Sunday, August 3, 2014
With the temperature tipping 24 degrees it was going to a hot days racing for Round 6 of the Dunkeswell KRC 2014 championship, writes Jim Bee.
With good grids across all the classes it was going to be action packed and first out were the Libre Cadets with mix of Honda’s and IAME’s.
Shay Keogh took a clean sweep of heat wins for the IAME with Archie Brown upholding the Hondas reputation and never more than.
Four-tenths of a second behind him at the chequered flag, Connor Merryfield was always there in the mix quietly going about collecting championship points to boost his lead.
In the Minimax class, Tommy Foster was on top form taking all three heat wins with Paige Holden, James Knight and Ethan Ling following him home in second place respectively.
The Junior Rotax class produced three different heat winners. David Spiller took the win in heat one from Kieran Shanks and Matteo Zanetti.
In heat two it was Rob Ellis, with Shanks once again the runner-up and Izaac Channing third.
Heat three was won by Channing with Zanetti a close second and Adam Worley was third.
The fiercely-contested Senior Max race saw heat one won by Leon Hilleard with the minor placings bagged by James Moorcroft and Josh Gray in heat one. Gray won heat two with Stew Baker and Tylor Weedon netting the minor places.
In heat three, visiting driver, Ben Hamlet managed to hold off a strong drive by Gemma Batstone to take the flag by just one-hundredth of a second with James Moorcroft another hundredth behind her!
Last up were the Rotax 177 class and Colin Davies chances of three heat wins were dashed in heat one when a mechanical issue forced him to retire on lap seven. Darren Lane took the flag with Alan Moore hot on his tail. Carl Adey was third. Davis was back on form for heat two taking the win by two-and-a-half seconds from Lane with Rob Knight putting in a strong drive for third. Davis was again dominant in heat three with Lane again having to settle for second some six seconds adrift from the winner. Alan Moore took a well earned third place.
The heats done and dusted it was time for the finals and the Cadets kicked it off with a brilliant race. As the lights went green Keough and William Elswood made a run for it and had their own battle with Keough holding off the charging Elswood until lap four when got through. His lead was short lived though as Keough was back through on the next lap and looked like he was going to complete a clean sweep.
However, behind both of them was the honda of Archie Brown and on lap eight he struck getting past the IAME of Elswood, Taking a lap to consolidate he attacked Keogh on the last lap slipping through to take the victor by a mere 0.05 of a second.
Keough was second with Elswood third. In the Minimax final, Foster rounded off a good day with an untroubled victory.
Ling was dropped to third on the opening lap but quickly regained the place from James Knight. However, neither had an answer for Fosters dominance and they finished in that order. Behind them, Holden and Jem Hepworth were having their own private battle with fourth place changing hands three times over the 15 laps. In the end it was Holden who pipped Hepworth to fourth by 0.1 of a second, but both these drivers are a force to be reckoned with.
Izaac Channing rounded of a good day in the Junior Max class taking the win from Rob Ellis. Kieran Shanks strong running in the heats could not be sustained in the final and he found himself bumped down to fifth as he lost out first to Ellis and then to Worley and Cole Edwards.
However, it was a good weekend’s work for the Exmouth driver. With All eyes on the Senior Max grid, it was Josh Gray who had the best start and quickly put a gap between himself and the chasing Baker.
However, it all went wrong for Baker on lap 11 when a mechanical issue forced him to retire which elevated Leon Hilleard to second place.
This in turn boosted Hamlet to third and that is how they finished.
Last up were the 177 boys and Darren Lanes strong heats had put him on pole. However despite a DNF, the ever present Davis was on hand to keep him on his toes. Lane had a great getaway and looked to be holding off Davis but on lap four he got past and once again Lane had to settle for second. Rob Knight converted a great start into third overall rounding off a great day for the veteran driver.
A great days racing at a great circuit in awesome weather! Thanks must go to the teams in Race Control, Timing and Lap Scoring. A special mention also to the marshals who did a superb job staying focussed despite the relentless heat. With the South West Championships in August there has never been a better time to see why Dunkerswell is the place to race!
Final Results and standings:
1. 72 Archie Brown Zip
2. 59 Connor Merryfield Zip
3. 88 Alex Eades BRK
1. 51 Shay Keough Zip
2. 19 William Elswood Zip
3. 26 Theo Fedrick RK
1. 53 Tommy Foster Tony
2. C Ethan Ling CRG
3. 17 James Knight Tony
1. 22 Izaac Channing Alonso
2. C Robert Ellis Kosmic
3. 17 Adam Worley Tony
1. 61 Josh Gray Tony
2. 33 Leon Hilleard OK1
3. 69 Ben Hamlet Tony
1. 71 Colin Davis Kosmic
2. 28 Darren Lane Tony
3. 33 Rob Knight Redspeed