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

Cadets

Heat 1
Haris Uddin was joined by Ethan Ghosh soon in to the start of Cadet Heat 1. Before the culmination of the first lap he managed to spin out due to a slight nudge that he put himself in place for. Jayden Neal-Holder who’d started 4th was quick to make the most of the leader’s struggle and was soon up to 2nd. Thomas Hazell was challenging, but Neal-Holder held it nicely around the outside at the 2nd cut through. He then made further gains and was up to 1st with 2 laps remaining. As the last lap board went out, Kaiser Riemann was penalised for an incident on the top straight, not being half way alongside another driver and turning in on them. Holder held his lead from Ghosh and Jessica White.

Heat 2
Jacob Gillman and Kaizer Akhtar made up the front row for today’s 2nd Cadet Heat. Akhtar had the better start of the pair while Gillman had Sebastian Wibaut to deal with. Gilman and Wibaut were side by side around turns 1 and 2, while Akhtar began to consolidate his lead, pulling away to over a second and a half. Wibaut took 2nd while Gillman, in an attempt to keep in contention, span himself out at the far end of the circuit. Wibaut was pushing it to the limit and managed to take back an impressive second from Akhtar’s lead. Jai Thornburn found himself in 3rd now due to Gillman’s spin, despite being 9 seconds back from the leaders. Akhtar and Wibaut raced to the line with the former keeping 1st. Thornburn finished 3rd.

Heat 3
James Hensler, Kaiser Riemann and Jessica White were quick off the line, with Akhtar losing out into turn 2, kerbing 3 in an attempt to stay with the leaders – for which he was duly warned. James Hensler span himself out over the start line next lap around. He came in for a kart change as he felt the steering wheel was too stiff. He span out again on the out lap. Riemann and Jessica White were keeping it clean at the front, with White looking for every opportunity to make a move. Riemann kept it to the line however from White and Akhtar.

Heat 4
Jayden Neal-Holder and Sebastian Wibaut were first off the line with Neal-Holder keeping his lead. Rory O’Regan was soon putting pressure on Wibaut and was soon up to 2nd. O’Regan undid his hard work however as he was penalised for front to rear contact at turn 3 on Neal-Holder, putting O’Regan in 1st, thus gaining the advantage. Whilst O’Regan continued to race in 1st place with Neal-Holder and Ghosh behind him, he would forfeit his win to Neal-Holder due to the penalty. The final time around the bottleneck, Haris Uddin span himself out. Jensen Oswald-Stevens was penalised for not slowing safely at the incident. An eventful heat would see the top points awarded to Neal-Holder for 1st, Ethan Ghosh for 2nd and Sebastian Wibaut for 3rd.

Heat 5
Thomas Hazell kept his lead off the line from Jai Thornburn. Thornburn did not let him get too much of a lead however after a close attempt at turn 3 in front of race control, Thornburn managed to make a move stick and take 1st. Kaizer Akhtar who had started in 6th was now up in 2nd and in a position to make a move on Thornburn in 1st. He swept around the outside at turn 3, but Thornburn pulled back alongside, with James Hensler trying to sneak up the inside. Akhtar managed to pull away from both threats and began to put 3 seconds between himself and Hensler, who had successfully taken 2nd. The top pair stayed as they were until the chequered flag. Thornburn kept 3rd.

Heat 6
O’Regan had a flying start and was quick to pull away from Nikhil Dhar. Conor Lucey in 3rd saw a space and filled it, passing Dhar for 2nd while newcomer Andrew McWillam made some impressive moves from the back and was soon up to 3rd also passing Dhar. Dhar and Thomas Hazell were competing for 5th while up ahead McWillam had gained further position and was up to 2nd. O’Regan took 1st from McWillam and Lucey.

Heat 7
Isaac Wells and Joshua Hoyle started on the front of the grid from Nikhil Dhar who ran wide at turn 2, leaving the door open for Neal-Holder and Wibaut to make their way from the back into 3rd and 4th. Neal-Holder soon passed leader Wells, and the distraction allowed Wibaut to pass as well. Newcomer Tom Lawson-Smith had consistent times. Neal-Holder kept his lead from Wibaut and Riemann, who had quietly made his way up the grid.

