Daytona Sandown Park 2017 InKart Championships
Round One Race Report (PDF Download Link)

CADETS

Jayden Neal-Holder took the first win of the season after a consistent days racing despite challenging conditions… 

Heat 1
Max Lee started from Pole positions but was soon usurped by Jayden Neal-Holder, who started 6th and was up to the front of the pack within the opening lap. Kaizer Akhtar was in 2nd, with James Mellor close behind. Max Lee was involved in a collision and then span out, resulting in him heading up the back of the pack. Neal-Holder kept the lead from Akhtar and Porter, with James Mellor taking a close 4th.

Heat 2
Jayden Neal-Holder started on Pole from Jessica White and William Tidman. Joshua Hoyle span out on the opening lap which allowed Sebastian Wibaut and Rory Burke to catch up and take Turn 6 three abreast. Neal-Holder kept his lead while Burke made it past Hoyle to take 3rd. Wibaut caused a collision at turn 5, turning in on William Tidnam and spinning him.  Wibaut was thus penalised, while Neal-Holder extended his lead by 4 seconds over White. The top two kept position while Rory Burke crossed 3rd.

Heat 3
Aaron Mensah was taken by Rory Burke on the first lap, who started in 3rd. Max Lee made it up to 2nd from William Tidnam, while further back Ethan Ghosh and Kaizer Akhtar were close. The latter was warned for bumping as was Max Lee, while the pair fought for track position. As the last lap board went out, Rory Burke had a 5 second lead while the commotion behind him kept them occupied. Aaron Mensah was nose to tail on Ben Alston around the final corners and took 5th. Burke kept 1st, from William Tidnam and Kaizer Akhtar.

Heat 4
The first lap saw a close pack at the front, with the top three drivers taking turn 2 side by side. Jayden Neal-Holder was successful and managed to get a 5 second lead from Mikey Porter within the first lap. Rory O’Regan and Jessica White kept close around turns 6 and 7, with the latter making it stick and moving up to battle for 2nd next lap around. Ahead of her, Jayden Neal-Holder had extended his lead to 12 seconds, with Rory O’Regan completing the top 3 at the chequered.

Heat 5
James Hensler started pole after an unlucky first heat. Mikey Porter and William Tidnam had good starts behind him. Aaron Mensah was cautioned for bumping at the start and thus given a penalty for front to rear contact. Hensler kept his lead from Kaizer Akhtar who had crept past Porter and Tidnam, who was now down in 5th. Aaron Mensah’s race worsened as he spun out at the far end of the circuit. Hensler dropped down to 5th after spinning out without enough time to try and regain his lead. Kaizer Akhtar took 1st, from William Tidnam and Sebastian Wibaut.

Heat 6
Rory O’Regan started pole from James Mellor, who was quick to take the lead from O’Regan right off the line. O’Regan kept on the chase however, and the pair were no more than half a second apart for the ensuing laps. O’Regan regained the lead but now had James Hensler in pursuit of him. Down at turn 1 Hensler took 1st, which was then taken back again by O’Regan. Hensler and O’Regan went through turn 4 as a couple, with slight contact but not enough to throw either off the chase. The scrap meant that Rory Burke was able to sneak past and take the chequered flag. Hensler took 2nd from O’Regan.

Finals

B Final
Mikey Porter started pole in the first final of the day, from Sebastian Wibaut. The front pair switched during the first lap, while behind them Max Lee was closing in to within 4 tenths. Ethan Ghosh made his way up to 3rd, as Max Lee also moved up to 2nd. Wibaut was at the front while Aaron Mensah was penalised for pulling out on to oncoming traffic after an unfortunate spin out. Meanwhile James Lenaghan and Ben Alston at the back were keeping consistent times. Wibaut kept his lead to the end of the B final and earnt promotion to the A final, from Max Lee and Ethan Ghosh.

