Daytona Tamworth 2017 InKart Championships
Round Two Race Report (Download Report as PDF)
Danny Gould was once again on fine form to qualify for the Final grid at the front, and was hoping to walk away with maximum points. But, could Marcus Luzio or Ben Dawson take the win and deny Gould a championship getway?
Joshua Borton started on pole and with a clean getaway off the start they all held position through turns 1,2,3 with the leaders starting to stretch out in turn 4. Danny Gould gained position from 7th to 4th at turn 5 then into 3rd by turn 6. By turn 9 Gould had overtook to get into 2nd place. Callum Stanley was having a good race holding first position despite Gould catching him with quick pace. Into lap 2 Stanley was still holding 1st position, defending against Gould who was hot on his heels. Turn 3 saw Gould overtake Stanley to take 1st position. Going into lap 3 Alex Jackson squeezes past Borton for 3rd at turn 1. Through the mid-stages of the race Gould builds a massive lead with Wilson attacking Jackson for 3rd position. On the last turn, Jacob Vickers went for a bold manoeuvre which unfortunately didn’t result in any progress leaving him in last place. As the chequered flag dropped, Gould took the win, followed by Stanley and Jackson.
Leo Davies missed the start but just about managed to hold his lead heading down to the esses’. Everyone made it safely round turn 3 with Mark Whitbread and Jack Stewart passing Davies. Davies managed to regain 2nd position at turn 5 before an error at Turn 7 caused a number of drivers to spin leaving Marcus Luzio out front. Going into lap 4, Luzio had managed to open up a 6.7 second lead on Whitbread with Dawson and Stewart battling for 3rd. Going into lap 5, Whitbread, Stewart and Dawson were in a scrap for 2nd position as they crossed the start line, with this battle continuing down through turn 3, with Dawson making a great move into Turn 4. He lost position through turn 7 before making a great move into turn 9 leaving him in 2nd position. All the battling for 2nd place allowed Purbrick to join the pack meaning it was a 4-way scrap for 2nd place. Luzio cruised to the win followed by Dawson, with Purbrick securing 3rd place.
A nice clean start to this heat with a great move by Dale Marie Lainchbury on turn 1 to take the lead. A good overtake by Lewis Tyler with Lainchbury, Tyler and Arian Kafaie together going into the hairpin. Tyler leads into turn 1 on lap 2. Around lap 2 Tyler maintains the lead with Lainchbury in second. On turn 8 Samuel Halle-Hinxman overtakes Kafaie with Kafaie misjudging timing losing 2nd position. Into lap 4 Tyler stretching out his lead by 7 seconds. Great battle between Purbrick and Lainchbury for 2nd with Halle-Hinxman and Alfie Johnson closely following. Going into lap 5 Purbrick, Halle-Hinxman and Lainchbury cross the start/finish together. Going into T3 Purbrick overtakes Lainchbury for 2nd. Continuing round lap the battle for 2nd continues with a 4-way battle. Halle-Hinxman gets a NO BUMPING as Tyler extends his lead going into the final lap with Purbrick, Lainchbury, Halle-Hinxman and Johnson continuing to fight for 2nd. Around turn 6 everyone spaces out slightly. The chequered flag goes up with Tyler in 1st, Purbrick in 2nd, then Johnson, Lainchbury and Halle-Hinxman crossing the finish line together. Great racing.
At the start all held their positions with Luzio going off on turn 3. Alex Jackson gets a black flag for contact on Luzio. Sam Wilson is leading with Christian Walker, Samuel Halle-Hinxman and Jackson battling round the last turn for 2nd position. Dale Marie Lainchbury and Halle-Hinxman battle for 2nd around lap 2. After crashing on lap 1 Luzio has gained position to 4th place. Going into lap 4 Wilson is leading with Kafaie and Halle-Hinxman battling for 2nd, Kafaie does a beautiful move on Halle-Hinxman to take 2nd. Wilson has a massive lead over the pack with Luzio gaining even more and trying to take Kafaie on for 2nd. Going into lap 5 Lainchbury and Luzio cross start/finish line together with Luzio taking second place. On turn 10 Lainchbury goes off losing 2 positions. Wilson leads by 15 seconds to take the win. A great recovery drive by Luzio after a crash at turn 3 results in 2nd place followed by Lainchbury, Kafaie, Halle-Hinxman, Walker, Jackson and finally Jacob Vickers.
