Daytona Sandown Park 2018 InKart Championships
Round Six Race Report (PDF Download)
A clean start to the first lap saw impressive overtakes from Sam Cole who continued to assert his lead well into the third lap, extending his lead to around 3 seconds. Spectacular moves from Aaron Mensah saw him manoeuvre his way through the field to secure second position. As the race entered the fifth lap, all eight drivers continued to hold their position, no one yielding their positions. As the race drew to a close, dominant driving from Sam Cole saw him open up his lead to 9 seconds, taking the chequered flag with some stunning driving. Aaron Mensah was out on his own, safely securing second position whilst a spectacular move from Thomas Hazell saw him snatching third, after a tremendous attacking move in the final lap.
Benjamin Gentles started on pole, fending off Sam Cole and Haris Uddin for the first lap. A spin at the final corner saw Oscar Allam drop right to the back off the pack, with little chance of revival. Benjamin Gentles received a penalty for contact with Sam Cole in turn 3, allowing him the position. However, Sam Cole was not disheartened and some stunning racing saw him regain the positon where he is most comfortable, pole position. Bumper to bumper racing left onlookers in awe as Gentles, Uddin and Barker were relentless in their driving, refusing to yield their respective places. Sam Cole extended his advantage to a six second lead well into the seventh lap, while a lovely move from George Baker saw him steal third place out of the grasp of Haris Uddin. Andreas Gurdjian and Alfie Smith maintained their positions with consistent lap times set throughout. Sam Cole went on to take the chequered flag, with Gentles and Barker closely following to secure place positions.
Daniel Cebula led the drivers off the line, followed by Oscar Allam and George Barker who were hot on the bumper of Cebula. A clean move from Barker saw him snatch the position from Oscar Allam in an exciting move down the main straight. Benjamin Gentles made a daring move around Turn 6, pouncing on Oscar Allam only to lose the position round the next corner. Two spins for Charlie Parker must have left him frustrated but with seven minutes to go, opportunities were still rife. George Barker was able to catch Cebula napping, usurping him from pole position and leading with only three minutes left to race. A spin from Gabriel Gurdjian, must have put a smile on the face of Charlie Parker who was gaining lap by lap. As the final lap approached, Cebula was sure to take the chequered flag but the relentless George Barker seized the positon at the last moment, with Cebula relegated to second followed by Benjamin Gentles.
A clean start from the majority of the drivers left the standings the same, apart from Alfie Smith who spun himself out at Turn 2 leaving him with a lot of work to do. Gabriel Gurdjian who seemed to be going well especially after starting second on the grid saw himself spin at Turn 6, which has got to be disappointing after such a promising start. A lead switch saw Conor Lucey manoeuvre his way past Aaron Mensah, looking to hold off Aaron for the remaining four minutes. However, this was short lived as spectacular racing between the front duo saw Aaron Mensah regain his position after staying cool headed. Joshua Hoyle and Mycah Masikito, made up third and fourth respectively with consistent lap times locking down their places as the final lap approached. The race reached its climax as Aaron and Conor raced side by side through the last corners with Aaron winning the best heat of the day by only 0.060 seconds! Joshua Hoyle made up third position.
The drivers pounced off the line with great speed, Joshua Hoyle saw to it that Andreas Gurdjian would not keep pole position, usurping him off the line. Daniel Cebula and Andreas Gurdjian were bumper to bumper around Turn 8 as the race progressed into the third lap, with Daniel pressurising Andreas more and more as the race progressed. A chaotic third lap saw Harry Kidd commit an Advantage-by-Contact on Thomas Hazell resulting in Hazell dropping back to sixth positon. Joshua Hoyle continued to extend his lead well into the fifth lap gaining around a second each lap. A late spin from Charlie Parker saw his race over as the leading quartet continued to extend their advantage. As the chequered flag dropped, Joshua Hoyle secured first place with Daniel Cebula coming home in second and Harry Kidd with a last ditch effort to secure third spot from Andreas.
