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Circuit Guide: Dunkeswell

Dunkeswell-Kart

Like Lands End and John O’groats are famous for being the First & Last geographical towns in the UK well, Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club, in Devon, can boast that it is the First and Last place in the UK where you can go MSA racing!

Main Straight 

Rolling starts are used for all the direct drive karts with only the 250 National Gearbox Class having F1 style standing starts. Coming down Main Straight  you need to get across to the left hand side of the track and dab the brakes about 20m out to help turn the kart in.

Turn 1 : Pit Bend 

The scene of many first corner incidents as too many drivers vie for the same piece of tarmac! Once you have settled the kart, sweep in across the track to take the apex before gently squeezing the throttle on the exit and letting the kart drift out to the left to line you up for The Complex.

Turn 2, 3 and 4: The Complex 

This is a series of 3 low speed corners which leads on to the Mini Straight. Probably the most technical part of the circuit, you enter the complex, kissing the apex at turn 2 which is a slight right hander before braking and positioning the kart just to left of centre to prevent someone from coming up your inside. Once into turn 3, accelerate gently and allow the kart to settle before apexing the right handed turn 4 in front of the Dunkeswell WAG stand!

The Mini Straight 

Coming out of The Complex, let the kart drift out to the left whilst you try to avoid the rumble strips on the circuit edge and anyone trying to get the undercut on you. Head and foot down until you flash past the marshal post and over the first of 2 timing strips to brake hard for Turn 5.

Turn 5 

Slightly narrower than Turn 4, you need to brake in time to sweep around and hit the apex letting the kart drift out to the left before driving back across the track to settle yourself the excellent left hander of Turn 6.

Turn 6 

Having got your kart settled, you enter Turn 6 crossing from the right hand side of the track to make the apex before trying to control the rear of the kart as the corner tightens in on itself. Always a tricky balance of throttle and grip to try and maintain the maximum speed through this section of the circuit.

Turn 7 

Once through 6, bring the kart across to the right to try and hit the apex to straighten your run into the left hander of Turn 8 going into Hanger Bend.

Turn 8 & 9: Hanger Bend 

As you run into Hanger, the circuit begins to build up around you as the fencing gives the track a narrowing tunnel effect making you feel like you are going faster than you are. Once through 8, it’s hard on the brakes to get round the hairpin at turn 9 before allowing the kart to again drift out to the left being wary of the drainage work that’s ready to punish anyone who goes out too far!

Turn 10: The Chicane 

Having got through Hanger, keep the kart over to the left before braking slightly at the marshal post to scrub off some speed before entering the Chicane. This is a superb corner, which rewards both the smooth driver and punishes the unwary driver in equal measures. Keeping the kart as straight as possible you bring the kart right to apex the entrance before kissing the left hand side of the corner before getting as close to the kerbs as you dare on the right hand exit of the corner. Clip those and you can find yourself in the sound fence!

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Dunkeswell Champs – Round 8

Round 8: the final race weekend of the season in the south-west

The final round of the 2014 Dunkeswell KRC Championship got underway under overcast but dry conditions and you could smell the tension as a number of championships were yet to be decided.

The Cadets took to the track first and this was probably the tightest championship to be decided. The main protagonists were Archie Brown and SW champion, Connor Merrifield . It was Brown who drew first blood after battling from 5th to take the lead on lap 5, only to lose it to William Elswood on the final lap. Brown had to settle for second with Jenson Watts claiming third. Merrifield battled hard from 14th but could only manage 6th.

In heat 2, it was a repeat for the Elswood and Brown who again finished first and second. The race was red flagged after title contender Merrifield, who had a great start, ended up visiting the barriers, firmly putting the advantage in Brown’s favour.

Brown launched himself off the heat 3 grid, taking 8 places on the opening lap. Ahead of him, Merrifield was on damage limitation duty and got up to second but was knocked back to 4th as Brown got past on lap 7, leaving him no time to recover. Charlie Knight took a well earned win with Brown just about sealing the championship with second place. Elswood was still there in third.

The final was a hard-charging affair as Elswood, Knight and Brown swapped the lead throughout the ten-minute final. Merrifield struggled in the midfield pack and while all this was going on, Jenson Watts was quietly storming through the field. At the flag, it was Brown who took full points and the championship by a mere 8 points from Merrifield. Watts put in the drive of the final to take second place after making up 12 places. Elswood took third.