On leaving the starting grid Callum Stanley gained a place to 3rd position. Thomas Lee-Davis spins on turn 1 so is coming up last so far on this lap. Marcus Luzio is breaking away from the group to lead. Into lap 2 Ethan Kirkby is 2nd with Lewis Tyler getting in to 3rd. Going into lap 3 Lewis Tyler is gaining on Kirkby but loses time at turn 3. Luzio is still leading with Tyler gaining on Kirkby heading into lap 4. On turn 4 Kirkby goes wide leaving it open for Tyler to take position. Luzio’s lead is increasing with a 4 second lead on Tyler who has Kirkby hot on his heels as they head into lap 5. Stanley, Christian Walker and Lee-Davies battle it out for 4th. As lap 6 starts Luzio has a 4.6 second lead with Tyler 2nd and Kirkby 3rd. Round lap 6 positions are held with Luzio taking the win on this heat and Tyler 2nd with Kirkby 3rd.
A clean start with Benjamin Dawson and Danny Gould steaming ahead battling for 1st place. Going into lap 2 it’s Dawson over the line first but Gould is hot on his wheels. Dawson is driving very defensively and he is taken on the inside by Gould on turn 3 however Dawson battles back and going over the line into lap 3 it’s Dawson closely followed by Gould. Alfie Johnson follows through in 3rd with Callum Stanley, Thomas Lee-Davis and Arian Kafaie battling for their positions. Lee-Davis pulls a great move on Kafaie and takes 4th. Heading into lap 4 Johnson is on the tail of Lee-Davis. Dawson is on Gould’s tail all around the lap not giving in at all this continued into lap 5. Lee-Davies in 3rd is pulling away from the rest of the group. During Lap 5 Johnson pulls a great move at turn 4 against Kafaie and takes 4th but Kafaie takes position back at turn 5. Dawson still applying great pressure on Gould going into final lap with Johnson hot on the heels of Kafaie. As the heat finishes it’s Gould in 1st, Dawson in 2nd, Lee-Davies in 3rd and Kafaie in 4th. Gould and Dawson show great sportsmanship with a handshake as they go down the straight.
Danny Gould made 2 places in 2 corners on the first lap leading the pack into lap 2 with Toby Purbrick and Jack Stewart behind him. During this lap Gould pulls away with Purbrick defending hard against Stewart and Sam Wilson. Gould pulls away from the pack at turn 10 leading the way into lap 3 followed by Purbrick, Stewart and Wilson. On lap 3 Gould extends his lead further, leading his way into lap 4 with Purbrick, Wilson, and Stewart following him round. Joshua Borton and Mark Whitbread have a good battle in the final hairpin before crossing the finish line. Gould takes a comfortable win, followed by Wilson and Stewart.
As the drivers take to the circuit, the track has now dried out. This heat has a nice clean start all positioning well with the front three of Samuel Halle-Hinxman, Lewis Tyler and Dale Marie Lainchbury breaking away from the group around the lap. Going into lap 2 the positions have changed with Tyler now leading Lainchbury and Halle-Hinxman. Round lap 2 Lainchbury is all over Tyler with them swapping positions around the lap. Going into lap 4 the position changes again with Tyler leading Lainchbury. During lap 4 there is a NO BUMPING for Tyler, Lainchbury, Halle-Hinxman, Benjamin Dawson and Jack Stewart. Going into the latter stages of the race, Tyler breaks away and takes the win, followed by Lainchbury and Halle-Hinxman.
A good start to the final with all drivers spacing out through turns 3 and 4. Into lap 2 its Alex Jackson leading with Joshua Borton close on his tails. Going into lap 2 on turn 1 Borton takes on Jacobs Vickers. By the start of lap 3 Jackson is still leading the way with Vickers, Borton and Mark Whitbread behind him. Jackson is streaking ahead into lap 4, Vickers is 2nd with a big gap between him and Borton and Whitbread. Going into lap 6 its Jackson and Vickers followed by Borton and Whitbread tied together. Same positions hold going into lap 7 and 8 great battle between Borton and Whitbread. Going into the final lap, Jackson has a comfortable lead and takes the win, with Vickers equally comfortable in 2nd place. 3rd place was still being contested by Whitbread and Borton with Whitbread nudging his way through on the final hairpin, without enough time to give the position back. Post-race it was decided by the Race Stewards and both drivers that the places would be reversed, with Borton classified 3rd.
