Despite recent poor weather and more rain forecast to hit the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk, the rain did hold off for the majority of the 2007 UK Cup, and we had another brilliant days racing.Firstly though, I feel it important that we pass on the best wishes from the entire Long Circuit karting paddock to 250 National driver Don Kennedy, as we wish him a speedy recovery from his accident in the UK Cup race at the end of the day. Back to the action, and the 125 Open, 125 ICC and 210 Nationals were up first. It was series returnee Richard Ward, last years 125 Open Runner up, who took pole, closely followed by Lee Morgan and Paul Platt. The damp conditions made it a lottery, which was so clearly demonstrated when ICC driver Jon Neville, who struggled for grip at the start of the run, stuck his kart on ICC pole and 5th overall, 3 seconds quicker than his nearest class rival Daniel Edwards, on wets. In 210, Louise Colin was stamping her authority over the class once again, qualifying 17th overall and nearly 5 seconds quicker than Charles Morris in 2nd for the class. The Division 1 Superkarts were out next, and last years champion Paul Kennings took the pole, nearly a second faster than Robert Chilcott, with Boyd Barrington in 3rd. Steven McAdam qualified 4th, followed by Kenning’s team mate Neil Bagley, and Hanif Gilliani 6th. Lee Harpham qualified 8th on his return to the series, but John Riley, last years runner up, qualified a lowly 14th, problems curtailing his qualifying session just three laps in. The biggest grid in attendance was the 250 National, 250 Clubman Challenge and 250 Superstocks, with a combined grid of 32 karts. It was GP winner Trevor Roberts who qualified pole, but the surprise front row starter was debutant Martin Jones, 1.5 seconds behind the experienced Roberts. On row two was Clubman driver Sam Moss and teenager Jason Dredge, with Stuart Parker and Roy Bennett behind. Gavin Bennett would line up on row four with Clubman driver Nathan Fearon, with Richard Dewart 9th, and Clubman driver Kevin Waring rounding out the top 10. Top Superstock driver was Simon Loynes, on 15th place overall, over 3 seconds and 7 places ahead of Martin Hodgson in 2nd, who was clear of Nick Hull in 3rd, but 25th overall. In the 125 Open, ICC and 210 heats, problems for Paul Platt and Lee Morgan left them retiring race one in the early stages. ICC rookie Nik Goodfellow also retired early on, and 210 pairing Simon Bateman and Charles Morris were mid-race casualties. Open drivers Mark Bramhall and Damian Sleep took part in an enthralling battle, which initially involved Richard Ward until he dropped off, but Championship leader Bramhall took the win by 0.12 ahead of Sleep, with Ward 3rd, Mick Glasby 4th and Peter Bennett 5th; Glasby and Bennett involved in a battle with ICC top 2 Jon Neville and Dan Edwards, who finished in that order. Mick Newman finished 8th, Catherine Foster took ICC 3rd place in 9th overall, and ICC Michael Groves rounded out the top 10. Louise Colin continued her domination of 210 National, winning the class by 16 seconds ahead of Tom Whyte and Tim Woodward. In race two, after a stoppage to attend to Lee Smith’s accident at turn one, Paul Platt recovered from the back of the grid to win the race, ahead of Mark Bramhall by just 0.06 at the end! Recovering Lee Morgan finished 3rd, ahead of Alex von Ehrheim and Richard Ward. Jon Neville took the ICC class win again in 6th overall, 5 seconds clear of Nik Goodfellow, who inherited the place after Danny Edwards went straight on into the Esses when the rain came down halfway through. Mick Glasby followed Goodfellow home, ahead of Mick Newman and Peter Bennett, and Michael Groves took a close fought ICC 3rd place after a great battle with Catherine Foster. Charles Morris took the 210 National win, and only Bob Pooley finished the race with him. For the Division 1 Superkarts, Paul Kennings took the win in race one, a second and a half ahead of Stephen McAdam and Robert Chilcott. John Riley finished 4th, well clear of Dave Harvey and Hanif Gilliani. Neil Bagley took a lonely 7th, ahead of Gary Parkes and Steve Briggs, with Bob Hosier finishing 10th and the last finisher. Fastest lap went to Boyd Barrington, who retired on the last lap. In race two, Lee Harpham took the lead at half distance and cleared off to win by 5 seconds, ahead of Paul Kennings and John Riley. Stephen McAdam took 4th place, whilst Dave Harvey and Adam Smith battled over 5th, Harvey