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

Cadets

Heat 1
Haris Uddin got a brilliant start to take the holeshot from Aaron Mensah who later in the lap moved up to 1st. At the start of lap 2 Jessica White passed Thomas Hazell along the top straight and both drivers passed Haris who spun at t4. Bit by bit Isaac Wells closed the gap to Aaron in first with Jessica hot on his heels and on lap 4 she moved up into 2nd with Thomas not letting the leading gaggle out of sight. Going into the final lap Jessica did all she could but finished just 2 tenths behind. Joshua Hoyle and Harry Kidd having a fantastic battle for 5th.

Heat 2
James Lenaghan and Jayden Neal-Holder made up the front row ahead of Conor Lucey and Sebastian Wibaut. Jayden was slow of the line so he dropped back as the others surged forward. At t3 Jai Thornburn gained an advantage by making contact and was penalised, with bumping warning flags being given to Rohan Naineni and a hard charging Jayden who was up to 3rd by the end of lap 3. Conor Lucey finished 5 hundredths of a second ahead of Neal-Holder with Wibaut in third.

Heat 3
Benjamin Gentles started pole in heat 3 with the ever-quick Jessica White directly behind him in third. At the start Jai Thornburn took the lead and Kaizer Akhtar made a great start to move up into 4th by turn 3 but then unfortunately spinning at the bottom end of the track. Rory O’Regan passed Jessica on lap two and on turn 1 moved ahead of Jai to take the lead. Kaizer was recovering well and setting competitive times to progress to 5th. Jessica White passed Thornburn under braking into turn 5 to secure 2nd behind O’Regan with Jensen Oswald-Stevens taking 4th.

Heat 4
Rory Burke and Jayden Neal Holder received bumping boards for contact at the first corner and Rohan Naineni lead the field for the first lap. Jayden Neal Holder took first up the inside of turn one on lap two with Sebastian Wibaut trying unsuccessfully to follow him through. Burke and Wibaut moved into 2nd and 3rd respectively. Burke and Akhtar battled tooth and nail for 2nd position while Naineni and Wibaut did the same for 4th. The gap between 2nd and 3rd just 2 tenths of a second at the finish.

Heat 5
Jacob Gillman got a great start with Mycah Masikito receiving a bumping warning flag for heavy contact at the first bend. James Lenaghan spun at turn 4 on lap one and lost quite a lot of time which he worked hard throughout to regain. Leo Licastro caught and passed Jacob on lap two but a half spin at turn 5 during lap 3 cost him the lead. Leo took the lead back along the top straight with Isaac Wells 3rd and Joshua Hoyle in 4th.

Heat 6
George Barker got a poor start which caused a kerfuffle. Rory O’Regan led from Joshua Hoyle with a keen as mustard Oswald-Stevens all over the back of him. Oswald-Stevens took 2nd on lap 2 and him, Hoyle and Conor Lucey were all incredibly close. Isaac Wells and Thomas Hazell bided their time behind, waiting to see if the pack made a mistake. O’Regan was well away at the front, finishing 8 seconds ahead of the rest of the field lead by Lucey. Hoyle kept Oswald-Stevens and Wells behind to keep third.

Heat 7
Benjamin Gentles had an issue at the start causing him to lose time to the pack. Conor Lucey, Rory Burke and Thomas Hazell pulled a slight gap from Rohan Naineni on the opening lap but all remained close early in the race, with Rohan passing Hazell on lap 3. Burke passed Lucey out of turn 4 and started to pull away clearing a gap of 9 tenths by lap 5. Leo Licastro just missed out on fourth position by just 5 hundredths of a second on the final lap.

Heat 8
Jayden Neal Holder and Aaron Mensah got great starts with Rory O’Regan spinning at turn 1 leaving him with a bit of catch up work required. By the end of lap one Jayden had extended his lead to 2.4 seconds ahead of Mensah with a focussed George Barker in third. O’Regan was using all his expertise to make up for his mistake at T1 and by the end of lap three was in fifth position just 3 seconds behind fourth. On the final lap O’Regan moved to 4th place whilst the front three were Neal Holder, Mensah and Barker.