A Final
Jayden Neal-Holder headed up the grid for the A Final from Rory Burke, both managing to keep position for the start. Sebastian Wibaut managed to spin himself on to the grass, while William Tidnam and Kaizer Akhtar were keeping close in the mid field. Neal-Holder began to extend his lead over Burke to 2.7 seconds and looked set to take the top step of InKart Round 1.  Burke had a comfortable lead over O’Regan, who completed the top 3 for the first final on the day.

Results

B Final
1st– Sebastian Wibaut
2nd– Max Lee
3rd– Ethan Gosh

A Final
1st– Jayden Neal-Holder
2nd– Rory Burke
3rd– Rory O’Regan

JUNIOR LIGHTS

Rio Le Conte wins 2 heats on his debut at Sandown Park while veteran William Egby wins the round

Heat 1
Taifan Squires started pole for the first heat of the year from Ethan Livingstone. Harry Lambert and George Hannay danced around turns 5 and 6 together, with the former making a move stick on the first lap. George Hannay fell to the back whilst Katherine White took the lead. Newcomer Rio Le Conte made an impressive debut and made it up to third on the penultimate lap and was alongside 2nd place Finley Ahmad-Hambling on the start/finish straight. George Hannay lost it on the exit of turn 7 and set himself further back from 7th place Harry Lambert. Katherine White kept the lead until the chequered flag from Rio Le Conte and Finley Ahmad-Hambling.

Heat 2
Kieran Ives started pole, and was quick off the line. Alex Jay and Adam Hayes took turn 1 side by side, while William Egby snuck up the inside to challenge Ives for position up the main straight. Ives held it, but Egby kept to within 4 hundredths of second during the second lap. William Egby had soon taken the lead, leaving the door open for Adam Hayes to make his move as well.

George Curtis and James Penfold were close at the back while Kieran Ives fought desperately to pass Hayes to take 2nd. Egby won from Ives.

Heat 3
Alex Jay started pole with George Hannay and George Curtis completing the starting top 3. Curtis had an excellent start off the line and was looking to make a move on Jay. He lucked out though and fell back around turn 2 and was sitting mid pack as the pack passed race control for the first time. George Hannay passed Jay the second lap round and kept it for a lap. He took turn 6 too wide though and lost position to Jay, locking up and allowing both Curtis and Finley Ahmad-Hambling past. Hannay’s race worsened after his promising start as he was penalised for pulling into oncoming traffic at turn 2. Jensen Oswald-Stevens was also unlucky as he span himself out due to the damp conditions and ended up dropping to 7th. On the penultimate corner of the final lap, Jay span out himself and let the lead go to Curtis, finishing 3rd! Ahmed-Hambling took 2nd.

Heat 4
Katherine White started pole from Jensen Oswald-Stevens and Rio Le Conte. Harry Lambert and Alex Jay were side by side over the kerbs at the apex of turn 6, with Jay taking position for 3rd. Le Conte made a move on Katherine White and began putting a second and a half between them. Lambert lost it next time round in front of race control and fell down to 5th. Le Conte began to steadily put more tenths between himself and White, while Alex Jay began to close in on the pair. He passed White on the next lap round, without enough time to gain back the place. White was pushing hard to pass Ives in the closing stages and made it through at T6. White showed good sportsmanship though and allowed Ives back through as there had been a little too much contact. Le Conte took the win, followed by Jay and Ives.

 Heat 5
Adam Hayes started Pole from Rio Le Conte and William Egby, with Le Conte taking the lead in the first few corners and beginning to put some tarmac between himself and Egby. Taifan Squires was unlucky and span at turn 6, resulting in him falling to the back behind James Penfold. Le Conte kept his lead and finished with his second win from Egby and Adam Hayes finished a comfortable 3rd. Tom Jackson finished 4th in a clean race all round.

