Daytona Tamworth 2018-19 InKart Championships
Round Two Race Report (PDF Download)
Elliot Woodall starts from pole for the first Cadet race of the event. Drivers are 3-wide through Turn 6 on the first lap and continue to scrap at close quarters for the remainder of the lap. Elliot Woodall has managed to get away at the front as Abi Sanders spun into the barrier at the end of the first lap. A couple of laps later and the drivers have sorted themselves out with Elliot Woodall out front, followed by Luke Ringham, Joe Lorenz, Harry Sanders, Jake Perry at 2 second intervals. Abi Sanders has now caught and passed Brendan James as she recovers from her earlier incident. Joe Lorenz has chased down and passes Luke Ringham to take 2nd. Abi Sanders moves up another spot in front of Oliver Flint and being 2 seconds a lap quicker sets her sights on Jake Perry. As they enter the last lap Elliot Woodall is still in front but being caught by Joe Lorenz who in turn has dragged Luke Ringham along as well making it a three-way fight for 1st. Elliot Woodall keeps his cool to finish ahead. Finished Elliot Woodall, Joe Lorenz, Luke Ringham, Harry Sanders, Abi Sanders, Jake Perry, Oliver Flint & Brendan James.
Leo Jackson starts from pole. Jake Perry has an unfortunate mechanical fault and swaps karts effectively putting him out of the race. Harry Sanders & Abi Sanders have broken clear as the rest of the field spreads out behind them. The drivers settle into their rhythms and continue to extend the gaps to the driver behind. The first three drivers maintain a 3 second gap to each other, whilst the drivers behind all end up driving their own races. Jake Perry was setting some quick times trying to catch up to the drivers ahead but ran out of laps. Finished Harry Sanders, Abi Sanders, Elliot Woodall, Nathan Britain, Leo Jackson, Alessio La Malfa & Jake Perry.
Joe Lorenz starts from pole and pulls away at the front with Luke Ringham keeping him honest. Behind in a comfortable 3rd is Oliver Flint. Alessio La Malfa in his debut round is in 4th trying to maintain the gap to Nathan Britain and Brendan James as they battle for 5th. Midway through the race and it starts to rain making the track extremely greasy. Lap times have dropped to 1:40’s. Making the best of it, Luke Ringham opens up a large gap to Joe Lorenz behind, as the rest of the drivers try to cope with the slippy conditions. Finished Luke Ringham, Joe Lorenz, Oliver Flint, Leo Jackson, Brendan James, Nathan Britain & Alessio La Malfa.
Leo Jackson starts from pole. Black Flag for Jake Perry (ABC, Turn 3 on Leo Jackson) on the first lap. Oliver Flint pulls away at the front as the field spread out behind. Jake Perry enters the pit. Oliver Flint controls the pace at the front with Nathan Britain 3 seconds behind trying to chase the leader down. Jake Perry has made his way back into 3rd and attempts to bridge the gap. Leo Jackson has caught Brendan James and makes a bold move up the inside of Turn 5. Finished Oliver Flint, Nathan Britain, Leo Jackson, Brendan James, Alessio La Malfa & Jake Perry*. Oliver Flint advances to the A final.
*adjusted for Black Flag
1st – Oliver Flint
2nd – Nathan Britain
3rd – Leo Jackson
Luke Ringham starts from pole. Spinning at Turn 4, Oliver Flint drops to the back of the pack. Elliot Woodall gets through to head the group of 5 drivers as they cross the line after lap 1. The lead then changes hands multiple times throughout the lap with Joe Lorenz completing the second lap in the lead. Harry Sanders fights through to lead on lap 3. Elliot Woodall spins of his own accord into Turn 12 dropping off the pack. Joe Lorenz emerges at the front and tries to open a gap, with Harry Sanders giving chase. Abi Sanders and Luke Ringham cling on in 3rd and 4th. As the leading pack catch a backmarker, Harry Sanders takes advantage and pushes through to the lead. Abi Sanders comes off the worse and loses out to Luke Ringham. The front four have broken into two by two with Joe Lorenz all over the back of Harry Sanders for 1st whilst behind Abi Sanders hounds the back of Luke Ringham. With a last-minute lunge at the Turn 12 hairpin Joe Lorenz squeezes through to take the win, with Luke Ringham fending of Abi Sanders for 3rd. Finished Joe Lorenz, Harry Sanders, Luke Ringham, Abi Sanders, Elliot Woodall & Oliver Flint.
