Rissington – 23rd/24th April 2016
Last weekend saw the Super One Championship head to the Rissington circuit in the Cotswolds for the second round of the 2016 series. The Iame Cadet and Rotax classes were back for their second round, but for the X30 classes this would be the start of their season. A guest class was also welcomed in the shape of Rotax 177 who make their return to Super One after a few years’ absence.
Rissington is a very flowing circuit and one that always provides for plenty of overtaking and great racing. The mixed weather led to some dramatic finals, which made for a great watch! It was great to also see the TDi Media crew there to capture all the action, which will be aired on Motors TV in three weeks’ time.
The IAME Cadet Final 2 could be argued as the best race of the weekend with the heavens opening part way through the race and the majority of drivers on slicks. Joshua Rattican started on pole with his teammate Jonny Wilkinson alongside and round one winner Harry Thompson just behind in 3rd. There were many places changed throughout the race, with action happening up and down the order. Thompson got straight into the lead from the start and held it for nine laps before GP plate holder, Taylor Barnard took charge and then victory, after making his way up through the field from 21st on the grid!
Barnard’s teammate Alex Simmonds took 2nd from 23rd on the grid an outstanding drive from a driver who continues to impress in 2016! That made it a dominant result for the AIM Motorsport team. Joseph Taylor took the last spot on the podium after a tough weekend with penalties coming his way in the heats on Saturday. Reggie Duhy also had a race to remember coming home in a very impressive 4th all the way from the back row of the grid! Valuable points after a very average opening round.
A mention has to go to the KMS team who did a fantastic job to lock out the front row with Wilkinson and Rattican for the televised final. If AIM and Fusion think this is a two horse race they should think again!
As mentioned in our ‘Rissington preview’ Jenson Butterfield would not have been satisfied with his round one results and he certainly seemed to carry that extra determination into Round two. He won both heats on Saturday making him a firm favourite for Sunday’s finals. Unsurprisingly he dominated Final one, beating KR Sport driver Dexter Patterson by 6.6 seconds. However Final 2 was a slightly different story with Patterson and Rufus Hunt, who made a brilliant start from 10th, both on his tail. Butterfield didn’t crack under the pressure though and crossed the line first, Patterson finished where he started in 2nd despite his battle with Hunt.
Hunt should have finished in 3rd but a post race penalty for his bumper put him back to 14th. This promoted Tom Canning to 3rd who had been recovering from a tough weekend.
If you were a betting man you’d be a fool to go against the KR Sport drivers going into Sunday’s finals. Their drivers Joe Turney and Johnathan Hoggard had no competition on Saturday taking a 1-2 in every heat. However, Sunday was a different story. Turney took the win in Final one but Hoggard dropped to 3rd once William Pettitt got in the mix, we now found ourselves with a similar situation to round one.
Hoggard got a good start to take the lead in Final 2 and a battle between the two teammates and Pettitt resulted in an exciting race at the front. Hoggard unfortunately dropped to 9th on lap 12 leaving Turney and Pettitt to fight for the win. Pettitt eventually took the win with Turney in 2nd and Rookie driver Luke Ide finished a close 3rd.
Saturday was all about Coles driver, Josh Whites after dominating both qualifying and the heats! Although things took a turn in final one on Sunday. Harrison Thomas took the win ahead of James Johnson and Jack McCarthy. McCarthy made a great start to the televised race and took the lead for a lap, before dropping back down the pack to 5th. It was yet another close affair at the front of the Senior race!
Thomas looked as though he was going to take the win in Final two, but White made a last lap move which came off and he took his second win of the season! Josh Collings finished 2nd with James Johnson 3rd.
There’s no other way to describe last weekend in the 177 class than the ‘Daniel Martin’ show. Why? Well he was never really anywhere other then the lead and when he wasn’t leading he was setting fastest laps. He dominated the whole weekend, with the exception of heat one where he was 7 laps down, but he still set the fastest lap of the race. Martin started 3rd for Final one but was leading by the third lap and that’s where he would stay, taking the flag five seconds in front of Jamie Mcgeoghan. Final 2 was a very straight forward race for the front three drivers, Martin took the win by 4.6 seconds, followed by Mcgeoghan and Gary Anderson who took the last place of the podium. Gary Cox had a brilliant drive from last to 4th.
As mentioned Rissington was the opening round for both X30 classes and it was great to see the entry numbers up in both classes from last year.
Gordon Mutch was perhaps the surprise package of the weekend. He never got a mention in our preview but the Scot was on scintillating form all weekend and started on pole for Final two. He wouldn’t stay there long though as Angus Fender’s, excellent start saw him quickly leading the grid of 14 drivers. It wasn’t an easy race for Fender as Mutch was on his tail the majority of the first half of the final, but Fender held on to take the chequered flag ahead of Mutch and Fenders team mate, Ethan Pitt in 3rd.
Alicia Goundry, just out of cadets, showed her raw talent throughout the weekend, finishing 4th in the final, from 9th. But an unfortunate bumper penalty put her back to 7th. She also took the “Girl Power” trophy for being the highest placed female driver of the weekend.
Mutch and Pitt are currently locked together at the top of the championship table after being consistent all weekend. Fender and Jake Douglas are joint 3rd only five points behind.
Last years Rotax Max Championship, Sam Marsh came out the blocks the fastest in Senior X30 with two wins in the heats on Saturday. He carried this form into Sunday where he picked up Final one victory.
The start of Final two saw Scott Mackrell get away the best as he took the lead in the first lap. There was close racing between the top half of the order which made for some great racing despite the poor weather conditions! Mackrell was able to bring the win home for Coles racing making it their second of the afternoon. DHR claimed 2nd and 3rd with drivers Marsh and Josh Collings. Marsh currently leads the championship with 194 points.
Mackrell only entered the championship last week, I bet there are drivers wishing he never turned up!
The next round of Super One takes place at Glan-Y-Gors in North Wales on the 14th & 15th of May with the IAME Cadet, Honda Cadet, Junior TKM, Junior X30, TKM Extreme, Senior X30 and KZ1 classes all present.
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Report written by Bethanie Lawson
Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix