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

Cadets

Heat 1
James Hensler started pole for the opening Cadet heat of the day. After a slightly shaky start in which he lost out to Sebastian Wibaut at the off, he was quick to regain the lead and put some track between himself and the pack. Jai Thornburn in 3rd was soon under pressure as from the back of the pack Kaizer Akhtar was steaming through the field, opening the door for and taking Thomas Hazell with him. Hensler secured the win from Wibaut and Akhtar.

Heat 2
Hugo Jackson started pole from Jayden Neal-Holder. Joshua Hoyle started 3rd. Mikey Porter was penalised on the first lap for turning in to other competing karts, disadvantaging them for the remainder of the race. Porter fell back, leaving Neal-Holder, Hoyle and Jensen Oswald-Stevens to lead the race to its completion. Neal-Holder broke into a great lead, securing it for the chequered flag. Hoyle kept 2nd from Oswald-Stevens.

Heat 3
Conor Lucey started pole from George Baker, both did not have great starts and soon Neal-Holder put an impressive move, taking both 1st and 2nd around turn 2. Once in clear air, his straight-line speed was similarly impressive. Rory O’Regan was up to 2nd passed Kaiser Riemann. Riemann and O’Regan alternated 2nd between them with O’Regan securing it to the chequered. Leo Licastro and George Barker had a similarly close battle further back.

Heat 4
Aaron Mensah started from James Lenaghan and Conor Lucey. Newcomers Haris Uddin, Benjamin Gentles and Thomas Hazell had good starts off the line. Gentles did squeeze a little too much while Harris Uddin was too aggressive with his defence. Hazell was then involved in a collision, front to side at turn 2 on Uddin – there was nowhere to go. Mensah had a one second lead on James Hensler, who was feeling the pressure from Sebastian Wibaut. Mensah kept 1st from Hensler and Wibaut.

Heat 5
Jacob Gilman, who is having a good first season of InKart, started pole from Porter and Oswald-Stevens. Kaizer Akhtar and Rory Burke were competitive in 4th and 5th from the off. Rory O’Regan passed Hugo Jackson as the latter lifted into Vale, surprising O’Regan. Akhtar nudged another driver, spinning himself out. Burke kept 1st to the line from O’Regan and Thornburn, who had cleanly passed Gillman on the penultimate lap.

Heat 6
Leo Licastro started pole from Akhtar and Kaiser Riemann. Conor Lucey was cautioned for bumping while Neal-Holder began working his way passed the other drivers to make it to the lead, with Akhtar behind him. Gentles and Licastro took each other out by overdriving over the kerbs at Turn 6. Haris Uddin had a similar mishap at Turn 6 the next lap round. Neal-Holder came 1st from Kaizer Akhtar and Conor Lucey.

Heat 7
As the drivers headed into the first corner, Oswald-Stevens crashed out into Vale and had to return to pits. Out in front O’Regan was cautioned for contact. Jacob Gilman, who had been passed by the Rorys, was warned for weaving but otherwise racing well. Jai Thornburn and James Lenaghan had consistent lap times while O’Regan and Rory Burke were battling out and were joined by James Hensler into Turn 4, attempting to sandwich himself between the two. He thought better of it and backed off, saving his move for the next lap, passing O’Regan and keeping 2nd until the end of the race. Burke took 1st.

Finals

C Final
Newcomer Nathan Caddock qualified pole for the C final from James Lenaghan, he made an error by running wide at Turn 6, and looked like he was going to lose the lead to Lenaghan. He managed to just hold on and regain around the inside at 7. There was a massive shift in the grid with Gentles managing to take the lead. Thomas Hazell was in 2nd with George Barker and Hugo Jackson making consistent lap times further back. Gentles fell back making an unsuccessful attempt at defending. Hazell kept 1st at the end of the race.

B Final
Kaizer Akhtar led the pack off the grid, nicely defending his position from Aaron Mensah. Conor Lucey was quick to pass Mensah for 2nd. Akhtar put some track between himself and Lucey with Kaiser Riemann was in 3rd. Isaac Wells and Jacob Gillman were increasing speed as the race drew to a close. Oswald-Stevens was penalised for making a late lunge at turn 4, hitting Aaron Mensah and gaining an advantage. Akhtar took 1st from Lucey and Riemann.

A Final
Neal-Holder started pole from James Hensler and Rory Burke. Neal-Holder was full-throttle off the line as further back Sebastian Wibaut lost it by himself, allowing others past. Burke had soon passed Hensler, but Hensler didn’t let them get far ahead. The battling trio were within a second until Hensler, looking behind his shoulder to check for the oncoming O’Regan, crashed in to the tyre wall. At turn 8, Burke turned in slightly catching Neal-Holder, who made a determined effort to recover his lead. Neal-Holder dropped down to 3rd, but was soon able to get back to 2nd from Akhtar, who had now assumed 2nd. Neal-Holder now held the position – with Burke 2 seconds ahead by the final lap! Masterful defensive driving from Neal-Holder was demonstrated as he held off Akhtar. With no time to make 1st, he was desperate to defend his 2nd place. Burke finished 1st from Neal-Holder. Akhtar and James Hensler collided, and Akhtar was penalised as although he was half way alongside, the speed he was going he could not have avoided contact. Wibaut therefore took 3rd.

Results

C Final

1st – Thomas Hazell
2nd – Mikey Porter
3rd – George Barker

B Final

1st – Kaizer Akhtar
2nd – Conor Lucey
3rd – Kaiser Riemann

A Final

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

 

Junior Lights

Heat 1
Robin Jandu headed the first Junior Light heat of the day from John-Henry Hill and George Hannay. He kept his lead off the line, with Henry-Hill close on his tail. By the second lap he was to within a tenth of a second. The duel at the front allowed Ahmad-Hambling to sneak through from further back and close in to within 4 tenths by the next lap around. Jandu was caught up in an incident at Turn 4 with Ahmad-Hambling as Jandu slightly misjudged a defensive move. Jandu was span out to 5th, as Henry-Hill took 1st from Ahmad-Hambling. It was judged as a penalty to Henry-Hill for squeezing down the infield straight, gaining advantage by contact. Ahmad-Hambling was therefore awarded 1st. Thomas Wallace took 2nd from Kieran Ives.

Heat 2
Thomas Wallace and Oscar Joyce were at the front of the grid, while the row behind consisted of Ethan Livingstone and Adam Hayes. Joyce fell back at the off, as Rio Le Conte made an impressive and successful lunge up the inside of turn 2 to further push Joyce back. He was fast again through turn 2 the next time round. Wallace now had Livingstone to challenge him. Hayes was penalised for an incident at Turn 3, diving up the inside of Le Conte. He was about ¼ of a kart length alongside – it was a late and aggressive manoeuvre that wasn’t going to pay off. Le Conte was domino’d into Livingstone. Wallace finished 1st from Oscar Joyce and Ethan Livingstone.

Heat 3
Kieran Ives was quick to break away from the pack, with Le Conte and Henry-Hill side by side around Turn 7. George Hannay and Oscar Joyce were similarly close. Kieran Ives began to put a second and a half between himself and Henry-Hill who were still bumper to bumper. Hannay broke away from Joyce, closing in on Le Conte for 4th. Ives took 1st from Henry-Hill and Ahmad-Hambling.

Heat 4
Rio Le Conte, who had been racing well all morning, started pole. Robin Jandu was penalised for bumping Adam Hayes, while not gaining an advantage, but disadvantaging Hayes, demoting him to 5th. Ahmad-Hambling had Le Conte hot on his bumper, passing him at the mid-point of the race. Ahmad-Hambling fought back and re-took 1st on the with 3 laps to go. But Le Conte was back ahead! With one lap to go, Le Conte looked set to take a deserved win – which he did – holding off Ahmad-Hambling from Ethan Livingstone.

