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

Cadets

Heat 1
After a chaotic start to the heat, with many drivers making hard work of it at turn 2, James Lenaghan was able to snatch the lead from Kaizer well into the second lap. Unfortunately, Jai Thornburn was forced to retire after contact around Vale in the opening lap left him unable to continue the heat. As the heat progressed, Nikhil Dhar made a fantastic move around the outside of Benjamin Gentles while both drivers fought side by side into Turn 6. James Lenaghan suffered a loss late on after spinning at Turn 6, allowing Dhar the chance to take the lead who was quick to seize the opportunity. No doubt this incident was the pivotal moment of the heat, with Nikhil Dhar subsequently going on to take the chequered flag.

Heat 2
Thomas Hazell in 3rd had an unfortunate start as did Haris Uddin –spinning himself out into the first corner. Race leader Conor Lucey kerbed slightly as he drove defensively in an attempt to hold off the advancing Rory Burke. 3rd lap in and his defence faltered; Burke took the lead. There was slight contact between Jayden Neal-Holder and Sebastian Wibaut, as the latter was warned for the contact. Burke consolidated his lead as Neal-Holder manoeuvred nicely up the inside of turn 4 to take 2nd. The top 2 finished as they were with Wibaut in 3rd.

Heat 3
Conor Lucey made a tremendous start, taking the lead from Nikhil Dhar with a strong start into Vale. Rory O’Regan was quickly called for bumping on the opening lap, providing some early excitement to the heat. Unfortunately for Leo Licastro he faulted at turn 4, resulting in half a lap of lost time very early on in the race. Dhar and O’Regan provided some fantastic racing throughout with Dhar making a lovely move down the inside. However, O’Regan was not perturbed and set about regained 2nd place which he managed to on the third lap. Both Thomas Hazell and Jack Pettit provided us with some great and consistent racing, whilst close battles up front left Conor Lucey being able to capitalise on his tremendous start and take the chequered flag.

Heat 4
Aaron Mensah and Benjamin Gentles lead the pack off the start line, with the former being cautioned for bumping. Into turn 2 and race leader Gentles spun himself out. Mycah Masikito was penalised for gaining an advantage by contact at turn 4. The leaders, now Mensah, Burke and O’Regan, were well disciplined as they remained within 3 tenths of a second of each other. Down the top straight into turn 6 Burke did well to balance driving defensively to hold off O’Regan and try to attack Mensah. Mensah kept his hold on 1st place as the chequered flag went out. Rory O’Regan took 2nd from Rory Burke.

Heat 5
Rory O’Regan and Isaac Wells made up the front row of the grid of what promised to be an exciting duel between the two. However, Wells span on the first lap, collecting other drivers giving Kaizer Akhtar the opportunity to take the lead. After his spin on the first lap, Wells was left battling it out with Anish Dhar at the back of the grid. Nikhil was able to tuck into second place behind Akhtar, with O’Regan on pole falling to a disappointing fifth place. James Lenaghan made a brilliant move into Turn 6, but this classy move was not enough to hold off O’Regan who stole the position back on the final corners of the third lap. Despite his progress, O’Regan spun at turn 2 losing the progress he had fought so hard to gain. Akhtar was able to take the chequered flag from Sebastians Hopkins and Wibaut in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Heat 6
After a false start, Heat 6 got underway. Jayden Neal-Holder was quick to get his elbows out and make his way from 5th to 2nd, setting his sights now on Jai Thornburn in 1st. Neal-Holder made it past and in his zeal, was cautioned for kerbing. The two front runners remained close, while the mid-pack, consisting of James Lenaghan, Jack Pettit and Conor Lucey, were similarly close. Neal-Holder kept position from Thornburn and Lenaghan.

Heat 7
The first lap saw a lot of movement as Jai Thornburn was penalised for an ABC at turn 4, front to rear contact. Aaron Mensah span himself out at turn 8. Rory Burke had made his way up to 1st from 4th and kept the lead until race end.

Heat 8
As Heat 8 commenced, Thomas Hazell was warned for bumping. The top 3 began to spread out as Neal-Holder put in the best lap of the race with a 00:52.930. Further back Haris Uddin and Leo Licastro were occupied with their battle for 4th, allowing Hazell to sneak in between them. Neal-Holder kept 1st from Jack Pettit and Kaizer Akhtar.


