Daytona Milton Keynes 2017 InKart Championships
Round Six Race Report (PDF Download Link)
Cadet Division 1
The Daytona InKart Round 6 was the hottest one yet – with temperatures reaching well over 25 C. Both drivers and machines were put to the ultimate endurance test, as despite the high levels of grip, the room for error as a result of overheating was significant. Could Rory Burke extend his winning streak?
Sam Wilson started from pole, with Yiannis Charalambous and Sam Cole in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Cole had a beautiful launch off the line, and managed to slingshot past for P1 by Turn 2, while Sam Wilson kept 2nd. Danny Gould made his way into P4 after starting 7th, while Eddie Key was running in a consistent 5th. Jayden Neal-Holder, who started 4th, had to retire from the race after technical issues. Sam Cole took the win, followed by Danny Gould and Sam Wilson in 2nd and 3rd place, after Gould overtook for P2 on the last lap.
The pole sitter was Toby Purbrick, followed by Archie Styant in 2nd and Archie Fisher in P3. Fisher took 2nd in no time after his great start and was right on Purbrick’s tail, putting the pressure on. It didn’t take long before he went round the outside at Turn 9, securing the lead. Meanwhile, Jayden Neal-Holder, who started from the far back of the grid this time, had a strong run, and slotted in P4 after an overtake on Sam Cole around Turn 10. Fisher had a large gap by the end of Lap 2, but Purbrick was not far behind, now at a breathable distance from Styant in P3. Despite Purbrick’s good pace, Fisher was not giving in and took the chequered flag by about 2.5 seconds, with Purbrick and Styant taking 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The lights went out to Eddie Key, with Kasper Marriott and Danny Gould in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The Top 3 battle was the one to watch straight away, until Key dropped to 2nd after Gould overtook at Turn 10, with Marriott holding on to 3rd. However, the Top 2 quickly separated themselves by more than a second by Lap 3. Sam Cole made his way into P3 after overtaking Marriott at Turn 6. The chequered flag went to Danny Gould, followed by Eddie Key and Sam Cole in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Robson Knox started from pole position, followed by Rory Burke in 2nd and Ben Hawker in 3rd place. As the file of karts were storming past Turn 2, Sam Wilson displayed promising pace by slotting into the lead after 3 overtakes – one at Turn 5, two at Turn 11. Rory Burke was now in 2nd, with Robson Knox now in a steady 3rd place. He, however, had to defend from Archie Styant and Ben Hawker, who were pressuring from behind. As the karts spread out across the circuit, Burke’s lead was now up to 1 second and increasing. There was a good battle for P5, too, as Jack Stewart was defending from both Toby Purbrick and Ben Hawker. The win went to Rory Burke, Sam Wilson took 2nd and Archie Styant finished 3rd.
Pole position went to Daniel Munro, followed by Jensen Pughe in 2nd and Rory Burke in 3rd place. Munro had a good launch, and built a gap quickly, being 0.5 seconds into the lead already by the end of Turn 5, but Pughe was putting pressure from behind, with Sam Wilson in P3. Pughe overtook at Turn 10 and was now running in P1, and Wilson also overtook around Turn 11, demoting Munro to P3 for the time being. Danny Gould was on a charge and was now in P3. The time was not enough, however, to complete more overtakes and he solidified his position, with Sam Wilson finishing 2nd and Jensen Pughe taking the win.
Jack Stewart started from P1, with Jayden Neal-Holder in 2nd and Ben Hawker in P3. Neal-Holder did not hesitate to pressure for the lead and was right on Stewart’s tail from the beginning, but Stewart did some good defending throughout Lap 1. Archie Fisher made a fantastic charge, and he slotted in P3 after a couple of overtakes on Daniel Munro and Archie Styant, while Hawker dropped to the back after a spin at Turn 6. Neal-Holder tried to make a move at Turn 2, but ran wide at Turn 3 and dropped to P4. The chequered flag went to Archie Fisher after an overtake at Turn 11, followed by Jack Stewart in 2nd and Daniel Munro in P3.
