RACE REPORT – BIRELART UK SERIES 2017 Round 4 Fulbeck

Birelart 2017 Round 4 Fulbeck

If ever a circuit divided opinion it’s Fulbeck. After the spectacular scenery at the purpose built GYG Fulbeck must be the polar opposite set in the vast flatness of Lincolnshire on the site of an old airfield. Yet it’s a place steeped in history and one of the oldest Kart circuits in the country. The facilities might be a bit rudimentary but it’s a great little circuit which favours the precise and the brave.

Qualifying

Cadet 60

Louie Ross was first to top the timing screen but it didn’t take long for Thomas Harvey to leap up the order with the fastest lap of the session on his fourth flying lap. Ella Stevens kept lowering her times and set her best lap right at the end just 0.036 behind Harvey. A great effort from the Championship leader but not quite good enough to usurp the on form Harvey. Nathan Tye was third quickest. A fine effort from a driver who is beginning to show good pace. Christian Lilley looked to be struggling early in the session but he can never be discounted. He worked the traffic beautifully and then pumped in his best time with a couple of laps to run. Oakley Keightley took fifth and fastest Rookie. At one time he looked as though he might mount a challenge for pole along with Ross who wound up just behind him sixth. Aydan Hassan was next up saving his best lap until his last lap. One to watch is Aydan, in more ways than one. I particularly enjoyed his ‘mickey’ taking of ace race commentator ‘’Jeff Sanson’’. Kylen Ingram was next up. He was quick early in the session but faded towards the end. Freddie Tomlinson and Milo Pilfold completed the top ten.

Junior 100

A couple of laps in and it was Skye Siddall at the top of the screen but not for long as Morgan Cole became the first driver to break into the 46’s. And a lap later he improved his time to put further distance between himself and the chasing pack. Championship leader Tyrone Stansfield was in the top six with reigning Champion Toby Goodman near the back of the order along with Harry Barlow. Mid-session though and Stansfield leapt to the top of the screens only to have his time beaten by Harry Graham. But only for a few seconds as Stansfield went quicker. Barlow moved up to third but was deposed almost immediately by Cole with both of them then beaten by Goodman. Cole responded, moving up to second and then a lap later putting himself on provisional pole. But Stansfield wasn’t done and moved back to the top of the screen with a 46.425. Cole responded but couldn’t quite get back on terms finishing up just 0.042 adrift of the Championship leader in second. Barlow took third, a tenth shy of pole with Graham fourth ahead of Siddall who worked very hard to get ahead of Goodman. Sixth was most definitely not where the reigning Champion wanted to be but he was looking forward to the race. Nicky Taylor was seventh with leading Rookie Connor Brown eighth ahead of Scott Huntley and Toby Baldry. The top ten were covered by less than half a second which boded well for some exciting racing throughout the day.

Super Masters

With Michael Roots missing from the entry list after breaking his ribs at GYG who would take the fight to Championship leader Sam Dimelow? For once all the field were out on the track early and it came as no surprise to see Dimelow top the times. But not for long. Ben Yeomans quickly toppled him. He was looking particularly confident having run well in Saturday testing. Pole was set on his fourth flying lap and two thirds through the session he pulled off feeling he could go no quicker. Dimelow meanwhile set his best time on his fifth lap but continued to pound round in search of a couple of tenths. He didn’t find the time and had to settle for second. Jake White-Rowell took third, his best ever qualifying and just 0.009 shy of Dimelow. A brilliant effort. E plate runner Neil Fisher was fourth and hoping not to suffer a repeat of his awful luck at GYG. George Friday was next up and looking very smooth whilst Sam Fisher was next. Roland Breadner took seventh ahead of Jim Rainbird who had Mark Lawrence just 0.015 behind. These two are just so well matched. Shaun Port completed the top ten with just six tenths covering them all. Ken Churchill, Stig Elboth and Matt Ogle were the final runners.

Super Elites

It was good to see reigning Champion Kieran McCullough back at Fulbeck after missing the opening three rounds. Hopefully we will see a bit more of him. But would his enforced lay off have an effect? Didn’t look like it as he and Richard Evans traded fastest laps as second in the Championship Sam Faulkner stood watching in the pits! Then Ami Jerger briefly topped the times before Faulkner joined the fray immediately going quickest on his first flying lap. He then pumped in two quick laps before pulling off with almost three minutes of the session remaning and having completed just five laps. Pole was his by almost three tenths of a second. A huge gap after a supremely confident performance. McCullough joined him on the front row, edging out Evans by just 0.004. Matt Pearce joined Evans on the second row just 0.028 adrift, whilst Ami Jerger had initially looked to be struggling a little but she stuck at it eventually setting her best time with just two laps of the session remaining to wind up fifth. James Baldwin took sixth. A great effort and the leading Rookie edging out Steve Youle by a tenth. Tom Snape had challenged for pole early in the session but having set his best time early he dropped off the pace a little and had to settle for eighth. Jason Bradbury and Jay Hudman completed the top ten whilst Carl Watt found himself excluded for being under the weight limit.

