Daytona Milton Keynes 2018 InKart Championships
Round Four Race Report (PDF Download)
Cadet Division 2
Heat 1 of the Cadets saw Rupert Versallion in first position, with Michael Danton in second and Luke Killen in third. Unfortunately; at the start, Versallion made a false start so the track positions were provisional for the duration of the heat. Harrison Smith, starting at the back, made a great start and was able to get up to P3 by the end of lap three, making 3 overtakes. At Turn 10, he was able to make the move on Killen by a late braking manoeuvre, positioning his kart on the inside of the corner. Versallion had opened up a massive lead but Smith hadn’t given up on chasing down the leader and started completing lap times faster than Versallion by the end of the race, an amazing effort from Smith as he made the most progression in the opening heat for the Cadets. The official results promoted Smith, Dalton and Killen into Top 3 due to the penalty given to Versallion.
Heat 2 started with a grid consisting of Smith on Pole, George Barker in second and Carter Jenkinson 3rd. Versallion didn’t let the previous penalty stop his ability to challenge for the lead in the difficult conditions as he had an incredible first lap and got into the lead by the end of the first lap. Once the opening laps had been completed, the racing settled down and karts had track space to clock in the fastest lap times they could. Dalton was the only driver able to challenge Versallion’s time, however, it was too late for him to make a significant progress to the leading driver. Versallion took the win for the final heat. Dalton took the chequered flag second, with Barker taking home third in the head.
After mixed results from the heats, the starting positions were calculated. Dalton started on pole, with Smith in second. Versallion started in third. Dalton and Smith got impressive starts and worked together throughout the first few corners, however, they couldn’t fight off Versallion who was on their tail. Versallion took Dalton and Smith on the opening lap enabling him to control the pace for the rest of the race. Barker, starting behind Versallion on the grid, followed through Versallion through the pack on lap one and was able to promote himself to P3, overtaking Smith. Versallion started clocking in fastest lap times for the heat and started to drive away with the lead. Being the fastest driver on track allowed Versallion to extend his lead and focus on finishing the race in the leading position. On lap 4, a battle at the back of the grid commenced with Jenkinson and Killen fighting for 5th position, a mere 0.6 seconds separating the drivers. Killen was able to keep Jenkinson in his sights, however, as the chequered flag was shown, Killen ran out of time to fight for P5. Versallion took the win in the final with a healthy gap of 11 seconds, also taking the fastest lap time. Dalton finished in second and Barker in third.
Junior Division 2
The opening heat for the Junior Division 2 saw Mark Versallion on pole, with Armandas Pocevicius in second and Matthew Plumb in third. Plumb had to start driving on the defensive from lights out as Fernando Otabil got on his tail around Turn 2 and 3. Pocevicius was able to promote himself into the lead by the lead of lap one and hold onto the leading position until the end of the heat. Plumb was able to take Versallion on the opening lap to secure his position of 2nd till the chequered flag. Versallion started to catch Plumb for position on track, however, Treanor was able to take him for a Top 3 finish. Pocevicius was clocking lap times 1.5 seconds clear of any other driver on track, which enabled him to gain a solid lead. Pocevicius suffered a spin at Turn 10 on lap 4 which lost him time from the pack behind. Luckily, he had a big enough gap to maintain his position. Plumb finished in 2nd and Treanor finished in 3rd.
The second heat started with Daniel Watson on Pole, Malachi Newland in second and Arjun Ghirra in third. As the lights went out, the pack got away. By Turn 2, there were 2 karts that went into a spin which allowed the grid to spread out. Watson led the pack around lap one with Pinkney getting an amazing start and promoting himself into 2nd position. The track conditions got progressively worse as the rain continued to make the track slippery. Newland and Ghirra had a good battle for 4th place, with only 0.3 seconds separating them as they crossed the start line on lap 3. Watson became unstoppable as he was clocking in lap times 0.8 seconds clear of any other driver. He maintained his position on track and took the chequered flag first with Versallion in second. Dylan Silk finished in third.
Heat 3 saw Oliver Metrovich in pole, Treanor in second and Charlie Pinkney in third. Plumb got a tremendous start and was able to overtake 3 drivers to cross the start line at the end of lap one in P2, chasing down the leader lap by lap. By the end of the opening lap there was a switch for the leader as Pinkney took 1st position. However, Pinkney didn’t maintain the lead for long as Plumb overtook him at Turn 9 on lap 4 to take the lead. Plumb, who was over a second quicker than Pinkney, was able to create a solid gap to the 2nd placed driver. Watson joined the battle at the front by clocking in quick lap times, however, he was unable to beat Pinkney to the line. He placed in third, only 0.4 seconds behind Pinkney on the track. Plumb finished in 1st position, with Watson in second place after Pinkney received a 5-place penalty. Treanor was also promoted into third position.
