Another Successful Weekend at Dunkeswell!

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After a succession of very hot days in the week leading up to the weekend, the heat had mercifully subsided as the drivers arrived at Dunkeswell for round 6 of their summer championship. All made the most of the practice day on the Saturday , getting in the laps to remind themselves  how exciting and demanding the Mansell raceway can be. The weather was mixed – from a dampening drizzle to warm sunshine, meaning some challenging conditions. The track dries extremely quickly so the choice of tyres and whether to use slicks or wets taxed the thoughts of each racer. WFs had their first experience of the new Duro wets and by all accounts were impressed with the performance and durability. With the leaders of the championship not present for this weekend, it was to be anyone’s guess who would take the podium positions this time. Once again the sole ProKart present was included in the grid.

The first heat was run in rainy conditions and all the runners were on slicks meaning that quick lap times were definitely not on! This didn’t stop a close battle between Rob Teague, Mark Davies, Chris Kelly and Alex Whiteley right down to the flag. Less than 4 seconds covered these four as they battled it out on a slippery track and they finished in that order. In Heat 2 Whiteley and Kelly fought tooth and nail for the victory with Kelly, who was on top form for the day, snatching the win from Whiteley on the line. Rob Teague came in a close third. Heat 3 saw a victorious Whiteley get his revenge over Kelly but only by half a second – this was a remarkable drive from Kelly who had gained over 7 places during the course of the race. Davies came in an impressive third – impressive as this was his first race in a WF since the end of the 2016 championship.

We were therefore set up for a close final with both Whiteley and Kelly in contention for the top step of the podium – the track had been drying all day and other series had laid down lots of rubber affording huge amounts of grip to the Duro slick tyres. Lap times tumbled and Kelly made the most of the situation to earn a maiden well-earned  victory and set the fastest lap of the day. A hard charging Alex Whiteley came in a close second with Davies not far behind.

It had been a fantastic and challenging weekend, made even better by the warm welcome extended to the club by Dunkeswell Kart club – well organised and professional in their approach and we look forward to visiting the track again in September.

The next round in the FP4 Summer championship will be at Bayford Meadows on the 23rd July. Entries are now open.

Race Report - Camberley May 2017

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After a week of summer temperatures the drivers of FP4 arrived at Camberley Kart club expecting a sweltering Saturday but in the end most of the day was overcast and dry. It was to be Round 4 of the summer championship and competition had been fierce leading up to this day.  Numbers were slightly down over for this round, possibly due to it being a bank holiday weekend so it was decided to run the two grids together with the result that there was a lot going on in each race.

Heat 1 brought Angus Waddell to the front again – starting from pole the championship leader drove away from the rest of the field and setting the fastest lap. Coming in 2nd after a tussle was the ever rapid Chris Kelly with Alex Whiteley in third. In ProKarts, Shayne Cuthbert  came through the field gaining 8 places to finish 4th. Heat 2 produced an exciting battle between Waddell and Whiteley with this time Whiteley taking the top spot and Waddell in his slipstream. Kelly had worked his way up from mid- grid to finish 3rd and once again that man Cuthbert occupied the 4th spot. In a  race with so much chopping and changing of places, it was remarkable to see how little incident there was. In Heat 3, Waddell came through the field to take the victory – is there anyone out there to consistently beat this guy??? – but there was quite a battle for the remaining slots with Kelly, Whitelely and a surging Rob Teague joining the mix. In the end, it finished in that order with less than half a second between them all. In Prokarts Mark Davies held off a charging Cuthbert to finish a kart length ahead.

For the final, The sun and come out, the track had warmed up and the grip it gave was phenomenal. The three top protagonists all day took the three top places with Waddell further increasing his lead at the top of the championship although second place man Kelly has improved his standing with Whiteley in third. There was a ferocious battle in ProKarts with Cuthbert taking the victory but with Davies and an ever-improving Tony Lamb in second and third.

It had been a memorable day with Camberley Kart Club who extended their usual friendly welcome and organised a slick and professional day. Our thanks go to them along with a hope that we will see them again next year.

The next round of the Summer Championship will be at Dunkeswell on the 25th June. Entries are now open.

Race Report – Rissington 23rd April 2017

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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.

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