Heat 9
On the approach to turn 3 the race leader Mycah Masikito broke causing a concertina affect resulting in Kaizer Akhtar facing the wrong direction. He spun the kart around and got on with chasing down the rest of the field. Two laps in and White led from Burke with Mensah, Oswald-Stevens and Akhtar a couple of seconds behind. Burke was trying everything to get past but White had him covered until on lap 5 Burke was able to put the kart on the inside of turn 6 and out drag White to turn 7. The gap between them was 4 tenths at the flag.

Finals

C Final
A busy start led to Mycah Masikito receiving a bumping warning flag, and a penalty board being issued to Benjamin Gentles for a front to side contact from which he gained advantage at turn 5. Jack Pettit continued to extend his lead over George Barker until he spun. Pettit went forward to the next final.

B Final
At turn one Joshua Hoyle made contact gaining an advantage but allowed the other drivers back passed so no further action was taken. Kaizer Akhtar made his way to the front and kept it there but Rohan Naineni kept him honest.

A Final
On lap one Rory O’Regan made contact with the rear of Kaizer Ahktar’s kart spinning him at the exit of turn 4, a penalty was issued for the contact. Rory Burke held a good lead from Jayden Neal-Holder and Conor Lucey. Conor was penalised for contact at turn 5 on lap three which knocked Jayden Neal-Holder back to fifth.  Jessica White was hot on the tail of both Lucey and O’Regan on lap 5. Conor Lucey made contact again when passing O’Regan and was black flagged. The final podium positions were Rory Burke for 1st, Jessica White for 2nd and Jayden Neal-Holder for 3rd, gaining a promotion due to O’Regan’s penalty.

After further investigation, O’Regan’s penalty was rescinded.

Results

C Final

1st Jack Pettit
2nd George Parker
3rd James Lenaghan


B Final

1st Kaizer Akhtar
2nd Rohan Naineni
3rd Jai Thornburn


A Final

1st Rory Burke
2nd Rory O’Regan
3rd Jessica White

 

Junior Lights

Heat 1
Rain started to fall as the drivers left the grid. Tom Wallace getting a fantastic start ahead of John-Henry Hill and Ethan Livingstone, with Ethan moving up to third at T2. Oscar Joyce spun at T1 on lap 2. Tom and Ethan stretched the lead over John-Henry with Bayley Campbell making the most of Oscar’s mistake early on. Bayley spun at T2 dropping to last on lap 4.

Heat 2
George Hannay led from Bayley Campbell and Adam Hayes with Katherine White moving up into 4th at T6. Robin Jandu also bowled through the field into 2nd by the end of lap 2. White and Hayes battled hard for third allowing Hannay through whilst Robin used the opportunity to gain some space out front. In lap three Katherine moved to 2nd with Hayes following her through demoting Hannay. At the end of lap 4 the gap between the leaders was just 4 tenths of a second and Katherine received a bumping warning for getting too close. After many swaps for position on the final lap it finished Jandu, White, Hayes.

Heat 3
Kieran Ives received a bumping warning on lap 1 as Robin Jandu took the lead ahead of Alex Lucas. Ethan Livingstone spun at turn 3 on lap three and dropped to the rear of the field. Thomas Wallace and Alex were locked in a battle for third with both drivers receiving a bumping warning flag. Wallace received a penalty for exceeding track limits shortly afterwards. Ives took victory from Jandu with a penalised Wallace in third.

Heat 4
With a very competitive grid this heat was always going to be a close one. Finley led from Adam Hayes and Katherine White. At turn 7, Hayes started a long running move that finally came good at turn 2 of lap 2. White followed him through and Livingstone waited patiently for his chance. Dominic Harrop and John-Henry Hill were close for fifth. The pack stabilised with a gap of a few tenths being maintained between the front three. On the final lap Finley Ahmad-Hambling passed Katherine to take 2nd.

