Camberley Round 4

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Race Report Camberley 28th May 2016

 

The British weather can be very fickle at times, as FP4 drivers racing with Camberley Kart Club found: The BBC website changed it’s forecast at least six times in the 24 hours leading up to and including race day but in the end the predicted showers failed to materialise, leaving a warm, even hot, day with blue skies and sunshine. The racing was close and exciting especially in WFs with both contenders for the title this year fighting it out at the front. As grip levels increased during the day lap times lowered and demonstrated progress over the Camberley rounds from last year.

A healthy grid started the first heat of World Formulas and there was a close duel between 2015 champion Angus Waddell and Matt Bailey, who had started the race in fourth place. In the end Bailey took the win with Waddell a tenth behind. In third heavyweight Keith Robertson maintained his position with a series of fast laps. In Heat two Peter Coakes was a welcome addition to the top spot having started in pole position and leading the race from start to finish. Ever - present danger man Rob Teague finished second with once again Matt Bailey in third. Mark Davies who had started well down the field in 12th fought his way up to 6th during this race in a thrilling series of overtakes which meant he would be well placed for the final. Bailey also figured prominently in this race after a very close duel with brother Ali Bailey. Heat three was all about Davies. Starting in third place he took the lead at the first corner and drove away from the rest of the field leaving second place man Chris Kelly and once again Coakes in his wake. Kelly had fought his way forward from 6th place followed closely by Coakes and at the end of the race it was touch and go as to who would take second, but in the end it was Kelly who pipped Coakes on the line by a tenth. So the final was set up for a showdown between Waddell, who had been recording fastest laps all day but just missing out on the top three spots and Davies who had made some exciting passes during the heats. After consistently finishing high up in the heats it was Peter Coakes who started on pole but even he had to give way in the final for the battling championship contenders. This race was an exciting closely fought affair with Waddell using all his experience to attack Davies who led for most of the race. Time and again Waddell would pull alongside Davies although not quite enough to pass and despite setting the fastest lap of the day had to settle for second place less than a kart’s length behind Davies.

Prokarts had their own grid at Camberley and there were some exciting duels right down the grid. Shayne Cuthbert took the spoils in two of the three heats, with Ian Fisher winning the third. Behind it was the usual trio of Tony Lamb, Fisher and Kev Mathers who were joined this month by Jon Davies who has continued his improvement sine the last round. The racing in this pack was close and exciting with the Camberley track offering the usual challenges when it comes to overtaking and gaining positions. So in Heat one Cuthbert took the victory with the following pack being Fisher, Lamb, Mathers and Davies. In Heat two Cuthbert was beaten into second place by Fisher with the order behind being Lamb, Mathers and Davies. In heat three it was Cuthbert, Fisher, Davies, Lamb and then Mathers. The final provided the best duels we have seen in this championship this year – behind the all conquering Shayne Cuthbert, Fisher and Lamb fought tooth and claw over the second place spot and Mathers and Davies over the fourth place. Both squabbling duos swapped places several times during the extended final but in the end the order was Fisher, Lamb, Davies then Mathers. Driver of the Day award went to Jon Davies who put in some spirited and competitive drives all day.

Camberley once again had delivered a highly charged competitive day – one of the  smaller  tracks which favours driver ability over pure engine power and all present were very happy with how the day had gone. A particular thanks to Camberley Kart Club for their warm welcome and well organised day and we look forward to returning there for the July and August rounds.

 

At the end of June, the club visits the Dunkeswell circuit for the first time. Entries are now open.

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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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.

 

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