Heat 6
Harry Lambert started pole from William Egby and Jensen Oswald-Stevens. George Hannay had a spin by himself down the far end of the circuit and ended up 6th after starting 4th. John-Henry Hills and Adam Hayes were setting consistent lap times, while Egby set the quickest of the heat – a 01:05:062. William Egby began putting a couple of seconds between himself and Harry Lambert who had earnt 2nd from Adam Hayes at the finish of a clean race.

Heat 7
George Curtis started Pole from Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Ethan Livingstone, who managed to spin himself out at turn 1. Katherine White made an impressive start, progressing from 6th to 2nd on the first lap. Curtis who was leading got span at the approach to the start finish, from the exit of turn 8, and White was penalised for not backing off and causing the advantage by contact. Kieran Ives had a good race, as did Finley Ahmed-Hambling who set the quickest lap of the heat, a quick 01:04:936. Katherine White took the chequered, from Ahmad-Hambling and Kieran Ives.

Finals

B Final
Adam Hayes qualified pole for the B Final, and kept it off the line. Harry Lambert was close behind him, up to within 2 tenths of a second by the second lap. Taifan Squires and George Hannay were quick in the mid pack while up ahead Adam Hayes managed to put slightly more time between them. Tom Jackson was closing in on Squires and Hannay, the latter of who was alongside Harry Lambert at the start/finish straight with two minutes left. Hayes extended his lead by another tenth for the final lap and kept it to the finish and would go to the back of the A final. Lambert and Hannay completed the top 3.

A Final
William Egby started from Pole and managed to keep it from Rio Le Conte, whose debut was impressive as he was keeping some of the long-standing InKarters on their toes. Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Katherine White were closing in and Ahmad-Hambling managed to come to within 0.2 seconds. The pair were hot on the wheels of Egby as it came to the penultimate lap. Rio Le Conte retired with kart issues as up in front White just ran out of time to make a move on Egby. Egby took 1st from Katherine White and Finley Ahmad-Hambling.

 

Results

B Final

1st– Adam Hayes
2nd– Harry Lambert
3rd– George Hannay

A Final

1st– William Egby
2nd– Katherine White
3rd– Finely Ahmad-Hambling

JUNIOR HEAVY

Sebastian Chodyko came back to defend his 2016 title with tough competition from Mikey Gleeson and Matteo Strathmann…

Heat 1
Henry Stratton didn’t have the best start and was left behind initially off the start. He soon made good time and was up ahead of Thomas Parmenter by the end of the first lap. The pair remained close, with 4 tenths between them until Stratton fell back next time round. His race worsened as he span at turn 8 on the penultimate lap, while up ahead Mikey Gleeson was taken by Sabastian Chodyko, keeping 2 tenth between them. Henry Stratton retired while Sebastian Chodyko was pipped to the post by Gleeson in the closing moments. Daniel Garcia completed the top 3.

Heat 2
Maximillian Bublik was involved in some contact off the line, while Daniel Garcia and Mikey Gleeson headed the pack. Chodyko passed Garcia and began to put some track between the two, with Brendan Sathees closing in on the latter. Matteo Strathmann began to advance on the top 3, who were preoccupied with each other, and was soon in position to make a move. Around the outside of 4 and then again up the main straight had a look but thought better of it. Garcia and Strathmann both broke late and took each other out at turn 6; it was deemed a racing incident and the pair managed to retain 3rd and 4th.

Heat 3
Archie Elliott had a promising start from Harvey Shelton and Rowan Vincent. Thomas Atmaciyan made a place from 4th on the first lap, but by the time they crossed the line to start the second, he’d been a victim of an advantage by contact and was back down to 5th. Brendan Sathees also had a great start and was up to 2nd from the back of the start grid, and then up to 1st the next lap round! William Vincent was up for the challenge of taking on Sathees and attempted to move around the outside of turn 7. Vincent however was the culprit in the ABC earlier on and would thus suffer a 5-place penalty. Meanwhile, Archie Elliott in 3rd had Luca Osborne on his tail, but managed to hold him off until the chequered flag. Sathees kept 1st from Vincent.