All drivers hold positions round lap 1, Thomas Lee-Davis takes Samuel Halle-Hinxman on turn 11. Going into lap 2 Jack Stewart leads the way followed by Lee-Davis and Halle-Hinxman. Lee-Davis and Halle-Hinxman battle though turn 4 with Halle-Hinxman taking Lee-Davis through turn 4 but reversing this into turn 5. Stewart extends his lead, with Lee-Davis on the tail of Halle-Hinxman into turn 10 but is held off into lap 3. Halle-Hinxman takes Lee-Davis at turn 10 with Lee-Davis locking up at the hairpin. Stewart still ahead into lap 6 followed by Halle-Hinxman, Lee-Davis, Kafaie, Alex Jackson, Ethan Kirkby, Stanley and Alfie Johnson. At turn 5 Lee-Davis is now into 2nd as Halle-Hinxman opened the door for him. Lap 7 shows leading positions held with Kafaie leading the battle for 4th against Jackson and Kirkby. Going into lap 8 Stewart has broken clear with Lee-Davis and Halle-Hinxman battling. Stewart takes the win and a place in the A-Final with Lee-Davis and Halle-Hinxman completing the Top 3.
Danny Gould had secured pole with Marcus Luzio ready to pounce if he makes a mistake at the start. Good start to the race with all drivers holding their positions in the early stages. Heading into lap 2 Danny Gould and Marcus Luzio steam ahead with Benjamin Dawson and Dale Marie Lainchbury crossing the line together. Lewis Tyler picks up a black flag ABC against Sam Wilson. Gould and Luzio continue to battle into lap 3 with Luzio taking Gould on turn 4 and holding him off till the turn 12 hairpin, Gould then takes lead into lap 4. Again Luzio takes Gould at turn 4 holding him off with Gould taking the lead into lap 5. Luzio is on Gould’s tail all around lap 5, Gould defending hard against the moves Luzio is trying to pull on him. Gould defending hard against Luzio all around the lap and going into lap 7 there is 0.7 seconds between them, with Dawson coming 3rd 3.9 seconds behind them. Gould holds lead into lap 8. Lainchbury, Jack Stewart and Wilson battle for 4th. Going into lap 9, the Gould Luzio battle is still on, with Gould holding a slender advantage. As the chequered flag drops, Gould takes the win after a hard fought battle race-long with Luzio. Dawson comes home a lonely third after a great day’s racing.
- Alex Jackson
- Jacob Vickers
- Mark Whitbread
- Jack Stewart
- Thomas Lee-Davies
- Samuel Halle-Hinxman
- Danny Gould
- Marcus Luzio
- Benjamin Dawson
After starting from an unfamiliar 2nd row of the grid for the Final, Robert Taylor took advantage of action ahead to leapfrog into the lead and extend his Championship lead…
At the start there was a tussle on turn 1, a bumping board was issued for Danny Gould and Joe Williams. Gould leads into turn 3, Zak Summerill and Oliver Manton battle around the turn 12 hairpin. Into lap 2 Gould is well ahead with Williams and Charlie Brough battling on circuit. William Green holds his position in 4th place. Summerill and Manton continue to have a good battle. The battle between Williams and Brough ends prematurely as Brough spins at turn 9 and falls to last place. Going into lap 6 Gould leads from Manton and Summerill. Gould cruises into last lap with a 7 second lead with Summerill still holding onto 3rd. Gould takes the first win, followed by Manton and Summerill.
Thomas Lee-Davis makes a nice move into 2nd on the start. The group splits into two round turn 4. Max Cole is hot on the wheels of Kyle Dunford. Dunford makes a move on Dillion Davis on turn 10 but makes a mistake at turn 11 giving Davis his position back. On lap 2 4th place Cole is gaining on the leading pack. Davis and Alisha Palmowski are battling for 1st, Palmowski bumps Davis and passes but gives place back, brilliant sportsmanship there. Into lap 3 positions are Davis, Palmowski, Cole and Lee-Davis. Going into lap 4 it’s a five-way battle for 1st. The pack is bunched up and bumper to bumper going into lap 5. Cole has moved from 5th to 2nd. The leading pack is still close together with Cole on Davis’ tail. Davis is defending well, holding the pack up as no one can pass. As the drivers round the last few corners, Cole has closed right up and makes his move into the final hairpin. Cole squeezes through opening up a gap for Dunford to follow him through. Cole takes the win after a great battle, followed by Dunford and Davis, split by less than a second.
