Daytona Tamworth 2018-19 InKart Championships
Round Three Race Report (PDF Download)
Elliot Woodall lines up in first. Benji Hughes makes a poor start from second and drops to the back out of Turn 1. Elliot Woodall keeps it smooth through the first lap to lead across the line, whilst the drivers behind follow through pretty much nose to tail. Sam Cole makes a move up the inside to take the lead through Turn 3. A nice steady race as the drivers adopt a wet racing line to combat the conditions. Sam Cole has stretched a nice lead whilst Joe Lorenz in 3rd tries to keep Elliot Woodall honest in 2nd. Benji Hughes has managed to catch up to Daniel Cebula before spinning at the hairpin as he thought about making a move. Finished Sam Cole, Elliot Woodall, Joe Lorenz, Daniel Cebula, Benji Hughes, Nathan Britain.
Luke Ringham starts from pole. A few dry patches are appearing so the drivers are now pushing a bit harder with more confidence. Luke Ringham is starting to stretch the lead with Jake Perry giving chase and Harry Sanders clinging on to the final podium position. The chasing pack of are all fighting over the best of the rest with Thierry Hopkins currently heading them. Harry Sanders has closed in on Jake Perry and applies pressure to move up one spot and squeezes by through at Turn 2. Elliott Woodall makes his way past Thierry Hopkins to move into 4th. Whilst Brendan James and Alessio La Malfa are slipping back as they adjust to the changing conditions. Luke Ringham is comfortably leading the way, as Harry Sanders tries to close the gap. Jake Perry is now in 3rd with a large gap to Elliott Woodall in 4th. Alessio La Malfa and Brendan James are fighting through each corner not wanting to finish last. Finished Luke Ringham, Harry Sanders, Jake Perry, Elliott Woodall, Thierry Hopkins, Brendan James, Alessio La Malfa.
Abi Sanders starts from pole. The drivers tussle through the first few corners with Abi Sanders emerging in the lead. Luke Ringham makes a nice move through Turn 1 on Alessio La Malfa for 2nd and Nathan Britain tries to follow through. Alessio La Malfa gets shuffled to the back of the field as the other drivers then take advantage of him being offline. Abi Sanders and Luke Ringham are clearing off out front. Daniel Cebula gets his head down in 3rd and pulls a small gap to Nathan Britain, who is being hounded by Benji Hughes. Alessio La Malfa is still bringing up the rear but in striking distance. Benji Hughes spins at Turn 4 and falls to last. Abi Sanders and Luke Ringham are getting quicker lap by lap and stretching out a lead whilst Daniel Cebula gives chase in 3rd. Alessio La Malfa spins at Turn 9 handing the place to Benji Hughes. Finished Abi Sanders, Luke Ringham, Daniel Cebula, Nathan Britain, Benji Hughes, Alessio La Malfa.
Sam Cole starts from pole for the final heat. Good start from Harry Sanders to cut in front of Joe Lorenz to maintain 2nd. The track has gotten greasy again and the drivers struggle through Turn 3. Sam Cole and Harry Sanders are keeping it smooth as they pull a small gap to Abi Sanders in 3rd. Joe Lorenz has dropped to 4th. Thierry Hopkins pits and comes back out 2 laps down. Harry Sanders makes a fantastic move around the outside of Turn 5 to take the lead and immediately opens up a 1 and a half second gap to Sam Cole. Abi Sanders spins and drops to 5th. Abi Sanders challenges into Turn 4 and makes it past Jake Perry as it’s his turn to spin. At the front Harry Sanders is now controlling the lead. The following lap and Abi Sanders spins out again to drop back. Finished Harry Sanders, Sam Cole, Joe Lorenz, Jake Perry, Abi Sanders, Brendan James, Thierry Hopkins.
