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

Cadets

Heat 1
Conor Lucey, Kaizer Akhtar and Ethan Ghosh were the top three starters, with Akhtar getting a good start off the line, quick to take Lucey for first. Lucey was caught up in some controversy with Jacob Gillman and the former was penalised. Akhtar kept 1st from Robbie Hoare ad Connor Lucey, but due to his penalty, Jacob Gillman, who snuck past Joshua Hoyle on the last lap would take 3rd.

Heat 2
Rory O’Regan had a good start from Ethan Ghosh and Jensen Oswald-Stevens. Sebastian Wibaut attempted to make a lunge out the inside at turn 1; it was brave but ultimately didn’t work out. The pack began to spread out, with O’Regan building an impressive 2 and a half seconds’ gap between him and 2nd place. William Tidnam was up from 6th to 3rd by the penultimate lap, setting the quickest lap of the heat, a speedy 00:53:685. The race finished with O’Regan retaining his lead, but now only by half a second, from Wibaut and Tidnam. Jai Thorburn span himself out at turn 3 on the final lap, meaning he finished a fair bit behind Ghosh in 6th.

Heat 3
Isaac Wells started pole from Sebastian Wibaut. Slight contact amongst the pack was made at the beginning, with them all remaining close. Akhtar started 3rd and was up to 2nd but ran wide at turn 6, falling back to 3rd. Wibaut was up to the front, but almost spun off in his enthusiasm. Lucey received his second penalty of the round, for an advantage by contact at the 2nd cut-through, meaning he would score 0 points for this heat. Jayden Neal-Holder was up from 6th to 1st on the final lap, utilising Wibauts zeal to an advantage and passing him. He took the chequered flag from Wibaut and Lucey.

Heat 4
Jessica White was involved in some bumping at the race start, as was Max Lee, while up ahead Mikey Porter kept his lead off the line. Rory Burke in 3rd was quick to set about eating into Porter’s lead and was out in front by the end of the first lap. Jai Thorburn was unlucky and had an issue at the first cut through, causing a full course of yellow lights to be displayed while the driver was recovered. As the race restarted, Mikey Porter and Max Lee were less than a hundredth of a second apart, taking turns 8 through to 4 side by side. Porter kept position and took 3rd. Jessica White came 2nd with Burke taking a safe win.

Heat 5
Kaiser Riemann and James Lenaghan were the top row at the start. Neal-Holder was quick to take 3rd but lost it in to the first cut through, what would usually be turn 4, as he fought for position. Neal-Holder was quick to make back places, and was up to 1st for the last lap. Lucey in 2nd had plenty of space ahead and behind him, from James Lenaghan in 3rd. Lenaghan had the pressure on from Riemann behind him, who in turn had Aaron Mensah close behind him. As the chequered flag went down, Neal-Holder took 1st from Lucey and Riemann, who had made it passed Lenaghan on the final lap, taking Mensah through with him.

Heat 6
There was contact at the start of the busy heat, with Kaizer Akhtar spinning from last at the culmination of the first lap. Up ahead, Robbie Hoare and James Mellor were competing for 1st, with just over a second between them. Akhtar began making back places and was up past Jensen Oswald-Stevens and Kaiser Riemann. Hoare began to put an extra half a second between himself and Mellor, as the last lap board went down. By the chequered flag, he was up to two seconds’ ahead, as James’ Mellor and Lenaghan took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Heat 7
Joshua Hoyle was usurped quickly by Rory Burke on the second lap, but managed to defend from William Tidnam who was also looking for opportunities to pass. Further back Isaac Wells wasn’t having the quickest race, while William Tidnam was penalised for spinning into Rory O’Regan, taking advantage as he did so. Burke finished 1st from Wibaut and Tidnam, who after his penalty, forfeited his place to O’Regan.

Heat 8
Max Lee and Rory Burke both had good starts from the 1st and 3rd rows respectively. Neal-Holder in 2nd wasn’t so fortunate and was taken by Burke. Neal-Holder’s priority now would be to fend off the approaching Jessica White. Jensen-Oswald Stevens was also passed by Burke and ultimately fell to the back of the pack. Lee fought hard to not let himself become the next victim of Burke’s, and managed to keep his cool and his position throughout. Burke finished 2nd with a good gap from Neal-Holder.