Heat 5
Kieran Ives started pole with Rio Le Conte alongside. The two drivers pulled slightly ahead as Hannay moved ahead on the exit of turn 4. Alex Lucas filled out the front four with Campbell and Harrop fifth and sixth. Le Conte took first on the entry to turn 4 demoting Ives to 2nd in a massive move that almost allowed Hannay to follow him. Alex Lucas received a bumping warning in the closing stages of the race as the order remained unchanged.

Heat 6
Robin Jandu made the most of a good start to separate himself from a squabbling pack which saw Lucas Ives and John-Henry Hill nose to tail. John-Henry spun under pressure at turn 1 which allowed Hayes and Oscar Joyce through. Hayes and Joyce passed Lucas and the gaps remained constant right up until the chequered flag on lap 6.

Heat 7
It was an incredibly frantic first few laps culminating in Ahmad Hambling taking victory from Katherine White and Rio le Conte. George Hannay and Oscar Joyce were close in tow and Tom Wallace back in 6th.

Finals

B Final
Alex Lucas made the most of a good start with a perhaps overly eager George Hannay receiving a bumping warning flag behind him in 2nd. Wallace and Livingstone weren’t far behind and when on lap 5 Alex ran wide at turn 7, Hannay and Wallace squeezed through the open door to take the top spots. Tom Wallace had his name added to the back of the A final.

A Final
After lap one Robin Jandu lead from Kieran Ives with Adam Hayes followed by Wallace in third and fourth. Katherine White and Rio Le Conte took advantage of the close racing to take third and fourth by lap two. Ives was defending well but this was allowing Jandu to get the jump out in front. Le Conte drove around the outside of Ives into turn 7 and White followed him into 3rd. On lap 6 Tom Wallace overtook Adam Hayes into turn 7 for 6th position. Ives and Finley Ahmad Hambling were still incredibly close for fourth and this allowed Wallace and Hayes to catch them. On the final lap Le Conte out dragged Jandu out of turn 6 and despite some robust defensive work from Jandu took the victory with White in third.

Results

B Final

1st Thomas Wallace
2nd George Hannay
3rd Ethan Livingstone


A Final

1st Rio Le Conte
2nd Robin Jandu
3rd Katherine White

 

Junior Heavies

Heat 1
Turn 1 was uneventful with Mikey Gleeson leading from Sebastian Chodyko with Taifan Squires, Archie Elliott and Thomas Atmaciyan completing the front gaggle. The leading duo started to work together increasing the lead on lap 1 to over a second. On lap 4 Mikey went defensive into turn 3 giving Sebastian a run along the top straight but there wasn’t enough of a gap to pass and he used the grass to overtake. Having previously received a warning for kerbing this meant that he was issued a penalty.

Heat 2
Archie Elliott and Otis Smith sat on the front row as the sun finally started to shine over Sandown Park. Max Bublik and Sebastian Chodyko moved forward at turn 1 boxing out Otis and dropping him to third. Vincent Osbourne battled with Luca Osborne for 4th with Vincent picking up kerbing warning in lap 2. Sebastian Chodyko moved ahead of Archie to take the lead on lap 3. Luca and Vincent reeled in Archie towards the end of the race but it wasn’t enough and he kept 2nd on the circuit.

Heat 3
William Vincent got a bumping board for the first corner and William Tidnam ran out of circuit dropping back behind Otis Smith. Vincent passed Luca Osborne into turn 4 and slowly started to pull a small lead. Taifan Squires and Francesca Roodhouse were nose to tail and he was able to nip past on Lap 4. William Tidnam was caught out at turn one again towards the end of the race and the front three were separated by 4 seconds when the chequered flag fell.