Heat 8
After a false start and having to re-grid at the start line, Hugo Jackson and Jenson Oswald-Stevens were on the front row at the restart Oswald-Stevens had a good start ad managed to retain 2nd despite movers either side off him. McWillam (who races in both Daytona Tamworth’s and Milton Keynes’ InKart Championships as well) was up into 1st while Joshua Hoyle, who lost out not long after the restart, set his sights on regaining the position. McWillam took 1st from Oswald-Stevens and Thorburn.

Heat 9
Jessica White, who’d started 3rd was quick to get up to 2nd and challenge Conor Lucey for 1st. The pair were side by side at the top straight. White took the lead, and was soon joined by Rory O’Regan, who looked a promising contender for the lead. White fended him off until the penultimate lap, where O’Regan swept passed at the second cut through. O’Regan kept position and took 1st by just a fraction of second, despite White’s best efforts and regaining position. Conor Lucey took 3rd.

Finals

C Final
Jacob Gillman had an excellent start from Nikhil Dhar and Luke Lawson-Smith. Hugo Jackson was soon past Luke Lawson-Smith for 3rd while Gillman began to pull away. By race end, he had a comfortable 4 second lead as he took the win over the line from Dhar and Jackson.

B Final
Jai Thornburn kept his lead from Ethan Ghosh and Conor Lucey. Thornburn overcooked it and went in to the tyres at the approach to the start line. There was further spinning down at the far end as the yellows came on. Joshua Hoyle caused a further incident whilst running in 6th, taking Jacob Gillman off the circuit. Hoyle was penalised as Gillman fell back. Lucey took 1st from James Hensler and Jensen Oswald-Stevens.

A Final
Jayden Neal-Holder was set to defend his championship lead, having qualified pole for the A Final. Kaizer Akhtar was putting pressure on him as Andrew McWillam began making his way up from 5th, at one point running in 3rd. Kaiser Riemann was having a consistent race until Conor Lucey came from a long way back and knocked into Riemann at turn1. Lucey was penalised. At the culmination of the race, Andrew McWillam, Kaiser Riemann and Kaizer Akhtar all made contact as up ahead Sebastian Wibaut, who’d qualified 3rd, had made gains and with perhaps another couple of laps could have found the half a second needed to put a move on Neal-Holder, who secured his win.  Jessica white finished 3rd.

Results

C Final

1st Jacob Gillman
2nd Nikhil Dhar
3rd Hugo Jackson

B Final

1st Conor Lucey
2nd James Hensler
3rd Jensen Oswald-Stevens

A Final

1st Jayden Neal-Holder
2nd Sebastian Wibaut
3rd Jessica White

 

Junior Light

Heat 1
Robin Jandu started pole from Tom Jackson and Ethan Livingstone. Robin Jandu had a good start and was keen to put some track between himself and the rest of the grid. Kieran Ives, who’d started further back was quick to work his way up and made an excellent move around the outside of the first cut through – Livingstone also had a look to try and make space up the inside. Jandu made slight contact with the new leader Ives and was warned accordingly. Ives kept 1st from Jandu and Jackson.

Heat 2
Adam Hayes started pole from Katherine White, and the entire pack had a good, clean start. Bayley Campbell span himself out at the far end on the out lap while next lap around White made a successful overtake up the inside at turn 3. Tom Jackson and Adam Hayes were cautioned for bumping in 2nd and 3rd. White was holding off the battling pair in 2nd and 3rd nicely, while further back Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Ethan Livingstone had each other to contend with. White took 1st from Jackson and Hayes.

Heat 3
Kieran Ives started pole from Thomas Wells and George Hannay. Hannay passed Wallace moments in to the race while Katherine White utilised her time exceptionally well and was soon up to challenge Hannay from the back. Tom Jackson and Finley Ahmad-Hambling were involved in minor contact as White and Ives were continually swapping for 1st. White took 1st as the flag went down from Thomas Wallace and Tom Jackson as Kieran Ives lost out on the final lap.

