Daytona Milton Keynes 2017 InKart Championships
Round One Race Report
Daytona Milton Keynes’ 2017 InKart Championship Round 1 started on a fantastic wet morning, and the grid was fuller than ever before, with 24 drivers contesting the win in our “Cadet” Class for Division 2. The track looked pretty slippery and rain was forecast. Tanish Potdar started from this year’s first pole position, second place went to James Hensler, and Rocco Valentino started from P3. Hensler took advantage of a good racing line and squeezed past for P1 after a rough start from Potdar. Archie Styant moved to 2nd place, and Rupert Versallion snatched 3rd, following a spin from Rocco Valentino and Potdar. Styant eventually found his pace and went past for the lead, whilst Hensler overcooked it on the following lap and lost his place, dropping to 3rd. Versallion was now in P2, and catching the leader, being just 1.4 seconds behind. However, time was on Archie Styant’s side as he crossed the line to secure his first win of the year, followed by Rupert Versallion in 2nd and James Hensler in 3rd.
The lights went out to Henry Owen, followed by Joshua Boughton and Ridley Charles in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Owen had a bad start, dropping to 4th, but it was Boughton and Charles who span at Turn 4, dropping to the back. Ben Hawker took the lead around Turn 5, with Tom Ryan following closely in 2nd, and Sam Sanders now in P3. Hawker, unfortunately, went too hot into Turn 4 and span, which allowed Ryan and Sanders to both move up a position. Boughton and Owen were starting to recover ground, but the race leaders were too far ahead to catch. With the chequered flag going out, it was a heat win for Ryan, with 2nd and 3rd place going to Sanders and Hawker, respectively.
Rupert Versallion started from pole position, 2nd place went to Ben Hawker and Lloyd Kay was 3rd. Versallion had a fast start and built a good gap, but Kay span on the entrance of Turn 2 and lost 3rd. Lap 3 saw Adam Thomas and Yiannis Charalambous slotting in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, but Charalambous drifted wide at Turn 1, opening a gap and allowing Mark Versallion to go past for P3. It was a good race for Rupert Versallion until he lost control at Turn 10, and by the time he recovered, he was looking at the back of new race leader Adam Thomas. Thomas took the chequered flag the following lap, with Versallion securing 2nd place and Mark Versallion rounding up the Top 3.
Ronnie Coburn led the pack from P1, followed by Leo Scott and Joshua Boughton in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Boughton had to start from the pit lane after mistakenly coming in on the formation lap, but that didn’t stand in the way of him and good pace. Leo Scott took the lead around Turn 10 on Lap 2. Kip Morgan was now in 2nd place and Jensen Pughe in P3, after having started from the back. Boughton was looking solid but had to defend from Kasper Marriott, who was pushing with good pace. Pughe demonstrated tremendous speed, but also impatience, his aggression cost him grip several times, and he lost positions, ultimately finishing in 5th place. The heat win went to Kip Morgan in the end, with Leo Scott in 2nd and Joshua Boughton in 3rd.
Mark Versallion, Joshua Jones and Tom Ryan started from P1, P2 and P3, respectively. Versallion was looking good after Lap 1, and his lead was a huge 10 seconds, with Jensen Pughe now in 2nd place, after Joshua Jones span on the exit of Turn 1, and Tom Ryan dropped to 3rd. The battle for 3rd was intense, however, as just 0.5 seconds separated the drivers. Up front, Versallion was untouchable and took the win by a mile, finishing first by 16 seconds overall, with Pughe coming in 2nd, and Tom Ryan rounding up the Top 3.
