Daytona Milton Keynes 2018 InKart Championships
Round Five Race Report (PDF Download)
Cadets (Division 1 & 2 Combined)
The opening heat started with Eddie Key in pole, Joshua Jones in second and Riley Bishop in third. Bishop got a tremendous start and was able to move into P2 as the lights went out. The top 3 starting breaking away from the rest of the pack as they were clocking in impressive lap times. Key had pressure from the karts behind so he started driving defensively. Pughe, who started in 4th, made his way up to 2nd. A battle commenced at the front with the top three drivers switching positions. Pughe finished first with Coburn in second after an impressive drive. Key finished in third.
For heat 2, Charlie Cusack started in pole. With Ronnie Coburn in second and Jensen Pughe in third. Michael Dalton, who started at the back of Division 1, got a tremendous start anticipating the lights well. Cusack soon became defensive from the pressure of the karts behind as Coburn and Bishop were challenging him into Turn 9. Though, Coburn was able to take Cusack for the lead on lap 2 and successfully maintained his position to win the heat. Pughe placed himself into 2nd and was pushing to catch the leader, however, Bishop was able to take Pughe for 2nd on turn 2.
The Division 2 drivers lined up at the back of the grid with Josh Weston in front, Ollie Bishop in second and Daniel Cebula in third. Bishop soon placed his kart on the inside of Weston and was able to take the lead till the end of the heat. He got the fastest lap amongst the Division 2 drivers. Cebula then saw his chance at National and was able to take 2nd place from Weston.
The third heat started with Jenson Pooley in first, Ryan Hedge in second and Kasper Marriott in third. Due to a jump start, Hedge was awarded a penalty during the first lap, this meant that he would be awarded a 5-place penalty, therefore, the positions on track were provisional. Pooley and Eddie Key were soon on the back of Hedge’s bumper challenging for the lead. Key got good momentum from the last corner and took Hedge on the inside of Turn 1 to solidify the lead. Key, starting the heat in 5th made the most progress and clocked in the fastest lap time of the heat of 58.9 seconds. Nathan Ampofo-anim and Cusack were promoted to the top 3 as a consequence of the penalty awarded to Hedge.
In Division 2, Cebula was gridded at the front, Bishop in second and Weston in third. Cebula and Bishop started a battle at the front with Weston pushing to catch up. Soon, Weston became fastest Division 2 driver by over 1 second and started to challenged Cebula and Bishop to their positions. Weston won the heat 6 seconds ahead of Bishop and Cebula finished in third.
Heat 4 started with Dalton in pole, Toby Purbrick in second and Ampofo-Anim in third. Marriott got the most progressive start as he made his way into 2nd after starting 5th on the opening laps, most of the overtakes occurring during Turns 2 and 3. On lap 5, Marriott was able to take the lead and get a 1.5 second lead. Hedge, who started in 5th, made a move for 2nd on the 6th lap and was able to start putting pressure on Marriott by the end of the heat after clocking in some impressive lap times. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time, with Hedge finishing just 0.2 seconds behind Marriott. Dalton finished in third.
The first final started with Jenson Pooley in pole, Jones in second and Purbrick. Purbrick got a good start and made his way into 2nd position. Jones started to put pressure on him so Purbrick started to drive defensively through the National link. Pooley, who remained in 1st position throughout the opening lap, was able to gain a 1.6 seconds lead by lap 3. As Purbrick was continuing to defend 2nd, karts began to build up. Dalton and Jones started battling for 3rd position, Jones lost out from an incident that occurred with Dalton. Dalton let Jones past on the next corner and Jones was able to cross the finishing line in third position. Pooley finished with a 7.7 seconds lead, Purbrick in second.
In Division 2, Weston started in the front, Bishop in second and Cebula in third. Cebula got a good start and was soon able to clock in fast lap times being amongst the Division 1 drivers. He made his way to 4th overall by the end of the heat. Weston and Bishop were locked together around the track and only finished 0.5 seconds apart after 12 laps.
The last final started with Coburn in pole. Pughe in second and Key in third. Pooley sat at the back of the grid after a successful win from the B Final. Bishop got an impressive start and by lap 2 was starting to put pressure on the top drivers by positioning himself 3rd. Turn 10, the heaviest braking point on the circuit, saw Bishop continue his battle. He dived on the inside of Pughe and was able to solidify second on the exit. As Bishop was now in second he was able to keep his head down to try and catch Coburn. Key saw an opportunity at the National link and held the inside of Pughe, taking 3rd. Pughe wasn’t giving up so easily and he made an impressive overtake on the last corner to take back 3rd. Marriott started to get into the mix as him and Bishop got past Pughe on lap 9. This allowed Marriott to progress to 3rd by the end of the final. Coburn took his first win in style, winning by 6.1 seconds. Bishop took second.
