Race Report - May 2005, by Trevor Pearce
Round three of the Clay Pigeon Kart Club was held on Sunday 8th May 2005. Fine, sunny weather once again graced the club meeting, although a stiff, cool wind scoured the top of the Dorset hill. A grid of senior Rotax NKRA drivers competed with club drivers, which provided a strong grid for the six heats, B final and A final.
Three heat wins put Joshua Fry at the helm of the A final, with Joe Byrne always in close proximity. This was how it was to be for the Final, except Byrne kept his ace move until the last lap when he surprised Fry as he mad e a dash for the flag. Fry was a nosecone behind Byrne as the two passed the line in a blur. Third place was awarded to Liam Jones who had been sparring with the Honda cadet third placed driver Sebastian Hutchinson
As with Joshua Fry in the Comers, Ryan Howells was also to provide a hat trick of heat wins. Liam Jones was also always in attendance of Howells wins. This was not the only resonance of what occurred in the Comers as it was Jones who was to overtake Howells in the final to take the chequered flag with Howells snapping at Jonesí heels as the two crossed the line. Third place was awarded to Sebastian Hutchinson.
The small field of Junior TKM drivers was shown a hat trick of wins by Jack Gover for the heats. For the A final it looked as though as though Lewis Round may be able to beat Gover as he drove wide on the Hairpin as Round slipped into the lead. With a lap to go, Gover showed he had been playing the stalking horse as he passed Round and headed for the flag. Round passed the flag less than a second behind Gover, while Luke Ogden was to pass the flag some while later in third place.
There had been a good spread of drivers on the podium for the senior TKM heats, but it was Mark Court who led the rolling grid for the A final. Court kept the lead from lights to flag, and for a while Mark Harris looked to inherit second place, but a mechanical malaise dropped him to third place. Second place fell to Tony Longstaff who set about closing the widened gap tp the rear of Courtís machine. By the time Longstaff crossed the line in second he was an eigth of a second behinbd Court, but having secured the fastest lap of the race.
A clean sweep of heat wins for Philip Haworth preceded an A final win also. The main race was behind him as second place was up for grabs between Matthew Stoneman, Peter Jeans and Luke Wright. By the time the flag fell for Haworth, it was Matthew Stoneman who had clung on to second place while Luke Wright finished the race in third, having secured the fastest lap of the race.
Two heats were won by Zac Chapman, which led him to lead the rolling grid on to Billies where the pack became a little untidy, but through the untidiness, the current club champion picked a tidy line. Alex Ferris had started the race in ninth place, but by the end of lap one, Ferris was laying in third place. Simon Dunning had started the race in second, and this was to last for a few laps until Ferris slipped by and headed for Zac Chapman who had eased a buffer gap between himself and the pack. On his charge to meet Chapman, Ferris set the fastest lap of the race, which led him to overtake Chapman and head for the flag. From this point, the race settled down and the flag was passed within five seconds with Ferris, Chapman and Dunning in that order.
Senior Rotax And NKRA Rotax
Both club drivers and NKRA drivers were mixed in equal measure in six heats. NKRA driver John Parsons was to win the challenge to lead the rolling grid with club champion James Clarkson beside him. By the exit of Billies, Clarkson was in the lead and Parsons was falling back through the pack, second place was taken by Lee Trueman. Trueman kept close to the rear of Clarkson, but was unable find a path past, but a challenge was being mounted from behind as Charles Le Boutillier, and with three laps to go slipped past Trueman and secured second place for the remainder of the race with Trueman in close proximity.
Senior Rotax Heavy
Russell Marston won the first heat of the day, while Luke Phillips won the remaining two heats and led the rolling grid for the A final. This pair remained unchanged for the duration of the race while Dave Ruddy was carving a niche for himself in third pace. Challenges from Kevin King and Eric Brazier came and went, but it was Ruddy who finished the race in third. Fastest lap was posted by Daniel Mulvaney who fell victim of a touch in the Hairpin which ejected him onto the grass and out of the race.