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

Cadets

Heat 1
Max Lee was penalised at the off for gaining advantage by contact at the first corner, sticking his nose in and catching another driver’s rear corner – causing them to spin. Rory Burke up in front made a good start. Jessica White was fighting fierce today, setting up to take two positions down the main straight. She was looking set for 2nd, putting the pressure on Max Lee, while Burke at the front extended his lead to over 5 seconds. Jacob Gillman was suffering near the back as a result of Lee’s Advantage-by-Contact. Burke finished 1st from Lee (who would be penalised) and Jessica white, James Hensler would be promoted to 3rd.

Heat 2
Isaac Wells started pole from Rory O’Regan and Jacob Gillman, who had been unlucky in his previous heat. At the midpoint of the first lap, Joshua Hoyle made a bad judgement lunging down the inside of Burke and came off track at the cut through. Burke secured 1st from Rory O’Regan and Robbie Hoare, with Pole Sitter Wells finishing 6th.

Heat 3
Kaizer Akhtar had a good start from James Mellor and Joshua Hoyle, the top 8 drivers were all covered by 2 seconds at the race off. Jayden Neal-Holder was quick to make some spaces and passed Mellor for 2nd. Newcomer Nyle Hoda was holding his own as a clean race was had by all. Akhtar kept 1st from Neal-Holder and James Mellor, who had Hoyle close to follow him over the line.

Heat 4
Conor Lucey started 1st from Sebastian Wibaut and James Hensler. Jessica White in 7th was quick to make a great move down the chicane to take 4th place as up ahead Lucey had fallen behind. Wibaut was out in the lead and was soon joined by Neal-Holder who put pressure on him until chequered with Rory O’Regan 3rd.

Heat 5
Max Lee started pole and made an excellent start. Kaiser Riemann and Kaiser Akhtar also got off to good starts, while further back Rory O’Regan was involved in some contact. The next lap around he crashed at the start line and retired. Michael Rapsey and Sebastian Wibaut were both constant in their lap times, with the former making his way up to 3rd passed the quick Rory Burke. Akhtar took 1st from Max Lee and Rory Burke, who stuck a move on Wibaut on the final lap.

Heat 6
Jayden Neal-Holder started 2nd from Aaron Mensah, but achieved 1st by the end of the first lap. Ethan Ghosh started 3rd, falling back to 4th on the first lap. Throughout the course of the race he managed to make his way up to 2nd finishing 2.6 seconds behind eventual leader Jayden Neal-Holder. Conor Lucey advanced throughout and secured 3rd behind Ghosh, climbing 2 places since race start.

Heat 7
Robbie Hoare started from Jessica White and James Hensler. Ethan Ghosh and Isaac Wells were close together at the off. Arun Phull and Mikey Porter were also similarly close. Hoare and White were separated by 2 tenths of a second, with White managing to make a successful manoeuvre around Hoare. Mikey Porter was penalised for coming up the inside of Ghosh, he was less than half a karts length ahead and turned in, causing Ghosh to spin and lose a place. White kept 1st from Hoare and Hensler.

Finals

C Final
Joshua Hoyle qualified pole for the Cadet C Final. He kept the lead at the off, but Aaron Mensah, who had qualified 3rd was soon up to 1st. Newcomer Arun Phull was doing well and had made it up to 3rd. he dropped back as Isaac Wells came to take 3rd from Michael Rapsey and Jacob Gillman. Phull and Nyle Hoda were now in battle for 6th. The race was red flagged as Arun Phull crashed in to the tyres. At the race restart, Joshua Hoyle and Isaac Wells had bunched up behind Mensah, meaning at the chequered flag Joshua Hoyle and Isaac Wells finished just one hundredth of a second behind Mensah.

B Final
Rory O’Regan and Max Lee were the front line for the B Final today, followed by Ethan Ghosh and Kaiser Riemann. James Mellor was cautioned at the race start. O’Regan kept position from Lee and began to put an impressive 5 seconds of track between himself and Lee. Conor Lucey and Aaron Mensah were battling for 6th. O’Regan finished 1st from Lee and Ghosh; O’Regan would be promoted to the back of the A Final.