Junior Division 2
The opening heat started with Adam Thomas on pole, Harrison Williams in second and Riley Bettie in third. After a great start, Bettie was able to take Williams around the outside of Turn 2. With a battle between second and third, Thomas, the pole setter, gained a 1.7 seconds lead after an impressive opening lap. Malachi Newland, who started in 4th position, took Bettie into Turn 1 after a great exit from the last corner. After the manoeuvre, Newland began driving defensively to keep Bettie behind him. With Thomas in clean air, he was able to clock the fastest lap time, with an impressive 1.01.3, 0.4 seconds clear from any other driver on the grid. The first heat finished with Thomas in first, Bettie in second and Newland in third. A close battle for second.
In the second heat, Lloyd Kay started in pole position with Oliver Metrovich in second and Newland in third. Newland had an attempt on Metrovich down the inside of Turn 4, yet, the move didn’t stick and Metrovich was able to out run Newland out of the corner. The final part of the track was driven excellently by Kay and Metrovich as they were able to finish lap one 2 seconds clear of the pack. Within a few laps, Dylan Silk had made his way to the front and made a move on Metrovich, Metrovich didn’t give up the fight as he stayed on the tail of Silk. Adam Thomas, who started in last position, made his way to 3rd by the end of the race, clocking in the fastest lap time of the heat. Silk finished the heat in 1st position, Metrovich in second.
For heat 3, Fernando Otabil lined up in pole position, Mark Versallion in second and Kyle Carpenter in third. At the end of the opening lap, most of the positions shuffled as there was a racing incident at Turn 10. The beneficiary, Versallion, was able to lead the pack through lap 2. By the end of lap 4, Armandas Pocevicius caught up to Versallion and attempted a move for the lead at turn 4. He executed it well and placed himself out front till the end of the race. A battle for 3rd commenced with Otabil, Aaron Medford and Kay. They began switching positions as all drivers were determined to finish in the top 3. Medford did exceptionally well to defend to Kay as he was able to cross the finishing line in 3rd. Versallion finished in 2nd with Pocevicius taking the win.
The final heat took place with Pocevicius in 1st, Silk in second and Riley Bettie in third. Metrovich, who was gridded second to last, got an impeccable start after judging the lights perfectly, this allowed him to get into 3rd on the opening lap. He began putting pressure on Bettie, but Bettie responded well and was able to defend to Metrovich. The two drivers started to switch positions around lap 3. As they were in the middle of their battle, Pocevicius put the quickest lap time in of the day – 59.7. He was able to maintain his fast pace and cross the finishing line in the top spot. Near the end of the race, Bettie unfortunately dropped down to P5, losing out on his top 3 battle. Williams was promoted into third.
The first final of the day had Medford on pole, Otabil in second and Williams in third. Otabil got a great start and tucked in behind Medford during the opening corners. By lap 2, Williams had made his way to the front and challenged Medford on Turn 3. A few corners later, Newland took Otabil into Turn 5. Williams quickly got himself into the P1, however, Newland challenged Williams by taking back the lead. He managed to build a 0.4 lead, but Williams wasn’t out of sight. Williams began taking 0.2 seconds off Newlands lap and was able to get back the lead on lap 6 into Turn 2. Williams then was able to extend his lead and took the win with Medford in second position and Kay in third.
Pocevicius scored maximum points in the heats from two successful wins, which put him on pole for the A Final. Thomas started in second with Metrovich in 3rd. Metrovich got a good start and was able to place himself near the leaders on the opening few corners. Williams, who had been promoted from Final B, found himself in 5th position after starting from the back of the grid, an impressive drive on the first couple of laps. Silk began to put immense pressure onto Metrovich for 3th as both drivers were hoping to finish in the podium positions. By lap 5, it seemed that Pocevicius had the win; though, Thomas (in third) began catching the leader lap by lap. Thomas was able to get the fastest lap time as he was determined to catch the leader, however, the Final wasn’t long enough and Pocevicius was able to successfully take the win, completing a perfect round. Thomas finished in a well-deserved second place, with Silk in third.
Junior Division 1
The opening heat for the Junior Division 1 started with Kip Morgan on pole, Daniel Watson in second and Alex Simmons in third. Williams, who started in 5th, got a great start and was able to promote himself up to P3 after the start and to the leading position after the opening lap. Even after 3 laps, the pack was inseparable with only 1.3 seconds covering from front to back. Eden Rosenfield, who started in last place, managed to make his way through the pack after some impressive overtakes to take the lead after 7 laps. Matthew Plumb, in his first race in Division 1, stayed out of trouble and drove some fast lines to promote himself into 5th by the end of the heat. Rosenfield completed the heat in first, Williams in second and Daniel Watson in third.