Heats

Cadet 60

Harvey led the field up to the line but it was Stevens who got the better start to move ahead on the long drag up to the first turn as the field missed out the first chicane on the first lap. A sensible decision this by the organisers. There was always the risk that the long straight might overstress the engines but missing out the first chicane greatly reduced the risk of first lap mayhem. Stevens led the field over the line at the end of the first lap with Harvey close behind and a couple of lengths up on Lilley who had got the better of Tye whilst Keightley was keeping a watching brief in fifth. Charlie Humphreys was next having driven a storming first lap to move up from grid eleven. Hassan held seventh whilst Ingram and Tomlinson both lost ground, the latter being forced to retire after just two laps. The front runners continued to circulate line astern which is rare in the Cadets but it did mean that they gradually began to pull clear of the field still led by Keightley who just didn’t quite have the pace to stay with leaders but was holding off Humphreys, Hassan and Ross. Stevens continued to lead but was now going very defensive into the first chicane from Harvey. On lap six Harvey got alongside into the chicane. The move compromised them both on the exit but it was Harvey who suffered most and as they rounded the right hander at the top of the circuit Lilley moved up to second and closed in on Stevens. Within two laps he was right behind and as they swept into the second chicane he dived to the inside and through into a lead which he would never relinquish finally winning by just over a tenth from Stevens with Harvey third. The three of them were covered by just 0.058. Tye took fourth having spent the entire race there. He’d kept in touch, driven sensibly and not made any rash moves. By the flag the top four were some five seconds clear of the rest of the field now headed by Ross who fought back well after his first lap drama. Humphreys came home sixth with Hassan the leading Rookie in seventh. Ingram and Gurney were next. Gurney put in a late race charge after his qualifying drama whilst Pilfold completed the top ten just edging out a fading Keightley. Stevens was credited with the fastest lap, a 50.996, but it was set on the opening lap on the shortened circuit. Fastest lap on the ‘’proper’’ circuit went to Lilley with a 52.515.

Junior 100

Stansfield led the field away from pole and by the end of the first lap he had pulled out over half a second on the chasing pack led by Graham who had driven a spectacular opening lap. Cole had missed out badly from his front row slot and was back to fifth. Barlow remained third with Goodman right behind. Siddall dropped to sixth ahead of Taylor whilst Brown lost it at the second chicane and would resume at the back of the field. Stansfield continued to eke out a gap as Barlow continued to harass Graham for second. Cole meanwhile caught Goodman napping at the second chicane and moved himself back into fourth. Siddall and Taylor continued to circulate behind Goodman but were never quite close enough to mount a challenge. The top six were already well clear of Toby Baldry and the chasing pack. Stansfield continued to pull away but it was Barlow up into second after a late breaking move on Graham at the second chicane. Cole was also close behind and a lap later moved himself up to third. Taylor meanwhile tried a move on Siddall and was rebuffed the resulting half spin seeing him drop back to fourteenth. Stansfield demonstrated his superiority setting the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate tour almost two tenths quicker than anyone else. That’s discounting the first lap. Barlow came home second ahead of Cole and Graham with Goodman next ahead of Siddall. The top six were almost in a separate race with Baldry seventh but some five seconds adrift. Zac Parkinson, Thomas Massarella and Scott Huntley rounded out the top ten.