The final heat for the Division 2 placed Kip Morgan in pole. George Nicholls in second and Lloyd Kay in third. Morgan maintained his lead throughout the opening laps and extended his lead to 5.2 seconds by the end of lap 1. Otabil got a good start as he was able to overtake two drivers and get into P2 from 4th on the grid by the end of lap 1. The rain continued to pour throughout the heat which caused drivers to spin and unfortunately lose position. Yet, Metrovich was on a charge and started to create a gap from P3. Morgan, the leader, clocked in a lap time of 1.13.877, to become the faster driver out on track. His pace allowed him to cross the finishing line 11.4 seconds clear of any other driver. Metrovich finished in second, with Newland in third, after a penalty given to Otabil.
The first final started with Metrovich in first. Newland in second and Silk in third. Ghirra got a good start and challenged Silk for 4th position. Metrovich got an amazing start and built a big lead by the end of the 2nd lap. Newland didn’t want to give up the fight though and started clocking in fastest lap times in an attempt to catch the leader. However, he was only able to close the gap to 5.8 seconds by the end of the race. The battle at the back of the grid got heated as Nicholls, Otabil and Ghirra battled for 5th on lap 5. Ghirra got the edge on his competitors as he was able to beat both of them in the results after Otabil received a 5-place penalty. Metrovich was able to take the chequered flag first, with Newland in second and Kay in third. With Metrovich’s win, he was promoted to the A final.
The last final for the Junior’s placed Plumb on Pole thanks to his successful heat wins. Watson was behind Plumb on the grid and Morgan was third. Plumb held his position around the opening corners of the lap, defending to the karts behind as he was determined to keep his leading place. Metrovich, starting from the back, had a good start and was able to promote himself to join a battle for P4 with Pocevicius. Clocking similar lap times, they locked together for the first few laps. Plumb soon became the fastest driver on track, 0.6 seconds faster than anyone else on track. As Plumb started to drive away with the lead, Morgan and Pocevicius began a battle for 2nd position which slowed their lap times down. This allowed Plumb to extend his lead 15 seconds by the chequered flag. On the last lap, Pocevicius took Morgan for the last time and was able to take home position 2
Cadet Division 1
Heat 1 started with Eddie Key on pole, Jenson Pughe in second and Nathan Ampofo-anim in third. Sam Cole, starting in 6th position, was able to hold his kart around the outside of Turns 2 and 3 to move into P4. At Turn 5, he placed his kart on the inside and dived into 3rd place to complete his 3rd overtake in 3 corners. By the end of the first lap, Pughe led the race as he got past Key. Key didn’t give up on his fight for 1st as he got Pughe at Turn 4 to retake P1. As the battle at the front got heated, Cole was able to join the Top 2 to make it in a 3–way battle for 1st. Under pressure, Cole unfortunately out braked himself at Turn 9 pushing him down to P6. From this mistake, Coburn was able to place in Top 3. Cole hadn’t given up on his fight for the lead as he began to clock fast lap times and began overtaking the karts in front. Whilst the front of the pack’s battle started to once again commence, a battle at the back arose with Jenson Pooley and Charlie Cusack switching positions and clocking similar lap times with them crossing the finishing line only 0.2 seconds apart. Pughe beat Cole to the line, with Key finishing in third.
Heat 2 commenced with Joshua Jones in first, Toby Purbrick in second and Riley Bishop in third. Bishop judged the lights well and was able to get a good start and tuck behind Pole position’s kart. Pughe, starting in last, had an incredible first lap being able to overtake 5 karts and taking the lead at Turn 11. On the following lap, an unfortunate spin by Bishop pushed him back to last place, though, he quickly got back on the racing line and was able to place in 4th position by the end of the heat with the fastest lap time of 1.10.130. Jones was able to take the lead after the front runners span at Turn 10, due to the adverse weather conditions. Jones controlled his kart well and started defending to Coburn who quickly got back on his tail, now only 0.2 seconds behind. On lap 5, Coburn was able to take Jones for the lead. Pughe started to join the battle and was able to put pressure on Jones and took him for P2 on the last lap after impressive defending from Jones. Coburn took the win for heat 2, Pughe in second position and Jones in third.
For the final Cadet heat, Cusack started in Pole position. Pooley started in second, with Cole in third. Pooley was able to tuck behind Cusack and maintain his position from the grid start. Pooley placed his kart on the outside of Turn 3 and was able to get into the lead. At Turn 10, Pooley exited wide and Cole was able to get a good run between Turn 10 and 11 to solidify the lead until the end of the heat. By lap 2, Cole stretched his lead to 2 seconds as he became the fastest driver on the track. A battle for third began with Cusack, Marriott and Jones taking part. Marriott got the edge and benefitted from the battle and then was able to take Bishop for second within a few laps at Turn 5. Marriott started to clock in fast lap times and become the fastest driver on track, 0.5 seconds faster than the leader and began to close the gap, however, the chequered flag was shown and Marriott could only close the gap to 4.3 seconds. Jones had a good race with a total of 3 overtakes to achieve P4, the most progressed driver in the final heat. Cole took the win to Marriott, with Bishop taking third.