In the MiniMax class, a familiar face was missing as the 2014 champion, Tommy Foster, went old school with his friend, Ross Deal and raced on a Junior TKM. This left the way clear for any of the remaining nine drivers to maximise on the opportunity although the smart money was Miss Holden and Miss Hepworth.

In heat 1, it was Paige Holden who took the flag after a lightning start saw her shoot from 5th to 2nd by lap 2, took the lead on lap 4 and holding it to the flag. James Knight quietly went about his business moving up to second whilst pole man Bradley Stevens lost some pace and found himself relegated to third.

In heat 2, it was Jemma Hepworth who showed her skills behind the wheel to lead from pole. But she lost the lead on lap 4 and battled to get it back and hold it to take the win. James Knight was there again crossing the line as the second MiniMax with Holden still there in third.

Holden was in the barriers at Pit Bend on the first lap of heat 3, but managed to get herself going again albeit right at the back of the of the pack. Out front, Foster and Deal were having their own battle having been shuffled through the grid. Jem Hepworth put in a superb drive to cross the line as the first MiniMax, only to be excluded for a restrictor anomaly. This promoted Joseph Holmes to the win with Bradley Stevens taking second with a great recovery drive from Holden securing her third. It was Holden’s day though as she stormed the final without being troubled by the TKM’s of Foster and Deal who disappeared at the lights. Hepworth put the drama of heat 3 behind her to take second despite starting in 10th. Knight finished off a good day with third.

In the Junior Max class, Izaac Channing wasn’t messing about and quickly went about taking the first 2 heats. Ceran Sokhi took a well deserved win in heat 3 but Channing was cutting through the field taking 9 places to secure 2nd place, and with that the championship. The final was fairly clear cut as Channing took the lead and held it to the flag to take the victory and confirm his place as a multiple class champion. Rob Ellis put in a great drive to come from 7th to take second relegating Ethan Ling to third.

Senior Max heat 1 and Stewart Baker took the victory with Ashley Lewis and championship contender, Josh Gray in third. Heat 2 and a visiting Josh Collings clinically carved his way through the pack to take the win from 14th on the grid. Tyler Weedon put in a great drive take second whilst his team-mate, Taylor Adams made it a Factory Racing 2-3 coming home in third. it was all change again in heat 3 as this time Leon Hilleard, chasing Gray for the championship, took the win with a strong drive from Dan Gould securing the RMS driver second place. Zac Jones, reigning Welsh champion, was third. The final was a hard fought affair but one which was comfortably won by Josh Collings. Behind him, Leon Hilliard had a last throw of the dice and took second but right behind him and just about to wrap up the championship was Josh Gray.

The Rotax 177 championship has been trundling along quite nicely and culminated in a brilliant last round. Championship leader Alan Moore was out to play it safe and maximise on the points available. Heat 1 went to Darren Lane with Moore taking second and Colin Davis crossing the line in third. In heat 2, the top 3 mixed it up a bit and this time it was Moore who took maximum points with Davis in second and Lane third. It was all change again in heat 3 as this time, Davis took the win with Moore in second and Lane again in third. Moore was untroubled in the final, leading from lights to flag to claim the 2014 championship. Lane and Davis rounded off the day with their fourth consecutive top 3 finish as Lane took second and Davis third.

Last up and after a season long battle to get a grid, Roy Beal’s efforts were rewarded as 6 drivers graced the grid for the final round. Unfortunately, Beal didn’t complete a lap in heat one after a lightning start saw him connect with the two front drivers which ended up with a bent axle and a bruised rib which forced him out of the rest of the meeting. Kenton Ashforth took the win with Rob Randall holding taking second. Ashforth again took the win in heat two with Goodliffe claiming heat three victory. Despite some attrition in the heats, the gearbox boys rallied round to ensure that they all, with the exception of Beal, made the grid for the final and put on a show. Ashford, despite a poor start, managed to regain the lead and held it to take the win. Randall fought hard to take second place but dropped out with mechanical issues promoting Goodliffe to second and Hasler to third.

 

Southwest Champs – Dunkeswell

23rd & 24th August 2014, Dunkeswell

112 drivers arrived at the superb Mansell Raceway to contest the 2014 South West Championships organised by Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club.

