Daytona Tamworth 2017 InKart Championships
Round One Race Report (Download Report as PDF)
Danny Gould was once again on fine form to qualify for the Final grid at the front, and as reigning champion was looking to start the 2017 season with maximum points. But, with Sam Cole looking quick, Daniel Munro and Marcus Luzio in the mix all day, would he have it all his own way?
Ethan Kirkby got proceedings underway leading the pack through the opening corners only to lose grip on the damp track and come off at turn 3. Daniel Munro had a good first lap moving into 3rd as Danny Gould led the way after lap one following a smooth overtaking move on turn 8 against Lewis Tyler. Gould, Munro and Tyler continue to battle wheel to wheel in a fight for the top three spots with the lead changing all the time on the first three laps. At the end of lap 3 Munro made a great move on Gould to take the lead with 3 laps remaining. Munro was driving a great race holding off all the attempts from Gould to get past earning him the race win 0.3 seconds ahead of Gould from Tyler, Samuel Halle-Hinxman, Alex Jackson, Alfie Johnson, Callum Stanley and Ethan Kirkby.
Toby Purbrick fends off moves from the pack in to turn 2 to lead the pack down to turn 3. Samuel Halle-Hinxman tries a move up the inside of the pack on to the grass and spins out while Sam Cole goes around the outside to take the lead. As Cole stretches his lead on lap 3, Sam Wilson comes off track but resumes quickly in 5th place and chases the group ahead. Really smooth race from Cole as he stretches his lead with Ben Dawson in 2nd and Toby Purbrick in 3rd after lap 3. Wilson makes head way through the drivers in front trying to recover from his earlier trip on to the grass and by lap 5 has made his way in to 3rd place. With all the racers spread out Cole takes the victory with Dawson 2nd and Wilson 3rd ahead of Purbrick, Dale Marie Lainchbury, Cian Geraghty and Halle-Hinxman.
Alfie Johnson had pole and when the lights went out everyone behind him pounced and as a group went through turn 2. An amazing start from Marcus Luzio as he got up to 3rd from the back of the grid on lap 1. The field was tightly bunched up behind Jacob Vickers who led for the first two laps only to lock up under braking at turn 4 and spin out on lap 3, resuming in 3rd place. As the laps count down Luzio extends his lead to take the victory by 3.7 seconds from Vickers, Wilson, Johnson, Geraghty and Joshua Borton in his first appearance since graduation from Race School.
Cole was looking to capitalise from starting on pole and did so leading from the front and pulling away to create a big gap back to the pack. Kirkby made a charge from 5th on the grid to get up to 3rd as they entered lap 4. Munro in 2nd and Kirkby battle for 2nd spot only for Munro to spin at the end of lap 4 and give 2nd place to Kirkby. They continue to battle for the final two laps with Kirkby taking 2nd 13.3 seconds back from the winner Cole. 3rd went to Munro from Tyler, Stewart, Jackson and Borton.
Luzio has a great start from pole as does Gould from the back of the grid taking two places at the first corner and making up another place on the inside at turn 3. As the first three laps progress Dawson, Luzio and Gould tussle for the top three places with some great wheel to wheel racing. Then Gould capitalises on a mistake by the two ahead running wide into turn 4 on lap 3 and sweeps on the inside to take 1st place and once he’s past pulls ahead leaving Dawson and Luzio to battle for 2nd. The two drivers race hard but fair with 2nd and 3rd changing all the time during the last 4 laps. As the chequered flag is waved Gould takes the win 7.3 seconds ahead of Luzio and Dawson who cross the line together with Dawson just missing out on 2nd by 0.165.
Jacob Vickers sat on pole with Munro sitting ready to pounce on any mistakes made. Vickers got a great start and led from the front, with all drivers maintaining their grid positions behind until Dale Marie Lainchbury gets past Kirkby towards the end of lap 1 to move up to 4th. Then after some great defensive driving from Vickers, Munro finds a gap on turn 5 to move into 1st for the start of lap 3. Once past Munro stretches his lead to the finish line taking the win with Vickers 6.7 seconds behind in 2nd from Halle-Hinxman, Kirkby and Lainchbury.