Heat 4
Ahmad-Hambling and Katherine white had a good start, while Jandu in 4th had an excellent one. Jandu pulled away from the leaders – flying down the top straight, leaving White and Ahmad-Hambling to battle between themselves for a moment. Adam Hayes stuck a move on Ahmad-Hambling, who lost out further. White was not going to let Jandu get too far away from her and closed to within a tenth of a second. She was up alongside and flew through the chicane. White took the lead, with Jandu desperate to keep up. Behind the front pair positions were fluid and constantly changing. White kept the lead to the chequered from Jandu and Thomas Wallace who took 3rd.

Heat 5
The entire grid kept position for the first lap for the final Light heat of the day. Robin Jandu in 5th and Kieran Ives in 4th were the first to make moves, with Jandu passing Ives after slight contact. Out ahead, Ethan Livingstone and George Hannay were being challenged by Thomas Wallace in 3rd.Hannay was first to be challenged, with Wallace being successful. He was then on to Livingstone, taking 1st. From behind, Jandu was challenging further and Wallace kept 1st for the end of the race from Jandu and Ives.

Finals

B Final
Adam Hayes qualified pole for the Light B final from George Hannay and Ethan Livingstone. Finley Ahmad-Hambling was in 4th and it seemed that the Reverse Bottleneck 3 did not suit him. Hayes and Hannay swapped positions as Hannay squeezed up the inside to pass Hayes. Hannay then secured his lead by 4 seconds, promoting himself to the back of the A final. Hayes finished 2nd from Ahmad-Hambling.

A Final
Katherine White started pole from Thomas Wallace and Robin Jandu. George Hannay, who was joining from the B final, made a bold move up the inside of the top straight into turn 4 to take 5th from Tom Jackson. Kieran Ives, who had started in 5th, also made a good start and was quickly up to 4th. Jandu was up to 2nd, but not for long as Ives made a spectacular lunge to take 2nd. Jandu and Ives continued to battle, coming close to the tail of 1st place. The top 4, including George Hannay, were all covered by 7 tenths of a second as the race reached half way. Jandu had a look up the inside the next time around on the top straight; the penultimate lap. He managed to momentarily come alongside White, but she held him off. White finished 1st from Jandu and Ives.

Results

B Final

1st George Hannay
2nd Adam Hayes
3rd Finley Ahmad-Hambling

A Final
1st Katherine White
2nd Robin Jandu
3rd Kieran Ives

 

Junior Heavy

Heat 1
Daniel Garcia started pole from Archie Elliott and Sebastian Chodyko. Garcia lost position at the start while Elliott powered ahead. Taifan Squires also had a good start while Garcia was now in battle with Katherine White, who’d started at the back. William Vincent out broke himself and made things more difficult for White, turning in on her and received a bumping warning as a result. Elliott and Squires were side by side down the top straight with Elliott managing to hold it. Elliott kept his lead to the end, with Squires and White taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Heat 2
Alex Lucas and Thomas Atmaciyan started at the front of the grid, with Lucas getting away nicely. Atmaciyan was soon joined by Matteo Strathmann, who had started 5th. Strathmann made some risky moves that worked out and he managed to make his way to the head of the pack. Atmaciyan headed in to the bottleneck section of the track with 3 other drivers alongside him, he was on the outside and managed to spin himself out. Strathmann left the pack behind, with Squires in 2nd having to fend off the fighting Garcia. Strathmann kept 1st from Squires and Garcia as the chequered flag went out.

Heat 3
Katherine White and Francesca Roodhouse started 1st and 2nd, from Strathmann and Mikey Gleeson. White got away well, while Roodhouse had Strathmann to contend with for 2nd. Strathmann secured the position. Thomas Atmaciyan, had made some places having started at the back, but was penalised for squeezing another driver on to the grass. As the heat finished, White took 1st. Strathmann and Gleeson completed the top 3.

Heat 4
Sebastian Chodyko started pole from Mikey Gleeson, with both front runners having a good start. Further back Vincent Osborne and Daniel Garcia were vying for 4th, while Francesca Roodhouse fell back. Elliott managed to manoeuvre past Gleeson for 2nd, while Chodyko put 2 seconds worth of track between himself and Elliott in 2nd. Chodyko took 1st as the chequered flag came down followed by Elliot and Gleeson, who themselves had 2 seconds between them at the end of the heat.

