Daytona Milton Keynes 2018 InKart Championships
Round Eleven Race Report (PDF Download)
Division 2 Cadets
The opening heat started with Rupert Versallion in first, Henry Beaumont in second and Matthew Ginn in third. After getting a good start, Versallion led the pack around lap 1, but unfortunately span at Turn 10 under the braking zone which subsequently put him into P2. Safo started in 5th position on the grid and by lap 2 he was in first position pushing the kart to get away from the rest of the pack. His lap times were over 1 second faster than any of his competitors and his lead grew to 4 seconds. The lead changed once again as Safo span at Turn 5 as the track’s conditions continued to challenge the young drivers. Versallion got back into the lead and grew the gap to 8 seconds as he became the fastest driver on track. Barker and Hill took their battle until the end with Hill taking Barker by 0.2 seconds. Versallion took the win, Safo finished second with Buckthorpe in third.
The second heat started with Max Fallon in pole, Harrison Leach in second and Cameron Bernard in third. Fallon got a tremendous start and was able to gain a lead of 2.4 seconds in one lap, with that gap he didn’t have any immediate threat. Shravan Shanmugavel, who started in 7th, placed in third on lap 3 and was on the tail of Leach for 2nd position. The pair had a 5-lap battle, racing side to side. With Leach being able to cross the finishing line 3 seconds in front of Shravan Shanmugavel after breaking a gap between them two. Fallon took the win by a staggering 14 seconds.
Samuel Halle-Hinxman started in first for the third heat, Adam Hill in second and Callum White in third. The start saw 6 karts getting caught at Turn 1. By only the second lap, Halle-Hinxman had a 12 second lead as the incident at the start benefitted him, as well as, 3 karts battling for 2nd on the opening laps. Ginn took a clean move on the inside of Turn 11 to claim 4th from Harrison Smith. By lap 4, most of the karts were spread out with drivers working on their wet lines and braking points. Positions remained the same for the final laps of the race. Halle-Hinxman took the win by 10 seconds, Fallon in second and Beaumont in third after a successful race from 8th position on the grid.
The final heat started with George Barker in first, Harry Dark in second and Shravan Shanmugavel in third. Harry Dark got a well anticipated start and drove around Barker at Turn 1. He was able to solidify his overtake at Turn 2 and led the pack around for the opening lap. At the end of the second lap, Safo got the lead at Turn 11, Shravan Shanmugavel followed him through for second. Shravan Shanmugavel continued to hold on the back of Safo putting pressure for the lead of the heat. Halle-Hinxman in third, soon caught on the back of the top 2 drivers, so the top 3 were locked together on the final lap. Halle-Hinxman took Shravan Shanmugavel on Turn 10 to place in second. Safo completed the heat in first place.
The B-Final started with Henry Beaumont in first, Harrison Smith in second and Jenson Jewett in third. All drivers got a good start as they anticipated the lights well. Beaumont kept his lead and extended it to 9.6 seconds by the end of lap 3. Jowett followed Beaumont through but was unable to keep up with his pace as Beaumont started clocking in lap times 2 seconds faster than any other driver. Beaumont started to lap back markers but unfortunately tagged one of them whilst overtaking and was consequently given a 5-place penalty. This promoted Jowett to first position, with Smith in second and Brooks in third. By Jowett finishing in first place, he was then promoted to the back of the final A grid.
The A-Final started with Halle-Hinxman in pole, Fallon in second and Safo in third. Halle-Hinxman lost first place on the opening lap but took the inside of Fallon on Turn 11 to take back the lead. Halfway through the final, Versallion was on the charge to make as many places as possible from starting in 6th. Entering Turn 11, Versallion took the outside line and successfully out broke his fellow competitor to gain 4th position. Shravan Shanmugavel and Leach were having a good battle for 4th position as Versallion moved up to third. Halle-Hinxman took the win by 11.4 seconds, Fallon and Versallion in the following positions.
Division 2 Juniors
The opening heat started with Oliver Metrovich in first, Lewis Bone in second and Louis Alderton in third. The start was successful with all drivers getting a perfect getaway. O’Donnell got pushed out wide at Turn 1 which lost him a place, though, he began fighting back keeping his ground and got into 5th position by lap 4. From the start, Metrovich didn’t have any competition and extended his lead to 6 seconds halfway into the race. O’Donnell continued to make his way up the grid and achieved 3rd position by the end of the race. Metrovich took the win with 12.4 seconds to Bone.