The first final of the day saw Bishop in Pole. Key in second and Pooley in third. The grid successfully got through the first lap with karts pairing up to battle for positions. Purbrick, showcasing his capability of overtaking in Round 4, took Pooley at the exit of Turn 10 after a late braking move at the entrance. At the back of the grid, Cusack and Ampofo-anim showed that they were able to race cleanly with the two drivers switching positions on lap 3. Pooley caught up to Purbrick and placed his kart on the inside of the last turn to take his position back on track. However, Purbrick hadn’t given up on the battle. He, again, took Pooley on the following lap with the drivers continuing to battle until the end. Key had put pressure on the leader, Bishop, throughout the opening laps with the top runners switching positions. Key got back into the lead on lap 5 and was able to maintain the position until the chequered flag. Bishop finished second with Pooley taking third.
The A Final consisted of Cole in first, Pughe in second and Coburn in third. On the opening lap, Pughe dropped to last position. After the spin, he responded well to drive back to the rest of the pack. He put his head down and by the end of lap 1, he was back up to P3. On the following lap, Pughe clocked in a lap time 0.4 seconds faster than 2nd position, Coburn. This started to put pressure on the Cadet driver as they started battling. P2 and P3 karts began to clock faster lap times and started to catch Cole. Cole responded by matching the lap times of the karts behind him so they wouldn’t become a threat. As the rain got worse, Marriott was able to promote himself to third due to a spin from Pughe. Yet, soon Pughe got back on the tail of Marriott and took him on lap 7. Coburn, in second, began to close on the leader, however, Cole started to drive defensively and kept Coburn behind him as he took his 4th win of the season. Pughe took third place and achieved fastest lap time, 0.2 seconds quicker than anyone else on track.
Junior Division 1
The opening heat for the Juniors started with Joe Williams on Pole, Archie Styant in second and Alex Simmons in third. Styant anticipated the lights well and was able to tuck his kart behind Williams to hold second position around the opening corners. Hood, starting from second to last, had a successful opening lap as he was able to make his way to 2nd position. Simmons got his kart into the leading position; however, he had an unfortunate spin which pushed him down to 6th. Simmons shortly became the fastest driver on track, clocking a personal best lap time 0.3 seconds quicker than any other driver. Williams got his lead back and drove away from the pack and led by 1.6 seconds around lap 4. Stewart, who was on the bumper of Rosenfield, started to put pressure on the driver. Stewart took 2nd position on the exit of Turn 10, which Rosenfield got back on the following turn. A few laps later, the battle for 2nd started as Stewart lead the small pack around the track, defending to the karts behind. Rosenfield, out-braked himself going into Turn 5, unfortunately resulting in him finishing P5. Williams took the win by 3.3 seconds to Stewart. Styant finished in third.
Heat two started with Hood on Pole. Kallum Batts in second and George Whitmore in third. Hood maintained his position around the first few corners. The driver starting last position on the grid, Williams, got a tremendous start and was already in P2 by the end of lap 1. Being able to successfully get through the pack, allowed Williams to overtake 5 other drivers. Williams had tremendous pace in the opening laps, being able to challenge for the lead, as he was catching Hood, who was running in 1st place. Williams successfully overtook Hood on the exit of Turn 11 by entering wide to get good momentum on the exit. Back in P4 and 5, Toby Sporn and Batts started a good battle crossing the start line only 0.060 apart on lap 4. At the front, Hood re-joined Williams at the front after putting lap times 0.3 faster than the leader. Hood took Williams for the lead, however, Williams soon got him back to take back his position. Williams put his head down and was able to break away from Hood to take the win by 1.1 seconds. Styant finished in 3rd.
The final heat saw Stewart on Pole, Sporn in second and Rosenfield in third. Stewart drove defensively around the opening corners as Sporn was challenging him for the lead. The top 2 drivers matched lap times as they drove around the first few laps. Locked bumper to bumper. After Stewart showcased late braking and solid exit speeds on corners, he was able to create a gap to Sporn and the rest of the pack behind. Simmons lap times started to drop as he made his way from P5 on the grid to third by lap 4. Soon, Simmons got on the tail of Rosenfield in second and started to put pressure on him. As a battle commenced for 2nd place, Stewart was able to clock fastest lap times, over 1 second quicker than any other driver to create a healthy lead from the rest of the pack. Whitmore joined the battle for 2nd position as he started to put pressure on Simmons following close behind. Stewart took the chequered flag in first place, 9.4 seconds from Rosenfield in second place. Simmons maintained his position on track and kept Whitmore behind him to finish 3rd.