Archie Styant started from pole position, with Kasper Marriott in 2nd and Nathan Ampofo-Anim in 3rd place. Styant had a fantastic start, but Marriott was quick on his feet and went past for the lead by the entrance of Turn 4. Lily Jeffs was holding a good 3rd place, while Sam Sanders slotted in 4th after overtaking Henry Owen. As the chequered flag went out, it was a win for Archie Styant, with Kasper Marriott and Lily Jeffs finishing in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The lights went out to race leader Jensen Pughe, with 2nd place going to Lily Jeffs and Leo Scott in P3. Pughe had a fantastic start, and by Turn 5 had a solid lead, but Jeffs had some defending to do, as Ronnie Coburn was pressuring hard from behind after overtaking Scott for 3rd. The conditions worsened, as there was a heavy rain shower, which caused a lot of drivers to spin and lose out on positions, Pughe being among them, and dropping to 5th place. Leo Scott was now in the lead after an overtake on the entrance of Turn 11, and with the chequered flag going out, it was a win for Scott, ahead of Ronnie Coburn, who finished in 2nd, 3 seconds ahead of Kip Morgan in 3rd.
Sam Sanders, Yiannis Charalambous and Nathan Ampofo-Anim started from 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Charalambous seized the opportunity and overtook for the lead around Turn 2, Sanders dropped further down the field after a spin. That in turn allowed Tom Ryan and Rupert Versallion to go past for 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Versallion span on the entrance of Turn 10 on Lap 4, but was quick enough to recover the spot, retaining P3. The chequered flag went to Yiannis Charalambous, followed by Tom Ryan in 2nd and Rupert Versallion in 3rd place.
The lights went out to Kip Morgan, with Adam Thomas starting 2nd and Lloyd Kay in P3. Archie Styant made good progress, as he climbed to P2, after starting from 6th on Lap 1, but later lost it to Adam Thomas and James Hensler after running wide on the entrance of Turn 6. The chequered flag went to heat winner Kip Morgan, who had an undisputed drive to victory, followed by Archie Styant and James Hensler in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, after Adam Thomas slid out of control and gave away his spot.
Tanish Potdar started from pole position, followed by Joshua Boughton in 2nd and Nathan Ampofo-Anim in 3rd place. As the first lap was underway, Joshua Boughton lost 2nd position by locking his brakes, dropping to last place at Turn 4. A lap in and Potdar led confidently, but Kay was on his tail, with Ampofo-Anim in a solid 3rd. The Top 2 drivers were in a battle of their own, 8 seconds ahead of 3rd place. Potdar, however, eventually lost grip and span at Turn 4, which allowed Lloyd Kay to gain the lead, but Kay span as well, on the following lap, at Turn 6, allowing Potdar to yet again claim P1. With the chequered flag going out, it was a win for Tanish Potdar, followed by Lloyd Kay in a close 2nd and Nathan Ampofo-Anim in P3.
Kasper Marriott started from pole position, followed by Jensen Pughe in 2nd and Ronnie Coburn in 3rd place. Pughe was quick to separate himself in the lead, but was in trouble, as Marriott did not let him get away. Ronnie Coburn lost positions after spinning on the exit of Turn 10 and getting himself stuck in the mud. James Hensler, meanwhile, claimed 2nd, and was looking strong, ahead of Hawker, who locked his brakes on the entrance of Turn 2 and gave away his place. However, he reclaimed his 2nd place and started gaining time on the leader. The chequered flag went out to Jensen Pughe, with P2 going to Ben Hawker and James Hensler finishing 3rd.
Archie Styant started from pole position, followed by Kip Morgan in 2nd and Rupert Versallion in P3. Leo Scott claimed 2nd place after taking advantage of a battle between Morgan and Versallion on Lap 1, with Mark Versallion now in 3rd place after his brother lost out on a lot of spaces by spinning out at Turn 5 on the previous lap. Mark Versallion overtook Scott for 2nd place, and Scott later lost out a position to Yiannis Charalambous around Turn 4, dropping back to 4th again. The chequered flag went out to Archie Styant and secured his first Round win for 2017, followed by Mark Versallion in 2nd place, and Yiannis Charalambous finishing 3rd.
