I hope everyone has now recovered from what was a very enjoyable but tiring weekend. We started the weekend on Friday setting up the marquee etc and it was great to see several campers and caravans arrive during the day and evening to join us for the whole weekend.
Our events started on a very hot Saturday with the Fenland Challenge for the juniors. This consisted of four events
Water challenge where drivers had to complete a course holding a cup water, the winner spilling the least
Seniors were also welcome to take part in the events, although they had to try to hold a plastic hat full of water around the course and got a thorough soaking on the startline! They were great sports especially Kev Boyden, he loved it.
The overall top 3 in each class were presented with trophies in the evening by our guest Tom Calton of RTC Plant Services, one of our main supporters over the weekend, providing us with generator & lighting
1st 13 Sonny Wright
2nd 88 Jack Goodliffe
3rd 27 Jake Gilbert
1st 13 Frankie Wright
2nd 46 Jemma Gilbert
3rd Jack Rolfe
1st 44 Bradley Galley
2nd 32 Charlotte Gilbert
3rd 43 Marcus Gilbert
We then moved on to the wheel change challenge, with the ‘mechanics’ pushing the driver round a short course, changing rear wheels, then completing another lap against the clock. Following on from the earlier theme this quickly had the added challenge of competitors soaking there rivals in water.
The top three teams who were presented with medals were
1st Team Josh
2nd Mario & Luigi
3rd Team Trans Am
After a short break we were treated to a very enjoyable hot meal, many thanks to everyone for all the hard work preparing and serving this for us.
The fun continued into the evening with tug of war, a football match(or was it rugby), rounded of with a welly wanging contest expertly compered by Jemma Gilbert.
Sunday was race day and the 8th running of the Grass Kart British Championships – sponsored by CUB (UK) Ltd
Typically once the track was laid out and watering commenced, the heavens opened. This gave us 2 rounds of wets heats with the track drying for the second 2 qualifying rounds and the Grand Finals. This provided some great racing and worthy champions, excelling in both wet and dry conditions.
70cc – sponsored by Metro Rod Drainage Care
This class was dominated by 13 Sonny Wright, winning all 4 heats and the final, with 88 Jack Goodliffe 2nd, and 56 Latisha Russell 3rd. Also some great driving from the rest of the class, especially 20 Kaitlin Holland, who is starting to show her true potential, and was awarded with the class Junior Of The Day award.
90cc – sponsored by Martin & Kerry Rolfe
13 Frankie Wright very nearly matched his younger brother’s dominance with 3 heat wins and 2nd, giving him pole for the final, from where he never looked back, taking the Championship win. The race for 2nd & 3rd however wasn’t over until the final corners. Heat winner 61 Nathan Tatton battled most of the race with 6 Kali Rolfe, with 46 Jemma Gilbert chasing hard desparate for a podium finish after winning last year. The race finished with Kali 2nd, Jemma 3rd, Nathan missing out on a podium in the final corners. Nathan was awarded the class Junior of the Day for a great drive.
125cc 4 stroke Junior – sponsored by Margaret & Gary Gilbert
The first two heats were won by 55 Sam Russell showing typical wet weather form, 14 Ellie Lawrence won heat 3, with 16 Ben Brooks taking the final round. Due to consistent high finishes Ellie started the final on pole, Sam in 2nd, with 67 Alex Ward starting 3rd, both with equal points Sam started ahead due to winning the 1st heat.
Due to kart breakage Sam had to retire on the 1st lap leaving Ellie in the lead followed by Alex in 2nd. By lap 4 Ben had fought his way up from 5th on the grid to 2nd and started to real Ellie in. Only the last lap he took the lead only for Ellie to retake it on the next corner, and crossed the line for a very popular win, followed by Ben 2nd, Alex 3rd. Junior of the day went to Sam Russell.
125cc 4 stroke Senior – sponsored by K & S Karts
Due to a large entry this class had to run split heats with drivers racing 4 out 8. This produced some very close points finishes at the top with 28 Ben Ward taking pole with 3 wins and a 2nd, followed by 54 Kevin Jackson with 2 wins & 2 2nds, and 19 George Carter with a win, 2 2nds and a 4th. Ben took a commanding win, leading from flag to flag to take the senior british championship at his first attempt, following on from his junior win last year. Kevin held 2nd, with George losing out to 17 Andrew Moore 3 laps from the end for 3rd place.
125cc 2 stroke – sponsored by PJ Lee & Sons Ltd
A good entry from this class which seems to be undergoing a revival after poor entries in recent years. Defending champion 14 Daniel Brown started on pole after 2 wins & a 2nd in the heats. He built a good lead from the start with 24 Andrew Nunn in 2nd, 57 Ryan Simmons in 3rd, until lap 8 when Ryan found a way past Andrew and started to close on the leader. But with 2 laps to go, it was just too late, Dan held on for the win, Ryan 2nd & Andrew 3rd.
250 4 stroke – sponsored by ADS Groundworks
With typically consistent finishes including 2 heat wins, 7 James Fisher took pole for the final, with 29 Harry Hensby 2nd, 59 Mark Carter starting 3rd. Harry took the lead on lap 1, which he held for 3 laps before dropping to 2nd then retiring with a puncture, not for the 1st time! A great drive by 77 Karl Fisher found him in 2nd at half distance, but he just couldn’t catch son James and this is how they finished for a Team Fisher 1-2 followed by 71 Daniel Clarke.
250 Open(2 stroke) – sponsored by I & GA Russell
Another large entry with a good number of visiting drivers meant split heats for the class. With 3 wins and a 2nd in the heats 14 Dan Brown looked in a strong position to defend his 250 title as well, but unfortunately due to kart problems couldn’t take his place on the grid. This left 21 Shaun Everard to lead them away followed by 59 Sam Harrison and 77 Aaron Keil. Sam’s title hopes were dashed, following a jump start, he was sent to the back on the restart, which he did without protest. Shaun again led the restart and never looked back, taking his 1st British Championship, not bad considering he said he had ‘no chance’ and was only there for fun. Aaron finished in 2nd, a great result in his first season in the 250. 4 Simon Brown took 3rd place despite a storming drive by Sam from the back, he just couldn’t find a way past. Sam was awarded Senior of the Day.
The top 3 from each class were presented with there trophies, and the winners with garlands hand made by Zoe Wright
Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters over the weekend, everyone who helped and competed, and many thanks to Dave ‘Buster’ Burt for working the mic on Sunday, it wouldn’t be the British without you!
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