Daytona Milton Keynes 2018 InKart Championships
Round Six Race Report (PDF Download)
Cadet Division 2
Samuel Halle-Hinxman started on pole, followed by Shravan Shanmugavel and Rhys Safo in P2 and P3, respectively. Overall clean start this time, with Samuel Halle-Hinxman leading comfortably by more than a second by the end of Lap 1, while Alex Ivanov jumped up to P2 straight away after a beautiful dive down the inside at Turn 6. Kian Gamiao also dived down the inside at Turn 4, taking P3 from Safo. Henry Stoney, however, committed an advantage by contact move on Andrew McWilliam, which earned him a penalty and a 5-place grid drop. Gamiao, meanwhile, lost the back end on a damp spot around Turn 5, which caused him to spin and lose out on his places, dropping to last. Luca Brooks made his way to P3, just ahead of Stoney, but Ivanov was impossible to catch, and so was Hinxman, who took a comfortable win, followed by Ivanov in 2nd and Brooks in 3rd place.
The lights went out to Andrew McWilliam, with P2 going to Henry Stoney and Kian Gamiao starting from 3rd. A fantastic start from Ivanov was all he needed to gain 2 spaces on the opening lap, and he was up to 2nd place already. It was short lived, though, as Samuel Halle-Hinxman dived down Ivanov’s left inside, snatching P2 and sealing it by out-braking Ivanov at Turn 4. Rhys Safo also made up a few spaces, now running P4, but Henry Stoney was behind and pressuring. Cameron Bernard vs Shravan Shanmugavel was also a battle to watch, as the duo were separated by less than 0.4 seconds, while Bernard was doing his best to pull away. Back at the front, Kian Gamiao took P3 after a double overtake on Ivanov and Safo at Turn 5, but Halle-Hinxman and McWilliam were difficult to catch. The chequered flag went out to McWilliam, who took the win by more than 1.4 seconds from Halle-Hinxman, with Gamiao finishing in P3.
Samuel Halle-Hinxman led from pole, followed by Andrew McWilliam and Luca Brooks in P2 and P3. McWilliam and Halle-Hinxman dropped down to the back after Hinxman lost the back end and span at Turn 4, causing a big pile up. That allowed Ivanov to provisionally take the lead, but McWilliam got it back soon enough following an overtake down at Turn 6. Ivanov kept his head cool, though, and managed to retain P2. However, Kian Gamiao was now closing behind and wanted to move up in the order with only 7 minutes to go. McWilliam’s gap was ever-increasing. Henry Stoney was running in a consistent, but solitary P4, however, after he span at Turn 10, he lost 2 places to Shravan Shanmugavel and Cameron Bernard, with Bernard further overtaking Shanmugavel for P4 at the entrance of Turn 11 on Lap 8. Gamiao’s pace was evident, but he made a mistake and ran wide at the exit of Turn 4, almost losing on his positions, but he only lost time. The chequered flag went out to Andrew McWilliam, followed by Alex Ivanov in P2 and Kian Gamiao in P3.
Junior Division 2
Mark Versallion was the first pole sitter for the Division 2 Juniors, followed by Oliver Metrovich in 2nd and Ben Southgate in 3rd. Metrovich’s impatience cost him a penalty, as he jumped the start and gained an advantage by about 2 seconds by Turn 2. He was later caught out by a wet patch at Turn 6, and he further gave away his spot, dropping to the back. Adam Thomas, on the other hand, had a fantastic start, making up a couple of places, slotting to P5 for the time being. He later dived down the inside of Southgate, who was keeping out of trouble, but left the door open at the entrance of Turn 11, to take P3. Meanwhile, Versallion lost the back end around Turn 4, giving his positions away to Dylan Silk and Armandas Pocevicius, who both slotted past for 1st and 2nd, respectively. Silk’s pace was evident, and with the path now clear, he pulled away by about 1 second per lap. With the chequered flag going out, Silk took the win from Pocevicius by more than 2.8 seconds, with Adam Thomas finishing 3rd.