Heat 5
George Hannay started pole from Thomas Wallace and Tom Jackson. Hannay was a bit over zealous and nearly threw away his lead down at the far end. Robin Jandu made a nice move on the last lap at Turn 7, but there was contact between himself and Tom Jackson on the final lap – resulting in penalties for both drivers, Hannay managed to hold his lead from Wallace and Jandu, who forfeited his place due to the penalty, promoting Oscar Joyce.

Heat 6
Ethan Livingstone and Adam Hayes at the front line. Livingstone began to put a second and a half between himself and Hayes, who was left at the mercy of John Henry-Hill. Kieran Ives didn’t have a great start but was making a good attempt to claw back some track, gaining on Tom Jackson. Henry-Hill began to take back a second as Ives, further back, also came to within a tenth of Jackson, with the front and back pairs leaving Adam Hayes to it in the middle. Ives on the penultimate lap passed Jackson around turn 3! Henry-Hill was now within a tenth of a second of Livingstone and managed to make a move stick before the chequered flag. Henry-Hill came 1st from Livingstone and Adam Hayes.

Finals

B Final
Ethan Livingstone’s lead was taken by George Hannay at the start while Tom Jackson and Adam Hayes came at Oscar Joyce from either side into turn 8, earning them both bumping warnings. Jandu was climbing up the pack, up to within half a second of Hannay. Jandu utilised Hannay running wide at turns 5 and 6 and took the lead, beginning to put close to a second and counting between himself and Jandu. Tom Jackson and Ethan Livingstone were 2 abreast into Turn 7 on the penultimate. Hannay began to make some time back but he ran out of time to make another move – Jandu finished 1st from Hannay and Jackson.

A Final
Thomas Wallace had the best heats results of the day and thus qualified pole for the A Final. Ahmad-Hambling was quick to take the lead, with Rio Le Conte using the opportunity to close in further on 2nd place, now belonging to Wallace. Kieran Ives was also keen to keep with the leaders,  with the top 4 drivers all covered by 8 tenths of a second. Le Conte suddenly dropped back; Ives was now in 3rd. Wallace manoeuvred around the outside at Turn 4, but Ahmad-Hambling fought back, retaining the lead. Le Conte also made a move, this one sticking, up the inside at Vale. Ahmad-Hambling now had Ives for company, who was eager to pas Ahmad-Hambling – which he did! With one lap to go Ives secured his win, from Ahmad-Hambling and Thomas Wallace.

Results

B Final

1st – Robin Jandu
2nd – George Hannay
3rd – Tom Jackson

A Final

1st – Kieran Ives
2nd – Finley Ahmad-Hambling
3rd – Thomas Wallace

 

Junior Heavy

Heat 1
Mikey Gleeson was at the front of the field for the first race of the day; with Taifan Squires and Alex Lucas behind him. Sebastian Chodyko down in 6th had an excellent start and by the end of the first lap of the 900m GP Circuit, he had gained 3 places and was up to 3rd. Alex Lucas fell back while Chodyko took yet another place for 2nd. By the third lap, he was running at the front. Chodyko pulled 1.4 seconds on Squires who had valiantly held on to 2nd, defending well from Gleeson, who finished 3rd.

Heat 2
Otis Smith missed the call for his heat and had to start at the back of the grid instead. Peter Heelis had a good start at the front. Luca Osborne was quick to gain position, taking Josef Smillie through with him. Smith managed to pass Harvey Shelton as up ahead the top two were making a nice lead as he last lap board went out. Smillie took the chequered flag, followed by Luca Osborne and William Tidnam.

Heat 3
William Vincent and Sebastian Chodyko led from Peter Heelis. At the mid-point of the race, Archie Elliott was penalised for causing front quarter to rear contact at Turn 4 on Peter Heelis. Elliott lost out position wise later on, with Vincent and Chodyko vying for the lead. Victory was Vincent’s as Chodyko and Heelis, who had recovered well from his contact with Elliott, followed him over the line.

