Round 7, Shenington, 21st September
Jewiss wins but Wood seizes the initiative
“What happened to the last lap board?” That was a question most of the LGM finalists were asking after an eventful race in which positions had changed with remarkable speed. There had been no electronic clock informing drivers of the elapsed time and nothing else to indicate that they were embarking upon their final lap. Race winner Kiern Jewiss was clearly taken by surprise when the chequered flag came out and he almost forgot to slow down. It meant that, for once, we had a final lap conducted at normal race pace as the leaders hadn’t realised it was time to drive defensively. “Maybe we should forget about last lap boards at all of our rounds in future,” quipped organiser, Mike Mills.
Faced with a very taxing schedule the Shenington Club had decided to run a couple of Heats on Saturday afternoon. Kiern Jewiss won the first one ahead of Ben Wooldridge and Joe Turney. It was Lewis Thompson who caught the eye in this one, however, setting the fastest lap time as he moved up to 6th spot from grid 23. Heat 2 produced a very tight finish as Jonny Edgar claimed the win just a yard or so ahead of Zac Robertson and Tom Wood. Edgar stunned everyone the following morning when he won Heat 3 from grid 26. He was followed home in this one by Brandon Martland and Tom Wood, It looked as though Jonny was heading for a hat trick of victories when he caught and passed the Heat 4 leader Josh Rafferty. However, Rafferty stayed with him and pulled off a last gasp manoeuvre that also allowed Finlay Bunce through into 2nd spot.
Next time out it was Turney who celebrated victory by a couple of yards from Dexter Patterson. Teddy Wilson got the verdict for 3rd place in a photo finish with Bunce. That placed Edgar on pole for the Final alongside Wood. Owen Bya occupied 3rd slot, his best starting position to date, with Jewiss on grid 4. Immediately behind were Thompson and Bunce, followed by Wooldridge and Turney. Joshua Rattican, Lucas Nannetti, Mathew Hunt and Joe Willoughby qualified via the “B” Final following a tense battle with no less than six karts finishing virtually together. Maxwell Dodds and Owen Johnson were the unlucky losers on this occasion Edgar assumed an immediate lead in the “A” Final, closely followed by Wood. Jewiss took 3rd place away from Byatt, with Thompson, Bunce, Turney and Wooldridge fighting over 5th position. Edgar and Wood were trying to work together to pull out a gap, but the strong headwind thwarted their efforts.
Consequently for much of this race we had a dozen or more karts circulating en masse. After four laps, Thompson hit the front only to be replaced by Jewiss shortly afterwards. Wood moved up into 2nd spot ahead of Edgar as Thompson dropped down to 7th. Just after half distance Wood took over the lead as Jewiss fell back to 4th place behind Edgar and Byatt .Zac Robertson had started this race from 11th on the grid, but he soon made his way up to 4th. Edgar once again decided to lead for a couple of laps before being overtaken by Jewiss. Halfway into the chicane, Edgar sustained a hefty whack on his rear bumper that knocked him down to 9th place. Byatt then moved up to 2nd, challenging hard for the lead before he also was knocked out of contention with less than a lap remaining. Robertson inherited 2nd spot and suddenly Jewiss could enjoy a breather as the gap stretched to 10 yards. The chequered flag caught everyone by surprise as it welcomed Jewiss home ahead of Robertson, Wood and Thompson.
Turney, Rafferty, Edgar, Patterson, Martland and Wooldridge made up the top tenTeddy Wilson had arrived at Shenington with a championship lead of 2 points. However, the wizardry he’d displayed at Kimbolton nine weeks earlier appeared to desert him.The newly crowned British Champion struggled for pace and could only manage 11th position. Tom Wood’s 3rd place fi nish here gives him a 7 points cushion over Wilson and he will go to PF as the championship favourite.