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Bayford Meadows Round 6

Round 6, 24th August 2014

Four rounds into a nine round championship and the pressure’s on

Jonathan Wilkes broke his Bayford championship duck for the year with a strong drive to claim the Junior Rotax class. Taylor Harding in 2nd and Liam Carter in 3rd secured podium fi nishes but were unable to threaten Jonathan at the front.

The Honda Cadet fi nal came down to a four-kart fi ght for the spoils. Ruben Stanislaus bounced back from a disappointing July meeting to take the honour a. er an excellent race long ba. le with Oliver Marsh who fi nished 2nd, James Wharrior came in 3rd with Kristian Brookes 4th. Rashan Chigorimbo was the top IAME.

Cameron Clarke and Steve Bull once again dominated the Senior Rotax grid. A. er 12 high speed laps Cameron took the win by the narrowest of margins. The fast starting Steve Crow made the podium in 3rd. Jay Fairbrass topped the small 177kg entry.

Mini Max star Tyler Sullivan remains unbeaten in Finals at Bayford this summer, Charlie Benne. was Tyler’s nearest challenger but just couldn’t get close enough to mount a challenge. Nelson King recorded his best finish of recent meetings with a solid 3rd. Gustav Burton won the novice award.

The capacity Honda Clubman grid made a fine sight as they lined up for the start. Championship contenders George Leeves and Owen Tolley headed the pack. George took maximum points with Owen in the runners up spot on this occasion. Samuel Heading made the podium in 3rd with Dylan Cooper 4th. The top novices were James Popple, Owen Hizzey and Louis Horsley.

The large Junior Subaru grid provided typically close racing. Jake Paice snatched the win at the final corner with a daring move that pushed Aaron Vincent back into the runners up spot. Sam Kelly looked solid in 3rd place having fended off the early advances of Max Goodwin. Josh Young received the Novice award.

The September meeting took place on Sept 28th. Report to follow.

Bayford Meadows: Circuit Guide

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The circuit has a lot of long, mid or late apex corners, which makes it difficult to overtake, but does allow for great racing. It’s also very flat and has little gradient change. Owner-driver teams love this particular layout because it is perfect for testing and setting up a new kart. You can really push on a flying lap around here.

The start/finish straight is parallel and right next to the clubhouse, running right to left as you look at it. As you power down that strip of tarmac, you should start to pull the kart to the left-hand side of the track as you pass underneath the fabulous, and rather professional looking, set of lights.

Turn One

Approaching at some rate of knots this corner is very fast, so you should aim to carry most of the speed through. The corner bends away from you, but in two places, so the actual target apex is not what you originally see – it’s the one further around the corner. It’s a small thing that the first-timers don’t pick up on until their time is up, but all of the professionals know better. You should stick to the far outside of the track – you’ll see the rubber that’s been put down here which you can use as a solid reference. A touch of the brakes and you’ll get through no problem, just so long as you don’t run over the kerb on the inside or the outside, which, like every kerb at Bayford Meadows, will ultimately slow you down.

Turn Two 

The element that makes this sequence so difficult is that the whole corner is made up of three individual turns, but it’s all taken in one go. The driver should hit the first 90 degree corner rapidly, but start to brake when going through the apex of the corner, so you’re essentially braking and turning at the same time, whilst straightening out the line as much as possible. Aim to end up on the far side of the track, so you can hit the hairpin bit’s apex as late as you can, straightening up the last turn – a small left kink – in this terrifying series of corners. There’s also a surprising mix between grip and no grip, which increases the difficulty, but it can be achieved with practice and persistence and is where the winning drivers show their worth.

Turn Three

After Turn Two, this one is really rather simple. In essence, it’s a basic hairpin, with a fast approach. Brake in a straight line, keeping as far to the outside as you’re able to. This will help you through the exit and into the next corner too.

Turn Four

This is a a symmetrical hairpin, soon follows, for which you will need to prepare in advance, by pulling back over to the left-hand side. There is a kerb on the exit, which, although tempting, should be avoided. Now, although Four is basically the same corner as Three, it must be taken much slower. This is because the entrance to Five is only just around the corner. When travelling around Turn Four, do not run wide towards the far side of the circuit as you normally would – instead, keep turning the wheel so that you stay on the right at the exit. This small compromise will set you up perfectly for the 45 degree turn 5

Turn Five

Requires a more dedicated exit. Like the previous turns, Five should be treated smoothly, whilst hitting a mid-late apex and avoiding the kerb on the inside, as well as the outside kerb, unless absolutely necessary.

Turn Six

This is a long, seemingly never-ending corner – it reminds me of Turn One at F1’s Shanghai circuit, only in reverse. Two lines can be taken through here, inside or outside. The traditional racing line is wide around the outside and turning sharply late-on, to hit, once again, another late apex, which will set you up for Turn Seven. Sometimes, drivers will choose to run up the inside, but usually as a place to chance an easy overtake. I was also told that there are two types of asphalt here and different teams prefer one to the other, throwing up some interesting decisions every race weekend.

Turn Seven

Another ‘switchback’ style corner; you throw the kart back in the opposite direction. It’s another long corner that doesn’t need you to touch any apexes, you just need to smooth the corner out to maintain speed.

Turn Eight

This corner is taken without a change of the wheel from Turn Seven, as you continue to take the kart around it. Like Seven, it’s not essential that you meet Eight’s apex, but you should stay reasonably close, about a metre away.

Turn Nine

Another corner with a hidden twist – from the top; it appears to be a reasonable 90 degree bend, which it is – a simple ‘enter on the left side, apex, and exit on the right side’. But, there is a small ‘ditch’ on the grass at the entrance, where the kerb, or failing that, grass, would normally be. It only needs one opportunity to notify you of its presence, but without warning, if you drop a wheel in it, you’ll end up in on the grass opposite, so be careful here. On the exit, there is another rough kerb, which you will be forced to run over if you have taken Nine flat, but it’s no biggie – because the final corner is just ahead.

Turn Ten

It feels like an extended right-left chicane. Find your braking point – I suggest where the circuit has an uneven look to it – and hit the brakes in a straight line. Pull the kart in towards the edge of the track on your right and power out. The track then kinks back left, but there’s the barrier wall of the outside of the circuit to avoid – just accelerate past it, getting as close as you dare to reduce time.

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