Super Masters

Now you might think that after watching two races and having stood through a drivers briefing where it was made clear several times that on the opening lap of each race the drivers would not be required to negotiate the first chicane that no one, especially the Seniors, would make the mistake of turning right especially when those in front of you have gone straight on. But that’s what happened leaving two drivers out of the race and with damaged Karts. Yeomans led the field away from pole but it was Dimelow who made the better start and by the time the field reached the second chicane he was in the lead. Neil Fisher was up into third whilst White-Rowell had thrown away his good qualifying effort spinning to the rear of the pack. Dimelow continued to lead but he wasn’t getting away and with four laps run Yeomans made a bid for the front as they exited the final chicane. Dimelow defended it well and Yeomans was compromised at the next corner allowing Fisher to dive down the inside into the hairpin. Yeomans tried to tough it out into the complex near the pits but had to give best. But not for long. At the top of the circuit on the following lap Yeomans was back into second. All of which allowed Dimelow a bit of a breather at the front. Fisher meanwhile suddenly found himself coming under pressure from Friday which in turn allowed Yeomans some breathing space. Friday was intent on third and took a chance at the first chicane. He and Fisher collided, the latter reversing into the tyres and down to the back of the field. Friday was adjudged the aggressor and would take a four place penalty at the flag. Rainbird, running just behind felt that

Fisher had lost it into the chicane and left Friday with nowhere to go. All this gave the leaders some air and Dimelow reeled off the laps to take the win with Yeomans a couple of tenths back in second. Rainbird came home third over five seconds adrift whilst Friday finished fourth on the road but demoted to eighth leaving Ken Churchill fourth and the highest climber of the race moving up from grid eleven. Whilst it’s true he was helped by the problems of others it was nevertheless a fine effort. Sam Fisher was next up. After falling back at the start he’d staged a mini recovery. Breadner was next ahead of the recovering White-Rowell with Friday classified eighth ahead of Stig Elboth and the luckless Neil Fisher.

Super Elites

Faulkner made full use of pole to lead the field down the long straight to the first bend but McCullough lost out badly, perhaps still a little rusty after his lay off. He would cross the line at the end of the first lap down in fifth. Evans and Pearce were running second and third respectively with Baldwin putting in a great first lap moving into fourth. Jerger fell to seventh whilst Youle slipped into sixth. Snape and Bradbury were line astern in eighth and ninth. Faulkner continued to pull clear at the front from Evans and Pearce whilst McCullough had really got the bit between his teeth and was fighting back. Fourth after three laps he was into third a lap later and chasing down Evans. Discounting the opening lap Faulkner set the fastest lap of the race on his fifth lap. McCullough was really flying at this stage and was soon pressing Evans for second. With seven laps run he got a better exit at the second chicane and dived down the inside into the hairpin. Evans didn’t defend too hard mindful that McCullough is not a factor in the Championship but it mattered not as they started the next lap. Evans was suddenly stationary before the first chicane the victim of a broken flywheel. Also gone from the fray was Baldwin with technical issues. So the race wound down with Faulkner taking the win from McCullough who had fought hard to get back on terms dropping Pearce as he did so. Pearce held on to third but had Jerger closing in towards the end whilst Youle took fifth holding off a very spirited Bradbury. A good solid drive this from the latter. Snape was next from Darling who had also put in a solid performance whilst Stanley and Banks completed the top ten.

Pre-Finals

Cadet 60

Lilley le the field away but Harvey was quickly into second at the expense of Stevens whilst Tye dropped to fifth behind a fast starting Ross. Humphreys and Ingram lost out badly at the top of the circuit with Hassan and Gurney both making up positions. Pilfold too looked to be in a mood to move forward but sadly his race would only last four laps before he was forced out with technical issues. At the front Harvey was intent on first and slipped by Lilley at the chicane as they began the second lap. Lilley lost out again at the top of the circuit as Stevens slipped by for second. A lap later and she was at the front only for Harvey to grab the spot back at the top of the circuit. But Stevens wasn’t giving it up and was back to the front by the second chicane. Lilley had dropped back a touch and was fending off the battling duo of Ross and Tye. For several laps Stevens and Harvey would swap places over the course of a lap but with Stevens leading as they crossed the line. All this allowed the pursuing pack to close back in and at just over half distance Harvey found himself having to defend from Lilley. Sadly Lilley tagged Harvey and would be black flagged with damage. Stevens took full advantage of the fight behind and moved herself clear. She eventually took the flag almost four seconds up on the rest of the field. Harvey hung onto second ahead of the battling Ross and Tye, both of whom showed consistent pace and were looking very tidy. Gurney took fifth from Tomlinson and Hassan. Tomlinson was arguably the star of the race moving up ten places from grid sixteen. Humphreys recovered after his early drama to come home eighth ahead Keightley and Valverde. Ignoring the anomaly of the first lap Harvey set the fastest lap. In fact, including the anomaly he still set fastest lap!