Luzio was looking to make a break from the front and did so with Tyler getting the jump on Stewart off the start in to 2nd place only to come off track on lap 2 and drop to 6th. Meanwhile Dawson who started 6th on the grid went on the offensive and by lap 3 had made it up to 3rd. By lap 5 Wilson put Luzio under pressure with Dawson close behind. As they get to the end of the lap Wilson makes a great move up the inside of Luzio on turn 10 to take the lead. Then its Dawson’s turn to try and get past and after a few failed attempts manages to get past at turn 7 on the final lap and despite pressure from Luzio holds on to 2nd. Great win by Wilson 3.4 seconds ahead of the battle for 2nd with Tyler getting back to 4th from Stewart, Vickers and Borton.
Gould was looking to break away early from pole. Everyone got away smoothly and held position to turn 4 when Jackson & Stanley run wide and leave the track allowing Cole to come through on the inside to move from last to 2nd in one move. As the race goes on no race positions change as Gould stretches his lead to take the victory 7 seconds ahead of Cole who is 10 seconds ahead of Stewart, Purbrick, Jackson and Stanley.
Kirkby sat on pole looking to earn a place in the A final and got a good start only to be passed by Stewart at turn 3. Kirkby doesn’t back down though and on lap 2 makes a great move on the inside of turn 9 to take the lead back. Halle-Hinxman is comfortable in 3rd as the back of the pack scramble for positions as the race goes on. Some great wheel to wheel racing between Stewart and Kirkby, with Kirkby defending hard but then on lap 8 Stewart repays Kirkby for his earlier move and takes the lead on turn 9. Now its Stewart’s time to defend and he does so well taking the victory and a place in the A Final with Kirkby 1.3 seconds behind and Halle-Hinxman taking 3rd from Lainchbury, Stanley, Jackson, Purbrick, Johnson and Borton.
Gould had secured pole with Cole in 2nd spot. As they set off Gould led with Cole right on his tail. They would battle wheel to wheel for the entire race with Gould defending hard and Cole trying to pass on every corner. Meanwhile down the road Luzio spins out on lap one sending him to the back of the back as does Munro. Stewart and Tyler move through the pack gaining places all the time. So many individual battles going on and positions changing all the time by lap 6 the field looked very different to how they started with Gould and Cole battling for the lead, Tyler up to 3rd from 8th on the grid and Munro back into 6th after his earlier trip into the tyres. As the chequered flag comes down Gould holds off Cole to take a narrow 0.4 second victory with Tyler taking 3rd place after a great drive from the back of the grid.
- Jack Stewart
- Ethan Kirkby
- Sam Halle-Hinxman
- Danny Gould
- Sam Cole
- Lewis Tyler
Defending champion Robert Taylor performed well in his heats to start at the front of the A Final grid and was under pressure from start to finish but held on for the victory.
Dillion Davis started the first race of the day in pole position. As the lights went out Davis held the lead but Kyle Dunford from fourth position got a fantastic start over and overtakes Alex Whipday into turn 1. Thomas Lee-Davis in 2nd position tucks in nicely behind Davis and starts to put him under pressure. William Green starting from the back of the grid puts Grace Lee-Davis under pressure and by lap two forces a mistake. G Lee-Davis overcooks it at turn three and ends up looking the wrong way. Dunford gets a perfect overtake on T Lee-Davis into turn 7, getting a great run up hill into turn 8 to put him into second. Dillion spins on turn nine of lap two with Thomas and Kyle pouncing on his mistake dropping him back to third. T Lee-Davis gets a better run out of turn 11 and over takes Dunford at the hairpin to take the race lead. Dunford spins out at four while desperately trying to regain the lead. Whipday and Green have a close race for fourth with a bit of nudging from both which results in a warning. Dunford is clearly trying too hard as he spins out again losing more places. Into lap 4 T Lee-Davis is running away with it. G Lee-Davis recovered well from her first lap and fought through the pack up to 3rd. T Lee-Davis takes the win with Davis in 2nd and G Lee-Davis in 3rd.
Poles position is taken by Oliver Manton, with George Marriott in 2nd and defending 2016 champion Robert Taylor in third. Alisha Palmowski, Max Cole and Danny Gould completing the grid. They all get away cleanly with each kart nose to tail. Marriott makes a small mistake and Taylor and Palmowski pounce and push him to 4th. Cole overtakes Palmowski at the hairpin to take third. Marriott defends too hard against Gould spinning him round which was seen as illegal and was given a black flag. There is nothing between Manton and Taylor at the front of the race, fantastic racing. But Manton runs slight wide and Taylor gains the position at turn 4. Without giving up Manton then regains the lead at Turn 7. It appears that Manton is quicker at the grandstand end of the track with its twisty haripins while Taylor seems to carry more speed through the long sweeping corners at the far end of the circuit. Cole spins out at turn 4 letting Palmowski back past into third. Taylor holds off Manton to take the win with a shake of hands through the ‘S’s what a race. Alisha holds out for 3rd.
