Daytona Sandown Park 2017 InKart Championships
Round 2 Race Report (PDF Download Link)

Cadets

Heat 1
James Hensler managed to keep 1st off the line, with William Tidnam not being so fortunate and losing 2nd to Rory O’Regan, as the pack behind Hensler began to shuffle. O’Regan got slightly too offensive and collided with front runner Hensler, causing the latter to spin at the penultimate corner of the penultimate lap. Joshua Hoyle was also involved in some contact, while further back Robbie Hoare made an impressive debut- starting at the back to finish 4th. O’Regan, Hensler and Hoyle crossed the line as the top 3, but with O’Regan and Hoyle both with impending penalties. Hoare and Tidnam looked set to take the points.

Heat 2
With two new Race School graduates in this heat, both Isaac Wells and Conor Lucey kept with the pace. Rory Burke who started 3rd made a successful dive up the inside at turn 6 to usurp Mikey Porter in 1st, completely bypassing Max Lee in 2nd. Burke played it safe and stuck 2 seconds between himself and Porter in 2nd, who had Max Lee closing in for the final corners. Burke finished 1st, with Max Lee making his move in time to take 2nd from Mikey Porter.

Heat 3
Rory O’Regan, Kaizer Akhtar and Sebastian Wibaut took the first 3 grid places as we approached the half way point of the heats. Wibaut and Aaron Mensah closed in on Akhtar at the off, with Akhtar and Wibaut taking Turn 6 side by side as they battled for space down the main straight. With the distraction of Wibaut, the door was left open for Jayden Neal-Holder to close in. Wibaut made it up past Akhtar, before making a move up the inside to take 1st spot from O’Regan, who lost out further as Akhtar followed Wibaut through. Meanwhile further back, Kaiser Riemann and Isaac Wells had their own battle, while Mensah received a penalty up ahead for advantage by contact at the chicane. It was Neal-Holder who was spun out, and as William Tidnam ran wide to avoid the collision he also got collected and ended in 7th. Akhtar, Wibaut and O’Regan finished as the top 3.

Heat 4
With both Robbie Hoare and Kaiser Riemann debuting today, they were both setting their sight on 6th place Ben Alston, looking to make a move at the get go. Max Lee and Rory Burke were scrapping at the front of the pack, while James Mellor attempted to keep pace in 3rd. Robbie Hoare was penalised for causing a domino-like effect impact, resulting in Rory O’Regan being knocked off at Turn 3. The leaders were on such good from that they were soon catching up with the back markers. Rory Burke took 1st from Max Lee and Robbie Hoare. Hoare’s penalty would mean that James Hensler was promoted to 3rd.

Heat 5
Jayden Neal-Holder had a good start from pole, but Sebastian Wibaut was close behind him. He pulled out from behind around the outside from turn 3 and up to the main straight. He managed to swoop up the inside at turn 6, but Neal-Holder kept up. They took the next few corners almost bumper to bumper, with Wibaut just about keeping position. James Hensler and Kaizer Akhtar raced well and cleanly, in 3rd and 4th. Jensen Oswald-Stevens was consistent, with Robbie Hoare and Mikey Porter just 2 hundredths of a second between each other in 6th and 7th. Wibaut kept 1st from Neal-Holder, with Hensler managing to get up to and finish 3rd.

Heat 6
Aaron Mensah started and kept 1st at the off, but took a bad line at the apex of Turn 6, losing it and conceding to Rory Burke, who had made his way cleanly up to 2nd from 6th. Burke was now up to 1st from Neal-Holder and Kaizer Akhtar who themselves were close. Isaac Wells’ times were improving constantly as the race came to a close with Rory Burke taking 1st. Neal-Holder took 2nd from Kaizer Akhtar, who managed to retain position despite the re-jigging around him.

Heat 7
Joshua Hoyle started pole, while James Mellor had a great start and was soon up to take Hoyle’s spot at the top. Joshua Hoyle was now under the attack of Kaiser Riemann and Mikey Porter. There was a massive shake up on the penultimate lap as Sebastian Wibaut took out leader James Mellor. The resulting top 3 was Max Lee, William Tidnam and Joshua Hoyle.

