Tuto Super One Series Round 4 Report

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The Super One Series continued it’s season with an annual visit to Whilton Mill. On track were the Cadet, Rotax and X30 classes and ahead of the weekend Whilton had installed new barriers at the last corners with the inside kerb also having work done on it all in preparation.

Those barriers were put into use when Rotax 177 driver Darryl Bray came off in final one at high speed which sent him flying out of the kart. Darryl was carefully put into the back of an ambulance with fear of back injuries but he later walked away from the incident fine. The TDi Media team did manage to catch the accident in slow motion!

Returning to the Super One paddock was Billy Monger. Just a few weeks after having both lower legs amputated Billy was back working for Virtus Motorsport driver coaching the Honda Cadet drivers and his return put a smile on everyone’s face. He is truly inspirational and I don’t know a driver that didn’t want to win for him that weekend. TDi Media caught up with Billy to find out how he was doing.

MSA British Cadet Kart Championship

Matthew Rees took pole position in qualifying in IAME Cadet before Taylor Barnard and Archie Mace took a win a piece in the heats all of which left Barnard on pole for final one.

As the drivers exited the pits for final one rain fell and fairly heavy rain at that! All of which mixed things up for the race ahead, one driver who fell victim to the rain early doors was Rees who spun at turn three dropping back through the field.

Out front Alex Dunne and Barnard were the lead two. Dunne was caught by Barnard who eventually passed him, but Dunne appeared to get back through on the last lap becoming the first driver to beat Barnard in a final in 2017. But all of that hard work was eventually for nothing as Dunne was put to the back as he had his transponder missing meaning Barnard inherited victory. It was a real shame for the Irish man who would now have to fight back in final two.

Behind Rashan Chigorimbo had driven a fantastic race to come through from 16th to 3rd and should have moved up to 2nd post-race but he was disqualified for coming in underweight meaning Max Dodds gained 2nd with the rookie William Macintyre 3rd.

There was drama right at the start of final two with Macintyre suffering mechanical issues before the race event started! At the front Barnard led but on the move was Rees who went off grid 7. He caught and passed Barnard with just a few laps to go and had a lead of 0.4 seconds going on to the last lap.

But Barnard caught the Welsh man and threw one up the inside going into the second part of the boot in one of the moves of the season to keep his unbeaten run going. Behind there was another podium for Freddie Slater who managed to hold off Dodds, whilst Alex Dunne drove the race of the season gaining 26 places to finish 5th. I guess some things happen for a reason…

Taylor Barnard

ABkC Honda Cadet National Championship

After qualifying and three heats heading into finals day it was Archie Brown who would be on pole position with Harvey Charter 2nd and Lucas Ellingham 3rd.

Brown and Charter shared the lead in the early stages of the race, but Global Karting teammates Josh McLean and Ellingham got a break four laps in and took full advantage by working together to break clear out front. Behind Oliver Bearman was recovering from an average Saturday and had gained 10 places to be in 3rd after just six laps.

Up front the battle for the lead went down to the wire saw Ellingham steal victory from McLean on the last lap going into the boot. Bearman was just able to hold on to 3rd from Charter with Brown 5th.

Final two saw a similar situation play out in the early stages of the race. McLean and Ellingham were working together out front with Bearman trying to chase them down. Seven laps in and Bearman had set a new fastest lap as he started to close the gap to the leaders but the race was unfortunately red flagged after an incident involving Ivan Lomliev and Sebastian Bloch. Lomliev was later disqualified with Bloch holding on to his 7th place.

It’s a shame as it stopped what could have been a great fight for victory between McLean, Ellingham and Bearman.

Josh McLean

ABkC Minimax National Championship

Despite a small grid of just four karts in Minimax there was still some good racing in both finals. Tom Adams took the win in final one as well as the fastest lap beating Lewis Gilbert by 2.66 seconds.

Gilbert did look quick in final one and showed that pace in final two with a commanding victory over Tom Adams as he took the fastest lap this time around. Finishing 3rd in both races was Kai Hunter whilst Ben Caisley was 4th

Lewis Gilbert

ABkC Rotax Junior National Championship

Saturday in Junior Rotax was all about Clayton Ravenscroft. The KR Sport driver took wins in both heats to put himself on pole position on final one. Unfortunately, things went wrong for him on Sunday. In final one Clayton had to start from the pits, from there he climbed up to 8th place but was then disqualified for having his front tyres on the wrong way around!