The Junior Class’ first pole sitter for 2017 was James Costin, with Ethan Fannon in 2nd and Ali Mirzai in 3rd place. Mirzai took the early lead and was looking strong, but did not brake in time, running wide and that allowed Fannon and Harry Charalambous to go past, with Charalambous taking the lead. Fannon span as well, which cost him a lot of time, as he dropped to P5, allowing Jake Crofts and Kallum Batts to go past. Batts was now pressuring Crofts for 2nd place, and almost took it around Turn 4. He then went too wide on the entrance of Turn 6, and Fannon got back 2 places, overtaking Sporn and Batts and demonstrating good wet weather driving. In the end, the winner was Harry Charalambous, and by a big margin of over 2 seconds, with Jake Crofts and Ethan Fannon in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The lights went out to Toby Sporn, with Harry Charalambous starting from 2nd and William Treanor P3. A lap in, and Sporn had a good 1.8 second lead, before locking his brakes at Turn 2, fortunately his lead was enough to keep him safe for the time being. Kallum Batts and Harry Charalambous were close behind, with Charalambous eventually claiming 2nd place around Turn 10 after a narrow overtake, and both him and Batts overtook Sporn, who span at Turn 6 on the following lap. With the chequered flag going out, it was Batts who took the win, with Sporn coming in 2nd after he recovered a place from and Harry Charalambous, who finished in P3.
Pole position went to Jake Crofts, followed by Kyle Dunford in 2nd and William Treanor in 3rd place. Dunford overtook Crofts on the entrance of Turn 4 and Eden Rosenfield was now in 3rd. Reeza Ansari almost suffered a penalty as a result of contact, but relaxed his driving and made up ground nicely, taking 4th place on Lap 4. He later lost time, though, as he span round Turn 5. Dunford had a very strong drive, and took the win by 4 seconds, with 2nd place going out to Jake Crofts, who defended successfully from Eden Rosenfield, who finished 3rd, just 0.4 seconds behind.
Pole position went to Louisa Bell, followed by Eden Rosenfield in P2 and Harry Charalambous in P3. As a result of an Advantage by Contact, Kyle Dunford was issued a penalty* for coming together with the race leader Louisa Bell, causing her to drop to the back of the field. Meanwhile, Eden Rosenfield was leading the pack, with Charalambous now in 2nd and Dunford in 3rd. Ethan Fannon held a solid 4th place throughout the heat, and at the entrance of Turn 11 went past for P3. Dunford was now up to first after Rosenfield ran wide at Turn 10, dropping to 4th on the penultimate lap. With the chequered flag going out, it was a heat win for Harry Charalambous, followed by Ethan Fannon in 2nd and Eden Rosenfield in 3rd place, after Dunford’s penalty.
*After a post-race inquiry, it was determined that the contact between Dunford and Bell was a racing incident and the penalty was overturned by the Race Director.
Reeza Ansari was the last pole sitter for Division 2 Heats, with Kallum Batts and Ali Mirzai starting from 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Mirzai span on the entrance of Turn 2, and lost his chance of a good finish, dropping to last. Ansari led the pack, with Batts in 2nd and Rosenfield now in 3rd. Rosenfield later moved to P2 after overtaking Batts at Turn 10, a clean move around the inside. With time ticking down, Ansari ran out of luck, losing control at the entrance of Turn 6, which cost him the lead – Rosenfield was now in P1. And, just in time, as the chequered flag sealed his victory, followed by Kallum Batts in 2nd and Jake Crofts in 3rd.
The lights went out to leader Ethan Fannon, with Reeza Ansari and Ali Mirzai in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. A wrong move by Ansari on Lap 2 resulted in him dropping to the back, as he tried to defend his position, but there wasn’t enough room and he span at Turn 1. Meanwhile, Ethan Fannon had a big gap in the lead, and William Treanor was up to 2nd place, after starting from last, but lost some ground, spinning at Turn 5. That allowed Reeza Ansari to catch up and reduce the gap to just 2 seconds. However, Fannon was unreachable, and took the win, with Ansari finishing in 2nd place, after Treanor spun on the penultimate lap, putting him 3rd in the final order.
The lights went out to Harry Charalambous, with 2nd place going to Kyle Dunford and Kallum Batts in 3rd. Dunford went past for the lead around Turn 10. Eden Rosenfield went for Top spot after diving down the inside of Turn 6, and completed the move at Turn 10. He lost it the following lap, however, dropping down to 5th place after a spin. It was Dunford in the lead again, and this time staying there, with Harry Charalambous in P2, having some defending to do. Ethan Fannon was in 3rd, but pushed hard and managed to slingshot past for 2nd on the exit of Turn 11. He was beginning to catch the leader by about a second a lap, but the real battle was for P3, as Charalambous was defending hard from Kallum Batts, Eden Rosenfield and Toby Sporn. Time was up, and the race win went to Kyle Dunford, followed by Ethan Fannon in 2nd and Harry Charalambous in P3.
