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BSA F125 Open National

Rounds 11 & 12: Oulton Park, 4th October 2014

Isherwood turns the tables to claim a double win

Matt Isherwood wrapped up his season with two wins over team-mate and new champion Chris Needham.

Qualifying

The entry level for this meeting was a lot lower than the Grand Prix with some drivers competing in Europe and others missing due to a lack of funds. It had stopped raining by the time the qualifying session began but the track was still wet.

Matt Isherwood went quickest on his second flying lap but was having difficulty getting heat into his tyres. He decided to back off and then went for another flyer, improving his earlier time to set 1m 57.785s for pole position. Sam Moss joined him on the front row setting a time of 1m 58.352s and then went off at Lodge Corner on the following lap, fortunately without damage. He managed to rejoin, trailing gravel, and despite staying out until the end of the session failed to improve on his earlier time. Dan Edwards was into the pits at the end of lap 1 to get his radiator taped up in an attempt to get some heat into the engine. He went out again and steadily improved while trying to get a clear lap.

The track was starting to dry in places and with Isherwood in the pits could he snatch pole position? In the end his time of 1m 58.352s set on the last lap matched that of Moss. English champion Kirk Cattermole (1m 58.783s) completed the second row. Jake Coward (2m 00.401s) headed row 3 competing in only his third long circuit meeting. He was joined by Ian Larder (2m 01.656s). New champion Chris Needham (2m 02.248s) decided to sit out the earlier free practice session and was not over stressing everything in this one to qualify seventh.

Race 1

It was sunny and dry when the dummy grid was being formed but the race was delayed due to repair work on a damaged barrier from the preceding car race. During this time Dan Edwards discovered that the steering column support was loose. When the karts were released from the dummy grid he was still fixing the problem and eventually joined the track a long way behind everyone else. As a result there was a gap on row 2.

On the approach to the lights, Cattermole was looking for a gap between Isherwood and Moss on the front row. When the lights changed he bogged down and Isherwood was away and into Old Hall first. Moss was ‘caught napping’ allowing Larder to go round the outside to claim second place while Needham slotted into third.

At the end of lap 1 Isherwood, Needham and Larder were nose to tail while Cattermole just held off Coward with Moss in pursuit. Needham moved into the lead on lap 2 from Cattermole and Isherwood and this trio pulled away from the rest. On lap 5 Cattermole passed Needham on the run down to Island Bend to take the lead but Isherwood also wanted the top spot. A dive up the inside at Shell Oils Corner was a bit hot and he found himself back in third place. Needham regained the lead.

Cattermole’s bid for a win ended on lap 6 when the plug tip broke. That left the team-mates to squabble over the lead and Isherwood set a new lap record as he closed onto the tail of Needham. On the last lap Isherwood made his move at Hizzy’s Chicane by going round the outside on the entry. Through Druids and Lodge Corner he held off his rival to win by 0.091s. Moss moved up to fourth place on lap 3 and when Cattermole dropped out he inherited a very lonely third place. Jake Coward had another good drive to claim fourth place while Ian Larder lost ground when the Vortex motor started to load up out of slower corners. After Dan Edwards gave the field a huge advantage at the start he put in lap times similar to Sam Moss and finished in ninth place.

Race 2

With grid positions determined by lap times in race one, Isherwood was on pole position with Cattermole alongside, while Edwards joined Needham on row 2. Cattermole took the lead at the start with Isherwood tucked into his slipstream on the run down to Old Hall. It was three abreast at Hizzy’s for the first time but then Cattermole’s race ended when the fuel pump packed up and he crawled into the pits at the end of the opening lap to retire.

Needham held the advantage by 0.547s over Isherwood as they crossed the line with Moss holding off Edwards for third place. The Redspeed drivers Neil Robinson and Duncan Marshall headed Kyle Dixon and Ian Larder. Danny Butler’s bad day continued when his TM seized on the opening lap while Jake Coward had a clutch problem on the rolling lap and didn’t make the start.

By lap 3 Needham and Isherwood had moved clear with Moss unable to stay with the pace of the Vortexes. Edwards race ended when the battery went flat.

Isherwood showed his hand early by passing Needham around the outside into Hizzy’s Chicane on lap 4. But Needham hit back by regaining the lead into Old Hall starting lap 6. On the next lap Needham set a new lap record as he continued to keep his team-mate at bay.

