Daytona Milton Keynes 2017 InKart Championships
Round Three Race Report (PDF Download Link)
Division 1’s Cadet Grid was getting more serious with the addition of the Top 3 drivers from Division 2. Ralph Leckie was confident, having won Round 2, but Rory Burke was determined to prove he’s champion material! Watch out for Sam Cole, though; he was not going to let anyone get away!
Sam Wilson started from pole position, followed by Jensen Pughe in 2nd and Jessica White in 3rd place. Pughe eventually lost out on positions after spinning on the exit of Turn 5. Wilson led with confidence, with White now fending off Toby Purbrick, but it was Rory Burke who overtook Purbrick for P3 and later took 2nd place around Turn 4, catching White out. With the chequered flag going out, the win went to Wilson, who escaped Burke’s pace by less than a second. Burke came in 2nd, just ahead of Jessica White in P3.
Pole position this time went to Jack Stewart, with 2nd and 3rd place going to Eddie Key and Jessica White, respectively. Stewart’s pace in the wet improved and he was now over 1.5 seconds in the lead, while Key had White all over his back bumper. An unfortunate spin by Yiannis Charalambous caused Daniel Munro to lose out on positions after trying to avoid contact, with him dropping to the back. The chequered flag went to Jack Stewart, followed by Eddie Key and Jessica White in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, after White was unable to get past Key’s strong defence.
The lights went out to Archie Styant, with P2 and P3 going to Toby Purbrick and Rory Burke, respectively. After the first lap, Sam Cole had made good progress, slotting himself in 2nd. Meanwhile, Eddie Key almost lost it on the exit of Turn 10, but was put back the right way when Rory Burke had nowhere to go. Burke was later issued a penalty board for contact with Toby Purbrick at Turn 6, meaning a 5-place penalty, but he managed to take the lead regardless and stay there for the time being. His only competition was Sam Cole, who tried to go past at the last corner, but was unsuccessful. With the penalty applied, it was a race win for Sam Cole, with Archie Styant in 2nd and Ralph Leckie in 3rd.
Pole position went to Ralph Leckie, followed by Sam Cole in 2nd and Jayden Neal-Holder in 3rd place. By the end of Lap 1, Sam Cole took the lead and built a gap of more than 1.5 seconds, with Leckie dropping to P4 after both Jayden Neal-Holder and Jensen Pughe went past for 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Neal-Holder then began catching up to Cole, but his progress was little, just 0.2 seconds per lap. Ralph Leckie recovered P3 from Jensen Pughe, after Pughe ran wide at Turn 10, and that also allowed Daniel Munro to climb up a position for the time being. When the chequered flag dropped, Cole took the win, followed by Neal-Holder and Ralph Leckie.
Daniel Munro started from pole position, with Yiannis Charalambous in 2nd and Rory Burke in 3rd place. Trouble was knocking on Munro’s door, as Yiannis Charalambous was right on his rear bumper. However, on Lap 1, Rory Burke made his way around Charalambous to claim 2nd place. Sam Cole made a move on Jayden Neal-Holder, but too much contact caused Neal-Holder to spin and that resulted in a penalty board for Cole. Meanwhile, Burke took the lead around Turn 1 on the last lap, and, with the chequered flag going out, it was a win for Rory Burke, followed by Daniel Munro in 2nd and Toby Purbrick now in 3rd, after Sam Cole’s penalty was applied.
The lights went out to race leader Archie Styant, followed by Daniel Munro in 2nd and Toby Purbrick starting in 3rd. Munro flew off the line, taking the lead, and by Turn 10 built a gap of more than 2 seconds. Jessica White had an unfortunate spin at Turn 10, which ended her chances of promotion into the A-Final. Meanwhile, Toby Purbrick took P2 and was now defending from Eddie Key, but he was too far away in P3, being about 3 seconds behind, with Yiannis Charalambous now in 4th place. Meanwhile, Munro was confidently in the lead, with Toby Purbrick driving his heart out in 2nd place, and catching up by 0.3 seconds a lap. Eddie Key’s drive was driving well too, but he was just off the pace of the leaders as they looked untouchable at the front. With the chequered flag going out, Munro progressed to the A-Final, with Purbrick taking 2nd and Eddie Key finishing P3.