Jack Stewart was the pole sitter for the first Cadet final, followed by Toby Purbrick and Daniel Munro in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. By the end of Lap 1, Daniel Munro was challenging for P2, as Purbrick was now in the lead after overtaking around Turn 10, and Stewart was left defending his spot. As Purbrick pulled away, it was Jayden Neal-Holder who took charge and overtook 2 karts on Lap 2, putting himself in 2nd place after starting from 4th. He was now catching up to Purbrick, while Munro made the move for P3, putting Stewart in P4, just in front of Kasper Marriott. Stewart put pressure on Munro and nearly got past around Turn 5, but it wasn’t enough to make a difference just yet. Purbrick pulled away, but Neal-Holder made the move at Turn 10, and took the lead. With the chequered flag going out, it was a win for Neal-Holder, followed by Toby Purbrick in 2nd and Daniel Munro in 3rd place.
Danny Gould started from pole, P2 went to Archie Fisher and Sam Wilson started in P3. With a lap down, Sam Wilson already took P2 around Turn 4, while Gould increased his lead to more than 1.3 seconds from P2, and adding about 0.3 seconds per lap. Sam Cole made a move around the outside of Turn 11, taking the 3rd, but ran wide at Turn 1 and Archie Fisher claimed the spot back, with Rory Burke also taking a position and slotting in P4. Fisher later ran wide himself, letting a couple of other karts overtake him and dropping to P5, while Sam Wilson took 2nd around Turn 4. Sam Cole was now in 3rd place, just ahead of Rory Burke in P4. Jayden Neal-Holder was also in the battle for the higher positions, being in a consistent 5th place after starting from last. By Lap 4, the leaders were ahead by more than 2 seconds from the rest of the pack, with Danny Gould looking untouchable for the win. Rory Burke made a move at Turn 11 and took P3 with ease. The chequered flag and Round Win went to Gould, followed by Sam Wilson in 2nd and Rory Burke in 3rd place.
B Final Results
- Jayden Neal-Holder
- Toby Purbrick
- Daniel Munro
A Final Results
- Danny Gould
- Sam Wilson
- Rory Burke
Junior Division 1
The Junior field of Division 1 was a bit more relaxed this Round, but that didn’t mean the competition was over. On the contrary – drivers were pushing harder than ever to overcome obstacles and take home wins. Harry Charalambous was determined to add another win to his Career, and it was looking promising…
Pole position went to Ethan Fannon, Harry Charalambous started in 2nd and Max Cole – from P3. After a race restart, Fannon led the pack, but ran wide on the entrance of Turn 4 and dropped several places, with Harry Charalambous and Max Cole now in P1 and P2, respectively. Eden Rosenfield was in the battle for the lead, as well, being in a provisional P4, but less than 0.4 seconds behind the Top 3. Lap 3 saw some Turn 2 drama, as Max Cole forced Fannon and another driver up the inside of Turn 2, which resulted in a direct Black Flag for him. The chequered flag went to Eden Rosenfield, with Harry Charalambous and William Davison in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, after Cole’s black flag penalty was applied.
Angus Tillyer, Kyle Dunford and William Davison started in P1, P2 and P3, respectively. Tillyer held his ground despite being challenged by both Davison and Dunford, as they were less than 0.1 seconds behind. Dunford took P1 eventually around Turn 10 after a contact move on the inside, which resulted in a penalty, as well as Tillyer dropping to the back. Harry Charalambous was now in 2nd place, after taking advantage of the incident at Turn 10, and, with the chequered flag going out and the penalties applied, it was Harry Charalambous who took the win, followed by William Davison in 2nd and Ethan Fannon in 3rd place.
Joe Williams started from pole, followed by Olly Hood and Max Cole in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. There was no lack of drama at Turn 2 yet again, as Eden Rosenfield ran into the leaders and lost out due to spinning out. Joe Williams took the lead around Turn 11, with Max Cole and Kyle Dunford running in 2nd and 3rd place for the time being. The whole pack was neck and neck throughout the remaining laps, with less than a second separating 1st and 6th place. With several karts going too hot to Turn 4, Olly Hood lost out ultimately, dropping down the order. The chequered flag went to Kyle Dunford, followed by Max Cole and Joe Williams in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. However, Joe Williams received a post-race penalty for contact, dropping him to last place.