Finals

C Final
Anticipation for the first cadet final was only bolstered with a false start and re-grid of the drivers. A strong start from Jensen Oswald-Stevens allowed him to cruise into first position from third on the grid after an incident at Vale proved costly for pole sitter Benjamin Gentles who dropped down to fifth. Andreas Gurdjian was also left with a mountain to climb after he was caught up in an incident around turn 1. A suspenseful atmosphere was created in the latter stage of the race by the daring driving of both Gentles and Masikito who were bumper to bumper going into turn six, with the former just gaining the position down the inside. The race came to its climax with wheel to wheel racing from the Gurdjian brothers leaving onlookers stunned as the two clashed around turn 8 at the end of Lap 3. Consistent and strong driving allowed Oswald-Stevens to hold onto first place after a tremendous start.

B Final
James Lenaghan in 6th was cautioned for bumping as first lap round Jensen Oswald-Stevens stalled as he went into the tyres. Sebastian Wibaut was leading from Sebastian Hopkins as Jai Thornburn and Isaac Wells took turn 7 side by side. Wibaut held an excellent lead over 2nd place, which now belonged to Jack Pettit– an impressive 7 seconds. Wibaut took 1st as Isaac Wells and Jai Thornburn made impressive attempts to take 2nd from Petit, but he managed to keep it. Thornburn took  3rd.

 A Final
A solid start from Jayden Neal Holder, allowed him to lead well into the first lap, holding off strong relentless challenges from Rory Burke. A disappointing start from Nikhil Dhar who started a respectable fourth but an incident at the first corner pushed him down to last place. Aaron Mensah raced well to gain a place up to third allowing him to challenge Kaizer Akhtar. As the race drew on Rory Burke was able to take first place from Neal-Holder around turn 3, with the latter being shown a bumping warning to add insult to injury. Sebastian Wibaut flourished in the latter stages of the race and advanced into fourth via a great move while Aaron Mensah dropped down to seventh. The final was sealed by a dominant performance from Rory Burke with great racing from all drivers.


Results

C Final

1st – Jensen Oswald-Stevens
2nd – George Barker
3rd – Haris Uddin

B Final

1st – Sebastian Wibaut
2nd – Jack Pettit
3rd – Jai Thornburn

A Final

1st – Rory Burke
2nd – Jayden Neal Holder
3rd – Kaizer Akhtar

 

Junior Lights

Heat 1
The first light heat of the day started with Oscar Joyce in pole from Kieran Ives. Fraser Brunton, starting 6th, had an excellent start and had gained several places on the opening lap, coming to sit in 2nd. Next lap round, he tested the water with Joyce for 1st. Brunton was up into 1st, with positions shuffling further as Robin Jandu took up 2nd. It was now Kieran Ives’ turn to take 3rd, then up to 2nd – a nice move. Brunton, Jandu and Ives made up the top 3 at the chequered flag.

Heat 2
Archie Howlison and George Hannay made up the front row for junior light heat 2. Adam Hayes made an excellent lunge up the inside from 3rd into 1st as Robin Jandu slid and span himself out. Rio Le Conte who now assumed 3rd place was warned for kerbing. Ethan Livingstone was now in 3rd as Le Conte progressed, and had George Hannay to hold off. Hannay managed a pass on the penultimate lap, as Hayes kept 1st from Le Conte and Hannay.

Heat 3
Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Adam Hayes were leading at the off, with Hayes spinning out into the first 2 corners due to the slightly slippier conditions down at that end of the circuit due to the extreme cold. Hayes re-joined the back of the pack as Fraser Brunton, using the commotion, made a leap on Ahmad-Hambling, taking the lead. He began to put some track between himself and Kieran Ives and Rio Le Conte, battling for 2nd. Le Conte was warned for bumping as Ives took position. Brunton was now up to just over 3 seconds ahead as Le Conte and Ives continued to race side by side and bumper to bumper. Brunton secured his win from Le Conte and Ives.

