2012 a vintage year for all at Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club
PUBLISHED: 13:18 31 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:48 31 December 2012
The year of 2012 was certainly a vintage one for all concerned at the Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club.
Across the board standards have been raised as no fewer than 931drivers have competed at the South West’s premier circuit with numbers peaking at 121 for the July round.
If any circuit is bucking the national trend in entries, Dunkeswell is at the forefront of the revival. A flowing, super smooth track with close and competitive racing aligned with a friendly atmosphere has attracted drivers from all over the country.
The NKRA chose the circuit to host the prestigious Formula Blue championship and a tie up with Llandow Kart Club with the Dragon Challenge saw most of the silverware crossing the bridge back to the west country!
Interestingly, weather wise, despite the tracks reputation, the dry weather out qualified the wet by six rounds to three despite that fact that when it did rain it was of biblical proportions!
The Honda cadets provided some great action, the exuberance of youth and most importantly, big grids!
Over the eight rounds two drivers, Ryan Luscombe and Jordan Hurman have dominated the top of the standings.
Luscombe’s early championship lead was lost after the first round and he had to fight Hurman to get it back by round four.
After that, he maintained it to take the title by 18 points with Hurman second and Tom Canning in third.
Hurman and Luscombe took the honours in the Dragon Challenge showing exceptional sportsmanship by electing to share the title rather than see who would win it on count back.
The Comer cadets was a small grid and in reality with Alex Quinn away on Super 1 duties, it was left to Tommy Foster and Kieran Channing, the only two club drivers to compete in all eight rounds to fight it out for the title. Fosters experience showed through and he dominated the races that Quinn was absent from. Foster took the title with Channing having an excellent season in second, despite only competing in four of the eight rounds, Quinn was third. Foster’s year was capped by his victory in the Dragon Challenge.
In the MiniMax series another Channing was on the hunt for a title!
Sam Stephens took an early lead in the standings, but by round three Izaac Channing was topping the table and would hold it to take not only the class championship, but also the South West Champion title on the way.
Stephens kept him honest all the way and it only by a margin of six points that he lost out coming second, but was boosted by his winning the Dragon Challenge. David Spillers consistence got his third in his first full season.
Junior Max and Sam Morgan’s early lead was cut short by round three when James Moorcroft dominated from then on.
Liam Williams was putting in some good results and moved into second in the championship. Moorcroft was the class of the field at the South West Championships when despite not finishing a heat still managed to take the title.
Williams’ best efforts to hold second failed when he was nudged into third spot by Morgan who managed to accrue enough points in the last round after the dropped scores were taken into account. Both Moorcroft and Morgan were successful in the Dragon Challenge after the stewards awarded them equal status as champions.
James Clarkson was peerless in the Senior Max class leading from round 1. It was left to Stewart Baker and Tyler Weedon to battle it out for second and third. The youth of Weedon saw him gain the upper hand in the early rounds as Baker held a watching brief. By round seven Bakers persistence and experience enabled him to pull out a four-point lead and move into second in the championship.
Meanwhile, Clarkson was putting points between him the rest of the grid finishing 43 points ahead of Baker who in turn was 11 points clear of Weedon in third.
Fourth placed driver, Ashley Lewis, having his best season in seniors so far, took the honours for the club In the Dragon Challenge.
It was brilliant to see a resurgence in the 177 class with grids topping 15 plus in most rounds. Defending champion, Darren Lane had a slow start, but by round three had got into his stride and was on top of the standings.
The hugely experienced Rob Knight, fended of Wayne Stone to take second in the championship with Stone some 69 points behind him in third place, but could console himself with his victory in the Dragon Challenge.
As with all racing, nothing would be possible without the tireless work of the circuit management group, especially circuit manager, Paul Bromham, the MSA officials, the medical teams and, of note, the marshalling team who have remained focussed and professional whatever the conditions.
Thanks to Tel T photography for once more catching all the action trackside and also to fledgling ZWG motorsports photography for catching some great shots paddock side. A special thanks must however go to the drivers and mechanics who have provided the swelling crowds of spectators with some close, competitive and most importantly safe racing and whose attendance have proven beyond doubt that Dunkeswell continues to be the place to race!
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