Scotland and Northern Ireland Race Review

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Grampian Kart Club Boyndie Drome Open Challenge, 9th March
Lively racing at Boyndie’s independent meeting, especially from the new Prokart class bringing together new and experienced drivers.

The first round of the Boyndie Drome Open Challenge took place at the Banff circuit on Sunday 9th March. Dry, still conditions greeted the drivers on the day. From pole position, Abbie Munro led the Honda Cadets away followed by Craig Mann, Aidan Welch, Jonathan Edwards and Ben MacLeod. Munro soon opened up a gap and went onto take a comfortable victory. Early casualty was Edwards who retired because of a faulty engine mount on lap five. Mann and Welch remained in close contention throughout the race and Mann won the sprint to the chequered flag. Ben McLeod came home 4th ahead of Logan Mann, Ben Burnett and Callum Meldrum. After two false starts in Junior Rotax the front row was put to the back of the grid.

This left Cameron McPhee on pole and Reece Gillan in second spot. The third attempt was go and by start of the second lap at gate corner Shaun Davidson took the lead. He soon opened a large gap before taking the victory. McPhee was holding off Robbie Souter for the first seven laps and at Seafield Complex, Souter made a move to the inside and touched McPhee causing a half spin. Souter took 2nd and took the position at the chequered flag. McPhee caught the spin and came home 3rd. Gillan finished 4th with Conner Matthew, 5th.

The new blue livered Prokarts were only in their second outing. Adrian Brodie convincingly won the B final. The A final was to be a closely contested race throughout. On the first lap there were three leaders and as they crossed the line for the first time it was Jack Gordon from Ryan Cannon and Mark Wyness with the order completely changed on lap 2. As the race settled down the front five drew away from the pack. Daniel Borton was leading on lap 4 but by lap 6 Wyness was back in front. Cannon took the lead on the following lap and was to hold the position to the chequered flag for victory. Mark Wyness came home a close 2nd from Borton, Jack Gordon and Michael Ogilvie. The Senior Rotax final got under way and within two laps a light shower of rain made things greasy.

The poleman, Tony Strachan, led away closely followed by Connor Wilson, Grant Cheesewright, Ross Shearer, Lewis Rae and Liam Souter. Ross Shearer gained 3rd place at the half way point. Strachan took the victory with Wilson 2nd, and Shearer and Cheesewright were next up. Neil Anderson took the early lead from Derek Kinghorn and Ian Duncan in KZ then Duncan moved to 2nd on lap 2. Anderson spun in the Seafield Complex, dropping him down the order. Duncan took the lead and the victory. Leon Beda closed on Derek Kinghorn but the later held the position to take 2nd with Beda 3rd. Anderson recovered to 4th ahead of John Robertson.