Heat 9
Jessica White was quick to take 1st from Aaron Mensah, who in turn was passed by Max Lee; all within the first two laps. The trio remained close, with Lee in particular keen to get away. He was soon able to put 2 seconds’ worth of track between himself and White, who wasn’t so lucky. Mensah remained within 2 tenths of a second behind her. Tidnam in 4th was now in the mix and he and Mensah were coming at White from both sides as she tore down the main straight for the last time. Lee kept his comfortable lead from White and Mensah at race finish.

C Final
James Lenaghan qualified top for the Cadet C Final, from Joshua Hoyle and Isaac Wells. Ghosh in 4th looked keen to get ahead and began his work on the leaders. Conor Lucey started at the back of the grid due to earlier penalties and made several aggressive attempts at gaining back some points. Joshua Hoyle span at turn 6 on the first lap, pushing him all the way down to 7th, leaving Ghosh with an opportunity to advance further. Ghosh’s success continued and he took the lead, making the most of Lenaghan running wide at the final corner in the dying stages of the race. Ghosh finished 1st from Lenaghan and Lucey.

B Final
Aaron Mensah qualified pole after a successful days racing, from Kaizer Akhtar and debutant Jacob Gillman. Gillman was soon up to 2nd, Ethan Ghosh had made it up from the back of the grid, joining from the C Final, and was soon up in to 5th. A clean final saw Akhtar take 1st and earn his promotion to the back of the grid of the Cadet A final. Gillman kept 2nd from James Mellor.

A Final
Rory Burke qualified 1st, with Kaizer Akhtar joining from the B final. Neal-Holder was quick to take position from 2nd to 1st, with Burke clinging on valiantly. Max Lee stayed close to the battling duo, ready to make a move if the opportunity arose. Neal-Holder and Burke remained within a tenth of a second throughout, while further back Jessica White had Sebastian Wibaut less than half a second from her rear bumper. Burke was warned for bumping as he pushed for 1st as further back Wibaut passed White as the last lap board was issued. Neal-Holder managed to hold off Burke to take the top step of the podium from Burke and Lee.

Results

B Final

  1. Kaiser Akhtar
  2. Jacob Gillman
  3. James Mellor

A Final

  1. Jayden Neal-Holder
  2. Rory Burke
  3. Max Lee

 

Junior Lights

Heat 1
John Henry-Hill headed the grid from Rio Le Conte and Robin Jandu. Le Conte was quick off the mark while Kieran Ives at the back began trying to make a move on Taifan Squires up ahead. Jandu was ready to attack and stuck a good move around the outside of turn 7 but lost it back the next lap around. The pack remained tight as mid-packers Ives and George Hannay kept within two tenths of a second. There was a massive coming together as Hannay didn’t leave enough room at turn 7, causing Jandu to go in to the tyre wall. Hannay was penalised while Le Conte took 1st from Henry-Hill and Hannay passing the line 3rd. Ives was promoted to 3rd after Hannay’s penalty.

Heat 2
Taifan Squires started pole from Ethan Livingstone and Josef Smillie. A warning was given to both Smilie and Hayes at the off for mild contact, but it was deemed to have gained them no advantage. The pair were battling hard, making their way to the front. Tom Jackson was hot on the heels of them and gaining to within a second. He dropped back slightly as the last lap board went out. Hayes and Smillie crossed the line side by side with a lap left to make it count. Hayes lost it into turn 6 and span, as Smillie also turned in. Slight contact was made, with Smilie managing to hold on from Hayes and Livingstone.

Heat 3
George Hannay and Kieran Ives had a good start from the front line, Hannay ran wide at turn 6, losing out to Ives. Ethan Livingstone used the distraction up ahead to get from 4th to 1st. Livingstone had Ives up alongside him, taking 1st as the last lap commenced. Hannay and Jandu were keeping close, with the top 4 covered by 8 tenths of a second. Ives made up some time and in the end secured 1st by half a second, with Livingstone and Hannay completing the top 3 for Light Heat 3.

