Forest Edge Round 3

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Race Report – Forest Edge 1st May 2016

 

 

 

Over 260 drivers! Whoever said that karting with the MSA was becoming less popular? The drivers for FP4 knew that Forest Edge was going to be busy, but they didn’t expect such a big meeting! Space was at a premium in the paddock on arrival but sensible parking helped everyone to find a space on the day. A good number decided to avoid the wait for scrutineering and stayed overnight, making for an interesting Saturday night…. Once again the weather played its part by staying dry and sunny for most of the day. As the temperature increased, so did the grip on the track and some fast times were recorded by both the World Formulas and ProKarts.

From the very start it was clear that a close battle was awaiting the World Formulas as Angus Waddell, the 2015 champion, had revamped his equipment with a new engine and different chassis and he won the first heat, although he was kept very honest by 2016 championship leader Mark Davies. Behind them, Rob Teague, Keith Robertson, Ali and Matt Bailey were in a terrific scrap for the honours with Matt working his way forward to 6th having started 11th.

It was good to see Mark Jarvis return to the grid and after such a long layoff did well to finish 7th having started 12th, and in Heat 2 he had obviously found his mojo, taking a convincing victory from Peter Coakes in second and an ever improving Dominic Wright in third. That man Teague once again managed a top five finish keeping Waddell, who had started in 12th , at bay in fifth place. The third heat was all about Waddell who put in some outstanding lap times to finish ahead of Matt Bailey and Mark Jarvis  - the very fast pace of this heat showed the track to be at it’s best with good ambient temperature and heaps of grip.

So we went into the final with at least six potential winners – the sun had gone by this time so the track had cooled giving slightly less grip but Waddell showed how it should be done with a convincing victory and fastest lap of the day over a Davies struggling a little with a hand injury and Matt Bailey in third, Teague in fourth and an excellent drive from Peter Coakes in fifth having started from 9th on the grid. Coakes was a tower of strength all weekend, providing help and support for many of the other drivers and this and such a great drive in the final earned him the Driver of the Day award. Alex Whiteley put in a sterling drive to finish sixth having started from 10th. The championship is shaping up nicely with any one of four drivers vying for the top spot.

Prokarts once again started with a deficit of 20 seconds from the world formula grid and thus were able to run their own race. The all conquering Shayne Cuthbert took the honours in all four races – can anyone stop this man? - , despite only returning from holiday the night before but behind him there were some juicy fights for second place. Three drivers, Tony Lamb, just returning from injury after his spectacular crash at Thruxton, seemed to have the edge over Kev Mathers and Ian Fisher, but the gaps were infinitesimally small. In Heat one Mathers took second place ahead of Lamb and Fisher, in Heat two it was Fisher, then Lamb then Mathers and in Heat three the order was Fisher, Mathers and Lamb. In the final, the start was very exciting with Cuthbert leading the field away and some cigarette paper racing between the three pursuers. Eventually Lamb took the second place with Mathers third and Fisher fourth. Jon Davies in Prokart number 63 is also one to watch – with the improvements he is making to his best lap times,  it won’t be long before he is mixing it with this battling trio. Drivers were very pleased to welcome Trevor Bull to the ProKart grid and look forward to racing with him for the rest of the season and by all accounts he is to be joined at Camberley by another handful of Prokarters, making a healthy grid.

Overall it had been a fantastic days racing, helped by a momentous effort to get through all the races by the Forest Edge club who need to be congratulated for such a slick and professional operation. We thank them for all their hard work and  look forward to visiting them again for the final round in October.

The next round will be held at Camberley on the 28th May (Saturday). Entries are now open.

 

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Forest Edge Round 2

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April 16

 

Race Report – Forest Edge 3rd April 2016

 

The drivers of FP4 must be thinking that there is someone somewhere looking out for them and giving them such great experiences – close and fair racing, fantastic tracks to race at, a warm welcome from all the host clubs and dry, warm weather for race days – and this Sunday was no exception. A welcome return to what must be one of the best tracks in Britain and such a slick and professionally organised day was appreciated by all the drivers and, despite one or two incidents, some excellent racing took place. Although numbers were greater for the ProKart entry than at the last round at Clay Pigeon, it was decided that they would run off the back of the World Formula grid, albeit with a 20 second delay, meaning that it was possible to run two races in one.