A Final
Kaiser Akhtar made an opportunistic move at race start and manged to pass race leader Burke from 3rd.   This left him vulnerable to Jessica White, who had come up from 4th to 3rd. At the midpoint of the race, Burke had regained his lead while White was split between Neal-Holder behind her an Akthar up ahead. Neal-Holder managed to pass White – but White took it back next lap round! Burke kept 1st from Athar and Jessica White who held Neal-Holder off until the chequered flag.

Results

C Final
1. Aaron Mensah
2. Joshua Hoyle
3. Isaac Wells

B Final
1. Rory O’Regan
2. Max Lee
3. Ethan Ghosh

A Final
1. Rory Burke
2. Kaiser Akhtar
3. Jessica White

 

Junior Lights

Heat 1
Adam Hayes started 1st from Rio Le Conte and Oscar Joyce. Joyce didn’t have the best start, while Le Conte was quick to get in front of Hayes. Kieran Ives was quick to make 2 places from 4th, looking next to challenge Le Conte for the lead. Ives was bumper to bumper down the top straight on the penultimate lap, coming to within less than a tenth of a second of the coveted spot. Further back, Ben Page was setting consistent lap times. Le Conte held off Ives, who had Jackson 2 tenths behind him in 3rd as the chequered flag was shown.

Heat 2
Finley Ahmad-Hambling started pole, but was soon usurped by George Hannay. Fraser Brunton, was running in 3rd. Tom Jackson in 5th was penalised for side to side contact caused by making a late lunge at turn 3. Move of the day went to Ethan Livingstone in this heat as he went for a very late but controlled lunge into the chicane, slowing in time and securing the drift sideways in front of the other driver. Hannay finished 1st from Fraser Brunton and Ethan Livingstone.

Heat 3
An excellent race start was had as the entire pack gave each other room at the off and all the way through to the first chicane. John-Henry Hill was cautioned for bumping, as was Adam Hayes. Hayes squeezed Brunton out wide slightly. Finley Ahmad-Hambling was unlucky and span himself out at turn 3. Robin Jandu had made his way up to first, but was taken by Adam Hayes at the cut-through before the start line. Jandu was involved in minor contact with Hill and Livingstone, pushing him to 5th. Hayes finished 1st from Brunton and Livingstone.

Heat 4
Ben Page started 1st from Kieran Ives and Tom Jackson. Jackson made a confident move around Ben Page, around the outside in to turn one, completing the move and making it stick to secure 3rd. Finley Ahmad-Hambling saw this as an opportunity to also make some spaces, and was soon up passed Jackson. Howlison was then penalised for bumping, so despite an otherwise good race would lose points for the final. Kieran Ives had made it way up the pack valiantly and secured 1st from a competitive Ahmad-Hambling. Hannay took 3rd.

Heat 5
Archie Howlison and Ollie Hill made up the front row for the penultimate Junior Light Heat of the day. Rio Le Conte in 3rd was up passed Olli Hill before the first corner. Ethan Livingstone and Kieran Ives nearly had a coming together down the far end of the circuit, while Ollie Hill slipped further back. Adam Hayes was up to 3rd and made a move to take 2nd from Le Conte out of turn 1. He attempted to take 1st from Howlison at the apex of turn 2, but turned in too early. Hayes and Le Conte continued to scrap as at the bottleneck the battle reached it culmination as Le Conte lunged and made contact to take a space, Howlison fell back. Adam Hayes took 1st, with Le Conte crossing the line 2nd. Kieran Ives crossed in 3rd but would be awarded points for 2nd.

Heat 6
Fraser Brunton and Oscar Joyce made up the front row, from Robin Jandu and John-Henry Hill. Jandu was quick to manoeuvre past Joyce as Joyce fell back to 5th and soon had Ben Page on the attack behind him. The pair took the top straight almost side by side as Brunton began to feel the pressure of Jandu’s advances. Joyce managed to fend off Page until the chequered. Brunton kept 1st from Jandu and Howlison.