The second heat started with Arjun Ghirra in first, Adam Thomas in second and Alex Solley in third. The top 4 drivers got a good start and were locked together around lap 1. Metrovich took his chances and placed his kart on the inside of Turn 11 to overtake 2 karts, by Turn 1 Ghirra took Metrovich on the inside. Solley, started defending well to shy off 3 karts behind him. Thomas and Metrovich couldn’t find a way past Solley. On lap 5, Thomas drove around Solley at Turn 9 and once he locked onto the grip he was able to accelerate past Solley to take the lead. Thomas held on to the lead, with Solley close behind continuing to defend to Metrovich to the end of the race.
Fernando Hartogs started in first place with Callum O’Donnell in second, Lloyd Kay in third. Hartogs and Marcus Allan spun on the opening lap which subsequently lost them their positions. O’Donnell and Kay were the top two drivers around lap 2, coming together for some close racing. By lap 3, O’Donnell got the edge on Kay and extended his lead to 2.7 seconds. By the end of the heat, O’Donnell took the win by 3.6 seconds with Ghirra behind and Kay in third.
The final heat began with Callum Wright in first, Marcus Allan in second and Ollie Bishop in third. Marcus Allen took a brave move at Turn 4 for the lead but over shot it and unfortunately span which placed him near the back on the grid. Thomas took Bone on the outside of Turn 6 to get in to the lead. Thomas became the quickest driver out on track by over 2 seconds as he extended his lead to 3 seconds. The chequered flag was shown to Thomas first, with Bone in second and Bishop in third.
The B-Final started with Lloyd Kay in first, Ollie Bishop in second and Kyle Carpenter in third. Marcus Allan got a tremendous start and was able to move from 5th to 3rd before the first corner. Though, unfortunately spun out at Turn 5 and lost momentum. Lloyd Kay had a consistent final, starting from pole, and being able to hold onto the lead after a busy first lap. By lap 4, he extended his lead to 3.222 seconds and increased the gap per lap by 0.5 seconds. Lloyd Kay, finished in 1st with a 9 second win. Carpenter finished in second and Hartogs in third after starting second to last on the grid.
The A-Final started with Thomas in pole, Metrovich in second and O’Donnell in third. Off the start line, Metrovich took the lead of the race into Turn 1 but it was called as a jump start which means Metrovich received a 5-place penalty. The positions were only provisional during the race. Thomas hooked onto the back of O’Donnell and made a switchback manoeuvre at Turn 11 to gain 2nd position. After being promoted from the back of the grid, Kay, raced into 3rd position by lap 6 and was on the chase for 2nd position, Thomas. Because Metrovich received a 5-place penalty, Thomas finished in first place, Kay in second and O’Donnell in third.
Division 1 Cadets
Eddie Key started in pole, Daniel Munro in second and Riley Bishop in third. The opening laps saw great position changes as the track began to dry and the tracks conditions were changing through-out. Key kept his position on track but had immense pressure from McWilliam who climbed from 5th on the grid. McWilliam anticipated his braking well and outbroke Kay going into Turn 2 to take the lead. After the overtake, McWilliam was able to put his head down and create a gap between him and Key. McWilliam took the win, Kay in second and Pughe in third, after setting the fastest lap time in the heat of a 59.9 second lap.
Kasper Marriott started in pole, Sam Cole in second and Michael Dalton in third. Marriott got his lead to 0.5 seconds but had pressure from 4 karts immediately behind him. There were no changes in position with the top 5 karts for the majority of the heat. However, on lap 6 the lead changed as Dalton moved into the leading position due to Marriott placing back in 4th. Cole, who was as the back of the grid, was looking at a gap to get him past Marriott but it seemed like an impossible task as Marriott made his kart as wide as possible. On the final lap, Dalton and Pughe were battling for the lead with the rest of the grid in it for third. Pughe took Dalton on the final corner after a precise overtaking manoeuvre to solidify 1st place! Taking Dalton only 0.008 ahead. Munro in third.
Charlie Cusack started in pole, Ronnie Coburn in second and Andrew McWilliam in third. The opening lap showcased all karts driving from front to rear with Coburn promoting to the lead position. It seemed difficult to break a gap to the kart behind however Coburn managed to get a 0.5 second lead. But Cusack wasn’t letting Coburn out of his sight and locked on the back of him, once again. Cole, who started at the back of the grid, made his way through the pack over the duration of the heat but wasn’t able to break away from McWilliam. Coburn took the win by defending amazingly to Cusack. Cole in third.
The B-Final started with Cole in first, Key in second and Munro in third. Cole had a tremendous start being able to clock in a fast lap time straight away and gain 3.3 seconds from second. Key started to pick up the pace and was matching Cole’s time. The gap remained around 3 seconds with Cole not being able to open the gap to any further than that. Key put a staggering lap time in of 58.00 seconds to be the fastest driver of the day as the track continued to dry. Cole took the win, Key in second and Bishop in third.