Starting the last lap Needham’s lead was 0.228s. At Hizzy’s for the final time he managed to block Isherwood’s attempt to take the lead. But Matt wasn’t giving up. He dived down the inside into Lodge Corner and contact was made knocking Needham wide. Isherwood was through and crossed the line to complete the double 1.053s ahead of a slightly miffed new champion.

Moss drove a steady race to collect another third place, his TM pulling better after a change of gearing. The Redspeed drivers ran nose to tail for the first half of the race with Marshall moving up to fourth place on lap 5. Robinson gave him a bit more breathing space on lap 6 and settled for fifth place while Kevin Gary completed the Redspeed line-up with sixth spot.

BSA Awarded European Round at Donington Park

Project One Unveil New Air Kart

Project One Racing unveiled their new “AIR” kart at Kartmania.

The lightweight kart benefits from some amazing engineering performed by J & A Precision Eng as well as the latest state-of-the-art seat and floortray from Tillett Racing and all for the same retail price their standard kart.

Hanley’s New Croc Project

British Superkart Association bosses are confident that winning the right to host the opening round of next season’s European Championship and combining it with the MSA British Grand Prix will attract a bumper entry list.

The CIK-FIA European Championship will return to the UK on the Donington Park grand prix layout on June 6/7. It last hosted a European round at the opening weekend of the 2013 season at Snetterton. The 2015 calendar will be expanded from two to three rounds, also taking place at Le Mans on July 4/5 and Assen in the Netherlands on August 8/9.

The MSA British Superkart Grand Prix will also take place on the same weekend after moving from Snetterton to Cadwell Park this season.

“Knowing that Le Mans would host a round in July and Assen in August, we didn’t want to host the final weekend as that has suffered from a shortage of entries in recent years,” said BSA’s Ian Rushforth. “The Division One drivers will build their season around it. Having the opening round should attract a full European grid, and combining it with the GP Plate and car racing put on by the BARC, it will be a bumper weekend of action. We do need the extra revenue from the European racing.”

Rushforth would not rule out a return to hosting the GP Plate at Cadwell Park but said tailoring a circuit to host the European racing was key.

“We needed a circuit which could potentially hold more than 40 karts on its international licence and Cadwell Park has restrictions for that,” he said. “The UK has been hampered by not being part of the European mainland and so we needed to push the boat out with a circuit which is additionally easy to travel to and has excellent facilities. Donington has both of those. [Cadwell Park owner] MotorSport Vision is obviously disappointed to miss out, but it’s a great facility and we could certainly go back.”

British ace Ben Hanley says testing with the newly launched Croc Promotion squad’s freshly homologated chassis has proven the team can compete at the front of the grid next season.

Hanley has joined the team, which was launched by former ART GP karting boss Armando Filini. The Italian left the team when it recently merged with fellow top brand Birel. The new outfit is backed by Finnish energy drinks brand Mad Croc, which has already backs teams and drivers in GT Racing and NASCAR, as well as the Sauber Formula One Team.

“It was a new opportunity,” Hanley said. “There were a couple of offers on the table for me but I believe this provides me with the platform which I need to win races. The team plans on racing in both KF and KZ next year. It’s a new brand and a new chassis so there’s lots of testing to be done.”

Hanley said it will be important for the brand’s credibility that it performs next year: “Things are looking quite positive from early testing. There are a few satellite teams already established around Europe and Armando is looking to fill the final factory driver seats. But there are many drivers testing with teams at this time of the year. In the first year of the new brand, it’s very important for us to get results. I think we will do that.”

Platt claims fourth straight SuperKart title

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Paul Platt says this season’s MSA British Superkart title triumph was the toughest yet after claiming his record-equalling fourth consecutive crown at Cadwell Park. The 35-year-old Redspeed Racing ace went into the final weekend with a narrow points lead ahead of team-mate Dan Clark with former champion Gavin Bennett still in contention. Clark narrowed the gap to Platt to just a single point after scoring victory in the opening race when Platt was forced to retire due to a snapped engine bolt. But the GP Plate holder bounced back, scything through the field to take the race two win and the title. Platt’s four consecutive MSA British Superkart crowns equals the record held by Redspeed team boss John Riley. “This season has been such an emotional rollercoaster and the last weekend summed it all up,” Platt said. “I thought the championship was over after race one when the engine bolt snapped and with a kart dumping oil and water over the track in the final race, I didn’t think it was meant to be. But crossing the chequered flag brought out so much emotion.