Finals

B Final
Robin Jandu started pole from Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Tom Jackson. Jandu kept his lead from Ahmad-Hambling, but only by a second. The top 5 were all covered by 2 and a half seconds early on, with Ollie Hill, Ben Page an Oscar Joyce competing for position further back while Jandu managed to consolidate his win by getting just over a seconds led over Ahmad-Hambling. Jandu won from Ahmad-Hambling and Tom Jackson.

A Final
Brunton started 1st from Adam Hayes and Kieran Ives. George Hannay qualified 5th for his first ever A Final. There was a good start from all as Hannay made it up to 4th. Jandu was penalised for an ABC at turn 5, as his front bumper collided with the side of anther kart. Jandu fell back regardless. Hannay was now up to 4th, with Le Conte close behind him. Drivers 2nd through to 7th were covered by just 4 tenths of a second.  Brunton finished 1st from Adam Hayes and Kieran Ives.

Results

B Final
1. Robin Jandu
2. Finley Ahmad-Hambling
3. Tom Jackson

A Final
1. Fraser Brunton
2. Adam Hayes
3. Kieran Ives

 

Junior Heavies

Heat 1
Kathrine White started pole for the first heat of the day. Thomas Parmenter and Taifan Squires had good starts from 2nd and 3rd. Josef Smillie was quick to jump from the back and was hot on the wheels of both Harvey Shelton and Henry Stratton out of turn 2. Smillie was warned for bumping as Katherine White was keen to put some track between herself and Thomas Parmenter – extending her 2 second lead to a more comfortable 2.2 seconds. White kept her lead, despite Parmenter managing to claw back 2 tenths, finishing 2nd with Squires behind him.

Heat 2
Brendan Sathees started 1st as there was contact warnings for both Mikey Gleeson and Thomas Atmaciyan. The next lap around a penalty was given to Peter Heelis for locking up in to turn 3 and spinning championship leader Sebastian Chodyko. Sathees’ lead seemed free of threat from Gleeson who was running 2nd still. William Vincent also looked comfortable in 3rd.  The top 3 finished as was.

Heat 3
Otis Smith in 3rd was putting a bit too much pressure on the drivers either side of him, while Daniel Garcia got a good start off the line, Sebastian Chodyko in 2nd and Josef Smillie were close throughout. Some minor contact was made by William Tidnam and Matteo Strathmann, otherwise a clean race was had. Garcia, Chodyko and Smillie retained their position until the chequered flag.

Heat 4
Henry Stratton started pole from Thomas Parmenter and Rowan Vincent. All three drivers were caught off guard by Archie Elliott at the start. Elliott was quick to put a distance of 2 seconds between himself and Stratton. Parmenter lost out to Kathrine White. Stratton was defending perhaps too much and was squeezing White. Archie Elliott kept his lead and took the win from White and Stratton.

Heat 5
Harvey Shelton started pole from Mikey Gleeson, who was quick to take the lead out of the first corner. William Vincent also had a good start in 3rd. Harvey Shelton and Luca Osborne further back were in close competition, while Katherine White began to take places to come to within a tenth of a second behind race leader Gleeson. There wasn’t enough time for her to make more of a move, and finished 2nd behind Gleeson. Vincent held on to his 3rd place position.

Heat 6
Archie Elliott started and kept pole at the start. William Tidnam and Brendan Sathees were competing close and while they were preoccupied, Matteo Strathmann snuck past to run in 3rd. Elliott kept 1st through to the final lap board and then to the chequered flag. Tidnam and Strathmann finished 2nd and 3rd, with Strathmann holding off Sathees until the end.

Heat 7
Luca Osborne and Rowan Vincent were up front for the start of the final Junior Light Heat. A good start saw Alex Jay make it from 5th to 1st within 2 laps. Osborne was not letting go easily, but had Tidnam on his tail to worry about. Jay took 1st with 2 seconds between him and Osborne, who had managed to hold off Tidnam’s advances to the chequered.