Junior 100

Stansfield brought the field to the line slowly as he is entitled to do before flooring the throttle for the long drag down to the first corner. Barlow, starting alongside, bogged down and would be down to fifth by the end of the first lap with Cole, Goodman and Graham giving chase to the leader. Siddall settled into sixth. Massarella spun away his chances at the second chicane on the first lap and would retire just after mid distance. Stansfield continued to lead but Cole was chasing him hard and just keeping in touch ready to capitalise if the leader made a mistake. Several times he looked as though he might too as his Kart twitched viciously under braking for the second chicane. But each time he held it. Goodman in third was beginning to come under increasing pressure from Graham and Barlow. He would state post race that he was losing grip at the rear and sure enough with three to run he got jumped by the two of them at the first chicane. A lap later and Siddall also made it by. So Stansfield ran out the winner from Cole with Graham third the latter clearly delighted with the result, punching the air as he crossed the line. Barlow took fourth a tenth adrift and thoroughly cheesed off after losing out badly at the start. A racer with his heart on his sleeve. Nowt wrong with that. Siddall was next up followed by Goodman who got dropped towards the end with a lack of grip. Baldry came home a lonely seventh with Martin, Taylor and Huntley completing the top ten.

Super Masters

Dimelow brought the field round so slowly that they were almost at a standstill as they exited the final turn before the start. So slow that Yeomans, alongside on the front row, was struggling not to overtake. The tactic worked. As Dimelow accelerated away Yeomans bogged down and by the time they turned right at the top of the circuit he was down to fifth with Rainbird second from Churchill and Friday who had climbed four places from the start. Dimelow, in clear air, pulled out a good ten Kart lengths over the first lap. Barring misfortune the race looked to be his. Yeomans made a great move into the hairpin to take fourth from Friday. A lap later he tried the same move on Churchill but this time he didn’t make the move stick as Churchill defended robustly. Friday took advantage and as they swept down towards the pit complex he was back up to fourth. Down the order Neil Fisher was making good progress from grid ten. With four laps run he was up on Yeomans bumper. As they turned at the top of the circuit for the fifth time Yeomans slipped inside Friday for fourth. As Friday ran wide Fisher took his chance and also moved ahead. Wisely Fisher didn’t challenge Yeomans for fourth but stuck with him allowing them both to close down Churchill in third. Down into the second chicane for the seventh time and Yeomans dived down the inside for the place. He gave Churchill room as they apexed the corner and the latter returned the compliment on the exit. But Yeomans had the greater momentum and took the place. Churchill’s compromised exit allowed the closely following Fisher to nip by as well. Dimelow continued serenely at the front with a comfortable lead from Rainbird who now had Yeomans chasing him down with Fisher still fourth but having dropped away somewhat as he defended from Churchill. Into the hairpin for the eighth time and Yeomans dived to the inside for second. It was a good clean move. But could he catch Dimelow? Sadly for him he couldn’t but he gave it a real shot closing to within eight tenths by the flag. It’s fair to say however that Dimelow did slacken his pace over the latter stages of the race a point which Yeomans freely acknowledged. Fisher took third and wasn’t he delighted, whooping with joy as he exited the pit corners for the final time. Post race he said he was delighted to have had some luck for a change. It was a fine drive and boded well for the final. Rainbird came home fourth ahead of Friday and Breadner who had closed in the latter stages. Port was next, well clear of Churchill who had cut one of the chicanes whilst defending fifth. His ten second time penalty dropped him to the rear of the field which was an unfortunate end after a strong showing. Ogle and Lawrence completed the top ten with Sam Fisher eleventh after a torrid race which saw him drop six places.

