Rugby Kart Club Rounds 9 & 10 Report

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Daytona Tamworth

As RKC approached the halfway point in the 2016 season, the classes were at their closest since the season started. Overcast conditions for the event stayed that way, as the weather held off for one day only. The karts were nowhere near the standard that we enjoyed in the first visit of 2016, with a reported 3 second difference between some of them. This gave way to odd results.


Andrew Strike claimed pole for the LW class, who raced separately to the other classes due to increased numbers and not enough karts to cover the whole field. The disparity in the karts meant Strike was able to win by 18 seconds come the chequered flag for the first race, with guest driver Paul Cox finishing second and Karl Spencer in 3rd. Daytona chose, for the first time in RKC history there, to reverse the grids. So it fell to the lovely Terry Keefe to win in style and get his first gold medal in the championship. Spencer took runner up spot while Ross Barnacle took third place. Paul Cox chose to relinquish his second place from race one as he didn’t want to interfere with the standings, which was a lovely gesture. This gave Spencer second place in race 1 and Ross 3rd place. At the top of the standings, Strike now has a 15 point lead on dropped scores from Karl.

Top 5 (On Drops):

Andrew Strike: 151
Karl Spencer: 136
Ross Barnacle: 96
Bob Moss: 81
Chris Pease: 65


Tony Jessop won the first race in the MW class, who were joined on the grid by the HW class. He backed this up with a second place in Race 2 to keep him in the top 5 overall.  Jason Whittle won Race 2, and managed 5th place in the first race. Andrew Spencer, Championship leader, had a bad run with the karts but still managed to hold the lead of the championship by 29 points on drops. Trevor Hansford took 3rd place in Race 1, while Mark Mason, in only his second RKC meeting, took 3rd place in Race 2.

Top 5 (On Drops):

Andrew Spencer: 143
Trevor Hansford: 114
Jason Whittle: 98
Jordan Taylor: 73
Tony Jessop: 73


Matthew Spencer played a Joker card and won the first race of the day, doubling his win to 50 points to extend his lead on Chris Cheetham. Cheetham had a shocking kart for the first race, finishing dead last against every other driver on the track. He got revenge though, starting on pole for the reverse grid race and never looking back. He played a Joker in Race 2 which meant the only advantage Spencer got was 12 points as he finished 2nd in Race 2. Spencer leads by 20 points on drops. Neil Graham and Paul Malin, who got his mojo back after a dismal (by his own terms) showing at Whilton last month, had decent results; Graham holds 3rd place comfortably for now, with Malin 4th. Andrew Fellows nearly quit but was bribed by Cheetham to race, and he didn’t disappoint. Taking 3rd place in Race 1, he followed it up with a 5th place in Race 2.

Top 5 (On Drops):

Matthew Spencer: 193
Chris Cheetham: 173
Neil Graham: 115
Paul Malin: 96
Andrew Fellows: 77

The next round is 23rd July at Sutton Circuit for more info.

Report by Chris Cheetham


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