Eden Rosenfield was the pole sitter for this heat, followed by Kallum Batts and William Davison in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. By the end of Lap 1, Rosenfield had a lead of more than 1 second, with Davison running 2nd after overtaking at Turn 10. A lap later, Batts dropped to P6 after running wide at Turn 6. Ethan Fannon was now running in 3rd, with Olly Hood in P4, but Hood was a little too far back to challenge for positions, while Fannon was putting the pressure on Davison. Rosenfield took the win, followed by Ethan Fannon in 2nd and William Davison in 3rd, after Davison seemingly relaxed and was overtaken at the last lap.
The pole position went to Olly Hood, with Joe Williams in 2nd and Max Cole in 3rd place. Hood led confidently, but Williams was immediately under pressure from Cole, who almost went past at Turn 10. Kallum Batts was in a solitary drive, about 1 second ahead of Angus Tillyer, who was running in a solo 5th place. Cole eventually made the move around Turn 10 and claimed P2 as a result. Hood had terrific pace, though, and had a gap of more than 2 seconds. Williams ran wide on the exit of Turn 5 on Lap 7, and lost P3. Tillyer also ran wide on the exit of Turn 6 and Williams took his spot back in no time. With the chequered flag going out, it was a win for Olly Hood, followed by Max Cole in 2nd and Joe Williams in 3rd place.
The lights went out to the Pole Sitter Eden Rosenfield after a solid set of heats, followed by Harry Charalambous and William Davison in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Charalambous did not hesitate and had a fantastic launch and took P1 at Turn 2 on the opening lap, while William Davison defended his P3 from Ethan Fannon and Olly Hood. Despite several attempts at overtaking for P2, Davison was still unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the leader had a gap of more than 1.5 seconds, but Rosenfield was slowly being caught by Davison. Ethan Fannon had a good battle with Davison, being less than 0.2 seconds behind. He went wide on the entrance of Turn 10 on Lap 4, which allowed Olly Hood to go past, but he lost the spot at Turn 11 right away. Fannon later took the spot back at Turn 10, but ran very wide at Turn 11 again, this time allowing Hood to go past and stay in 3rd place. The chequered flag and Round Win went to Harry Charalambous, followed by Eden Rosenfield in 2nd and Olly Hood in 3rd place.
B Final Results
- Olly Hood
- Max Cole
- Joe Williams
A Final Results
- Harry Charalambous
- Eden Rosenfield
- Olly Hood
Cadet Division 2
The Division 2 Cadet Class saw the addition of several new names, and a lot of promise. With the weather cooling down, all the grip on the Circuit provided ground for fast lap times and a lot of clean racing. The Versallion brothers were looking to extend their impressive climb to the top with more podiums, but it was no easy task – could they do it?
Lloyd Kay started from pole position, followed by Tom Ryan and Andrew McWilliam in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. McWilliam took P1 around Turn 2 straight away and Nathan Ampofo-Anim, who started in P4, overtook for P2 at Turn 4, dropping Kay to 3rd place, and he was now under pressure from Ryan for the spot. Tazio Nicholas, meanwhile, had to fend off Adam Thomas and Kip Morgan, who were right on his tail, with Thomas eventually going past for P6 at Turn 2. The chequered flag went to Andrew McWilliam, followed by Nathan Ampofo-Anim in P2 and Tom Ryan in 3rd place.
Malachi Henry was the pole sitter for Heat 2, 2nd place went to Rupert Versallion and Andrew McWilliam started in P3. A bad start from Henry resulted in a loss of several positions, dropping to P4, while Versallion took the lead, followed immediately by McWilliam in 2nd and Joshua Boughton in 3rd. Henry recovered P3 after a dive down the inside of Turn 10, but the Top 2 drivers were more than 6 seconds into the lead, and proving difficult to catch. So the pressure was now on Henry to keep his position from Joshua Boughton, and Boughton was also on the defensive from Lily Jeffs, who almost went past around Turn 2. Boughton, however, was issued a penalty for dangerous blocking, which dropped him to the back of the pack. Andrew McWilliam took a second consecutive win, Rupert Versallion took P2 and Joshua Jones finished 3rd.
The lights went out to Mark Versallion, P2 and P3 went to Lily Jeffs and Joshua Jones, respectively. Versallion had a fantastic start, but Lily Jeffs caught up quickly and started putting some pressure on him. Jones was not far behind either, attempting several overtakes around Turn 4 and Turn 5 on Lap 2, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Riley Bishop was fending off his P4 from Ronnie Coburn, but Coburn span after coming in too hot into Turn 10, and that relieved Bishop of competition. Joshua Jones eventually got past Jeffs for P2 around Turn 5 and with the chequered flag going out, he solidified his spot, Jeffs taking 3rd, and Mark Versallion taking a solid win.