There’s been blood, sweat and tears shed this year with all the hard work and development of the new Gas Gas engine. It’s certainly been my toughest title victory.” Platt said the planning for next season has already begun with an assault on the record breaking five consecutive MSA titles, with the possibility of a challenge on the returning European Division Two class. “Considering John [Riley] is my mentor, to match his achievement is an honour, but taking the five titles would be the icing on the cake. Next year, with the Division Two class returning, I can use the Gas Gas with all six gears, instead of the restricted five in the British championship. If I do run in Europe, my target will be both titles next year.”

The Superkart Grand Prix returned to Cadwell Park

On a weekend of record breaking performances, five new Grand Prix winners were crowned

MSA British Superkart GP for Division 1 and F450 National
The Division 1 and F450 Nationals were first on track and after the qualifying races it was Gavin Bennett on pole with Liam Morley alongside while pole in the F450 class went to Stephen Clark with Chris Purdie joining on the front row. When the lights changed, Morley’s DEA led up through Coppice. At the end of the opening lap he had Bennett 0.654s behind him followed by Carl Hulme, Charles Craven and Paul Hewitt. Clark led the F450 class. Morley wasn’t hanging about and on lap four broke the lap record, extending his lead to 2.68s.

He continued to pull away and despite being under no pressure, broke the record again on lap nine to leave it at 1m 21.780s (96.27mph). His winning margin was 15.783s as he collected his first GP title. “I got a good start, relied on my pit signals and just kept my head down,” he said. Bennett couldn’t live with the pace up front and slipped back into the clutches of Hulme. They ran nose to tail for the final four laps with Bennett getting the verdict by 0.304s. In the F450 class, Clark looked to be heading for an easy win but he lost drive out of Barn Corner at the end of lap eight and dived into the pits thinking his race was over. “I then dropped the clutch and the KTM fired up,” he explained. Purdie was struggling with no rear brakes and then his chain snapped exiting the last corner on the last lap. That gave Clark his first GP title by 23.831s while Purdie managed to coast over the line to claim second place.

MSA British Superkart GP for F250 National
Gavin Bennett led the field away at the start and up through Coppice chased by Ross Allen and Dan Clark. However, Allen’s chance of winning the Grand Prix evaporated on the opening lap when the Honda seized. Bennett completed the lap at the head of the field with Paul Platt on his tail while Clark held off James Hassall, Toby Davis and James O’Reilly. Platt was closing in on Bennett when on lap 4 the leader ran over part of a rear wing end plate. It was thrown up and hit Platt’s crash helmet causing severe damage to it and the visor. Somehow he continued without losing a position to Clark. On lap 6 Bennett made a mistake at Mansfield and Platt was through into the lead. Clark then grabbed second from Bennett at the hairpin.

But Bennett wasn’t finished and on lap 10 entering Coppice he re-took the lead from Platt. The trio started the last lap locked together with the result still in doubt. Despite his vision being impaired by the damaged visor, Platt made his move and at the flag he was ahead by 0.188s from Bennett with Clark a further 0.424s behind. What a fantastic race! “That’s one of my hardest races ever,” said a joyous Platt. “I have been chasing the GP title for five years in this class and now I have finally got it,” he added. Into fourth place at the flag came Carl Kinsey using the THR engine. After retiring in an earlier race due to a detonation problem he kept out of trouble. Hats off to the new team for an excellent result. Gareth James was heading for fifth place but on the last lap he dropped back so Tom Hatfield claimed the place narrowly ahead of Mark Vaughan, who had a massive fuel leak.

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MSA British Superkart GP for F125 Open and KZ
Liam Morley was looking for his second GP title of the day after breaking the lap record earlier. With the grid positions for the main race determined by lap times from the two championship races, Morley found himself on pole position despite his nonfinish in the previous championship race. It was a nice, orderly grid on the approach to the lights and when they changed Chris Needham took the lead with Morley and Matt Isherwood in line astern. Very neat and tidy. At the end of the lap Needham led by 0.867s with Kirk Cattermole holding off Morley and Isherwood. Danny Butler led the next group of Lee Harpham, Jake Coward and Richard Crozier while Dan Edwards had dropped back to 13th behind his chassis designer Dave Heathershaw.

