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.

Race Report – Forest Edge 2nd April 2017

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After two very wet race days, blue skies and sunshine greeted the drivers as they arrived at the Forest Edge track for round two of the FP4 Summer championship. As usual it was a very busy day for the receiving club as there were over 200 drivers racing on the day, but FEKC organised the day with their customary efficiency. For the first time there were as many ProKarts as World Formulas in the entry, so two separate grids were provided.

In world Formula Heat 1, Keith Robertson was on pole position and remained in the lead during the race despite some spirited attacking from Angus Waddell. Eventually Waddell made it past to take the chequered flag, only to be given a 10 second penalty for what the stewards deemed was unfair contact, handing the victory to Robertson. Alex Whitely started the day in the way he was to continue, fighting it out for victory and coming in second. Tom Swadling rounded up the top three. In Heat 2, Waddell started in 8th place but worked his way cleanly through the field to take victory on the last lap from a charging Alex Whiteley in what was a thrilling contest between the two drivers. In third was Chris Kelly who has been threatening the top spot all season. In Heat 3, it was once again Whiteley who pushed Waddell for the victory although a series of very fast laps from Waddell put paid to his challenge. Behind there was a very close tussle for third between Rob Teague, Dominic Wright and Dave Jarvis with Teague just taking the third sport with Wright and Jarvis right behind. So the world formula final was going to be a duel between Whiteley and Waddell and for the first few laps the two traded positions in a close and even battle. Eventually, Waddell got away and Whitely found himself having to defend from a charging Dave Jarvis who had worked his way up from 5th. Time after time Jarvis threatened to come through until Whiteley thwarted his challenge  - this was close fair racing at its best. On the penultimate corner of the last lap Jarvis managed to squeeze through to take the second place, leaving Whiteley disappointed in third, but it had been very exciting to watch and Whiteley will surely finish on the top step of the podium soon.

In Prokarts, 2016 champion Shayne Cuthbert is going to have his work cut out this season if he is to retain his crown. Other 7kart drivers Matt Wileman and Matt Dorrington are going to keep him honest right down to the wire, whilst it looks close in the new Heavyweight category as well. In Heat 1, Wileman carved through the field from 7th on the grid and took the victory with Cuthbert and Dorrington very close behind, setting some stunning lap times. Newby Jeremy Balls set a marker for the day with an excellent drive coming in 5th having started in 10th. In Heat 2 Cuthbert put in a spirited drive to work his way up to 2nd from 8th at the start, although it just wasn’t enough to catch Wileman. Carl Kirwin finished third in this race with Dorrington less than three tenths behind. Finally in Heat three Cuthbert managed to get ahead of Wileman, and resisted his attempts to pass to finish less than a kart length ahead, despite Wileman setting the fastest lap of the day. Dorrington came in third one of the closest finishes we have seen so far this season. The final passed without incident with the tope three – Wileman, Cuthbert and Dorrington finishing in that order; the gaps were very small but their lap times showed them to be out on their own ahead of the field. Kirwin and Balls enjoyed a very close battle with Kirwin coming in just ahead of Balls. That will be a battle to watch this season. In the Heavyweight battle, Roy Grassie took the honours with Ross Brinkley coming in third.

It has been a hugely entertaining day at the Forest Edge track with some closely fought battles all day. Our thanks go to Forest Edge Kart Club for their warm welcome and well organised day and we look forward to visiting them again at the end of the summer.

The next round will be at Rissington on the 23rd April. Entries are open and need to be in soon.

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