The Libre Gearbox grid proved a tad tricky to maintain and after the heats they were granted a separate Pre-Final. However, Ross Allen continued his winning ways taking the 250 win in heat 1 followed by Alex Burrows and Aaron Powell Glenister was doing the same in the 125 class taking the win with David Baldwin second and Ian Thomson in third. In heat 2, the 125’s topped the timing sheet with Glenister, Baldwin and Thomson taking the top three places. Ross Allen was again the first 250 home with Burrows and Powell still in second and third behind him. In the separate Pre-Finals the results in the 125 class were repeated with Glenister, Baldwin and Thomson again topping the timing sheet. In the 250 class the same thing happened with Allen, Burrows and Powell taking the top three spots for the final.

For the finals first out were the Libre Cadets. After some outstanding drives, Merrifield was on pole for Honda with Fenlon next to him in second for IAME! Behind them Brown and King were holding a watching brief. At the start, Merrifield got away and lheld his own, however, on lap 6 Fenlon managed to find a way past and Merrifield was now looking to defend his second place from a charging Jake Cranstone. Archie Brown overcoming a torrid start had slowly worked his way back to 4th but with reduced times for the finals, Fenlon ran out the comfortable winner and first IAME with Merrifield crossing the line as the first Honda. Brown and King were second and third Hondas with Keough and Elswood rounding off the top 3 for the IAME class.

Tommy Foster was never challenged in the MiniMax class and comfortably took the win with the top three drivers crossing the line as they started with Bennet and Hepworth rounding off a great weekend of racing. Holden had a strong race to fight back to take fourth andf claim the trophy for best overall lady driver.

In the Junior Max class pole man Ellis got away with Spiller in hot pursuit . However, Channing was hunting them down and on lap 8 he pounced on Spiller dropping him down to third. Taking a lap to consolidate he set about catching Ellis and did so on the penultimate lap to cross the line as South West Champion. Ellis had to settle for second with Spiller in third.

The Senior Max class provided exceptionally close racing with Harrison Wignall getting a great launch off the grid to take the lead and retain it to the finish despite some immense pressure from the chasing pack, once they had stopped fighting amongst themselves! By lap 5, Hilleard had got through to second but lost it on lap 9 when Josh Gray got through quickly followed by Weedon. At the flag it was Wignall from Gray from Weedon.

The TKM final was a clear run for pole man Wilson who had an untroubled run to the flag although Frappell was always on hand to pounce if he made a mistake. Dawkins looked to be settling for third until a mechanical issue robbed him of a potential podium and elevated James Lovell to the last step of the podium.

Colin Davis and Darren Lane continued their dominance of the 177 class with Davis enjoying an untroubled run to take the win with Lane again having to settle for second place. Julien Howell rounded off a great day with third place after battling through the pack from 5th albeit some 8 seconds behind the lead pair.

With the weather starting to threaten, the 250 gearbox class took to the circuit and Ross Allen was again out front. Alex Burrows got a great start to move from 3rd to 2nd but was unable to catch Allen. Aaron Powell bogged down at the start and found himself in 5th but managed to battle his way back to third. At the flag it was Allen, Burrows and Powell.

In the 125 gearbox final the weather finally broke and with a damp track, it was that man Glenister again who was out on top after getting a great start and moving from third to first by the end of the first lap. With conditions worsening, the pace slowed but the racing was still intense as Pole man Baldwin saw himself bumped from second to third as Steve Handford got past on lap 5. As the clock ticked towards the 6pm cut off time, the flag came out and the final race of the championships was won by Glenister closely followed by Handford with Baldwin in third.

A fantastic festival of karting. Thanks to all the organising staff, the Race Control Team, Marshals, Medics and of course teams!

2014 South West Championships

Dunkeswell KRC presents the prestigious 2014 South West Championships at the superb Mansell Raceway, nr Honiton, Devon on the 23rd & 24th of August. This 2 day festival of karting promises something for everyone with open practice and timed qualifying sessions on the Saturday with a full schedule of entertainment during the evening with a hog roast, Disco and Karaoke and as well The Stigs Big Quiz! The Championships will be contested on the Sunday. With the usual high quality trophies, there will also be commemorative T shirts for drivers, festival style wristbands and plenty more going on throughout the day. Cost for the whole weekend is only £80 and you can enter online at www. dunkeswellkartclub.co.uk. For more details or to view the SR’s check out the web site. Minimum grid numbers apply for championship plates.

 

South West Champs

23rd & 24th August 2014, Dunkeswell

112 drivers arrived at the superb Mansell Raceway to contest the 2014 South West Championships organised by Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club.