Heat 4
Robin Jandu started pole from Ethan Livingstone, who dropped back as 3rd placed Kieran Ives passed. Archie Howlison also made gains as Jandu began to put some 4 seconds of track between himself and Ives. The pair finished as they were with Howlison in 3rd.

Heat 5
The final Junior Light Heat began with the front row of Le Conte and Brunton getting strong starts, and Le Conte maintaining that lead well into the second lap. Archie Howlison received a bumping warning on the first lap foreshadowing future events. Finley Ahmad-Hambling also made a strong appearance in the first lap coming from fifth to third place in the first lap. The strong starts from Le Conte and Brunton became evident as over a 2 and a half second gap to the rest of the pack began to form. Ahmad-Hambling and Hayes provided some excellent racing in the fourth lap with Ahmad-Hambling just about holding off the attack from Hayes. Upon entering the final lap, we were not short of entertainment with Howlison making a late move around turn 4. The chequered flag went out to Le Conte, followed by Brunton and Ahmad-Hambling.


FINALS

B Final
After many heats, the much-anticipated final had begun and all drivers put in a strong performance under the cold track conditions. George Hannay led a strong first lap, however he dropped back to last place after an incident on turn 3, leaving Ethan Livingstone to pick up the pieces and lead out front. The third and fourth laps proved to be fairly quiet with all drivers concentrating, with Hannay and Joyce both setting impressive lap times. Great racing from Ethan Livingstone and Howlison allowed them to take first and second respectively with Joyce’s calm approach giving him a respectable third. Finally, a brilliant move from Hannay around turn 4 allowed him to move up to fourth with Ahmad-Hambling being relegated to last.

A Final
Fraser Brunton started pole for the final Final of the Junior Light InKart Championship 2017. Into the first corner the pack ran wide once more due to cold tyres, but managed to remain close for the entirety of the opening lap – all within 1.8 seconds. There was much reshuffling as Robin Jandu now took 2nd, with Le Conte slipping back to 5th. Next lap around he made a clean move to take 4th, setting his sights on Adam Hayes ahead. Kieran Ives was warned for kerbing as Brunton began to pull over 2 seconds on Jandu. Le Conte made another excellent move in his comeback as Robin Jandu went for a space that wasn’t there, spinning himself out to avoid contact. Brunton kept his lead through till the chequered flag, with the recovering Le Conte making his way back to 2nd and Kieran Ives taking the final place on the podium.


Results

B Final

1st – Ethan Livingstone
2nd – Archie Howlison
3rd – Oscar Joyce

A Final

1st – Fraser Brunton
2nd – Rio Le Conte
3rd – Kieran Ives

 

Junior Heavy

Heat 1
The first heat of the final day of the InKart Championship was not to disappoint as Alex Lucas made a tremendous start holding his lead well into the third lap, with some excellent defensive moves throughout. Although, luck was not on the side of Otis Smith, who’s poor start found him rapidly falling to the back of the grid after starting a strong second place. However, as we entered the third lap of the heat, Lucas found himself bumping the side of another driver into turn 3, and paying a heavy price quickly falling into fifth place. Matteo Strathmann inherited the lead and took the win, followed by Sebastian Chodyko and Archie Elliott.

Heat 2
Entering into the second junior heavy heat, Rowan Vincent was on pole position with the others close on his heels upon entering the entrance of Vale. Mikey Gleeson took the lead later into the first lap, but this did not put Vincent off and went about trying to steal the position back from Gleeson. Close battles from both Vincent and Gleeson provided some excellent racing, with Maximillian Bublik making a very impressive move into turn 6 snatching pole position from Gleeson. William Tidnam fell fault at turn 4, veering off onto the grass, subsequently receiving a kerbing penalty. The heat soon came to an end after exciting battles between the top 3, with Maximillian Bublik able to take pole after commandeering the lead from Mikey Gleeson.