B Final
Mikey Porter had qualified 1st from Robbie Hoare and Rory O’Regan. Ben Alston and Aaron Mensah in the mid pack had a clean getaway while Conor Lucey and Jensen Oswald-Stevens had a coming together at turn 6. Porter kept position until the final 2 corners, where Robbie Hoare made a lunge up the inside at the approach to Turn 6. Hoare kept the position and gained a promotion to the back of the A Final. Mikey Porter and James Mellor completed the top 3.

A Final
Rory Burke qualified 1st from Max Lee and James Hensler. The front pair had a good start while Hensler wasn’t so lucky and retired after an unfortunate start. This retirement left the space for Neal-Holder to assume 3rd, taking Kaizer Akhtar with him. Meanwhile Robbie Hoare and Kaiser Riemann, who were both competing in their first round of Inkart had made consistent, impressive debuts. Neal-Holder made a clean move up the inside into Turn 1 to take 2nd from Max Lee. Burke up ahead began to secure his win by putting 2 seconds between himself and Neal-Holder. Burke finished from Neal-Holder and Max Lee. Lee however, incurred a penalty on the final lap meaning Hoare took 3rd on his debut.

Results

B Final

  1. Robbie Hoare
  2. Mikey Porter
  3. James Mellor

A Final

  1. Rory Burke
  2. Jayden Neal-Holder
  3. Robbie Hoare

 

Junior Lights

Heat 1
Tom Jackson started pole for the first heat of the morning from Taifan Squires and George Hannay. Hannay had close competition from Rio Le Conte, starting in 4th. After initially dropping back at the start, Le Conte managed to fight back to get to the front of the pack by the third lap. Once passed, he began to put some seconds between himself and 2nd place, leaving Hannay and Jackson scrapping side by side at Turn 6 and into 7. Le Conte almost span himself off next lap round as he pushed hard to keep position. He saved it, and kept the to the chequered flag. He took 1st from Jackson and Hannay, who finished 4 tenths of a second apart in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Heat 2
Finley Ahmad-Hambling started Pole from Adam Hayes. The top two were no more than half a second’s gap between them for the duration of the race, which ran without drama or incident. Kieran Ives took 3rd behind Ahmad-Hambling and Hayes, who kept their start positions, with Howlison finishing 4th behind Ives.

Heat 3
Josef Smillie started and kept 1st at the start. The first lap saw debutant Robin Jandu make an impressive lunge up the inside down the main straight and into turn 6, taking 3 places as he did so, slotting back in nicely to 4th from 7th, leaving Taifan Squires to squabble with Nathan Parr at the rear. Jandu settled in to 3rd, as up ahead Josef Smillie looked set to secure 1st, as Maximillian Bublik had made it up to 2nd and made it stick until the chequered flag, with Smillie up ahead and Jandu behind him also keeping their well earnt positions.

Heat 4
Kieran Ives started pole from Adam Hayes and James Penfold. There was minor contact from Tom Jackson, as the two front runners, Ives and Hayes took Turns 6 & 7 two abreast. They were just 2 tenths of a second apart as Ives fought to keep his place. Hayes made a slight error and didn’t get the approach to the chicane quite as good as Ives. Hayes clawed back to 1st, but slight contact between Ives and himself saw a threat to his success. He conceded back the place and eventually managed to make it back into 1st fairly, finishing 1st from Ives and George Hannay.

Heat 5
Nathan Parr started pole for the 5th Junior Light Heat of the day, from Maximillian Bublik and Jensen Oswald-Stevens.  Tom Jackson in 4th lucked out early on leaving the door open for Ethan Livingstone, who had started in 6th. Livingstone made it up to 3rd as an incident at turn 6 involving Robin Jandu caused 2 other drivers to spin off.  Bublik finished 1st from Nathan Parr and Ethan Livingstone.