Nice clean start all holding positions through to turn 4. Taylor takes 2nd at turn 9 then overtakes Green at the last turn, Green retakes the lead into lap 2 with Taylor finally making his way through later that lap. The battles for 2nd place is now between Palmowski, Gould and Green. Gould is on the tail of Palmowski round turn 9 and 10. Gould makes his way through into lap 5 with Palmowski hot on his heels, having to defend round turn 6. As they take the chequered flag, Taylor takes the win, followed by Gould and Palmowski.
Great start by Oliver Manton opening up an early lead. Zak Summerill is gaining on him by turn 9 though. Into lap 2 and Thomas Lee-Davis is now on the tail of Summerill. Manton’s now extending his lead heading into lap 3 with Summerill and Lee-Davis behind him. Again, round lap 3 Manton’s lead continues to extend. Summerill driving defensively with Lee-Davis on his heels. Lee-Davis unfortunately goes for a spin at Turn 12 on lap 6 but fortunately does not lose any positions. Manton proceeds to take a commanding win, followed by Summerill and Lee-Davis.
Great start by Alisha Palmowski from 5th on the grid as Robert Taylor has a poor start from 2nd. As they go along the back straight Palmowski is in the lead only to lose it at turn 4 and drop back to last. Oliver Manton and Kyle Dunford are having a great race as Manton takes Dunford at turn 9 to take the lead in to lap 2 and from then on never looks back extending his lead to the finish line. Meanwhile behind, Robert Taylor and Joe Williams are battling for 3rd and catching Dunford in 2nd. As they head in to lap 4 Taylor and Williams are hot on the heels of Dunford whilst racing wheel to wheel with each other. As they head in to lap 5 it has become a 3-way battle for 2nd and as the lap draws to a close Taylor takes Dunford and Williams in to the hairpin only for Williams to then take Dunford too. As the chequered flag drops its Manton from Taylor and Williams.
Thomas Lee-Davis makes a great start to move from 3rd to 1st on lap 1 as everyone else holds their positions. As they head in to lap 3 Lee-Davis and Ash break away from the rest of the group leaving George Marriott, William Green and Dillon Davis to battle for 3rd. The 3 of them battle away for the next few laps wheel to wheel jostling for position. In to the last lap and the last corner all 3 collide as they try to go around the hairpin three a breast. Lee-Davis takes the victory followed by Ash, Green recovers quickest to take 3rd from Davis and Marriott.
Max Cole held Pole for a very competitive looking grid. As they head in to turn 3 Danny Gould runs wide only to then have to battle for the rest of the lap to get positions back. As they head in to lap 2 Max Cole breaks away with Kyle Dunford behind him. As they head in to lap 4 Gould and Robert Taylor are in a wheel to wheel battle. In to turn 11 side by side, around the hairpin together, Taylor nudges Gould around turn 1 and Gould then returns the nudge down the straight. Great racing! Finally at the end of lap 5 Gould moves up the inside of Taylor on turn 9 and makes the move stick going into the last lap. As they cross the line it’s a nice win for Cole followed by Dunford, Gould, Taylor and Brough.
Alex Whipday was on pole and set to take advantage as the lights went green. He got in front and stayed there without trouble. John Ash sat comfortably in 2nd with a battle for 3rdbetween George Marriott and Zak Summerill. As they go in to lap 3 Summerill gets the better of Marriott to take 3rd place. As the race continues to the finish everyone spreads out allowing Whipday to take victory from Ash, Summerill, Marriott and Williams.
Joe Williams was sitting on pole hoping to be able to move in to the B final with a good result. Good clean start to the race with drivers holding their positions in the early stages. Charlie Brough spins out on turn 5 and loses ground on the rest of the pack. Dillon Davis manages to get past George Marriott to make a charge on the leader. With some great defensive driving Williams holds off Davis lap after lap. The trailing group have spread out leaving the front two to battle for the lead. As they cross the line Williams takes the win from Davis, Marriott, William Green and Brough.