Toby Purbrick was Division 1’s first pole sitter of the day, followed by Eddie Key and Jayden Neal-Holder in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. It didn’t take long for Daniel Munro to find the grip in the wet and challenge for top positions. He squeezed past Neal-Holder for 2nd place on the entrance of Turn 10, but Holder made a comeback. Not for long, though, as Munro overtook again on the entrance of Turn 2 on Lap 3. The battle for 1st place was intense, and on the last lap, Purbrick lost grip, which encouraged Munro to charge. And that was enough for a win by 0.02 sec over Purbrick, following an overtake at the last corner and a race to the finish line, with Jayden Neal-Holder finishing 3rd overall.
Munro led from pole position, with Jayden Neal-Holder in 2nd and Rory Burke in 3rd place, respectively. Robson Knox received a penalty for advantage by contact, forcing Ralph Leckie off the track at Turn 10, which cost them both points. Daniel Munro later picked up a penalty for a similar manoeuvre around Turn 6. Rory Burke was having a clean drive, and by Lap 3 was already in the lead, after Munro and Neal-Holder both lost out after a spin and being pushed, respectively. With the chequered flag going out, it was Jack Stewart who stole the win after squeezing past at Turn 11, and that put Rory Burke in 2nd place, with 3rd place going to Jayden Neal-Holder after Knox’ penalty.
The lights went out to race leader Jack Stewart, with Callum Poulter and Rory Burke in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Stewart was looking confident in the lead, but Burke had made his way into P2 and was now challenging for the win. It was Burke vs Stewart for the remaining laps, as they exchanged the lead several times over the course of the race. Toby Purbrick made good progress, making his way up to P3, after starting from 5th place. The heat win went to Rory Burke, followed by Jack Stewart in 2nd, just 0.1 seconds behind, with Purbrick solidifying his 3rd after a consistent drive in the last lap.
Ralph Leckie was the pole sitter, followed by Robson Knox in 2nd and Callum Poulter in 3rd place. Knox had a great start and immediately seized the lead, but Leckie took it back, following a spin by Knox at Turn 6. Another lap later, Sam Cole took the lead from Leckie, who was caught out at Turn 4, with Jack Stewart following through as well, claiming 2nd place. With the chequered flag going out, it was a win for Cole, followed by Stewart in 2nd and Ralph Leckie in P3.
Sam Cole started from pole position, with Sam Wilson and Robson Knox in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Cole was in a 2-second lead by the end of Lap 1, with Eddie Key now claiming P2 on the entrance of Turn 10. Key set off chasing down Cole, whilst opening up a gap from Sam Wilson in 3rd. Wilson then lost a place to Toby Purbrick, however, but Purbrick went too fast into Turn 10 on Lap 4 and gave the spot away. The chequered flag went out to the race winner Sam Cole, followed by Eddie Key in 2nd and Sam Wilson in 3rd place.
Eddie Key earned his place at the front for the Cadet B Final, Ralph Leckie was 2nd with Jayden Neal-Holder 3rd. Key quickly built up a gap at the front, whilst Ralph Leckie was caught out on the entrance of Turn 11, and gave away his spot to Callum Poulter, who moved up to 2nd. He in turn lost it back to Leckie a lap later. Robson Knox had moved into 3rd place, after starting from P5, when our leader, Key, went for a spin, and it was Jayden Neal-Holder who took P1 around Turn 6. Leckie caught up quickly and was challenging for the spot by the end of Lap 6, and it was looking promising, he almost made the move around Turn 5, but Neal-Holder defended well and retained his position. And just in time, too, as the chequered flag went out to solidify Holder’s win. Leckie finished in a close 2nd, with Robson Knox rounding up the Top 3.
