Week Thirty Seven
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The sun pierced through the clouds on what was a cool but windswept morning in Milton Keynes for the second round of our iconic InKart Championship. Thirty of a brightest and best Junior and Cadet drivers attended this round, all with the ambition of claiming the top step of the podium.
First, we had the ‘heats’-based phase of the day, whereby drivers are randomly put into two groups, those groups are the ones they will race in their ‘heats’ with, before the finals are put together by how well the drivers fare in the ‘heats’.
The usual championship protagonists were in session in the shape of Charlie and Jacob Csepreghi, Louis Bishop, Luca Dunford, and last but certainly not least, Blake Southan. In the Cadet category Rayaan Malik was present to extend his championship lead, but he’d have to get through Zayn Perry and Richard Marks to do it!
The ‘heats’ phase of the day was full of excitement, but unfortunate incidents led to some penalties deciding who would populate the ‘B’ and ‘A’ Final respectively. In the Cadet ‘B’ Final, Gillen Townsend put on a fantastic display and took victory convincingly from William Needham in second place, and third place was Ryan Cafferkey who was just marginally behind at the flag! Over in the Juniors, Lewis Bowey was unfortunate to miss the ‘A’ Final but made the most of the ‘B’ Final by winning the race by 10 seconds over Ethan Windsor in second, and Liam Weatherall in third.
In the ‘A’ Final, Louis Bishop started on pole position but couldn’t hold on and finished up in fourth after a penalty for Luca Dunford moved him up one spot. Just ahead, Blake Southan fought very hard to claim third place on the road after a bit of a bumpy round! Jacob Csepreghi quietly went about his business and got second after another great display, but there was no catching Charlie Csepreghi this week, who won the ‘A’ Final by 4 seconds! Which is almost unheard of in the ‘A’ Final.
All in all, it was a fantastic day of racing, filled with drama and ever improving racing standards and we can’t wait for Round 3!
Junior Sprint League
On an overcast morning in Milton Keynes, we welcomed 17 of our brightest and best junior drivers for the second instalment of Season 3 of Junior Super Champs. On our grid this morning was many of the usual race win contenders in Blake Southan, Callum Franklin. Freddie Hill, the Csepreghi brother of Charlie and Jacob and Louis Bishop were all primed for a shot of victory in this action-packed round!
Qualifying was very closely contested, but it was Blake Southan who took pole position with a best lap time of 1:23.917, a very competitive time on the complicated ‘Cliff-Drop’ and ‘Bus Stop’ layout of the circuit, it incorporates the most turns, and presents the ultimate test of skill! Second place was Callum Franklin, half a second off Blake, and Freddie Hill completed the top three with a 1:24.535.
On the race start, Freddie Hill was able to snatch the lead off Blake Southan with a fantastic move down the inside of Turn 2! Freddie and Blake would then battle it out all the way to the chequered flag, Blake had to defend for his life but just about took victory by just 0.289 of a second over Callum in second! With Freddie Hill securing his third-place finish ahead of Jacob and Charlie Csrepreghi. Louis Bishop started down the order after a kart change in qualifying but drove brilliantly well to mean he came from sixteenth on the grid to sixth at the end of the race!