The defending Champion leads heat 3, with two of his closest rivals Dunford and Cole in 2nd and 3rd. George Marriott, Alex Whipday and Zak Summerill completing the grid. At the start of the race Taylor holds the lead but Cole sneaks up the inside of Dunford on Turn 3 taking 2nd. Taylor, Dunford and Cole are all having a great race but the Race Director feels it getting a bit rough and issues warnings. Taylor gets it slightly wrong on turn 1 putting a wheel on the grass and letting Cole through to first. Marriott, Whipday and Summerill retaining their grid positions. Cole, Taylor and Dunford have a great race, keeping it fair but none of them giving an inch. Dunford goes too quick into turn 4 and spins allowing Whipday to sneak past Marriott and Dunford up to third. With the last lap looming Cole and Taylor are desperate for the race win! Cole leads into the last lap but Taylor mistimes his overtake at the hairpin and takes Cole out. Taylor takes the win but is awarded a penalty for advantage by contact. Cole manages to holds on for 2nd and Whipday comes in 3rd.
Summerill has the front of the grid with Green. It’s going to be tough ask for both drivers to hold position with G Lee-Davis, Manton, T Lee-Davis and Taylor who have all shown excellent pace in the tricky slipping conditions. Green gets a great start and is in first by turn three. Bumper to bumper racing for the entire pack. Taylor takes advantage by picking off each driver one by one, by lap 2 he’s up to second place! The Lee-Davis siblings race with Thomas just reading the conditions and keeping his nose ahead of his sister. Green holds the lead but is under huge pressure form Taylor and Manton who followed Taylor through the pack. Less than 2 seconds separates all 6 drivers! After two laps of constant pressure Green makes a small mistake at turn seven, slipping out wide, letting Taylor into first. Manton is desperate to get past Green but Green defends excellently. Taylor uses the tussle to his advantage and builds a lead. Taylor takes the win, Green holds off Manton to secure second. Thomas Lee-Davis holds on to keep ahead of his sister.
Palmowski sits on pole for heat 5. Green, Gould, Marriott and Davis completing the grid. All drivers get a great start, and its clean close racing up to turn five when Gould goes round the outside of Green and gets a great run into turn six taking second. Gould then takes first place, out braking Palmowski at the hairpin. Davis moves past Marriott on the straight and starts catching Green. The pack is spaced with Gould building a lead at the front. Palmowski makes a mistake at the hairpin and spins the kart; the slippery conditions catching her out, Green and Davis steal her place. Davis catches Green and finds more grip around turn 9, into turn 10 and Davis is up to 2nd. Gould extends his lead and come home in a comfortable 1st. Davis holds off Green for 2nd.
Gould starts the race in pole. Grace Lee-Davis, Summerill, Dunford and Palmowski are going to have to perform well as Gould has already shown excellent pace during Heat 5. The red light goes out, Gould pulls away from the pack, using the hustle for 2nd and 3rd to his advantage. Summerill takes too much speed into turn 4, locking up his wheels and lets the pack past. Dunford makes an excellent pass on Lee-Davis at turn 5 to get up to 2nd. Dunford sets his sights on Gould at the front. Lee-Davis takes far too much kerb at turn 4 and is given a warning flag for kerbing. Palmowski gets around Lee-Davis at turn 8 and into 9. Dunford catches Gould and puts the race leader under huge pressure. Gould ends the race in first showing some fantastic defensive driving from Dunford. Palmowski finishes 3rd.