Heat 4
Matteo Strathmann headed the pack from Thomas Parmenter and Harvey Shelton. Shelton was warned for bumping, but otherwise the race got off to a clean start. Maximillian Bublik went into the tyres off his own accord the second lap round and had to let the pack pass. Luca Osborne and Henry Stratton were close in the mid pack as the track began to dry out somewhat. Bublik managed to keep competitive with Francesca Roodhouse on his tail, while up at the front Matteo Strathmann set himself 3 seconds ahead of Thomas Parmenter in 2nd. Luca Osborne was just pipped to 3rd by Bublik who had climbed impressively during the final laps.

Heat 5
William Vincent had a good start from Mikey Gleeson and Peter Heelis. Gleeson was soon to catch up with Vincent and by the 3rd lap had taken the lead and set about securing it by putting almost a second between them. Peter Heelis managed to hold off Maximillian Bublik for 3rd, but Bublik was close behind and catching. The battle left an opportunity for Francesca Roodhouse to attempt a move. She was unsuccessful and fell back, while up ahead Gleeson secured his lead and won, from Vincent and Bublik who had managed to hold Heelis off until the chequered.

Heat 6
Peter Heelis had a good start, while Brendan Sathees took out William Vincent at turn 1. Sathees let him back through but it was damaging to Vincent’s race, who had started in 2nd. Sebastian Chodyko was able to take 2nd, with Daniel Garcia keeping in 3rd. Henry Stratton was only half a second behind him in 4th, with Vincent now on his tail. Chodyko was now up to 1st passed Heelis who was keeping a safe distance from Garcia. Chodyko looked set to win as the final lap board went out, as the entire pack began to spread out and looked set in their positons. Chodyko won from Heelis and Garcia.

Heat 7
 Francesca Roodhouse started pole and had a good start, however was passed by Mikey Gleeson before the culmination of the first lap. He began to put some time between himself and Peter Heelis, who had made it up to 2nd. Archie Elliott was quick to set the fastest lap of the race, with a 01:05:204. Gleeson soon had a 6 second lead and finished 1st, from Peter Heelis and Archie Elliott. It was a clean race with some quick lap times, setting a hopeful tone for the finals.

Finals

B Final
Luca Osborne qualified first from Maximillian Bublik, who managed to gain 2 places during the first lap. The back half of the grid were close around turn 4, as the leaders up ahead managed the gap at a comfortable distance between themselves and the midfield. The front two runners were consistently within a second of each other. Bublik and Vincent were keeping it close and clean, while further back Harvey Shelton was unlucky and span himself out in the rain at the entrance to turn 7. Thomas Parmenter and Henry Stratton kept it on the track despite worsening conditions. Bublik looked set to gain the final grid position in the A final, which he managed to secure as the chequered flag went out. William Vincent and Luca Osborne finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

A Final
Mikey Gleeson started pole from Sebastian Chodyko, both keeping positions. Daniel Garcia in 5th ran wide at turn the entrance to turn 7, allowing Matteo Strathmann an opportunity to sneak alongside him. Strathmann made a move at the entrance to turn 8, and pulled up along the inside at the approach to the start/finish line.  Gleeson up ahead was under attack from Chodyko who managed to take 1st from him. Brendan Sathees had another good race and was up in to 3rd, but Strathmann was in pursuit. Just half a second separated the pair; half a second for the final trophy for the day. The chequered flag went to Sebastian Chodyko from Mikey Gleeson and Matteo Strathmann as Sathees span himself out on the final lap!