The second heat started with Archie Styant on pole, Ali Mirzai in second and Simmons in third. All of the karts got a good start after they anticipated the lights well. At the back of the grid, Jack Stewart was challenging Morgan for P5. By lap 2, Stewart was able to make a successful move. Stewart began to make his way up the grid to positively take P3. Simmons followed Mirzai through Turn 10 and was able to follow Mirzai into Turn 11 and dive on the inside to solidify position 2 at the end of the heat. Styant, the pole sitter, maintained his position throughout the heat and took the win by just 0.2 seconds to P2.
The final heat saw Rosenfield in pole, Williams in second and Plumb in third. After a good start, Plumb tucked in behind Rosenfield and followed around the first lap. Rosenfield increased his pace and broke away from the pack in the first few laps. He positioned himself well on the track and didn’t come under any threat from other drivers, a clean race for him. From Williams losing out P2 on the grid he was determined to get the position back. From the start, he had been challenging Plumb for the position and was able to take the position back on the entry of Turn 5 after taking the wide line on Turn 4 to get a good exit. Stewart who unfortunately finished at the back of the grid was able to take home the fastest lap time of the final heat for the Juniors. Rosenfield took a 5.3 second win, Williams and Plumb following.
After two successful wins from the heats, Rosenfield was placed in first position. Williams gridded in second, with Styant in third. After a tremendous start from 5th, Watson, was able to place in the top 3 on the opening lap. At the back of the grid a battle commenced between half of the drivers, all of them determined to progress and get to the front. Stewart began to make his way through the grid after clocking fast lap times, being the fastest driver in the middle of the heat. Williams, who followed Rosenfield through the opening laps was able to take the lead through the National link, he then began to extend his lead. Rosenfield refused to lose Williams out of his sight and soon became the fastest driver on track. He challenged Williams a few times; however, Williams just got the edge on Rosenfield by 0.5 seconds, to take the win. Watson finished in 3rd after starting 5th on the grid – an impressive drive.
Super Pole Qualifying Results
The first heat of the Senior InKart saw Mayor on pole, Davison in second and Fenton in third. On the opening lap, Fenton started closing down Davison who had got past him at the start. Mayor had some room to get his head down and put in some clean lap times. In the Heavies’ category, Andy Fryer started in pole, and lead the pack around. There was merely 3 seconds covering the pack. Cummins was chasing down Fryer for the lead. Back at the front, Davison had caught up to Mayor and the two drivers were locked together. Simmons, in 8th place, was able to work together with Tillyer as well as fight for position. Simmons got an edge of 0.6 seconds by the end of the heat after some clean racing. Taverner began chasing down Fenton for 3rd position, though, the two drivers clocked almost alike lap times, Fenton was able to take 3rd. Near the end of the race, Mayor was able to create a 1.8 second gap and take the win. Davison finished in second with Fenton in third. In the Heavies’ category, Fryer finished ahead.
In the second heat, Kiran Govind started on pole, Matt Costin in second with Jacob Stevens in third. Govind continued to hold onto first position for the opening lap until Taylor took the lead on lap 2. Sporn got a tremendous start that enabled him to battle in the top 3 early on in the heat. Mayor, who started in last place, was able to get into 13th position by the end of lap 2, showing his ability to get through slower traffic fast and cleanly. In the heavies’, Fryer started at the back of the grid, he was able to get up to 3rd early on in the heat. Fryer and Donnelly clocked in identical lap times, though, Fryer eventually got in front of Donnelly and took the win by 5 seconds. Back at the front, Fenton got a great run out of Turn 11 and started pressuring Levey who he overtook on lap 5. Taylor was able to take the win 2.4 seconds to Fenton. Levey successfully took third.
The final started with Mayor on pole after two successful heats. Fenton in second with Taylor in third. Fryer took pole for the Heavies after two wins from the heats. Mayor and Fenton got successful starts and drove together, only 0.3 seconds separating them around lap one. After Fryer made a false start, he was awarded a 5-place penalty, this meant that the standings for the heavies were only provisional. Mayor got into clean air and was able to clock in impressive lap times, he managed to be the only driver on track to complete a 1:09 lap as he drove to victory by over 4 seconds. Full course yellow was deployed on lap 5. Kart 25, Fenton, was awarded a penalty for speeding under yellows. As the yellow flags were lifted, racing got underway. Davison caught up to Fenton and took the inside line on Turn 10, Fenton didn’t see him and drove a wide line through the corner which lost him speed, this pushed him out of the top 3. By the 8th lap, only a few karts were bunched together, Taverner was on the tail on Lawrence on the last corner and took Lawrence on the closing laps to take 5th position. Mayor took a strong win, Davison in second and Taylor in third. In the Heavies’ category, Donnelly took the win, with Saward in second and Reed in third.