The weekend was dominated by two drivers, Enaam Ahmed (Fusion Motorsport) and Dean Macdonald (Shox Performance) who, between them headed both qualifying sessions, won all four heats and both A Finals as the championship picture became slightly clearer even with eight rounds still to go.
Ahmed dominated proceedings in Saturday’s third round, edging Macdonald in Qualifying and then winning both his heats to carry a perfect points score into the Final. Macdonald won the third heat (which didn’t contain Ahmed) following a late pass on erstwhile championship leader Josh Smith (Fusion Motorsport) and lined up alongside Ahmed on the front row of the grid for the Final.
However nobody could touch Ahmed in the main event and as Macdonald and Smith battled over 2nd Ahmed pulled away to win by a comfortable 5s. Macdonald eventually got the better of Smith to clinch 2nd with Oliver York (Fusion Motorsport) narrowly defeating Ross Martin (Team Wright) for 4th.
Ahmed’s sparkling form continued on Sunday morning when he led Qualifying again, albeit by just 0.01s over Martin with Macdonald 3rd. However Macdonald took control of the heats, winning both his races with Ahmed taking the third by 2s over Smith.
For the second consecutive day Alex McRoberts won the B Final, thus becoming the only other driver all weekend to win a race but Ahmed’s hopes of a double A Final win were dealt a mortal blow when he dropped to 8th on the first lap as Macdonald converted pole position into an early lead.
Hugo Bentley-Ellis (Forza Motorsport) tagged on to Macdonald’s bumper at the head of the field and the duo pulled clear of the rest but as the race wore on Ahmed and York closed on the leaders and with two laps to go the top four were together. Bentley-Ellis was shuffled back to 4th on the final lap as Ahmed closed to within a kart length of Macdonald at the flag.
Macdonald’s second win of the year elevates him into 2nd in the points standings, three points behind Ahmed with Smith, who drove up to 15th in the Final after falling to 30th on the opening lap, 18 points behind Macdonald in 3rd.