Heat 4
Francesca Roodhouse drove defensively to fend off the threat from Archie Elliot at the green flag, but was unsuccessful and Elliot snuck past. Matteo Strathmann made an impressive leap from 5th to 1st within the first lap, utilising the distraction of Elliott by Roodhouse. Matteo Strathmann came 1st from Archie Elliott and Roodhouse in a race with some good manoeuvres and quick laps by all.

Heat 5
Daniel Garcia and William Tidnam made up the front row of Heavy heat 5. Reigning Junior Lights Champion Sebastian Chodyko started 3rd, making a great start from the line. Chodyko was up to 2nd down the far end of the circuit, taking another place for 1st around the inside at the lead up to Turn 5. Daniel Garcia took it back immediately, retaliating around the outside. The next lap around in the same place, Chodyko made another attempt, but Garcia’s defence was impressive and managed to fend off Chodyko to the mid-point of the heat. Chodyko was given a final warning for bumping and eased off slightly, whilst still maintaining the pressure on Garcia. Chodyko manged to come up alongside Garcia around the outside of T4, but Garcia kept 1st from Chodyko and Osborne.

Heat 6
Harvey Shelton was pole from Alex Lucas. William Vincent, Francesca Roodhouse and Taifan Squires had a good start. Vincent in particular was up to the front within 2 laps, entering into a brilliant race down the main straight with Josef Smillie. Vincent was cautioned for bumping and dropped back to 2nd.  This left the opportunity for Smillie to assume 1st. Vincent finished behind him from Harvey Shelton, who had fended off Squire’s advances nicely.

Heat 7
Matteo Strathmann, Maximillian Bublik and Archie Elliott all made great starts at the green lights. The entire pack remained tight together down the infield straight. Daniel Garcia in 4th had a brief look around 3rd at the approach to Turn 6, but thought better of it and saved his move for later the following lap. He made it passed Strathmann and began to put a second and a half ahead between them. Bublik and Archie Elliott were similarly close, with William Tidnam and Harvey Shelton remaining within a second of each other. Shelton was unfortunate and fell back to 7 seconds slower than Garcia in the lead. On the final lap, Garcia consolidated his lead and took 1st, from Strathmann and Bublik.

Heat 8
Nathan Caddock didn’t have a great start and span into another driver, then spinning himself in to the tyres. Gentles also caused a collision at turn 2, front to rear and pushed Mikey Porter back a place to 4th. Isaac Wells and Sebastian Wibaut up ahead were keeping out of the chaos as was Jai Thornburn in 1st. With the final lap board coming down, Thornburn kept his position to win, with Wibaut taking 2nd from Wells.

Finals

C Final
Otis Smith qualified pole for the Heavy C final, from Peter Heelis. Heelis made a great start and passed Smith at the off, taking Taifan Squires with him. Alex Lucas did not have such a good start and remained at the back – Harvey Shelton and Maximillian Bublik managed to pass Squires, with Bublik making even further progress with an excellent move down the main straight. Squires attempted to regain position and outbraked himself into turn 2, causing him to spin. Harvey Shelton was then penalised for causing a collision at Turn 6, causing the track to go red due to suspected injury. Both parties were fine, Shelton was retired for the aggressive move as we resumed racing for a final half lap. Heelis finished 1st from Squires and Smith. Heelis would join the back of the B Final.

B Final
The leaders, Mikey Gleeson and Francesca Roodhouse were neck and neck from the off, with Gleeson making a great move, slithering up the inside at Turn 4 to take 1st. Peter Heelis was bumped by Archie Elliott, for squeezing Heelis, who admittedly was off line. Elliott was penalised as up ahead Tidnam had taken Gleeson for 1st. Elliot’s 2nd penalty of the day would mean he would score no points for the final.