Daniel Cebula starts from pole. Brendan James gets tangled up and spins out at Turn 1. Daniel Cebula crosses the line first with Jake Perry in 2nd and Benji Hughes in 3rd. A small gap to Thierry Hopkins in 4th who heads up Nathan Britain. Brendan James is next trying to catch up from his earlier spin and then Alessio La Malfa who has also span brings up the rear. The front three are nose to tail as they search the track for grip in the damp conditions. Jake Perry makes his way through to the front and tries to open a gap. Jake Perry is now sitting comfortably in the lead with Daniel Cebula maintaining 2nd and Benji Hughes occupying the final podium position. Thierry Hopkins is clinging on to 4th with Nathan Britain keeping him honest. Jake Perry spins and drops down to 4th. Benji Hughes eyes the opportunity to progress through and challenges Daniel Cebula for the lead. The field are spread out as the race draws to a close. Benji Hughes runs wide at Turn 4 and falls back leaving Daniel Cebula comfortable out front. Finished Daniel Cebula, Benji Hughes, Thierry Hopkins, Nathan Britain, Alessio La Malfa, Jake Perry, Brendan James. Daniel Cebula advances to the A final.
1st – Daniel Cebula
2nd – Benji Hughes
3rd – Thierry Hopkins
Harry Sanders starts from pole. Sam Cole completes the first lap in the lead followed closely by the next 4 drivers. Daniel Cebula makes a bold move through Turn 1 and takes Elliot Woodall elevating himself out of last place. Sam Cole looks like he is settling into his rhythm and opens up a small gap. Harry Sanders gives chase in 2nd whilst Luke Ringham currently occupies the last podium position. Joe Lorenz is eager to get past Luke Ringham whilst Abi Sanders is clinging on in 5th. Daniel Cebula in 6th has pulled clear of Elliot Woodall in 7th. Sam Cole has a comfortable 3 second lead whilst 1.5 seconds cover 2nd to 4th. Abi Sanders spins at the hairpin to drop some time. Harry Sanders succumbs to the pressure from Luke Ringham and spins under braking for the hairpin. Luke Ringham takes advantage and moves into 2nd, Joe Lorenz follows through to 3rd and Abi Sanders has managed to close the gap after her spin to also take advantage. Elliot Woodall has closed back up to Daniel Cebula and threatens to retake the spot. Sam Cole has stretched his lead to 11 seconds whilst the drivers behind play the cat and mouse game waiting for the next one to slip up. Finished Sam Cole, Luke Ringham, Joe Lorenz, Harry Sanders, Abi Sanders, Elliot Woodall, Daniel Cebula.
1st – Sam Cole
2nd – Luke Ringham
3rd – Joe Lorenz
Ethan Kirkby starts from pole and will be the first driver to test the conditions through Turn 1. Ethan Kirkby makes a break for it as the pack gingerly make their way through the turns. Mark Whitbread has advanced up to 3rd by the end of the first lap. Ethan Kirkby, Ben Foden, Mark Whitbread are clearing out at the front making the best of the slippy conditions. Behind the next 3 drivers are exploring other parts of the track. Ben Foden and Mark Whitbread are 2 seconds quicker to close the gap. Casey Baughan is clinging on in 4th. Ethan Kirkby starts to feel the pressure. Mark Whitbread spins twice in one lap to drop to 4th. Ben Foden starts poking his nose in trying to force a mistake from Ethan Kirkby for 1st. Penultimate lap and Ben Foden finds a gap as Ethan Kirkby runs a little wide through Turn 10. Ethan Kirkby tries to return the favour but Ben Foden hangs on for the win. Finished Ben Foden, Ethan Kirkby, Casey Baughan, Mark Whitbread, Grace Lee-Davis, Sam Edwards.
Eric Su starts from pole. A nice clean lap with some varying lines as the drivers search for grip. Dillon Davis has made the best of it and moved up two places. James Jackson starts to apply pressure to Eric Su, whilst Dillon Davis is up to 3rd and also closes in to make it a three-way fight for the lead. Eric Su runs wide at the hairpin and James Jackson pounces to take the lead. Jacob Wright and Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray are slowly falling back as they struggle with the conditions. Dillon Davis makes a small mistake and loses a second whilst the first two battle it out for the lead. Finished James Jackson, Eric Su, Dillon Davis, Jacob Wright, Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray.