2nd – Harry Sanders
3rd – Luke Ringham
Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray starts from pole for the first race of the day. At the end of the first lap the first Black Flag is issued for Jasmine La Malfa (ABC (Advance by Contact) turn 2 on Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray). Casey Baughan has broken away at the front, being pushed by Dillon Davis. Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray is now at the back trying to close in on Mark Whitbread. Ahead Jasmine La Malfa is settling into her debut race, whilst Eric Su is trying to stay in touch with the leaders. Dillon Davis has made his way past into the lead but cannot break clear. Four minutes to go and Dillon Davis and Casey Baughan are away at the front with Eric Su chasing them in 3rd. Behind, the remaining three drivers have all closed up as they battle for the best of the rest. Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray has picked off Mark Whitbread and hounds Jasmine La Malfa. As they go through Turn three on the last lap, Mark Whitbread makes a great move up the inside overtaking both Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray and Jasmine La Malfa. Unfortunately, he runs wide at the last corner allowing Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray back through. Finished Dillon Davis, Casey Baughan, Eric Su, Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray, Mark Whitbread & Jasmine La Malfa*.
*adjusted for Black Flag
Ethan Kirkby starts this heat from pole. A scrappy opening lap as all the drivers jostle over 1st place. Ben Foden and Alex Jackson have broken clear with James Jackson, Grace Lee-Davis, and Ethan Kirkby fighting over 3rd. William Bomberg is bringing up the rear hoping to pick off anybody that falls by the wayside. Ethan Kirkby pulls off a fantastic move up the inside of Grace Lee-Davis at Turn 4. Grace Lee-Davis returns the favour at the Turn 12 hairpin to maintain 4th place as they cross the line. Alex Jackson continues to pressure Ben Foden into making a mistake at the front as they open up a 9 second gap. As the chasing three drivers go through Turn 3 nose to tail, Ethan Kirkby makes another move up the inside at Turn 4 to take Grace Lee-Davis. Ben Foden resists the attention from Alex Jackson to cross the line in 1st, behind the next 3 drivers cross the line attached to each other with James Jackson fending them off. Finished Ben Foden, Alex Jackson, James Jackson, Ethan Kirkby, Grace Lee-Davis & William Bomberg.
Dillon Davis starts from pole. A good clean getaway from all drivers as they then get their elbows out through the first few corners. Casey Baughan manages to cross the line in 1st. Eric Su manages to squeeze by and tries to open up a lead. Behind Casey Baughan & Samuel Halle-Hinxman fight over the runner up spot, with Alistair Higgins and Dillon Davis running as one for 4th & 5th. Mark Whitbread brings up the rear. Samuel Halle-Hinxman finds his groove and closes in on Eric Su, dragging Casey Baughan with him. Dillon Davis still hassles Alistair Higgins for 4th, whilst Samuel Halle-Hinxman finds a gap through Turn 4 and takes the lead. Dillon Davis’ pressure finally pays off and moves ahead of Alistair Higgins and instantly pulls away. Finished Samuel Halle-Hinxman, Eric Su, Casey Baughan, Dillon Davis, Alistair Higgins & Mark Whitbread.
Alex Jackson starts from pole. The rain has abated but leaving the track very damp. William Bomberg has broken clear with Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray for a shadow. Alex Jackson tries to hold on to the front pair, whilst behind James Jackson has made it passed Jasmine La Malfa, can he now bridge the gap on the drying track. Alex Jackson has adapted to the conditions and closed in on William Bomberg as Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray makes his way to the front. Alex Jackson pushes past into 2nd and sets about the leader. Alex Jackson keeps Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray honest as they stretch the lead over William Bomberg. James Jackson has settled into a comfortable 4th as the debutant Jasmine La Malfa learns every lap in the changing conditions. Finished Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray, Alex Jackson, William Bomberg, James Jackson & Jasmine La Malfa.
Ethan Kirkby starts from pole. Mark Whitbread receives a Black Flag (ABC at Turn 10 on Alistair Higgins). The front three of James Jackson, Ethan Kirkby & William Bomberg have broken away at the front as they jostle for the podium positions. Behind, Jasmine La Malfa is holding off the attentions of Alistair Higgins with Mark Whitbread keeping a watching brief. As the drivers in front squabble, Grace Lee-Davis has closed in to make it a four-way contest for 4th. The front three are pretty much status quo but behind the four drivers are all abreast as they go down the back straight into Turn 3. As they exit the turn, Mark Whitbread and Jasmine La Malfa emerge unscathed but Alistair Higgins has spun forcing Grace Lee-Davis to take avoiding action losing time. 1st, 2nd & 3rd still circulate nose to tail, whilst Grace Lee-Davis has put in some good laps to close on the two drivers in front of her. Finished James Jackson, Ethan Kirkby, William Bomberg, Grace Lee-Davis, Jasmine La Malfa, Alistair Higgins & Mark Whitbread*. James Jackson advances to the A final.