Heat 6
John Henry-Hill got away cleanly to the front, while Rio Le Conte, Archie Howlison and Adam Hayes took the chicane together. Henry-Hill was unlucky and his eagerness to keep first saw him spin out at the exit of Turn 6. This left the door open, and the squabbling Le Conte and Howlison used the opportunity to take the lead. Ethan Livingstone kept out of the commotion and retained 3rd and the race entered its closing stages. Le Conte made it stick and took the chequered flag from a close Howlison and Livingstone, despite a valiant effort from Adam Hayes in 4th.

Heat 7
Taifan Squires made a good start and was up to 2nd from 3rd by the end of lap 1. Rio Le Conte managed to keep 1st and was quick to put some tarmac between himself and the rest of the pack. With a best lap time of 00:34:366 and decreasing, he was the fastest as well as the front running driver. Squires lost out to Finley Ahmad-Hambling, and then Kieran Ives. James Penfold and Maximillian Bublik were also improving their times consistently, as Le Conte knocked almost half a second off his time at the closing stages of the race. Ahmad-Hambling finished 2nd behind the quick Le Conte, with Kieran Ives taking 3rd.

C Final
Nathan Parr qualified pole for the C Final, with newcomer Robin Jandu 2nd and Taifan Squires 3rd. Jandu had a good start and was soon up to 1st. John Henry-Hill and James Penfold were keen to make some spaces, with the former going from 4th to 2nd within the first half of the final. Robin Jandu was soon under pressure from Henry-Hill, who was exactly one second behind. As the race reached its final minute, rain began to fall as Squires began crawling back to the front. He was now up to within 3 tenths of a second of Jandu, who just about kept the lead and earnt his space on the back of the grid of the B final.

B Final
Josef Smillie started 1st from Tom Jackson and George Hannay. Archie Howlison had soon made his way between the front pair, leaving Tom Jackson at the mercy of Ethan Livingstone. With less than half a second between them, the battle for 4th was closer than the battle at the front as Josef Smillie had a safe barrier of 3 seconds between himself and Archie Howlison. The front pair finished that way, with Tom Jackson managing to fend off Livingstone to take 3rd.

A Final
Rio Le Conte started Pole from Adam Hayes and Finley Ahmad-Hambling. Smillie, who joined from the B Final, made a great start and was soon passing both Maximillian Bublik and Kieran Ives to settle into 4th. Le Conte had Hayes on his rear bumper, just under half a second behind him. Hayes chose to make a move up the inside too late into turn 6, but Le Conte shut the door and the pair collided. Hayes was penalised, but that would be no consolation for Le Conte who had looked good for a perfect score. Smillie secured 1st, from Ahmad-Hambling and Kieran Ives who had made a clean path from 5th to secure 3rd.

Results

C Final

  1. Robin Jandu
  2. John-Henry Hill
  3. Taifan Squires

B Final

  1. Josef Smillie
  2. Archie Howlison
  3. Tom Jackson

A Final

  1. Josef Smillie
  2. Finley Ahmad-Hambling
  3. Kieran Ives

 

Junior Heavies

Heat 1
William Vincent started pole from Peter Heelis. We had a clean start with Archie Elliott making his way from behind to sandwich himself between Alex Jay and Luca Osborne, who had got off the line 3rd and 4th. Elliot was involved in some slight bumping, but otherwise made a good bid to get up to 3rd. Peter Heelis had managed to pass William Vincent; but Vincent wasn’t letting him get away. With just over half a second between them, the top 3 finished as is.

Heat 2
Henry Stratton was quick off the line from Thomas Parmenter and Otis Smith. There was minor contact from Daniel Garcia, while up ahead Stratton began to put some track between himself and Parmenter. The second lap round, Parmenter took the opportunity of the short straight after the start into the second cut through of the track and managed to close-up to leader Stratton, who was slightly more generous with the brakes. Newcomer Shubhashis Shrestha was putting in some consistent times to keep up with the pace. Daniel Garcia was still making his way up the pack, and managed to beat Parmenter to the post and took 2nd.

Heat 3
Francesca Roodhouse started pole from Archie Elliott, with both drivers falling back after the first couple of laps. In an attempt to fight back, Roodhouse span herself out while pushing too hard. Sebastian Chodyko, who had started at the back of the grid had worked his way to first with 2 minutes remaining. William Vincent had also snuck through and with the last lap board out, he was close to pushing Chodyko out of 1st. Chodyko kept it on track and the position and finished 1st from Vincent and Archie Elliott.