James Harvey was behind the HRK’s but he had been losing water since the start of the race and when his TM seized going up through Coppice Rob Stubbs, who was right on his tail, had a big off across the grass. Fortunately with no serious damage. Cattermole lost second place on lap 2 when he understeered off at the end of Park Straight with no grip on his tyres and dropped back to seventh. On the next lap Morley set the fastest lap of the race and dragged along Isherwood onto the back of Needham. The trio then broke away from the rest and resumed their battle from an earlier race. Needham was able to make a break and opened up a small lead while Isherwood and Morley swapped places. But Morley was in trouble.

Crossing the line at the end of lap 7 he looked down at the engine, although his pace didn’t drop off that much. However, on lap 10 he pulled off with a big crack in the expansion chamber. That left Isherwood on his own and although he closed a little on the final lap due to traffic, the Grand Prix title was Needham’s. However, it was far from easy. “I managed to break the tow and keep my head down,” Needham said. “But the temperature of the engine went up. There is no water in it. I am well chuffed with the result and have done what my Dad achieved back in 1993 by winning the UK Cup, the National Championship and the Grand Prix,” he added. Isherwood was happy for his team-mate. “We worked together all weekend but in the end I just couldn’t match Chris,” Matt explained. “I was trying to work with Liam to get a tow and challenge for the lead but it didn’t work out.” Harpham secured third place but was nearly 9s behind Isherwood.

Fourth place looked to be going the way of English champion Cattermole but he was still struggling with front end grip and a slight misfire. Edwards was closing in. Out of Barn Corner for the final time they were nose to tail and Edwards pulled out of the slipstream to claim 4th place by 0.023s with a very quick final lap. “Dave Heathershaw has worked relentlessly throughout the weekend to get the right set-up for the HRK chassis,” Edwards said. “I haven’t been feeling confident about the handling all weekend but well pleased with fourth place.” Heathershaw brought the other chassis home in 10th spot. Coward completed an excellent weekend in front of another proud father with sixth place despite the engine cutting out towards the end while Crozier was the leading KZ driver in 8th place on the road.

Platt makes it four consecutive titles

Reigning MSA British Superkart champion Paul Platt retained his title in a last round thriller that was only decided with two laps to go.

Qualifying
The championship was poised to be a three way battle between Paul Platt, Dan Clark and Gavin Bennett. Superkarting-UK played host to the final rounds and unlike previous events, all the track action would take place on one day. After an earlier free practice session, qualifying took place in dry, cloudy conditions. Paul Platt had struggled with a long brake pedal in free practice but when the time came to make his mark he put in a lap of 1m 24.478s to secure pole position. Dan Clark had managed to get hold of another Gas Gas engine after the problems he had endured at Snetterton.

This was the motor that Paul Platt had used recently at Oulton Park to break the lap record. Dan’s time of 1m 25.482s was good enough to secure the second spot on the front row but worryingly was over a second slower than his rival. Toby Davis (1m 25.699s) headed row two and he was joined by James O’Reilly (1m 27.521s) who was having another run out on the Viper SK250. Gavin Bennett started the session on the back foot after seizing on lap 2 in free practice. But he managed to put in a time of 1m 27.570s for fifth quickest. Stephen Clark (1m 28.737s) was sixth quickest, the leading four stroke and using a new Anderson chassis for the first time.

Race 1
When the lights changed Davis made the best start to take the lead. But at the Gooseneck it all went wrong when he thought he could take it flat and spun, dropping back to third place. Crossing the line for the first time, Platt led Dan Clark by 0.539s while Davis was fending off O’Reilly. Stephen Clark was next ahead of Bennett, Vaughan and Johnson. Bennett spun on lap 2 at the Gooseneck trying to get past Stephen Clark and dropped back to 17th, putting his championship chances out of reach. The title battle took another twist when Platt pulled off into the paddock.

A rear engine mount bolt had broken. Charlie Johnson also stopped when the water filler cap blew off. At the end of lap 2 Dan Clark led Davis by 0.86s, with O’Reilly in close attendance. Stephen Clark was the lead 450 with Vaughan up to fifth place ahead of Hatfield, Sam Moss, Andrew Gulliford and James Hassall. Gulliford’s race ended on the next lap when he selected the wrong gear and pulled off in a cloud of smoke. Clark extended his lead on lap 3 but he crossed the line shaking his head. Was the championship going to take another turn? Davis hit back with the fastest lap of the race but Clark still led by 0.762s. Hatfield’s good drive came to nothing on lap 5 when he retired and this elevated Hassall who had charged through from the 12th row.