Up front it as a four-kart battle for the lead involving Tyler Chesterton, Bradley Barrett, Jason Lockwood and Ben Burgess. Chesterton did most of the leading despite huge pressure from behind and got his break when Barrett and Lockwood traded places twice in as many laps deep into the second half of the race. From there the Coles Racing driver took the win from Barrett and Burgess.

Final two was a bit more straight forward for Chesterton. He got a perfect start and quickly pulled away from the chasing pack eventually going on to win by 4.20 seconds! Behind there were problems for Barrett, Guy Cunnington and Klaas Kooiker who all found themselves exiting the race after just four laps.

Capitalising on this were Tommy Foster and Lewis Gilbert. Both had made good progress and once they had dropped Isaac Smith and Ben Burgess they had a pretty clear run to the flag.

Tyler Chesterton

ABkC Formula Rotax Max 177 National Championship

Three new drivers in the championship this round saw a rise in the competitiveness of the class with David Griffiths and Dan Bushell the big new additions.

Bushell certainly proved his name on Saturday by taking pole position with James Beacroft continuing his consistence by qualifying 2nd for final one. Championship leader Chris Thomas was surprisingly in 8th place.

Final one was a dramatic one to say the least! Beacroft was hassling race leader Bushell but hit terminal problems on lap ten with his chain appearing to come off. Two laps later and it was Bushell in trouble who had to pit and retire from the race. All of which opened the door for Chris Thomas to take victory.

In final two Thomas took victory over Buster Mepham, but Mepham was disqualified post-race for ‘float arms not in correct position’. From the back row Beacroft and Bushell were charging through the field and managed to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively to claw back come valuable points on Thomas who remains unbeaten in Super One finals.

Chris Thomas

MSA X30 Junior National Championship

The championship leader Louie Westover had a solid set of heats to put himself pole for final one and would be joined on the front row by Reggie Duhy.

However, final one was all about Luke Whitehead. Starting 7th on the grid he worked his way through the field and once he hit the front 14 laps in he went on take a commanding victory setting the fastest laps in the process. Dragan Pinsent was the best of the rest with Morgan Porter 3rd.

In final two both Pinsent and Porter were able to pass Whitehead in the early stages, but despite some passes the lead trio were able to break clear of Duhy and Westover behind. Clearly with a plan for the race, Whitehead eventually made his moves on Porter and Pinsent to take the lead back 12 laps in and immediately pulled a half a second lead setting a new fastest lap.

With around five laps to go it appeared Whitehead was hitting exhaust problems and in an unfortunate end to the race his exhaust detached just half a lap from the flag. The loss of power saw Pinsent and Porter come through to take 1st and 2nd whilst, despite finishing 3rd, Whitehead was disqualified from the race.

That promoted Duhy to 3rd who did well to pull away from Westover.

Dragan Pinsent

MSA X30 Senior National Championship

After a tough start to the championship this weekend had been a long time coming from Oliver Hodgson and it started with pole and two heat wins!

It’s no surprise that in final one the form continued with Hodgson breaking clear out front. Danny Keirle was able to stay within two seconds of the PFI driver at the flag and next along was Joe Turney. Another driver trying to recover from a bad start to the season! Rounding out the top five was Thomas Turner and William Pettitt.

Final two was a similar story from Hodgson’s point of view, the only difference this time was his race winning gap. It had risen from 1.73 seconds to an impressive 4.74 seconds! Part of that was certainly helped with Turney passing Keirle, Turney had to defend in the last couple of laps.

Behind Elliot Harvey finished in 4th place with Turner in 5th despite pressure from Mark Kimber. One of the stand out performers was Gus Lawrence who gained 23 places to finish 11th.