Sam Cole started from Pole, with Rory Burke in 2nd and Sam Wilson in 3rd place. Cole was not going to have this one easy, as Burke was right on his tail the entire time, with the two separating in a battle for the lead, while Sam Wilson and Jayden Neal-Holder were another battle to watch. Burke eventually went past for P1 around Turn 4, and was looking good for a win. Neal-Holder, on the other hand, went past for 3rd place. A little down the order, Ralph Leckie was on Sam Wilson’s tail, but time was not enough to challenge for more positions and he finished P5 in the end. The race and Round 3 win went to Rory Burke after an undisputed drive to victory, followed by Sam Cole in 2nd and Jayden Neal-Holder in 3rd place.
B Final Results
- Daniel Munro
- Toby Purbrick
- Eddie Key
A Final Results
- Rory Burke
- Sam Cole
- Jayden Neal-Holder
The Junior Grid of Division 1 was not as populated as the Cadet one, but that did not mean less competition – on the contrary! With Angus Tillyer not in top form, the weather just as unforgiving in the afternoon, as it was in the morning, the win was contested only between the absolute best!
Robert Taylor was on pole, followed by Harry Charalambous in 2nd and 3rd place going to Kyle Dunford. The entire pack was quite close, with Robert Taylor losing his lead after running wide at Turn 3, but managed to just make it back in 3rd place. Meanwhile, Dunford took the lead, but was faced with tough opposition, as Harry Charalambous was challenging and went past on the exit of Turn 1. He later dropped to P3 after running wide on the exit of Turn 6, allowing Robert Taylor and Katherine White to go past for P1 and P2, respectively. With the chequered flag going out next lap, it was a win for Taylor, with White in 2nd and Harry Charalambous in 3rd.
The lights went out to Pole-man William Davison, with Max Cole and Kyle Dunford in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Dunford dropped to P5, allowing Angus Tillyer to take provisional P3. Max Cole, meanwhile, took advantage by contact on the entrance of Turn 6, which resulted in a penalty board. He later ran wide on the exit of Turn 11, which further dropped him in the order. The chequered flag went to the winner William Davison, followed by Kyle Dunford in 2nd and Robert Taylor in 3rd place.
Eden Rosenfield led the pack from the front, with Angus Tillyer in 2nd and Katherine White in P3. With a lap down, it was White vs. Rosenfield, as White made a move around Turn 5. However, it wasn’t long before Rosenfield responded for P1, but he went too hot at Turn 6, losing his edge and allowing Katherine White, Harry Charalambous and several other karts to go past. With the chequered flag going out, it was White’s first win for 2017, followed by Harry Charalambous and William Davison in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The Final’s pole sitter was William Davison, followed by Katherine White and Robert Taylor in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Taylor took 2nd place at Turn 2, but White did not like that and was immediately challenging for the spot. By the end of Lap 2, Davison had a convincing 3-second lead, with Taylor following in 2nd place. Harry Charalambous had a consistent drive in P4, but the leaders were looking too far away, with White being 3 seconds ahead in P3. Davison extended his lead to more than 6 seconds, while Eden Rosenfield made good progress and was now in 5th place after starting last. The chequered flag marked the end of the race and the Round 3 win for William Davison, followed by Robert Taylor in 2nd and Katherine White in 3rd place.
A Final Results
- William Davison
- Robert Taylor
- Katherine White
Daytona Milton Keynes welcomed a full entry list of Division 2 Cadet drivers for Round 3. The track was looking tricky, with occasional heavy rainfalls and slippery tarmac. The competition was tough and the weather – unforgiving. That did not scare Archie Fisher one bit, as he was strongly determined to win!