The Libre Gearbox grid proved a tad tricky to maintain and after the heats they were granted a separate Pre-Final. However, Ross Allen continued his winning ways taking the 250 win in heat 1 followed by Alex Burrows and Aaron Powell Glenister was doing the same in the 125 class taking the win with David Baldwin second and Ian Thomson in third. In heat 2, the 125’s topped the timing sheet with Glenister, Baldwin and Thomson taking the top three places. Ross Allen was again the first 250 home with Burrows and Powell still in second and third behind him. In the separate Pre-Finals the results in the 125 class were repeated with Glenister, Baldwin and Thomson again topping the timing sheet. In the 250 class the same thing happened with Allen, Burrows and Powell taking the top three spots for the final.

For the finals first out were the Libre Cadets. After some outstanding drives, Merrifield was on pole for Honda with Fenlon next to him in second for IAME! Behind them Brown and King were holding a watching brief. At the start, Merrifield got away and lheld his own, however, on lap 6 Fenlon managed to find a way past and Merrifield was now looking to defend his second place from a charging Jake Cranstone. Archie Brown overcoming a torrid start had slowly worked his way back to 4th but with reduced times for the finals, Fenlon ran out the comfortable winner and first IAME with Merrifield crossing the line as the first Honda. Brown and King were second and third Hondas with Keough and Elswood rounding off the top 3 for the IAME class.

Tommy Foster was never challenged in the MiniMax class and comfortably took the win with the top three drivers crossing the line as they started with Bennet and Hepworth rounding off a great weekend of racing. Holden had a strong race to fight back to take fourth andf claim the trophy for best overall lady driver.

In the Junior Max class pole man Ellis got away with Spiller in hot pursuit . However, Channing was hunting them down and on lap 8 he pounced on Spiller dropping him down to third. Taking a lap to consolidate he set about catching Ellis and did so on the penultimate lap to cross the line as South West Champion. Ellis had to settle for second with Spiller in third.

The Senior Max class provided exceptionally close racing with Harrison Wignall getting a great launch off the grid to take the lead and retain it to the finish despite some immense pressure from the chasing pack, once they had stopped fighting amongst themselves! By lap 5, Hilleard had got through to second but lost it on lap 9 when Josh Gray got through quickly followed by Weedon. At the flag it was Wignall from Gray from Weedon.

The TKM final was a clear run for pole man Wilson who had an untroubled run to the flag although Frappell was always on hand to pounce if he made a mistake. Dawkins looked to be settling for third until a mechanical issue robbed him of a potential podium and elevated James Lovell to the last step of the podium.

Colin Davis and Darren Lane continued their dominance of the 177 class with Davis enjoying an untroubled run to take the win with Lane again having to settle for second place. Julien Howell rounded off a great day with third place after battling through the pack from 5th albeit some 8 seconds behind the lead pair.

With the weather starting to threaten, the 250 gearbox class took to the circuit and Ross Allen was again out front. Alex Burrows got a great start to move from 3rd to 2nd but was unable to catch Allen. Aaron Powell bogged down at the start and found himself in 5th but managed to battle his way back to third. At the flag it was Allen, Burrows and Powell.

In the 125 gearbox final the weather finally broke and with a damp track, it was that man Glenister again who was out on top after getting a great start and moving from third to first by the end of the first lap. With conditions worsening, the pace slowed but the racing was still intense as Pole man Baldwin saw himself bumped from second to third as Steve Handford got past on lap 5. As the clock ticked towards the 6pm cut off time, the flag came out and the final race of the championships was won by Glenister closely followed by Handford with Baldwin in third.

A fantastic festival of karting. Thanks to all the organising staff, the Race Control Team, Marshals, Medics and of course teams!

Southern Race Review – Round 1

The latest race reports from Camberley, Dunkeswell,Rye House and Guernsey

Camberley Kart Club Championship Round 1

Blackbushe, 25th January

Camberley’s Club Championship started on the last Saturday of January – the first race on the updated track.

Jake Cranstone sailed serenely above the fray in Honda Cadet while Matthew Herbert, Charlie Mann and Alexander Page sorted out the remaining top positions, and Harry Newman- Oakley slipped by into 4th. Toby McDonald and Sam Lambert hit the front of IAME Cadet in the early laps but with a massive advantage McDonald pulled out a 25s lead.

Michael Cope won 250 Gearbox after Jordan Long’s campaign was cut short. Colin Buxton eventually finished 2nd, 13s behind. Anthony Whitehead passed most of the field in the early laps in Senior Honda and won by 5s.