Oliver Hodgson


ABkC Honda Cadet National Championship

Final 1 (15 laps): 1 Lucas Ellingham (Zip); 2 Joshua McLean (Synergy); 3 Oliver Bearman (Project One); 4 Harvey Charter (Zip); 5 Archie Brown (Synergy); 6 Theo Micouris (Zip)
Final 2 (7 laps): 1 McLean; 2 Ellingham; 3 Bearman; 4 Brown; 5 Daniel Guinchard (Project One); 6 Connor Clifford (Project One)

Championship Standings

1 Brown 547
2 McLean 514
3 Charter 505
4 Alfie Rigby (BRK) 495
5 Ellingham 494
6 Coskun Irfan (Synergy) 482

MSA British Cadet Kart Championship

Final 1 (14 laps): 1 Taylor Barnard (Synergy); 2 Maxwell Dodds (Tonykart); 3 William McIntyre (Synergy); 4 Aiden Neate (Zip); 5 Freddie Slater (Synergy); 6 Christopher Draper (Tonykart)
Final 2 (15 laps): 1 Barnard; 2 Matthew Rees (Zip); 3 Slater; 4 Dodds; 5 Alex Dunne (Synergy); 6 Draper

Championship Standings

1 Barnard 584
2 Rees 540
3 Slater 515
4 Dodds 493
5 Dunne 488
6 Luke Watts (Synergy) 482

MSA X30 Junior National Championship

Final 1 (17 laps): 1 Luke Whitehead (Compkart); 2 Dragan Pinsent (Exprit); 3 Morgan Porter (Tonykart); 4 Louie Westover (Kosmic); 5 Reggie Duhy (Compkart); 6 Sean Butcher (Tonykart)
Final 2 (17 laps): 1 Pinsent; 2 Porter; 3 Duhy; 4 Westover; 5 Jonny Wilkinson (Tonykart); 6 Caden McQueen (Mad-Croc)

Championship Standings

1 Westover 557
2 Wilkinson 539
3 Duhy 529
4 Butcher 525
5 Porter 509
6 Pinsent 491

Luke Whitehead

MSA X30 Senior National Championship

Final 1 (17 laps): 1 Oliver Hodgson (Birel ART); 2 Danny Keirle (Fullerton); 3 Joe Turney (Kosmic); 4 Thomas Turner (Tonykart); 5 William Pettitt (Tonykart); 6 Luke Hughes (Mach 1)
Final 2 (17 laps): 1 Hodgson; 2 Turney; 3 Keirle; 4 Elliot Harvey (Alonso); 5 Lewis Malin (CompKart); 6 Turner

Championship Standings

1 Keirle 578
2 Turner 540
3 Harvey 509
4 Brett Ward (Alonso) 496
5 James Johnson (Alonso) 476
6 Levi King (Tonykart) 469

Danny Keirle

ABkC Minimax National Championship

Final 1 (15 laps): 1 Tom Adams (Tonykart); 2 Lewis Gilbert (Tonykart); 3 Kai Hunter (Kosmic); 4 Ben Caisley (Tonykart)
Final 2 (16 laps): 1 Gilbert; 2 Adams; 3 Hunter; 4 Caisley

Championship Standings

1 Hunter 567
2 Gilbert 539
3 Adams 526
4 Caisley 496
5 Van Knapton (Alonso) 342
6 Owen Johnson (Tonykart) 341

ABkC Junior Max National Championship

Final 1 (17 laps): 1 Tyler Chesterton (Tonykart); 2 Bradley Barrett (Tonykart); 3 Ben Burgess (Tonykart); 4 Guy Cunnington (Tonykart); 5 Tommy Foster (Tonykart); 6 Isaac Smith (Tonykart)
Final 2 (17 laps): 1 Chesterton; 2 Foster; 3 Lewis Gilbert (Tonykart); 4 Smith; 5 Burgess; 6 Cameron Thompson (Kosmic)

Championship Standings

1 Chesterton 545
2 Rhys Hunter (Kosmic) 514
3 Barrett 494
4 Finlay Bunce (Kosmic) 474
5 James Lowther (Tonykart) Points
6 Cunnington 467

ABkC Formula Rotax 177 National Championship

Final 1 (17 laps): 1 Chris Thomas (Tonykart); 2 Tony Dickinson (Gillard); 3 Buster Mepham (Kosmic); 4 Gary Anderson (Exprit); 5 David Griffiths (GMS); 6 Jamie McGeoghan (GMS)
Final 2 (17 laps): 1 Thomas; 2 Mepham; 3 James Beacroft (Kosmic); 4 Dan Bushell (Gillard); 5 Dickinson; 6 Anderson

Championship Standings

1 Thomas 377
2 Beacroft 365
3 Dickinson 355
4 Marcus Bazley (Tonykart) 338
5 Darren Rich (Exprit) 325
6 McGeoghan 325

Written by Chris McCarthy / Mary-Ann Horley

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & Stu Stretton

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