Clean sweep for fastest man Sokhi
9:03am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
THE sixth round of Llandow Kart Club’s annual championship may have been short on numbers as the summer holidays took their toll, but still produced some notable story lines as the sun continued to shine.
Without a guest series to bolster the entry, and with Senior Honda – once the strongest class in the club – failing to muster sufficient numbers to warrant a slot on the schedule, just 51 karts were listed for a meeting tinged with thoughtful sadness.
After a minute’s silence in memory of long-time club secretary Richard Dowers, who passed away shortly after the July event, the Bambinos got things underway, with the same quartet of Nathan Browning, Jett Woodfield, Ella Stevens and Jenson Parton in action.
Woodfield, having moved to a Comer engine from the Honda he used in July, secured a silver award first time out, while Browning and Stevens – both similarly Comer-powered – also left with silver as they continued to improve their times with experience and confidence. Parton, now the only remaining Honda runner, secured another bronze award as he continued to shave seconds off his lap times.
As expected, the combined Cadet classes again produced the biggest field, with 13 Honda runners joined by eight Comers and the lone IAME of Shay Keough. Ethan Ling and Ross Deal shared the heats wins before Ling added a third victory of the day with success in the final. He was chased home by Stuart Ferguson, who had twice finished in the top three in the qualifying races, with Oscar Ferguson completing the podium.
There was a similarly familiar face at the top of the Comer contingent as Tom Rawlings again emerged victorious. Like Ling, he won two of his three heats – the other going to former Bambino Max Fenlon – and came home comfortably clear of his nearest rival in the main event, with Joshua Davis edging Fenlon for the second step on the rostrum.
By contrast, Junior Honda managed only three runners but, without regular powerhouse Ben Stevens, the way was open for Ainsley Shea-Godden, Kristian Prosser and Cristiano Nardone to wage some of the closest competition of the day. Each took a heat win before Shea-Godden came out on top in a final interrupted by the retirement of Nardone at half-distance.
The combined junior Rotax classes produced seven runners, but little to rival Morgan Rose and Rob Ellis, who finished 1-2 in three of the four outings. Ironically, the only race to feature a different outcome was the opening heat in which both retired! Behind the lead pair, David Spiller and Brandon Patrick proved closely matched, with the latter coming out on top in two of the three heats before Spiller regained the upper hand in the final.
Minimax gained an extra entry courtesy of Joe Pritchard, but Ceran Sokhi proved to be in dominant mood, winning all four races and claiming fastest lap in each by a comfortable margin, having had to make just a single pass all afternoon. His regular rival, Jodie Handford, bounced back from a non-start in heat three to claim second in the final, with Pritchard third.
Junior TKM was also without a couple of familiar faces, but that should not detract from the performance of Alex Rees, who won three out of four races before saving his best for last in an otherwise closely-fought category. After edging reigning Welsh champion Yousuf Ashraf and July frontrunner Hugo Holmes in heats one and three respectively, Rees went on to win the final by a couple of seconds, with Ashraf just getting the better of heat two winner Holmes in the battle for the podium.
With no Honda action, there was just one senior class but, having seen Steven Handford claim the opening race, Josh Collings was in no mood to share, claiming the remaining heats and then running away to a six-second win in the final. Handford remained a top three threat in the heats but, come the main event, faded to seventh, allowing Sebastian Hutchinson and Josh Gray to complete the top three.
Full results were:
Bambino: Silver Award, Nathan Browning (CRG), Ella Stevens (CK) and Jett Woodfield. Bronze Award, Jenson Parton (CRG).
Cadet Honda: 1, Ethan Ling (Project One); 2, Stuart Ferguson (Project One); 3, Oscar Ferguson (Project One).
Cadet Comer: 1, Tom Rawlings (Zip); 2, Joshua Davis (Zip); 3, Max Fenlon (Birel).
Cadet IAME: 1, Shay Keough (Shark).
Junior Honda: 1, Ainsley Shea-Godden (MS); 2, Kristian Prosser (7Kart); 3, Cristiano Nardone (7Kart).
Junior TKM: 1, Alex Rees (Jade); 2, Yousuf Ashraf (Jade); 3, Hugo Holmes (Tonykart).
Junior Rotax: 1, Morgan Rose (Tonykart); 2, Rob Ellis (Kosmic); 3, David Spiller (Alonso).
Mini Max: 1, Ceran Sokhi (Kosmic); 2, Jodie Handford (Tonykart); 3, Joe Pritchard (OTK).
Senior Rotax: 1, Josh Collings (CRG); 2, Sebastian Hutchinson (Tonykart); 3, Josh Gray (Tonykart).
Best Novice: Matthew Rees (Cadet Comer).
Driver of the Day: Alex Rees (Junior TKM).