In Minimax Jordan Collard was the early leader but Samuel Johnston made a demon start and reeled him in for a narrow victory with Ethan James Haynes 3rd and also part of the lead group. Leroy Brown made the most of the start to take the lead of Junior Rotax but Lawrence Boyington passed him two laps from the end. Joe Pfiffner was fastest but had a deficit to make up for after the start.

Alexander Luck and Tom Thompson led all the way through the Senior Rotax final, and Michael Finch gained a place to 3rd when Joshua Carr retired.

Dunkeswell Kart Club

Mansell Raceway, 23rd February

Dunkeswell kicked off the season with a new chairman and a new online entry and results system.

The top three in Junior Rotax stayed the same throughout, with Charlie Cudlip winning from Kieran Shanks and Ryan Luscombe but Cole Edwards made up four places to 4th. Tommy Foster took a 13s win in Minimax.

The 22-kart IAME and Honda Cadet field was headed by Shay Keough (IAME) but just over a tenth behind was Ethan Ling (Honda) who had been on pole, and there was a big gap in both lap times and race finishing time between the top four and the rest.

John Pike was 1st and fastest in Senior Rotax on the unusually shaped Maranello RS8 kart with Scott Rose 2nd after passing Ashley Lewis. James Johnson gained 12 places to come in 5th. Alan Moore and Tom Cook swapped places halfway through to give Moore the Rotax 177 win.

Rye House, February

Two IAME Cadets took part in the combined race with Honda Clubman, with Toby McDonald finishing 2.28s ahead of Alfie Woodrow. Zak Parfett won Clubman ahead of Billy Styles while George Hanafan was 3rd and top novice. Ben Kasperczak beat Josh Steed by a quarter of a second in the main Honda Cadet class after tracking him closely and overtaking on the last lap. The rest of the field were well spread out.

Darshan Pindoria led all the way in Minimax, and 2nd was Alfie Haralambous after passing Bradley Ient halfway through. Alexander Burford-Fuller dropped a place from pole but soon repassed Warren Miles for the Junior Rotax lead. Luc Oliver also dropped back at the start but gradually came back to 2nd, overtaking Oliver Moss on the last lap.

Dean Starkes led throughout the Senior Rotax final but with George Sanders close behind. A good start for Rhys Malyon put him in a position to take 3rd from Tom Daniel at half distance.

Rotax 177 was probably the best race of the day with Scott Clee coming up from 4th to take the lead from Tony Parfett. Dave Rendall fought through the field to 2nd, ahead of Mark Palmer who had battled with Clee early in the race.

Guernsey Kart & Motor Club Winter Series Round 1

9th February

Conner Le Cras won Junior Rotax 2s ahead of Harry Torpy who leapfrogged Jordan Caradeuc at the start. Michael Salmon finished ahead of Hannah Snell in Cadets after Josh Torpy was disqualified from 2nd.

Matt Corson, Jack Le Tissier and Aaron Dodsworth were static in the top positions in Senior Rotax but there was a big fight for the remaining places which Tom Snell came out on top of.

Dunkeswell Race Report

Round 2, 30th March 2014

Blue skies and big grids were the order of the day for Round 2 of the Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club 2014 Championship.

The finals were all cued up to provide some excellent racing and they didn’t disappoint. In the Libre Cadet class, it was Ethan Ling and Shay Keogh who led the way quickly putting a clear gap between them and the chasing pack. Ling’s Honda edged the IAME of Keogh to take the win by 1.5s with Alex Eades and Charlie Knight rounding off the top three for Honda with Luke Francis and Toby McDonald doing the same for the IAME class.

Tommy Foster again dominated the MiniMax final but in the battle of the girls it was Paige Holden who edged Jemima Hepworth to the second step of the podium in a close race.

Peter Griffin was quick off the line in the Junior Max final and managed to keep Izaac Channing behind him until lap 8 when Channing slipped past and managed to hold on to take the win by 0.07s from Griffin. Brandon Patrick was 3rd, some 5s adrift.

The Senior Max final was temporarily run under the Battenburg when Leon Hilliard took himself out at Hanger. At the restart, Stew Baker was jumped at the restart by James Johnson who held on to take the win. Baker was 2nd and Josh Gray rounded off the top three.

Colin Davis made it four from four in the 177 class with Darren Lane finishing a good day in 2nd and Julian Howell in 3rd.

The Gearbox boys were last up and a struggling Beal handed the win to Goodliffe after he pulled off the circuit three times to sort a recurring problem, but still managed to finish the race.