Joshua Boughton started from P1, followed by Archie Fisher and Charlie Pinkney in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Fisher had the better start, while Charlie Pinkney moved up a couple of positions, moving in 2nd place at Turn 2. Nathan Ampofo-Anim made good progress, taking P3 around Turn 6, but lost it all around Turn 11 after control issues due to the wet track. Fisher was looking untouchable, building a gap of more than 9 seconds by the end of Lap 3, and with the chequered flag marking the end of the race, it was an undisputed win for the wet weather master, followed by Charlie Pinkney in 2nd and Adam Thomas in 3rd place, having started from P6.
The lights went out to Adam Thomas, Sam Sanders started in 2nd and Tazio Nicholas – P3. A back-to-back race for Thomas meant he had to work hard for points, but was well accustomed to the track conditions. And his pace was immediately evident, as by Lap 2 he had a convincing lead of more than 2.2 seconds, with Kasper Marriott in 2nd and Jack Cox now in 3rd place, after having started from the back, while Sanders and Nicholas lacked pace. Cox lost 2 places after running wide on the entrance of Turn 10, allowing both Joshua Jones and Tazio Nicholas to go past for 3rd and 4th place, respectively. A bad entry to the same corner on Lap 2 cost Kip Morgan, and he dropped to last place as a result. The chequered flag marked a well-deserved win for Adam Thomas, followed by Kasper Marriott in 2nd and Joshua Jones in 3rd place, respectively.
Lloyd Kay started from P1, 2nd place went to Nathan Ampofo-Anim and Sam Sanders had 3rd. Kay had a good lead until Turn 5, where he ran wide and dropped to P6, and that allowed Ampofo-Anim to move in the lead. Ronnie Coburn made his way into 3rd place after overtaking Sanders, who had an unstable exit out of Turn 10. Leo Scott also moved up a place, but with Ampofo-Anim spinning on the exit of Turn 6, Coburn and Scott moved up to P1 and P2, respectively. The chequered flag went out to mark the win for Coburn, followed by Scott in 2nd and Ampofo-Anim in 3rd place.
The heat leader was Charlie Pinkney, with Joshua Jones and Jake Butland starting from P2 and P3, respectively. Pinkney had a good launch, but now had to watch out for Ben Hawker, who flew past Joshua Jones for 2nd around Turn 4 on the opening lap. Henry Owen had an unfortunate time after a spin on the entrance to Turn 10 and almost visiting one of the marshal posts, and that cost him dearly. With the chequered flag going out, the race win went to Ben Hawker, followed by Charlie Pinkney in 2nd after a solid drive, and Joshua Jones managed to hold on to 3rd place, finishing some 7 seconds behind.
Ronnie Coburn started from pole, with Jack Cox in 2nd and Tazio Nicholas in P3. Cox took advantage by contact at the start and was on the receiving end of a penalty board. Meanwhile, by the end of Lap 2 Archie Fisher not only took the lead, but also managed to build a huge gap, yet again setting a high standard for driving in the wet. Tanish Potdar overtook and slotted himself in 2nd place at the entrance of Turn 6, while Adam Thomas kept a consistent 3rd place after taking it around the outside of Turn 9 on the penultimate lap. The win went to Archie Fisher, with Tanish Potdar taking 2nd place and Adam Thomas finishing P3.
