‘G3Joe’ Holmes Marches On With Win #3, But Steve Hicks Makes History In The SuperFinal
A bright sunny but chilly morning greeted the Competitors for round three at Whilton Mill. And the new clubhouse is now open. A superb facility which has created some great viewing. Whilton is a quick, flowing circuit and one of the best in the country. It’s by no means the oldest around and when it first opened in the early 90’s the races were run on grass. The first turn is a flat left hander known as Oblivion before the track turns through a fast right known as Crook which leads onto the long straight, through a little kink called Fine Lady and on up to Christmas corner. A good overtaking spot where it’s possible to brake very light as the entry is up hill. After that the track begins to drop back down the hill with a left hand off camber kink leading into the downhill Inkermans. A short straight runs into the right handed Ashby turn. Another off camber corner where it’s easy to run out wide and onto the grass. A short run follows into the left handed Wilkins and then another short run down into another off camber left hander, Osiers. Important to get this one just right as it comes almost back on itself before sweeping right on to the back straight. The boot complex follows. This turns sharp right before a right handed turn leads on to a short straight running into the final turn at Paddock. Plenty of runoff here but beware getting too far over the flat serrated kerb. Go too far and it’s a penalty for exceeding track limits.
Ben Cottle on pole for the first HW/SHW of the day with Dan Giles alongside. Mark Appleton and Jack Bolton shared row two with Blaze Sienko and reigning Super Heavyweight Champion Trevor Randall on row three. Cottle got away cleanly but Giles ran wide round the first turn. He would down to eleventh by the end of the lap. Bolton made the most of Giles running wide and was up to second with Appleton third from Sienko. Randall lost out and was down to tenth whilst Adam Wright and Anwar Beroual-Smith both made up places. As did the EssexFlatPack.co.uk Super Heavyweight Championship leader Richard Allen. Cottle and Bolton continued to pull away at the front with Sienko third from Jeff Chapman, Beroual-Smith and Wright. Half distance and Cottle was just a tenth clear with Chapman now up to third from Beroual-Smith who had clipped Sienko on his way by forcing the latter to run wide and drop to ninth. Beroual-Smith would drop four places in the results as a result. Bolton got a run on Cottle up the hill and was through into a lead he would never relinquish. Once clear he immediately began to pull clear to take a comfortable win with Cottle an equally comfortable second. Beroual-Smith crossed the line next but was demoted to seventh handing Chapman third from Wright who also set fastest lap. Tarik Almou was next and fastest of the Class 2 runners with Jon Pethick sixth after a strong drive up from grid seventeen. Randall claimed ninth and was fastest SHW with Tim Hill and Richard Allen rounding out the top ten.
Vinod Hirani shared the front row with Class 1 Championship leader Joe Holmes alongside. Stephen Netting and Konstantinos Kyritsis shared row two with Ben Benneyworth and Chris Sawyer on three. Hirani was a touch slow away from the line and the vastly more experience Holmes took full advantage to move to the front chased hard by Kyritsis, Netting and Benneyworth. Sawyer dropped back a couple of spots but was quickly back up to fifth. Not without incident though as he clipped Hirani on his way by and incurred a penalty. Holmes continued to pull clear with Kyritsis a few lengths back. They were both pulling well clear of the chasing pack still headed by Netting but with Benneyworth and Sawyer right behind. Hirani was hanging on to sixth but he had Craig Brown closing in, up from grid twelve. Holmes took the win over three seconds clear of Kyritsis with Netting third but over eleven seconds adrift of the leader. A good drive though after having dropped briefly behind Sawyer. Sawyer held fourth until the last lap saw him slip behind Brown and Wayne Lidgbird. His penalty dropped him even further down the order to tenth. Lidgbird too was penalised down to ninth. Brown took fourth from Charman. Benneyworth was sixth and leading SHW with Hirani next from Luke Hornsby.