eventually taking the place by 6 tenths. Robert Chilcott finished 7th, ahead of Hanif Gilliani, Dan Clowes and Simon Holloway. Lee Harpham took the fastest lap, whilst Boyd Barrington once again retired late on. Race one for the 250 Nationals, 250 Clubman Challenge and 250 Superstocks was dominated by Trevor Roberts, taking the win by 6 seconds, ahead of the impressive rookie Martin Jones, who himself was 4 seconds clear of Jason Dredge, who was 2 seconds ahead of Stuart Parker. Sam Moss took the 250 Clubman race win in 5th overall, ahead of Roy Bennett, Richard Dewart and James O’Reilly, with Mark Gellatly 2nd in Clubman and 9th overall, with Andy Grimm rounding out the top 10. In what was quiet race, Martin Hodgson and Simon Loynes was the closest battle, also for the lead of 250 Superstocks, with Hodgson pipping Loynes by half a second, with Nick Hull in 3rd in class. Roberts once again took the win in race two, once again ahead of Martin Jones, who was rapidly establishing himself as a contender for the UK Cup. Gavin Bennett finished 3rd, just ahead of James O’Reilly, with Jason Dredge not far behind. 250 Clubman driver Kevin Waring took an impressive 6th after a great battle with Matthew Bett and Richard Dewart, with Roy Bennett 9th, whilst 2nd place Clubman driver Nathan Fearon finished 10th after a close battle with Kevin Busby. Martin Hodgson took the 250 Superstock win in 15th overall, with Simon Loynes and Nick Hull again taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. So to the finals, and the weather looked like holding off after some short, but intense downpours during the day. 125 Open, ICC and 210 Nationals were up first, and Paul Platt, starting pole, held off a determined Mark Bramhall and Lee Morgan to take a historic UK Cup win, and in doing so joining the illustrious ranks of drivers to hold the Grand Prix, UK Cup and National Championship wins at the same time. It was a fantastic battle, with Platt, Bramhall, Morgan and Richard Ward all swapping places. Alex von Ehrheim finished 5th, ahead of Mick Glasby, who was followed by another great battle, this time for the ICC lead, between Jon Neville and Nik Goodfellow. Neville and Goodfellow swapped places several times a lap, but in the end Neville just broke Goodfellow’s spirit, eventually winning the class and the UK Cup by just under a second. Damian Sleep recovered from a spin early on to finish 9th, ahead of 3rd place ICC Danny Edwards in a lonely 10th. Mick Newman finished 11th, 3 seconds ahead of 4th place ICC Michael Groves, with a brave drive from Lee Smith seeing him finish 12th despite his accident in race two. In 210’s, Louise Colin won the UK Cup, after a convincing 50 second win ahead of Bob Pooley, with Dan Bury finishing 3rd. After some great battles in the first final, the Division 1 Superkarts were up next. Lee Harpham, starting on pole, made the best start, and followed his good start on by pulling away on every lap, eventually winning the race by a staggering 7.91 seconds, ahead of Stephen McAdam, Paul Kennings and Boyd Barrington, who battled throughout and were separated by just three seconds at the end. Dave Harvey finished 5th, Gary Parkes, Neil Bagley and Simon Holloway were never far apart battling for 6th, with Dave Maxim finishing 9th and last. The 250 National, Clubman Challenge and 250 Superstocks race was run at seven laps after the accident of Don Kennedy’s going into the Esses. Gavin Bennett took the lead from the start, and at the end of every lap was ahead of Trevor Roberts, eventually winning the race by under 3 tenths of a second. Martin Jones sealed a brilliant debut with a comfortable drive to 3rd, with a 4 second gap to Jason Dredge and James O’Reilly. Stuart Parker finished a comfortable 6th ahead of Kevin Busby. The 250 Clubman class was won by Nathan Fearon, who comfortably won in class, ahead of Tony Moss, but was battling with Lee Shepherd, Charlie Johnson and Karl Baxter throughout, whilst Martin Hodgson took a clean sweep in 250 Superstocks, taking the win comfortably ahead of Simon Loynes. All in all, another excellent day of Superkart racing, with some impressive performances by series debutants such as Nik Goodfellow and Catherine Foster in ICC, Martin Jones in 250 National and a return win for Lee Harpham in Division 1. Next stop is the 2007 British Superkart Grand Prix at Cadwell Park, where we will be joined by our European friends once again. See you all there.
Samedi 26 Octobre 2019
Dimanche 27 Octobre 2019