Harrison Smith started first this time, with 2nd and 3rd place starts for Kip Morgan and Henry Owen, respectively. Joshua Boughton had to work from the back now, after being involved in a cluster of karts and span. He managed to climb up to 2nd place quickly, though, in the opening lap, and after an impressive drive, was now just 6 seconds behind the race leader. Ryan Hedge took P3 after Harrison Smith span at Turn 6, and was catching up to Boughton, but with a lap to go, he still had a lot of work to do. With the chequered flag going out, it was a win for Kip Morgan, followed by Boughton and Ryan Hedge in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The lights went out to race leader Kasper Marriott, with 2nd place going to Leo Scott and Ben Hawker started in 3rd. Marriott and Hawker were comfortably in the front, but Leo Scott went too hot in Turn 4, and caused a giant spin for everyone past 3rd place. With a lap down, Marriott was in a convincing lead, but Hawker ran wide on the exit of Turn 9, and lost all positions, and that allowed Leo Scott to take 2nd for the time being. The chequered flag went out to Kasper Marriott, who managed to stay out of trouble for the rest of the heat, with Leo Scott and Ronnie Coburn in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Ryan Hedge started from pole position, followed by Jack Cox and Henry Owen in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. With a lap down, Marriott was in a good 2-second lead, but he lost the rear while mounting the kerb on the exit of Turn 1, giving away his spot to Archie Fisher. Fisher yet again displayed wonderful driving, after having started from last. Marriott was quick enough to recover back in 2nd place, with Ryan Hedge now in 3rd. With the chequered flag going out, it was another win for Fisher, with Marriott and Hedge in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The lights went out to Lily Jeffs, with Tanish Potdar and Ben Hawker in P2 and P3, respectively. With a lap gone, Potdar had overtaken for the lead around Turn 4, and had an impressive gap of more than 3 seconds, with Hawker now in 2nd place after overtaking Jeffs at the exit of Turn 6. Charlie Pinkney further overtook Jeffs at the entrance of Turn 10, slotting himself in 3rd place, and was catching up to the leaders, but there was not enough time. The chequered flag went out to Tanish Potdar, with Ben Hawker coming 2nd and Charlie Pinkney securing P3.
Lloyd Kay started in pole position, followed by Lily Jeffs in 2nd and Jack Cox in 3rd. Cox went past for P2 at Turn 4 on the opening lap; Tazio Nicholas made his way into P4 after having started from the back, but span at Turn 5 and lost his progress as a result. Jeffs was back in 2nd place after Cox moved into the lead after overtaking Lloyd Kay on the entrance of Turn 6. Lily Jeffs received a penalty board for advantage by contact on Cox, which allowed Sam Sanders to take the lead and, subsequently, the win, after the chequered flag went out, with Jack Cox finishing 2nd and Lloyd Kay taking 3rd place.
The lights went out to race leader Ronnie Coburn, 2nd place went to Leo Scott and Kip Morgan started in 3rd. Coburn had good pace off the line, and built a small gap by the end of Lap 1, but it was Ryan Hedge who made his way into P2 after a double overtake. But his glory was short-lived, as he was in the middle of a cluster of karts on the entrance of Turn 6, ultimately spinning and losing ground. Both Kip Morgan and Nathan Ampofo-Anim were issued penalty boards, as a result of taking advantage by contact around Turn 5 and Turn 10, respectively. The pressure was now on Ryan Hedge, who had to defend from Leo Scott, as Scott was less than 0.2 seconds behind. Both Ronnie Coburn and Kip Morgan span pushing hard. Drama on the penultimate lap, as both Ronnie Coburn and Kip Morgan span at the same time on the entrance of Turn 10, but Coburn recovered quickly enough to still be in P1. With the chequered flag going out and penalties applied, it was a close win for Coburn, followed by Leo Scott in 2nd and Ryan Hedge in 3rd place, after Morgan did not recover in time.
Archie Fisher was the last pole sitter for Division 2, with Kasper Marriott and Tanish Potdar in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. This time, Fisher was faced with some competition, as Marriott’s pace was just as good, with him being just 1.2 seconds behind. Adam Thomas was now in 3rd place, after Potdar span at Turn 5 on Lap 2. Lap 3 saw Charlie Pinkney challenge for P3, and he went through around Turn 4, which left Ben Hawker to defend from Potdar and Ronnie Coburn, both of which were less than 0.5 seconds behind. Meanwhile, Archie Fisher was increasing his gap by 0.5 seconds per lap, and that left Kasper Marriott in a solitary P2, and he was unable to find the necessary pace to catch up. With the chequered flag going out, it was a dominating win for Archie Fisher, followed by Kasper Marriott in 2nd and Charlie Pinkney in 3rd place.
