Rugby Kart Club Rounds 7 & 8 Report

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The fourth meeting of the 2016 season, Rounds 7 & 8, took place on the International circuit at Whilton Mill. We were greeted with a warm, dry day. A complete contrast to the wet opening rounds we had here in February. A record 38 drivers turned up to race with us, as the club continues to grow.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

The Lightweight class suddenly got blown wide open at Whilton, with leader Karl Spencer struggling for the second meeting in succession and allowing nearest rival Andrew Strike to grab the honours in the first race. Newcomer Scott Clenaghan claimed the win in the second race. Spencer scraped a second and fourth place but on dropped scores, he is now 11 points behind Strike in the standings. Ross Barnacle has shown he is also one to keep an eye on for the rest of the season after taking second place in the first race and followed it up with a great third place. The first race was a close battle for the whole 20 minutes, as you can see in this YouTube video from Andrew Strike’s view.

Standings (Counting Drops)

1st – Andrew Strike – 111 points
2nd – Karl Spencer – 100 points
3rd – Bob Moss – 67 points
4th – Ross Barnacle – 66 points
5th – James Curtis – 44 points

MEDIUMWEIGHTS

Jordan Taylor took his first win of 2016 in the first race after a close battle with Andrew Spencer. The positions were reversed for the second race, with Spencer taking the win ahead of Taylor. Tony Jessop claimed third place in both races. One double points Joker was played in the first race by Noel Uhure, but as he finished outside the top 10 and failed to score, it was a wasted effort.

Standings (Counting Drops)

1st – Andrew Spencer – 100 points
2nd – Trevor Hansford – 89 points
3rd – Jordan Taylor – 73 points
4th – Jason Whittle – 61 points
5th – Nigel Brown – 44 points

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Matt Spencer took the lead of the HW class from Chris Cheetham at this meeting, after playing a winning Joker in the first race and following it up with another win in the second race. Cheetham struggled, defending second place until 2 laps from the end when Neil Graham snatched it from him. The second race started badly, with Cheetham dropping to seventh place by the end of lap 1 but he clawed his way back to fourth. Lou Aracsi made only his second appearance of 2016, and took second place in race 2. Neil followed second place up with third.

Standings (Counting Drops)

1st – Matthew Spencer – 125 points
2nd – Chris Cheetham – 108 points
3rd – Neil Graham – 88 points
4th – Paul Malin – 66 points
5th – Andrew Fellows – 52 points

Report by Chris Cheetham

 

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