RACE REPORT: SSM Super One MSA & TKM Round 6, PFi
It was a very tense weekend with three of the titles hanging in the balance. At the end of Sunday Teddy Wilson took the MSA crown for IAME Cadet, Arran Mills the ABkC National Junior TKM title and Joe Forsdyke the senior TKM Extreme. Mark Litchfield raced well but had already done enough for the Formula KGP title at the previous round.
Augmenting the entry were three support races, for Club IAME Cadet won by Bray Kenneally, Junior X30 won by Lucas Vaus and Senior X30 won by Mark Litchfield. Many congratulations to all the new champions and everyone for their support of the series.
IAME Cadet – MSA British Cadet Championship
An important milestone was Teddy Wilson’s appeal against a one lap penalty from the previous round, the appeal was heard at PF International and upheld by the new Stewards putting him back in the points lead.
Robertson, Jonny Edgar and Tom Wood had the best timed qualifying speed with the other main protagonist Kiern Jewiss in sixth and Wilson eighth. It would be Robertson and Wood who took the heat wins whilst Wilson and Jewiss shared the second row for the first final.
From the standing start Wood, Jewiss and Lewis Thompson broke away with Robertson about to leapfrog Alex McDade and tow him up to the lead trio. Wilson dropped to tenth, from where he would start a superb fight back. Robertson leapfrogged Jewiss then relieved Wood of the lead, but only briefly as Jewiss jumped to the front, Robertson having a quick spin on the grass. Wilson had now joined the tail of the six kart train contesting the lead, and Jewiss was next to visit the grass, elbowed out coming off the bridge. Lewis Thompson had taken first but had to give way to McDade, who briefly lost it to Wilson before everyone defended into the first hairpin. Jewiss barrelled into Wilson, sending Wilson into a half spin and himself off the track. So McDade won over Edgar, Wood and Wilson strung out behind. Jewiss was initially given a 5s penalty for ‘gaining an unfair advantage’ but won his appeal to finish tenth but with a greater points deficit.
For the second final McDade, Edgar and Robertson broke clear whilst Wilson had another horrible first lap. Wood found the pace to break clear of Dexter Patterson and Jewiss but couldn’t close to the lead trio. Up there a frantic trading of the podium positions was in train, Robertson in the lead for a few corners before McDade got it back and eased clear. Robertson slipstreamed past Edgar at Turn one on the last lap but Edgar had held his third place in the series, McDade to fifth behind Wood with his two wins. Wood was a lonely fourth and Wilson took rival Jewiss on the last lap too. “Kiern wasn’t defending and I was faster,” he explained, adding: “It’s been a good year, now the appeal is over.”
Final 1 (15 laps): 1 Alex McDade (Zip) 16m 56.190s; 2 Jonny Edgar (Synergy) +0.040s; 3 Tom Wood (Zip); 4 Teddy Wilson (Synergy); 5 Lewis Thompson (Zip); 6 Zachary Robertson (Synergy).
Final 2 (15 laps): 1 McDade 16m 55.480s; 2 Robertson +0.030s; 3 Edgar; 4 Wood; 5 Wilson; 6 Kiern Jewiss (Zip).
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Teddy Wilson 749; 2 Kiern Jewiss 737; 3 Jonny Edgar 725; 4 Tom Wood 717; 5 Alex McDade 680; 6 Lewis Thompson 678; 7 Dexter Patterson 641; 8 Zachary Robertson 618; 9 Fin Kenneally 603; 10 Joe Turney 597.
ABkC Junior TKM National Championship
Arran Mills and Matthew Round-Garrido were the initial pace setters, topping the TQ and winning a heat each. Shea Pearce and Matthew Graham would line up on the second row of the first final grid but the other main contender of the several who could take the title was Alex Forward who would only make the sixth row.
From the lead Round-Garrido ran wide off the bridge, losing the lead to Pearce and Mills and although he fought back to the front he was elbowed onto the grass out of the first hairpin. That left Mills in the lead, and as those behind squabbled he stretched a one second lead. Kyle Hornby had joined this group, in which Graham vaulted into second. Forward as well had closed on them but he was helped off the track by Pearce for which the latter took an exclusion, ruining his chance of glory and possibly Forward’s as well. That left Hornby in a comfortable third well ahead of a recovering Round-Garrido.
Mills had a great start in the second final but Round-Garrido was storming into second, deposing Hornby who lost three places. Forward was frantically trying to push through the pack, but if Mills won he would take the title. Round-Garrido put that win in doubt with a move at the second hairpin but next time round Mills returned the favour at the same place and as Graham challenged for second, Mills could ease clear. Round-Garrido wrestled the position back, but by less than a tenth on the line and they were well clear of James Clarke. Forward was just in front of Hornby in sixth, the latter excluded for driving standards.