Heat one produced a clear victory for Alex Whiteley who made a welcome return  to the top spot, followed closely by Rob Teague and once again a feisty Peter Coakes. An incident between championship leader Mark Davies and Matt Bailey resulted in a 10 second penalty for Davies, but he was to make up this deficit as the day continued. In Prokarts the all-conquering Shayne Cuthbert took the honours, although he didn’t have it all his way with Carl Kirwin challenging him right up to the line. This was to be the pattern of the ProKarts all day.

In Heat two Davies took the honours, reinforcing the fact that he is one of the favourites for the title this year, a dominant performance ahead of Coakes and Bailey, who had a closely fought duel up to the line. Kirwin once again challenged Cuthbert for the lead in ProKarts just missing out on the top honours by a couple of tenths.

In Heat three it was good to see 2015 champion Angus Waddell return to the top spot as he adapted to a new kart and he eked out a sizeable lead from Davies in second and a strong performing Dominic Wright in third. With Bailey in fourth and Teague in fifth, things were setting up nicely for a close final. In Pro1karts, Kirwin finally got the better of Cuthbert after a well - judged race.

So the much - anticipated final took place under threatening skies as the forecast rain which had held off all day began to make its presence felt, although mercifully the track stayed dry until the end of the proceedings. Championship leader Mark Davies made the most of his front row start to take the top honours but he was kept very honest by Angus Waddell who finished close behind. Dominic Wright who had been quietly getting on with business all day, came in third just ahead of a charging Peter Coakes and Rob Teague. Shayne Cuthbert won through to take the first place trophy from Carl Kirwin in Prokarts with a consistently fast Ian Fisher in third. A particular mention needs to be made of Vince Lepine and Sarah Bennett for the heavyweight ProKarts who fought with each other long and hard all day with some exciting and close racing which was great to watch. Bennett took the honours in three of the races, but not by much with LePine just beating her in the fourth.

It had been a successful day with some close racing and some epic duels right down the grid. Newbie Tom Swadling was chosen as driver of the day because his return to kart racing after an eight year break was clean, consistent and altogether quite impressive.

The next round will once again take place at Forest Edge on 1st May  - entries are now open.

 

Summer Championship Round 1 - Clay Pigeon

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Race Report Clay Pigeon  13th March 2016

 

An early start for many drivers for the first round of the FP4 Summer championship meant a drive through a cold and misty landscape – the weather improved as many arrived for the day at a modernised Clay Pigeon track bathed in sunshine, which stayed all day. There was the customary warm welcome for FP4 from the Clay Pigeon kart club and the day was well organised and run in a very slick fashion.

The format of the day was the usual three heats and a final and the increased number of entrants for prokarts meant a separate grid was possible. With the new season some of the established order was not respected, particularly in World Formulas and there are new favourites for the championship title as the series begins.

In World Formulas Heat 1 Mark Davies made clear his intent with an emphatic win ahead of Peter Coakes and Matt Bailey. This was to be the pattern throughout the day although others did get involved from time to time and Davies also took the honours in Heat 2 ahead of Ali Bailey and Keith Robertson. 2015 champion Angus Waddell experienced a small dip in form for this round, although he did take the honours in Heat 3 ahead of the ever – present Matt Bailey and a Peter Coakes who looks to be a real contender for podium places this year. Coakes was awarded Driver of the day for his performances on the day. So we were set up for an exciting final and we were not disappointed despite Davies pulling out an impressive lead within a few laps of the start: what followed was a full set of tussles right the way down the field with Matt and Ali Bailey  squabbling for second place and Waddell and Rob Teague fighting for the third. The field bunched up to such an extent that there was only 6 seconds between 3rd and 8th place. The final result had Davies on the top step of the podium with Matt Bailey and Ali Bailey in second and third places respectively.

In Prokarts, Shayne Cuthbert has laid down a marker for the series this year: with clear victories in all three heats and the final, the 7kart racer is going to be hard to beat this year with calm measured drives in each of the races. Behind there is a different story with Ian Fisher and Carl Kirwin vying for glory and being evenly matched, the racing is going to be close and exciting especially when we see a return from Tony Lamb who was injured in his crash at Thruxton. The final order was Cuthbert in first with Fisher second and Kirwin third but it’s anyone’s guess if that is to be the order in future rounds!

It had been a fantastic start to the FP4 summer championship helped by stunning weather for a day in mid March. Our thanks go to the team at Clay pigeon raceway and the Clay Pigeon kart club for their warm welcome and well organised race meeting and look forward to the next round at Forest Edge on the 3rd April. Entries are now open  - and the closing date is fast approaching!

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