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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!

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South Yorkshire Kart Club – Wombwell

September 2014 – Wombwell

The South Yorkshire Kart Club were pleased to host the 6th round of the NKF championship with its September club meeting at Wombwell. As usual the NKF brought a large number of drivers to bolster the grids, even resulting in a B Final for the IAME cadet drivers, it was going to be a busy schedule for all.

JuniorRotaxwere on track for the first final of the day with James Parish on pole from NKF championship leader Jack Brailsford. Brailsford making the better start from the outside as they turned into the tight turn one, as local championship contender Thomas Wood slid wide onto the grass, with others following suit the leaders edged away. Brendan Pattison closing in to challenge the lead pair but his challenge looked to be over as he dropped back to 5th but he would find his way back to 3rd by the flag. Parish took the lead from Brailsford only for it to be overhauled in the dash for the line – ultimately is was a very close finish with Brailsford crossing the line 0.1 ahead of Parish. The Novice trophy going to Daniel Kilburn ahead of Morgan Gray.Next up were the Honda cadets, with 4 novices in the field there would be trophies for all to fight for. Once again it was the more experienced NKF drivers at the head of the field. At the first corner Connor Garner and Caeson Gibson clashed, once untangled they would be left dead last. Up front Riley Banks narrowly led from Archie Swinscoe and Kai Hunter. Further back the battle for honours in the novices was between Max & Harvey Edmundson who were inseparable throughout, finishing a very creditable 4th & 5th respectively. Swinscoe just held on to the lead by the narrowest of margins from Banks at the flag.

The Bambino time Trial came out next, always a pleasure to see the club racers of the future fi nding their feet, all deserving of a mention and suitably given a medal at the presentation, the drivers being Oliver Wright, Chance Benne€ , Harley Keeble, Max Jordan, Oliver Brooke, Ella Stevens & Nathan Tye.OntoMinimax where Rhys hunter claimed pole ahead of Adam Ba€ y who knows Wombwell as well as anyone, it looked like a close race in the making, but as Hunter and Ben Summers were clean through on the inside line Ba€ y took a nudge and off he went along with 3 others who were le’ to struggle back through the fi eld, Ba€ y would see his advantage cut in the championship as he only fi nished 8th. Hunter and Summers would be locked together throughout, Hunter staying calm and fought back a’er Summers slipped by and from thereon he gave no chances in claiming this win, Jae Dale was just over a second behind the lead duo in a race of his own waiting in vain for an error from the leaders.

Good to see a grid of Jnr TKM’s back at Wombwell, with Lewis Murray returning to a track where he drove in cadets, it must have given him great pleasure to claim pole from Connor Stephenson. Murray making an early gap to Stephenson, but he could not maintain his lead and Stephenson ominously closed in, until they exchanged the lead a couple of times before Stephenson took the flag. Always good to watch are the IAME cadets and with a full grid of competitive young drivers the winner couldn’t be predicted. Teddy Williams held pole, with Wombwell returnee Joe Beecroft alongside. After a first lap incident at the hairpin the race was restarted and immediately Beecroft took the lead that initially looked comfortable as he moved away from Williams who was challenged by Callum Hattersley& Oliver Brooke. Brooke eventually worked through to 2nd and closed the gap to the leader, but he ran out of laps as Beecroft raised his first in celebration. Further back Tilly Goundry drove excellently to take the novice trophy – finishing in a very creditable 10th overall.

Senior Rotax final was very much anticipated with a full grid and a number of quick drivers, but could they challenge the NKF championship leader Jay Taylor who had claimed pole ahead of James Lingard. The front of the grid made a nice clean start, but towards the back there was contact at turn one leading to a tangle of several karts who would continue but now out of contention. By now Taylor had opened a gap over Ryan Turner and James Lingard, Lingard was pacing his run as he steadily closed in taking Turner and challenging Taylor. During the final couple of laps there would be contact and although Lingard took the flag he would receive a 5 place penalty handing the win to Jay Taylor ahead of Turner. The third podium spot going to Tom Shipman after a steady srive.

Last final was for the Senior X30’s where Harry Winkfield was dominant despite the best efforts of Peter Sharrocks and Justin Clarke.

South Yorkshire Kart Club – Round 5

South Yorkshire Kart Club, Round 5,July 13th 2014

The sun shone once again on Wombwell for the July meeting of the South Yorkshire kart Club which included the competitors from the NKRA Northern championship.

Wombwell has always been a popular circuit to begin karting, the trend continues with novices throughout the field including a number who had only taken their ARKS test on the Saturday, but more important was the fact that they were not all cadets – but spread through all classes including seniors.

Senior X30 (including Snr Blue) set the finals under way, Peter Sharrocks once again showing his local knowledge as he came through to take the win after a race long dice. Robert Smith taking the novice trophy, whilst Nigel Pritchard took the honours in Snr Formula Blue.

As ever the IAME cadet grid was awaited with anticipation, it certainly did not disappoint and with 5 novices in the pack, there were in effect 2 races to be won. At the head of the pack a quartet of MBM drivers had to hold of the hard charging Jensen Parker, could he break the run of victories that Joe Ellison was on. The lead 3 drivers of Ellison Parker and Callum Hattersley soon broke free and in typical cadet style they drove faultlessly inches apart whilst exchanging positions but once again it was Ellison who held his nerve to take the flag. Further back the battle for the honour of first novice home was excellent – the trophy eventually falling to Alicia Goundry, no doubt her sister will be after revenge next meeting.

Nice to see Sam Holgate back at Wombwell in a Minimax where he was right on the pace challenging the regulars. Adam Batty definitely knew that he had a fight on his hands this month, but no matter how he tried Holgate could not find a way through, watching and waiting for a mistake by the lead duo was Tamzyn Buckley, and the Novice trophy going to Will Drydal.

Senior Rotax once again had everyones attention with a closely matched pack on the tight confines of wombwell it was non-stop action, close but clean – wherever you looked there was a dice to be seen. For the last few months Ryan Turner has been on the brink of his first win, could today break his duck? Also now on the pace and challenging for a podium was James Towell. Once again we had a number of novice drivers. The overall honoures would eventually fall to Ryan Turner ahead of James Towell and the W plate holder Scott collinge.

Once again great to see Honda cadets with a grid, it may have only been a small grid but the race for the lead between Maurice Henry and Daniel Holdsworth was as close as could be – whilst Sam Pattison stayed in touch hoping for an error by the lead duo, but that was not going to happen as Henry held out for another win. Again we had 2 novices in this class – in fact a brother and sister and although during the day they had each had misfortunes in the heats, come the final they were having a right good family dispute, girl power prevailing with Gracie Holdsworth taking the novice trophy ahead of brother Daniel.

The Jnr Rotax final closed the day, recently Thomas Wood and Brendan Pattison have been the favourites for the win, but Joe Stables has recently matched that pace and we were treated to a 3 way fight for the lead, it would again go the way of Pattison, but it wont be long before we see a new winner in jnr rotax at Wombwell. Sharing the track were the Jnr X30’s where River (rubber) Hughes was the victor ahead of Thomas Neill.