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.