Adam Thomas had the pole position, with Ridley Charles in 2nd and Jake Butland in 3rd. Rupert Versallion, who started from P6 made his way quickly into the lead after a couple of good overtakes, and by Lap 2 was more than 1.5 seconds into the lead. Butland also went past Thomas, who was now running 3rd. Riley Bishop and Thomas were running side by side at Turn 2, but Thomas went in too hot and, ultimately, both of them lost ground after hitting the tyre barrier. Lloyd Kay was the one to benefit, as he took P3, followed by Leo Scott, now just 0.7 seconds behind. The winner was Rupert Versallion, followed by Jake Butland in 2nd and Lloyd Kay in P3.
Joshua Boughton took the pole position, with Ronnie Coburn and Joshua Jones in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Coburn took the lead around Turn 10 on Lap 1, while Kip Morgan had an unfortunate spin, ending up losing 4 places and dropping almost to the back of the pack. After running wide around Turn 5, Boughton lost out on P3 to Tom Ryan. However, Ryan himself ran wide on the exit of Turn 10, allowing Andrew McWilliam to take P3 for the time being. With the chequered flag going out, it was a race win for Ronnie Coburn, followed by Joshua Jones in 2nd and Andrew McWilliam in 3rd place.
Jenson Pooley started from pole, with Tazio Nicholas in 2nd and Jake Butland in 3rd place. Nicholas dropped to P5 after running wide on the first couple of corners, promoting Lily Jeffs to P3, however, Jeffs lost control at Turn 4 on Lap 2, dropping to the back. Pooley was in a confident lead, but Malachi Henry took P2 from Jake Butland, after Butland ran too wide on the exit of Turn 10 and left a gap open. Mark Versallion was running in a consistent P4, away from drivers before and after him. The win went to Jenson Pooley, followed by Malachi Henry and Jake Butland in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Nathan Ampofo-Anim was in pole position, followed by Harrison Smith in 2nd and Leo Scott in P3. By the end of Lap 1 Ampofo-Anim had a lead of nearly a second, but it was Leo Scott who took 2nd place around Turn 10, with Ronnie Coburn now in P3 after overtaking Smith around Turn 6. Coburn took the lead around Turn 11, and was now building a gap. Rupert Versallion challenged for 2nd place around Turn 9 and managed to out-brake Anim to solidify the spot. The chequered flag went to Ronnie Coburn, who won by a good 2.8 seconds, with Rupert Versallion and Nathan Ampofo-Anim finishing in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Kip Morgan, Charlie Cusack and Riley Bishop started from P1, P2 and P3, respectively. Bishop took P2 after a great launch off the line, and later took the lead at Turn 6, leaving Cusack to defend from Malachi Henry and Tom Ryan, after Kip Morgan dropped to last following a spin at Turn 6. Bishop later lost the lead around Turn 5, but regained it round Turn 10 on Lap 4. The chequered flag went out to seal the win for Bishop, followed by Malachi Henry in 2nd place, and Charlie Cusack rounding up the Top 3.
Charlie Cusack started from pole position, followed by Adam Thomas in 2nd and Kip Morgan in 3rd place. As the pack made their way through the first couple of corners, it was Thomas who took the lead around Turn 6, with Cusack now running 2nd. He almost lost P2 on the exit of Turn 10, but recovered in time to re-join in the same position. Morgan was now in a solitary drive in P3, with Joshua Boughton taking a place from Tazio Nicholas and now running in P4. 4 laps down, Thomas was running 2.7 seconds ahead of Cusack in P2. Morgan, however, was catching up and by Lap 5 was putting pressure on Cusack, eventually going past at Turn 10. The chequered flag went to Kip Morgan, with P2 and P3 going to Adam Thomas and Charlie Cusack, respectively.