A Final
Chodyko and Daniel Garcia were the front line for the Heavy A Final today. Garcia had had an excellent day’s racing so far. 3 different ABCs occurred around turns 5-7; with Garcia’s luck and skill wearing thin being one of the guilty parties. Matteo Strathmann was also penalised for front to side contact at Turn 5, leaving Chodyko and Smillie to battle it out for 1st. Luca Osborne looked comfortable in 3rd, while up ahead Chodyko was cautioned for weaving, slightly squeezing Smillie on the entrance to turn 3. As the last lap board went down, Smillie gained position on Chodyko and as they took the chequered flag, secured the win with Luca Osborne taking 3rd.

Results

C Final

1st – Peter Heelis
2nd – Taifan Squires
3rd – Otis Smith

 B Final

1st – William Tidnam
2nd – Mikey Gleeson
3rd – William Vincent

A Final

1st – Josef Smillie
2nd – Sebastian Chodyko
3rd – Luca Osborne

 

Junior RT8

Heat 1
Josef Smillie, fresh off the track from Juniors was first out on to the circuit for the latter part of the day. Oliver Tipping and Finley Ahmad-Hambling were close behind, as Sam Attard had his sights set on Francesca Roodhouse up ahead. Kieran Ives had excellent speed and, having started 7th in the grid of 9, by the time we reached race culmination, was up in front. Ahmad-Hambling and Tipping completed the top 3.

Heat 2
Dan Gamblin and Francesca Roodhouse took the front line at the start of the race, Mark Martin was quick to take 2nd from Roodhouse into Vale. There was minor contact from Josef Smillie and Mark Martin, sandwiching Ben Graham in 3rd. Oliver Tipping was pushing hard while Sam Attard fell back. Gamblin began to get a comfortable lead over Smillie, as Attard pulled in to the pits for a kart change, but retired due to the last lap board coming out. Kieran Ives and Ben Graham had minor contact as the last lap ensued; Dan Gamblin kept 1st from Smillie and Martin as Ives and Roodhouse failed to lift, almost earning penalties – avoiding it due to gaining no advantage.

Heat 3
Sam Attard, Ben Graham and Kieran Ives were all competitive at the off, with the entire field covered by a second and a half. Ives had won the battle up front with Mark Martin sneaking in past Attard. Ives was clinging on to 1st by 3 tenths, with Ben Graham closing in. Graham and Martin were almost alongside one another at the line under the waving chequered flag, with under half a second separating the pair, who took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Final
Kieran Ives started pole from Ben Graham who was keen to keep his lead. Smillie qualified 3rd and was hoping his afternoon would be as successful as his morning. Graham did not let Ives get too far ahead and by the second lap had usurped him from his position at the helm. The usual suspects of Ives and Ahmad-Hambling continued to battle fiercely, reminiscent of the morning’s finals. Graham took 1st, from Ives and Ahmad-Hambling.

Results

1st – Ben Graham
2nd – Kieran Ives
3rd – Finley Ahmad-Hambling

 

Senior Lights

Heat 1
After a false start, Jordan Bowley had a good start off the line. Ian Del-Pizzo managed to maintain 2nd with Evrim Guler coming up from 7th to 3rd within 2 laps. Bowley managed to put half a second between him and the reigning Champ, Del-Pizzo. Guler had made such good time that he was only a tenth of a second behind Del-Pizzo as they crossed the line under the waving chequered flag. Bowley kept 1st from Del-Pizzo and Guler.

Heat 2
Henry Jarrett and Cassy Quinn were racing at the green flag to maintain their 1st and 2nd grid spots respectively. Evrim Guler was warned for bumping as Quinn was penalised for leaving no gap for Guler, lunging down the far end of the circuit. Side to rear quarter contact earnt her the penalty as she also slipped back. Guler was next to incur a penalty, for causing Del-Pizzo to lose out. Up ahead, Jarrett kept his lead from Andrew Graham. The top 6 remained tight as they sped through the chicane at the front end of the track. Fergal Ludlow slipped through with the momentum he had and gained several places, passing Jarrett for 1st. Jarrett was soon joined by Guler, who was racing for track position but would not secure the points due to his penalty. Ludlow kept 1st from Guler and Jarrett, with Andrew Graham in 4th inheriting 3rd place points due to the aforementioned penalty.