Dillon Davis starts from pole. The drivers are squabbling over positions all the way round the first lap, with Dillon Davis just keeping his nose in front as the front 3 positions are pushing each other along. Casey Baughan and Samuel Halle-Hinxman are poking their noses in to try and find a way past. Behind Sam Edwards and William Bomberg are swapping positions as they sort themselves out. As Casey Baughan and Samuel Halle-Hinxman fight over 2nd Dillon Davis tries break clear. Casey Baughan runs wide allowing Samuel Halle-Hinxman through and immediately Samuel Halle-Hinxman closes the gap to 1st. A nice clean move through Turn 7 and Samuel Halle-Hinxman takes the lead demoting Dillon Davis. Casey Baughan hangs on to 3rd whilst Sam Edwards and William Bomberg still battle over last position. Dillon Davis hasn’t let Samuel Halle-Hinxman escape. The race has settled into a status quo as the drivers tick of the laps. Casey Baughan has found a groove and closes in on Dillon Davis in 2nd, but runs out of time to progress any further. Finished Samuel Halle-Hinxman, Dillon Davis, Casey Baughan, Sam Edwards, William Bomberg.
Mark Whitbread starts from first. James Jackson takes the lead after a tight close first lap, closely followed by Mark Whitbread and Ben Foden. Ethan Kirkby battles past Grace Lee-Davis to take 4th and sets his sights on Ben Foden in 3rd. James Jackson has got a nice chunk of daylight back to Mark Whitbread in 2nd. Behind them Ben Foden, Grace Lee-Davis and Ethan Kirkby are extremely close with a little bit of rubbing as they swap positions corner by corner. Mark Whitbread in 2nd is keeping James Jackson honest be it 2 seconds adrift as the remaining three still battle out for the final podium position. James Jackson spins at Turn 8 on the last lap but retains the lead to finish first. Finished James Jackson, Mark Whitbread, Grace Lee-Davis, Ben Foden, Ethan Kirkby.
Samuel Halle-Hinxman starts from pole. Jacob Wright ABC on Samuel Halle-Hinxman at Turn 12 and gives the place back to maintain 2nd. Samuel Halle-Hinxman and Jacob Wright fight over 1st and pull away at the front whilst Eric Su is hanging on in 3rd. Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray and William Bomberg battle over last place. After a bit of contact back and forth between Jacob Wright and Samuel Halle-Hinxman eventually Samuel Halle-Hinxman opens up a gap. Eric Su drops into the clutches of William Bomberg now in 4th with Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray bringing up the rear. Samuel Halle-Hinxman drives away at the front to see the chequered flag first. Finished Samuel Halle-Hinxman, Jacob Wright, Eric Su, William Bomberg, Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray.
Jacob Wright starts from pole. The drivers are sliding all over the place as they try to go side by side through the corners. Casey Baughan emerges in the lead at the end of the lap closely followed by Jacob Wright, Ethan Kirkby & Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray. William Bomberg and Grace Lee-Davis are now having their own battle over 5th place. Jacob Wright runs wide at Turn 7 and almost lets Ethan Kirkby through. Jacob Wright’s luck eventually runs out and spins at Turn 10 letting both Ethan Kirkby and Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray through. Casey Baughan is still hanging on out front opening up a small gap. The top 4 are now spread out with Grace Lee-Davis and Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray slipping and sliding and swapping positions behind. Sam Edwards is bringing up the rear as he struggles with the greasy conditions. On the last lap Ethan Kirkby applies pressure to Casey Baughan who spins at the hairpin avoiding a back-marker that has spun in front of him and hands the win to Ethan Kirkby. Finished Ethan Kirkby, Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray, Casey Baughan, Jacob Wright, Grace Lee-Davis, William Bomberg, Sam Edwards. Ethan Kirkby advances to the A final.
