A new round, a new track….. For the first time, the drivers of FP4 ran the third round of the summer championship at Rissington as guests of Rissington kart club. Most drivers had not driven the track before so arrived for the test day on the Saturday, making for a jolly evening before racing the following day. The weather was fantastic, warm and sunny and as race day progressed, grip levels improved dramatically. The race calendar meant that there had been three rounds in nine weeks so the intervening time had been busy with preparation for the needs of the individual tracks. Once again World formulas ran on a separate grid to ProKarts and the track layout led to some close and exciting racing.
In Wfs it was pleasing to see a return for Mark Jarvis, who was to give championship leader and 2017 champion Angus Waddell a run for his money although he did take some time to settle in to the track. In Heat 1 Waddell walked away with the victory from a resurgent Chris Kelly and Dominic Wright in third, setting one of the fastest laps of the day. However in Heat 2 nothing went according to plan for Waddell who could only manage 4th place behind some stirring driving from Jarvis who took the victory by 4 seconds from Rob Teague and Alex Whiteley who had enjoyed a titanic scrap throughout the race with Teague taking second by a mere 14 hundreths. In Heat 3, the Waddell/Jarvis duel continued, with these two swapping places throughout with Waddell just pipping Jarvis at the post. During this race there was also a thrilling three way fight between Peter Coakes, Alex Whiteley and Keith Robertson with each taking the third spot as the race progressed. Once again it was a clear and impressive illustration of close, hard racing and in the end Coakes took third with Whiteley a mere smidgeon behind and Robertson hard on Whiteley’s bumper.
It was to be in the Final that all hell broke loose between Waddell and Jarvis. With them both starting on the front row, the other drivers could only follow and watch an exciting and close battle throughout. By the second lap it was Jarvis in front and Waddell tried everything he could to take the lead. With the overtaking opportunities afforded by the Rissington track, time and again Waddell lunged down the inside under braking or tried to get underneath Jarvis on exit. But Jarvis held on to the end, but only just, and Waddell had to settle for second, a slender distance behind. The duel was just as enjoyable to watch and showed how karts should be raced, closely and fairly.
In Prokarts, it was to be a Cuthbert day! Matt Wileman has dominated the lead of the first two rounds, but Cuthberts’ technical knowledge and detailed practice on the Saturday paid off and he took victory in all four races. A welcome addition to the Prokart ranks was Mark Davies, who put in a cameo appearance for this one day and as usual was right on the pace from the start. In Heat 1 it was Cuthbert from Wileman and Davies. Heat 2 It was again Cuthbert from Wileman and in third Carl Kirwin, who was getting into the act as the day progressed. Heat 3 was once again Cuthbert followed by Wileman and Davies so it was to be expected that they would finish like that in the final. The heavyweight category is also hotting up as the season progresses, with Tony Lamb switching to provide a spirited challenge to Roy Grassie, who is having an excellent first season with the club.
It had been a successful and highly enjoyable weekend for the clubs’ first visit to Rissington. Our grateful thanks go to Rissington Kart club for their very warm welcome and well organised day. We hope we will be able to return there soon.
The next round of the summer season will be at Camberley on the 27th May (Saturday). Entries are open now.