Rugby Kart Club Rounds 11 & 12 Report

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Sutton Circuit in Leicester hosted the first rounds after the halfway point in the season, and with dry weather at the circuit it was set to be a great day. The first race, round 11, was to be run clockwise as normal, with round 12 switching directions and running anti-clockwise.


Andrew Strike and Karl Spencer resumed their rivalry at the top of the standings, and the gap closed to just 2 points in Strike’s favour after he had a bit of a bad run in both races. Spencer managed a win in the second race, while Paul Cox, who raced at Tamworth last time out but chose to drop his scores won the first race on a track he’d never even seen before, let alone driven on. Such is the friendly nature of the club, advice was given to him on braking points etc and he utilised all the info given to take that win.

Top 5 after drops:

Andrew Strike: 181
Karl Spencer: 179
Ross Barnacle: 118
Bob Moss: 95
James Curtis: 82


Trevor Hansford was missing from this round due to complications with his illness suffered earlier in the year, so it was left to Andrew Spencer to romp away and take both wins. This gives Spencer a 61 point lead over Hansford. Jason Whittle in third place in the standings managed a 3rd and 4th place to hold on to that place, While Tony Jessop closed up by 3 points after claiming a second place in the first race. Mark Mason, who only started racing with the club from rounds 7 & 8, is already up to fifth in the standings and is still mathematically in with a chance of taking third spot by the end of the season.

Top 5 after drops:

Andrew Spencer: 193
Trevor Hansford: 132
Jason Whittle: 125
Tony Jessop: 103
Mark Mason: 80


Matthew Spencer extended his lead over Chris Cheetham at the top to 37 points by taking both wins in the HW class. Neil Graham played a joker in the first race to double up the points for 4th place. Graham struggled a little running anti-clockwise as he had never raced this direction in the dry. Paul Malin struggled yet further and Lou Aracsi, fifth at the moment, could spring a surprise come the end of the year to take fourth spot, and there are only 20 points between them.

Top 5 after drops:

Matthew Spencer: 243
Chris Cheetham: 206
Neil Graham: 149
Paul Malin: 110
Lou Aracsi: 90

The next event with Rugby Kart Club is their annual 6 Hour Endurance, run at Whilton Mill, on 6th August.

The next event for RKC itself will be rounds 13 & 14 at Whilton Mill on 20th August, running on the National circuit for the final visit of 2016.

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Report by Chris Cheetham

Video courtesy of Tibor Polacsek


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