With Day 2 of Kartmasters underway, lets take a look at who is in the driving seat heading into day 2 of racing.
After the first two heats, its Taylor Barnard and Alex Dunne who are poised to take the front row for the Pre-Final. Both have won a heat each and finished in 2nd in the other. Freddie Slater sits 3rd behind his Fusion Team mates. The first Strawberry Racing driver, Josh Rowledge sits behind the Fusion trio in 4th, just within touching distance of the rest. Arvid Lindblad managed to finish 3rd in Heat 3, but a low finish in heat 2 sees him 6th. Just infront of him is Samuel Shaw. Top privateer is #21 Archie Mace, who currently is 13th in the standings.
Coskun Irfan is clear of the pack, after winning the first heat and finishing 2nd in heat 2. Early favourite Oliver Bearman managed to win the 2nd heat, however after a row 2 start, Bearman only managed a 13th place finish. Bearman and Irfan were pulling away together, however the pair ran too close, and Bearman picked up a 10 second penalty for a dropped bumper. As a result, Bearman is only 6th. Another driver to fall foul of the bumper ruling was Daniel Guinchard, who had a solid run to 8th, but was dropped to 17th as a result. Tho Micouris sits 3rd, but a long way back from the front pair. the #7 of Archie Brown had a pair of solid results to sit 4th , equal on points with Micouris and O plate Lucas Ellingham. Its also been a strong showing from privateer Aston Millar, who’s pair of top 10 finishes see him sit 7th overall.
The clear leader as it stands is #17 Tom Adams, who has won both heats so far. Lewis Gilbert won the first heat on the road, however he was one of a series of drivers to pick up a nose cone penalty, which dropped him 8th. He managed to bring it home 2nd in Heat 2. Gilbert currently lines up 4th. Owen Johnson has had a solid run so far, with 2nd and 4th place finishes which see him 2nd in the standings. He is equal on points with Jamie Day, so there is still all to play for the final spot on the grid. Kai Hunter has had a tough opening day, not finishing either of the heats due to mechanical issues. He will have a lot of work to do on Saturday.
Tyler Chesterton has had a good run so far, winning heat 1 and finishing 3rd in heat 2 to sit at the top of the pack. Rhys Hunter has matched Chesterton to sit equal on points with him on the front row. The same can’t be said for Tommy Foster. The British open champion has had a pair of 7th place finishes, which see him line up 6th at present. Clayton Ravenscroft has been extremely consistent so far, with a pair of 2nd place finishes. He sits just a point behind the lead pair in 3rd. There is a close fight for the last spot on the 2nd row with Bradley Barret and Finlay Bunce sitting equal on points. The pair have exactly the same results, so that should be an interesting battle when racing resumes.
Drama in the OKJ class. The favourites for victory this weekend, Chris Lulham and Morgan Porter have had a torrid run during the opening day. Lulham secured pole by just over a tenth from Joeseph Taylor, however his kart failed to make it to the start of either of the heats. As a results, he sits dead last in the classification. A similar thing happened to Morgan Porter. Porter was due to line up 5th for the heats, but failed to get his kart to the start of heat 1. He managed to redeem himself in heat 2, taking the win by just under a second. So where does that leave us? Joeseph Taylor is the man on form, having won heat 1 and finished 2nd in heat 2. Behind him Shihab Al Habsi in the M Sport kart after a strong showing in the heats. Another driver having issues was Sean Butcher, he finished a lap down in Heat 1, and recieved a 10s penalty in heat 2 dropping him from 4th to 12th.
With 52 drivers racing in this class, the X30s were always going to put on a good show, and after the first 3 heats on Saturday, it was Louis Westover who came out on top. Louie won both heat 1 and heat 2 to secure his place at the top of the pile. Just behind him is OKJ driver, Morgan Porter, who took a win and a 2nd in his 2 heats. Cole Kilner managed to stay in the top 3 in both his races, to see him line up 3rd while Sam White matched Kilner blow for blow. He sits 4th. Harry Thompson had a tough 2nd heat, seeing him finish down in 18th. That leaves him 13th in the points standings. Sean Butcher was also driving in the X30 class, and couldn’t shake his missfortune from the OK class. He finished just ahead of Thompson in heat 2 in 17th, and sits in 14th overall. Another fast driver in trouble was Regie Duhy and Dragan Pinsent. Duhy failed to finish heat 1, while Pinsent was excluded. That leaves them with a lot of work to do from 31st and 36th respectively.
Oliver Hodgson has tried to stake his claim to the OKS pole, but he has one man standing in his way. Mark Kimber. Kimber has won both heats so far, with Hodgson behind him in 2nd. The fight for supremissy on the 2nd row is tight. Luke Knott and Oliver Clark have matched eachother race for race so far, and currently sit 3rd and 4th. It has been a day to forget for James Lingard. He failed to finish the first race, and didn’t make it to the start for the 2nd. The same can be said for Scott Mackrell, who was in a strong position before spinning in the 2nd race leaving him sidelined. Callum Bradshaw also suffered a DNF while running 4th in the 2nd heat. Had he finished there, he would of been in a prime position for a good result.
Due to the size of the field, the X30s will compete in 4 heats each day, with each driver being part of 2 of them. The current Super 1 leader and favourite Danny Keirle has been the class of the field, winning both of his heats. Yet again Oliver Hodgson hasn’t been able to make it to the top step, finishing behind Keirle in both of his heats. Gus Lawrence has had a similar issue, but has finished 3rd in both heats. Heat 2 winner Thomas Turner sits 4th after an 8th place finish in Heat 3. Heat 4 winner William Pettitt sits 5th, with a 10th place finish in heat 1 to his name. Further down the field there are some pretty big names. Stephen Letts currently sits 10th after a pair of top 10 finishes. Even further down is Ben Barnicoat. Mr Kartmasters had a strong 1st heat, but was left on the side lines after just 2 laps of heat 2 where his kart failed.
So with 2 more days racing to go, there is still all to play for in all of the classes. Stay tuned to Telemundi Media who are live streaming the whole event in full.
Words: Tom Gibson @WA10Tom