final turn. Further back Murchison was well on the pace after his pre-final drama and making up several places. At the flag though it was Hawkey who took a well deserved win from Faulkner with Murchison a distant third.
Sam Faulkner remains at the head of the championship table from Esme Hawkey. These two were the class of the field at Llandow but Jenson Murchison and James White are not out of contention.
Cadet Pre Final
A great race this one turned out to be. Barlow led away from pole but this time the chasing pack never gave him any respite. First Stansfield and then Anker made moves but Barlow defended manfully until lap 10 when Anker braked just a fraction later to take the lead at the final corner. Barlow wasn’t about to settle for second however and two laps later he was back at the front. Anker was now under pressure from Stansfield for second allowing Barlow to pull a gap. With one to go Stansfield dived inside Anker at the bottom of the circuit to take second. It was a move which forced Anker to run wide and lose precious momentum and he was unable to mount any sort of comeback. Barlow ran out the winner with Stansfield second and an aggrieved Anker third.
Cadet A final
Once again it was Barlow away from pole with Anker grabbing second from Stansfield who was in turn passed by Evans, Fox and Huntley. Evans was in real attack mode and on lap 8 took Anker for second at the final turn. It was not to last though as Anker grabbed the place back at the bottom of the circuit. Barlow still led, just, but it was still anyone’s race. Huntley was pressing Evans hard for third with Stansfield also back in contention. As the race wound down the front four circulated almost line astern until the final turn on each lap when it became anyone’s guess as to who would come out ahead. Great racing!. At the flag though it was Barlow who again took the win after a very mature drive from the feisty Anker, Huntley and Stansfield. George Evans was the leading novice taking a well judged fifth from a charging Charlotte Fox.
Harry Barlow takes a healthy lead in to the next round after great drives under pressure. Euan Johnson remains in second despite a poor day at Llandow but Tyrone Stansfield, Scott Huntley and Georgie Anker are now closing in.