Pole for the EssexFlatPack SHW sponsor Stuart Germon with Benjamin Robinson alongside. Row two saw Harrison Darvill alongside Steven Downes with Stuart Jones and Steve Lindley on row three. Germon led the field away but it was Jones who got off to a real flyer to slot into third as the pack went up the hill behind Downes and ahead of from Robinson and Darvill. By the end of the lap Jones was up to second courtesy of a move on Downes onto the pit straight. Lindley and Robert Purtak both spun down the order whilst Lennie Woods picked off places rapidly moving up from grid fourteen to sixth ahead of Simon Lloyd and Miguel Hall, up from grid seventeen. Half distance and Germon still led from Jones, Darvill, Downes, Lloyd and Woods. Most on the pit lane thought it only a matter of time before Jones made a move for the lead and sure enough as the field crossed the line at the end of lap six Jones was ahead having dived down the inside of Germon at Ashby. But he wasn’t getting away despite setting the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate tour. Germon stayed right with him and on the final lap dived down the inside at Ashby to take the lead back. Stirring stuff. Jones didn’t fight too hard and crossed the line clear in second from Downes with Darvill fourth. Wood grabbed fifth from Lloyd on the final lap with Robinson seventh. Eighth went to Mike Bodnar after a strong drive up from the back of the grid. Andrew Cherry and Vijay Patel completed the top ten.
Stephane Appleton on pole from Paul Williams with Richard Newton and Dmitry Zeldin on row two and James Workman alongside Mark Turner on three. Appleton got away well whilst Newton got the better of Williams to move into second. Zeldin spun away his chances. Jordan Hawkins made up a couple of spots to run fourth whilst down the order Steve Brown was on the move, into seventh from grid thirteen. Appleton continued to lead from Newton with Williams third but dropping back as he defended from Hawkins and Turner. And Brown continued to close in. Appleton began to edge away at the front but rounding Crook fourth time around he took too much kerb on the inside and spun. Most of the pack got by safely but an unsighted Stapleton hit him fortunately without injury or damage to the Karts. With Appleton’s demise Newton took over at the front but Brown was closing rapidly and duly took over at the front just after half distance. Thereafter he pulled away taking the win by almost three seconds from Newton with SHW Williams an excellent third after another fine defensive display. He also set the fastest SHW lap. Townsley took fourth ahead of the fastest C2 runner Hawkins with Pritchard next. Turner was classified seventh having been penalised two places for multiple contacts. James Workman, Bill Taylor and Richard burrows completed the top ten.
Pole for Luke Hornsby with Anwar Beroual-Smith alongside. James Canham and Dan Taylor on two from SHW Championship leader Richard Allen and Nima Oparvar on three. Hornsby made the most of pole to lead up the hill whilst Beroual-Smith defended from Canham. Taylor, Oparvar and Sussman all fell back whilst Hall was up to fourth after slicing by Allen at the Boot. End the lap and Beroual-Smith had taken over at the front with Hornsby second from Canham. But then Canham got out of shape exiting the first turn, caught the grass and immediately spun out. Allen fought back past Hall who dropped to fifth behind Paul Jennings. Downes was up to sixth from grid thirteen but thereafter the race settled with Beroual-Smith controlling the gap back to Hornsby in second. Allen ran third but had to defend hard from Hall who had Downes close at hand. Allen held on though and set the fastest SHW time. Downes set the fastest lap of the C2 runners. Taylor came home sixth with Sawyer next across the line but penalised out of the top ten after a rude shove on Jennings into the Boot. Germon took seventh. He’d started tenth but got shuffled down to fourteenth before making a stirring comeback. Almou, Jennings and Darvill completed the top ten.
