PUBLISHED: 15:44 05 April 2011
Local driver and Axe Valley Community College student, Ellis Bee (17) has closed the gap to the current leader in the senior Rotax class to just two points after a great race meeting at Mansell Raceway, Dunkeswell last weekend.
Ellis got through the heat stages with a second place and two fourth places which put him within three points of his championship rival. In the final, despite early problems, in lap10, he pulled off a clean overtaking move at pit bend to get through and pulled away to claim the last step on the podium.
In the Junior Blue Class, Ryan Edgcombe, also an AVCC student, overcame several mechanical difficulties to finish fourth in his class and take home valuable championship points.
Dunkeswell Kart Racing Championship Round 2
Round two of the 2011 Club Championship was held under clear blue skies and 66 drivers made the most of the glorious weather to enjoy some of the closest racing seen this year.
In the Libre Cadet final, championship leader, Izaac Channing kept a watching brief on Alex Quinn and Ari White as they battled for the lead. However, Channing made his move on lap 9 to slide past the pair of them and held on to take the win. White crossed the line in second with Quinn in third.
In the Junior Blue Class, Ben Pearson was untroubled leading from lights to flag. Ryan Edgecombes day went from bad to worse on lap 11 after being relegated to 4th behind William Goodhew and Sam Dible. The Minimax final gave some of the best racing of the day as Joe Parkinson held off the pack with some robust driving to secure the win. Behind him, by less than half a second, was Sam Stephens and Jordan Caradeuc. Next up were the Junior Rotax class and James Johnson continued his domination of the heats to take an unchallenged win. Behind him, Tyler Weedon kept up the pressure and a storming drive by Ollie Beezley from 8th secured the final place on the podium in 3rd.
The senior Rotax final followed the same pattern as the heats with Josh Collings and Daryl Henderson fighting it out for the win whilst behind them, Ellis Bee and Gemma Batstone battled for championship points. When the flag fell it was Collings, Henderson and Bee who made it on to the podium. The 177 class was dominated by Stewart Baker whilst behind him, Matt Isgrove worked his way through the pack to 2nd and Richard Brenton claimed 3rd. Last up were the 250 National boys who as usual put on a great show. Despite some attrition, Juan Moreno took the win with James Clarkson coming second and Stu Mansell 3rd. In all it was a great weekends racing and thanks must go to the admin team, marshals and medical team for the smooth running of the event. Next race meeting is Sunday 24th April, see you there.