A hectic start to the Cadet B final saw Benjamin Gentles take the lead off Mycah Masikito in the opening seconds of the first lap. A crash at the start of the second lap saw the red flag being waved with all drivers coming to a stop. After the incident was clear the drivers started up again under yellow flags with all drivers holding their positions in anticipation for the race to begin. A retirement from Adam Wooden saw the race drop down to seven drivers. The noise of the engines rattled away as green flags were waved across the track with all drivers getting away well. Benjamin Gentles continued to press home his advantage, leading by around 5 seconds as the clock dwindled down to under two minutes. Mycah and Alfie made up second and third with both drivers pressing to hold down their place positions. Superb driving from all drivers, made for a spectacular final with Benjamin, Mycah and Alfie coming home in first, second and third respectively.
1st – Benjamin Gentles
2nd – Mycah Masikito
3rd – Alfie Smith
The grid was fronted by Sam Cole and Aaron Mensah, with Benjamin Gentles joining us after winning the B final in spectacular fashion. However, the victory for Benjamin was short lived as he found himself spinning out in the first corner – a disastrous start to the final! A start of exploding speed saw Aaron Mensah and Sam Cole surge forward, with Sam Cole quickly gaining the position he knows best and asserted his lead out to three seconds in the first 4 laps. A retirement from Benjamin Gentles saw the grid drop down to nine drivers. Daniel Cebula was cruising forward in chase of Aaron and his position, with a battle for fourth place going on behind between Haris Uddin and Conor Lucey. A special mention has to be given to Haris Uddin who was fighting for third position after starting ninth on the grid. Andreas Gurdjian and Thomas Hazell were battling for minor honours with the duo of drivers showing tremendous lap times throughout. With the race drawing to a close, Conor and Daniel continued to battle for third place with each driver switching place multiple times, refusing to yield to one another. Sam Cole continued to assert his advantage, opening up a comfortable gap at the front. First place and first to see the chequered flag was just a matter of time for Sam Cole, with Aaron Mensah coming second and Daniel Cebula close behind and the rest of the drivers in their same positions.
1st – Sam Cole
2nd – Aaron Mensah
3rd – Daniel Cebula
An impressive start to the first heat from all the drivers, especially Taifan who cruised is way into pole position after starting third on the grid. Action continued on the first lap with both Robin Iliffe and Dominic Harrop battling it out for minor places at the back of the pack. Bumper to Bumper racing between Taifan, Daniel and Jayden continued well into the third lap with each driver refusing to give up the places. Consistent lap times of mid 52’s saw Oscar Joyce holding his grid place of fourth position, with a 10 second gap to the back pack. As the heat began to draw to a close, stunning driving by the front trio saw a flurry of overtakes from Jayden, Taifan and Daniel, continuously swapping positions as they battled for the lead. As the race entered the seventh lap, Daniel Watson took the lead but only to penalised for an illegal move on the other two front runners. As the race drew to a close, Jayden Neal-holder was able to snatch the chequered flag, closely followed by Daniel and Taifan.
The second Junior Light heat saw George Hannay on pole, getting away cleanly with both Jai Thornburn and Bayley Campbell close behind. Taifan made a sequence of lovely overtaking moves through the first few corners to take up second position, presenting himself as the first to challenge George Hannay. Daniel Watson continued to cruise his way around the track, poised to take the position from Taifan which he executed in picture perfect style moving to only 3 seconds behind George Hannay. As the clock dwindled down, the final lap approached and a dominant performance from George saw himself safely out-front with his only danger, himself. Daniel came home in second with Taifan close behind, Alfie and Bayley finished 5th and 6th respectively but showed consistent lap times throughout.
A chaotic start to the heat saw George Hannay cruise his way into second position. Matthew Ho was relegated to third position, after spectacular driving from George and Alex Lucas saw him powerless as he fell further back. Contact from Robin in the first lap saw him land himself a penalty as well as being in second last position. The leading trio continued to surge forward with George Hannay extending his advantage out to 1 second. As the final lap approached, George continued to dominate going on to take the chequered flag followed closely by Alex and Matthew. Jai Thornburn came home in fourth with Bayley close behind, setting consistent lap times in a fairly tame heat.