Nathan Ampofo-Anim led the pack from pole, 2nd place went to Jake Butland and Tom Ryan started from P3. Anim had a great launch, but he lost P2 to Butland around Turn 11, and Ryan was right behind, and almost went through at the same place, but lacked the pace to make the move. Ampofo-Anim, however, ran into the back of Butland, which resulted in a Penalty board and a 5-place drop in positions. Meanwhile, Butland was under serious pressure from both Ryan and Jeffs, but neither of them had the pace to go past for P2. With a lap to go, Lily Jeffs took P2 around Turn 10, and Jake Butland was now running in P3. The chequered flag ultimately went out to Lily Jeffs, followed by Jake Butland in 2nd and Jenson Pooley in 3rd place, respectively, after Tom Ryan ran wide at the exit of Turn 5 on the final lap, dropping to P6.
Andrew McWilliam, Rupert Versallion and Ronnie Coburn started from 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. McWilliam held the lead by the end of Lap 1 and was a safe second ahead of 2nd place, while Rupert Versallion was running in a solid P2, with Ronnie Coburn in the provisional P3. Versallion suffered bad luck, however, as Coburn went into the back of him at Turn 4, which resulted in a Penalty and a 5-place drop. Joshua Jones was now running in P3, with Riley Bishop in 4th place, and Mark Versallion in the provisional P5. Bishop made his way into P3 after taking a bold dive down the inside of Turn 10; Jones now under pressure from Mark Versallion and Lily Jeffs. He also received a penalty for taking Riley Bishop out at Turn 4, which ended his chances of a podium finish. With the penalties applied, the win went to Andrew McWilliam, followed by Mark Versallion in 2nd and Riley Bishop rounding up the Top 3.
C Final Results
- Kip Morgan
- Adam Thomas
- Charlie Cusack
B Final Results
- Lilly Jeffs
- Jake Butland
- Tom Ryan
A Final Results
- Andrew McWilliam
- Mark Versallion
- Riley Bishop
Junior Division 2
The Junior Division 2 Grid proved more exciting to watch than everyone at this occasion – with the entire field running less than a second apart in nearly all the heats in the afternoon. After taking the win in the morning’s Division 1 Cadet class, Gould knew he’d have to maintain that form to have any chance of standing atop the podium again…
Louisa Bell was the pole sitter for the first Junior heat, followed by Ben Page in 2nd and Danny Gould in 3rd place. The pack had a great start, but it was Ben Page who took the race lead, followed by Gould in P2, with Marcus Aldrich taking P3. Aldrich received a penalty for causing Louisa Bell to spin on the exit of Turn 10, resulting in Bell’s drop to P7. He was later also overtaken by Jack McAuley, who was now in P3 after a successful move round Turn 5. The chequered flag went to Danny Gould, who took the win by a whopping 2 seconds, with Ben Page coming in P2 and Jack McAuley taking P3.
The pole sitter was Jack McAuley, followed by Euan Levey in 2nd and Ali Mirzai in 3rd. McAuley took the early charge, but Levey was immediately challenging for positions. Mirzai, meanwhile, had some defending to do, as Sam Warner and Danny Gould were right behind. Gould eventually went past at Turn 6, however, it was deemed to be via contact, resulting in a penalty board being issued to him, which ended his chances for top points in this heat. The chequered flag went out to Jack McAuley, followed by Euan Levey in a close 2nd and Sam Warner taking P3, following Gould’s penalty.
The lights went out to James Costin, followed by Toby Sporn and Robin Jandu in P2 and P3, respectively. Jandu had a quick launch and immediately took the lead at Turn 1, with Sporn and Costin now in 2nd and 3rd place, with Ben Page moving up to P4 after starting from the back. Jandu had a lead of more than 1.2 seconds, while Costin overtook for 2nd around Turn 10 and now had to defend it from Page, who took P3 around Turn 11 on Lap 2. Alex Simmons also displayed good pace, now slotting in P3 after Costin ran wide at Turn 6 and was slowly catching up to the leaders. Costin lost an additional position after running wide at Turn 10, which promoted Toby Sporn to P4. With the chequered flag going out, it was a win for rookie Robin Jandu, followed by Ben Page in 2nd and Alex Simmons in P3.