Cole leads from Whipday and Lee-Davis going to the first lap. All drivers got away from the grid smoothly and holding position. Davis and Manton keeping the front three honest and under pressure. Whipday makes a great move stick at turn 9 taking the lead from Cole. Davis tries to make a move on Lee-Davis but cannot hold the pace and remains in 4th. Cole regains the lead into the hairpin with a gutsy dive up the inside, Whipday yielding but remaining close to Cole. Manton over takes Davis on turn 1 but gets too much contact and waves Davis back through so to avoid a penalty. Great sportsmanship. Whipday makes a similar move to earlier in the race and gets Cole at Turn 9. Although under pressure for the last few laps, Whipday wins his first race at Daytona Tamworth. Closely followed by Cole and Lee-Davis who kept out of trouble the entire race. Davis holding out for 4th with Manton 5th.
The B finals sees Green at the front. Clearly on form in the wet and greasy race conditions. Manton 2nd with Palmowski 3rd. Dunford, G Lee Davis, Marriott and Summerill finish the B final grid. As the red light goes out and the race starts Green is caught out looking over his kart. Palmowski dives past Green closely followed by Manton, leaving Green in 3rd. Palmowski leads the pack round lap 1 but just takes a bit too much speed into turn 10 and spins her kart. She is absolutely furious with herself after making such a great start she’s down in 5th. Two corners later Green, Marriott and Dunford all go into the hairpin side by side but Green pushes Dunford hard into the tyre wall and receives a penalty for dangerous driving. Manton stretches his lead at the front and Palmowski uses the pileup at the hairpin to catch back up with the leading pack. Summerill and Lee-Davis battling each other at the back of the pack. Less than a second splits 2nd to 5th. By lap 5 Manton has a comfortable lead and it’s his race to lose. Summerill makes a bold move on Green at the hairpin to get the position but Green keeps more speed into turn 1 and gains the place back. Lee-Davis comes out worse when Summerill, Green, Marriott and Lee-Davis all attempt to go around the hairpin together. Lee Davis ending up in the pit wall but quick marshalling keeps her in the race. Into the last lap Manton has a commanding lead and earns a place in the A final. Dunford makes a mistake at turn 10 and it costs him to two places, Palmowski taking second and Marriott third.
Gould holds pole position, with Robert Taylor second. Both Champions on the front of the grid with Gould starting his first junior campaign. Cole, Whipday, Lee-Davis, Davis and Manton complete the grid. Gould gets a poor start and lets Taylor into first on the first corner. Davis makes a bold move on Whipday and Cole round turn 4 and makes it stick. Lee-Davis puts pressure on Gould at the front, who after competing in Cadets and juniors is starting to look fatigued. Taylor edges out a small lead at the front. Manton is on fire coming into lap 2, overtaking Davis and Whipday in consecutive corners. He’s clearly the quickest driver on track and finds a way past Cole half a lap later. From the B final to the A final and up to 3rd in 3 laps from the back of the grid Manton is clearly the driver on form! Manton now has his sights on Gould and reels him in quickly. Turn 11 Manton makes a fantastic move on Gould and just holds his nerve into the hairpin and makes it stick. Taylor has a glance over his shoulder at the ‘S’s and sees Manton charging at him! Cole and Davis continue to switch and swap places for 4th, fantastic fair racing. Taylor is now under pressure from Manton, he’s caught right up to the back of the race leader. Taylor defends heavily from Manton who just can’t seem to find a way past. 3 laps from the end of the race, Taylor goes wide at 7, Manton dives up the inside, taking the position but took too much speed into 9 and missed his braking zone. Taylor is back through on the exit of 9. Gould is catching the race leaders as they battle but appears to be running out of time to take a run at them. Last lap, Taylor makes a mistake at 6 and Manton is through but Taylor hold the inside line into 7 and they are side by side! Taylor has just enough momentum up the hill into 8 and sneaks ahead. Taylor defends on the hairpin to see the chequered flag and win his first junior final of the season but massive respect to Manton who raced out of his skin in the finals! Hand shake between first and second is excellent to see.
- Oliver Manton
- Alisha Palmowski
- George Marriott
- Robert Taylor
- Oliver Manton
- Danny Gould
With a new season comes a new race format. The super pole qualifying really puts driver talent to the test. Can they pull off their best lap with one lap? The second heat in reverse format making for some exciting overtaking and defending from the field.
Super Pole Qualifying
Sent out in 5 second intervals each driver has 1 lap warm up lap then 1 flying lap then 1 in lap. After the first 7 drivers its Nigel Woodman leading the field with a lap time of 1:16:263, a great time on a damp greasy track. The next drivers head out and Lee Schnitzler has smashed the current pole position with a lap time of 1:14:978 a full 3 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, Schnitzler clearly loving the tricky conditions. The final group head out and Martin Collins has grabbed second with Kyle walker in third. Defending champion Michael Tarrant down in 6th.
