Daytona Milton Keynes 2018 InKart Championships
Round Nine Race Report (PDF Download)
Division 1 Cadets
Eddie Key started in pole, Andrew McWilliam in second and Daniel Munro in third. Key and Bishop got away cleanly and started to work together on the opening laps. Marriott joined the two top runners and then was able to get into 1st position by lap 3. Bishop didn’t let Marriott get away and followed him around the forthcoming laps. Cole successfully got up to 3rd position on lap 6 and overtook Bishop into Turn 11 to take 2nd position. He was then on the chase for the leading position, only 0.050 behind 1st at the end of lap 7. Cole managed to get into the lead and a 4-kart battle started for 2nd. After an incident on Turn 11, Marriott got promoted to 3rd position. Cole finished in first. Bishop in second.
Joshua Jones started in pole for the second heat, Ronnie Coburn in second and Jensen Pughe in third. The opening lap consisted of the group front to rear single file with some close racing. Pughe got Jones on the exit of Turn 11 but Jones got a good run out of the corner and took Pughe on the entrance of Turn 1. Coburn placed in first on lap 2 and was able to extend his lead every lap, 0.5 seconds quicker than any other driver. Jones was successfully able to keep Pughe behind him by driving defensively. McWilliam got into second position and began to keep Key behind as a bid to keep hold of second. Coburn took the win by 7.1 seconds with McWilliam in second and Key in third.
For the final heat Charlie Cusack started in pole, Michael Dalton in second and Sam Cole in third. Cole got a good start and gained a 3 second lead on the opening lap. Pughe also had a successful first lap as he managed to position himself in 2nd after starting 5th on the grid. Pughe, the fastest driver on track by 1 second, was on a chase for 1st position, and managed to snatch the lead from Cole on lap 6. Coburn, who spun out at turn 10 on the opening laps, made a successfully recovery getting up to 4th by the end of the heat. Pughe won from Cole. Marriott in third.
The B-Final started with Riley Bishop in first, Michael Dalton in second and Joshua Jones in third. Bishop’s opening laps were consistent and he was able to get a 1.7 second lead. Dalton and Jones were in a close battle for 2nd on lap 4 with Jones able to get in front of Dalton and started to drive defensively, rather than chasing down Bishop. Dalton took a chance at Turn 2 on lap 9 to get into 2nd position, however, the gap wasn’t there. He continued to pressure for the position and it paid off on the penultimate as he moved through into second, with Charlie Cusack following through as well. Bishop finished in first place, Dalton in second and Cusack in third.
The A-Final started with Sam Cole in first, Ronnie Coburn in second and Jensen Pughe in third. Coburn got an early lead into Turn 2 with Cole and McWilliam following. Coburn achieved a small gap to second and third place, but the drivers behind were not letting him get away. McWilliam took Cole around the outside on Turn 1 to take 2nd place. Karts were swapping for 1st position as McWilliam took the lead on lap 6, again at Turn 1. A consistence overtaking place for McWilliam. As the chequered flag fell, McWilliam took the win from Cole, with Coburn finishing in third. Pughe finished in a solid 4th after defending the whole final from the karts behind whilst being the fastest kart on track.
Division 1 Juniors
Kip Morgan started the first heat in pole, Dylan Silk in second and Riley Bettie in third. Bettie and Silk got a clean start and started to work together to break a gap to the rest of the pack. Starting from the back, Stewart, got up into 3rd position by lap 2 and putting immense pressure on the top 2 drivers. Stewart got a good run out of the last corner and was able to take the lead from Bettie. Silk followed Stewart through and was able to gain second position. Stewart took the win, 2 seconds from second position, Silk. Bettie in third.
For the second heat, Olly Hood started in pole, Archie Styant in second and Daniel Watson in third. Hood and Watson got away cleanly and were 4 seconds ahead of the other drivers by the end of lap 2. Watson began to put pressure on Hood, though Hood was able to keep him behind. Morgan and Dylan started a close battle and were able to perform some clean driving. Morgan was able to cut back on Silk and keep 4th position. Morgan took Bettie up the back straight after a good run out of National, taking 3rd position. Hood took the win off Watson by just 0.5 seconds. Morgan was able to finish third.
Jack Stewart started in pole with Matthew Plumb in second, Joe Williams in third. Plumb followed Stewart through the first lap and the two were able to get away from the rest of the pack. Hood, who started in last position, made it into 3rd position by lap 3. Chasing down the leaders. Hood closed the gap to 2nd by 0.6 seconds on lap 5 on the bid to get 2nd position for a good starting place in the final. Hood made a late move on Plumb for 2nd at Turn 4. Hood then started chasing down Stewart and on the back of him by the end of the lap. On the final lap, Stewart drove increasingly defensively to keep Hood behind him, Hood got on the inside of Turn 9 and out broke Stewart going into the hardest braking point on the circuit. Hood kept ahead to the chequered flag to take 1st position. Plumb finished third.