Arjun Ghirra led the pack from P1, with Lloyd Kay following in 2nd and Liam Crabb in P3. The battle all around the first few corners was fierce, as Ghirra and Crabb were neck and neck, with Ben Southgate now in P3 after overtaking Crabb at the entrance of Turn 11. Southgate and Bishop, however, were a bit too close, and that resulted in a collision at the entrance of Turn 6, which caused them to both drop to the back. Dylan Silk made the most of that situation, keeping out of trouble and slotting in P2 by the entrance of T10. He later overtook for the lead at T11, making the move on Metrovich, who was keeping a steady pace into the lead up until that point. A lap later, Metrovich’s pace proved to be quicker than Silk’s, which dropped down the leader’s gap to just 0.5 seconds. Ghirra, who was running P3 at the time, did not think things through and opened a gap too wide entering Turn 10, which was just enough for Lloyd Kay to make the move for 3rd. Liam Crabb also slotted past for P4 after overtaking Ghirra at T6. The chequered flag went out to Dylan Silk, who won by more than 1.3 seconds from Oliver Metrovich in 2nd, with Lloyd Kay rounding up the Top 3.
The lights went out to Ollie Bishop, followed by Sebastian Hughes in 2nd and Adam Thomas in P3. Riley Bettie had a good start, and by Turn 4 was already in P3 and challenging for 2nd place. A lap later, he made the move on Thomas at Turn 6, and had the better exit, pulling away to chase after the leader. Bishop was now running under pressure, being just 0.1 seconds in the lead. It wasn’t long before Bettie found his weak spot and made a move around Turn 5 to take P1. Crabb was also under pressure from Armandas Pocevicius, with the two being very close together, but about 2 seconds ahead and behind the next closest rivals. Bettie’s consistency and mistake-free driving earned him a win in the class, and by more than 3 seconds from Bishop in 2nd, and Liam Crabb finishing in P3.
Adam Thomas in 1st, Ben Southgate in 2nd and Sebastian Hughes in P3. With the first few corners out of the way, Southgate took the lead at T11, but Hughes committed an advantage by contact move on Oliver Metrovich, which earned him a 5-place grid penalty and ended his chances of progressing to the A-Final. With Southgate now leading, Adam Thomas was trying hard to get past, decreasing the gap between him and the leader to less than 0.2 seconds. Meanwhile, Metrovich made a comeback to the front of the pack, slotting past Thomas for P2 at the entrance of Turn 2, but Thomas made a counter-move to claim 2nd place back. A mechanical issue made it difficult for Arjun Ghirra to battle for positions, as he had to swap karts in the Pits. The chequered flag went out to Ben Southgate, who won by just 0.3 sec from Adam Thomas and Oliver Metrovich, who finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Dylan Silk qualified on Pole, with 2nd and 3rd place going to Riley Bettie and Armandas Pocevicius, respectively. With the first lap going relatively trouble-free, Silk was making his way confidently, but Bettie was right on his rear bumper, waiting for the opportunity to pounce for the lead. He overdrove the kart into Turn 5, which opened the door wide for Armandas Pocevicius, who did not hesitate to slot past for P2. Bettie got the place back at Turn 11, having the better exit. Dylan Silk, the leader, got involved in a race incident, which cost him the lead, and promoted Bettie and Pocevicius to P1 and P2, respectively. Bettie displayed good pace and increased the leader’s gap to more than 1.6 seconds, but it didn’t take Pocevicius long to catch up to him and start challenging for position. Lloyd Kay was running in P3, more than 9 seconds behind, and fending off Ben Southgate and Liam Crabb, who were both in a battle of their own, and alternating positions. Riley Bettie took the race and Round 6 win, by just 0.1 seconds from Armandas Pocevicius, who came 2nd, more than 10 seconds ahead of Lloyd Kay, who secured his P3.
Cadet Division 1
Nathan Ampofo-Anim started from pole for the first heat of the day, followed by George Barker in 2nd and Ronnie Coburn in 3rd. Despite the slippery tarmac, the pack got off to a great start, although Turn 2 proved to be difficult to get around. Ronnie Coburn went in too hot, causing a spin and tagging a couple of drivers along, as they had nowhere to go. Meanwhile, Sam Cole worked his way up the order, and after a few overtakes on Lap 1, he was already up to 2nd place, having started from P7. He later overtook Kasper Marriott, who was leading up to that point, around Turn 6. With 3 laps down, Cole’s lead was now 1.7 seconds and increasing, while Marriott was comfortably running in 2nd, and Ampofo-Anim was in P3 after spinning a lap earlier. Towards the end, Coburn had recovered and got back up to speed, overtaking for P3 on the penultimate lap. The win went to Sam Cole, who finished more than 2.5 seconds ahead, followed by Kasper Marriott in 2nd and Coburn rounding up the Top 3.