Heat 3
Entering into the third heavy heat, Matteo Strathmann was able to make a strong start off the line. A clean and close first lap left us with Luca Osborne snatching second place from Taifan Squires late on in the second lap. However, progress was stalled after an incident at turn 2 left Osborne quickly falling to the back of the grid. William Vincent capitalised on this opportunity and swiftly moved into second place, with Squires continuing to hold onto 3rd place with his consistent racing. After a disappointing incident left Osborne at the back of the grid he was able to claw a position back from Otis Smith and later on from Francesca Roodhouse with a brilliant move into turn 6 working his way back up to 4th position. A clash between William Vincent and Matteo Strathmann resulted in some late excitement to the heat, with Vincent coming out on top. Vincent held on for the win followed by Squires and Osborne.

Heat 4
Mikey Gleeson starting from Pole and he made a promising start off the line, with Vincent Osborne being found at fault for bumping, falling back to fifth from the front row on the grid. Maximillian Bublik was able to snatch first place off Gleeson after what had been a strong start from both. Gleeson’s resilience came through as he was able to claw back first place after an impressive move, which was quickly followed by Archie Elliott who tucked into second place in front of Bublik. Upon entering the third lap, Alex Lucas was slowly gaining on the leading pack with his consistent driving back in 4th position. A classy move from Vincent Osborne saw him and Matteo Strathmann switching positions late on, providing some tense racing. Finally, a strong battle between Archie Elliott and Mikey Gleeson saw a tense end to the heat for all as Elloitt received the chequered flag winning the heat after coming from a humble last place! Disappointment for Vincent who finished last after starting the heat on the front row.

Heat 5
The fifth Junior Heavy Heat began with a strong start from Francesca Roodhouse who held on well to the lead for the early stages of the lap. However, Luca Osborne was quick to pounce taking the lead into the latter stages of Lap 1, however this was short lived as Roodhouse regained the position almost immediately. The heat continued to what had been an unusually quiet race with Luca Osborne continuing to control the race out front setting an impressive 53.5 lap time. Excitement grew as the heat began to come to a close with William Tidnam challenging Roodhouse on the penultimate corner but had to settle for third in what had been a fairly quiet heat. Finally, Alex Lucas, Taifan Squires and Rowan Vincent put in solid performances making up the second half of the grid respectively.

Heat 6
William Vincent started pole from Archie Elliott and Taifan Squires. The top 3 all had a good start and remained close into the first 3 corners. Elliott was cautioned for bumping as Vincent chose some interested tactics to try and fend off Elliott’s advances. Elliott was successful while further back Sebastian Chodyko and Francesca Roodhouse were bumper to bumper. Squires and Chodyko both advanced as Vincent fell back to sit with Roodhouse. Roodhouse now made further gains and was up past Squires, looking to attempt a move on Vincent – but with not quite enough time to do so! Chodyko made some last-minute advances to take the win from Vincent and Elliott.

Heat 7
Clean off the back of winning heat 6, Sebastian Chodyko started pole from Maximillian Bublik and Otis Smith. A clean start was had by all, as Mikey Gleeson back in 5th was quick to seize the opportunity to advance. He was up into 2nd on the 2nd lap, then into 1st on lap 3! Chodyko remained in 2nd, with Bublik just 3 tenths of a second behind him. Rowan Vincent and Otis Smith were a bit further back with consistent gaps between them – while Luca Osborne remained in 6th. Gleeson increased his lead over the battling Chodyko and Bublik, the pair spreading out slightly more as the race reached its closing stages. Gleeson took the win from Chodyko an Bublik.


FINALS

B Final
Matteo Strathmann started pole from Francesca Roodhouse. The first lap around there was contact from the top 5, who were all covered by a second and a half. Vincent Osborne came out on top as William Tidnam span out into the entrance of the pitlane. Taifan Squires was penalised for front to rear quarter contact at turn 2. Matteo Strathmann took back the lead from Osborne, who finished 2nd. Squires crossed the line 3rd, but due to his penalty, Alex Lucas would be taking 3rd.

A Final
The final Junior Heavy Final commenced with Sebastian Chodyko on Pole leading the pack into the first corner. However, early contact at Vale resulted in Chodyko being relegated to second while Archie Elliott cruised into first. At the beginning of Lap 2 we saw Mikey Gleeson advance into third while William Vincent dropped back down to his starting position of fifth, which must have been disappointing after such a strong start. Lap 3 continued with wheel to wheel racing for the front three drivers. However, as the race progressed a pivotal moment took place as Archie Elliott went wide at Turn 3 losing to rival Sebastian Chodyko and being pushed down to third. Although Elliott managed to secure second place into the next corner. As the race drew to a close, a sensational move from Archie Elliott around turn 8 secured his position at the front, however a relentless Chodyko stole the position down the main straight only to lose it on the final few corners, finishing a truly exciting race. Good performances from William Vincent setting consistent lap times as well as Osborne and Bublik who battled throughout.