*adjusted for Black Flag
1st – James Jackson
2nd – Ethan Kirkby
3rd – William Bomberg
Samuel Halle-Hinxman starts from pole. Samuel Halle-Hinxman opens up a 1.6 second gap at the end of lap as the rest of the field scrap over 2nd. Samuel Halle-Hinxman stretches the lead as Eric Su breaks through into 2nd and puts a bit of air in front of Casey Baughan in 3rd. 3rd and 4th are all arms and elbows as they contest the last podium spot. James Jackson puts a move on Casey Baughan to move up into 4th and the return of serve is carried out at Turn 3 with Alex Jackson and Dillon Davis capitalising and following through. Samuel Halle-Hinxman is controlling the pace at the front with Eric Su in a comfortable 2nd. A group of five are fighting over 3rd place, with Ben Foden in striking distance at the rear. Black Flag James Jackson (ABC at Turn 6 on Alex Jackson). Samuel Halle-Hinxman continues out front with a 6.7 second gap to Eric Su in 2nd with a 4.3 second gap to the battling pair of Casey Baughan and Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray in 3rd and 4th. Finished Samuel Halle-Hinxman, Eric Su, Casey Baughan, Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray, Alex Jackson, Dillon Davis, Ben Foden & James Jackson*.
*adjusted for Black Flag
2nd – Eric Su
3rd – Casey Baughan
Stephen Mayoh leads the first DMAX-GT Heat from Pole. Andy Spencer makes the best of the start and leads after lap 1. Tony Welch ran wide through the first corner and ends up running across the grass but manages to hold on. Andy Spencer has broken clear at the front with Kurt Fawdry moving through into 2nd ahead of George Kenning giving chase. Thomas Lee-Davis is trying to hold on to the leading three edging ahead of Kieran Coombs. The pole man Stephen Mayoh has dropped to 6th, David Hamblett has moved forward to 7th and is now heading the chasing pack. Andy Spencer is pulling out a 5 second gap as we go onto the 7th lap. George Kenning made a superb move up the inside of Kurt Fawdry on the Turn 12 hairpin but loses out to him on the exit. Midway through the race and spots of rain are falling. Tony Welch has made good progress after his first lap foray to get back into 9th amidst the pack behind David Hamblett. Finished Andy Spencer, Kurt Fawdry, George Kenning, Kieran Coombs, David Hamblett, Patrick Kelly, Joseph Hamblett, Tony Welch, Thomas Lee-Davis, Justin Elliott, Stephen Mayoh, Richard Lavender, Steven Humpage, Dane Christison & Phil Dixon.
Richard Lavender retires due to a previous injury from pole leaving Ben Cattell to lead the rolling start. Ben Cattell puts in a clean lap to open a small margin at the front. Simon Stansfield is through into 2nd and leading the charge. Hot on his heels is Matthew Spencer followed by Andy Spencer who has come through from the back of the grid. 5 laps in and Andy Spencer is through into 2nd with some nice clean overtakes. Matthew Spencer is pursuing in 3rd with Simon Stansfield pushed down to 4th. Ryan Welch and Alex Bomberg are clinging on in 5th and 6th. A short gap to 7th being held by Mark Blain who in turn is being paid close attention by James Cook. George Kenning is closing back together after a pretty good opening few laps to then spin at Turn 6 losing places and is now pushing Patrick Kelly to the back of Mark Blain and James Cook. Andy Spencer is rapidly closing down on Ben Cattell over the last couple of laps but Ben Cattell holds on to maintain the win only a few tenths ahead of Andy Spencer. Finished Ben Cattell, Andy Spencer, Matthew Spencer, Ryan Welch, Simon Stansfield, Alex Bomberg, Mark Blain, James Cook, George Kenning, Patrick Kelly, Dane Christison, Stephen Mayoh, Phil Dixon & Steven Humpage.