Charlie Cusack led the pack, with Sam Cole from 2nd and Riley Bishop starting 3rd. Cole got the better start and got past Cusack straight away, but Cusack made a mistake at Turn 4, dropping to 3rd and allowing Bishop and Coburn to slot past for 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Nathan Ampofo-Anim made his way to P4 after starting from the back, but the wet Turn 10 got the better of him, causing him to spin and lose out on positions, dropping to near last. Meanwhile, Cole and Coburn were neck and neck for the lead, separated by 0.5 seconds on average per lap, with Bishop running in a steady 3rd, waiting for the leaders to make a mistake, so he could take advantage of it and snatch P1. It was looking less likely, though, as they appeared to be working together, and they were more than 5 seconds ahead by the end of Lap 4. The battle for P4 was also one to watch, with Jensen Pughe fending off Eddie Key. Key eventually got past at Turn 4, but Pughe returned the favour and snatched the position back at the entrance of Turn 6 on Lap 6. Key again took the place at Turn 10, and got the better exit, which earned him a comfortable gap of 1.2 seconds from Pughe, who was left to now defend from Jenson Pooley. The chequered flag went to Sam Cole, who managed to keep Ronnie Coburn at bay, as he crossed the line in P2, and Riley Bishop rounded up the Top 3.
The lights went out to Eddie Key, with Joshua Jones in 2nd and Michael Dalton from P3. Kasper Marriott was the first to overtake at Turn 4, snatching 3rd from Dalton after a successful dive down the inside. Key pulled away quickly, building a gap of more than 1.8 seconds by the end of Lap 1, with Jones also taking P2 around Turn 6. Dalton, though, made another mistake and left the door wide open on the entrance to Turn 6 on Lap 2, and that allowed Joshua Jones and Marriott to slot past for P2 and P3, respectively. Jones was now on a charge, but Key’s consistency was keeping the pack at bay, by more than 2.7 seconds at the end of Lap 4. Riley Bishop also displayed good driving, and after overtaking Ryan Hedge at Turn 2, he was now able to chase after the Top 4, but time was not on his side. Joshua Jones vs Kasper Marriott was now the battle to watch, as they were absolutely bumper to bumper. Marriott took P2 after a dive at Turn 2, on Lap 7 but Jones took the place right back on the outside of Turn 4. The chequered flag went out to Eddie Key, followed by Joshua Jones in 2nd, but Jenson Pughe pulled one out of the hat by diving at Turn 11 on Marriott’s inside, and took P3 by just 0.2 seconds on the last lap!
Ryan Hedge was the pole sitter, followed by Nathan Ampofo-Anim and Jenson Pooley in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Hedge’s fantastic start pulled him away from the pack quickly, and he left Ampofo-Anim to defend from Michael Dalton and George Barker. Dalton overtook for P2 at the entrance of T4 on Lap 3, but Anim was not far behind and wanted the place back. Pooley was in a consistent P4, having Barker now behind him after Barker span on the entrance of T6 the lap before. He lacked pace, though, and Pooley managed to pull away quickly. Hedge, meanwhile, was already in the 60-second lap times, and his consistency increased his lead to more than 8 seconds at the end of Lap 8.
