Club 2000, Round 10, 6 November 2021
Report by Nathan Blake
The weather was typically British - It was grey and overcast all day. Coming up to the late afternoon, the rain was extremely light up until the last race where it, unsurprisingly, came tumbling down.
Joshua “Bomber” Smith (E) returned to Red Lodge this round wearing his E plate after winning the
English championship. We had a bigger grid this round with a total of 8 Cadets racing. Joshua (E) took the fastest lap of everyone with a 46.721 set in heat 3. Logan Howes (56) returned to Club 2000 after a very long hiatus and proved he still knew the track well, taking 3rd twice - ahead of championship leader, Will Rogers (53).
To be honest, the start was quite messy. Arthur Pharoah (24), Theo Hamilton (30) and Will Rogers (53) all picked up 10s penalties for jumping the start. However, it was clean coming into Senna. Into 180, Harlie Cooper (82) looked up the inside of Theo (30) and the pair spun. Just a few laps later, Theo (30) got back at Harlie (82) and passed him for 7th. Another lap later, after losing a position to him on the start, Will (53) passed Logan Howes (56) for 3rd.
This time around, the start was much better. Into the first corner, everybody had slotted into their own positions and stayed exactly where they started. Moving onto lap 2, Will (53) went for a move inside Logan (56) on Senna and passed for 3rd. Unfortunately, Will (53) then made a mistake and Logan (56) was let back through within a lap. On lap 4, we saw Archie-lee Bullock (14) clip the tyres at the end of the straight and Arthur (24) pull off on Senna complaining of an injured arm. With the batten-berg flag out, the paramedic headed out to make sure Arthur (24) was okay. Before anybody had got to him, Archie-lee (14) had driven off. Once we had made sure everyone was okay, it was green flagged and we continued the racing. On the last lap Will (53) went for a move on Logan (56) and made it stick to take 3rd.
Again, another clean start. Arthur (24) had a very good few opening laps and passed 3 drivers in 3 laps to take 5th. He even passed Harlie (82) all the way around the outside on Senna. After this, Harlie (82), Archie-lee (14) and Theo (30) had formed a train as the trio were fighting so close together. On the last lap, Archie-lee (14) had a spin on the Warren and Theo (30) who was close behind, had nowhere to go and the pair tangled.
For our last race of the day, the rain decided to fall. After being declared open, all the cadets opted for the intermediate tyres, mitigating any risk. On the first lap, coming out of Senna, Arthur (24) spun and with Archie-lee (14) and Theo (30) close behind, they got held up leaving Harlie (82) to inherit 6th. A lap later, Teddie (79) pulled a beautiful switchback on Will (53) but another lap later, Will (53) retaliated with a deep lunge on Senna. Again, Teddie (79) behind, pulled another switchback to get ahead of Will (53). Still fighting, Will (53) lunges Teddie (79) into Senna but this time, he ran too deep and began to look vulnerable to Logan (56). On the next lap, Logan (56) took the wet line on 180 around the outside of Will (53) but sadly, Will (53) slipped and spun on the slippery dry line. However, Will (53) put his head down and gained a second per lap on Logan (56). On the final corner of the final lap, Will (53) was directly behind. He braked early, took a late apex and pulled alongside Logan (56)! However, he was just 0.083s shy of 3rd.
1st – Joshua Smith (E)
2nd – Teddie Cooper (79)
3rd – Logan Howes (56)
4th – Will Rogers (53)
5th – Arthur Pharoah (24)
Alex Beale (43) was alone again this round and the driver put in a good, consistent performance. Again, Alex (43) never was the cause of any problems and kept his head down, gaining experience and track time for when he (I assume) moves up to Junior Rotax. He also set his fastest lap in qualifying with a 42.222.
1st - Alex Beale (43)
A bigger than usual plume of smoke was spotted from the back of Anthony Ward’s (33) Rotax in practice and, after qualifying, it was suspected that the head gasket had gone, unfortunately resulting in no racing for the driver. Sam Cooper (44) was very aggressive in all the right ways, putting pressure on anyone ahead. Cameron Pottle (7), Adam White (13) and Euan Richards (29) were each having some great battles too which were a pleasure to watch. Sam (44) also set the fastest lap with a 40.975 in heat 2.
After snapping his track rod in qualifying, Adam White (13) had the misfortune of starting last on the grid. Coming around Senna on the first lap, Cameron Pottle (7) got too close to the rear of Michael Morgan (54) and tapped him around, resulting in a B/W warning. Elliott Reed-Hughes (95) soon took the lead from Sam Cooper (44) with Jenson Weston (34) following. Into the Esses, Jenson (34) took the inside and passed Elliott (95). Looking to take some positions back, Sam (44) took the inside out of the Esses down to Paddock and passed Elliott (95). Meanwhile, Cameron Pottle (7) was defending well from Euan Richards (29) pressuring behind. A few laps from the end though, Euan (29) went for a gap into the entry of the Esses and stayed ahead of Cameron (7).
For the second heat, Sam (44) had a slow start leaving Elliott (95) to inherit 2nd. However, coming out of Senna, Elliott (95) had a half-spin and dropped back behind Sam (44). Coming out of the last corner, Elliott (95) drifted wide and couldn’t avoid the tyres adjacent to Pit Lane 1. Fortunately, he was okay but sadly he bent his chassis on impact. Meanwhile, Cameron (7) and Adam (13) were having a good fight. Impressively, Adam (13) found a gap to the inside of Cameron (7) into the Esses, this took Cameron (7) by surprise. The pair banged wheels and Adam (13) fairly stayed ahead.
It was a clean start again and straight away, Sam (44) was on the back of Jenson (34). After lap 2 there was a second between the pair but as he put his head down, the gap was brought down to 0.2s by the end. Even with his pace, Sam (44) couldn’t get past Jenson (34) who was defending well. Again, Cameron (7) and Adam (13) were close together but with Cameron (7) defending hard, