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Karting Championship | Round Three Race Report

A slightly depleted field of 21 drivers assembled for round 3 of the Open Karting Championship which meant drivers would be racing all in for the 2 races. A familiar looking field with only 2 new drivers but all the main championship contenders were ready and raring to go.

The drivers were split for qualifying only. This was to enable them to get some good clear laps in. The first group made their way out and Anthony Ballanger quickly set the early pace with some quick laps. Elia Evagora and Zsolt Endredy were dueling over 2nd and 3rd swapping quick lap times. Anthony was never headed however and set the fastest lap of 72.144 which was his personal best on this circuit. Elia came 2nd with a 73.016 and Zsolt settled for 3rd on a 73.313.

The 2nd half of drivers then set forward to do battle for their grid positions. Manj Patti continued to show his potential with a strong early showing but it was championship leader Adam Blair who continued his good form with a pole lap of 72.556. A good lap but not enough to dislodge Anthony Ballanger from top spot. Manj Patti got 2nd with a good lap of 72.875 and Has Khalid rounded the top on a 73.065.

The grids were set with a few drivers missing the cut of 75.999 to be eligible for the reverse grid. The top 2 drivers Glenn Waterman and Paul Dell both were deemed to have jumped the start and received early penalties. Nevertheless they strided on ahead of the battling field extending a good lead. Contender Daryl Palmer topped the chasing pack but he was struggling with the chasing train getting bigger lap on lap. Daryl turned things up a notch and chased down the leaders, but a back marker was his undoing and Has Khalid and Adam Blair slipped through to resume the chase. Has unfortunately got a penalty for an optimistic move at best, Has went through for the win but was docked 2 places meaning Adam took another victory followed by Jason Page and Has ultimately receiving 3rd place.

The grid and karts were then reversed for the final race of the evening. A slightly excited field were sent round after a false start but at the 2nd attempt we were off and running. Alfredas Gricius and Joao Regis made good of their starts and leapt into the lead followed by Luca Martella. That was how the top 3 stayed but all eyes were on the epic battle emerging behind. The top 2 in the championship Has and Adam dueled it out swapping places and banging their way round the circuit. Once again Adam used his experience to its potential with a bold move that sealed those few extra precious points.

A cracking night of racing highlighting how good the driving standards are. Drivers are now readying themselves for round 4 on Monday 17th September at the usual time of 19:30.

Written by Championship Promoter : Stacy Lawday

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