Robert Stapleton and Mark Green on the front row with Craig Brown alongside Steve Brown on two. Lee Carey and Lennie Wood shared row three. End of lap one and Steve Brown had moved himself to the head of the pack with Craig Brown second from poleman Stapleton. Wood was up to fourth with Jones next after storming through from grid sixteen. Cottle was sixth ahead of Bolton. Green and Carey had both dropped back as had Nick Breadner, Burrows and Steve Bosley. Also on the move was Wayne Lidgbird. Three laps in and the leaders were pulling clear from the chasing pack. Jones got out of shape at Christmas corner and dropped a spot behind Cottle. Trying to make the place back up he attempted a move on Cottle in the Boot. But it was ill judged. Cottle spun, momentarily coming to a halt whilst a following Bolton was forced wide and onto the grass allowing a following Lidgbird to take advantage and move up to fifth. Jones remained sixth but knew he was getting a likely exclusion. Turner was on his bumper and looking for away by but he now had a recovering Bolton for company. With the leaders long gone it was all about the battle for third over the closing laps with Wood holding the place from the flying Lidgbird, Jones and Bolton whilst Turner was still in the mix. Steve Brown took the win from Craig Brown with a huge gap back to third. Lidgbird took the place on the final lap and Bolton too made it by Wood. Jones was next across the line but was excluded promoting Turner to sixth ahead of Stapleton. Cottle, Carey and Stevens rounded out the top ten.
Simon Lloyd on pole from David Stirling with Adrian Brammer and Andrew Cherry on row two with Andy Henley and Peter Harris on three. Lloyd got away smartly from pole but Stirling was slow off the line allowing Brammer through into second from Henley and a raid starting Pethick. Peter Harris was forced into a spin at Ashby. Cadogan too was an early spinner. Lloyd and Brammer began to edge clear at the front whilst Pethick fought to find away round Henley. Once past he quickly closed up to the leading pair leaving Henley in his wake. Hirani was next up but some distance back from Henley. Lloyd continued to lead with Brammer a tenth behind and Pethick another tenth back. Hirani had Cherry closing in, Penultimate lap and Pethick was all over Brammer finally getting by into Osiers. But could he catch the leader. He gave it his best shot setting the fastest lap of the race the final time around but missing out by just a tenth with Brammer also setting the fastest lap of the C2 class final time around. But there was no denying Lloyd. A fine lights to flag win. Henley came home fourth but Hirani closed in over the final laps as they came upon backmarkers. The backmarkers behaviour was exemplary. It was more a case of Henley catching them at the wrong time. Cherry came home sixth well clear of seventh placed Lindley who found himself promoted to that position after Townsley was excluded after an incident with Cadogan. Williams too suffered the same fate after an incident with John Salter. Chapman, Taylor and Workman completed the top ten.
Pole for Adam Wright with Jordan Salter alongside. Alex Pritchard and Tim Hill on row two with Rob Adlam and Kevin Coombes on row three. Wright got away cleanly but Pritchard made the better start to move ahead of Salter as they climbed the hill. Pritchard made a move for the lead in and out of Christmas but couldn’t make the move stick and Wright retained the advantage as they drove down to Ashby. Salter remained third whilst there was a mighty fight over fourth with Hill, Adlam, Kyritsis, up from grid twelve, Holmes, from grid ten and Randall, up from grid fourteen. Round the Boot for the second time and Adlam ran wide. It was quite dusty there after Bolton’s off in an earlier heat and Adlam spun to an arm waving halt. Wright continued to lead from Pritchard with Salter still third but with Kyritsis closing him down. Half distance and Kyritsis was through with Holmes following a lap later. Kyritsis and Holmes quickly hauled themselves up to Pritchard who had to give best to Kyritsis as they ran up to Christmas for the penultimate time. Holmes nipped by as they ran down to Ashby. But they couldn’t catch Wright who took the flag some six tenths to the good from Kyritsis, Holmes and Pritchard. Salter was fifth and leading SHW runner. A fine drive too, very much on the pace. Hill took sixth ahead of Randall with Bodnar, Hawkins and Newton completing the top ten.
