Griffiths repeats four-race winning feat in memorial event

OH BROTHER: Oscar Ferguson led brother Stuart in a family one-two in the Honda Cadet class at Llandow Kart Club’s July meeting. Picture: Steve Everitt.

REES' SUCCESS: Alex Rees claimed Junior TKM success at Llandow Kart Club’s July event. Picture: Steve Everitt.

WINNING RETURN: Morgan Rose made a winning return to the Junior Rotax class at round six of Llandow Kart Club’s summer championship. Picture: Steve Everitt.

First published in Sport

THE Llandow Kart Club was blessed with another weekend of fine weather as it dedicated the sixth round of its annual championship to the late Richard Dowers.

With just one runner this month, the Bambino class was easy to sort as Nathan Browning had the track to himself. Despite being without others to chase, or be chased by, he continued to post consistent lap times throughout.

The Cadet grid was again made up of a blend of Honda, Comer and IAME runners, and it was the latter that got the chance to take the chequered flag first, with Shay Keough heading a 1-2-3-4 in heats one and two, then 1-2-3s thereafter, eventually crossing the line first in the final, ahead of Max Fenlon and Ethan Rees. All IAME results remain provisional at the time of writing.

Shayne Clarke dominated the Comer class, leaving the Hondas to provide much of the on-track action. One name remained to the fore, however, as the Ferguson brothers ran at the front of the field throughout. Oscar eventually proved to have the upper hand, edging Stuart each time, but it was another family triumph to add to their Celtic Cup achievements and father Charles’ success in the Ginetta Drivers’ Club series. Austin Maddocks took third place in three of the four races, including the main event, having seen Louis Harvey fill the spot in heat one.

The Honda Junior duo of Patrick Hill and Kristian Prosser will have arrived at Llandow hoping to add to recent class honours, but hadn’t counted on the presence of Ben Cutler. Having joined the field in June, the newcomer claimed his first LKC heat win in the final qualifying race, denting Prosser’s hopes of a clean sweep. Prosser was back on top when it mattered most, however, winning the final from Hill and Cutler, while novice Jack Bligh again gave a good account of himself in fourth spot.

Rob Ellis’ has been the name to beat in Junior Rotax this season, but found himself up against some determined opposition in the shape of returnee Morgan Rose. Rose claimed a clean sweep, winning all four races by an average of four seconds, leaving Ellis to bolster his championship advantage with a quartet of second places. Tom Croydon was third each time out.

In the absence of June class winner Riley Phillips, the Minimax battle was fought out between reigning Welsh champion Ethan Ling and Kieran Clarke, with the former having the edge on the day.

Junior TKM was fought out by the quintet of Hugo Holmes, Alex Rees, Sam Johns, Lewis Griffiths and Yousuf Ashraf, with only misfortune appearing to be able to separate them. Holmes claimed two heat wins to Rees’ one, but it was the latter who came out on top in the final, edging the June winner by 0.556s as they crossed the line. Incredibly, Johns denied Griffiths a place on the final step of the podium by an even slimmer margin.

As had been the case last month, Danny Griffiths was in no mood to be beaten in Senior Honda, repeating June’s feat of winning each of the four races. Monty Gorringe, Paul Saunders and Welsh champion Chris Lipscomb duelled over the remaining places, with veteran Saunders getting the nod in a main event which saw Lipscomb sidelined after only six laps.

Like Griffiths, Tom Stride looked intent on remaining at the top of the Senior Rotax tree, having claimed three of June’s four races, but found renewed opposition in the form of Dilip Singh, who ended dreams of a full house by winning heat two. Stride returned to the front in the third qualifying race, but it was Singh who again came out on top in the even-numbered races, taking victory in a final that saw Stride excluded from the result. Steven Handford duly claimed second place ahead of Zach Jones, with Michael Bacchetta taking fourth.

A year on from Dowers’ untimely passing, the club dedicated the event to the memory of the man who had done much to benefit not only LKC, which he helped found, but also South Wales Karting Centre, Welsh karting and the sport in general. Funds raised during the weekend were donated to Velindre Hospital in Dowers’ honour.

Round seven of the 2014 Llandow club championship takes place at South Wales Karting Centre on Sunday, August 17.

Results were:

Bambino: 1, Nathan Browning (Zip).

Cadet Honda: 1, Oscar Ferguson; 2, Stuart Ferguson; 3, Austin Maddocks (all Project One).

Cadet Comer: 1, Shayne Clarke (Zip).

Cadet IAME (provisional): 1, Shay Keough (Zip); 2, Max Fenlon (RK/Birel); 3, Ethan Rees (Zip).

Junior Honda: 1, Kristian Prosser (7Kart); 2, Patrick Hill (Wright); 3, Ben Cutler (7Kart).

Junior TKM: 1, Alex Rees (Jade); 2, Hugo Holmes (Tonykart); 3, Sam Johns (Jade).

Junior Rotax: 1, Morgan Rose (Tonykart); 2, Rob Ellis (Kosmic); 3, Tom Croydon (Gillard).

Mini Max: 1, Ethan Ling (CRG); 2, Kieran Clarke (Tonykart).

Senior Honda: 1, Danny Griffiths (MS); 2, Paul Saunders (7Kart); 3, Monty Gorringe (7Kart).

Senior Rotax: 1, Dilip Singh; 2, Steven Handford; 3, Zach Jones.

Best novice: Austin Maddocks (Cadet Honda).

Driver of the day: Michael Bacchetta (Senior Rotax).

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