Heat 8
Francesca Roodhouse started 1st and kept it from Thomas Atmaciyan and Mikey Gleeson. These two were close, and with the battle for 2nd behind her, Roodhouse was able to put some tarmac between herself and the scrapping pair. Gleeson was successful in passing Atmaciyan while Daniel Garcia and Taifan Squires were consumed further back with their own battle. Roodhouse kept the led from Gleeson, while Garcia had come out ahead of Atmaciyan for 3rd.

Heat 9
Alex Jay started pole from Matteo Strathmann for the final heat of the Junior category. The start of the race was relatively uneventful, but things livened up as Archie Elliott had made his way from 5th up to 1st past Jay. Strathmann then came back to attack and take 2nd at the end of the race. Luca Osborne took 3rd from Smillie and Parmenter.

Finals

C Final
Josef Smillie qualified pole from Francesca Roodhouse and Henry Stratton. After a clean start, Roodhouse was penalised for gaining advantage by contact at Turn 6 on 3rd place Stratton. Stratton fell back to 4th behind Rowan Vincent. Further down the field, Otis Smith and Harvey Shelton were behind Atmaciyan, who in turn was challenging Taifan Squires. Smillie took 1st from Roodhouse (who would be demoted due to her penalty) and Rowan Vincent.

B Final
William Tidnam and Sebastian Chodyko were both quick off the start, with Josef Smillie and Thomas Parmenter close behind the leading pair. Chodyko took Tidnam for 1st just 2 laps in. Unfortunately the battle for 2nd and 3rd was cut short as there was a suspected leak from one of the karts. On safety grounds both drivers were brought into the Pits for their karts to be checked. Chodyko and Parmenter took 1st and 2nd from Luca Osborne.

A Final
Archie Elliott qualified 1st from Katherine White and Mikey Gleeson. Elliott kept his lead at the off. As the race continued, 3 penalties were served starting with Chodyko as in to turn 3 he did not give enough room to other drivers, resulting in side-to-side contact and another driver off in to the tyres. Daniel Garcia was also penalised for not being half way alongside and causing Chodyko to collide with another driver. Brendan Sathees was the final driver to pick up a penalty after causing an incident by coming from 2 karts back, going for a deep lunge at turn 8. He unsuccessfully outbraked two other drivers. Elliott managed to keep away from the commotion, finishing 1st from Gleeson and White.

Results

C Final
1. Josef Smillie
2. Rowan Vincent
3. Henry Stratton

B Final
1. Sebastian Chodyko
2. Thomas Parmenter
3. Luca Osborne

A Final
1. Archie Elliott
2. Mikey Gleeson
3. Katherine White

 

Junior RT8

Heat 1
Finley Ahmad-Hambling started from Oliver Tipping and Ben Graham. Graham was quick to make a place past Tipping. Ahmad-Hambling kept his lead throughout and despite some minor bumping cautions the race ran smoothly. Ben Graham was unfortunate and experienced kart failure on the penultimate lap. Ahmad-Hambling finished top from Katherine White, who had made an impressive drive from 6th. Brendan Sathees took 3rd.

Heat 2
Katherine White started from Dan Gamblin and Mark Martin. Brendan Sathees in 4th made a successful move on Martin and Gamblin and was soon up in to 2nd, setting his sights on Katherine White 2 seconds up the track. Kieran Ives was shortly up to 2nd, between Sathees and White. Further back Oliver Tipping and Sam Attard were just a hundredth apart as the final lap drew to a close. White kept her lead from Ives and Sathees.

Heat 3
Sam Attard and Kieran Ives started pole and 2nd with Mark Martin in 3rd. Martin made a nice move at the cut through and took 2nd around the outside. Ben Graham was having a flying race and was up to 2nd from 6th with 2 minutes left. Attard was doing well up ahead while White was involved in a collision at turn 6, for which she was penalised, as was Mark Martin for pulling out in front of oncoming traffic. Graham finished 1st from Katherine White and Finley Ahmad-Hambling.

