April 30, 2012 in News
The team were at Bayford the weekend of the 21st/22nd April 2012 for round 2 of their Summer Series.
Jenson Butterfield moved up to cadets to race alongside Luke Whitehead, with Liam Carter and Oliver Appleby racing in the Clubman Class.
Liam once again dominated the qualifying by a good 3/10ths of a second with Oliver in 7th out of the 19 racing. Liam continued his reign by winning all the heats putting him on pole for the final, with Oliver moving forward finishing Heat 1 in 6th and heat 2 in 3rd giving him a fourth place start, some great racing.
Liam pulled a gap from the first lap and no-one could match his pace which he kept up until the chequered dropped with Oliver having the drive of his short racing career to date, moving up to 2nd and maintaining his position under immense pressure from two other drivers. Well done boys, 1st and 2nd steps once again for Benchmark drivers, fantastic driving.
In the cadets, Luke qualified in 3rd place and Jenson in 12th out of 15 drivers. The first heat saw Luke take the lead for a few laps under pressure, he dropped back to third but whilst challenging for 2nd again he was turned in upon and although he took avoiding action contact was made and he finished 4th. Jenson proved qualifying isn’t always the bee all….and after a great drive finished 6th.
Heat 2 saw Luke and Jenson move to the front with Luke taking the win and Jenson coming home 5th, this placed Luke on Pole for the final with team mate Jenson in third. A great race ensued, with Luke leading for most of the race, eventually he was overtaken and whilst challenging for 1st again had to take avoiding action and take to the grass twice pushing him back and eventually he was hit so hard from the rear he ended up underneath another kart and ruined his race for the second weekend running. Bitter disappointment for the 8 year old in a grid of 10-12year olds. Jenson had a great race and considering this was his first cadet race at Bayford he showed he had the pace and commitment to be a contender for the podium in the not to distant future, good driving boys.
A great weekend for the team, some great driving by all the boys and another 2 trophies for our drivers…………..Next race is Round 2 of the F6 Championship, hopefully we can replicate Round 1!!!!