Sam Cole led the pack from pole position, with Jack Stewart in 2nd and Rory Burke in P3. Munro made a move on Burke for 3rd and went past successfully at the entrance of Turn 10. Cole had it steady and easy for the time being, but Jack Stewart was now in trouble, as he had to defend from Munro, who was closing the gap of 0.5 seconds rapidly. Meanwhile, Jayden Neal-Holder was challenging Rory Burke, but Burke lost control at Turn 4, and that cost him all chances of getting on the podium. Neal-Holder was now in 4th place and slowly, but surely, catching up to Daniel Munro. Munro made a move for 2nd, though, and went past Stewart on the entrance of Turn 11 on Lap 4. Stewart later span at the exit of Turn 5 and that allowed Neal-Holder to gain 3rd place as a result. Toby Purbrick went past for P4, as well. However, Stewart got back past on the entrance of Turn 2 on the penultimate lap. The chequered flag marked the Round win for Sam Cole, followed by Daniel Munro in 2nd and Jayden Neal-Holder 3rd.
Joe Williams started from 1st place, followed by William Davison in 2nd and Angus Tillyer in P3. Immediately, it was Davison who led the pack on Lap 1, and contact from Angus Tillyer on the entrance of Turn 11 resulted in a bumper warning for Tillyer. It was eventually Robert Taylor who emerged as race leader, as Tillyer lost control and span on the exit of Turn 10. William Davison managed to recover lost ground and get back into 2nd place. With the chequered flag going out, it was Taylor, Davison and Max Cole in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The lights went out to Pole Sitter Robert Taylor, followed by Joshua Griffiths and Joe Williams in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Taylor found himself defending from Max Cole, who had a fantastic start and was already in 2nd place by Turn 4. Angus Tillyer moved to 3rd by overtaking Davison and Joe Williams, after Williams got himself stuck on the exit of Turn 5. Taylor had a lead of nearly 4 second by the end of Lap 4, and took the chequered flag as the heat winner, with Max Cole in 2nd and William Davison in 3rd place.
Pole position went to Angus Tillyer, followed by Max Cole in 2nd and Joshua Griffiths in 3rd place. Robert Taylor had a fantastic start, quickly moving up to 2nd place, whilst Cole now had to fend off Griffiths, who was right behind. Tillyer lost his lead after a spin on the entrance of Turn 4, and that cost him his chances of victory. The chequered flag went out to Robert Taylor, with 2nd place going to Max Cole, and William Davison in P3.
The Junior Final was led by Robert Taylor, 2nd place went to Max Cole and William Davison started from P3. Davison moved up a place, as Max Cole allowed too much room on the entrance of Turn 5. He was now challenging Taylor for the lead, who was overly defensive, which ultimately resulted in a warning for blocking. Max Cole was in a solitary third place, being 2 seconds away from the karts both behind and in front. Taylor got the lead back around Turn 5 on Lap 4, and it was sealed for the time being, as Davison span on the exit of Turn 10. The chequered flag went out to Robert Taylor, whose place remained uncontested, followed by William Davison in 2nd, and Max Cole in P3.
Round 1 of the Daytona Milton Keynes International InKart saw 21 drivers take to the circuit. The conditions on track would test the drivers to the max, as it was wet and slippery, with a couple of drivers finding themselves close to or under the tyre barriers!
As the new style, Super-Pole Qualifying session got underway, Matthew Merchant hit the track first, registering his flying lap. As the chequered flag went out, the lap time to beat was around 1m34s, and Scott Taylor looked strong for the provisional pole. Charlie Fenton was in a good second place, but was demoted by the lap-times of Tom Bush and Jack Mayor. As everyone registered their fastest times, Scott Taylor remained at the top of the pile, with a time of 1.34.204.
We were now waiting on the final 11 drivers to complete their laps to determine who would be lining up on Pole position. Tyler Fossey had moved into provisional P5, before Oscar Lancaster knocked him down a peg, with Nigel Woodman going P7.
As the final driver took the chequered flag, Taylor remained unchallenged and would start Heat 1 from Pole position, followed by Tom Bush in 2nd and Jack Mayor in P3, with just 0.5 seconds separating the Top 5 drivers.