He passed Vaughan going up through Coppice to take fifth spot. However, at Hall Bends he had a massive off when a track rod broke. The red flags were thrown immediately and the result declared at the end of lap 5. We were all glad to see James walking around the paddock later, clearly shaken up and nursing a damaged elbow. So the win went to Dan Clark by 0.980s and allowed him to close the gap on Platt in the championship. “There were no major dramas in the race and the shaking head was just down to a gear selection issue.” Davis finished a worthy second with O’Reilly giving the Viper SK a good result only 0.567s behind. Stephen Clark had a lonely race in fourth place to secure another win in the four stroke class. Mark Vaughan had his best result of the season to finish fifth.

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Race 2
Platt led the championship by one point going into the final race of the season but with grid positions determined by lap times from race 1, he found himself on the seventh row with a lot of work to do. Stephen Clark had a last-minute drama on the dummy grid when the water pump was leaking but with the use of some silicone, he was able to take up his spot on the third row. Pole man Davis led the field slowly out of Barn Corner and when the lights changed he got away first while O’Reilly bogged down. At the end of lap 1 Davis led O’Reilly by 0.491s with Dan Clark in third place. Bennett was next with Platt already up to fifth and looking threatening. Davis went grass tracking at the Gooseneck again on lap 2, losing the lead and dropped back to 7th. Bennett was looking to get in on the action and challenged for second place at the left hander before the mountain but had a spin and dropped to the back of the field. With two laps down, Dan Clark held a narrow lead over O’Reilly with Platt into third place.

Stephen Clark was next, the leading four stroke ahead of Hatfield, a recovering Davis and Vaughan. Platt moved ahead of O’Reilly on lap 3 and closed in on Clark but he got out of shape challenging for the lead at the mountain and had to back off. Davis was making up time and set the fastest lap of the race on lap 3 as he moved into fifth place. Back in eighth place, Aaron Sifleet was dropping water from his Gas Gas which made for a slippery track. On lap 4, Platt took the lead but just before the mountain he skated off across the grass allowing Clark to retake the lead. O’Reilly also went off at the same place but retired while Hatfield spun off at the hairpin. At half distance Clark led Platt by 1.632s with Stephen Clark in third. Davis was up to fourth ahead of the three Raider karts of Vaughan, Goodliffe and Roberts.

Platt closed in again on Clark and on lap 6 he swept past into the lead on the approach to Coppice. Despite a few scares due to the slippery track he kept Clark at bay. With one arm aloft he took the win to seal his fourth consecutive championship and equal that of his engine tuner John Riley. A tearful Platt was speechless in parc fermé after an epic drive. Dan Clark was also emotionally drained having come so close to securing his first title. “We messed up on the chassis settings after the first race which resulted in the back end having too much grip and the front pushing on.” After dropped scores he had lost out on the championship by seven points. Davis was pushing hard in fourth place and caught and passed Stephen Clark on lap 7 but at the flag, the four stroke KTM got the better of the two stroke Honda. Mark Vaughan completed an excellent weekend with sixth place while Moss got the better of Goodliffe on the final lap to take sixth spot. Roberts’ race ended on lap 6 with a broken plug tip.

F125 Open Superkarts – Rounds 7 & 8

Rounds 7 & 8, Rockingham 10th August 2014

Needham extends his title lead in tricky conditions

Chris Needham scored another double win, this time at the new venue of Rockingham where severe weather and red flags were the order of the day.

