Daytona Milton Keynes 2018 InKart Championships
Round Ten Race Report (PDF Download)
Division 2 Cadets
Heat 1 started with Max Fallon in pole, Luca Brooks in second and Rhys Safo in third. Max Fallon got an amazing start, being able to break some time to the drivers behind and create a gap to 3.1 seconds. Rhys Safo and Shravan Shanmugavel moved up positions in the opening laps to round out the top 3 on lap 2. Safo started to consistently clock lap times 0.2 seconds quicker than the leader, chasing him down to a gap of 1.5 seconds. On lap 4, Fallon clocked a blistering lap, 1.6 seconds clear of anyone else, increasing the gap back to 3 seconds for the lead. Kian Gamiao, who started in last place, had proceeded into 4th after an impressing drive through the grid. The leader, Fallon, made a mistake on lap 6 which allowed Safo to take the win by 0.4 seconds. Shravan Shanmugavel finished in third.
The second heat started with Kian Gamiao, George Barker in second, Jenson Jowett in third. After a few spins on the opening lap; Gamiao, Versallion and Barker rounded the top three positions. Versallion took the lead on lap 2, and extended the lead to 2.5 seconds by the end of lap 3. After a spin from Versallion, Gamiao was able to regain the lead. Fallon, who finished second in the previous heat, started at the back of this heat and was positioned in P3 after a great drive through the grid. On lap 5, Versallion took Gamiao on Turn 11 and was able to hold onto the lead for the rest of the heat. Gamiao finished in second and Fallon took third place.
Cameron Barnard started in pole for Heat 3, Rupert Versallion in second and Harry Dark in third. Versallion moved into first position by Turn 2 and was able to hold the lead around the first lap. He soon became the fastest driver on track by over 1 second. After the opening laps, the positions remained stable as the drivers created gaps between them. Versallion took the win by over 10 seconds to Leach in second. After starting second to last, Beaumont finished in third place after an impressive drive.
The final heat started with Samuel Halle-Hinxman in pole, Henry Beaumont in second and Kaiden Buckthorpe in third. As the rained continued to pour, the track was getting increasingly slippy. Turn 2 caused 5 drivers to spin, which split the grid into two groups. Beaumont got a successful start and led the group around by 3.3 seconds. Halle-Hinxman and Safo battled for 2nd position around lap 3 allowing Beaumont to extend his lead even more. Continuing through the final heat, Safo clocked the fastest lap of the race, 1:16:038, and put immense pressure on Beaumont. By the following lap, they were racing simultaneously. After an accidental spin, Safo spun which allowed Beaumont to be clear of pressure. Shravan Shanmugavel finished in third.
The B-Final started with Samuel Halle-Hinxman in first, Kaiden Buckthorpe in second and Jenson Jowett in third. On the opening lap, Buckthorpe spun under yellows which meant he started at the back of the grid. The top 4 drivers were locked together around the first lap. Halle Hinxman, who dropped down after the first lap regained second place on lap 2. By the end of the lap Halle-Hinxman proceeded into first position. And over the next few laps he was able to open up a huge lead of 10.3 seconds. As the chequered dropped, Halle-Hinxman took the win by 14 seconds, Alex Ivanov took second, after gaining 3 positions. Harrison Smith took third.
The A-Final started with Rupert Versallion in first, Rhys Safo in second and Henry Beaumont in third. Versallion kept it cool on the first lap, being able to clock in after the first lap in the lead by 2 seconds. 3 karts went into Turn 5, with Fallon taking an advantageous move and coming out in 2nd. Halle-Hinxman who progressed from the B-Final, was now up to second place. Gamiao, who progressed into second place, was clocking in lap times 0.5 seconds faster than the drivers in front. Unfortunately, Gamiao spun and subsequently lost 3 places. This allowed Halle-Hinxman to once again get back into 2nd. Versallion finished in first place, taking the win by 8.2 seconds. Halle-Hinxman had a successful final coming from the back of the grid and taking second. Beaumont finished in third.
Division 2 Juniors
Heat one started with Callum O’Donnell in first, Alex Solley in second and Liam Crabb in third. All drivers got a clean start with O’Donnell leading the pack around Turn one. A few spins on the opening lap split the grid up into separate groups. Adam Thomas, starting from the second to last position on the grid, took the lead of the opening heat by the end of lap one after successfully making his way through the field. However, at Turn 11 on the second lap, Thomas made an unfortunate mistake and was down to 4th. Lewis Bone took Thomas into Turn 10 for 4th position on lap 5. Solley, who gained the lead early on started to get pressure from Bone who was on a chase for the lead. After consistent best lap times, Bone caught on the back of Solley, attempting to overtake until the chequered flag. He was able to take Solley at Turn 9 and the win. O’Donnell took third.
Heat 2 started with Oliver Metrovich in first, Arjun Ghirra in second and Lloyd Kay in third. After a busy opening lap with karts spinning and drivers losing position, Metrovich was able to extend his lead to 1.8 seconds. Kay moved up to second and Arjun Ghirra in third. Metrovich’s lead was extending as Solley and Kay were battling for 2nd position. For the rest of the heat, the positions remained the same. Metrovich finished in first place, Kay finished 2.8 seconds behind with Solley in third.