Results

B Final

1st – Matteo Strathmann
2nd – Vincent Osborne
3rd – Alex Lucas

A Final

1st – Archie Elliott
2nd – Sebastian Chodyko
3rd – Matteo Strathmann

 

Junior RT8

Heat 1
The suspense for the first heat of the final round of the Junior RT8 Inkart was heightened by a false start, with the drivers completing another lap they were soon led into the first corners by a strong start from Finley Ahmad-Hambling, who was quickly followed by Brendon Sathees who managed to pass Taifan Squires in the opening seconds. Oliver Tipping was unlucky with a mechanical failure at turn 2 falling right to the back of the grid with little chance of gaining those lost places back. Peter Heelis received a penalty for front to rear contact whilst going into turn 4 which subsequently gave him the advantage. Alex Jay and Ben Graham did not disappoint with wheel to wheel racing, with Graham coming out as the victor. Fraser Brunton put in a stellar performance after starting 11th and weaving his way through the pack to move up to 4th position. Finally, as the race unfolded, Kieran Ives, with consistent driving, managed to fight his way into second place passing both Alex Jay and Fraser Brunton in what was a spectacular first heat.

Heat 2
Daniel Garcia started pole from Thomas Parmenter as Brendan Sathees was warned for contact with Fraser Brunton at the off. Francesca Roodhouse made her way up to 2nd but was soon the target of Brunton’s offensive. More bumping cautions were issued as the race unfolded. Brunton made another overtake and was up in the lead, leaving Garcia and Roodhouse to contend with each other for 2nd. As Roodhouse dropped back, she had Thomas Parmenter and Ben Graham either side of her but managed to valiantly keep position until race end.

Heat 3
Alex Macdonald started pole from Kieran Ives and Fraser Brunton. A relatively clean start despite Brendan Sathees in 12th running into the back of another driver. Macdonald fell back as Brunton and Ives went forward. Daniel Garcia and Alex Jay were involved in contact, with the latter retaliating and being black flagged. Brunton took the win, followed by Kieran Ives and Ben Graham.


FINAL

As the floodlights glared down on the track, pole sitter Fraser Brunton, Ben Graham and Kieran Ives made up the top three of the first final of the evening. An impressive first two laps by the top three who entertained us with competitive racing throughout, whilst Francesca Roodhouse and Peter Heelis both received bumping warnings early on. Graham and Kieran continued their wheel to wheel racing, with Graham just being able to hold off the daring challenge. Luck wasn’t on the side of Peter Heelis who spun at turn 6, only for the same corner to haunt him once again the following lap losing precious lap time. However, Peter Heelis’ downfall was overshadowed by a savvy overtake from Kieran Ives who hung round the outside of turn 4, waiting to pounce setting himself up for a brilliant overtake on the inside of Ben Graham to secure second place. As the race unfolded Fraser Brunton continued to extend his convincing lead entering the fifth lap, while Oliver Tipping and Taifan Squires, although not fighting for the top positions, did not disappoint engaging in competitive racing for 11th position.

 

 Results

1st – Fraser Brunton
2nd – Kieran Ives
3rd – Ben Graham

 

Senior Light

Heat 1
The first Senior Light Heat started with a strong start from Craig Nunes who led the closely bunched pack through the first lap of the heat. Evrim Guler made an impressive overtake coming from 3rd to get passed Jordon Bowley, pushing hard behind Craig Nunes. However, as the race progressed Andrew Graham was able to push on has he swiftly passed Guler who was consequently passed by Ian Del-Pizzo, who put in consistently good lap times to come up from 8th place. Despite no real drama during the heat, the constant bumper to bumper racing from the front four drivers as well as the brilliantly controlled race from Nunes in this heat set us up for an exciting afternoon’s racing.

