A great day's racing at the best track in South West

PUBLISHED: 16:29 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club: After the monsoon conditions experienced during the Saturday practice, the following day dawned bright and sunny, rendering all the work done perfecting a wet set-up worthless.

Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club: After the monsoon conditions experienced during the Saturday practice, the following day dawned bright and sunny, rendering all the work done perfecting a wet set-up worthless.

With the track at the superb Mansell Raceway drying rapidly, only the first heat of cadets, MiniMax and Junior Rotax were run on wets.

The mid-morning quiet hour allowed the circuit to dry out completely and as racing resumed it was slicks all the way. An impressive 98 drivers, including 18 Novices, competing over 8 classes, ensured that the competition was fierce. The Rotax MiniMax class enjoyed the biggest grid so far this year with 24 drivers and it was a welcome and overdue return for the Junior Blue class with 6 drivers making the grid. As ever, the day's racing provided some great spectacles for the viewing public, especially when 250 Gearbox driver Roy Beal dramatically lost a rear wheel on one of the fastest parts of the circuit. As ever, the quick reactions of the marshals prevented him from being collected by his fellow competitors and he was soon safely back in the pits assessing the damage.

In the MiniMax class, a mechanical problem forced championship contender Cameron Jones to sit out Heat 3, pushing him back to P18 for the final. However, a spirited drive saw him push his way through to P4 before the flag dropped, leaving him just off the podium but pleased with the result.

The 250 National Gearbox final became a race of attrition when over half the field failed to finish, leaving five drivers to take the chequered flag with two of them being from the visiting 125 Gearbox class!

The Mansell family achieved a good haul of silverware with Nigel winning the Rotax 177 final and Gregg and Leo taking first and second respectively in the Rotax Max final.

Local driver Ellis Bee, from Seaton (Rotax MiniMax), recovered from a poor start after failing to finish the first two heats to line up 20th on the grid for the final.

A solid drive saw him avoid the first corner tangle to safely come through and take his first trophy as best novice in his class.

In the Cadet class, Ryan Edgecombe, also from Seaton, managed to come eighth overall after struggling with engine problems all day.

Once again, it was a great day's racing at the best track in the South West.

Full results can be found at the Dunkeswell Kart Club website www.dunkeswell.com as well as further details for anyone thinking about racing at the circuit.

By Jim Bee

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