The B-Final started with Riley Bettie in first, Matthew Plumb in second and Joe Williams in third. Plumb took his chances into Turn 2 on the opening lap. Though, unfortunately he lost momentum and resulted in him placing in 4th position. He was able to recover and get into 2nd position, and started to chase down 1st position. On the 9th lap, Plumb got increasingly close to Williams with an overtake in sight. Plumb got close to Williams but was unable to make the move. Williams took the win, Styant in third.
The A-Final started with Hood in pole, Stewart in second and Watson in third. Hood and Stewart worked together to get away from the rest of the pack. They were able to get 4 seconds in front of the other drivers. Williams, who had been promoted from the B-Final, got into 3rd position by lap 5. For the remaining laps, the drivers raced hard with little change to positions. Hood took the win from Stewart 0.3 seconds ahead. Williams finished in third.
Division 2 Cadets
Kian Gamiao started the first heat in pole position, Cameron Bernard in second and Rhys Safo in third. All karts got a good start with all pacing through the first lap in some close racing. Gamiao got a good first lap managing to create a 2.1 second gap by lap 2. Cebula got to second place by lap 2. By lap 3, Gamiao and Cebula started a good battle for 1st. Both working together to break away from the group behind. Versallion started to clock good lap times chasing down Gamiao with a beautiful overtake at National to solidify 2nd place. On the last corner, Gamiao was able to take Versallion for 2nd position. Cebula finished in first, Gamiao in second and Versallion in third.
Max Fallon started in pole, Samuel Halle-Hinxman in second and Rio Noto in third. From the opening lap, Fallon gained a 3.7 second lead from the rest of the pack. A good battle started for 2nd position with Halle-Hinxman leading the group around on lap 3. 4 karts were locked together with no immediate overtakes until lap 4 where Gamiao took 2nd position. After a spin on lap 6, Halle-Hinxman and Barker fell down the leader board and were able to keep up the pace to finish in 4th and 5th. Fallon took the win by 5 seconds, Gamiao in second and Halle-Hinxman in third.
Luca Brooks in pole, Alex Ivanov in second and Jenson Jowett in third. At the start of the race, Ivanov looked fast chasing down 1st position. Beaumont got on the tail of Ivanov and took 2nd position going into Turn 4, for the rest of the lap he was chasing 1st. On the following lap Beaumont was able to take the leading position into National. The end of that lap he extended his lead to 0.8 seconds. A hot battle continued for 2nd position with Fallon on the tail of Ivanov. Fallon was able to take Ivanov on the last lap to solidify 2nd position. Beaumont finished in the lead after an impressive race.
The final heat started with Rupert Versallion in first, George Barker in second and Daniel Cebula in third. Versallion and Barker, in 1st and 2nd, started a good battle as they had already created a gap from the rest of the field. Barker was on the tail of Versallion giving him no room for mistake. A battle for 3rd place started with Shravan Shanmugavel leading the pack around lap 2. The top battle for 1st got heated on lap 7 with the 2 drivers passing the start/finishing line 0.052 seconds apart. The 2nd position battle got split as there was a spin at Turn 10 which resulted in karts losing momentum. After the leaders caught up to a back-marker, Barker took Versallion but Versallion made a brilliant overtake into Turn 10 overtaking both karts to solidify the win. Barker in second and Beaumont in third, after an impressive recovery.
The B-Final started with Ivanov in pole, Jenson Jowett in second and Samuel Halle-Hinxman in third. Halle-Hinxman took the undercut on Ivanov on Turn 5 lap 2 to take the leading position in the first final of the day. Ivanov continued to follow Halle-Hinxman for the forthcoming laps and continued to put pressure on Halle-Hinxman. From lap 5, Halle-Hinxman was able to increase his lead to 1.5 seconds and started to increase each lap. He was able to increase the lead to 6.2 seconds at the chequered flag. Ivanov was able to defend from Safo, finishing in 2nd.
The A-Final started with Max Fallon in first, Henry Beaumont in second and Rupert Versallion in third. Halle-Hinxman started at the back of the grid after being promoted from winning the B-Final. Versallion was on the charge for first position after closing in on the braking zone of Turn 9. Versallion took the lead from Fallon on the exit of National on lap 3, he was forced to drive defensively on the upcoming laps as Fallon continued to put pressure on Versallion. Beaumont led the battle for 3rd around lap 5. 4 karts behind him were putting pressure on wanting to take a top 3 spot. Halle-Hinxman, who started in last position, overtook Beaumont on lap 8 after an impressive final showcasing his driving. Versallion took the win by 4 seconds to Fallon. Halle-Hinxman finished in third.