Heat 2
Ian Del Pizzo was quick to snatch first place from pole sitter Stephen Wackrill, at the second time of asking. Evrim Guler who was close behind the leaders also fought valiantly to come from 4th to 2nd with some impressive overtakes. However, this success was short lived as Andrew Graham was charging through the field having come from 10th place managing to pass Guler into Turn 4. The top 3 drivers of Graham, Guler and Del-Pizzo fought wheel to wheel, bumper to bumper throughout with Graham the eventual victor. Guler and Del-Pizzo remained 2nd and 3rd.

Heat 3
Newcomer Yuan Sun jumped the start, so we re-gridded. 8th place starter and reigning champion Ian Del-Pizzo had a flying lap and made it up to lead the pack at the close of the first lap. Henry Jarrett was cautioned for bumping as Sun fell back to bring up the rear of the field. Del-Pizzo and Andrew Graham were within a second of each other as the race ended. Craig Nunes kept out of trouble and finished 3rd.


FINAL

With Andrew Graham on pole, followed by Ian Del-Pizzo and Craig Nunes, the final Light’s race of the 2017 InKart Senior Championship was underway after another false start. Evrim Guler in 4th had a good start, whilst Nunes was cautioned for bumping. Guler was up into 2nd as further back Stephen Wackrill and Yuan Sun were close at race start. Josh Lad and Tom Nicoll were close as Guler lost his grip on the track and on 4th place down at the far end at Vale. Dan Gamblin and Henry Jarrett were another battling pair as the race reached its midpoint. Meanwhile Jordan Bowley, who’d not had great heats results, was up in the battle for 2nd from 7th. Tom Nicoll came up and gained 3rd at turn 8, with Bowley losing out further by losing it around Vale. Del-Pizzo took 1st from Graham and Tom Nicoll.


Results

1st – Ian Del-Pizzo
2nd – Andrew Graham
3rd – Tom Nicoll

 

Senior Heavy

Heat 1
Barry Steer started Pole for the first heat for the heavies this evening. Alastair Macdonald started 2nd. 3rd place’s Garrett Applin was up to 1st quickly as Max Robinson also utilised the first lap to get ahead – going from 6th to 2nd. Leigh Ebanks was cautioned for kerbing as he tussled with Steer for 4th. The pair were side by side down the top straight with Ebanks cutting across the inside at the exit of turn 6 and making it stick. Robinson now had the lead from Applin as the two sped off ahead of Luke Charman in 3rd. As the last lap commenced, Robinson held off Applin and Charman till the end.

Heat 2
Leigh Ebanks made a strong start from pole, however, Max Robinson was hot on his heels passing to take the lead. Luke Charman was a standout performer during this heat, snatching second place from the claws of Ebanks who was forced to settle for third while entering into the third lap, with more impressive overtakes guaranteed to come later as the race progressed. Garret Applin also set an impressive lap time showing his racing prowess as he quickly progressed past Ebanks who was subject to yet another overtake. As the race began to draw to a close Luke Charman put in yet another classy move around Vale taking the lead from Max Robinson. Finally, both Barry Steer and Alastair Macdonald were locked in bumper to bumper racing throughout at the back of the pack.

Heat 3
The final Senior Heavy heat sees Garrett Applin on pole position, who was quick to put his foot down and set a standard early on which would be hard to compete with. Max Robinson, starting in 3rd position, was able to usurp Luke Charman from second position via some quick and powerful racing. However, Max’s quest did not end there and he continued to strive on taking first place from the pole sitter himself, Garrett Applin, who was forced to settle for second place upon entering the third lap. Another drive to catch the eye was Barry Steer who although finished outside the top 3, came from 6th to 4th passing both Leigh and Alistair in some truly sensational moves. The fairly quiet heat soon came to an end, with consistent and impressive driving from all drivers, especially Max Robinson.


FINAL

Max Robinson started Pole from Garrett Applin and Luke Charman. Down the main straight Robinson broke at a strange point, backing the pack up. Charman came to within 2 seconds of Robinson, then it was down to just over 1 second. Charman took position up the inside into turn 4 and began his getaway from Robinson. Charman took 1st from Robinson and Garrett Applin.

Results

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