Heat 4
Luca Osborne started pole from Chodyko and Peter Heelis, with the start of the second lap involving front to rear contact at the Turn 1 chicane. Heelis was the culprit and Chodyko the victim. This allowed Matteo Strathmann through to lead the pack, while further back Max Heasman and Harvey Shelton were setting consistent times. Peter Heelis came back to challenge Strathmann, with Osborne keeping up with the battling pair. Strathmann, Heelis and Osborne kept their positions as the flag went down on the 4th Junior Heavy Heat of the day.

Heat 5
Brendan Sathees was quick off the line from Otis Smith and Archie Elliott. Elliott was quick to make it passed Sathees, and was up in to 1st by the end of the first lap. Shubhashis Shrestha, who recently graduated Race School, started at the back of the grid and was quick to make it up to 5th. Two laps later and he was up to 4th, then 3rd where he finished behind Brendan Sathees in 2nd and Archie Elliott in 1st.

Heat 6
Rowan Vincent and Alex Jay took the front line of the grid for Junior Heavy Heat 6. Alex Jay did not have the ideal start as he was caught up in a front to rear quarter collision at the chicane; despite the lack of room, backing out of the move would have been ideal. This caused a shakeup in places, with both Thomas Atmaciyan and Francesca Roodhouse utilising the opportunity to take 2nd and 3rd. Peter Heelis was involved in another collision at turn 6. Alex Jay, Peter Heelis and Thomas Atmaciyan crossed the line as the top 3, however the top 2 would be subject to points drop due to their respective penalties.

Heat 7
Matteo Strathmann and Harvey Shelton were the front line of the grid, with Sebastian Chodyko in 3rd quick to jump Shelton for 2nd. This left the door open for Brendan Sathees, and the Top 3 soon formed their own race; covered by half a second. The second half of the grid were also close, with Otis Smith and Rowan Vincent fighting off Max Heasman. At the midpoint of the heat, Otis Smith and Harvey Shelton were conjoined at the lead up to turn 7. They stayed close for the remainder of the heat. On the penultimate corner, Chodyko was brave and took the outside at turn 6, making it stick and taking the win from Strathmann and Sathees.

Heat 8
Daniel Garcia had a good start and kept pole, while there was further contact behind him; Harvey Shelton gained advantage by contact over Shubhashis Shrestha at turn 8, putting both of them to the back of the pack. Matteo Strathmann had put a successful move on Garcia, who himself had a slight run in with William Vincent. Strathmann took 1st from Vincent and Garcia as the heats closed and the grids for the finals were the be calculated.

C Final
Thomas Parmenter led the grid from Max Heasman and Alex Jay. Peter Heelis started 6th. Alex Jay and Thomas Parmenter were within hundredths of a second of each other, while Rowan Vincent set a personal round best of 00:34:985. In Alex Jay’s attempt to catch up with Heelis, he received warning for kerbing as he fought to hold on to the heels of Heelis. Shubhashis Shrestha was making good progression and as the race closed, Heelis crossed the line 1st from Alex Jay and Thomas Parmenter.

B Final
Thomas Atmaciyan qualified to head up the B Final for the Junior Heavies, who welcomed C Final winner Peter Heelis to the back of the grid. Roodhouse had an excellent start and made places from 5th in the first lap, and then another the next lap round. She defended well up the inside of Turn 6, losing out at the beginning of the next lap to Peter Heelis. Up ahead Luca Osborne had now assumed 1st with Daniel Garcia looking to make a move around the outside at the approach to Turn 6. Heelis began to pull away from Roodhouse and close in on the front pair. Peter Heelis and Luca Osborne were side on the final lap, and at the final corner Heelis tapped the side of Osborne, pushing him out wide and gaining the advantage to cross the line first. Luca Osborne held on for 2nd with Daniel Garcia finishing 3rd. Heelis was penalised for his last corner move, meaning Osborne was promoted to the A Final. Heelis’ third penalty of the day meant that as per the regulations, he would score 0 points for the Round.