The lights went out to Scott Taylor, who led a close pack through the first couple of corners, whilst Charlie Fenton overtook Tom Bush for 2nd place, and later snatched the lead around Turn 11 on Lap 1. Jack Mayor was in a solid P4, and was looking to make headway. Fenton was looking strong and built a gap of nearly 3 seconds, while Taylor had some defending to do, as Mayor was pushing for 2nd place after overtaking Tom Bush for P3 down at Turn 8. James Lawrence was also in a battle with Oscar Lancaster, with Lancaster emerging in the lead. Further down the pack, Jordan Greenaway was under pressure from John Donnelly, challenging for 8th place. With the chequered flag marking the end of Heat 1, the win went to Charlie Fenton, who finished a good 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place, which went to Oscar Lancaster, after a double overtake on Mayor and Taylor on the final lap, with Mayor coming in P3.
Michael Saward led the pack for Heat 2, followed by David Pettican and Harvey Reed, both welcome newcomers. With 2017’s new format seeing a reversed grid for Race 2, the likes of Scott Taylor, Bush, Fenton and Mayor would have to prove their ability to pass as well having an outright fast lap-time. James Lawrence, had the provisional lead early on, with Pettican still in 2nd, whilst Race 1 winner, Fenton, managed to make up enormous amounts of ground by the exit of Turn 8, and, took advantage of his better exit on to the back straight, to slot into P3 by the end of Lap 2. He was now in a position to challenge for the lead, and claimed P2 by the end of Lap 3. Tom Bush and Nigel Woodman both moved up a place, after Pettican dropped as a result from running wide on the entrance of Turn 7. Woodman held P3, although Tom Bush was eager to get past, but his pace was not enough to match Woodman’s at the time. Eventually, Woodman went past Charlie Fenton on the inside of Turn 6, which is especially difficult to do in the wet weather. Unfortunately, a mistake by our new race leader at Turn 10 allowed Fenton to go past for the lead, and Tom Bush to snatch 2nd place, as well. To add insult to injury, Woodman then span at Turn 2, dropping to 5th place. The Heat 2 win went to Charlie Fenton, followed by Tom Bush in 2nd, Jack Mayor in 3rd, Nigel Woodman in 4th and Lames Lawrence completing the Top 5.
Charlie Fenton was the pole sitter for the final, followed by Jack Mayor in 2nd and Tom Bush in 3rd place. Fenton almost lost out on his lead, as he went too hot on the exit kerb at Turn 1 at the start, but he recovered quick enough not to jeopardise his position. James Lawrence made a crucial mistake, going too hot in Turn 10 and losing out on positions as he span on Lap 1.
Oscar Lancaster was looking good in 4th place, but Lawrence found good pace, and both him and Jack Mayor were closing in fast. John Donelly, on the other hand, had to fend off Ivan Reed, another new driver, who was right behind in P7. Fenton’s lead was beginning to disappear, as Tom Bush closed the gap, but a surprise attack from Oscar Lancaster at Turn 4 caught him out, and he lost his 2nd place. Lancaster further overtook for the lead around Turn 7, but Fenton responded and got the spot back on the way to Turn 8.
Lancaster yet again overtook for 1st place, having a better line on the exit of Turn 10, and managed to build a small gap. However, just a lap later, he went too hot on the throttle and lost it all, spinning on the runoff area at Turn 9, dropping to 4th place.
Fenton, Bush and Mayor were the current Top 3, with Mayor just off the pace of the leaders, but with Lancaster catching him by about 0.5 seconds per lap. Fenton lost the lead of the race around Turn 6, but had the better traction out of the corner and restored his place quickly on the entrance to Turn 7. Unfortunately for Fenton, Bush was not going to give up easily and after getting a better exit out of Turn 8, managed to complete the pass on Fenton. Bush was now in control of the race, and Jack Mayor was closing on Fenton to challenge for P2. With the chequered flag going out, it was really a last-minute win for Tom Bush in his first InKart Round of 2017. Charlie Fenton came home in 2nd place, with Jack Mayor 3rd. Oscar Lancaster and Scott Taylor rounded out the Top 5.