As the drivers begin to grid up for our final junior heat of the day, Dominic Harrop and Jayden Neal-holder make up the front row of the grid. A clean start from all six drivers saw them cruise through the first lap in formation with Alex Lucas jumping from fifth position to pole in a matter of corners. Oscar Joyce was able to pass Jayden Neal-Holder, taking second place which only saw Jayden fall further down to the ever improving Matthew Ho. A disappointing race for Dominic Harrop saw him drop back to fifth position after starting on pole, however some very consistent lap-times is something to take away from that. Alex Lucas continued to extend his advantage as the last lap approached with Matthew and Oscar close behind battling for second position. Late bumping from Jayden and Dominic saw them battle for fourth place in some exciting wheel to wheel action. As the final chequered flag for the heats was dropped Alex Lucas took the flag with a very dominant performance, followed closely by Matthew Ho and Oscar Joyce.
Junior Light Finals
Daniel Watson and Jai Thornburn made up the first row the grid, with Dominic and Alfie behind. A clean start to the first final found Daniel defending for his lead against Jai and Dominic who were hot on his bumper. The leading trio began to pull away pressing their advantage to over 4 seconds from the rest of the drivers. A spin from Alfie Wrigglesworth on lap two found him stranded in a tyre wall with what was a promising race that has quickly slipped away. Onlookers gazed in awe at the leading trio with bumping from behind and side to side as each driver refused to yield their position, pushing for the pole spot. Daniel Watson continued to press his advantage, showing that ruthless speed that we witnessed in the earlier heats. The final continued with each driver holding their positions until the last lap where Jai Thornburn pulled off a spectacular move down the inside of Daniel Watson overtaking and winning the race in the dying moments.
1st – Jai Thornburn
2nd – Daniel Watson
3rd – Dominic Harrop
The last final of the day saw George Hannay on pole position from Alex and Jayden. As the lights flashed green the drivers blasted forward with George Hannay surging forward. Alex, Jayden and Matthew traded positions as the drivers bunched up, seeing Alex Lucas coming out on top to take second position. Jai Thornburn did well to get up to fifth position in the opening lap after winning the B final in exciting fashion. Matthew Ho fended off Taifan who was making daring advances as he tried to pass Matthew at any opportunity. Oscar Joyce also joined the leading trio, staking his claim for places or even the race victory setting the second quickest lap time on track. However, George Hannay was in a league of his own, pushing out his advantage to around three seconds. Out of nowhere chaos unfolded with Matthew Ho losing control of his kart, leaving the door wide open for Taifan Squires who was quick to take up third place. As the chequered flag dropped for the final Junior final, George Hannay took the win in spectacular fashion with Alex Lucas and the late surging Oscar Joyce with his quick lap times coming into play to secure third position.
1st – George Hannay
2nd – Alex Lucas
3rd – Oscar Joyce
An incredibly clean first lap saw Mikey Gleeson and William Vincent duelling for pole position. William Vincent did tremendously well to make his way up to second place, poised to usurp Mikey when the opportunity presented itself. William Tidnam dropped down to 5th position after starting on the second row of the grid, with Harvey Turner hot on his bumper. Spectacular overtakes through the latter half of the track saw Harvey Turner move up into the places after passing William Vincent and Luca Osborne. As the heat entered the fifth lap, only a tenth of a second separated the leading duo with third and fourth subsequently fighting for third position, both groups offering exciting bumper to bumper racing. As the heat entered the final lap the frontrunners battle for first came to its climax with William Vincent looking for every chance to pass Mikey Gleeson, however Mikey was able to cross the line just before after 9 minutes of stunning defensive moves. Harvey Tuner came home in third after starting fifth on the grid.