The final heat started with Fernando Hartogs in first, Adam Thomas in second and Lewis Bone in third. Thomas got a good start and was able to take the lead on the first lap. His lead extended to 4.1 seconds to Metrovich in second, who obtained second position after making up 6 places in only 2 laps. Ghirra began to chase for 4th position, shaving 0.3 seconds a lap off Kay every lap. But Kay noticed Ghirra approaching and turned up his pace which allowed him to be 1 second clear of Ghirra. Thomas took the win by over 10 seconds, Metrovich finished second with Bone in third.
The B-Final started with Ollie Bishop in first, Arjun Ghirra in second and Liam Crabb in third. On the opening lap, Crabb spun at Turn 4 which subsequently placed him at the back of the grid. On lap two, Ghirra consistently closed the gap to Bishop. Bishop responded though and sped up his lap times. Bishop clocked lap times 2 seconds faster than the other drivers and was able to extend the lead to 4.5 seconds. On lap 8, Ghirra had quickly caught up to Bishop and at Turn 4 Bishop spun which allowed Ghirra to take the lead. He was able to complete the final in first place. Bishop in second and Alderton in third.
The A-Final had Oliver Metrovich on pole, Lewis Bone started second and Adam Thomas in third. The opening lap caused some drivers to spin, once again because of the adverse conditions. Metrovich and Thomas were tied together, within 0.3 seconds of one another. On the 3rd lap, Metrovich unfortunately, spun on the exit of Turn 10 which allowed Thomas and Solley to move into the top 2 positions. Metrovich didn’t give up and was determined to make his way up through the grid again. After late braking at Turn 10, he made up some ground on Solley to close the gap to 0.4 seconds. Unfortunately, Solley spun at Turn 10 which put him down to 5th position, he was able to move up into 4th by the end of the final. Thomas finished as the winner, Metrovich in second and Ghirra in third.
Division 1 Cadets
Eddie Key started the first heat of the day in pole position. Michael Dalton in second and Riley Bishop in third. Kasper Marriott anticipated the lights well with him being able to overtake Jensen Pughe into Turn 1. By the end of the first lap, Marriott led the group around with a 0.5 seconds lead from Eddie Key. On lap 2, Marriott spun under braking entering Turn 10, which allowed Key to subsequently take the lead, with an astounding best lap of 1.17.476, 0.7 seconds quicker than any other driver. Key, the current leader, continued to clock fastest lap times, getting down to 1:16:851. The chequered flag was flown to Key, Dalton and then Marriott.
The second heat started with Sam Cole in first position, Ronnie Coburn in second and Andrew McWilliam in third. McWilliam got a brilliant start enabling him to drive into the lead in the opening and obtaining a 1.2 second lead to Sam Cole. Following a spin from McWilliam; Cole, Pughe and Bishop were able to proceed into the top 3 positions on lap 2. As Cole led around lap 3, the other drivers weren’t letting him get away with ease. Close racing commenced with Pughe putting immense pressure on Cole for first place. Ronnie Coburn and McWilliam for 2nd. Pughe took the lead from Cole on Turn 11 on the penultimate lap. Unfortunately, on the final corner of the final lap, Pughe ran wide which allowed Cole to take the win. With Coburn in third.
The final heat for the Cadets started with Charlie Cusack in pole, Nathan Ampofo-Anim in second and Kasper Marriott in third. Sam Cole had an outstanding first lap and was able to take the lead from last place on the grid. His lap times were exceptional, 1.1 seconds faster than any other driver, 4.1 seconds ahead of 2nd position. By lap 4, drivers were settled in the race with gaps appearing between drivers. Cole took a brilliant win by 14.4 seconds. Coburn took second due to an accidental spin by McWilliam. McWilliam finished in third.
Kasper Marriott started in first for the B-Final, Charlie Cusack in second and Nathan Ampofo-Anim in third. On the opening lap, Ampofo-Anim made ground and proceeded into second position. The following lap, Ampofo-Anim yet again made another overtaking manoeuvre being able to extend his lead by 2.9 seconds. After Marriott was able to escape a battle for 2nd, his gap to the karts behind grew to 2.3 seconds. Unfortunately, on lap 6, Ampofo-Anim spun on the exit of Turn 3 which lost him a position to Marriott. As he re-joined the race, Cusack started to put immense pressure on him with the two drivers driving around the rest of the track simultaneously. After a spin from Marriott, Cusack took the win, with Ampofo-Anim in second and Marriott in third.
The A-Final placed Sam Cole in first, Eddie Key in second and Ronnie Coburn in third. Cusack was placed at the back of the grid after successfully winning the B-Final. After the first lap, Cole extended his lead to 0.8 second, clear of any pressure from other drivers. However, by lap 3, Coburn began to clock lap times 0.9 seconds faster than the leader and Coburn closed the gap to only 0.8 second and continued on a charge for the lead. Cole saw Coburn closing a gap to him so he began to quicken his pace, setting his fastest time of the final on lap 6. Coburn responded and took 0.2 second off the gap as a bid to take the win for Round 10. Cole responded once again and was able to take the win by 1.8 seconds to Coburn. Key finished third.