David Hamblett starts from pole. Joseph Hamblett is in the lead from Matthew Spencer and James Cook with Tony Welch clinging on in 4th. Kurt Fawdry has made his way through to 5th ahead of Simon Stansfield and is trying to bridge the gap. Matthew Spencer is now in the lead with Tony Welch also getting ahead of James Cook. Kurt Fawdry is pushing on trying to close the gap and pulling away from Simon Stansfield who is now receiving heavy attention from Kieran Coombs. Kieran Coombs made a fantastic move to drive around the outside of Simon Stansfield at Turn 7. Tony Welch has moved into 2nd and pressuring Matthew Spencer. James Cook moves passed Joseph Hamblett into 3rd. Kurt Fawdry has now caught the leading four. Simon Stansfield and Kieran Coombs continue to swap positions as they battle for 6th. After an earlier spin Ben Cattell is now not last, that honour has befallen David Hamblett. Alex Bomberg is clambering over Ryan Welch like a rash, with Justin Elliott and Thomas Lee-Davis in close contention. Photo finish for first and its Matthew Spencer by 0.072. Finished Matthew Spencer, Tony Welch, James Cook, Kurt Fawdry, Joseph Hamblett, Kieran Coombs, Simon Stansfield, Ryan Welch, Justin Elliott, Alex Bomberg, Thomas Lee-Davis, Ben Cattell, David Hamblett & Mark Blain.
Thomas Lee-Davis is starting from pole, Richard Lavender is not present due to retiring earlier. All drivers make it cleanly through the first few corners with Alex Bomberg emerging at the front to cross the line in 1st. Thomas Lee-Davis and Patrick Kelly are in hot pursuit in 2nd and 3rd. Justin Elliott is 4th ahead of the battling David Hamblett and Dane Christison. Alex Bomberg is holding a second gap to Thomas Lee-Davis and Patrick Kelly still in 2nd and 3rd. Towards the back, Mark Blain and Stephen Mayoh are tussling over 7th. Patrick Kelly makes a clean move through Turn 7 to take 2nd and sets about catching the leader. Justin Elliott has closed in on David Hamblett and Dane Christison to make it a 3-way battle for 4th. Mark Blain in 7th is being shadowed by Stephen Mayoh. Alex Bomberg is maintaining the gap at the front despite quick laps from Patrick Kelly. Thomas Lee-Davis is holding onto 3rd. 5 minutes to go and the field are spread out with the previous battles holding station. The closest fight on circuit is Stephen Mayoh on Mark Blain as he looks for a way through at each corner. Patrick Kelly is really keeping Alex Bomberg honest at the front as they pull away from Thomas Lee-Davis. David Hamblett is still fending off Dane Christison and Justin Elliott. Finished Alex Bomberg, Patrick Kelly, Thomas Lee-Davis, David Hamblett, Dane Christison, Justin Elliott, Stephen Mayoh, Mark Blain, Steven Humpage & Phil Dixon. Alex Bomberg advances to the A final.
1st – Alex Bomberg
2nd – Patrick Kelly
3rd – Thomas Lee-Davis
Andy Spencer starts on pole. Andy Spencer and Matthew Spencer have pulled away at the front with Kurt Fawdry trying to stay in touch in 3rd. Tony Welch is in 4th keeping Kurt Fawdry honest. James Cook is then heading the chasing pack. As the drivers enter lap 2 Ben Cattell suffers a mechanical fault and then retires. Top 4 position have stabilised with James Cook being hounded by Ryan Welch. Followed by Simon Stansfield defending heavily against the marauding pack behind him. George Kenning gets ahead of James Cook and pressurises Joseph Hamblett. Behind the leading drivers running pretty much on their own, the chasing pack are tripping over themselves fighting for position and through one corner it got too close with all drivers bumping and bashing resulting in a Black Flag being issued to Kieran Coombs (ABC at Turn 9 on Simon Stansfield). The leading drivers have reached stalemate neither gaining nor losing time to each other, whilst the drivers behind are still trying to sort themselves out. A couple of laps later and Simon Stansfield retires. Finished Andy Spencer, Matthew Spencer, Kurt Fawdry, Tony Welch, Ryan Welch, Joseph Hamblett, George Kenning, Alex Bomberg, Kieran Coombs*, Simon Stansfield, James Cook & Ben Cattell.
*adjusted for Black Flag
Ben Cattell is the winner of the Super Heavy category.