As the karts get underway there’s a bit of a tussle into turn 3 with Alex Whipday unfortunately losing out. As they go into lap 2 Kyle Dunford has kept his pole position lead and is moving away from the pack. Behind, Zak Summerill and Joe Williams have a tussle with Summerill making a mistake and dropping to 5th. Alisha Palmowski joins the action in to lap 4 making a great move on Joe Williams to take 2nd. As the race draws to a close Palmowski and Williams jostle for 2nd. Dunford takes the victory with Palmowski winning the battle for 2nd ahead of Williams from Whipday, Summerill and Ash.
Oliver Manton was sitting on pole ready as the lights went green after a solid set of heats. As lap 1 progressed all the drivers were together fighting for position. On lap 2 Kyle Dunford collides with Danny Gould at turn 9 allowing Robert Taylor to take the lead with Max Cole on his tail and Manton in 3rd. On Lap 3 Thomas Lee-Davis gets past Manton, who looked to be struggling on circuit. As the race continued, Taylor was able to extend his lead as Manton pitted for a kart swap to try and salvage some points. Taylor took the victory from Cole, with Lee-Davis rounding out the podium.
- Joe Williams
- Dillon Davis
- George Marriott
- Kyle Dunford
- Alisha Palmowski
- Joe Williams
- Robert Taylor
- Max Cole
- Thomas Lee-Davis
Top marks for Spencers!
The track is cold and damp in places but drying out nicely with warm afternoon Sun bursting through the clouds. With a full grid of 30 drivers, today’s race is bound to be exciting. With the warm up done, it’s time for Super Pole.
Super Pole Qualifying
Heading out in 5 second intervals each driver is required to complete 1 out lap, a time lap and then an in lap. After the first 10 are released from the pits Goodwin and Woodman head up the field with a fantastic time of 1:00.917. The second set of drivers head out onto circuit and Andy Spencer puts in a blistering pace of 1:00.357 with his brother just 1 tenth off his pace. The final heat leave the pit lane not knowing they have a mammoth task to wrestle the front row off the two Spencer brothers. Boon and Fawdry show fantastic pace but only quick enough to secure 3rd and 4th. Pushing Woodman and Goodwin back to 5th and 6th.
- Andy Spencer – L 01:00:357
- Matthew Spencer – H 01:00:461
- Adam Boon – L 01:00:667
- Kurt Fawdry – L 01:00:854
- Nigel Woodman – L 01:00:917
- Ricky Goodwin – L 01:01:350
- Thomas Fox – L 01:01:351
- Lee Schnitzler – H 01:01:455
- James Cook – L 01:01:474
- Sheridan Shepherd – L 01:01:579
30 drivers stretching all the way back to the hairpin is a sight to behold as we get underway in the 2nd round of the Senior InKart Championship. The start marshal gives the Race Director the all clear and we are ready to go. The red goes out with a huge roar of engines as each driver desperately tries to find their own bit of tarmac in a huge field of karts. There is contact through 1, 2 and 4 but with this number of drivers some rubbing was inevitable. The whole pack is through turn 5 as they find their positions in the race. Into 6 the front 4 stretch out a little, with A Spencer followed by M Spencer, Boon and Fawdry. Bumper to bumper racing but everyone keeping it fair is fantastic to see. A Spencer is under pressure from the chasing pack but drives defensively as he holds his lead into lap 2. Three seconds down the road is what only can be described as a peloton of drivers trying to keep pace with the leading 4. Leading the charge is Woodman, Goodwin and Schnitzler. After making a mess of his qualifying lap Tarrant is charging up the field, from last place he’s up to 18th by lap 3. There’s an incident at the hairpin involving 8 karts, looks like someone tried to make a risky move in traffic which resulted in a huge loss of time for the chasing pack. At the front A Spencer is still under enormous pressure from M Spencer, Boon and Fawdry. Boon and Fawdry are having their own personal battle for 3rd. M Spencer sets the fastest lap of the race and is on a charge but cannot find a way past his brother for 1st. In to the last lap and the chequered flag is readied by the Start Marshal. M Spencer makes a last ditch attempt to make a move stick into the final hairpin but Andy Spencer holds on for the win with only 0.331 seconds gap.