1st – Ethan Kirkby
2nd – Benjamin Tomkinson-Gray
3rd – Casey Baughan
Samuel Halle-Hinxman lines up in pole. Samuel Halle-Hinxman manages to slide round the first lap to cross the line first. James Jackson fends of Ben Foden for 2nd and 3rd, whilst Mark Whitbread is in 4th. Ben Foden makes it through on James Jackson who now nibbles the back of Ben Foden to get the position back. Eric Su and Mark Whitbread tangle through Turns 9 and 10 with Mark Whitbread ending up off the circuit on the outside of Turn 10. Ethan Kirkby takes advantage to move through into 5th with Dillon Davis dropping to 6th. Samuel Halle-Hinxman stretches a nice gap at the front with Ben Foden now comfortable in 2nd. James Jackson is giving chase in 3rd whilst Eric Su is trying to get his head down to close the gap. Ethan Kirkby is now defending heavily as Dillon Davis challenges him for 5th. Mark Whitbread is now circulating a few seconds behind after his earlier altercation. James Jackson runs wide at Turn 5 and is now being climbed all over by Eric Su. Eric Su makes a nice overtake at Turn 4 to move into 3rd. Ethan Kirkby has managed to fend off Dillon Davis to solidify his 5th position. Finished Samuel Halle-Hinxman, Ben Foden, Eric Su, James Jackson, Ethan Kirkby, Dillon Davis, Mark Whitbread.
1st – Samuel Halle-Hinxman
2nd – Ben Foden
3rd – Eric Su
Richard Lavender starts the first heat from pole. Rolling start and all drivers make a clean start apart from Mark Blaine who spins out. Andy Spencer leads across the line at the end of lap 1, whilst the other drivers behind try to slide past each other in the greasy conditions. Andy Spencer has broken clear opening up a huge lead as behind Richard Lavender becomes a cork in the bottle. Matthew Spencer manages to pop the proverbial cork and makes his way through into 2nd, followed by James Cook and eventually Ryan Welch. The other drivers then queue up behind Richard Lavender as they look to get past each other. Richard Lavender defends really well to maintain 5th place, whilst Thomas Lee-Davis climbs all over him. Thomas Lee-Davis and Alex Bomberg manage to get by Richard Lavender through Turns 6 and 7. Andy Spencer is clear in the lead, whilst Matthew Spencer is comfortable in 2nd ahead of Ryan Welch in 3rd. James Cook is in close attention in 4th. Finished Andy Spencer, Matthew Spencer, Ryan Welch, James Cook, Alex Bomberg, Thomas Lee-Davis, Joe Hamblett, Richard Lavender, Dane Christison, Patrick Kelly, David Hamblett, Ryan Marston, Mark Blaine.
Mark Blaine starts from top spot. Mark Blaine spins at Turn 1 dropping to last, pushing Harry Darby wide in the process. Matthew Spencer heads over the line in 1st followed by Simon Stansfield, George Kenning and Stephen Westwood. Mark Blaine has got past Phil Dixon. Stephen Westwood squeezes by Simon Stansfield to take 2nd. Andy Spencer has made fantastic progress from his 12th grid spot and now takes 3rd from Simon Stansfield and sets after Stephen Westwood. Matthew Spencer has opened up an 8 second gap as Andy Spencer closes in on Stephen Westwood. Simon Stansfield is defending heavily against the marauding pack behind him, being headed up by George Kenning with Kieran Coombs in extremely close attention. Harry Darby has fought his way back through the pack and starts to make it a four-way fight for 4th. Richard Lavender and Alex Bomberg also join in the fun as the mid-pack all close up fighting for positon. Behind, Mark Blaine and Thomas Lee-Davis fight over 10th with David Hamblett and Phil Dixon battling over last position. Matthew Spencer maintains the 8 second gap over Andy Spencer whilst Stephen Westwood clings on to 3rd. Simon Stansfield still heads up the chasing pack. Harry Darby takes 4th through Turn 5 on the last lap. Finished Matthew Spencer, Andy Spencer, Stephen Westwood, Harry Darby, Kieran Coombs, Simon Stansfield, George Kenning, Alex Bomberg, Richard Lavender, Mark Blaine, Thomas Lee-Davis, David Hamblett, Phil Dixon.