Super Elites

Faulkner on pole with McCullough alongside. Pearce and Jerger on row two. Youle and a rapidly improving Bradbury on three. Faulkner led the field down to the first turn with McCullough tucking in behind from Pearce whilst Jerger chose to go round the outside with Youle on her right and Bradbury close at hand. Jerger ran out of room and speared into the tyres. She would later put it down to a racing incident. As the field completed the first lap they were shown a black and yellow quarter flag which caused some confusion with most drivers, and spectators, admitting that they had never seen one waved before. For those who don’t know and those who should know the race leader must slow down and all those behind must line up in order behind the leader who acts as the pace setter. No overtaking is allowed until the green flag is waved after the obstruction has been moved. In this case the Clerk of the Course then decided to show the red flag and the drivers were brought to a halt on the old start and finishing straight. It was a great relief to all when Ami stood up and began walking back towards the pits. Her day was over however as she suspected she had broken her wrist. Fortunately it has turned out to be a bad sprain and she is expecting to back for Clay. There was quite a delay before racing resumed in single file and as the green flag waved Faulkner led but it was Pearce into second from Youle with McCullough dropping to fourth. A lap later though and McCullough was up to third but Youle was in no mood to surrender and a lap later he regained the place. Faulkner continued to pull away at the front with Pearce giving vain chase. Youle was third with McCullough close behind. Too close. As they exited the final right hander at the pit complex he just brushed Youle’s rear. It wasn’t a hard hit but it was enough to push Youle into a half spin. He came to rest against the tyres and would soon restart but slowly. As the field drove down to the first chicane for the sixth time Youle was looking over his shoulder and moved across to block McCullough through the corner and onto the straight and contact again occurred between the two leading to both drivers receiving a black flag from the Clerk of the Course. And quite right too. Meanwhile Faulkner continued to stretch his lead at the front still chased hard by Pearce with Snape now up to third from Evans. Evans? Where had he come from? After starting fourteenth he’d kept out of trouble, avoided the mayhem and moved up the order. With three to go he was up to third. And that was how the race ended. Faulkner from Pearce and Evans with Snape next and just keeping Baldwin at bay. Bradbury took sixth well clear of Stanley and Hudman with Corry and Banks completing the top ten.

Finals

Stevens on pole from Harvey with Ross and Tye behind. Stevens led away from the line but Ross was already challenging Harvey for second with Gurney getting a great start to slot into third by the end of the first lap. Harvey lost out badly dropping to fourth with Tye fifth from Hassan and Tomlinson. Down the order Lilley and Pilfold, both starting right at the back had made astonishing progress moving up to ninth and tenth. Unfortunately Lilley had made a costly error at the start. In an effort to make up ground he had been a bit over eager at the start and as the flag dropped he was already making up places. Unfortunately it occurred before the start line and would result in a post race six place deduction which would drop him out of the top ten. As always though the smile remained in place. Stevens continued to lead and was controlling the pace beautifully from the front from the chasing Ross. Harvey had recovered to third with Tye fourth from Tomlinson as Gurney began to fall back. Half distance and Stevens was unchallenged at the front despite the best efforts of Ross to get on terms. Tye moved up to third at the expense of Harvey who was now having to fend off the advances of a very feisty Tomlinson. As the three leaders began to pull away Harvey was suddenly down to seventh as Tomlinson fought his way by out of the second chicane taking Keightley and Gurney with him. Tomlinson began to pull clear as Keightley, Gurney and Harvey squabbled over fifth. No one though was going to catch Stevens and she duly took the win and the top step on the podium for the second event in a row which increases her lead at the top of the standings. On this form she will take some stopping. Ross came home a valiant second and moves himself up the standings from fourth to third. Tye finished a brilliant third for his best result and first trophy ever in Birelart. Tomlinson took fourth for his best ever result after a very strong, accomplished performance. Lilley was next on the road but penalised. The loss of valuable points drops him down the standings but he’s still well in touch. Harvey then placed fifth and it’s elevated him to second in the standings. Pilfold took sixth ahead of leading Rookie Keightley with Gurney, Brierley and Ingram completing the top ten.

Juniors

Stansfield led the field away up to the first corner but it was a fat starting Martin who really caught the eye. Starting eighth he was up to an astonishing second by the end of the first tour chased by Goodman who had also made rapid progress as Cole, Graham and Barlow all lost ground. Baldry spun away his chances of a good result dropping down to seventeenth. Four laps in and Cole was gone from the fray with technical issues. A great pity this as he had just fought back past Goodman for third. Stansfield meanwhile was pulling away at the front as Martin began to come under pressure from Goodman with Barlow in close attendance, the latter having fought his way back past Siddall and Graham with some assured moves. Half distance and Stansfield was well clear but Goodman was now up to second from Martin who now had Barlow right on his bumper. Coming down into the second chicane Barlow saw his opportunity and moved down the inside. Martin gave him room and Barlow reciprocated as they apexed the corner. Exiting though Martin moved across and forced Barlow up onto the high kerbs. As he bounced back down onto the track Martin got pushed wide as the following pack consisting of Siddall, Huntley, Graham, Brown, Massarella all took avoiding action with varying degrees of success. The result of this was that by the end of the lap Stansfield was still pulling clear from Goodman with Siddall third from Huntley who had moved himself up from tenth. Graham was fifth ahead of Massarella who had moved up an astonishing fourteen places from the back of the grid. Barlow was next ahead of Reed whilst Martin had dropped to tenth. His day was about to get worse as a lap later he was down to seventeenth after a spin. As Stansfield continued to increase his lead Goodman was coming under increasing pressure from Siddall. She moved into second with a lap to run giving Goodman a hefty bump as she did so in the chicane. Judging from the amount of rubber on Goodman’s sidepod she was perhaps fortunate to escape sanction. So Stansfield ran out the winner by almost nine seconds. He’s in astonishing form at the moment. He just seems to have that little bit extra in his tank, that bit of extra horsepower with him that drivers can sometimes find when they are at the top of their game. He’s certainly going to take some stopping this year and increases his lead at the top of the standings. But for a broken stub axle at Round two he would have taken maximum points from the last three rounds. An unbelievable performance. Siddall took second and by a good margin too for her best result of the season with Graham an excellent third. He’s driving consistently well this year. A win surely can’t be far off. If he can overcome Stansfield. Brown took fourth and was the leading Rookie. A quite brilliant drive this moving up from grid fifteen. Reigning Champion Goodman came home a slightly disgruntled fifth. Massarella would have been next but for a two place penalty. A great drive though from the back of the grid. Huntley was next. He needs a podium soon to stay in the Championship hunt. Barlow took seventh having had his four place penalty reduced to two after using an appeal. Baldry came home ninth after a good recovery drive with Cunliffe completing the top ten.