Final 1 (16 laps): 1 Arran Mills (Tonykart)16m 15.560s; 2 Matthew Graham (Jade Karts) +0.990s; 3 Kyle Hornby (Tonykart); 4 Matthew Round-Garrido (Jade Karts); 5 Anderson Chilcott (Jade Karts); 6 James Clarke (Tonykart).
Final 2 (16 laps): 1 Mills 16m 18.610s; 2 Round-Garrido +02.570s; 3 Graham; 4 Clarke; 5 Cameron Fisher (Tonykart); 6 Alex Forward (Tonykart).
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Arran Mills 692; 2 Alex Forward 691; 3 Matthew Graham 686; 4 Matthew Round-Garrido 679; 5 Anderson Chilcott 667; 6 Shea Pearce 663; 7 Dino Lee 615; 8 Cameron Fisher 605; 9 Kyle Hornby 550; 10 George Sutton 546.
ABkC TKM Extreme National Championship
In the timed qualifying session Joe Porter was quickest over John Hogan, championship leader James Ogden and Ryan Stronach. Porter and Stronach were guesting in the series. Hogan won both heats to put him on pole alongside Ogden with main rival Joe Forsdyke and Matthew Allnutt behind them.
Hogan held the lead through to the last lap whilst behind Ogden traded second with Forsdyke then fell behind Porter. A very unhappy Ogden was tipped into a half spin at the second hairpin and was hit by Stronach, breaking the chain and putting him out although Stronach continued. Porter had reached second but dropped back to fifth as Forsdyke took the place. Kyle Sproat sliced into second at the first hairpin and everyone went into a defensive mode, Hogan had lost his big lead and endured a grassy trip out of the second hairpin, falling to fourth with Sproat winning over Forsdyke, England and Hogan.
In the seond final Sproat was quickly demoted from the lead to fifth as Porter went ahead albeit with Forsdyke fast approaching. The title fight was on a knife edge when Forsdyke took the lead at the first hairpin, he and Ogden now tied on points. Ogden was making good progress from the back, now fifth as Andrew Lawrence had a spin out of the second hairpin. Forsdyke was demoted again by Porter but in a big reshuffle over the bridge Forsdyke emerged first with a big cushion and Porter losing several places. Hogan was second until Matt England, Ogden and Stronach all overcame him amongst much scuffling round the second hairpin. England broke clear to close on Forsdyke over the finish line, Stronach passed Ogden for third. Porter was later excluded for leaving parc ferme without having his engine checked.
With a tie on points Forsdyke had the higher score on his dropped round, so taking the title and saying: “It’s a tough track to race round and to break the tow, but thanks to Alan Turney, Tal-Ko and my Dad.”
Final 1 (16 laps): 1 Kyle Sproat (Tonykart) 16m 13.090s; 2 Joe Forsdyke (Tal-Ko) +0.680s; 3 Matt England (Tal-Ko); 4 John Hogan (Tonykart); 5 Joe Porter (Tonykart); 6 Paul Monks (Tonykart).
Final 2 (16 laps): 1 Forsdyke 16m 19.850s; 2 England +0.060s; 3 Ryan Stronach (Tonykart); 4 James Ogden (Tonykart); 5 Hogan; 6 Sproat.
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Joe Forsdyke 730; 2 James Ogden 730; 3 Tom Owen 710; 4 Paul Monks 689; 5 Simon Vercoe 676; 6 Kyle Sproat 675; 7 Matthew Allnutt 653; 8 Andrew Lawrence 640; 9 John Hogan 638; 10 Matt England 622
Mark Litchfield forgot to put on his transponder for timed qualifying in the rush with two karts, he was doing X30 as well, so Matt Davies topped that session over Jamie Flynn and Jack New but there were only eight entries. Nevertheless Litchfield won the first heat from the back with Davies taking the second after Litchfield failed to finish.
With two immediate retirements a mere six karts raced in the first final, with Litchfield soon leapfrogging Davies to win comfortably despite being late to the start, Davies falling back to second last. Bobby Game seemed to struggle, a late push taking him to third behind Flynn.
The second final was more exciting as Game dived in on Litchfield’s lead at the first hairpin, and led a lap until Litchfield re-took the place over the bridge. Game had no trouble staying second for the vice champion position once more, whilst Davies and Jack New had a good fight, Davies ahead of Flynn and New at the flag.
Final 1 (17 laps):1 Mark Litchfield (Kosmic) 16m 14.440s; 2 Jamie Flynn (Alonso) +2.530s; 3 Bobby Game (Alonso); 4 Jack New (Tonykart); 5 Matt Davies (Tonykart); 6 Daniel Baybutt (Jade).
Final 2 (17 laps): 1 Litchfield 16m 11.620s; 2 Game +02.450s; 3 Davies; 4 Flynn; 5 New; 6 Baybutt
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Mark Litchfield 772; 2 Bobby Game 736; 3 Matt Davies 701; 4 Jamie Flynn 683; 5 Daniel Baybutt 680