A Final
Matteo Strathmann, despite qualifying pole, was soon overtaken by Sebastian Chodyko, who was keen to put some track between himself and Strathmann. The remaining pack, consisting of William Vincent, Archie Elliott, Luca Osborne and Brendan Sathees took the entrance to Turn 8 together, and the tightness of the drivers inevitably had to result in some kind of misfortune. Osborne was later penalised for front to rear contact at turn 3, resulting in Strathmann being knocked to the back. Chodyko extended his lead to 4 and a half seconds, with Archie Elliott and William Vincent completing the top 3.

Results

C Final

  1. Peter Heelis
  2. Alex Jay
  3. Thomas Parmenter

B Final

  1. Luca Osborne
  2. Daniel Garcia
  3. Francesca Roodhouse

A Final

  1. Sebastian Chodyko
  2. Archie Elliott
  3. William Vincent

 

Junior RT8’s

Heat 1
Oliver Tipping led from Ben Graham and George Beglan, all making a clean getaway. The same couldn’t be said for Sam Attard and Dan Gamblin further down the field, who received bumping warnings for contact into turn 7. Ben Graham had taken Tipping for 1st, also allowing Jack Martin and Brendan Sathees through. Ben Graham managed to earn himself half a seconds lead, but Jack Martin wasn’t giving up. He closed to within 3 tenths of a second, but just ran out of track and time to make a move. Jack Martin finished 2nd from Brendan Sathees.

Heat 2
Finley Ahmad-Hambling started 1st after a successful morning in the Junior Light category. Ben Graham and Sam Attard started 2nd and 3rd. Mark Martin was given a warning for bumping at the race start, while Dillon Stepney was penalised for gaining advantage by contact at Turn 8. A few laps later Sam Attard was also penalised for contact and advantage at Turn 3. Up ahead Ben Graham had made it past Finley Ahmad-Hambling and made it stick. Jack Martin snuck passed Attard on the final corner as the chequered flag waved up ahead, taking 3rd.

Heat 3
Dan Gamblin and Dillon Stepney started on the first line of the grid at the rolling start. Mark Martin started 3rd, but was soon up to 2nd taking Jack Martin with him from 5th. Brendan Sathees ran wide, puncturing the tyre wall and resulting in a full course yellow instance while the race was neutralised so as to fix the barrier. Oliver Tipping and George Beglan further back were just a tenth of a second apart at the restart, while both Jack and Mark Martin kept their 1st and 2nd places until the race finish, Ben Graham took Stepney for 3rd just at the closing stages of the race.

Final
Ben Graham qualified 1st from Jack Martin and Mark Martin. Ben Graham had a good start from both the Martin brothers. Brendan Sathees also got off the line well, making it from 5th to 4th ahead of Ahmad-Hambling. Oliver Tipping and Sam Attard had their own battle for 6th, with the former setting a PB lap time of 00:32:523, not much off the pace of race leader, Ben Graham. Dan Gamblin was unlucky and span out from 7th on the second lap, falling back to behind Beglan and Stepney. Sathees had an issue and therefore his race ended early. Ben Graham took the chequered flag from Jack Martin and Mark Martin.

Results

A Final

  1. Ben Graham
  2. Jack Martin
  3. Mark Martin

 

Senior Lights

Heat 1
As it began to rain once more and 2 false starts, debutant Cassy Quinn took pole, as another newcomer Muhil Mustapha took turn 1 too aggressively for the conditions. Veteran Ian Del-Pizzo had made it up from 7th to 1st, with Andrew Graham and Jordan Bowley following through with him. Del-Pizzo safely secured his 1st place early on, keeping it to the chequered flag from Graham and Bowley.

Heat 2
Muhil Mustapha and Stephen Wackrill headed the grid over the line, as 4th and 6th starters Evrim Guler and Fergal Ludlow were quick to make their moves at the chicane, passing through to take 1st and 2nd. The pair began alternating places as the race ensued, with Andrew Graham using the opportunity of the distracted pair to close in. As the race reached it’s close, Graham had made it past Guler, while further back in 5th and 6th Ian Del-Pizzo and Freddy Bragg were 4 tenths of a second apart. Ludlow began to up the pace and took 1st from Graham and Guler.

