Fusion’s Enaam Ahmed and Shox’s Dean MacDonald shared the wins in the opening Super One round but MacDonald could have had a double without an exclusion from Final 2.
Dean MacDonald opened the scoring in Qualifying, but Josh Smith beat him in the next session with 68.9s. In Heat 1 Smith was on pole next to Max Bird but a top three of Hugo Bently Ellis, Cameron Roberts and Enaam Ahmed broke away from the pack. Roberts eventually dropped back behind Smith while Bently Ellis won his first heat with his new team, Forza. They had all been on wets on a rapidly drying track.
In the second heat MacDonald was on pole, and it had just stopped raining. Ahmed took the lead and got away by a sizeable distance as Dylan Lee, MacDonald and Armstrong were fighting. Lee was very fast in one of his first Comer races after coming from WTP but he either spun or was pushed off. In their final heat of Saturday, Smith came up against MacDonald for the first time and took the lead with York also passing MacDonald. Smith and York drafted all the way, finishing in that order.
Smith won the final heat as MacDonald dropped to 3rd and York moved up two places to 2nd. Sean Rudge started 3rd, dropped to 3rd then steadily moved back to 6th.
It started to rain during the Repechage while the drivers were on a mixture of slicks and wets, and Patterson, Douglas, Coupe and Hunt moved to the front.
MacDonald led at the start of the first Final from Roberts and Ahmed and on the wet track he MacDonald showed the rest how it was done and was 8s ahead after just a few laps – the opposition were just coming round Game corner when MacDonald was coming onto the straight. Roberts and Sean Rudge passed Ahmed for 2nd as the track started to dry and that’s how it finished, with Eddie Hack attacking Ahmed in the closing stages.
The track was drying rapidly as they went out for their second Final which seemed to happen most often to the Cadets as if the weather patterns were picking on them!
MacDonald and Ahmed were out on their own after two laps, both taking turns in the lead. MacDonald eventually stretched out a small gap from Ahmed and Hack took 3rd from Bently Ellis to take the first major podium for the Gillard Cadet. Easykart graduate Sam Faulkner came from 19th to 7th in his first Super One with BKC.
MacDonald was excluded for having his brake disc a small bit below his chassis, so as he has to count this round that’s his championship challenge over with. This promoted Ahmed to the win and he’s already looking like a strong favourite for the championship. Ahmed himself had suffered a similar exclusion for a non-performance enhancing technical issue last year, but if even the rival Fusion team tweet that the exclusion was harsh then it’s pretty extreme.