Heat 4
Tom Jackson and Kieran Ives led the drivers off the grid and were side by side down the long top straight and in to turn 6. The next time round, Ives had gotten past up the inside at the same spot and took 1st from Atmaciyan leaving him at the mercy of Josef Smillie. Smillie passed Jackson, who was then taken by a well-timed lunge around the outside from John Henry-Hill at the cut through. Jackson regained the place with Henry-Hill fighting back again. He pushed too hard however and lost it at turn 6, spinning towards the pit lane entrance, causing him to lose his chance at a top three. In an attempt to make back some lost time, he span himself out again at the same point, as up ahead Kieran Ives consolidated his lead and took 1st, from Smillie and Jackson.

Heat 5
Robin Jandu started from Pole in his final heat of the day, with Adam Hayes and Taifan Squires behind him. Jandu was quick to set about making a lead for himself. He pulled away smoothly and speedily from Hayes, leaving him to the mercy of Ethan Livingstone, who had made short work of Squires and was now up in to 3rd, and closing. The remainder of the race saw the closest competition between Hayes and Livingstone, who at the chequered flag were just 2 tenths of a second apart. Jandu earned himself a good three second lead, which he managed to hold on to until the end. Hayes managed to hold off Livingstone and the pair finished as they were.

Heat 6
The field took the first turn almost 5-a-breast, keeping away from contact initially. This was not to last however and George Hannay was soon penalised for front to rear contact at turn 3, losing his points for this heat due to it being his second of the round. Adam Hayes was warned for contact ad Josef Smillie was also penalised for gaining an advantage by contact, spinning out Hayes. More contact occurred as Hannay was yet again penalised for pushing Rio Le Conte out wide on to the grass at turn 6. Hannay’s 3rd penalty of the day, and second in this heat alone meant that he would lose all points scored at this round, despite crossing the line 1st from Smillie and Le Conte. Le Conte would take 1st places points, from Hayes and Jackson due to penalties for Hannay and Smillie.

B Final
Jandu qualified pole for the B Final from Tom Jackson and John-Henry Hill. George Hannay, having started from the back of the B-Final was leading the race when unfortunately, his race was cut short due to a fuel leak.  Jandu managed to keep his lead despite bunching up due to yellows for Hannay and the grid finished as it had started with Jandu in 1st, Jackson in 2nd and Hill in 3rd. Following an investigation after the race, it was observed that Tom Jackson had in fact overtaken under yellow conditions, passing both Hill and Jandu (although Jandu later regained position on track), and Jackson was penalised, promoting Hill to 2nd.

A Final
Kieran Ives started on Pole from Rio Le Conte and Josef Smillie. Smillie spun around as he turned in and soon the lead trio were disrupted by Ethan Livingstone, coming up the inside at Vale to take the lead from 4th! Jandu was also making several places, making some risky lunges and being warned for bumping. Ives desperately attempted to take back some track but was challenged by Le Conte down the outside of the main straight. Jandu attempted to run around the outside of turn 4 and ended up in the tyres. Livingstone finished 1st, Le Conte finished 2nd and Ives took 3rd.

 Results

B Final

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

A Final

  1. Ethan Livingstone
  2. Rio Le Conte
  3. Kieran Ives

 

Junior Heavy

Heat 1
Rowan Vincent started pole from Daniel Garcia and Katherine White, who was new to the heavy category this round. At the off there was bumping from everyone as they took the quick right-hander of turn 1. Garcia was slow off the start, with White quick to take the lead. Matteo Strathmann, who’d started 4th, saw the door that White had left open and followed her through. The next lap around they were side by side down the top straight, slight contact was made into the start/finish as she was squeezing Strathmann from the outside. On the penultimate corner, White had a brake issue and ran wide around the exit of turn 6, allowing Strathmann through to take the lead into turn 7! Strathmann finished 1st from White and Francesca Roodhouse.

Heat 2
Harvey Shelton started from Archie Elliott and William Vincent, all of whom made a good start. Alex Jay, who began in 5th was quick to get to the front of the pack, and was keen to put some track between himself and the advancing Vincent, who was now in 2nd. With 2 laps remaining, Jay had managed half a second’s lead, leaving Vincent to the mercy of Elliott. Rowan Vincent wasn’t having such a lucky race. Jay finished first from Elliott who had made it past William Vincent for 2nd.

