Dramatic twists in the Rotax Super One classes
The Rotax classes at Rissington weren’t so affected by the rain shower which hit during the IAME Cadet Final but it didn’t stop the action, particularly in the Senior class.
Jenson Butterfield enjoyed lights to flag victories in both MiniMax Finals. Tom Canning had earlier topped timed qualifying from Jonny Edgar but Butterfield won both heats whilst Canning suffered an exclusion for a non-compliance. When Edgar took Lorcan Hanafin for second in the Dog Leg complex it gave Butterfield an unassailable lead he did not squander. Edgar was bundled back to 5th but recovered for a three-kart-wide dash for 2nd, taken by Dexter Patterson from Edgar and Hanafin. Butterfield again had a break in the second Final when several karts went off including Edgar. But this time he was reeled in by Patterson and the recovering Canning to within 0.5s. Edgar recovered to 5th.
Joe Turney had the upper hand throughout timed qualifying and the two heats, lining up on pole for the first Final with Jonathan Hoggard alongside. As Turney took the lead William Pettitt slotted briefly into 2nd until Hoggard took it back. Pettitt eventually claimed 2nd with a light touch on Hoggard with Myles Apps in 4th. Mark Kimber and Rory Hudson clashed on the last corner, Kimber surviving for 5th but Hudson was out. Turney and Hoggard traded the lead in the early part of the second Final until Pettitt fired his kart up the inside to lead. As the other battle continued to rage behind, Pettitt eased away for the win. Once Turney had flung off the attentions of Luke Ide and Tommy Foster he started to close in for the finish. Hoggard endured a long grassy trip falling to 7th.
Josh White maintained his advantage from TQ through both heats to pole position with Josh Collings alongside for the first Final. But White was immediately hobbled at the dog leg as James Johnson dived in, letting Jack McCarthy take up the lead. White started his comeback from 10th but the lead battle was a fierce rough and tumble of changing places, variously led by Collings and Johnson. White also got back to the lead battle but a half spin saw him having to settle for 4th. That fracas allowed Harrison Thomas to the front and he hung on for the win over Johnson and McCarthy. Briefly usurped by McCarthy, Thomas hung onto the lead for most of the second Final until the last lap when White dived in and won from Collings and Johnson with Thomas falling to 4th. The latter two scrabbled over the grass at the penultimate corner but made the flag. The support race for Rotax Max 177 was won by Daniel Martin.