C Final Results
- Sam Sanders
- Jack Cox
- Lloyd Kay
B Final Results
- Ronnie Coburn
- Leo Scott
- Ryan Hedge
A Final Results
- Archie Fisher
- Kasper Marriott
- Charlie Pinkney
With Division 2’s Top 3 drivers being promoted to Division 1, Round 3 was an opportunity for someone new to take to the top step of the rostrum…
The first pole position for the day went to Jake Crofts, followed by Ethan Fannon in 2nd and Kallum Batts in 3rd place. A very wet start for all the pack, but Fannon had the best launch off the line, securing the lead at Turn 2, and by the end of Lap 1 had a gap of nearly 3 seconds. A good drive from Lewis Harmer ensured his 2nd place, after overtaking Crofts and Levey, taking advantage of the battle they were having and going past at Turn 6. Kallum Batts dropped to the back after losing the rear end at Turn 10, and Lewis Harmer also had a spin at Turn 6, giving away his provisional 2nd and dropping to 5th place. The chequered flag went out to Ethan Fannon, followed by Jake Crofts in 2nd and Euan Levey in 3rd place.
Pole position went to Louisa Bell, followed by Alex Simmons and Euan Levey in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Bell had a good start, but ran wide on the exit of Turn 6, allowing Euan Levey to go past for the lead. She kept a 2nd place, but she span at the exit of Turn 10, dropping to the back. Ansari suffered the same fate, spinning on the exit of Turn 5 as a result of being tight in a pack and not having enough track. Sam Warner made his way into 2nd and Alex Simmons was now in 3rd. The chequered flag marked the heat win for Levey, with Warner finishing 2nd some 12 seconds behind, and Simmons rounding up the Top 3.
The lights went out to Henry Peart, followed by James Costin in 2nd and William Treanor in 3rd place. Costin had a good start, but didn’t keep his foot down, and allowed Ethan Fannon and Jake Crofts to go past for the lead and 2nd place, respectively. Costin made his way back to P3 after recovering and overtaking Sam Warner for 3rd place again, but Warner regained the position on the last lap. The chequered flag went out to mark the win for Fannon, after an undisputed drive to the finish line, with Jake Crofts in 2nd and Sam Warner in P3.
Lewis Harmer was the race leader, followed by Luca Purse in 2nd and Euan Levey in 3rd place. The entire pack was absolutely on it at the start, and Harmer’s pace was evident straight away. Olly Hood made an impressive move at Turn 4, taking 2nd place, with Euan Levey retaining P3 and trying to get past Hood at all costs. Harmer tried to separate himself in the lead, and had edged a second ahead, but drifted out of the exit of Turn 10, which allowed Hood to quickly catch up and reduce the gap to just 0.2 seconds. Euan Levey thought he had 3rd place secured, but Kallum Batts made a move on the exit of Turn 5, and took P3 away from him. Olly Hood also made a move on the entrance of Turn 11, taking the win by a photo-finish, followed by Lewis Harmer in 2nd and Kallum Batts in 3rd place.
Pole position went to Olly Hood, followed by Reeza Ansari in 2nd and Ethan Fannon from P3. Fannon demonstrated excellent wet weather driving, overtaking for the lead around Turn 4, and building a gap of nearly a second. Hood kept a good charge going, but his pace just wasn’t strong enough, and he couldn’t get past for P1. But, surprisingly, Fanon went wide at Turn 11 on the last lap, and Hood did not hesitate to put his foot down, earning him victory Fannon finished in a very close, but disappointing 2nd place, and Reeza Ansari took P3.