Division 1 Juniors
The first heat started with Kip Morgan in pole, Riley Bettie in second and Ali Mirzai in third. All drivers got a successful start with Jack Stewart, who started at the back accelerating into P6. However, at Turn 4, he was caught up in an incident leaving him at the back of the pack. Determined not to be beaten, he was quickly back on pace and after a few laps, was able to get up to 3rd position whilst putting in one of the fastest lap times. A small battle commenced for P2 on lap 4 which include Olly Hood, Kyle Dunford and Stewart. All three were closely racing, showcasing some brilliant driving, overtaking and defending. After an incident at National, full course yellow was deployed until the end of the race where Morgan took the win, with Ali Mirzai in second and Stewart in third.
For the second heat, Olly Hood started in pole, with Joe Williams and Daniel Watson behind. From lap 1, Hood and Williams raced closely with Hood driving wide on the exit of Turn 11, permitting Williams to take the inside line and take the lead. The forthcoming laps showcased the top 2 drivers switching positions. 2 seconds behind them, Daniel Watson, Matthew Plumb and Kip Morgan were battling for 3rd as the rain continued to fall, making the track increasingly wet. Hood now had a 1.5 second lead to Williams, increasing the gap every lap. Morgan made ground in the braking zone of Turn 10 after tremendous late braking, this enabled him to close the gap to the karts ahead. Hood took an outstanding win from Williams, Watson finished the second heat in third.
For the final Junior heat, Jack Stewart started in pole, Matthew Plumb in second and Kyle Dunford in third. At the end of lap 1, Dunford took the chance to overtake Plumb at the last corner, which was successful. Enabling him to place in second and chase for the lead. Stewart was too quick in the first half of the race for anyone to put pressure on him. His lap times were consistently clocking, 0.7 seconds clear of other drivers. On the exit of Turn 11, Dunford lost control which lost him 2 positions. Though, on the following lap, Dunford was on the charge to catch up with the karts ahead, taking most of the time off in the braking zone of Turn 10. The chequered flag was shown to Stewart, who took the win by 9.7 seconds to Watson. Williams finished the final heat in third.
The final started with Jack Stewart on Pole, Olly Hood in second and Daniel Watson in third. Stewart held onto first place around the first half of the lap but was overtaken by Watson at National. Riley Bettie lunged at Turn 10 after performing some impressive late braking which allowed him to move up the grid. Stewart got the lead back pulling Hood through at the same time. The two drivers were battling out the front, with Watson chasing the leaders on lap 5, currently sat in third. At the back of the grid, Bettie, Morgan and Mirzai were closing battling on lap 7, only 1 second separating the group. As Hood got into the lead, Stewart didn’t let him extend his lead more than 1 second for the rest of the lap. Hood took the chequered first, Stewart in second and Watson in third.
Super Pole Qualifying Results
|2||H – Doug Willingale||1:36:751|
|10||H – Harvey Reed||1:41:191|
Heat 1 started with Jack Mayor on pole, Scott Taylor in second and Charlie Fenton in third. Doug Willingale started on pole in the Heavy Class, with Harvey Reed in second and Barry Weller in third. The first lap was successful with only one minor spin which resulting in Simmons dropping to the back of the grid. Mayor extended his lead to 2.7 seconds with Fenton trying to drive away from Scott Taylor. Willingale, who started on pole for the Heavies, began to overtake the Lights on only lap 2, the second fastest driver. Mayor had a clean race, being able to keep the lead the whole heat. He secured his win by over 5 seconds. Fenton stayed in 2nd, with Taylor in third. Willingale won the heavies, came 9th overall in an outstanding race.
Heat 2 started with Matt Costin on pole, Maddy Withers in second and Toby Sporn in third. For the Heavies, Emmet Cummins started in pole, with Steven Smith and Andy Fryer behind. A tremendous start from Fenton who progressed into the lead from the back of the grid. Davison was on his tail challenging for the lead. It only took 1 lap for Willingale to get into P1 for the heavies after starting the second race at the back. After a spin from Fenton, a lot of momentum was lost. Mayor got on his tail and attempted to get past, Fenton started to drive defensively, not letting him past. Davison took the win by 3.1 seconds to Fenton. Mayor unable to get past Fenton. In the Heavies, Willingale won once again, achieving 15th overall.
The final started with Mayor in first, Davison in second and Fenton in third. Willingale started on pole for the Heavies. Davison took the lead early on with Mayor in second and Taylor in third after the first lap. Mayor took Davison up the back straight with the two of them side by side into Turn 10. Davison got a better exit and had the inside of Turn 11 so was able to keep Mayor behind him. The next lap, Davison knocked the kerb on the exit of Turn 10 which forced him into a spin. Mayor took the lead from him on lap 4. Mayor was able to take the win from Taylor by 4 seconds, Fenton rounded up the Top 3. In the Heavies, Willingale took the win by over 25 seconds to Reed, West finished in third.