Super Masters

Dimelow again brought the field round to the line very slowly before flooring the throttle to lead the pack down the straight. Yeomans alongside made a better start than in the pre-final but it still wasn’t enough to stay with Dimelow. Neil Fisher from third had the better line into the top corner and moved into second with Friday fourth ahead of Rainbird whilst Breadner spun down the order. Dimelow led but he wasn’t getting too far away. Yeomans got a good run out of the top corner and moved ahead of Fisher into the chicane. But could he get on terms with Dimelow? Such was his effort that coming out of the right hander at the end of the pit complex his Kart twitched alarmingly. But he held it superbly and began to close on the leader. With seven laps run he got a good tow out of top corner and was right on Dimelows bumper. Perhaps slightly unnerved Dimelow went too deep into the second chicane and was just a shade slow on the exit. Yeomans moved to his right and the two of them went into the next left hander almost side by side with Yeoman’s on the outside and just ahead. It was enough. Dimelow wisely didn’t force the issue and Yeomans was through into the lead. Fisher was also running close and he gave Dimelow a hard time for a couple of laps which allowed Yeomans to build a small gap. Dimelow soon settled into a rhythm however and began to drop Fisher who now had Friday for company with Rainbird chasing hard behind. Yeomans ran out the winner from Dimelow to sustain his Championship challenge whilst Dimelow was happy with second and a useful haul of points. Friday finally got ahead of Fisher with two laps remaining to take the final podium spot. Fisher hung on to fourth despite a broken manifold with Sam Fisher closing rapidly in fifth. White-Rowell took sixth ahead of Port whilst Rainbird lost out badly on the final lap dropping from fifth to eighth. Churchill and Lawrence rounded out the top ten.

Super Elites

The final race of the day then but three drivers failed to make to the start. Jerger of course with her injury and both Bradbury and Checkley out with mechanical issues. Sport can be cruel sometimes. Faulkner led the field away with Evans quickly into second ahead of Pearce. McCullough and Youle were both starting at the back of the field and both made rapid progress with the former up to sixth by the end of the first lap. As the leaders settled into a rhythm the gap between them began to stabilise. Baldwin and McCullough were having a mighty battle for fourth. The pair of them were both driving sensibly and making good clean moves. It was quite a fight before McCullough finally managed to put some daylight between them and close in on Pearce. Faulkner and Evans looked safe at the front but Pearce was now having to fend off both McCullough and Baldwin and with eleven laps run the two of them both made it by. McCullough quickly began to make inroads into gap to Evans but with thirteen laps gone we suddenly had a red flag out after a nasty incident at the entrance to the pit complex which saw Elliot Stanley out of his Kart and laid on the track. With the Ambulance on the track and three quarters of the race run the Clerk of the Course declared the race over. There were several drivers who felt robbed of a three minute shoot out for the win but rules are rules and the Clerk of the Course had no alternative. Fortunately Elliott was up and about after a few minutes. It matters not who was fault only that he was OK. Faulkner took the win then from Evans and takes over at the top of the standings. It was good to see reigning Champion McCullough back and third place was a good reward after an eventful day. Hopefully he’ll be back for more.

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