South Yorkshire race report

October at Wombwell is the Cock O’ North meeting for South Yorkshire Kart Club, with highly distinctive pot cockerels trophies for the winners.

Everyone waking up to a foggy morning hoping the sun would break through and clear the skies, thankfully the skies cleared sufficiently to allow racing, but with the days changing conditions choice of tyres and pressures would be important. Fortunately the skies were much clearer for the first final – Honda Cadets, with novices outnumbering the more experienced drivers could there be a surprise. With an altercation between 2 of the leaders it was up to Connor Garner to uphold the honour of the experienced against novices, it was certainly no easy drive as Jajay Cook broke away from the Holdsworth’s (Daniel & Gracie)in pursuit of Garner. Garner celebrating in style as he crossed the line and with Cook and Daniel Holdsworth taking 2nd & 3rd respectively they also claimed the novice trophies. IAME cadets were on track next, grids continue to grow, long may the trend continue, and we had 3 returnees in James Taylor, Joe Beecroft and Josh Rattican to challenge the regulars.

Joe Beecroft was out of contention early as Taylor & Rattican opened an early lead over a closely matched group of 4 (Ellison, Parker, Hattersley & Marti), Further back C R Stewart was leading the novices – eventually Tilly Goundry found a way though after some excellent defence from stewart. Back at the front Taylor and Rattican were inseperable, Taylor driving faultlessly to take the win ahead of Rattican, Joe Ellison took up the challengeto take 3rd. In Minimax – it looked to be business as usual as Adam Batty took pole – but with Sam Holgate back on track and taking 2nd on the grid he was not going to have it all his own way. Batty held out by the closest of margins but ebven more impressive was the drive by Luke Browning to take 3rd ahead of Shane White. Rob Parker took the novice trophy. In Junior Rotax – it was business as usual on the grid with Brendan Pattison and Thomas Wood taking their usual front row grid slots, not to say they had it all their own way as Joe Stables and James parish had both been very competitive throughout the heats.

At the first turn Parish and Wood had contact throwing both into spins leaving Patterson ahead of Chris Haigh and Ewan Tindall, As Pattison gapped the group it was Tindall giving chase followed by Stables. Instead of the gap increases they were closing in and were soon on the rear bumper of Pattison – clearly with a problem but driving an excellent race to keep Tindall and Stables behind. For 8 laps we were entertained. Only after the finish did we discover that Pattison had a front left puncture – Excellent drive. Daniel Kilburn took the novice trophy honours. Next on ttrack was a split grid of Senior X30’s and Snr TKM, with Peter Sharrocks in his customary pole position, would it be another easy run? Far from it he had to fight off Justin Clarke right through to the flag. But the story of the race has to be Harry Winkfield who had an accident on the Saturday practice resulting in being taken to hospital. Come Sunday he took part in the first heat but said that was enough for the day, clearly the previous days flight out of the kart had taken its toll.

As the grid lined up he was there at the back! Brave or foolhardy his drive through to 3rd setting equal fastest lap was superb and resulted in Harry being presented with a trophy (No doubt a suitable title will be given – eg Comeback of the day?) Marcus Edmonds took the honours in Senior TKM ahead of Liam Humberstone. Senior Rotax closed the days proceedings , and it was definitely worth waiting for. On pole was Ryan Turner whilst spencer Scaife was alongside, but there were plenty capable of the win. At the first corner Turner and scaife were off, Turner was into a spin contacting the tyre wall, he continued but this race was now gone. It left Jay Taylor with a comfortable lead over James Lingard and Richard Wright. It took a few laps but Lingard closed in on Taylor, after which the pair exchanges position on several occasions, Taylor timing his move to perfectio to take take the flag. We had 3 novices and trophy went to Maciej Hodura who finished in 12th overall. To round of the proceedings the quiet (not) Mark Baines entertained everyone at the presentation with his usual comical speeches which included every possible joke related to the title of the meeting (Cock O North) – I will leave that to the imagination!