Heat 5
William Vincent kept pole as the track began to lose grip. The rain was intense for a moment but stopped as the race started. Vincent handled the track conditions well – pulling 4 seconds lead on Elliott who had made it up from 5th to 2nd. Elliott had Chodyko on his bumper as the heat reached mid-point – Chodyko was cautioned for bumping. Chodyko managed to pull 2 seconds on Elliott, and the pair took the top 2 spots at race end. Gleeson took 3rd.

Heat 6
Matteo Strathmann started from Atmaciyan and Katherine White. White had another great start today, taking 1st place with just two laps of the circuit completed. Gleeson however was directly behind her, waiting for an opportunity. Which came at turn 3 as she ran slightly too wide, allowing Gleeson through. White now had to focus on keeping Strathmann behind while attempting to regain position. Strathmann had his own challenge however, as William Vincent and Vincent Osborne were both closing in on the 3rd place driver. Gleeson began to extend his lead, leaving no time for White to attempt to make another move. Gleeson took 1st from White and Strathmann, who held off the remaining drivers behind him, who were distracted by Vincent spinning out at the hairpin.

Finals

B Final
Taifan Squires and William Vincent were the front row of the grid. Daniel Garcia down in 3rd was keen to gain position and cleanly manoeuvred passed the front runners. Vincent Osborne who had qualified 4th on his debut, took the last corner, the left-hander, wrong and went from 4th to last. Garcia had a 3 second lead over William Vincent and kept it to take chequered and his place at the back of the grid for the A final. William Vincent came 2nd from Taifan Squires.

A Final
Archie Elliott started pole from Matteo Strathmann. Katherine White in 3rd was determined to gain some places. Daniel Garcia was gaining from the back and was to within a tenth of White, putting pressure on her and turning her attention to defending rather than attacking Strathmann up in front. Chodyko was in turn putting pressure on Garcia however and passing him. Chodyko and White were now in contention for 3rd and they raced alongside down the top straight. White kept 3rd from Strathmann, with Elliott taking the win.

Results

A Final

1st Daniel Garcia
2nd William Vincent
3rd Taifan Squires

A Final

1st Archie Elliott
2nd Matteo Strathmann
3rd Katherine White

 

Junior RT8

Heat 1
Ben Graham started pole from Finley Ahmad-Hambling. Mark Martin had a good start, going from 7th to 4th within 2 laps of the Reverse Bottleneck 3 circuit. Kieran Ives in 3rd was Martin’s next challenge, while Katherine White had also made her way up from the back to compete with Ives. Martin and White managed to pass him, but Ives was holding on to within half a second. Ben Graham and Ahmad-Hambling finished 1st and 2nd from White who had managed to secure 3rd despite pressure from behind.

Heat 2
Francesca Roodhouse kept her lead around the first 2 corners despite the entire field vying for her position. Alex Jay was successful in passing, taking Katherine White through with him. Half of the pack remained to within a second and a half as the last lap board was shown; they were so close that contact was made. Brendan Scathes came close to contact, almost connecting with Mark Martin at what is usually turn 3. White passed Jay while the commotion further back was taking place, with Alex Jay and Luke Roberts taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Heat 3
After a false start due to 2nd place’s Sathees’ keenness, the drivers were re-gridded before the start line, Luke Roberts had a good start at the front. Alex Jay, who was new to the RT8 category, was gaining places from the back. Having started 9th, he was up to 7th at the beginning of the antepenultimate lap. Roberts and Sathees were still in position at the helm, but Katherine White, who had demonstrated excellent handling of the layout of today’s track, was in 3rd and applying the heat to the front duo. The top 3 finished as they were for the final RT8 heat of the day.

Final
After a false start, Katherine White and Luke Roberts, the front row, had successful starts. Ben Graham, who had started in 5th behind Sathees, made an impressive lunge down the far end of the circuit – passing both Sathees and Roberts. Kieran Ives and Mark Martin were battling amongst themselves, as Katherine White displayed some impressive defensive driving to hold of Roberts, who had regained 2nd from Graham. The top three were now beginning to make a definitive break away from the rest of the field, headed by Sathees in 4th. Francesca Roodhouse had now joined in with Ives’s and Martin’s battle. Martin pulled away, as up ahead Luke Roberts went for a gap that had just closed, making contact with White and taking the lead as the last lap started. Roberts let White back through, meaning she took 1st from Roberts and Graham at race finish.

