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.