Anim eventually found his way past Dalton, and was now running in P2, but Jenson Pooley was slowly catching up to him. George Barker, meanwhile, made a mistake and oversteered at the exit of Turn 6, but after getting overtaken by Charlie Cusack, his eagerness curbed a bit, which allowed Cusack to get away by more than 2 seconds by the end of Lap 11. Hedge won the B-Final for the Cadets, followed by Nathan Ampofo-Anim and Michael Dalton in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Sam Cole led the field from Pole, with Eddie Key and Ronnie Coburn in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The Top 3 pulled away quickly and were more than 2.1 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack by Lap 1, but Cole vs Key was the battle to watch, as the duo had less than 0.4 seconds gap between them and were working together to pull away even more, rather than slowing each other down. Marriott was now in P3, however, after making the move on Coburn around the outside of Turn 9, but Coburn wasn’t happy about it and got on the offence straight away. Jenson Pughe vs Riley Bishop and Ryan Hedge vs Joshua Jones were also battles to watch out for, as all those pairs of drivers had on average 0.3 seconds between each other, while being separated by less than 1 second from the rest of the battles on the circuit. Cole managed to pull away by just over a second, and as the circuit was drying up quickly, the Top 3 drivers were all recording sub 59-second lap times. After a couple of oversteer exits at Turn 10, Cole’s lead disappeared and Key was now breathing down his neck, charging for the win, with less than 3 laps to go. Coburn got past Marriott on the exit of T11, as Marriott left the door wide-open, which also helped Pughe and Bishop to go through for P4 and P5, respectively. Pughe was charging hard and the gap between him and Coburn was now less than 0.1 seconds. Cole was also in trouble, as Key was already attempting to overtake into Turn 10, however, a good defensive line earned Cole his Round 6 Cadet win from Key in P2. Coburn came 3rd, just 0.05 sec ahead of Pughe in P4, with Bishop, Marriott, Hedge and Jones completing the grid of a fantastic morning’s racing.
Junior Division 1
The pole sitter was Kip Morgan, with Matthew Plumb and Archie Styant in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. After a double overtake at Turn 2, Olly Hood was already in 3rd place, and pushing hard to get through to the top. He later dived down the inside of Morgan at Turn 6, taking the lead and, having a better exit, pulled away by more than 3 seconds at the end of Lap 1. Morgan later made a mistake at T6, and opened a big gap on the entry, allowing Styant, Joe Williams and Daniel Watson to all slot past, dropping him to P5. Matthew Plumb, meanwhile, dived down the inside of Morgan, to overtake for P5 at Turn 10, and Morgan now had a tough field to get through. Hood’s lead seemed untouchable by the end of Lap 5, and he was near 10 seconds ahead, while Styant had split in a solitary 2nd, but Daniel Watson now had to defend his P3 from Plumb, who was eager to get past at each corner. The undisputed win went to Hood, followed by Archie Styant in 2nd and Daniel Watson finished in P3.
Jack Stewart, Eden Rosenfield and Kallum Batts started 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively. With the order remaining unchanged through the first few corners, Matthew Plumb took P4 from Kip Morgan around Turn 6, after being the braver of the two on the brakes. Turn 2 proved to be more difficult for the Junior drivers, as a fair few slipped on the exit, which cost them precious time. Eden Rosenfield overtook for P1 around Turn 10 on Lap 4, and quickly found the drying line around the circuit, which earned him a gap of more than 1.7 seconds by the end of Lap 6. With the chequered flag going out, Jack Stewart did not have the time or pace to challenge for the lead and finished 2nd, with Rosenfield taking the win, followed by Archie Styant in P3.
Joe Williams started from pole, followed by Olly Hood in 2nd and Daniel Watson in 3rd place. The whole pack was patient through the first few corners, but Hood overtook for the lead around Turn 5, having found the driest and quickest line around. Despite the circuit not being dry just yet, it was evident that drivers were bravely going quicker through the patches and it wasn’t long before Hood’s lead was in trouble. Rosenfield was right on the back of him by the end of Lap 4 but slid on the outside of Turn 5 and lost a bit of time. Joe Williams was also in trouble, as he had to fend off Jack Stewart, but Stewart’s speed earned him P3 at the entrance of Turn 10 on Lap 6. As the circuit was drying up, lap times also dropped and the pack was now in the 60-sec laps. Hood’s driving now smoothened out and his gap was increasing steadily. He took the win by more than 2.2 seconds from Eden Rosenfield in 2nd, with Jack Stewart finishing P3.