Bill Taylor on pole from Darren Townsley and Stuart Jones on row two from Paul Jennings. Lennie Wood on three alongside Chris Sawyer. Taylor was away cleanly but it was Jones who got off to a real flyer to move into second as the field streamed up the hill. Wood too got a great start to move into third ahead of Jennings and Townsley with Dan Taylor sixth. Down the order Hornsby was on a charge moving up five places to twelfth on the opening lap. Two run and it was as you were at the front but Jones was right on Taylor’s bumper and slipped by into the lead at Christmas. A lap later and Townsleys hopes took a dive as he spun at Ashby. Once at the front Jones rapidly began to pull clear with Woods looking equally comfortable in second whilst the battle raged over third. Jennings held the spot briefly as the field crossed the line at half distance but the position was changing at almost every comer. Dan Taylor out fumbled Jennings, Bill Taylor and Sawyer in the space of a lap. Once free he began to close in on Woods for second. Jones took a comfortable win by almost four seconds with Woods second. Dan Taylor was closing rapidly over the final lap but Wood had enough in hand to keep the place. Jennings took fourth. Sawyer would have been next but an early race cone penalty and a late race incident with Taylor saw him penalised down to tenth. All of which promoted Hornsby up to fifth. A superb effort. Bill Taylor too sixth and first SHW with Carey seventh from Cottle, Robinson and the penalised Sawyer.
Pole for Kelly Rogers with Miguel Hall alongside. Richard Burrows shared the second row with Aaron Stevens with Jeff Chapman and Nick Breadner sharing row three. Rogers led away but Hall made much the better start and moved ahead under braking at Christmas. Rogers was badly compromised through the next few corners and then spun out at Ashby. Hall crossed the line at the end of the lap well clear of Stevens with Chapman third from Coombes, Darvill, Burrows, Henley and Hill. Hall began to ease away at the front whilst Stevens and Chapman fought over second. Coombes remained fourth but Darvill was closing in and went by at Christmas for fourth. Burrows was being dropped and coming under pressure from Hill and Wright who had fought his way up from grid eighteen. Half distance and he was ahead of Hill but with a lot of ground to make up to fifth placed Coombes. Final lap and Hall was way out on his own at the front but Stevens was now under pressure from Darvill. Up into Christmas and Stevens left plenty of room to his right. Darvill accepted the opportunity and moved into second. Behind these Chapman and Coombes were having a mighty battle over fourth whilst Wright had closed the gap but was still too far back to make a move. Into the Boot for the final time and Coombes hit Chapman. He immediately waved Chapman back in front but Chapman was a little slow to react having lost momentum. Round the final corner he moved ahead but Coombes had lost momentum and Wright swept round the outside to take fifth by just 0.029 on the line. A fine piece of opportunistic driving. Downes came home seventh with Randall the first SHW home in eighth from Craig Brown and Hill.
Wayne Lidgbird and Steve Bosley on the front row for the penultimate heat with Jon Pethick and Tarik Almou on two. Row three, Jordan Hawkins and John Salter. Lidgbird got off to fine start to lead up the hill from Bosley and Pethick. Almou got sideways out of Christmas and fell to the back of the order. Down into Ashby and Benneyworth was on the grass. He was fortunate not to spin. Into Watkins and Allen was suddenly going off backwards. A very messy first lap but by the end of it Lidgbird still led from Pethick with Bosley third. Steve Brown had kept out of trouble to run fourth after starting on grid eleven with Oparvar next from Holmes, up from grid sixteen. Salter was seventh from Beroual-Smith, up from grid fifteen. Lidgbird’s lead lasted until Christmas as Pethick moved into the lead second time around. Brown was up to third having dispended with Bosley whilst Oparvar was keeping Holmes at bay. Brown wasted no time in closing down Lidgbird sweeping by into Christmas and setting off after the leader. Lidgbird was now coming under pressure from Holmes who duly moved ahead out of the Boot at half distance. And following closely were Bosley, Beroual-Smith and Kyritsis. Into the first turn fifth time around and Lidgbird ran wide. He tried to hold on across the grass but it was to no avail and he spun down the tyre barrier fortunately without injury or damage. Pethick still led but Brown was closing in. He tried a couple of moves into Christmas but was repulsed and then surprised Pethick with a move into Ashby. Pethick couldn’t respond and Brown immediately began to pull a few lengths clear. Holmes was edging closer to Pethick whilst Bosley was hanging onto fourth as Beroual-Smith and Kyritsis put him under pressure and finally succumbed at Christmas on the final lap. Brown took the win with Pethick just holding off Holmes for second. Beroual-Smith took fourth with Kyritsis fifth from Bosley. Oparvar claimed seventh from Brammer, Lloyd and Appleton.