With the grid reversed from qualifying it’s a chance for the drivers to show their race skills. The guys at the front defending their leads and the guys at the back proving their overtaking prowess. Tarrant’s unfortunate qualifying has given him an advantage in heat 2 with a Pole position start. Boyden, Barrett and Silvers 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The red light goes out and they are off, clean through turn 1 but at turn 3 the pack groups up and those at the back start looking for passing opportunities. The pack is 4 karts wide round turn 4, Tarrant has made a blistering start and is already half a corner in the lead. Studd has made himself really wide in 2nd position and is backing up the pack. Into the hairpin on the first lap and all drivers pass through without incident, although the Race Director feels the drivers should be giving each other more space and issues a ‘No Bumping’ warning to all drivers! Tarrant is in a race of his own and has a comfortable 2 second lead into lap 2. Lap 3 and there is an incident at the hairpin, Barrett ambitiously tries to make a move up the inside of two drivers and has nowhere to go causing a hold up reminiscent of the M42 at rush hour! Unbelievably Andy Spencer finds a clean line through the mayhem and finds himself in 13th position. After the incident at turn 12 the leading pack are trying to close in on Tarrant, led by Studd, Welch, Darby and Schnitzler. A penalty is issued to Barratt for his ill-advised move which will result in a 5-place deduction at the end of the race. Fawdry, who’d fought his way up to 6th place find his luck runs out and gets a puncture! He nurses his kart back the Pit-Lane but loses 15 places. Once the kart swap is done Fawdry finds himself in last place. The chequered flag comes out and Tarrant has had the race all his own way, leading from start to finish, keeping himself out of trouble. Studd holds off Welch for 2nd place. Darby and Schnitzler are 4th and 5th with Andy Spencer making it all the way up to 6th!
Andy Spencer is at the front of the packed grid with Tarrant in 2nd and Studd in 3rd. Fantastic result by Studd who is the best placed heavy driver but beating most of the lights as well! Boon is 4th and Woodman 5th. Schnitzler is the next heavy in 6th with Welch down in 10th completing the heavies top 3. The race starts and Spencer and Tarrant are side by side through 3 and 4 with Spencer just edging out a lead into 6. The rest of the pack make it through the first few corners safely. Tarrant makes a slight mistake at turn 6 and Studd and Woodman take 2nd and 3rd. Rogers makes too much contact round the hairpin and the Race Director issues a bumping warning. At the end of lap 3 Studd has been caught by Tarrant, Woodman and M Spencer and finds himself getting sucked into the chasing pack. Studd’s bad luck continues when there is an incident at the hairpin and he finds himself stuck against the tyre wall. No calls were made for foul play but the number of karts caught in the congestion has led to karts facing the wrong way or losing significant time. There’s a fantastic race in chasing pack from Goodwin, Cook, Wade and Welch, keeping it close but fair. Boon who has been quick on pace all day find himself in the middle of traffic. Looking frustrated he makes a bold move on Fawdry but gets too much contact in the move and is deemed by the Race Director to have gained an advantage by contact, and a penalty is issued. At the front A Spencer is on a charge and sets the fastest lap of the day with a 1:00:090!! The fastest lap of the day and also breaking his own PB of 1:00:339. The track conditions appear to be perfect as the Top 13 driver all driving in the 60 second mark! Boon finds a bit of room and puts in a stonking lap of 1:00:131, desperate to get in the mix at the front. M Spencer and Schnitzler are caught in a fantastic battle for 4th and 5th, 1stand 2nd as heavies. Less than a second splits them. Woodman clear of the traffic tries to reel in Tarrant but it looks like the race time is getting away from him. The chequered flag comes out and A Spencer takes the win from Tarrant and Woodman. M Spencer holds off Schnitzler for first in the heavies with Welch keeping in the mix of the chasing pack and taking 3rd. Blistering pace form the grid and most drivers beating their personal bests! Incredibly 17 drivers ended up posting lap-times within 1 second of each other, showing the wealth of talent on the grid and the parity within the SODI fleet.
- Andy Spencer
- Michael Tarrant
- Nigel Woodman
- Matthew Spencer
- Lee Schnitzler
- Ryan Welch