Results

1st Katherine White
2nd Luke Roberts
3rd Ben Graham

 

Senior Light

Heat 1
Andrew Graham and Evrim Guler headed the first senior heat of the day. Both had good starts, as did Ian Del-Pizzo. Guler began to fall back as Bowley made some time, taking 3rd. Andrew Graham held off Del-Pizzo, who was now in 2nd, despite minor contact from Del-Pizzo, applying perhaps a little too much pressure on Graham. Dan Gamblin and Simon Platt were both increasing in speed, but ran out of time to make moves out of it. Graham finished 1st from Del-Pizzo and Jordan Bowley.

Heat 2
Jordan Bowley and Ian Del-Pizzo were close off the line, with Evrim Guler setting increasingly quick lap times to take 3rd and then up to 2nd. Dan Gamblin in 5th span himself out as he attempted to close in on 4th place, looking frustrated as he was pushed out of the tyres. Bowley kept 1st from Guler and Graham, who had all managed to pass Del-Pizzo, taking advantage of a slight overdrive from him.

Heat 3
Del-Pizzo in 3rd was up into 1st around turn 3 at the beginning of the race. Platt locked up, allowing him through as Evrim Guler, from 5th, also began to climb his way up the field. Guler and Del-Pizzo broke away as the former took the latter at the half way point of their final heat for Round 7. Jordan Bowley in 4th made an excellent clean move around Andrew Graham for 3rd at turn 1 at the beginning of the penultimate lap. Meanwhile Guler began to pull away from Del-Pizzo, looking set to take the win, earning him some valuable points for the final. Guler finished 1st from Del-Pizzo and Graham.

Final
A false start for the Lights as well! Andrew Graham had crossed the line before Guler, while the qualifying order was the reverse. Graham and Guler both had good starts on the 2nd attempt. Graham managed to pass Guler, this time during the race and attempted to pull away to secure his lead. Guler kept the balance nicely between the attack and the defence from Del-Pizzo, who was just 3 tenths behind him. Graham kept Guler behind him despite the pressure. Del-Pizzo kept 3rd, from Bowley, who made some good advances.

Results

1st Andrew Graham
2nd Evrim Guler
3rd Ian Del-Pizzo

 

Senior Heavy

Heat 1
Arrun Saunders was pole from Max Robinson and Garry Applin, whose start was not ideal, but he fought aggressively to get back position. Applin had his sights on Luke Charman who was now the 3rd place runner. Saunders was beginning to put a kart’s length between himself and Robinson, gaining to half a second as the last lap board was held out. Stephen Harding and Marc Morley-Freer were consumed with their own battle further back. Saunders took the win from Robinson and Charman at the finish of the heat.

Heat 2
Marc Morley-Freer and Stephen Harding, who had finished at the back of the pack in the first heat, were starting 1st and 2nd for this one. Last heat’s winner Arrun Saunders started 3rd. The two front runners broke away, with Saunders dropping back, allowing Luke Charman into 3rd. Charman then passed Harding, closing in on the leader. Onto the final lap and he passed cleanly and confidently, taking 1st from Morley-Freer and Harding.

Heat 3
Max Robinson had his elbows out at the start of the race in 5th, earning him a bumping warning as he went into turn 3. Garry Applin, who had started 1st, had kept it for the entirety of the race. Morley-Freer took 2nd as the race finished from Stephen Harding.

Final
We were 3 for 3 with the false starts today, as once again 2nd place jumped the start. Luke Charman kept his lead at the start, while further behind him Harding made 2 spaces during the first 2 laps. Max Robinson made a move on Saunders at the end of the straight the next lap around, moving up to 5th and Harding closed in on Applin in 4th. By the following lap, Harding had caught up with and passed Applin 3rd. Harding was cautioned for kerbing as he progressed further up the field, holding 2nd for a short time. Luke Charman kept 1st from Marc Morley-Freer and Stephen Harding.

Results

1st Luke Charman
2nd Marc Morley-Freer
3rd Stephen Harding