Vijay Patel on pole for the final heat with Jaeden Cadogan alongside. Mike Bodnar and Robert Purtak shared row two with Philip Charman and Chris Solomon on row three. Patel led away but it was Bodnar from grid three who got the better start to move up to second ahead of Cadogan. Behind these there was some hard racing over the first few turns but by the end of the lap Harris was up to fourth ahead of Charman, Purtak, Bolton, up from grid twelve and Turner. Two laps run and Bodnar was at the front with Harris second from Charman and a fading Patel. Running into the Boot Bolton got turned around. Anxious to get back into the fray he immediately rejoined driving across the track in front of several other Karts. From his perspective you could understand his frustration but it was judged to be an unsafe manoeuvre and he would be excluded post race. An unfortunate but fair penalty. Bodnar continued to lead but Harris was gradually closing the gap whilst Charman ran third from the impressive Turner. Pritchard was up to fifth after starting on grid fourteen. Harris continued to close in on Bodnar finally slipping by with three to go . Charman too was closing in and got a run up the hill. Bodnar defended and both lost momentum allowing a following Turner to nip by. Bodnar held onto third but Charman now had a much faster Pritchard closing in. He couldn’t hold him off. Harris took the win with Turner only half a second adrift at the flag after a very impressive drive which also saw him set the fastest lap of the race. Bodnar held on to third just a couple of tenths clear of Pritchard with Charman fifth. Purtak took sixth with Cherry next from the first SHW Jordan Salter. Netting and Patel completed the top ten.
Jack Bolton on pole from Blaze Sienko with Robert Stapleton and Steve Bosley on row two. Stephane Appleton and Nima Oparvar shared row three with Steve Lindley and Mark Appleton on row four. Robert Purtak and Mark Green shared row five. Four to qualify for the B Final. Bolton led the field round the first turns and up the hill whilst Stapleton blew past Sienko for second.
Bosley and Appleton ran fourth and fifth with Lindley next up. Purtak and Green were early spinners. Bolton got his head down at the front and gradually eased away from Stapleton. Appleton moved ahead of Bosley but at half distance the complexion of the qualifying places changed as Sienko ran wide and both Bosley and Lindley slipped by. Thereafter it was a straightforward run to the flag for the top four. Bolton took the win over six seconds clear of second placed Stapleton with Bosley and Lindley third and fourth having driven in formation over the second half of the race. Sienko took fifth and was the leading SHW with Oparvar sixth from Williams who set the fastest lap in the SHW class. Appleton, Robinson and Townsley completed the top ten.
