National InKart Championships 2019
Round Seven Race Report (PDF Download)
Spring Championships Round 7
From early on in the session, Ronnie Coburn topped the timing sheet. Half way through qualifying, Coburn was over 1 second faster than any other driver out on track. With the final minutes approaching the end of the session, Daniel Watson lapped a time challenging Coburn and overtook the top spot by only 0.014 seconds. On the final flying lap, Coburn regained his top position by 0.151 seconds from Watson.
Approaching mid-way through the second qualifying session, Nathan Ampofo-Anim topped the timing sheets only a few tenths clear from Jensen Pughe. With 4 minutes to go, Michael Dalton took Pole from Ampofo-Anim by only 0.1 seconds but it only took another lap for Ampofo-Anim to clock a lap quicker and lead the group again. Pughe got in the middle of the two drivers with them topping the timing sheets after a very close qualifying session with the top 8 drivers within 1 second of each other. Riley Bettie set a blistering lap only 0.273 seconds off the leader being the quickest Junior driver of the session.
Jotham Ampofo-Anim started on pole with Harrison Leach in second and Adam Hill in third. Donell Straton, who started in 4th, made an impressive start and was soon putting pressure on the karts in front. By Turn 5, he was trying to hold his position on the inside of the turn. He made his way to P2 after a great overtake at Turn 10. Jotham maintained his position out in the lead with his competitors attempting to put pressure on him. A 6-kart battle opened early on in the race with positions switching as the drivers showed impressive respectful racing. As the Cadet’s caught up to a backmarker from the Junior grid, Jotham was able to extend his lead to 1.8 seconds, as well as, Adam Hill making his way to P2. Mid-way through the race, the Cadet’s pace increased with Jotham dropping back to 5th position. Hill took the lead on lap 11 after setting some blistering lap times, 0.8 seconds faster than his fellow competitors. On lap 19, Straton received a 5-place penalty after an advantage by contact incident at Turn 9. This meant that Hill took the chequered flag first after a fast and competitive race. Leach took 2nd position with Brooks in third.
1st – Adam Hill
2nd – Harrison Leach
3rd – Luca Brooks
Omari Alleyne started in pole with Callum O’Donnell in second and Ollie Bishop in third. Lloyd Kay, who started in P4, made some impressive moves on the opening lap with a great late-braking manoeuvre at Turn 10 to claim P2. Once Bishop got into the leading position, there was no stopping him as he started to set blistering lap times, consistently clear of his competitors. After Alleyne dropped down a few places in the opening laps, he made his way back up to P2 on T10 by an impressive move. Bishop took a maiden win after pushing hard throughout the race by setting the fastest lap time in the Junior category. Alleyne took the chequered flag in P2 with O’Donnell in third position.
1st – Ollie Bishop
2nd – Omari Alleyne
3rd – Callum O’Donnell
Ronnie Coburn started in Pole with Nathan Ampofo-Anim in second and Jensen Pughe in third. Pughe made a well anticipated start by making it up to P2 by the apex of T1. He soon got onto the tail of Coburn. After a few laps, Michael Dalton joined the battle at the front by putting pressure on Pughe. Pughe positioned himself on the outside of the corner at T6 and was able to take the leading position on lap 4. Pughe was able to extend his lead from Coburn as Dalton and Coburn began switching positions in a battle for P2. As Coburn got back into P2 he began pushing which resulted in his lap times improving, matching Pughe’s pace. By lap 15, Coburn was back on the tail of Pughe, putting pressure on him at every corner. Pughe maintained his leading position throughout the remaining time of the race with Coburn finishing closely in P2. Dalton finished in 3rd for the Cadet’s class.
1st – Jensen Pughe
2nd – Ronnie Coburn
3rd – Michael Dalton
Starting on pole was Daniel Watson, with Riley Bettie and Ryan Hedge starting behind. The pole sitter got an amazing start and was able to create a marginal gap on the first lap. After only a few laps, Watson built up a 2 second lead whilst setting fastest lap times each and every lap which allowed him to continuously extend the gap to P2. Riley Bettie had an unfortunate spin on lap 4 which resulted in him dropping down the leader board. By the end of the race, he made his way back up to P5. After 20 minutes of racing, Watson saw the chequered flag first after an impressive and consistent drive. Kian Gamiao had a successful race after making his way from P4 to P2 by the end of the Final, Ryan Hedge finished in P3.
1st – Daniel Watson
2nd – Kian Gamiao
3rd – Ryan Hedge