Cadet classes attract biggest grid
12:02pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
CUP WINNER: Rob Ellis (17) – Rotax Cup winner in the Junior Max class at Llandow Kart Club’s September meeting. Picture: Hardy Rodde.
ROUND seven of Llandow Kart Club’s summer championship incorporated the first Llandow Kart Shop Rotax Cup, helping to boost total entries to 60 as the 2013 campaign began the run towards its November conclusion.
The cup initiative, proposed by the on-site Llandow Kart Shop and sponsored by Mark Collings, produced a handful of outside entries across the Junior Rotax, MiniMax, Senior Rotax and 177 classes, but the overall entry was once again hit by the loss of the Senior Honda class, which suffered from another clash with the Kartmania Challenge.
Three Bambino regulars - Nathan Browning, Ella Stevens and Jett Woodfield – kicked things off in damp conditions but, as the weather improved, so did their lap times, with each achieving a silver award.
As usual, the Cadet classes combined for the biggest grid of the day, with 16 Honda and five Comer runners being joined by an enlarged IAME contingent as Shay Keough faced ‘competition’ from novice Matthew Rees. While the numbers may have changed, however, the names at the top of the podium were much the same, with in-form Celtic Cup champion Ethan Ling sweeping the Honda honours and Tom Rawlings coming out on top in Comer, despite Max Fenlon sneaking a heat win along the way. Ling was joined on the Honda podium by Stuart Ferguson and Sebastian Marlow, while Rawlings stood over Joshua Davis and Fenlon. Unsurprisingly, the more experienced Keough won out in IAME, finishing a credible fourth on the road in the combined final.
Despite the lure of Kartmania, Junior Honda numbers grew by one as Sofia Nardone joined brother Cristiano alongside regulars Kristian Prosser and Ainsley Shea-Godden. The novice acquitted herself well and was rewarded with both an unexpected third place in the final and rookie of the day honours, as heat winners Prosser and Nardone snr battled to the line.
The combined Junior Max and MiniMax classes produced six runners, with Dunkeswell’s Izaac Channing mixing it with the regulars, but it was Rob Ellis and Toby Allen who came out on top, splitting the heats between them before the former triumphed by a comfortable five seconds in the final. Channing claimed third in the main event, ahead of David Spiller.
In the absence of Jodie Handford, Brandon Patrick and Ceran Sokhi took up the MiniMax cudgels, but it was the former who came out on top, sweeping all four races by some margin to join Ellis as an inaugural LKS Rotax Cup champion.
The eight-strong Junior TKM field produced three different heat winners in Hugo Holmes, Ryan Edwards and Yousif Ashraf but, having a taste for first place, Welsh champion Ashraf was not to be denied in the main event, heading Edwards and Louis Griffiths-Walker once Holmes was removed from the results.
With the Senior Hondas missing in action, the lone adult class saw Josh Collings dominate, claiming all four race wins en route to Rotax Cup honours. Jon Sweeper gave chase in heat two, but it was Sebastian Hutchinson who proved to be Collings’ closest threat, taking three second places on the day. Third place in the final went to September’s ‘driver of the day’ Dilip Singh.
The returning Max 177 class was bolstered by interloper Terry Milton, but the Dunkeswell member proved no match for the home club’s Simon Wheeler, who claimed three of the four races, denied a sweep by Wayne Stone’s win in the opening heat. Stone completed the class podium, with Nicky Coombs filling the gap between himself and Wheeler.
Bambino - Silver Award - Nathan Browning (CRG), Ella Stevens (CK) and
Jett Woodfield (CRG).
Cadet Honda - 1, Ethan Ling (Project One); 2, Stuart Ferguson (Project One); 3, Sebastian Marlow (Project One).
Cadet Comer - 1, Tom Rawlings (Zip); 2, Joshua Davis (Zip); 3, Max Fenlon (Birel).
Cadet Iame - 1, Shay Keough (Shark); 2, Matthew Rees.
Junior Honda - 1, Kristian Prosser (7Kart); 2, Cristiano Nardone (7Kart); 3, Sofia Nardone.
Junior TKM - 1, Yousuf Ashraf (Jade); 2, Ryan Edwards (Tonykart); 3, Louis Griffiths-Walker (Jade).
Junior Rotax - 1, Rob Ellis (Kosmic); 2, Toby Allen (CRG); 3, Izaac Channing.
Mini Max - 1, Brandon Patrick (Kosmic); 2, Ceran Sokhi (Kosmic).
Senior Rotax - 1, Josh Collings (CRG); 2, Sebastian Hutchinson (Tonykart); 3, Dilip Singh (CRG).
Senior Rotax 177 - 1, Simon Wheeler (CRG); 2, Nicky Coombs (Tonykart); 3, Wayne Stone (Tonykart).
Best novice - Sofia Nardone (Junior Honda).
Driver of the day - Dilip Singh (Senior Rotax).