Sun and downpour at Dunkeswell

PUBLISHED: 12:23 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:13 16 June 2010

NINETY SEVEN drivers from all over the country and as far afield as Guernsey enjoyed a glorious Saturday practice at the Mansell Raceway, nr Honiton.

NINETY?SEVEN drivers from all over the country and as far afield as Guernsey enjoyed a glorious Saturday practice at the Mansell Raceway, nr Honiton.

Unfortunately, it made the weather for race day a bit of a surprise as T shirts were covered up with fleeces and shorts swapped for longs!

Despite a change to the running order, the Cadets were first out for their heats with Harrison Thomas, Bradley Drowne and Brandon Hague all claiming a win.

Class champion, Izaac Channing was lurking in the wings claiming two second places and a third.

The 250 Gearbox boys hit the track next and James Hassell set the pace both in the dry and wet to take two heat wins with James Clarkson coming through to take the flag in heat 3.

In the Minimax heats, Guy Wenham, James Moorcroft and Sam Morgan all took the flag to claim victory, whilst in the Junior Blue class, Ben Pearson, Ashley Goodliffe and Ryan Edgecumbe took a win each.

James Chubb took all three wins in the Junior TKM heats as well as the final. As always, the Senior Rotax heats were great to watch with Jacques Jensen and Adam Murphy battling it out for the honours. Murphy came out on top with two heat wins to Jensen's one.

Terry Milton took the win in heat 1 of the Rotax 177 class but Stewart Baker went on to dominate the remaining heats and enjoying the best of the weather.

Last up were the Junior Rotax boys and girl (represented by Tia Harvey over from Guernsey). The heats were dominated by Joshua Collings with Nick Arthur taking a solitary win in heat 3.

The finals were hard fought affairs across the classes with the weather playing a massive part in the proceedings.

Drivers had to contend with every variation from dry through to torrential rain, which certainly tested their skills to the limit.

The Cadet final was a duel between Channing and Drowne, with Channing coming out on top by a 10th of a second. Thomas crossed the line in third, some six seconds adrift. 250 National driver, Chris Morris, hit top form to take top spot in the Gearbox class. Hassall and Clarkson were second and third, respectively. James Moorcroft was victorious in the Minimax final, with Sam Morgan in second and Guy Wenham taking third place and the fastest lap.

Local driver, Ryan Edgecombe, aced the Junior Blue final taking the chequered flag with Pearson and Goodliffe chasing him down.

In the Senior Rotax, Murphy continued to dominate the class and hold off a spirited drive from class champion Jensen.

Charlie Robertson came in third some five seconds down. Stewart Baker continued his winning streak to cross the line first in the Rotax 177 class with Robert Knight and Carl Watts close behind. In fourth place was Nigel Hughes on his return to Dunkeswell.

The Junior Rotax final produced one of the races of the day when Nick Arthur burst through from fifth to take the lead, chased all the way by Collings and Jack Drinkall.

Despite some close and hard fought racing, Arthur took the flag, with Collings in second and Drinkall third.

All in all, it was a classic weekend's racing with some fantastic demonstrations of controlled driving in horrendous conditions. As ever, thanks must go to the club and committee, the MSA officials, timing team and medics. Special thanks go to the marshals who, as ever, bore the brunt of the conditions and continued to do a professional job.

So, if you want to find out more or just come and see the best racing the South West has to offer, visit www.dunkeswell.com or come up to the circuit and see for yourself.

Final standings

Csadet

1. 22Izaac ChanningZip

2. 49Bradley DrowneBRM

3. 26Harrison ThomasZip

250 National

1. 75Chris Morris

2. 37James Hassall

3. 66James Clarkson

Rotax MiniMax

1. 21James MoorcroftWright

2. 27Sam MorganAlonso

3. 49Guy WenhamAlonso

Junior Blue & Junior TKM

1. 42Ryan EdgecumbeKosmic

2. 25Ben PearsonKosmic

3. 34Ashley GoodliffeMac

1. 37James ChubbOctane

2. 22M Williams

Senior Rotax

1. 23Adam MurphyKosmic

2. 52Jacques JensenRedspeed

3. 32Charlie RobertsonWright

Rotax 177

1. 95Stewart BakerRedspeed

2. 33Robert KnightRedspeed

3. 67Carl WattsWright

Junior Rotax

1. 37Nick ArthurKosmic

2. 97Joshua CollingsBRM

3. 77Jack DrinkallRedspeed

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