Ryan Welch starts from pole. Joe Hamblett manages to get to the front and tries to open a gap. James Cook makes an outstanding move to take 2nd from Ryan Marston and Ryan Welch. Harry Darby has made good progress from the back to get into 5th. Joe Hamblett has got himself a 2 second cushion whilst James Cook sets about closing the gap. Ryan Welch moves into 3rd ahead of the charging Harry Darby. Kieran Coombs then sits in 5th ahead of Stephen Westwood. Ryan Welch and Harry Darby run side by side down the back straight as Harry Darby challenges for 3rd. James Cook has closed down on Joe Hamblett and starts harrying him for the lead. Harry Darby finally makes it past Ryan Welch into 3rd. Stephen Westwood has now moved into 5th with Patrick Kelly following him through, whilst Kieran Coombs drops to 7th. Ryan Marston fends off Simon Stansfield, George Kenning and Dane Christison with Phil Dixon bringing up the rear. Finished Joe Hamblett, James Cook, Harry Darby, Stephen Westwood, Ryan Welch, Patrick Kelly, Kieran Coombs, Simon Stansfield, Ryan Marston, George Kenning, Dane Christison, Phil Dixon.
Simon Stansfield is starting from pole. Patrick Kelly gets pushed wide as all the drivers fight over positions through Turn 1. Simon Stansfield maintains the lead after lap 1 with George Kenning hot on his heels. Richard Lavender is in 3rd fending off the advances from Thomas Lee-Davis. Dane Christison has a bit of breathing room back to Mark Blaine, whilst behind the remaining drivers start to spread out. Thomas Lee-Davis makes it through into 3rd and challenges George Kenning after he made an attempt for the lead on Simon Stansfield which didn’t come off. Richard Lavender gets back through into 3rd pushing Thomas Lee-Davis into the clutches of Dane Christison, whilst back at the front George Kenning has caught Simon Stansfield. Mark Blaine and David Hamblett are swapping places through Turn 6, as Patrick Kelly has caught and passed both Ryan Marston now in last and Phil Dixon now in 9th. Thomas Lee-Davis makes a fantastic move up the inside at Turn 9 to take both Richard Lavender and George Kenning. George Kenning gets put back another spot as Dane Christison moves through, whilst Richard Lavender now makes it a three-way fight for 1st. Simon Stansfield has pulled a small gap to 2nd which is now occupied by Richard Lavender. Thomas Lee-Davis drops to 3rd but is safe for the moment from Dane Christison in 4th. George Kenning is trying to get back into his rhythm and is hounding Dane Christison. Patrick Kelly has now caught David Hamblett in 6th and Mark Blaine in 7th. As we enter the closing stages and the podium positions are nose to tail on track with Simon Stansfield still holding off Richard Lavender and Thomas Lee-Davis. George Kenning finds a gap and moves through ahead of Dane Christison into 4th and sets about closing on Thomas Lee-Davis in 3rd. Richard Lavender spins out at Turn 4 dropping through the field. George Kenning lunges at the line but can’t get past Thomas Lee-Davis. Finished Simon Stansfield, Thomas Lee-Davis, George Kenning, Dane Christison, David Hamblett, Patrick Kelly, Mark Blaine, Richard Lavender, Ryan Marston, Phil Dixon. Simon Stansfield advances to the A final.
1st – Simon Stansfield
2nd – Thomas Lee-Davis
3rd – George Kenning
Andy Spencer starts on pole. Drivers were three-wide through Turn 2 and all managed to come out the other side unscathed. Andy Spencer crosses the line just ahead of his brother Matthew Spencer. Harry Darby makes a bold move up the inside of James Cook at the hairpin to then cross the line in 3rd. Next lap and Harry Darby has really got the bit between his teeth and moves into 2nd ahead of Matthew Spencer. Stephen Westwood tries to get up the inside of James Cook at Turn 4 but can’t hold onto it and stays in 5th. Joe Hamblett and Ryan Welch are scrapping behind for 6th and 7th. The top three have pulled away with 0.5 seconds covering them after 5 laps. James Cook heads up the chasing pack. Matthew Spencer squeezes through back into 2nd with Harry Darby returning the favour the following lap at Turn 4. James Cook and Stephen Westwood have broken clear of the pack and set about joining the fun at the front. Turn 10 and Matthew Spencer is forced wide as he battles with Harry Darby. Ryan Welch has bested Joe Hamblett for 6th and edges away from him. Harry Darby is applying pressure to Andy Spencer with Matthew Spencer ready to pounce at the first hint of a mistake. James Cook has now tagged onto the back and dragged Stephen Westwood with him. Andy Spencer runs a little wide on the exit of Turn 10 and Harry Darby squeezes through for the lead and then James Cook tries to take advantage of Andy Spencer being offline into the hairpin. Harry Darby maintains the lead ahead of Andy Spencer with James Cook in 3rd. Stephen Westwood has fought past Matthew Spencer into 4th. After a post-race inquiry a black flag was issued to Harry Darby for an Advantage-by-Contact on Matthew Spencer at Turn 10. Finished Andy Spencer, James Cook, Stephen Westwood, Matthew Spencer, Ryan Welch, Harry Darby*, Joe Hamblett, Alex Bomberg, Kieran Coombs, Simon Stansfield.