- Lee Schnitzler 01:14:978
- Martin Collins 01:15:702
- Kyle Walker 01:16:161
- Nigel Woodman 01:16:263
- Simon Stansfield 01:16:590
- Michael Tarrant 01:16:652
- Darren Holliday 01:16:673
- Aaron Greenfield 01:16:797
- Tony Welch 01:16:838
- Kurt Fawdry 01:17:148
They grid up with 21 karts ready to race. The red light goes out and everyone is away clean. Three karts wide at turn 1, each driver looking for a place to slot in safely. The whole pack makes it round turn 3 without incident. But there is too many driver trying to look for early over taking positions and the chasing pack have a pile up at turn 4, Kyle walker getting the worst of it and ending up all the back to 10th. Into 5 and Lee Schnitzler pulls out a small gap hoping to keep out of trouble. As they come into the hairpin Ashley Comerford comes together with Aaron Greenfield and they both lose a few places. Simon Stansfield over cooks it at turn 6 and spins out, dropping three places. The rain starts to fall catching many drivers out with spins from Harry Darby, Stephen Pitt, Stansfield, James Cook. At the front Schnitzler, Woodman and Collins are pulling out a lead. Fantastic race between Ethan Rogers and Paul Barrett and Alex Stewart. Into the final lap the field has spread out but a close battle between Ryan Welch and Tony Welch for 7th but Ryan gets too much contact through 5 and receives a black flag for advantage by contact. That will be a 5 place penalty. Schnitzler holds out for a comfortable win with Woodman 2nd and Collins 3rd.
With heat 2 being the reverse of the qualifying this should make for some fantastic racing. As the lights go out they are off and although there is a tussle for position everyone is clean round the first laps. Lots of changing of positions as drivers have to try and defend and attack at the same time. Alex Stewart gets too much contact through the hairpin and is given a penalty. T Welch carried too much speed into turn 9 and the back-end swings out on him, losing at 4 places. The quicker drivers from heat 1 are making their way through the pack and are now close to the front. Kurt Fawdry holds the lead into lap 4 with Woodman, Collins and Tarrant in the chasing pack. Cook goes wide at turn 10 letting Greenfield and R Welch past. Fawdry is under pressure from Woodman as they come into the last few laps. Fawdry goes wide at 9 and Woodman pounces on him at 10, Woodman holds the outside line into 11 and then out of the hairpin makes it stick, amazing racing. Tarrant and Schnitzler in a great battle for 4th. Woodman holds for the win with Fawdry having to settle for second and Collins third. Tarrant holds off Schnitzler for 4th place, closely followed by Greenfield.
After a small break the drivers jump on the grid. Woodman, followed by Schnitzler, Collins, Tarrant and Fawdry. The drivers are off and they are clean into 1, they make it around 3 and 4 without incident. Lots of tussling for positions as the drivers settle into their rhythm. Woodman and Schnitzler build a 2 second lead after the first lap. Pitt makes a mistake at 10 and lets Barrett, Fox and Silvers through. Contact through turn 6 with the middle pack, Stansfield gets the worst of it and ends up looking backwards, costing him 5 places. Fantastic race between R Welch and Darren Holliday for 2nd place in the heavies, both drivers knowing each other strengths and weaknesses making for some nose to bumper racing. Rogers who was up to 12 place goes wide at turn 1 and drops him back to 17th. Collins and Tarrant battle for 3rd, Tarrant momentarily taking the lead into 1 before Collins regains it under braking at 4. Alex Bomberg who is the youngest driver in the field continues to drive safe and consistent, keeping out of trouble and holding 9th position showing excellent maturity in his first senior race. Coming into the last few laps Schnitzler seems content with finishing 1st in the heavy class and letting Woodman win the overall race. As the chequered flag comes down for the last time of the day, Woodman wins the Lights with Schnitzler winning the Heavies. Collins and Tarrant finish 9 seconds later. Holliday holds off R Welch for 2nd and 3rd in the heavies. Handshakes take place amongst the field as excellent fair racing was had by all.
- Nigel Woodman
- Martin Collins
- Michael Tarrant
- Lee Schnitzler
- Darren Holliday
- Ryan Welch