Heat 4
Roodhouse was in the hot seat but kept the holeshot into turn one with Max Bublik leading the rest of the train up to turn three. Mikey Gleeson made a concerted effort to get to the front but in his haste gained advantage by making contact and was penalised for his move on Roodhouse. The penalty effectively promoted Vincent Osborne to 1st until Roodhouse retook the place on lap three. Less than a lap later Osborne was back passed, the two drivers embroiled in an exceptionally close dogfight which Luca Osborne became part of in the dying moments of the race.

Heat 5
William Vincent and Thomas Atmaciyan got the jump on Roodhouse and Chodyko with Sebastian and Otis Smith both receiving warning boards for contact from the start marshal. By lap two the pack had begun to settle with Archie Elliott moving up into fourth and looking to pass Roodhouse for third which he did at the start of lap three. Chodyko seemed to struggle to make inroads on the leading quartet and the gaps normalised with William maintaining a gap of just over a second at the front.

Heat 6
Vincent Osborne had pole but early on Taifan Squires was able to move up the field and secure a lead of 8 tenths by the end of the second lap. Mikey Gleeson was keen to make amends for his earlier penalty and pushed hard to catch Squires, both of them increasing the gap to William Tidnam and William Vincent in 3rd and 4th. On Lap 4 whilst trying to pass Vincent Osborne, Rowan Vincent lost control of the kart giving Osborne some breathing room and making it a solitary run to the line. William Vincent finished ahead of Tidnam to take third.

Finals

B Final
Having been penalised in an earlier heat Sebastian Chodyko was keen to show what he could do and he did just that, pulling around a second a lap on Francesca Roodhouse in second. William Tidnam was getting visually frustrated behind Thomas Atmaciyan but Thomas kept him behind cleanly until the final lap when William snuck past at turn 6. Chodyko was promoted to the A final.

A Final
William Vincent lead away cleanly with Archie Elliott dropping into the pocket for second. Vincent Osborne finished lap one in third ahead of Mikey Gleeson. On lap 2 William ran wide at turn 6 giving Archie the opening he needed to in order to out drag him to turn 7. Vincent was up into second until William pushed him from behind gaining advantage, a penalty board was issued to William Vincent. On lap 5 both Sebastian and Mikey made their way past Vincent Osborne and took 3rd and 4th track position. Elliott took the chequered flag, followed by Chodyko and Gleeson after William Vincent’s penalty.

Results

B Final

1st Sebastian Chodyko
2nd Francesca Roodhouse
3rd William Tidnam

A Final

1st Archie Elliott
2nd Sebastian Chodyko
3rd Mikey Gleeson

 

Junior RT8

Heat 1
A clean start had Archie Elliott out in front of Mark Martin and Kieran Ives. Daniel Garcia spun at turn 7. After receiving a bumping warning early in the heat Luke Roberts again made contact and was penalised as a result. Oliver Tipping also received a penalty for advantage by contact at turn 5. Kieran Ives led with a lead of over two seconds from Martin and Roberts.

Heat 2
Several drivers were issued with a bumping board after a busy few corners. Luke Roberts lead from Thomas Parmenter with Alex Jay third until lap 3 when Parmenter fell to fourth. Both Kieran Ives and Alex Page received warning flags for contact on lap 3. After further contact, Alex was penalised two laps later dropping him from his 3rd place on track position.

Heat 3
Alex Page and Brendan Sathees made up the front row for the final RT8 heat of the day. Light contact between the back of the pack as they all vied for the same section of the circuit. Page managed to hold onto his lead as inevitably contact was made and penalties were awarded to Oliver Tipping, Ben Graham and Thomas Parmenter. Alex Page finished 1st from Ahmad-Hambling and Brendan Sathees.

Final
A busy start as Brendan Sathees was cautioned for bumping; Luke Roberts was warned for bumping also. Kieran Ives held his own from Finley Ahmad-Hambling, as the pair began to break from the rest. Roberts soon joined them, and the lead could have been anyone’s. Mark Martin was penalised for gaining advantage by contact & excessive bumping, turn 1. Further warnings were issued as the race ended with Ives keeping his lead from Ahmad-Hambling and Luke Roberts.