Sam Warner started from pole, followed by Kallum Batts and James Costin in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. With the race underway, Warner immediately had to defend from Batts and Costin, but Costin had some side-to-side action with Olly Hood on the exit of Turn 3, which caused him to drop to the back of the pack. Meanwhile, Hood made his way into 2nd place, with William Treanor now in P3. Sam Warner ran wide on the entrance of Turn 5, which allowed Lewis Harmer to take the provisional lead, after overtaking Hood on the previous corner. The chequered flag went out to Olly Hood, with 2nd place going to Lewis Harmer, and 3rd place for Sam Warner, who recovered ground on the last lap.
Our Pole sitter was Kallum Batts, with 2nd and 3rd place going to Alex Simmons and James Costin, respectively. The conditions proved to be tricky, with Louisa Bell spinning on the exit of Turn 2, dropping to the back. Kallum Batts had a convincing lead by the end of Lap 2, having more than 5 seconds on William Treanor, who was now in 2nd place after overtaking 3 karts on the opening lap. James Costin and Alex Simmons also lost ground by spinning, giving away their respective front-running positions. That allowed Henry Peart to slot himself into 3rd place, and, by Lap 5 was in a solitary drive, being more than 5 seconds off the nearest competitors. With the chequered flag going out, Kallum Batts took the race win by more than 12 seconds, with William Treanor in 2nd and Henry Peart in P3.
Pole position went to Olly Hood, followed by Ethan Fannon in 2nd and Euan Levey in 3rd place. By the end of Lap 1, the gap was just 1 seconds between the Top 5 drivers, with Sam Warner, Reeza Ansari and Kallum Batts being 0.4 seconds off each other in the battle for P5, as well. Hood proved difficult to overtake for Fannon, with Levey also having to defend from Lewis Harmer, who was pushing hard for 3rd place. He got past for the spot provisionally around Turn 5 on Lap4, but lost it again at Turn 6. The chequered flag went out to Olly Hood in the end, after successful defensive driving till the very last second, with Ethan Fannon finishing 2nd, despite driving his heart out, and Euan Levey rounding up the Top 3.
B Final Results
- Kallum Batts
- William Treanor
- Henry Peart
A Final Results
- Olly Hood
- Ethan Callum Fanon
- Euan Levey
Round 3 of Daytona’s International InKart saw a new twist, with the drivers taking to a new circuit configuration for most of them! The track conditions improved, as the rain was a now a thing of the past and the tarmac was quickly drying up. Only the most adaptable would challenge for the Podium!
Qualifying Part 1
Emmet Cummins was the first flyer for SuperPole Qualifying, with Lee Schnitzler, Graeme Cobb, Charlie Fenton, Ivan Reed, Scott Taylor and others in the mix. Taylor emerged as the provisional pole sitter, setting the bar at 1.21.737 seconds, with Jack Mayor and Oscar Lancaster being in temporary 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Charlie Fenton was holding a close 4th place, with a rather disappointing personal best of 1.22.541. Lee Schnitzler was fastest in his Category, setting the bar at 1.24.074, followed by Ivan Reed in 2nd and David Pettican in 3rd place.
Qualifying Part 2
The second group out for Quali saw Henry Treanor set the third-quickest time, and he was the only driver to move in the Top 5. With the fastest times being in the high 1.21s, the initial pace set proved difficult to match and the pole position went to Scott Taylor, followed by Jack Mayor in 2nd, Henry Treanor in 3rd, Oscar Lancaster in P4, with Charlie Fenton rounding up the Top 5.
Super Pole Qualifying Results
The lights turned green, and immediately it was Jack Mayor who took the lead from Scott Taylor, with Charlie Fenton slotting in P3 place around Turn 6 after a brave dive on the inside. At the end of Lap 2, it was Taylor back in the lead again, with the entire pack separated by less than 2 seconds. Tom Bush climbed up to 3rd place, now fending off Fenton, and took advantage of a better line around the new Turn 6 to build a small gap. Nigel Woodman had solid pace and was charging through the field, now claiming P5, while the next closest rival was 2 seconds ahead.
