Daytona Sandown Park InKart Championships
Round Three Race Report (PDF Download)
Spring Championships Round 3
The first session of the morning began with a damp and greasy circuit. The drivers made short work of getting up to speed in the conditions having spent just a minute or so on sighting laps. First drivers to put down competitive times were Teddy Craig with a 1:05.125 setting the scene in Cadets and a 1:01.725 from Matthew Ho in Juniors. As the drivers found the grip around the track lap times tumbled and Ho ended up topping the Juniors with a 58.068 second lap whilst Santiago Malmer headed up the Cadet category by half a second over Daniel Cebula.
Jack Hicks hit the ground running in the Junior category with a quickest first lap of 1:28.972 initially putting him on top spot. Jack dropped down to 5th position but in the final lap of the session put in a 57.077 which promoted him to 2nd position on the Grid for the A Final. With a very quick and consistent session under his belt Archie Howlison took the overall Pole Position.
The Cadet category was very hard fought with Jack Minter-Young, Beau Sullivan and Jack Redfern all battling for the top spot throughout the entire session. On the penultimate lap Beau set the Pole lap of 55.801, just over a second up the road from a hard charging Jack.
George Barker lead a gaggle of four karts passed the line for the first time a few tenths of a second ahead of Jak Pemberton. Into Turn 2 Daniel Cebula ran wide whilst trying to pass Mikel Malmer and Joseph Kearney seized the opportunity to close the gap to the front four as they jostled for position. Malmer lost the rear of the kart through Turn 4 and dropped towards the tail end of the Cadets. After 8 minutes Barker was still ahead of now second place Cebula, Jak Pemberton was behind him with Adam Scrase and Joseph Kearny nose to tail in the battle for 4th. A further 5 laps into the race and Kearney passed Scrase and began his charge towards the front three. As the chequered flag waved it was George Barker that maintained a healthy lead ahead of Cebula and Jak Pemberton.
Matthew Ho took an early lead from Jai Thornburn, Alfie Wrigglesworth and Thomas Hazell. Ho and Thornburn began to gap Wrigglesworth and Hazell who were fighting for position. Matthew Ho maintained a steady gap of around two seconds back to Thornburn and at mid-race distance Hazell looked to pass Thornburn through Turn 4 but couldn’t quite get far enough alongside to make the move stick and slotted back into position. As it came down to the final lap the circuit began to dry on the racing line but the edges remained greasy making overtaking tricky. With a last ditch attempt to make the podium Hazell made a move on Wrigglesworth but the door was shut and Hazell had to settle for 4th.
|1st – George Barker||1st – Matthew Ho|
|2nd – Daniel Cebula||2nd – Jai Thornburn|
|3rd – Jak Pemberton||3rd – Alfie Wrigglesworth|
Beau Sullivan got a great start away from Jack Minter-Young in 2nd. After five minutes of racing Santiago Malmer had progressed to 2nd position having started in 8th on the grid and was trying to catch Sullivan and also pull away from Adam Wooden and Logan McAlister. Malmer was catching Sullivan but perhaps pushing a little too hard and spun, falling down the order to 4th on lap 7. McAlister and Santiago Malmer fought hard for 3rd while Sullivan stretched his lead over Wooden to 10 seconds. Malmer continued to push and having closed the gap to Wooden he moved up to 2nd with just two laps remaining.
The Juniors lined up on the grid with Archie Howlison on Pole sharing the front row with Jack Hicks, Brice Hoskins and Gabriel Jones on row two and Jenson Hoskins in the 5th grid slot. The track was getting drier but the conditions still favoured the brave and it was Hicks that lead initially from Howlison. A spirited first lap put Brice Hoskins up into 3rd. On lap 3 Jones tried to pass Hoskins into Turn two but lost the back end of the kart on the slippery inside of the track which caused the karts to collide. This spun Brice’s kart and slowed Gabriel allowing Jenson Hoskins to pass both drivers. The incident also resulted in Jones being issued with a five-position penalty. With just 5 minutes remaining Jenson made his way passed Jack into Turn 6 and kept the kart tidy to keep 2nd position. Despite being displaced from his position due to the earlier penalty Gabriel was charging hard and also made his way past Hicks on lap 14. On the final lap Brice Hoskins tried to get up the inside of Turn 7 but there simply wasn’t room and he had to settle for 4th position.
|1st – Beau Sullivan||1st – Archie Howlison|
|2nd – Santiago Malmer||2nd – Jenson Hoskins|
|3rd – Adam Wooden||3rd – Jack Hicks|