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Super One hopefuls swell grids at Rowrah, while MBKC and SYKC grids continue to look strong

Cumbria Kart Racing Club Championship Round 2 ABkC Super Four National Championship for KZ2 Round 1 Rowrah, 9th March

Many of the Rotax Super One hopefuls were running at Rowrah in March, gathering data for the first round there at the end of April. In the wet final Junior Rotax final Jack McCarthy made best use of his inside 3rd place starting position to take the lead early on and pull away from Finlay Hutchinson who had followed him through. Tom Gamble was coming through though and in the closing stages he took 2nd and Hutchinson dropped to 5th.

Gamble took a second out of McCarthy’s lead on the last lap but by then he was 6s ahead. In Senior Nathan Aston was the final winner after pushing Glear for the first two thirds of the race. Brett Ward had been on pole after two 2nds in the heats and dropped to 4th at the start but came back to 3rd after passing Joseph Reilly with three laps to go. Dean Macdonald led the Minimax final most of the way with Alex Quinn never far behind and even taking the lead briefly on the penultimate lap. Lucas Vaus had been 2nd early on but had been defeated by Quinn, although he wasn’t far behind in 3rd at the flag. It was Round 1 of the Super Four series for KZ2 and entries included recent Indycar signing Jack Hawksworth, as well as reigning TKM Extreme champion Will Van Es and KZ stalwarts James Glenister and Sam Moore.

1Hawksworth won all three heats and the final only headed when Glenister got ahead at the start. Glenister kept Hawksworth’s lead to a second or less while under constant pressure from Van Es. In IAME Cadet Jonny Edgar led the first half while Lewis Thompson was bearing down on him. Thompson passed and pulled away while Edgar fought with Teddy Wilson and Kiern Jewiss and eventually regained 2nd while Jewiss lost out and ended up 12th. Matthew Hopcraft started the Honda Cadet final from pole but after leading for six laps was overtaken by Harry Thompson in an attack that left him several seconds down. Behind the leaders there were battles between Jenson Butterfield, Thomas Pegram, Keaton Samra and Oliver Clarke before Clarke took 2nd ahead of Pegram at the end. Kyle Hornby won the Junior TKM Final with a substantial lead over Cameron Fisher after Joe Taylor had been 2nd early in the race.

Manchester & Buxton Kart Club Championship Round 2 & NKRA Blue Challenge (Scotland & Northern) Round 1 Three Sisters, 23rd February

The second MBKC meeting of the year was joined by the NKRA Blue Challenge as well as the racing debut of the Junior KGP engine. In IAME & Honda Cadet Joe Willoughby won the final by working his way through to the front of the lead pack, just 0.06s ahead of Thomas Westworth at the flag with Billy Vassilev four tenths behind in 3rd after gaining six places. Tom Waddington took the lead on lap 4 of Minimax and pulled away by 4s leaving Tom Geaney and Jamie Sharp in his wake.

Mike Woodside led all the way through in Senior Blue ahead of Brian Lees and Ross Adamson who had both passed Craig Daly. There were two Junior Blues and two Junior KGPs, with Sam Faulkner and Nathan Wells respectively the winners. Jake Anderson had a good first lap in Junior Rotax, taking the lead from 3rd and going on to win but there was nothing to choose between him and Lewis Brien and Daniel Youd once they had passed poleman Matthew Cowley. Two Senior KGPs started on the back of the Senior Rotax grid which turned out to be a mistake as they steadily overtook the entire field with F4 champion Jake Hughes winning. The Rotax winner was Max Bladon after an early-race tussle with Phil Smith.

2South Yorkshire Kart Club Championship Round 1 & Winter Series Round 5 Wombwell, 9th March
Words by Mary-Ann Horley. Photo by Sean Smith

As the summer series started at Wombwell there was an increase in entries and decent grids in most classes. In Senior Rotax James Lingard won two heats and Ryan Turner one but the final winner was Stephen Burdass 0.16s ahead of Benji Baulk with Lingard retiring after a couple of laps. Brendan Pattison and Thomas Wood took the Junior Rotax heats and Wood the final finishing 1.6s ahead of Joe Stables then Bailey Hansford. Joe Beecroft, Archie Kitching and James Taylor won the wide open combined Cadet heats but Taylor ran away with the final to finish 4s ahead of the pack which was led by Jenson Parker from Callum Hattersley.

In Minimax the relatively inexperienced Jamie-Lea Hawley won the first heat, Adam Batty the second and third, then Mason Walker took the final win by a massive 11.65s from Hawley. Justin Clarke and Peter Sharrocks shared the X30 heat wins and Sharrocks won the final ahead of Clarke and Jack France.