2nd – Matthew Spencer
3rd – Kurt Fawdry
Team Farigoule opens the bid for pole by setting the first 1:00:… lap. 4 teams waiting for the track conditions to be more favourable before entering the circuit to put in their times. 5 minutes in and there are 3 seconds covering the times of the field. Halfway through and Team Farigoule are putting in consistent low 1-minute times with their best 1:00:296, followed by Team Hammond 1:00:441 and Team Owens 1:00:751. Still to set a time is Team Smith. As the session draws to a close it looks like Team Farigoule has sealed the pole position with being the only team to break a sub minute lap at 59:799. Qualifying finishes with Team Farigoule on pole with their sub minute lap followed by, Team Hammond 1:00:441 and Team Owens 1:00:581. Bringing up the rear, but only 2.628 seconds behind pole is Team Slater.
The drivers line up on the grid as the shadows grow longer with the setting sun. Green light and they’re off. The first lap finishes with Team Farigoule opening a 1.4 second advantage. The mover and shaker on the first lap was Team Okonski gaining 3 places. 3 laps in and Team Farigoule’s lead has extended to 3 seconds whilst teams have started to complete their mandatory stops already, those being Team Marangon, Team Smith, Team Okonski & Team Lager. 10 minutes into the race and Team Farigoule has further stretched his lead as he settles into his rhythm from qualifying setting another sub minute lap, behind him the teams are all in the minute bracket as they chase the leader. Team Lager’s decision to pit early looks like it is paying off as he has overtaken Team Slater and Team Barratt on the circuit, putting Team Barratt effectively last. As the field spread out Team Holliday and Team Kenning are the closest together on circuit as they fight over 5th position. Having a good run ahead of them is Team Summerill in 4th with Team Hammond pressurising Team Owens for 2nd. Team Lager continues his advancement as he hounds Team Pritchard for 7th, eventually passing him at the far end of the circuit. As Team Owens starts to lap the traffic Team Hammond has closed right in pushing Team Owens along. Team Slater and Team Barratt have made their stops. Approaching the half way mark and Team Farigoule is cutting through the backmarkers extending his lead at the front to 11 seconds. Whilst Team Owens fends of the attacks from Team Hammond to maintain the second podium spot. Team Pritchard make their stop leaving Team Farigoule, Team Owens, Team Hammond, Team Summerill, Team Holliday, Team Kenning and Team Hooper still to take theirs. Going in to the second half of the race and most of the remaining teams decide to take their stops leaving the leader and Team Hooper to complete theirs. Team Farigoule continues the blistering pace setting a 59:634 lap time with the rest of the field posting strong lap times as they fight over positions behind. 25 minutes to go and Team Hammond have found a way past Team Owens into second. Team Farigoule have now done their stop coming back out with a 13 second margin to 2nd. Team Lager have put in a strong performance to get themselves back up into 4th position and only 2 seconds behind Team Owens in 3rd whilst Team Hammond pulls away in 2nd. Team Owens responds to the pressure and sets a 59:985 lap with Team Lager setting their best of 59:983 the subsequent lap as they chase the team down. Team Summerill are solidly in 5th place with Team Holliday and his now permanent bumper sticker Team Kenning in 6th and 7th. Whilst lapping drivers Team Hammond gets baulked by Team Pritchard and Team Smith as they battle in their own race for 9th and 10th. This hold up means that 2nd, 3rd and 4th have all closed up with 11 minutes to go a close tussle for the podium positions is ensuing. Team Hammond pulled a great move coming out of Turn 3 to pass both back markers. The following lap and Team Owens has passed Team Smith. The gaps yo-yo back and forth between the 3 drivers as they battle through. Team Owens is now returning the favour pressurising Team Hammond whilst Team Lager tries to latch on to the back of the two in front. As we enter the closing stages of the race Team Farigoule is comfortable out front with 2nd, 3rd, & 4th tied together. Behind Team Holliday is being climbed all over as Team Kenning makes a last ditch effort to pass him for 5th. The last lap and Team Owens passes Team Hammond for 2nd.
Finished Team Farigoule, Team Owens, Team Hammond, Team Lager, Team Holliday, Team Kenning, Team Summerill, Team Marangon, Team Pritchard, Team Smith, Team Okonski, Team Hooper, Team Barratt, Team Slater.
1st – Team Farigoule 1st – Team Holliday
2nd – Team Owens 2nd – Team Kenning
3rd – Team Hammond 3rd – Team Farangon
Congratulations to the winning drivers and commiserations to the runners up, there was some great racing throughout the day. Looking forward to Round 3.