A clean getaway from all the drivers saw Otis Smith swamped, falling to the back of the grid after starting on pole position. Tremendous driving from William Vincent saw him take the lead, however a challenger was sure to arise. Luca’s competitive spirit came through with bumping between himself and William Tidnam. Mikey Gleeson waited for his opportunity to seize the position of William Tidnam, taking third position but William was sure to be back. Side by side racing between Mikey and Luca Osborne saw Mikey move into second place with Luca Osborne close behind. As the drivers entered the final lap, the leading trio continued to be separated by half a second with first place fully up for grabs. William Vincent was able to cross the line first, followed immediately by Mikey and Luca.
Junior Heavy Finals
The first and only Junior Heavy final made for greater anticipation as the drivers made their way down to the grid with Mikey Gleeson and William Vincent locking out the front row of the grid. An exciting start saw William Vincent taking the lead through the first lap, with Harvey Turner side by side as the duo swept through the chicanes battling for pole position. Mikey Gleeson with an unfortunate start saw him drop down to second last after having such a favourable pole position. William Tidnam and Luca Osborne continued to scrap for third position with William extending his margin as the race progressed. Otis Smith was down in fifth position, however consistent driving and lap times was hugely impressive throughout. The race continued with five minutes to go and the incredible racing between the front runners William Vincent and Harvey Turner did not go unnoticed. The pair were separated by three tenths of a second throughout the race with courageous endeavours from Harvey looking for any chink in the armour of William Vincent. However, that chink was never exposed and spectacular defending for twelve minutes saw William Vincent come home in front to win the final, followed immediately behind Harvey and William Tidnam.
1st – William Vincent
2nd – Harvey Turner
3rd – William Tidnam
Daniel Garcia and Taifan Squires are the two first drivers to reach the grid for the Junior RT8 category. The rolling start began in exciting fashion with Daniel Garcia quick to set off, Taifan squires had an unfortunate first lap falling down into last place but plenty of time left to recover. Fraser Brunton had a tremendous start stealing pole position from Daniel Garcia who was quickly into pursuit. Archie Elliot made an eye-catching start working his way through the pack to take up fourth position from last with 5 minutes to go. A tremendous overtake from Vincent Osborne on Daniel Garcia allowed him to go on the hunt for Fraser Brunton after taking up second place. However, Daniel Garcia was not disheartened and the duo continued to throw challenges and defensive manoeuvres at one another. Stellar racing from Fraser Brunton saw him pull 5 seconds clear, being the first to take the chequered flag with Vincent and Daniel following closely behind.
The final Junior RT8 heat gets under way with a false start from some of the drivers, so Archie Elliott leads them back round the track. A rocky start from Elliott saw him squeezed down into second last after starting on pole position. Daniel Garcia, Archie Elliott and Daniel Livingstone continued to battle for fifth place bumping through the final corners allowing Ethan to hold onto the position for the meantime… Fraser Brunton soon asserted his racing prowess getting out front where he is comfortable. A late spin by Archie Elliott saw his efforts in the first heat made redundant, dropping thirteen seconds behind the race leader. As the chequered flag was dropped Fraser Brunton took the win with superb driving from Vincent and Matteo Strathmann securing the place positions.
Junior RT8 Final
The Junior RT8 final gets underway with Fraser Brunton leading the grid, with Vincent Osborne and Daniel Garcia close behind. An aborted start heightened the anticipation of onlookers, eagerly awaiting to see who will be the first to take the chequered flag. Fraser Brunton leads them into the first corner with Vincent Osborne close behind as the drivers complete the first lap. The grid order stays the same despite some daring moves from Archie Elliott which were subsequently gained back. As the race reached its half way point, Fraser Brunton continued to assert his lead pulling away by a second. Wheel to wheel racing from Vincent and Daniel saw the two of them fight for second place with Ethan Livingstone close behind. The duel between Vincent and Daniel came to its climax, with Daniel Garcia going up the inside of Vincent Osborne with two laps left to race. Fraser took the chequered flag with Daniel and Vincent close behind.
