New karting lap record at Dunkeswell

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

As the mist burned off on Sunday morning, race day looked as if it would be as hot as practice the day before and the buzz around the circuit was that lap records may be broken.

As the mist burned off on Sunday morning, race day looked as if it would be as hot as practice the day before and the buzz around the circuit was that lap records may be broken. As the temperature began to climb, 103 drivers across six classes prepared to contest the three heats and the final that make up a race weekend.The heats produced some interesting results. In the cadets, Macauley Austin was unstoppable taking three heat wins and in heat 2 coming from P12 to take and hold the lead by lap 2. The MiniMax heats threw up three different winners in Ollie Pidgeley, Cameron Jones and Tyler Weedon. However taking three consecutive second places and securing his place on the front row for the final was Sam Marsh. In the Junior Rotax it was a private battle between the two hard charging Exmouth drivers, Peter Rundle and Jack Drinkall, with Luke Gee taking two second places in the heats. The Senior Rotax heats were dominated by Jacques Jensen with Philip Haworth and Scott Hutchins on hand to keep him honest. The Rotax 177 drivers put on a sterling show with three different winners of the heats.However, Stewart Baker the winner of heat 1 was always in the top 3. Lastly, the 250 National Gearbox, local driver Roy Beal put in a strong performance to take two second places before winning heat 3.By the time the final grids were released the weather had cooled and the track was giving an awesome amount of grip. In the cadet final, Macaulay Austin converted pole position into a win whilst behind him Sam Webster muscled through to take second. Jordan Gilbertson took third. The Rotax Minimax final was a clean cut affair as Cameron Jones led Sam Marsh for the 12 laps with the best racing happening behind them. Tyler Weedon put in an excellent drive to move up from sixth to take third place and keep his championship hopes on track. Jones set a new lap record with a 49.56 second lap. It was a real fight in the Junior Rotax final as Rundle and Drinkall battled it out over the 12 laps. It was a hard, fair race and both drivers deserved the applause they received as they crossed the line with only 100th of a second separating them.Luke Gee, untroubled by the drivers behind, secured a strong third place. Jacques Jensen converted his strong performances in the heats to take the win in the final. Scott Hitchins and Phillip Haworth took second and third respectively. The Rotax 177 was a classic race with Stewart Baker taking the win, Nigel Hughes in second and Mathew Isgrove third. Last up were the 250 boys and, after a strong performance in the heats, it all went horribly wrong for Roy Beal as he found himself back in the pits on the warm up lap with a technical problem that threw away his pole position and, after starting from the back, managed to get up to 10th. Meanwhile up front, Chris Kendall took the win whilst an awesome drive by Lee Plain saw him move from 11th on the grid to cross the line in second place.Once again, it was a fantastic weekend's racing at the premier circuit in the South West. Thanks must go to the MSA stewards and the Dunkeswell Committee for the organisation behind the scenes as well as the paramedics, timekeepers and race control staff who ensured the smooth running of the event over the weekend. If you want to experience the facilities at the Mansell Raceway or want more information regarding the Lets Go Karting initiative then go to www.dunkeswell.com or www.mansellraceway.com for further details. Final results and standingsLibre cadet: 1, 36 Mac Austin (Zip); 2, 46 Sam Webster; 3, 47 Jordan Gilbertson (BRM).Novice Trophy: 82 Joshua Hopkins (Trulli).Rotax MiniMax: 1, 19 Cameron Jones (Zip); 2, 66 Sam Marsh (Tony); 3, 53 Tyler Weedon (Alonso). Novice Trophy: 21 George Lynch (BRM).Junior Rotax Max: 1, 44 Peter Rundle (Maranello); 2, 77 Jack Drinkall (Tony); 3, 27 Luke Gee (Wright). Novice Trophy: 66 Keiran Forrest (Intrepid).Senior Rotax Max: 1, 52 Jacques Jensen (Red Speed); 2, 16 Scott Hutchins (Tony); 3, 73 Phillip Haworth. Novice Trophy: 93 Steven Leney (Intrepid).Rotax 177: 1, 95 Stewart Baker (Kosmic); 2, 18 Nigel Hughes (Red Speed); 3, 25 Mathew Isgrove (Kosmic). 250 National: 1, 77 Chris Kendall (Jade); 2, 46 Lee Plain (Anderson); 3, 52 Paul Jarvis (Anderson). Novice Trophy: 55 Frazer Everett (Cyclone).


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