Karting Championship : Round One Race Report
A superb entry of 33 drivers gathered for the inaugural round of Capital Karts new Open Karting Championship.
All drivers were randomly split into 2 groups for their racing during the evening with Group A looking very tough with several of Capital Karts quickest drivers drawn into that group.
Qualifying commenced for the first group of drivers with Adam Blair quickly establishing himself as a good contender with some quick early lap times. He was never headed during qualifying and emerged on pole with a fastest lap time of 71.151, followed in 2nd by Has Khalid with a lap time of 73.130 and Daryl Palmer finished 3rd, qualifying in 73.182.
The qualifying grid was then reversed for race 1 so Adam has to start dead last of 15 drivers. As the lights went out on the first race the top 3 drivers quickly carved their way through the field with Adam up to 7th at the end of lap 1. It took him another 8 laps to make his way to the lead, once there he only went on to extend his lead taking the win with an even quicker lap time of 71.397. Daryl Palmer got the better of Has Khalid this time finishing 9 seconds behind in 2nd place and Has in 3rd a further 9 seconds back from that.
The grid and the karts this time were reversed for group A’s final race. There was an early crash on lap 1 taking out many of the favourites including Daryl Palmer and David Stephens. Has Khalid avoided the carnage to take the lead, he was chased hard by Adam but he couldn’t catch Has who took the win by 4 seconds, Adam Blair finishing 2nd and Joao Regis doing very well in 3rd on only his 4th visit to the circuit.
Group B took to the track for qualifying and Reece Yusuf set the benchmark with a quickest lap time of 72.457 once the session had come to an end. Luke Winter came home 2nd with a best of 73.116 and Anthony Ballanger 3rd lapping in 73.888.
The grid was set for their first race encounter and Reece Yusuf did even better than Adam from the back, making his way into the lead by lap 6 and finished a massive 22 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. Ryan Reid come home in that 2nd place just 3 tenths ahead of 3rd John Wright. The remaining drivers all had a great battle for the minor points places with less than 10 seconds covering around 12 drivers.
Their 2nd race was shaping up nicely and at the green lights Reece made an electric start and it only took him 4 laps this time to hit the front. Unlike the previous group race there was no early crash and everyone battled on for the 20minutes with first time racer Manj Patti showing great potential taking 2nd place 9 seconds behind Reece and Luke Winter came in 3rd with another consistent finish.
So come the end of the nights racing once the points were added and taken away for penalties, Reece Yusuf was leading with a perfect 30 points, Adam Blair was 2nd with 28 points after a point penalty for contact. Has Khalid the night in 3rd but also took home a penalty for a jump start.
An enjoyable evenings race and everyone was looking forward to round 2.
Written by Championship Promoter : Stacy Lawday