Heat 3
Luca Osborne held position at the front at the race start, but was soon to have competition from Sebastian Chodyko. Chodyko made a successful manoeuvre before the end of the first lap, leaving the door open for Archie Elliott to push Osborne back a further place to 3rd. Francesca Roodhouse lost control at turn 6, which may have been due to the Alternate layout, throwing a few drivers off with the extended approach to the turn. Elliott cleanly passed Chodyko; Chodyko was not happy. He remained within a tenth of a second as the penultimate lap ran its course. At the approach to the start/finish straight as the last lap board went out, Chodyko was round the outside and kept 1st for the chequered flag. Elliott came a deserved 2nd with Osborne keeping 3rd.

Heat 4
Matteo Strathmann started on pole but was down to 3rd by the second lap. He had Roodhouse up alongside him at the exit of turn 4, with the latter having to back out of the move. William Vincent up ahead was keen to get away from Thomas Atmaciyan, who in turn was preoccupied with defending from Strathmann. Further back James Penfold, Otis Smith and Harvey Shelton were covered by a second, with Penfold being new to the heavy category this round. William Vincent took 1st from Strathmann and Roodhouse, who passed Atmaciyan as he fell back 2 places.

Heat 5
Alex Jay started and kept 1st at the off, from Thomas Atmaciyan and Shubhashis Shrestha. Sebastian Chodyko was quick to make it from 6thto 1st, but not quite quick enough to keep away from Jay, who kept alongside Chodyko all the way down the main straight. Shrestha set the quickest lap time of the race, at 00:56.650, and finished 3rd behind Alex Jay and Sebastian Chodyko.

Heat 6
Thomas Parmenter started on Pole from Sebastian Chodyko and Katherine White. The top 3 remained across the line, but Chodyko made short work of getting up to the front. Katherine White was keen to make a move on Parmenter as well for his 2nd place spot, but Matteo Strathmann was going to make this hard. Strathmann made an attempt around the outside of turn 7, but out-braked himself slightly and had to concede back to White. Strathmann was quick to try again, and this time with greater success. Strathmann was through and White was now sandwiched between Daniel Garcia and Thomas Parmenter. Daniel Garcia was penalised for contact after several warnings, and then taken out by White, who was also penalised for taking him out at turn 8. Garcia committed another ABC and was penalised again, causing him to lose his points for that heat. Garcia finished an unsuccessful race over the line in 5th. Chodyko kept it clean and finished 1st from Strathmann and White. Rowan Vincent was promoted to 3rd due to White’s penalty.

Heat 7
The final heat of the morning got underway with Otis Smith starting and retaining 1st for the entirety of the first lap. He was out manoeuvred however, by Archie Elliott, who confidently overtook over the start/finish line next lap around.  Luca Osborne and Shrestha were quick to follow through, with Osborne particularly, not satisfied with 2nd, and setting his sights on the Red Bull suit of Elliott up ahead. Elliott felt the pressure from behind and responded with the quickest lap of the race in an attempt to get away from the advancing Osborne. Shrestha was sitting comfortably in 3rd from Alex Jay. Elliott went on the defensive into the final corner but just lost out to Osborne. Shrestha finished 3rd.

B Final
In the first few corners, Katherine White made it from 3rd to 2nd passing Rowan Vincent, setting her sights on Francesca Roodhouse up ahead. She made quick work of passing Roodhouse, taking 1st from her around the inside at vale. White stretched her lead out to 8.7 seconds, while Roodhouse drove defensively to keep 3rd place Vincent at bay. Harvey Shelton was penalised twice during the course of the race behind them, while Penfold and Parmenter changed places on the final lap. The top 3 remained the same to the end.

A Final
Reigning champion Chodyko was set to defend his title as he qualified pole for the A Final. Strathmann and Elliott would be keen to keep their qualifying positions of 2nd and 3rd respectively. There was a lot of movement from the off and Katherine White was soon up to 3rd, with Strathmann and Elliott dropping back. Alex Jay was making use of the commotion and the track, squeezing his way up to 2nd from 4th. Bumping warnings were issued for a number of drivers, as Jay and Chodyko diced at the far end of the circuit, with Jay prevailing! Vincent was penalised for excessive contact in the dying stages, and as the chequered flag dropped, Jay beat Chodyko to the line by 6 tenths of a second, followed by Vincent in 3rd. Shrestha crossed 4th, but with Vincent’s penalty applied, Shrestha took the final spot on the rostrum.