The final started with Williams on Pole after two successful wins from the heats. Stewart placed in second and Hood in third. Hood got a good start as the lights went out, he held his position around the outside of Turn two to progress his way to P1. Rosenfield, starting in 4th, also got a successful start and was able to progress his way to 3rd position. The whole grid was locked together in the opening laps. Putting pressure on all drivers to maintain their positions on track. Rosenfield promoted himself into P2 at Turn 9 after a fast exit from National. Williams didn’t give up the fight as he took back Rosenfield at Turn 11, to hold onto his position. Defensive driving was shown from Styant as he was fighting to keep his position in 5th from Whitmore. Stewart fought hard to keep with the leaders and was driving his kart to the maximum. He successfully took P3 at Turn 9, which he held for the rest of the lap. Punching in the fastest lap time, Stewart soon got on Rosenfield’s tail and took him for 2nd place. He then started to challenge for the lead. As the top 3 started to battle, Ali Mirzai and Williams had a good fight at the back of the grid with Williams then able to take Batts and beat him to the finishing line by only 0.9 seconds. Hood beat Stewart to the line by only 0.2 seconds. Stewart, after an impressive drive, finished in second. Rosenfield completed the final in third.
Super Pole Qualifying Results
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The first heat started with Lancaster on pole. Taylor in second and Mayor in third. Donnelly was the only Heavy able to qualify in the Top 10, so started Heat 1 amongst the Light drivers. The top 3 drivers locked together for the opening laps with Lancaster holding onto the lead. Kurt Fawdry, in the middle of the pack, made a tremendous manoeuvre at the last turn by overtaking 2 karts, diving on the inside and successfully completing the overtake on the exit onto the main straight. On lap 3, the lead changed with Mayor and Taylor able to get past Lancaster after an unfortunate spin at Turn 10. The top 2 drivers locked to each other with only a few tenths separating them as they passed the start line. In P5, West, was able to hold off the karts behind as they began to create a train. West was able to keep 5th position until the end of the heat. Lancaster began to chase back the top 2 drivers which had overtaken him previously. He clocked in consistent lap times and was able to get back up into the Top 3. With no hesitation, Lancaster lunged in for the lead and secured a 0.6 second victory. Mayor following in second and Taylor in third. Tyler Fossey finished first in Heavies.
Heat 2 started with a reverse grid from Heat 1. Lucy Costin started the heat on pole. Tate Taverner in second. Michael Saward in third. Stu Bennett, Tim Dawson and Maddy Withers started a battle at the front for the first opening laps, switching positons as the pack closed. Bennett, in 2nd, started to catch Taverner who was in the lead. On lap 5, Bennett caught Taverner and was able to overtake him after diving on the inside, to then solidify the overtake by the end of the lap. Louisa Bell, in the middle of the pack, made an impressive move on James Costin at Turn 11 by positioning her kart on the inside of the entrance to make the move mid-corner, this promoted her to P21, she was able to progress and finish 19th by the end of the heat. Full course yellow was adopted on the penultimate lap, which meant there was no overtaking – positions remained the same. Bennett crossed the finishing line in first place, Taverner in second and Lancaster in third who took the fastest lap time and successfully overtook 27 drivers. Tim Dawson finished first place in Heavies, 5th overall.
The final started with Lancaster on Pole after 2 successful heats. He extended his lead to 1.9 seconds after the opening lap. Mayor followed him who had moved his way up to second. On the exit of Turn 10, West was able to move up position. He then used Turn 11 as another overtaking point to make his way to P6, overtaking two drivers in a matter of two corners. By lap 4, Lancaster held a lead of 3 seconds, it looked certain that Lancaster would lead till the chequered flag. However, the battle for second position wasn’t over as Taylor caught to Mayor and was putting pressure on. Taylor was clocking lap times 0.5 seconds quicker than Mayor, yet, was unable to get past to move up to position 2. James Costin, in his first full season of International InKart, was able to get up to P14 in the final after making some impressive overtaking manoeuvres in the adverse conditions. Definitely a driver to watch out in the future. By the time the chequered flag was shown, Lancaster had extended his lead to 6.1 seconds. Mayor following behind with Mayor behind within a second. In the Heavies’ category, Donnelly finished in first with Reed behind him by 5 second. Fryer finished in third.
Senior Lights Podium Senior Heavies Podium
1st Oscar Lancaster 1st John Donnelly
2nd Jack Mayor 2nd Harvey Reed
3rd Scott Taylor 3rd Andy Fryer