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Round 9 of Red Lodge Karting’s Formula 270 was very cold under the flood lights with 23 drivers divided into two groups contesting 3 Heats out of 5. The random grids in this round make for exciting first few laps but it was Andy Cornish who finished first, a healthy 3 seconds in front of Alex Thomas in second and Robert Page on his F270 debut. In Heat 2 Charlie Machin also on his F270 debut, and was fastest in Heat 1 managed to beat the traffic this time and finish first, with second placed George Parker and third placed Jake Taplin rounding out a top 3 that was less than a second apart.
Lewis Nurse finished Heat 3, his first heat of the night in 1st with David Lask taking an impressive second place as a 90kg+ driver. Paul Turland made his best finish of the season in third. In Heat 4 Andy Cornish made a habit of winning again in his second heat but this time the second placed Robert Page was much closer (less than half a second) and George Parker grabbing third. Heat 5 George Parker took the win meaning he was the only driver to finish on the podium in every heat. Lewis Nurse took second and Charlie Machin finishing third.
On the night it was Andy Cornish (80kg) who finished first overall by just one point to George Parker in second. Lewis Nurse helped his championship hopes out with third (or second in the lightweight category) and Charlie Machin third for the lightweights. Steven Thornley took second in the 80kgs with Jono Holland missing out by 2 points in third. With his second place finish in Heat 3 David Lask was 5 points clear in the 90kg category from second place man Jason Aviles with Charlie Tatum 3 points behind in third.
Championship wise it looks almost certain the Lewis Nurse will clinch his first F270 title. He needs 24 points to take it from Andy Cornish who has a mathematical if he wins all 3. But that requires Lewis not to finish higher than 12th. Andy is almost certain to take the 80kg crown though. Second place is separated by just one point between Aaron Lask and Bob Willis. After picking up a penalty in his last Heat Ryan Baker is exactly 10 points short of being mathematically in with a chance so David Lask retains his 90kg title. The next round the circuit is reversed though so previous form is not a guarantee of how the rest of the championship places will finish.
Report by Jono Holland
Images courtesy of Jono Holland