 Results

B Final

  1. Katherine White
  2. Francesca Roodhouse
  3. Rowan Vincent

A Final

  1. Alex Jay
  2. Sebastian Chodyko
  3. Shubhashis Shrestha

 

Junior RT8

Heat 1
With Sam Attard starting pole from Katherine White and Kieran Ives, a clean getaway was made. Attard had an incident at turn 6 the next lap round, locking up and burning out the clutch. Brendan Sathees wasn’t slow enough at the yellows and joined the incident. Up ahead White and Ives were battling for 1st, with White taking a 3 second lead as soon as she got some clear track. Mark Martin up in 3rd began closing in on Ives, coming at one point to within half a second. Dan Gamblin had a similar lock up to Attard at turn 6, meaning the three back-markers were half a minute back. White finished 1st from Ives and Ben Graham.

Heat 2
There were several bumping warnings for various drivers at the start of heat 2 for the Junior RT8s. Dan Gamblin at the rear ran slightly wide and kissed the tyres at turn 7 at the mid-point of the race, otherwise staying out of conflict. Up ahead, Ben Graham was having another successful heat, up in to 1st from Mark Martin and Kieran Ives. Oliver Tipping was not having such a successful time, having started pole and dropping down to 7th. He kept his wheel in however, by applying the pressure to the battle for 5th of Brendan Sathees and Sam Attard. Katherine White had Ives in her sight, and with one lap remaining to make a move, she was looking for every opportunity. Ben Graham took 1st from Kieran Ives, who made it past an unlucky Mark Martin, who ran slightly too wide at the entrance to turn 7. White also made it through past Martin to take 3rd.

Heat 3
Dan Gamblin started pole from Brendan Sathees and Mark Martin. Martin was quick to work his way up the pack. Gamblin fell back to find himself pursued by Oliver Tipping. Sathees was also in contention for Gamblin’s place in 9th until he lost concentration and nudged the tyres at turn 7. The two front runners made a break away from the rest of the group, leaving Katherine White defending from Kieran Ives. Ives caught her with 2 laps to go, but she managed to keep him behind. Mark Martin took 1st place from Ben Graham and Katherine White.

Final
As the first final of the afternoon commenced, Ben Graham led away from Pole, followed by Katherine White and Kieran Ives. Graham flew out of the traps building almost a one second lead by the end of the first lap, leaving White to fend off the advances of Ives and Mark Martin. Brendan Sathees, having started at the back of the grid, was looking sharp and by the 3rd lap was starting to gain some positions. Graham had checked out at the front, leaving the remaining drivers to squabble for the other podium positions, with no more than 3.5 seconds covering 2nd to 8th on circuit and less than half a second in terms of outright pace. As the race entered it’s dying stages, Sathees had made his way up to 5th place and was right on the rear bumper of Mark Martin, who was a kart length or so back from Kieran Ives, who himself was right on White’s exhaust. As the chequered flag went out, Ben Graham romped to a comfortable win, with White and Ives making up the rest of the podium in their debut Junior RT8 round.

Results

A Final

  1. Ben Graham
  2. Katherine White
  3. Kieran Ives

 

Senior Lights

Heat 1
Ian Del-Pizzo was cautioned for bumping at the start as Grant Forsyth span himself out in the commotion at turn 3, making slight contact, causing him to fall back from 2nd to 10th within the opening lap. Del-pizzo and Karlis Elmanis were busy taking places, with the pair leading the pack by the midpoint of the race. Henry Jarrett was soon to get in on the battle and had squeezed between Elmanis and Del-Pizzo. The grid of 12 drivers were beginning to spread out, with 23 seconds covering them entirely. A clean race saw Del-Pizzo win from Jarrett and Elmanis.