Final
Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Katherine White were first across the line with Brendan Sathees and Sam Attard close behind. Ben Graham, who had qualified 6th was keen to make some places and set his sights on Kieran Ives up ahead. With Ahmad-Hambling managing to hold on to 1st throughout, there was some backwards and forwards between White and Sathees behind him. Graham made it through up to 3rd between White and Sathees’ swapping at one point, but fell back to and finished 4th eventually behind Sathees.

Results

A Final
1. Finley Ahmad-Hambling
2. Katherine White
3. Brendan Sathees

 

Senior Lights

Heat 1
Dave Burns and Jordan Bowley kept their front-line positions for the beginning of the race. Ian Del-Pizzo began making his way up from 5th. With 3 laps remaining, Del-Pizzo was up to 2nd behind Burns, while Evrim Guler had a kart issue and retired early. Burns kept 1st from Ian Del-Pizzo and Tyler Parslow.

Heat 2
Henry Jarrett had an excellent start from Tyler Parslow and Tom Nicoll. Andrew Graham in 4th was quick to pass Nicoll as further back Jordan Bowley and Stephen Wackrill were setting consistent times. Parslow had managed to pass Jarrett, as did Guler. Dave Burns was penalised for gaining an advantage by contact at the first corner. The top three stood as Parslow, Guler and Jarrett.

Heat 3
Ian Del-Pizzo started pole from and Evrim Guler and Tom Nicoll. The top three had a great start, seeing them quick to make a break from the rest of the pack. Del-Pizzo had consolidated 1st by the end of the 1st lap as 4th place Andrew Graham soon had a challenge from Henry Jarrett who had mastered his way up from 8th on the grid. The top 3 remained close until Nicoll spotted his opportunity on lap 6 to take 2nd from Guler up the inside. The move didn’t stick however and he resumed 3rd. Del-Pizzo kept his cool and his position despite just 2 tenths separating him from the advancing Guler. Del-Pizzo, Guler and Nicoll took the top 3.

Final
Ian Del-Pizzo had qualified pole from Parslow and Guler. The leaders kept their places out of the first corners, but the trio soon had Andrew Graham close behind them. Graham hit a kerb, knocking his chain off and thus ruining his chance for a podium. Ian Del-Pizzo started to put a second’s worth of track between himself and Parslow in 2nd, while further back Bowley and Jarrett were similarly close, engaged in a battle for 5th. Tom Nicoll collided with the back of Guler, costing him a place. Guler was quick to take it back however and therefore didn’t lose out. Del-Pizzo finished 1st 2 seconds ahead of Guler and Nicoll in 3rd.

Results

A Final
1. Ian Del-Pizzo
2. Evrim Guler
3. Tom Nicoll

 

Senior Heavies

Heat 1
Malcolm Baker and Stephen Harding both had good starts off the line. There was kerbing throughout the pack as the race started. A busy first heat saw Max Robinson sneak up to 1st from Adam Christopher and Stephen Harding. Patrick Brown was less than a second behind him.

Heat 2
Garrett Applin started pole from Charles Newton-Darby and Luke Charman. Charman made a move on Newton-Darby for 2nd. Stephen Harding also made places as did Max Robinson and Patrick Brown. Applin finished 1st from Luke Charman and Stephen Harding.

Heat 3
Adam Christopher started pole from Patrick Brown and Luke Charman. The top 3 all had a good start with Charman and Brown swapping down the top straight. Leigh Ebanks and Malcolm Baker were 3 tenths apart as the race reached its closing stages. Christopher finished 1st from Stephen Harding and Luke Charman, with Brown just missing out by 9 tenths.

Final
Stephen Harding started pole from Max Robinson and Luke Charman. Adam Christopher who had started in 5th began making his way up the field and was soon in to 3rd. Ebanks was closing in on Garrett Applin for 5th. Harding, Charman and Christopher were three abreast as they took turns 2 and 3 on the penultimate lap. Christopher went for a space that wasn’t there allowing Max Robinson through to 3rd. Applin also passed through and Christopher finished 5th.

Results

A Final
1. Stephen Harding
2. Luke Charman
3. Max Robinson