Thursday Night League (26th October)
On a windswept, cold, and damp Thursday evening we welcomed 24 drivers to the circuit for our sixth instalment of the SODI Thursday Night Sprint League, and 14 drivers joined us for the DMAX race. The track layout for this week was National, which cuts the traditional international layout in half, and gives the drivers a challenging double left-hand corner to negotiate before coming back to the final section of the lap.
In the SODI Race, it was very closely contested by James King and current championship leader Jimi Holder, who both fought hard to pass the lapped traffic, the race finished with just 0.555 of A SECOND BETWEEN THEM, James took victory from Jimi in second, Ash Chivers had another strong showing and collected third place and cemented his position as a front runner in the SODI championship.
Over in the DMAX category, Jack Stewart, Lee Schnitzler, Paul Studd, Barry Morris and Yousuf Bin-suhayl all looked poised to challenge each other for victory! Jack Stewart, fresh off a full 61-point round in SuperChamps, took pole and would go on to take victory by 17 seconds! Lee Schnitzler was able to benefit from a collision between Barry and Yousuf at the final corner of the final lap and take second position after a race long battle, Barry Morris completed the podium with a great showing.
Overnight rain has meant that the thirty-one drivers present for the fifth instalment of the Junior & Cadet InKart Championship had a greasy, unpredictable circuit to negotiate. This round proved to be a true test of driver skill and ability to handle changing track conditions and keep it on the road! We have surpassed the half way point in the season and the championships are beginning to take shape, and both leaders were present in the form of Blake Southan for the juniors, and Dexter Hazeldine for the Cadets.
In the ‘heats’ phase of the morning, all title contenders managed to take race victories with four different winners in the Junior category, Blake Southan would win Heat 1, Charlie Csepreghi won Heat 2, Jacob Csepreghi won Heat 3, and Louis Bishop claimed victory in Heat 4. In the Cadets, Alexander Karadzhov picked up victory in Heat 1, with Rayaan Malik returning to form and the top step for Heat 2, Gillen Townshend picked up an impressive, wet weather victory in Heat 3, and Caelen Keith struck back against Rayaan in Heat 4.
The ’B’ Final was, surprisingly, fairly tame, which is a testament to the quality of drivers for our InKart Championship, Tyler Rickard claimed victory in the Juniors, followed by Luca Dunford in second place, and Brandon Edwards in third. The Cadets saw Dexter Hazeldine take victory, followed by Richard Marks and Jacob Kent.
In the ‘A’ Final, there was drama right from the start, Arthur Caluch picked up a 3-position penalty after an incident on lap one, which meant his work was cut out for him during the race, but Arthur, pulled away from the battle behind between Zayn Perry, Ethan Anderson and Jacob Csepreghi. However, Louis Bishop took a phenomenal victory, 11.5 seconds clear of Blake Southan in second place, and Charlie Csepreghi. In the Cadet race, Alexander Karadzhov took a brilliant victory after driving very well all day, followed closely by Caelen Keith and Rayaan Malik, who had a very hard battle through-out the race.
The championships are wide open, Louis Bishop has closed in on Blake Southan at the top of the Junior standings, and Dexter Hazeldine and Gillen Townshend are making steady progress in the Cadets, Rayaan Malik and Caelen Keith still have a chance, after the drop rounds the scores will even out and it is all to play for!
Junior Sprint League
On a bright, sunny October morning we greeted 16 drivers back to lift the veil on the second half of the third season of Junior Sprint League this season. The three championship contenders were all in attendance. Blake Southan, Charlie Csepreghi and Jacob Csepreghi all looked focused and ready to take on the second half of the season. The track layout for today’s race was ‘Cliff-Drop’, which adds an off camber, challenging chicane between the seventh and eighth corner of the international layout, with damp conditions around the circuit from overnight rain, it really was all to play for.
In qualifying, Blake Southan set the pace with a 1:42.508 and was 0.355 of a second ahead of Solomon Adeniji who joined him on the front row. Jacob Csepreghi claimed third position, with Callum Franklin and Louis Bishop just behind. A surprise was Charlie Csepreghi who started only ninth after a difficult qualifying session. The ever-changing track conditions with a jumbled-up grid made for much excitement for the race!
In the race session, Blake Southan was able to master the tricky conditions and convert his pole position into the race victory, by fifteen seconds over Jacob Csepreghi in second place, and Callum Franklin in third, Louis Bishop was also able to move up into fourth, with Solomon having a tough race, and falling to fifth position. Blake Southan was able to claim maximum points for the third round in a row, as he also took the fastest time of a 1:36.433 which was over 1.5 seconds faster than any of his rivals.