Olly Hood’s points earned him the pole position for the Junior final, with Eden Rosenfield in close 2nd and Jack Stewart in P3. No dramas at the start of this 9-driver final, but Jack Stewart’s quick thinking allowed him to take the better line around Turn 5 and he completed the overtake to jump to P2. Rosenfield wasn’t too happy about that and immediately got back on the charge, while Daniel Watson had to defend from Archie Styant, Joe Williams and Matthew Plumb, who were all bunched up together. Hood pulled away by more than 1.5 seconds by the end of Lap 2, but Rosenfield out-braked Stewart into Turn 6, taking back P2. Stewart, though, managed to reclaim the spot around T9 after a better inside racing line. Rosenfield, again, took P2 around Turn 5. Matthew Plumb, meanwhile, suffered a kart failure going through Turns 2 and 3, causing the race to be suspended for the time being. He was back up and running, but unfortunately, at the back of the pack. Hood’s lead now increased to more than 5 seconds by Lap 9, and Rosenfield pulled away from Stewart by more than 1.5 seconds, as well. Archie Styant was running in a solitary P4, with Joe Williams and Daniel Watson following closely in P5 and P6, respectively. Hood took the final and Round 6 win with a gap of more than 7.5 seconds overall, followed by Eden Rosenfield and Jack Stewart in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Super Pole Qualifying Results
Mayor led the pack, with Taverner and Davison following in P2 and P3, respectively. By the end of Lap 1, Mayor pulled ahead by more than 1.5 seconds, leaving Taverner to fend off Davison, Thomas and Lawrence, who were less than 0.5 seconds behind and all wanted a piece of the action, and were not giving up, keeping a steady and controlled pace until the time was right. Andy Fryer was leading the Heavies’ battle from Tyler Fossey and Harvey Reed, who were also catching up to the Lights quickly. Mayor, Taverner and Davison separated themselves into a lead battle of their own, with Taverner poking through occasionally for the lead, but unsuccessfully so, as Mayor did not give way or make mistakes for the time being. Scott Taylor, meanwhile, made his way to P4 after diving down the inside at T7, and taking it from Lawrence. Malc West also made his way through, claiming 6th place at Turn 8 after a good, clean move on the inside. Taylor was doing his absolute best, but the leaders were too far ahead in the lead and the time was just not enough for him to make a move. Mayor took the win of Heat 1, followed by Tate Taverner in 2nd and William Davison taking P3.
After the grid made no attempt to slow down for the start of the race, the heat was restarted; Joe Williams led the pack, with Kiran Govind and Matt Costin following in P2 and P3, respectively. Williams pulled away quickly into the lead, increasing the gap to more than 1.5 seconds, while Charlie Fenton slotted into P3 around Turn 7. Scott Taylor also joined the battle for P1, earlier this time, hoping for a strong result. Fenton took P2 around Turn 10 on Lap 3, and was now chasing after Williams, who was not as far ahead as he was before. The P3 battle was now a contest between Alex Simmons and Scott Taylor, with Taylor minimizing the gap to just 0.7 seconds from more than 2 seconds. Meanwhile, Michael Saward was leading the Heavies’ pack, just 1.2 seconds ahead of Harvey Reed and Emmet Cummins, who were gaining quick, with Reed pushing from behind. Fenton took the lead around T1 on Lap 7, just over 0.5 seconds ahead of Joe Williams and Alex Simmons, who kept his cool under the pressure from Scott Taylor and didn’t break till the very end, took P3 in the 2nd heat.
Jack Mayor led the pack from pole, followed by Scott Taylor and Joe Williams in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Taylor took the lead around Turn 5, with Alex Simmons now in P2 and James Lawrence slotting in 3rd place after Joe Williams and Jack Mayor were involved in a pile up on the entrance of Turn 6. Simmons and Lawrence were pushing hard, but Taylor wasn’t making mistakes just yet, and he managed to keep them at bay. Dean Thomas, meanwhile, was under Jack Mayor pressure, as the two separated into a battle of their own, but Mayor’s pace was noticeably quicker than Thomas’ and it wasn’t long before he made the move to snatch P4 around Turn 11. Tyler Fossey, meanwhile, had to fend off Harvey Reed and Andy Fryer, both of whom were close to overtaking, with Fryer looking to repeat his strong performance from last round. He managed to take Heavies’ P2 around Turn 11, but time was not enough for him to make a move for 1st. The chequered flag went out to Scott Taylor, with James Lawrence and Alex Simmons taking P2 and P3, respectively. Despite Lawrence’s attempts at an overtake, Taylor’s experience and cool head aided his defence and he added another win to his InKart career. Harvey Reed took the win for the Heavies, followed by John Donnelly in P2 and Emmet Cummins in 3rd.