Results

1st Kieran Ives
2nd Finley Ahmad-Hambling
3rd Luke Roberts

Senior Lights

Heat 1
A frantic start to the lights first heat of the day meant that Jordan Bowley was able to make the most of his second place start to take an early lead. Ian del Pizzo spun uncharacteristically at the entrance to turn 4 which dropped him back into 9th position. Evrim Guler, Josh Lad, Sam Attard and Dan Gamblin were all nose to tail for a thrilling finale; separated by less than a second.

Heat 2
Stephen Wackrill started pole from Ian Del-Pizzo, who was quick to take position, with Andrew Graham sneaking up alongside him. As the opening lap culminated, Graham was ahead. Del-Pizzo lost further at the far end of the circuit as Evrim Guler made gains to sit within half a second behind Graham’s back bumper. Josh Lad took advantage of the movement of the pack and made it from his start position of 10th to take 3rd at the chequered.

Heat 3
The start of the final light heat saw Thomas Edwards cautioned for bumping in 5th, while up ahead Henry Jarrett and Josh Lad held their own off the line. Lad was soon issued with a bumping warning, however, as he made his way up ahead of Jarrett. Guler also gained position and was soon up to 2nd, setting his sights on Lad. Guler didn’t quite have enough time to make a move though, as the black and white chequered flag waved over the black helmet of Josh Lad. Andrew Graham made a late move to take 3rd from Henry Jarrett.

Final
A false start saw a quick re-grid before we were off with the Senior Light final. At the restart, Sam Attard was penalised for front to rear quarter contact, gaining an advantage. Further back, Rob Roodhouse and Thomas Edwards were battling close for 9th.  Ian Del-Pizzo made a valiant pass on Sam Attard at turn 5, and then immediately took Henry Jarrett. Now sitting in 4th, he had a lap and a half to make a move on 3rd place sitter Josh Lad. Andrew Graham in 1st was holding his lead from the advancing Guler, who found 0.3 seconds on the penultimate lap. As the flag came down, it was Graham who got the gold! Guler held it in 2nd from Lad who had managed to defend from Del-Pizzo until the end.

Results

1st Andrew Graham
2nd Evrim Guler
3rd Josh Lad

 

Senior Heavy

Heat 1
Max Robinson judged the start perfectly which allowed him to overtake around the outside, it was a brave move that resulted in a strong 2nd after lap 1. Out in front Luke Charman began to stretch his legs with Garrett Applin and David Ives behind.  Charles Newton-Darby moved up to 4th and Ives and Alastair Macdonald scrapped for 5th until Macdonald overshot turn 7 and gave Ives some space.

Heat 2
Max Robinson jumped the start so they were duly re-gridded. The restart saw minor contact from Charles Newton-Darby in 6th. Alastair Macdonald, the leader lost position as he braked too late for the far corner, leaving the door open for Robinson to take advantage. Robinson set about putting 2 seconds between himself and 2nd place’s Luke Charman – who was preoccupied with Newton-Darby and Garrett Applin chasing him. Robinson held the lead from Newton-Darby and Garrett Applin.

Heat 3
Charles Newton-Darby had a great start from Garrett Applin. Applin soon lost position in his zeal, allowing Max Robinson and Luke Charman through. David Ives and Alastair Macdonald were getting consistently quicker as the heat ran its course without any dramas. Newton-Darby and Max Robinson were a close 1st and 2nd, as Charman took 3rd.

Final
A good start was had as Newton-Darby, who’d qualified 2nd, attempted a move up the inside at the 3rd corner. Newton-Darby in his enthusiasm lost position – allowing Luke Charman to make a move on Robinson. Charman passed! Leaving Robinson at the mercy now of Garrett Applin, who was just under a second down. Charman began consolidating his lead as Robinson managed to fend off Applin. Newton-Darby finished 4th, which would have disappointed him having qualified 2nd.

Results

1st Luke Charman
2nd Max Robinson
3rd Garrett Applin