1st – Fraser Brunton
2nd – Daniel Garcia
3rd – Vincent Osborne
The first Senior heat gets underway on a combined grid of ten Lights and nine Heavies. The Lights get off to a flying start with Daryl Cresswell leading them in. However, an explosive start from Ian-Del-Pizzo say him usurp the lead before the drivers had turned in for the first corner. Dan Gamblin with some stunning driving moved into third position after starting eighth on the grid. The Lights continued to race in their respective positions, with impressive lap times and each driver defending their rightful position superbly. As we entered the closing stage of the race the positions stayed the same apart from Henry Jarrett who was able to take sixth place from Daryl Creswell, waiting patiently, poised to take his place. A dominant performance from Ian Del-Pizzo say him take the chequered flag with a mighty gap of five seconds, followed closely by Dan Gamblin and Freddy Bragg.
The Heavies saw pole leader Garrett Applin drop down to 4th after starting in first, excellent driving from Alex Vaughan saw him seize the opportunity driving through to take pole position. Sam Attard did well to move into second for the Heavies after some wheel to wheel action saw him make up several positions to challenge for first out of the Heavies. Alex Vaughan and Sam Attard were the only prominent drivers for the Heavies duelling it out for pole position. A consistent first race for the Seniors with little drama found Sam Attard snatching the lead from Alex Vaughan in the final lap, showing his racing prowess as he secured his spot in the dying moments.
Francesca Roodhouse led the drivers round to start the final heat off with Thomas Parmenter close behind. A stunning start from Dan Gamblin saw himself taking second position with Thomas falling down to fourth position. A bumping warning given to Ian Del-Pizzo sees him on his last life with eight minutes to go in the heat. Steven Preston after starting fourth on the grid was able to surge on forward usurping Francesca Roodhouse of her position. A front to rear ABC by Francesca Roodhouse on Ian Del-Pizzo moved her into third place, however a penalty board was quickly issued. Steven Preston went home in first with Dan Gamblin and Ian Del-Pizzo close behind.
Luke Charman did well to take the lead off Richard Gibbons who fell disappointingly down into fifth after starting in a promising first place. Some impressive driving from Garrett Applin saw himself cruise into fifth position for the Heavies after starting at the bottom of the grid. Luke Charman continued to dominate the Heavies with both Alex Vaughan and Sam Attard hot on his bumper, providing onlookers with Deja Vu of earlier events. The front five drivers of the Heavies continued to push each other for their best driving, each driver refusing to yield in their pursuit for a better position. Luke Charman, Alex Vaughan and Sam Attard made up the front three of the heavy drivers as the chequered flag was dropped.
The Senior final gets underway with Ian Del-Pizzo on pole position for the Lights followed closely by Steven Preston and Dan Gamblin. A flying start from Ian saw him hold his lead through the first lap which would be imperative to the next twelve minutes of flawless defending. A bumping warning given to Des Corker leaves him on his last life, after battling both Francesca Roodhouse and Daryl Cresswell. Thomas Parmenter was able to snatch third place from the grasp of Dan Gamblin with Henry Jarrett also taking advantage of the same opportunity. However, Dan’s position on the podium was short lived as tremendous driving saw Henry Jarrett climb into third with Dan falling down to fifth place. Steven Preston’s relentless challenges on Ian Del-Pizzo found the two side by side, split by four tenths of a second as the pair weaved through the circuit, exchanging constant blows for the fight for first.
Sam Attard led the drivers across the line for the Heavies, with Alex Vaughan and Max Taylor in hot pursuit. Luke Charman was able to move his way through the pack taking third spot. Garrett Applin was hot on the bumper of fourth place Max Taylor, looking like an overtake was imminent. The front three Heavies continued to dominate with Alex, Sam and Luke, showing examples of flawless and calm driving. Garrett Applin’s relentless challenge finally came good with Max Taylor yielding the position to Garrett with four minutes left to go, the pair provided the racing of the race with five minutes of attacking and defending until Garrett came out on top. A three-way spin saw the Heavy backmarkers drop further back with little chance of revival, as the clock dwindled further down. As the final lap approached, Alex Vaughan was the first to see the chequered flag followed by Sam Attard and Luke Charman.
1st – Ian Del-Pizzo
2nd – Steven Preston
3rd – Henry Jarrett
1st – Alex Vaughan
2nd – Sam Attard
3rd – Luke Charman