Club 2000 | Round 10 | 3 September 2022
It was another busy round and we were joined by SARS (Suffolk Accident Rescue Service) and the Mod160 Prokarts. Ex-Club2000 driver, Ollie Handley was a special guest, too, and he brought along his Racing Mini as a little exhibition. The atmosphere was great and so was the weather.
It was an epic round for the cadets with 20 entrants in total. Even with a packed grid, we saw some top-tier racing from all. Teddie Cooper (79) extended his lead of the championship and is now 176pts clear of Alfie Rich (27). It's still very close from 4th to 6th where just eight points separate them.
It was a great day for Theo Hamilton (30) who took his first podium and he stayed there from heat 1 to the final. Up there with him was Lewis Riley (90) who started the day strong with two second-place finishes. In the third heat, he spun coming around the Esses and, when he slotted back into the pack, he was down in ninth. Ethan Okoro (34), who found himself just ahead of Lewis (90), defended well and kept him behind him until the end. Theo (30) started second ahead of Lewis (90) for the final and had a great getaway from the grid to remain second. Coming around the esses, Lewis (90) found a gap and went for it to take second from Theo (30). The pair raced closely until the end, where Lewis (90) finished just 0.2s ahead.
Benjamin Lorne (80) showed a vast improvement compared to his last visit, improving his mean average finishing position from 10 to 4.5. He knocked four tenths off on his last lap of qualifying which placed him third in heat one. Within the first lap though, Theo (30) passed him and remained ahead until the end of the race.
Teddie Cooper | Qualifying | 46.544s
1st – Teddie Cooper (79)
2nd – Lewis Riley (90)
3rd – Theo Hamilton (30)
4th – Will Archer (66)
5th – Benjamin Lorne (80)
We had a fair few drivers who were brand new to Club2000 this round yet the standard of driving remained clean and respectful - there wasn't even a single dropped bumper throughout the day! Jenson Weston (34) looks set to win the championship at this rate, with the only thing that, runner-up, Sam Cooper (44) could hope for is a well-timed retirement or two.
We had to bid our farewells to Alex Beale (43) who enjoyed his last ever round before moving away. In heat 2, Alex (43), Will Rogers (53) and Ben Bourne (12) had a tangle coming around Paddock just before the first racing lap which caused the red flags to come out. The drivers were okay but Ben (12) was the only driver able to make the start. Now starting 13th in the third heat, Alex (43) put his head down and climbed up to fifth after passing two karts on the last lap. He started twelfth in the final and you could see the determination and passion he was putting into his last race. He made some brilliant moves and worked his way up to fifth to finish off an emotional day.
Euan Richards (29) had a rather emotional day, too, but they were all good emotions, considering he took his first win at Club2000. He drove well and stayed on the top step all day, being mostly unchallenged for the lead. He almost had the fastest lap in every race apart from heat 1, when Elliot Reed-Hughes (95) was on a big push to catch him from second place.
Euan Richards (29) | Qualifying | 40.512s
1st – Matthew Copsey (97)
2nd – Jenson Mason (85)
3rd – Jenson Weston (34)
4th – Jason Ducis (16)
5th – Seamus Cox (79)