Heat 2
Cassy Quinn started pole from Stephen Wackrill and the older Graham brother, Andrew. Ian Del-Pizzo was involved in more bumping as up ahead Graham began to work his way passed Quinn and Wackrill. Evrim Guler from 4th was up to 2nd, leaving the door open for Elmanis to come through as well. Henry Jarrett and Del-Pizzo were less than half a second apart, while Fergal Ludlow, Freddy Bragg and Dave Burns were all picking up the pace. Graham began putting some air between himself and Guler with the pair taking 1st and 2nd at the finish, and Del-Pizzo taking 3rd.

Heat 3
Freddy Bragg, Ian Del-Pizzo, Fergal Ludlow and Evrim Guler were the front two rows at race start. All but Ludlow remained at the top for the first half of the race, with Ludlow falling back to compete with Dave Burns, Jarrett, Elmanis and Forsyth. As the chequered flag came down on Del-Pizzo, Guler had to settle for 2nd place having made yet more moves to challenge him but just ran out of track and time.

Final
Ian Del-Pizzo started pole from Andrew Graham and Evrim Guler, as Guler, Jarrett in 5th and Ludlow in 7th all received bumping warnings during the course of the first lap. The pack remained close for the duration of the first lap, with Graham and Guler alternating places at several points during the race. Jordan Bowley passed Freddy Bragg for 4th as Fergal Ludlow outbroke himself into turn 3, making contact with Karlis Elmanis, knocking him wide. Ludlow waved Elmanis back through and was issued a bumping warning. Del-Pizzo kept position out in front for the win, followed by Andrew Graham and Evrim Guler.

Results

  1. Ian Del-Pizzo
  2. Andrew Graham
  3. Evrim Guler

 

Senior Heavy

Heat 1
Charlie Newton-Darby led from Steve Mellings and Max Robinson at the off. At the first corner, the drivers didn’t give each other enough room and George Watson lost all positions as he was driven on to the grass. The drivers were re-briefed on track after false start was declared to ensure the utmost safety at the re-start. The drivers were re-gridded and sent back around to attempt another rolling start. With a better attempt, the race got underway. Steve Mellings came in for a quick kart change after a stall. With Turn 1 under yellows, all of the drivers were penalised for not lifting through the corner and as such, the race was ended.

Heat 2
With a tidier start, the second Senior Heavy Heat ran with Jameson Penfold, Leigh Ebanks and Garry Applin as the top three. Ebanks and Applin made short work of passing Penfold, with Ebanks receiving a warning for weaving and over-defending. Luke Charman and Sebastian Debertrand were close in battle, with Mark Kearon struggling to get through to the front where he usually resided. Stephen Harding and Malcolm Baker were putting the pressure on Max Robinson from both sides as the last lap board was displayed. Ebanks was challenged by Applin on the outside of Vale. Applin took 1st from Ebanks and Penfold as the heat came to a close.

Heat 3
Stephen Harding, Malcolm Baker and Luke Charman headed the final heat for the heavies. The top three rotated positions around themselves as the race progressed, with Mark Kearon and Sebastian Debertrand closing in on the back of Malcolm Baker who was now running in 3rd. Harding had Charman close on his wheels as further back, George Watson was penalised for gaining an advantage by contact on Max Robinsons, who then also received a penalty for retaliating. Harding managed to defend from Charman as the last lap began. Mark Kearon was now up passed Baker, securing 3rd and almost taking 2nd at the chequered flag.

Final
Jameson Penfold qualified pole from Luke Charman and Stephen Harding. Garrett Applin started 4th and was warned at the off for bumping. Charman and Harding quickly passed Penfold and began to make a break to take their battle a second ahead from the rest of the pack. Charman and Harding were switching places as Penfold made an attempt to gain back some places, colliding with Harding and receiving a penalty. Mark Kearon was now up in the battle for the lead passing the recovered Harding and getting to within just a tenth of a second of leader Charman. Steve Mellings fell slightly back from Max Robinson in 11th, leaving him to pursue Debertrand as the final lap ensued. Harding dropped back once again as he was offline down the far end, allowing George Watson to sneak through, Charman held off Kearon for 1st, Applin took 3rd.

Results

  1. Luke Charman
  2. Mark Kearon
  3. Garry Applin