Daytona Sandown Park InKart Championships
Round Ten Race Report (PDF Download)
Spring Championship Round 10
Today’s sessions on the ‘Alternate Reverse’ track layout were in dry conditions but there was the threat of rain in the air as Q1 hit the circuit. Santiago Malmer went fastest early on in Cadets setting the sessions fastest lap of 51.478 on lap 4 with returning challenger Kaiser Riemann two tenths of a second behind and Andrew Dixon third fastest.
In Juniors the times were incredibly close throughout the session with George Allen taking the lead on the penultimate lap ahead of Sam Light and hard charging duo Thomas Hazell and Will Tidnam.
George Barker took a commanding lead early on in cadets and was able to keep Adam Wooden behind in second. However, it was further down the order where the times were really close; Mikel Malmer, Harry Hufton and Adam Scrase separated by just 3 hundredths of a second for fifth, sixth and seventh positions.
Having moved up into the Junior category for the first time at Sandown Park, reigning Cadet Champion Sam Cole was keen to impress. He did just that and set the pace for the session early on, remaining at the top of the time sheet throughout and finally posting the fastest lap of a 50.608 ahead of Jai Thornburn and Matthew Ho in second and third.
The Cadets were away cleanly with Mikel Malmer pulling a good gap away from Hufton and Tom Sands. Roffredo Burgio passed Sands on lap one and moved into third position. Towards the end of Lap 3 Sands passed Burgio as both drivers made their way past Hufton to move into podium positions. Sands began to close the gap to Malmer and simultaneously stretch the space from Burgio behind. On Lap 6, Sands passed Malmer at Turn 3 having taken advantage of a backmarker ahead and the clearing yellow flags after Turn 6. Scrase moved up into second position ahead of Burgio and did his best to stick with Sands ahead. Malmer passed Burgio and the two were nose to tail for the remaining laps with just 4 tenths of a second separating them as they crossed the line for the final time.
1st – Tom Sands
2nd – Adam Scrase
3rd – Mikel Malmer
It was a great start from the front three drivers with Hazell able to get the run through the first few corners. On Lap 3 Will Tidnam took the lead through Turn 7, Jenson Hoskins sat in wait behind. Hazell took the lead back from Tidnam and Hoskins spun at Turn 7, the kart stuck on the apex meant that he dropped down the order to eighth position. Gabriel Jones began to reel in the karts ahead with Jack Spencer and Alfie Wrigglesworth doing their best to keep with Jones’ momentum as Tidnam and Hazell swapped positions back and forth at the front. At Turn 1 Hazell went to pass Tidnam but there wasn’t quite room and he wisely backed out of the move. As it came to the final lap Hazell and Tidnam were alongside each other and as close as it was Hazell was able to keep Tidnam behind to secure the victory.
1st – Thomas Hazell
2nd – Will Tidnam
3rd – Gabriel Jones
The Cadets left the grid and Santiago Malmer lead from George Barker and Sebastian Riemann, Jak Pemberton’s kart faltered on the start-line leaving him with a lot to do but he got his head down and began setting some quick laps. There was a spun kart at Turn 6 and on lap 8 there were penalties issued for speeding under yellows on approach to, and through the incident. Santiago Malmer, Adam Wooden and Jack Redfern were the drivers which were affected and were docked five positions post-race. Barker lead from Riemann and Andrew Dixon who had managed to pass Malmer. Malmer was setting incredibly competitive times and as the race drew to a close, he was able to catch Dixon and pass him through the final few corners. The battle at the front intensified as Riemann moved onto the back of Barker. The racing was incredibly close between the leading pair but Riemann passed him on lap 18 and despite a great deal of pressure from Barker was able to stay ahead with the gap being just 2 tenths of a second at the chequered flag.
1st – Sebastian Riemann
2nd – George Barker
3rd – Andrew Dixon
Matthew Ho got a screamer of a start ahead of Sam Cole and kept out front into the first complex of corners. Cole passed Ho and George Allen was third ahead of Thornburn and Sam Light. Thornburn passed Allen as Brice Hoskins also passed George Ruffle for 6th on lap 5. Sam Light pushed onto the back of Thornburn and was trying hard to pass but the experience of Thornburn was evident and he was able to keep Light behind despite him throwing everything at him lap after lap.
1st – Sam Cole
2nd – Matthew Ho
3rd – Jai Thornburn