National InKart Championships 2019
Round Eight Race Report (PDF Download)
Spring Championships Round 8
Just under half way into qualifying Sam Halle-Hinxman was the first driver to clock a time under 1 minute. He was challenged by Arjun Ghirra but responded with a faster lap time which placed him back at the top of the leader board. Kian Gamiao built his speed up throughout the qualifying and became the fastest driver out on track with 2 minutes to go by over half a second. Halle-Hinxman closed the gap to Gamiao by the end of the qualifying session. Michael Dalton finished as the highest placed Cadet driver.
From the first flying lap, Ronnie Coburn topped the timing sheets with Daniel Watson challenging his top position early on in the session. As the track got a layer of grip down the lap times started to drop with Adam Hill putting in a flying lap placing him in 2nd overall. The top 7 drivers were only split by 0.6 seconds by the end of the qualifying session with Daniel Watson remaining as the highest placed Junior driver.
Rupert Versallion started in pole position for the B Final with Nathan Ampofo-Anim and Donell Straton in third. As the lights went out to start the race, all karts got a good start with Versallion holding his lead position around the opening lap. He built up a gap to second position but had Donell Straton not far behind wanting to close the gap. In the beginning stages of the race, Straton received a 5-place penalty for an incident out on circuit which meant his placement was only provisional for the remainder of the race. By lap 5, the top 3 karts were locked together and driving defensively to keep their competitors behind them. Max Fallon turned up the pace and overtook the top 2 drivers within a matter of laps, this enabled him to take the lead. After an incident, early on in the race, Nathan Ampofo-Anim lost out on his position, however, he didn’t lose his determination and was back up to 3rd by Lap 14. Max Fallon successfully took the win from Rupert Versallion and Nathan Ampofo-Anim who finished in second and third respectively.
1st – Max Fallon
2nd – Rupert Versallion
3rd – Nathan Ampofo-Anim
Kip Morgan started on pole with Ryan Hedge in second and Lloyd Kay in third. Morgan held onto his leading position around Lap 1. Hedge followed Morgan through and held with him which created a margin to the rest of their competitors. Within a few laps, the karts behind the top 2 caught up which began a 5-kart battle for the leading position. In the middle of the race, Hedge got awarded a 5-place penalty which meant his position was only provisional throughout the race, this didn’t distract him from his race as he continued to battle with his competitors for the remainder of the race. Fernando Hartogs was having an amazing race after starting near the back of the grid he was able to proceed into 2nd by Lap 11 and was heavily defending to Tom Ryan in P3. Morgan took the chequered flag after an incredibly consistent race. Hartogs finished in second with Kaiden Buckthorpe in third.
1st – Kip Morgan
2nd – Fernando Hartogs
3rd – Kaiden Buckthorpe
Ronnie Coburn started on pole with Adam Hill in second and George Barker in third. Coburn got an early break as he anticipated the lights well and got a great start. Michael Dalton received a penalty on Lap 1 after an incident at T4, which meant his placement was only provisional for the remainder of the race, although he continued battling with his fellow competitors whilst completing the final in 5th position on the track. A battle for P2 started early on in the race with Barker, Shravan Shanmugavel and Hill in the mix. Shravan Shanmugavel took Barker on Lap 10 for P2, though, Barker responded by getting him back on the following lap. Coburn took the win after a very consistent race, Shravan Shanmugavel took P2 with George Barker in third.
1st – Ronnie Coburn
2nd – Shravan Shanmugavel
3rd – George Barker
Daniel Watson started at the front with Kian Gamiao in second and Callum O’Donnell in third. Gamiao got into the lead early on with Watson challenging his every move as the two top drivers created a marginal gap to their competitors. It did not take long for Arjun Ghirra to join the top battle as he was making his way forward from 5th on the grid. From the middle of the race, an immense battle started with the top 6 drivers locked together. There were constant position changes and defensive moves as everyone was trying to progress forward or hold onto their position. During the battle, Sam Halle-Hinxman and Arjun Ghirra received penalty boards due to 2 separate incidents on track. Gamiao successfully defended to Bishop who crossed the line only 0.2 seconds behind him. Watson was promoted to 3rd after the penalties were awarded.
1st – Kian Gamiao
2nd – Ollie Bishop
3rd – Daniel Watson