National InKart Championships 2019
Round Three Race Report (PDF Download)
Spring Championships Round 3
The first qualifying session started in tough conditions with Pughe clocking the first lap time of the day, 1:22:571. It didn’t take long until the grid was clocking in faster times, even though the weather conditions were getting worse. Adam Thomas clocked in a lap time on the last lap which put him on the top of the leader board with a 1:18:675, 0.8 seconds clear of any of his competitors. Thomas topped the Juniors, with Adam Hill placing in 2nd overall, whilst also being the fastest driver in the Cadet category.
On the opening lap, Ronnie Coburn and Riley Bettie were the two fastest drivers, with O’Donnell pushing to find a few tenths to get to the top spot. On the last lap, Coburn regained first position on the timing screen after dropping down to 3rd previously. Enabling him to take Pole for the final. Daniel Watson finished qualifying in 2nd overall but pole in Juniors.
The Cadet drivers were the first grid to start the B Final with Daniel Cebula on Pole, Max Fallon in second and Nathan Ampofo-Anim. On lap 3, Cebula regained first position around National after an impressive move on Michael Dalton having lost the top position in the opening laps. Ampofo-Anim received a penalty after an incident at Turn 11, this meant that he’d receive a 5-place penalty after the race. After Fallon got into the lead early on in the race, he clocked in lap times over 1 second faster than any of his in-class competitors and was able to grow his lead to 8.8 seconds by lap 13. Cebula, who unfortunately made a mistake at Turn 2 due to poor visibility out of his visor, lost his well-earned position, 2nd, after he returned to the pits on lap 14. Michael Dalton, who started last on the grid, had an impressive race, finishing in 2nd position overall in the B Final after a great battle with Ampofo-Anim. Fallon took the win by 18 seconds an incredible race by him, also being the fastest Cadet in the Final. Cameron Bernard was promoted to 3rd after the penalty was awarded to Ampofo-Anim.
1st – Max Fallon
2nd – Michael Dalton
3rd – Cameron Bernard
20 seconds later the Junior grid set off with Jack Cooper on Pole, Lloyd Kay in second and Kaiden Buckthorpe. Cooper lost 2nd position on lap 4 at National turn after losing momentum out of the corner, enabling Kay to take the leading position. After a few laps, Kay built a lead to the karts behind him but made an unfortunate mistake at Turn 10 which wiped out his lead. Cooper fought hard to keep with Kay and was able to overtake him, though, a few corners later, Kay was back in the lead and once again starting to build a strong lead. Kyle Carpenter, who started in 4th, made his way to 2nd but was receiving pressure from Cooper as the two were locked in the second half of the race. At the end of the race, Kay was able to hold onto his lead by 11 seconds to Carpenter. Cooper finished in 3rd after some great battles with the leaders.
1st – Lloyd Kay
2nd – Kyle Carpenter
3rd – Jack Cooper
Coburn started on Pole, Adam Hill in second and Harrison Leach in third. Leach was on the tail end of Safo heading into Turn 10 and under the braking zone he closed onto Safo and with great momentum out of the corner was able to take Safo for 2nd position. After the opening laps, Coburn stretched his lead to 3.3 seconds to his fellow competitors. On lap 7, Coburn’s lead decreased to 2.5 seconds as Safo started pushing and became the fastest Cadet driver out on track. Coburn responded to this and matched Safo’s time. After a challenging final, Coburn was able to take a 10.2 second win to Safo, who recorded the fastest lap time of the cadet’s race. Leach was able to take 3rd place.
1st – Ronnie Coburn
2nd – Rhys Safo
3rd – Harrison Leach
Daniel Watson started on pole, Adam Thomas in second and Callum O’Donnell in third. Watson and Thomas helped each other in the opening laps to pull away from the rest of the grid. The two were faster than the 4th placed driver, however, Riley Bettie who was in third was 1 second faster and chasing the leaders down. Bettie got into 2nd position on lap 6 after an impressive move on Thomas. As Bettie got into 2nd position he was on the attack for first place and it wasn’t long until he gained the lead. He was the fastest driver on track amongst the Juniors and Cadets and was able to reach 3rd overall. In second and third, Watson and Hill had a tough battle in the closing laps with the drivers swapping positions. At the end of the final, Watson took second place, with Thomas in third position, only 0.4 seconds between the two drivers.
1st – Riley Bettie
2nd – Daniel Watson
3rd – Adam Thomas