The premier class of Division 1 Superkarts had a very healthy entry in the forties and certainly the most nationalities competing. The incorporation of the International Superracekart series really does insure that the entry list in the category has plenty of high calibre drivers. The last chance race was deemed not necessary, as in the previous day of qualifying races some competitors had fallen foul of the arduous Cadwell park circuit. This meant everyone who could continue in the event was put into the pre-final. Trevor Roberts had been on scintillating form all weekend coming very close to the outright lap record for the track and beating reigning European Champion Peter Elkmanns previous Superkart record. He would line up on pole from Carl Hulme and Elkmann. Over the long fourteen lap race Roberts showed a masterful display of driving stretching his lead gradually to 9.70 seconds by the flag. Elkmann was second with Hulme a distant third. Lee Harpham had run strongly but had been underweight, a costly error which meant the defending GP plate would have to start from the back of the grid in the Final. The first two starts of the Grand Prix Final were red flagged due to some opening lap incidents that sadly put many out of the rescheduled race. The reduced lap race was held on a rain sodden track and the weather conditions were changing on a minutely basis. Roberts failed to circulate early on, which was a great shame; he had surely entered the race as favourite. Before he retired he had set the fastest lap and Elkmann had never quite matched his pace all weekend in the dry. However this left Elkmann unchallenged at the front to win convincingly from a close Hulme and Malcolm Crowe battle. Rob Chilcott was part of the Hulme, Crowe battle before retiring, which apart from watching Elkmanns finesse through the mountain complex was the main heart of the race for a long time. Harpham drove a stormer from the back providing good entertainment, and it was refreshing to see a few new faces perform well from the European contingent inside the top ten. Carlo Chermaz from Australia put in a good performance to finish seventh also.
1 Peter Elkmann (MS Yamaha) 12 laps in 19m 16.63s (81.86); 2 Carl Hulme (Anderson FPE) +16.00s; 3 Malcolm Crowe (Anderson FPE); 4 Lee Harpham (Anderson Rotax); 5 Henri Sillanpaa (Anderson Rotax); 6 Vesa Lethinin (Anderson FPE); Fastest Lap: Roberts 1m 35.51s (81.91mph). Starters: 28
Friday 16 August 2019
Saturday 17 August 2019
Sunday 18 August 2019