The pack was led by Sam Warner, followed by Robin Jandu in 2nd and Marcus Aldrich in 3rd place. Warner was in a confident lead by the end of Lap 1, but Jandu was pressuring from P2 and almost got past at the exit of Turn 5. Aldrich lost his position going too hot out of Turn 10, and dropping to the back of the pack. The battle for P2 was the one to watch, as Jandu was giving his all to defend from Levey and McAuley, who were less than 0.2 seconds behind. The win, though, went to Sam Warner, followed by Robin Jandu in 2nd and Euan Levey taking P3.
The pole position went to Alex Simmons, followed by Marcus Aldrich in 2nd and P3 going to Ali Mirzai. Aldrich took P1 after a successful dive at Turn 10, with Simmons now on the defensive from Ben Page and James Costin, who were challenging for P3 straight away. Page eventually took P2 after a double overtake around Turn 6, and was now in the lead after an additional overtake at Turn 11, with Aldrich still in P2, ahead of Simmons in 3rd. Sam Warner made a move on Toby Sporn at Turn 6, taking P4, while Costin dropped to the back after losing control and running wide on the exit of Turn 10. Ben Page took the lead on the penultimate lap around Turn 11, and was left unchallenged throughout the final lap, taking the win by more than 2 seconds. Marcus Aldrich took P2 and Sam Warner finished 3rd after a successful drive to the finish line.
The pole sitter was William Tidnam, with Henry Peart in 2nd and Danny Gould in 3rd place, respectively. With a lap down, Tidnam’s lead was up to 1.4 seconds, with Gould now in P2 and Louisa Bell taking 3rd place, after Henry Peart lost it around Turn 5, dropping to P6. Robin Jandu, however, received a penalty board after taking advantage by contact at Turn 10 on Louisa Bell, which ended both of their chances of scoring points in the heat. The win went to William Tidnam, followed by Danny Gould in 2nd and Robin Jandu in 3rd place.
The pole sitter was Marcus Aldrich, with P2 and P3 going to Toby Sporn and Alex Simmons, respectively. Alex Simmons had a good run up until Turn 11, where he ran wide and allowed himself to be overtaken, which promoted Toby Sporn back to P2, after he’d overtaken Sporn a couple of corners earlier. Aldrich himself was under pressure from both Simmons and Mirzai, with Mirzai now running 3rd after overtaking Sporn at Turn 6 on Lap 2. A lap later, Mirzai took P2 around Turn 10 after a risky, but rewarding dive on the inside, outbraking Aldrich, and he lost several places, having to yield, and dropped to P4. Simmons was now running in 1st, and was more than 1.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack, while Ali Mirzai was on the defensive from both Toby Sporn and Aldrich, who were pushing hard to get to the top spot. The win went to Alex Simmons after he drove superbly to the finish line, with Mirzai securing P2 and Toby Sporn finishing 3rd.
The lights went out to Ben Page, followed by Sam Warner in 2nd and Danny Gould in 3rd place. By the end of Lap 1, Danny Gould overtook for the lead, and built a gap of more than 1.2 seconds, and looking promising for another win. However, the pressure was now on Ben Page, who was defending from Robin Jandu and Sam Warner, after Warner ran wide on the entrance of Turn 6 and couldn’t help but being overtaken. The battle for P2 was the one to watch, as more than 6 karts were absolutely going at it, with Jandu on the defence. Alex Simmons managed to overtake for P5 after diving down the inside of Turn 5, and was now in a position to challenge Warner and Ben Page for a podium spot. Time was not enough, though, as Danny Gould took the race win, followed by Robin Jandu in 2nd and a very close P3 for Ben Page.
B Final Results
- Alex Simmons
- Ali Mirzai
- Toby Sporn
A Final Results
- Danny Gould
- Robin Jandu
- Ben Page
Round 6 of Daytona’s International InKart started on a hot Sunday afternoon, with temperatures pushing 300C, thus meaning the track was hot and grippy, which, in essence, meant that low lap times were highly achievable. The track layout this time around was the Linkback Cliff Circuit, which would increase the overall difficulty of the Course.
The first round of SuperPole Qualifying started with a provisional pole position for James Lawrence, who recorded a 1.19.07s, but was surpassed by Tom Bush straight away, who posted a faster lap of a 1.17.436s. Scott Taylor made his way to P2, with a lap of 1.17.852s, and the Heavies’ Championship leader – Lee Schnitzler, climbed to 3rd place, with a very close 1.18.196s. That dropped Lawrence in P4, just ahead of John Donnelly, another Heavy driver displaying fantastic pace, and recording a 1.19.437s.