The A-Final started with Jenson Pughe in first, Coburn in second and McWilliam in third. Cole started at the back of the grid after being promoted from the B-Final. After responding to the lights well, McWilliam was able to slot behind Pughe, promoting him one position. McWilliam attempted to take Pughe on the outside of Turn 5 which opened a gap for Coburn to come through. Down at National, Cole was able to overtake two karts and promoting himself to first position from the last place on the grid. On lap 4, Cole had a healthy 3.1 second lead so wasn’t being threatened by any other driver. Coburn took Pughe on the outside of Turn 1 to take second position and didn’t hesitate to break a gap to Pughe. Unfortunately, McWilliam misjudged his braking and subsequently spun at Turn 10 which lost his position. The chequered flag was shown to Cole who finished first ahead of Coburn who finished in second. Pughe finished in third.
Division 1 Juniors
Kip Morgan started in pole, with Bettie in second and Silk in third. Hood, who started in 5th, used the opening lap to gain 4 positions and by Turn 11 took a dive for the lead. They began to slow each other down which allowed Plumb to catch up to them. Plumb took Morgan for 2nd place and was on the tail of Hood waiting to make a move. Behind the top 3 drivers followed the battle for 4th which showcased some close racing between Bettie, Silk and Batts. Hood took the win from Plumb, Morgan in third.
The second heat started with Jack Stewart in first, Joe Williams in second and Daniel Watson in third. Stewart got a good start and managed to create a gap from second place by 4.3 seconds to Watson in second. His lead was extending each lap having no threat from any other drivers. Williams and Silk raced closely for 3rd position. Silk was getting close to the back of Williams but didn’t have the opportunity to overtake. Stewart took the win by 9.5 seconds, Watson in second.
The final heat started with Plumb in first, Hood in second and Batts in third. Stewart took a position around Turn 1 and solidifying the move in the braking zone of Turn 2. Hood made a late move for the lead at Turn 10 on Plumb as Plumb hooked behind him and used his slipstream around the following laps. The positions remained the same for the remaining time of the heat. Hood finished 0.5 seconds in front of Plumb. Watson in third.
The final for Junior’s started with Hood in pole, Plumb in second and Stewart in third. The top 3 drivers were locked together around the opening lap. Plumb fell back from Hood which placed Stewart right on the tail of his kart. Stewart tried to take Plumb but was able to make the move stick on the exit of Turn 10. Plumb kept on the back of Stewart for the remainder of the final. At the back of the grid, Bettie and Batts had a good battle till the end with Bettie beating Batts to the line by 0.3 seconds. Hood took a successful win by 6.5 seconds. Stewart in second and Plumb in third.
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The first heat started with Jack Mayor in pole, Joe Williams in second and Charlie Fenton in third. Harvey Reed started on pole for the Heavies. By the end of lap 1, Mayor had a 0.7 second lead with the top 3 drivers in the same positions. Fenton moved up to 2nd with Taverner moving into 3rd at Turn 10. John Donnelly who started third on the heavy grid moved up into first place after 4 consistent opening laps. The Heavy drivers caught up to the Lights drivers by lap 6 and were making their way through the pack. With the chequered flag being shown on lap 8, Mayor won the first heat, Fenton finished second and Taverner finished third. In the Heavies, Reed came first.
The second heat started with Dylan Smith in pole, Louisa Bell in second and Matt Costin in third. Roy Smith started on pole for the Heavies. Alex Solley got a good start and moved into first position by lap 2 and was extending his lead lap by lap. From 9th down to 19th there was only 8 seconds between the 10 drivers as they were consistently fighting for positions. On lap 6, the race was stopped due to an incident. The finishing positions were, Solley in first place, Davison in second and Rosenfield in third. Donnelly took the win in the Heavy class.
The final started with Fenton on pole, Williams in second and Mayor in third. Fenton anticipated the lights well and was able to create a 2-kart length gap to second position. Williams was on the chase to catch Fenton. Reed led the Heavy drivers around the track 4 seconds ahead of Fryer in second. Mayor and Taverner started to catch the top 2 drivers as the top 4 drivers were now 1.5 seconds split from each other. Williams took the lead from Fenton at Turn 9 as they were all catching a backmarker. Williams stayed out ahead with Fenton following him through. Taverner, in fourth, was catching on the back of Mayor and trying to make a move for 3rd but was unsuccessful at Turn 10. Fenton got back into P1 and began to defend to the karts behind. Going heavy into Turn 10, Taverner caught the back end of a back-markers kart and subsequently spun which put him down to 6th. Fenton was then able to make it till the end of the final in first position, Williams in second and Rosenfield in third. Harvey Reed took the Heavy class win, followed by Andy Fryer and John Donnelly.