Peter Harris on pole from Tim Hill with Jordan Hawkins and Stephen Netting on row two. Vinod Hirani and Philip Charman on row three with Richard Allen and Adrian Brammer on row four and Paul Jennings alongside Tarik Almou on row five. Two to qualify for the A Final. Harris got away well but Hill ran a little wide in the first turns and Hawkins moved into second. Hirani and Brammer tripped over each other and fell to the back of the field. Allen moved into fourth. At the end of the first lap Harris led from Hawkins, Hill, Allen, Netting, Jennings and Bolton. Bolton? He had no right to be seventh after starting on grid twenty three. An astonishing first lap. And Jones was up to tenth after starting from grid nineteen. Harris continued to lead from Hawkins, Hill, Allen and the remarkable Bolton but it was still anyone’s race. Jones continued to make up places taking Salter for seventh at one third distance. Hawkins chipped away at the gap to the leader whilst Hill dropped back slightly as he defended from Allen and Bolton. Harris got a little out of shape in the Boot and Hawkins nipped by. But his lead was short lived as Harris retook the lead into Christmas. The move compromised Hawkins who immediately found himself under attack from Hill, Allen and Bolton. And Jones was only a couple of Kart lengths back with Netting and Jordan Salter line astern in his wheel tracks. Same lap and Bolton grabbed fourth from Allen out of Osiers. Harris led but as they went up the hill for the sixth time Hill dived up the inside to take second from Hawkins. Hawkins line was compromised and both Allen and Bolton swept by. But then suddenly out of Osiers Allen raised his hand and pulled off the circuit with a very rare mechanical failure. Harris was now having to defend hard from Hill whilst Bolton remained a Kart length behind with Hawkins next from Jones. Bolton had a look up the inside of Hill at Christmas but couldn’t make the move stick and had to hold station.
Two thirds distance and Hill got a better run up the hill and swept by Harris at Christmas. Bolton tried to follow him through but had to back off. Jones almost got by Hawkins but had to give best as Jennings and Netting followed in his wheel tracks. But Hawkins couldn’t hold them off and with just four to go Jones nipped by at Christmas taking Netting and Jennings with him. As Harris defended from the chasing pack Hill began to ease away. Penultimate lap and Hill was well clear at the front and looking safe but Harris was still having to defend from Bolton and Jones. Into Christmas Harris left the door open and Bolton slid up the inside into second taking Jones with him. Down into Ashby and Harris was defending. Netting got out of shape and spun onto the grass forcing a following Jennings to take avoiding action. Netting remained in his Kart beating the wheel in frustration, his race run. But it also brought out the yellows losing Jones any chance of taking second from Bolton.
Hill took the win just over a second clear from Bolton with Jones just a tenth back in third. Harris took fourth with Hawkins just a tenth back in fifth, 0.016 ahead of Lidgbird. Salter was just a couple of tenths back in seventh and was the leading SHW which guaranteed him a place on the podium at the end of the day. Almou, Bosley and Sawyer completed the top ten. Jones set the fastest lap in the c1 CLASS WITH Bosley the quickest of the C2’s. It was also a class record whilst Salter was the quickest SHW. But the drama wasn’t over. Bolton had a penalty for his pass on Harris. But he appealed. Harris very sportingly agreed that the penalty was harsh so Bolton could take his place on the back of the A Final. Bolton was having quite a day.
Steve Brown on pole from Class 1 Championship leader Joe Holmes with Kyritsis and Wright on row two. Pethick and Beroual-Smith on three with Wood and Pritchard on four and Downes alongside Craig Brown on five. Twelve to qualify for the Super Final.
Holmes found a problem with his Kart in the warm up and pitted. By the time he came back out the rest of the pack had done several laps warming the tyres. Brown led away from the line but Holmes was compromised and Kyritsis swept by into second. Up the hill and Holmes had to defend his third place from a fast starting Pethick losing valuable ground to the leaders. Pethick almost took Holmes into Ashby but ran wide. Holmes regained third and a few corners later Pethick lost fourth to Wright. Beroual-Smith dropped a couple of spots behind Wood and Pritchard but by the end of lap two he was back up to sixth. Brown continued to lead but Kyritsis was intent on taking the place. Into Christmas fourth time around he moved to the right and through. He was a little wide on the exit compromising both he and Brown and allowing Holmes to close right in on them both. And behind these Pethick and Wright were running in clear air and closing in. Brown was defending mightily from Holmes but still keeping with Kyritsis. Half distance and Brown decided the best way to rid himself of Holmes was to move past Kyritsis. He went up the inside into Osiers. Kyritsis ran wide whilst Holmes had the better line and better traction off the corner and moved to the front. Brown got a little off line and Kyritsis came back at him along with a following Pethick. Holmes led through the Boot but it was anyone’s guess who would be second. Brown kept tight forcing Kyritsis wide and crossed the line just 0.033 ahead with Pethick a couple of tenths adrift in fourth.