Results

B Final

1st–  Maximilian Bublik
2nd– William Vincent
3rd– Luca Osborne

A Final

1st– Sebastian Chodyko
2nd– Mikey Gleeson
3rd– Matteo Strathmann

JUNIOR RT8 

Ahmad-Hambling takes 2nd podium of the day…

Heat 1
Dan Gamblin started on Pole for the first heat of the RT8 InKart Championship from Toby Amor, who had dropped down to 9th by the end of the first lap. George Beglan span himself out at turn 6 on the 3rd lap, resulting in him dropping behind to 12th. Oliver Tipping also span himself out the same spot on the next lap, while Ambrose Witherspoon caused contact at turn 3. A further error was caused by Amor who lodged himself in the tyre wall at the pit entrance, requiring some assistance to get back on track. Luke Roberts managed to take the lead and put 5 seconds between himself and second. Roberts kept 1st from Dan Gamblin & Sam Attard.

Heat 2
Dillon Stepney led the grid from Finley Ahmad-Hambling and George Beglan, who hoped to have a better finish than his first heat. Ahmad-Hambling was quick to take the lead, leaving the door open for Ben Graham and Brendan Sathees to also pass. Graham soon overtook Ahmad-Hambling, setting the quickest lap of the heat in the process, a quick01:04:201. Dan Gamblin made an impressive sweep up the inside into turn 4, as Graham began to extend his lead over Ahmad-Hambling, who was distracted by the advancing Sathees. Graham finished 1st, with Ahmad-Hambling following and Brendan Sathees on his tail.

Heat 3
Sam Attard and Oliver Tipping both got away cleanly at the start, however Attard was unlucky on the first lap and fell to the back. Mark Martin began making his way up the pack and was soon in 5th from 8th, using the shift of positions from further ahead to his advantage. Ahmad-Hambling had made it up to 1st from 5th, while Sathees from 3rd was up in 2nd until he span out down the far end of the circuit due to what was now very heavy rainfall on the track. Ahmad-Hambling kept it on track, with Luke Roberts and Oliver Tipping also managing to avoid disaster. Sathees made a recovery and came back up to 2nd and kept it until the close. Ahmad-Hambling took 1st, with Ben Graham in 3rd.

Final
Oliver Tipping was spun at turn 3, causing him to fall to the back from 8th. Now I 11th, he began the task of trying to win back some positions. Brendan Sathees was cautioned for bumping, while Toby Amor and Dillon Stepney had their own battle. Stepney span, while Amor progressed and began eating in to Ambrose Witherspoon’s 4 second gap ahead. Finley Ahmad-Hambling was quick out in front, with Ben Graham and Luke Roberts battling it out for 2nd. Graham manged to keep Roberts at arm’s length to secure 2nd place, with Roberts taking 3rd ahead of the charging Mark Martin.

Results

1st– Finley Ahmad-Hambling
2nd– Ben Graham
3rd– Luke Roberts

SENIOR LIGHT

Despite deteriorating track conditions and some good competition from Andrew Graham, Ian Del-Pizzo, 2016 champion, proved he still has it…

Heat 1
After a false start, Ashley Speller headed the grid from Ian Del-Pizzo. Del-Pizzo was quick off the line, while Speller span off down the far end. Evrim Guler made it up from 6th to 2nd by the end of the second lap, with Andrew Graham less than half a second behind him. Guler made a move round the outside at turn 7 but had to concede around turn 8. The next lap around Guler had passed and began to put half a second between them. Del-Pizzo further lost out to Andrew Graham, with the final result standing as Guler, Graham and Del-Pizzo.

Heat 2
Jordan Bowley started from and kept pole off the line, from Freddy Bragg. Evrim Guler had another impressive start, and after 3 laps was up from 10th to 2nd. Further back, Dave Burns was penalised for front to rear contact on Grant Forsyth. Henry Jarrett and Fergal Ludlow were setting quick times while further back Stephen Wackrill was keeping it consistent and facing the right way in the tricky conditions. Bowley kept his lead throughout, from Evrim Guler and Andrew Graham, who was made to work to keep 3rd due to pressure from Del-Pizzo in 4th.