Graeme Cobb was the one to watch, as he made spectacular progress after a rather uninspiring qualifying position, and was now in 8th place and having pace enough to challenge for further positions. The pressure was now on Charlie Fenton, with Nigel Woodman being directly behind and trying to get past in any way he could. Henry Treanor, meanwhile, was also giving a fair share of effort, but he just wasn’t in a good enough shape to make it past P12, despite Lee Schnitzler being right ahead.
In the closing stages of the heat, Scott Taylor was still not in the clear, as both Jack Mayor and Tom Bush were right on his tail, with Bush pressuring throughout the entire race. The chequered flag went out to mark the win for Taylor, with Jack Mayor taking 2nd place, just 0.2 seconds behind, and Tom Bush rounding up the Top 3, being just 0.5 seconds behind Mayor.
As the second heat got underway, Graeme Cobb’s P2 start now proved useful, and he quickly launched into the lead, building a gap of more than 4 seconds by the end of lap 1. Harvey Reed was the nearest driver, with David Pettican now in 3rd. Tom Bush yet again was quick to climb up to P3 place after overtaking at T10, but he lost it all after spinning on the entrance of Turn 8 on the following lap. With Cobb’s lead extending to more than 13 seconds. Lee Schnitzler made his way into 5th place, proving yet again that weigh isn’t ‘the be-all’, and was slowly catching up to the Top 4.
Tyler Fossey, Jack Mayor, Paul Studd, Scott Taylor and Oscar Lancaster all wanted a piece of the action, with Schnitzler pressuring Mayor, but he couldn’t get past, as Mayor found some extra pace all of a sudden and immediately shaved a second off his lap times. After a double overtake on Lap 5, he slotted in 2nd place, ahead of Toby Cirel, with Harvey Reed now dropping down to P4.
The battle of the heavies was an absolute classic, with Schnitzler vs Studd showing a true Master Class, posting lap times identical a lot of drivers from the Lights division. With the chequered flag going out, Graeme Cobb had an undisputed drive to victory, finishing P1 by a whopping 19 seconds. Jack Mayor took 2nd, with Toby Cirel rounding up the Top 3.
Jack Mayor was the Pole sitter for the Final, with Graeme Cobb in 2nd and Scott Taylor in 3rd place. Mayor got off to a solid start and had more than a second’s lead by the end of Lap 1, with Taylor challenging hard for positions. Tom Bush was also in the pack, but an incident resulted in the neutralization of the track around the new set of corners, and David Pettican was recovered from the tyres, with the Track Team putting in a strong effort and the track was restored within minutes.
Emmet Cummins was penalised for overtaking under the Yellow Flag, thus ending his chances of victory. Oscar Lancaster made his way into 4th place after overtaking at the entrance of Turn 10. But the real battle was between Cobb and Mayor, with the two being just 0.2 seconds away for each other.
Further down the pack, Jordan Greenaway had to fend off Toby Cirel and Lee Schnitzler, but Nigel Woodman was now another contender for the spot, overtaking Schnitzler and now starting the battle for a Top 10 position. Graeme Cobb took the lead around Turn 11, and kept it until Lap 8, when in peculiar circumstances, Cobb brought his kart to a controlled stop on the inside of Turn 1, thinking he had seen a Red Light. After realising his error, he got back underway but had dropped to P5.
In the closing stages of the heat, Jack Mayor was in a solid lead, with Scott Taylor and Oscar Lancaster battling for 2nd place, while Tom Bush was also pushing for a Top 3 finish from P4. Graeme Cobb was not done yet, though, as his pace was still strong. He landed a double overtake for P3 at the entrance of Turn 10 on the penultimate lap.
The chequered flag went out to Jack Mayor, followed by Scott Taylor and Graeme Cobb in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, with Oscar Lancaster and Tom Bush rounding up the Top 5.
Lights Final Results
- Scott Taylor
- Jack Mayor
- Graeme Cobb
Heavies Final Results
- Paul Studd
- Lee Schnitzler
- Ivan Reed