Division 2 Juniors
Lewis Bone started in pole for Heat 1, Alex Solley in second and Ollie Bishop in third. All karts got a good first lap with most positions remaining the same. After lap 1, Bone had a 2 second lead with the gap increasing every lap. After an impressive start, Thomas made 2 positions and was placed in 3rd position by lap 4. On lap 6, Ollie Bishop managed to get back past Thomas for 3rd place, with Thomas latching onto Bishop’s bumper and following him around Turns 5 and 6. Bone took a brilliant win finishing 2 seconds in front of second, Alex Solley. Bishop finished in third.
Adam Thomas started in pole, Fernando Hartogs in second and Charlie Pinkney in third. Hartogs got a brilliant start, enabling him to place in first position around lap one. After only 1 lap, Bone was able to progress into 4th position after starting in last place. The following lap, he was able to get into 3rd position in the hunt for the leading position. Thomas started to clock in fast laps and was able to get within 0.5 seconds of 1st position and challenge for the leading position. Crabb, in 4th position, got on the tail for 3rd behind Bone and was challenging for the position, however, Bone started to drive defensively. After, 9 close minutes of racing, Thomas won the heat, Pinkney in second and Bone in third.
For the final heat, Arjun Ghirra started in first place, Liam Crabb second and Louis Alderton in third. On the opening lap, there was a 5-place penalty awarded for Pinkney for an ABC, the positions were only provisional. Hartogs, who started in last place, was able to reach 2nd position by lap 6 after some great driving and impressive overtaking. Crabb got on the tail of Hartog, putting pressure on Hartog to make a mistake but Hartog started to drive defensively, not allowing Crabb to overtake. Ghirra took the win, with Hartogs finishing only 0.1 seconds in front of Crabb.
The final started with Lewis Bone in first place, Adam Thomas in second and Arjun Ghirra in third. Bone anticipated the lights perfectly and was able to lead the pack around lap 1. The battle for 1st was building with 4 karts wanting to get in the lead. By the end of lap 2, 5 karts were now in the race for the leading position with Bone driving defensively and keeping the karts behind him. Thomas made the undercut out of Turn 11 taking Bone on the exit, into 1st position. Pinkney and Ghirra were battling for 4th on the 9th lap. Pinkney was able to keep Ghirra behind him by driving defensively and cleanly. Thomas was the quickest driver on track and was extending his lead, lap by lap to the chequered flag. Bone finished in second with Solley in third.
Super Pole Qualifying Results
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William Davison started on pole with Tate Taverner in second. Eden Rosenfield started in third. Fryer out qualified his fellow competitors, giving him pole on the Heavy grid. With a rolling start all 30 karts got away fast with the top 5 lights breaking away by Turn 5 from the rest of the field. In the Heavy category, Monger anticipated the lights well and was able to take Fryer in the opening lap. Though, it didn’t take long for Fryer to respond by getting out in front of him by lap 2 to lead the pack around the rest of the heat. The top positions in the Light’s remained the same with the top 3 drivers still only 0.5 seconds from each other, following each other’s braking points and racing lines. In the middle of the pack, Withers continued to put pressure on the drivers in front of her, especially Lawrence, as she was keen to overtake and make positions. Lawrence did a great job at defending and was able to keep Withers behind him. By the end of the 9-minute heat, Davison finished in first place, Rosenfield in second and McWilliam in third. Fryer completed the heat in first position in the Heavy class by over 3 seconds.
Oliver Davies took pole position for the second heat, Manuel Molina Bravo in second and Matt Costin in third. In the Heavy category Barry Weller took the front seat. Rosenfield, who started 3rd from last on the grid, got a tremendous start as he anticipated the lights well. He was able to make up 6 places in the first lap. Davies held on to the lead in the opening laps with immense pressure from Levey. Levey was patiently waiting for Davies to make a mistake so he could take the leading position. Williams got up to the top 3 positions and was able to make a move for 2nd, which permitted him to be close to the lead. He locked onto the back of Davies and was able to take the lead on lap 6. Battles commenced at the top as the higher qualifiers caught up and were starting to make their way through the pack. Williams, Davison and Simmons had a successful second heat as they were able to finish top 3 after starting down the grid, in the reverse grid format. Malc West took the win in the Heavy class, a second ahead of Andy Fryer whom had made steady progress throughout the race, making 9 positions. Harvey Reed completed the Heavy class top 3.
For the final, Davison took pole after collecting the most points from the qualifying heats. Joe Williams started in second and Jack Mayor in third. Andy Fryer, started Pole in the Heavy category. Davison had a tremendous first lap, able to keep out of trouble and get over a second lead just in the opening lap. Simmons didn’t wait to make a move as he took Mayor on the back straight on lap 2 to increase his chances for a podium. After the first few laps, the drivers settled into their position with a few battles continuing. In the Heavy’s race, Fryer had the lead by a strong margin. By lap 8, Fryer had started to overtake the Lights as his quest continued to take the class win, which looked certain by lap 10. The finals finished with Davison taking a 10.6 second win. McWilliam in second and Simmons in third, taking his first podium in the Senior InKart Championship. Fryer finished first in the Heavy class, Reed in second and Davies in third.