Qualifying

There was a disappointing entry for this meeting for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless the top ten in the championship were all present. The timed session was held in dry, cloudy but breezy conditions. Liam Morley was soon on the pace and banged in a time of 1m 10.502s to claim pole position. “We hadn’t made any changes since this morning and had a target time that was half a second quicker. We bolted on a new set of Dunlops and went for it. When I saw the time come up on the data logger I was happy that I had the job done,” he said. After topping the times in the morning warm-up, Chris Needham was struggling to get near the time as his Hoosier tyres were past their best having done three meetings. He pitted and put on a set that were only one meeting old. On his second lap he set a time of 1m 10.563s just 0.061s behind Morley. Lee Harpham (1m 11.465s) secured third place on the grid but he was suffering from under steer and went off twice at Brook corner. Only 0.022s slower was Matt Isherwood (1m 11.487s). “The motor is a bit down on power. I could get more out of the kart but I am not sure how,” he said. Recently crowned English champion Kirk Cattermole (1m 11.563s) was fifth quickest. He had cured an understeer problem but the motor was cutting out through the long right handed Kirby Deene section. Sam Moss (1m 11.995s) was first out on track but struggled with a lot of oversteer but persevered and set his time on the last lap. Danny Butler (1m 12.303s) reverted back to his F1 chassis for this meeting feeling that the new HRK chassis and a new circuit would be too much to learn. Unfortunately, he ended qualifying with a seized TM motor. Completing row 4 was Louis Wall (1m 12.733s). He pitted after one lap having scrubbed in a new set of tyres before going out on a set used at Anglesey. He had a slight misfi re through the Kirby Deene section so decided to park the kart rather than risk any damage. Dan Edwards (1m 12.876s) was a lowly ninth quickest. He had changed from Hoosiers to Dunlops but hadn’t changed the gearing so he was only pulling 12kph along the straight. Neil Robinson (1m 13.816s) rounded out the top ten.

Race 1

As a result of Hurricane Bertha paying a visit to Rockingham, the first race was delayed by almost 90 minutes. With skies brightening, the Superkarts went out on wet tyres and were given two laps behind the pace car to acclimatise. When the lights changed, Morley bogged down on pole position, allowing Needham and Isherwood to get past on the run to the first corner with Moss also getting ahead. Sam then drove around the outside of Ma. to grab second place. At the end of lap 1 Needham had an advantage of 0.534s over Moss while Harpham, who had his TM load up at the start, passed Morley up the inside at Tarzan hairpin to take third place with Isherwood shuffled back to fi . h spot. Needham doubled his lead on lap 2 with Harpham closing in on Moss while Isherwood wasn’t having a good time and lost another place to Wall. Moss then found the track conditions to his liking and halved the lead setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. He was noticeably quicker than Needham and at Yentwood on lap 4 he made a challenge for the lead but wasn’t quite close enough. Next time around Moss made the same manoeuvre and this time he was through and into the lead. But a red flag was waved with seven minutes still remaining on the clock. Simon Rushforth and Tony Long had gone off without damage at Gracelands but were deemed to be in a dangerous position so the officials had li_ le choice. The results were then taken counting back one lap so Needham regained the top spot. “Sam drove a good race. I wasn’t going to fi ght him for the lead as I knew that he wasn’t challenging me in the championship,” explained Needham.

Race 2

With grid positions determined by lap times in race one, Moss was on pole position with Needham alongside. A. er the circuit was lashed with rain again, the sun came out and we had blue sky. Half an hour behind schedule the grid formed up with the track dry enough for slicks, although there were a couple of damp patches. Moss didn’t make the cleanest of starts and allowed Needham to take the lead. Morley looked for a way up the inside of Moss entering Brook but got on a wet patch of Tarmac and this allowed Isherwood into second place. Isherwood then outbraked his team-mate into Tarzan to take the lead at the end of lap 1 while Morley had displaced Moss at Yentwood to take third place and Cattermole passed Moss on the exit of Tarzan to claim fourth. Dan Edwards was next ahead of Harpham who had lost out again at the start when his TM loaded up. Needham repassed his team-mate on lap 2 and opened up a useful lead as the rest squabbled over second place. Isherwood was struggling with the handling of his Anderson. Ca_ ermole and Morley got past at Yentwood while Moss drove round the outside at Gracelands to push Isherwood back to fifth place. By lap 4 the race had se_ led down with Needham 2.017s ahead and Morley fi rmly established in second place ahead of Cattermole. Moss, Isherwood and Harpham were dicing over fourth place but Isherwood lost ground on the pair on lap 5. Edwards was holding seventh place but he spun at Yentwood letting Butler and Wall past. Butlers race ended 200 yards further on when the big end in his TM failed. Needham set the fastest lap of the race on lap 6 and continued to increase his lead over Morley. Cattermole lost his third place at the end of the following lap when he pulled into the pits with a broken split link on the chain which le. Moss and Harpham to fight over that position. Moss was struggling with oversteer while Harpham also had some handling issues. They were locked together for the next three laps and then Harpham seized his chance when they came across backmarkers at the end of lap 10. Harpham drew alongside on the exit of Tarzan and moved ahead as they started lap 11. But then we had another red flag. There was some confusion as to why but the reason given was debris on the track. With results taken back a lap Needham was declared the winner while Moss benefited on the count back and secured third place.