Heat 3
Ian Del-Pizzo made an excellent start and passed Freddy Bragg on pole at the start at the cut through. Further back, Grant Forsyth and Henry Jarrett were close as were Casey Quinn, Stephen Wackrill and Dave Burns. Another full course of yellows were out for Dave Burns who had kart failure. After a quick switch and a restart at turn 3, we were under way again. Burns span himself out at the exit of the pit, pushing himself further behind Muhil Mustapha. Henry Jarret and Grant Forsyth were half a second apart, with Evrim Guler and Jordan Bowley similarly distanced further up ahead. Del-Pizzo kept 1st from Fergal Ludlow and Freddy Bragg.

Final
Ian Del-Pizzo qualified 1st from Andrew Graham and Fergal Ludlow. The Top 3 kept position at the race start and for the opening laps of the closing Senior Light Race. There was a small collision involving Cassy Quinn, while up at the front the leaders were joined by Jordan Bowley, and with 3 minutes remaining, the top 4 drivers were all covered by less than a second. Grant Forsyth was soon in the mix as well, making it a 5-way battle as the last lap board was prepared. Dave Burns and Freddy Bragg were involved in a decent mid-field battle with Henry Jarrett. Del-Pizzo took 1st from Andrew Graham and Fergal Ludlow, who’d lucked in on Forsyth last minute misfortune. Forsyth finished 8th, with Bowley holding on to 4th.

Results

  1. Ian Del-Pizzo
  2. Andrew Graham
  3. Fergal Ludlow

 

Senior Heavies

Heat 1
Last round’s winner Marc Morley-Freer started Pole from Charles Newton-Darby and Leigh Ebanks. George Watson ended up in the barriers at the first corner of the first lap, so a full course of yellows went out. We restarted on the top straight with Garrett Applin, Simon Gibson and Mark Stepney taking turn 6 together. There was contact between Mark Stepney and George Watson, both receiving penalties as up ahead Max Robinson came from 6th to finish 1st. Stephen Harding and Garrett Applin completed the top 3.

Heat 2
Luke Charman started pole and kept it for the opening laps. George Watson had a better start than his previous one and was able to make it up passed Simon Gibson to take 2nd. Stephen Harding also had a good start and after a couple of years out of the InKart series. He was up from 4th to 3rd although soon had Mark Kearon in pursuit. Mark Stepney, Malcolm Baker and Sebastian Debertrand were all racing consistently further down the field, with Malcolm Baker working hard to keep the now persistent Leigh Ebanks at bay. Ebanks worked his way passed the back of the pack group, and had he had more time would have surely had a look at making a move on Garret Applin. George Watson took 1st from Simon Gibson, who’d fought his way back to his initial grid position and Stephen Harding.

Heat 3
Mark Stepney led the pack from Mark Kearon and Sebastian Debertrand. Kearon had an excellent start and was soon ahead of Stepney, as 4th place’s Max Robinson was up passing both of them. Debertrand was hanging on while Simon Gibson and Luke Charman were 3 tenths of a second apart in 5th and 6th. Malcolm Baker and Stephen Harding lucked out and some contact prevented them from having a better race. Max Robinson, Mark Kearon and Mark Stepney were the top 3.

Final
Max Robinson qualified and kept pole at the race start. Stephen Harding also kept 2nd while Simon Gibson started 3rd. George Watson had made it up to 3rd from 5th but was involved in an incident down the namesake ‘bottleneck’ part of the track. Simon Gibson dropped back as Mark Kearon made it past him to sit in 3rd at the mid-point of the final race for the day. Charles Newton-Darby was penalised for gaining advantage by contact, and shortly after retired. Robinson had the task of keeping a second between himself and Stephen Harding, who in turn had Kearon within threatening distance. As the last lap board was issued, Robinson began solidifying his lead with an extra second for good measure, leaving Harding to fend off Kearon to secure 2nd. Kearon and Gibson took 3rd and 4th.

Results

  1. Max Robinson
  2. Stephen Harding
  3. Mark Kearon