Heat 3
As the rain continued to fall, the final light heat began. Advice was given to keep off the conventional racing line to avoid spinning/slowing. Grant Forsyth and Evrim Guler were on the front line off the grid and would be first to tackle the stream. Forsyth kept position from Guler, Henry Jarrett and Stephen Wackrill. Freddy Bragg was relishing the conditions going from 6th to 4th, utilising the caution of the other drivers. Evrim Guler also coped well and pulled in front of and away from Forsyth. Guler kept 1st from Henry Jarrett who’d climbed to 2nd. Ian Del-Pizzo looked set to finish 3rd but just managed to pass Jarrett, taking 2nd by 3 tenths of a second.

 

Final
Evrim Guler led the grid over the start/finish line, with Andrew Graham and Ian Del-Pizzo following. The entire pack took the first time around turns 6 and 7 in pairs. Graham ran wide on the exit of turn 3 next time round, slowing himself down detrimentally, dropping to 5th. Del-Pizzo now assumed 2nd with Henry Jarrett coming through with him. Ashley Speller and Jordan Bowley were within 2 hundredths of each other as the race reached the half way mark.

Ian Del-Pizzo fought his way to first, passing Graham and Guler, the latter of whom was taken at the last corner by Forsyth for 3rd.

Results

1st– Ian Del-Pizzo
2nd– Andrew Graham
3rd– Grant Forsyth

SENIOR HEAVY

Worsening conditions provided an action-packed finale to the first round of the Senior Heavy Championship…

Heat 1
Jameson Penfold started pole on his debut InKart Round. Charles Newton-Darby was penalised being overzealous in to turn 1, missing the breaking point and hitting another kart. Max Robinson was keeping position in 2nd, while Marc Morley-Freer had passed and was up in to 1st. Garry Applin and Mark Kearon were in their own battle for 3rd, nose to tail with half a second between them. Kearon won the battle and set his sights on Robinson, closing to within 3 tenths on the penultimate lap. The pair closed in on Morley-Freer, who held them off to take 1st by less than a second. Robinson kept 2nd from Kearon.

Heat 2
Mark Kearon had a good start and pulled away from Marc Morley-Freer. Luke Charman and Leigh Ebanks were in their own scrap for 4th, with Charman being successful and then taking on Morley-Freer and Max Robinson. Further back Mark Stepney and Steve Mellings were setting consistent times, while Mark Kearon set the pace with a speedy 01:04:681, despite worsening conditions. Luke Charman secured 2nd from Robinson, as Kearon took a comfortable win. Robison just held on to 3rd with Morley-Freer less than half a second back.

Heat 3
Steve Mellings, George Watson and Mark Stepney headed the grid for the final heat of the day. Luke Charman and Mark Kearon were quick to put their moves on the front line, with Mellings falling back after 2 laps. The conditions obviously suited Charman, who began to build up a 2 and a half second lead. Places 3 to 9 were all covered by a second, so with a tight mid field, the front runners were able to pull away further. Charman was now up to 3 seconds ahead as he took 1st place. George Watson and Mark Kearon completed the top 3.

Final
Luke Charman kept position from Mark Kearon as the final Final got underway. Max Robinson was the unfortunate recipient of a penalty as he turned Watson around whilst trying to correct a half spin at Turn 4, causing George Watson to fall to the back. Kearon ended up back in 7th at the mid-point of the race, with Marc Morley-Freer now leading. Leigh Ebanks and Garry Applin were in their own battle for 4th, with Kearon clawing his way back and locking in on the duo. Despite close competition from Charman, who got to within 2 tenths at one point, Morley-Freer held on to take the win. Charman and Robinson completed the provisional top 3 on circuit. Robinson’s penalty meant Charles Newton-Darby was promoted to 3rd.

Results

1st– Marc Morley-Freer
2nd– Luke Charman
3rd– Charles Newton-Darby

 

The next round is on Sunday 26th February 2017 – call Mark on 03303327870 Option 9 to reserve your space on the grid.