But Kyritsis had better momentum and moved back into second through the first turns. Up the hill and Holmes was a Kart length clear of Kyritsis with Brown third but defending hard from Pethick. It compromised his pace and Pethick made a move down into Ashby. He didn’t quite get it right however and forced Brown onto the grass at the exit which also allowed Wright to move past the unfortunate Brown. Pethick was rightly penalised and almost immediately lost out to Wright for third. And closing in on them all was Beroual-Smith. Down the order we had drama on the pit straight. Chapman had been battling with Germon over eighteenth and tried to go round the outside at Paddock. Germon had the racing line and Chapman ran out wide into the barrier taking a following Cherry with him fortunately without injury to either of them although Cherry remained in his Kart for awhile. I thought Germon was entirely blameless whilst a clearly disgruntled Chapman saw the incident differently. Holmes continued to lead but Kyritsis was hounding him all the way with Wright just a couple of lengths back and setting a string of fastest laps. Penultimate lap and Holmes went defensive into Ashby. Kyritsis ran wide and Wright almost made it through to second as they fought it out on the run into Wilkins. All of which allowed Holmes to break clear by a few lengths and Pethick and Brown to close up. Out of the final turns Brown moved up to fourth. Last lap and Holmes kept everything neat and tidy crossing the line four tenths up to record a hat-trick of A Final wins, who appears to benefitting from his tie into G3 Pro, in the Endurance Championship, to consolidate his solid lead in the Championship. Kyritsis held off Wright for second with the latter setting the fastest lap on the final tour and breaking the lap record. Brown took fourth with Pethick next across the line but penalised down to ninth thus promoting Beroual-Smith into fifth. It surely won’t be long before he’s on the podium. The top six had pulled out a huge gap on the rest of the pack. Pritchard in sixth was almost ten seconds back. He just held off Hornsby on the line by a tenth. Good drives from them both.
Craig Brown was eighth and first in the C2 class. Randall was tenth and took the EssexFlatPack SHW honours ahead of the second C2 runner Dan Taylor. Darvill was the final qualifier for the Super Final with Cottle third in C2. Bill Taylor was runner up in the EssexFlatPack SHW Class.
The Super Final
The last race of the day and a historic first for CLUB100 with a Super Final supported by the Altima academy. Top twelve from the Lightweights against the top twelve from the Heavyweights in a six round Championship.
An all Yorkshire front row with Newman on pole from Holmes. Lightweight Ed Barrs and Kyritsis on row two with Steve Hicks and Wright on row three. Chris Alcock and Steve Brown on row four. Tom Dix and Beroual-Smith on five.
Rob Newman and Holmes brought the field up to line and then Newman rocketed away getting the drop on Holmes into the first turns. Barrs tried to go round the outside but ran wide and dropped back whilst Hicks stormed into third. End of the lap and Newman led from Holmes and Hicks with Wright hanging on in fourth from Alcock and Brown. Barrs and Kyritsis were down to seventh and eighth. Two laps in and it was as you were at the front whilst Alcock had slipped by Wright for fourth and Beroual-Smith had jumped Kyritsis to run eighth. Newman, Holmes and Hicks continued to pull clear at the front. Fourth time around and Holmes slipped by Newman at the top of the hill to take the lead with Hicks third and well in contention. Next lap and Newman pulled out from Holmes slipstream into Christmas to retake the lead. Hicks took advantage of Holmes compromised line and got by going into Inkermans. And he wasn’t done. Sensing the opportunity he dived up the inside of Newman into Ashby to take the lead. Great driving. Newman tried to take him Back into Osiers but ran wide and lost momentum leading on to the back straight allowing Holmes back alongside and Alcock, Wright and Brown and Barrs to close right up.