Heat 3
Freddy Bragg headed the group, with Stephen Wackrill taking a mid-pack grid spot and keeping the pace at the off. Henry Jarrett missed the PA for the race start and therefore started a lap down. Ludlow had once again made his way to head the pack. Guler and Del-Pizzo kept close, forcing Ludlow to drive incredibly defensively to secure 1st by 3 tenths of a second from Del-Pizzo. Guler took 3rd with a similarly close gap from 4th placed Andrew Graham. The mid-pack of Jordan Bowley, Freddy Bragg and Cassy Quinn were also racing hard throughout.

Final
Fergal Ludlow qualified pole after a successful day’s racing from Jordan Bowley and Andrew Graham. Ian Del-Pizzo was having a rare bad day, usually qualifying in the top 2. Evrim Guler manoeuvred his way up to 3rd, determined to make up for his demotion in qualifying. Ludlow had fallen back, but made an impressive lunge back through Turn 3. He fell back further as Bowley and Guler pulled away from the pack. The pair took Turn 4 side by side, alternating as the semi-penultimate lap continued. Guler and Bowley were locked in battle as the last lap board went down. Guler finished 1st from Jordan Bowley and Ian Del-Pizzo, who had regained some positions in the nick of time to secure a trophy – continuing his streak of podium appearances.

Results

1st – Evrim Guler
2nd – Jordan Bowley
3rd – Ian Del-Pizzo

 

Senior Heavy

Heat 1
Luke Charman and Leigh Ebanks made a break at the off.  Max Robinson from 7th was up to 2nd at the mid-point of the race. Marc Morley-Freer and Garrett Applin had a collision at Turn 6, as Ebanks fell further back. Charman was soon joined by Max Robinson, but he held him off till the chequered flag, taking 1st place and the quickest lap of the race – a speedy 00:52.008. Robinson and Morley-Freer were close behind.

Heat 2
Marc Morley-Freer made a good move at the start, lunging into Turn 3. Meanwhile Charles Newton-Darby was increasing his speed. Max Robinson and Garrett Applin were putting the pressure on Charman, as Charman was slow into the corners to try and keep tight to the line, backing up Applin. Morley-Freer squeezed around the outside of T5 to take 1st from Max Robinson. The pair remained at the head of the pack by a considerable 2 seconds, as the remainder of drivers took Turn 4 nearly 2 abreast. Luke Charman was taken by Applin around the outside on the final lap, holding off Charman to the chequered.

Heat 3
Charles Newton-Darby began the heat at the head of the pack, Marc Moreley-Freer, in 5th, quickly made a move to gain several places and was up in to 2nd by the end of the first lap. Another lap, another position as he then made it up to lead the final heat of the day. Behind him, Charman and Robinson had also passed Newton-Darby and secured 2nd and 3rd for race finish.

Final
Marc Morley-Freer qualified pole despite a penalty in his first heat; a testament to the quality of his driving in the other heats. Luke Charman and Max Robinson completed the top 3 qualifiers for the final race of the June round of the 2017 InKart Championship. Charles Newton-Darby, Leigh Ebanks and Garrett Applin were similarly close further back. Morley-Freer extended his lead over Charman, who had Robinson applying the pressure, vying for his track space. Morley-Freer looked set to secure 1st from Max Robinson who had successfully passed Charman. And as the chequered flag went out, the top 3 finished as is as the racing for the day drew to a close.

Results

1st – Marc Morley-Freer
2nd – Max Robinson
3rd – Luke Charman