As the second part of the 25-driver grid completed the Super Pole Round 2, Bush’s pole lap was surpassed only by Jack Mayor, which earned him pole position, with Bush and Taylor now in P2 and P3, respectively. Lee Schnitzler remained at P4, while James Lawrence was dropped down to P7, as Jordan Greenaway and Scott Johnson took P5 and P6, with times of 1.18.719 and 1.18.729, respectively. John Donnelly, Luca Purse and Harvey Reed rounded up the Top 10.
Super Pole Qualifying Results
Pole position went to Jack Mayor, followed by Tom Bush and Scott Taylor in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. As the lights went out, the battle for the lead was fierce, as Mayor immediately found himself under pressure from Bush, with Scott on the defensive as well, being just 0.4 seconds ahead of Thomas Johnson in P4. Mayor managed to pull out a breathable gap, separating himself by about 1 second from P2, but Bush caught up and was now right behind, while Taylor dropped behind by about 1.5 seconds. Meanwhile, the Heavies’ race was led by Lee Schnitzler, who was 4 places ahead of Mathias Read-Simpson.
Jordan Greenaway displayed good pace, defending from Scott Johnson and James Mynett. Alex Masefield, Mathias Read-Simpson and Simao Faia were also in a battle for P9, with Masefield being a fraction of a second in front, but also holding his ground steadily.
The chequered flag went out to Jack Mayor, followed by Tom Bush and Scott Taylor in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Charlie Fenton, this time, led the pack from position, followed by Tony Thompson and David Pettican in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Fenton had a monstrous gap in the lead by Lap 1, with Tyler Fossey now in 2nd and Pettican still running 3rd. Lee Schnitzler already made his way to P11, and was pushing hard for positions, taking 2 more places by the end of Lap 3. Tom Bush and Scott Taylor were running P13 and P14, but Jack Mayor had a lot of work to do, still being down in 18th place.
Things improved in the latter stages of the race, with Mayor moving up to P13, while Taylor and Bush were right in front, and catching up the rest of the pack. Fenton’s lead increased further and it was now more than 7 seconds, with Tyler Fossey and James Lawrence moving up to P2 and P3, respectively.
Schnitzler took P5, while Tom Bush was still struggling to conquer P10. James Mynett, on the other hand, was under serious pressure for P12, as Toby Cirel and Thomas Johnson were both knocking on his door and pushing for points.
The heat win went to Charlie Fenton, followed by James Lawrence in P2 and Harvey Reed securing 3rd place.
The Final was led by Scott Taylor, followed by Jack Mayor and Lee Schnitzler in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. As the race unfolded, it was the usual suspects in the Top 3 positions, with Schnitzler in a solid P4, and Alex Masefield defending his P5 from Charlie Fenton, who eventually went past and was now in a position to get closer to a Podium finish.
James Lawrence was also under pressure from Thomas Johnson, followed by Jordan Greenaway and Laurence Glockshuber, with Harvey Reed also a few tenths behind defending from James Mynett. The battle for the Top spots was headed by Scott Taylor still, with Mayor in P2, while both of them were a good 1.2 seconds ahead of Tom Bush in P3. The Heavies’ division was still led by Schnitzler, with Thomas Johnson 2nd running in 7th on track and Mathias Read-Simpson in P3, battling with John Donnelly for 13th on track.
The closing stages of the race saw Charlie Fenton climb up to 4th place, and he was now beginning to catch the leaders. Meanwhile, Thomas Johnson was fending off Laurence Glockshuber and Jordan Greenaway, who were both on his tail, trying to go past for P6. Greenaway lost a position to James Lawrence who overtook to claim P9, and that allowed Harvey Reed to slot himself into a challenging position, just behind Greenaway.
The Lights class win was taken by Scott Taylor, followed by Jack Mayor in 2nd and P3 going to Tom Bush, while the Heavies’ Top 3 were Lee Schnitzler, Thomas Johnson and Matthias Read-Simpson in P1, P2 and P3, respectively.
Lights Final Results
- Scott Taylor
- Jack Mayor
- Tom Bush
Heavies Final Results
- Lee Schnitzler
- Thomas Johnson
- Mathias Read-Simpson