Half distance and a seven Kart chain for the lead with Hicks in the driving seat. And only a few Kart lengths back were Beroual-Smith, Kyritsis and Barnicoat circulating line astern. Hicks continued to lead but it was Newman up to second now courtesy of a late move on Holmes at Christmas. Alcock tried to go through too but found his line compromised as Holmes defended. He dropped behind Wright and Brown but kept Barrs at bay. Hicks was half a second clear but Newman and Holmes gradually began to cut the gap. Two to go and Barrs moved into fifth. Last lap and Hicks crossed the line half a Kart length clear of Newman with Holmes a further Kart length back. Hicks defended up the hill and kept the place. He defended again into Ashby and kept the place. He defended again into Osiers positioning his Kart perfectly and keeping momentum. Along the back straight the three of them were bumper to bumper. Round the Boot and into the last turn line astern but it was Hicks across the line first punching the air in delight.
A brilliant, peerless drive and surprisingly his first ever win in a CLUB100 sprint round. Brilliant drives too from Newman and Holmes and it was great to see all three drivers smiling on the podium. Huge respect to all three. Wright came home fourth. It surely can’t be long before he wins an A Final. Barrs took fifth with Brown sixth from Alcock, Kyritsis, Lightweight Thanassi Barnicoat, who also set the fastest lap, and Beroual-Smith. A fabulous first Super Final.
What a fantastic days racing. Superb organisation from the hard working CLUB100 team and all the races superbly marshalled. In the Championships Chris Alcock leads the Lightweights with Ed Barrs second. Pietro Pagano didn’t feature much at Whilton but he’ll bounce back. Mike Coppin lies fourth with Daz Teal fifth. In the Lights C2 class Adam Wheeldon retains the lead from Rob Langthorp and Andrew Ward with Louie Ross and Shaun Hollingsworth fourth and fifth. In the HW/SHW C1 division Joe Holmes’ third win in a row keeps him at the head of the order. Can anyone stop the flying Yorkshireman or will he win every round? He’s full of confidence at the moment and looks to be enjoying his racing more than ever. And it’s not just because he’s winning either although I’m sure it helps. He didn’t have things all his own way at Whilton but he still took the win. He got beaten in the Super Final but was still all smiles on the podium and full of praise for Steve Hicks and Rob Newman. Adam Wright is second in the standings. Three podiums in three rounds. After missing most of last season I think he’s driving better than ever. A win surely can’t be far away and it will rid him of an unwanted statistic. He’s the only driver in CLUB100 to win a Sprint Championship without ever winning a race. His time will come. Konstantinos Kyritsis is third and he too is knocking on the door of a win. Great to see Anwar Beroual-Smith high in the standings too. He’s playing himself back in nicely after some time away from the tracks. Alex Pritchard is fifth and he too looks a likely podium sitter, or rather stander, in the not too distant future. Craig Brown leads the Heavyweight C2 class. He’s driving very well at the moment. Dan Taylor and Steven Downes are second and third. In the EssexFlatPack Super Heavyweight Class Trevor Randall has taken over at the top whilst Richard Allen slips to second after an unlucky day at Whilton with Ben Benneyworth third.
Thanks to everyone for a great day and particularly all the sponsors, Altima Academy for displaying the Ginetta and supporting the Super Final Championship and of course Stuart Germon’s EssexFlatPack company not just for the sponsorship of the SHW class but for keeping everyone supplied with cream eggs! He also supplied Easter eggs for the top three in the SHW class. Guess that will mean no one slimming down to challenge him the HW division.
And let’s not forget the two commentators Howard Mitchell and Andrew Mather from Double Dash Motorsport Media. They do a brilliant job keeping everyone entertained. I’ve not seen the coverage from Whilton yet but I’m going to put my feet up and watch it now.
Roll on Llandow for round four!