*adjusted for Black Flag
Phil Dixon is the winner of the Super Heavy category.
1st – Andy Spencer
2nd – James Cook
3rd – Stephen Westwood
Close times are being set during qualifying but no-one has yet broken the minute barrier. Currently Team Okonski are leading the way. A few drivers are waiting to try and take advantage of track conditions. Times are constantly being improved on as the drivers find where the grip is. As the session draws to a close Team Farigoule is now on pole.
Team Farigoule starts from pole. Team Farigoule leads over the line at the end of lap 1. Team Smith pitted at the end of lap 1 getting his mandatory stop out of the way early. Team Okonski is in close attention in 2nd with Team Westwood in 3rd. Team Cook is pushing Team Westwood with Team Owens and Team Webster following. The rest of the field are starting to spread out as the drivers settle into their rhythms. 10 minutes in and Team Farigoule has broken clear by 2 seconds with 0.7 of a second covering Team Westwood, Team Okonski, Team Cook for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Team Webster now make their mandatory stop. Team Westwood makes a move on a Team Okonski for 2nd and starts to gap them, with Team Cook keeping a watching brief. Team Westwood pushes on and catches and passes Team Farigoule to take the lead. It’s now a four-way fight for 1st. Team Owens is 5 seconds adrift but comfortably in 5th. Team Webster have moved up to Team Smith passing Team Summerill and Team Slater who are yet to stop. The front four are running nose to tail setting a blistering pace. Team Cook tries a move at Turn 9 on Team Farigoule and Team Okonski but makes contact and gives the places back. At the back, Team Smith has now caught Team Slater and Team Summerill so is effectively a pit stop ahead of them. Team Cook makes a move up the inside of Team Okonski at Turn 11 and Team Okonski returns the favour at the hairpin. Whilst these two are scrapping Team Westwood and Team Farigoule are edging away at the front. Team Summerill make their stop at the 25- minute mark. 2 minutes later and Team Kenning take their pit stop. Halfway mark and Team Westwood are the first of the leaders to take their pit stop, with Team Slater following them in to complete their stop. Team Marangon and Team Holliday are next to make their stops. Team Okonski also take their stop as we move into the second half of the race. Team Farigoule have pulled a 4 second lead at the front ahead of Team Cook with Team Owens a further 7 seconds behind in 3rd. With 22 minutes remaining the top three Team Farigoule, Team Cook and Team Owens all make their stops together. Team Hatto make their stop with 20 minutes remaining leaving Team Barton now in 3rd as the last team to take their stop. After the pitstops are mostly done and the teams have sorted themselves out Team Westwood has retained the lead with a 1.3 second gap over Team Farigoule in 2nd. Team Cook is just ahead of Team Barton for 3rd and 4th. Team Webster have made their way back up to 5th after their early stop. Team Owens are chasing down Team Webster. Team Okonski have slipped to 7th after their strong start. Team Holliday are having a quiet race in 8th. Team Barton make their stop dropping them to 5th. Team Farigoule is still hounding Team Westwood for the lead as they work their way through the back markers. Team Webster overtake Team Cook on the penultimate lap to take 3rd.
Finished Team Westwood, Team Farigoule, Team Webster, Team Cook, Team Owens, Team Okonski, Team Barton, Team Holliday, Team Smith, Team Kenning, Team McWilliam, Team Summerill, Team Hatto, Team Slater, Team Marangon.
1st – Team Westwood 1st – Team Barton
2nd – Team Farigoule 2nd – Team Holliday
3rd – Team Webster 3rd – Team Smith
Well done to the winning drivers and great effort from the runners up, there was some fantastic, close racing throughout the day. Looking forward to Round 4.