Last Saturday and Sunday, the team were testing and racing at Buckmore Park.
We had 5 drivers out in Clubman and Cadet testing, 4 regulars and a test driver for the new chassis. Conditions were changing every session but we kept one step ahead and produced some great lap times across the driver’s.
Race day on Sunday was even more treacherous, with the start of the racing delayed until the clerk of the course deemed it safe.
Eventually, qualifying got underway and Jack Gillett and Luke Whitehead, our two racers for the day set about trying to qualify highly in the Honda Cadet 19 kart line-up. Luke pushed hard from the off and placed himself in 6th place with Jake a little further back in 11th.
In the first heat Luke meant business from the start and battled up to 3rd place for the flag after a great drive but Jake dropped back to 13th after struggling for grip in the slippery conditions.
At the start of the Pre Final there was a big accident which brought the red flags out and put Jake at the mercy of the stewards, who deemed him unable to continue after seeing the medics, thankfully though Jake was unhurt. The race was then restarted and Luke held 3rd place for a number of laps until he was pushed wide at the second hairpin where he dropped back to 8th for the finish. Interestingly, Luke upped his pace for this heat and set the second fastest lap time.
Final – A great start by both drivers saw Luke move up to 3rd place in the top section of the first lap and Jake stayed out of an another incident and found himself in 6th even after starting in last place (17th). Jake took full advantage of his position moving through the field and taking his team mate early on into the first hairpin under braking. From halfway through the race, Jake was running 2nd and Luke 3rd, Jake caught the leader and was battling hard for 1st place and although he managed to take the position, he lost it straight back and crossed the line in a fantastic 2nd place. Luke should have finished in 3rd place but a driver error on the penultimate lap saw him spin off into the tyres and he finally finished 11th.
After the race had finished we heard that the race winner was disqualified for causing the incident at the race start. This was later overturned to a 10 second penalty which meant both drivers moved up a place, making Jake the winner. Congratulations Jake, a great, nail biting drive right to the wire and well done for winning your first Cadet race and the first winter round at Buckmore. jake also set the fastest lap in the final which was also the fastest of the day.(all trophies were held back pendingthe outcome of the disqualification, so we will add photos at a later date.)
Our podium run gathers momentum once again and the trophies are coming fast in 2012! We are looking forward to Bayford Meadows with a 5 driver line up!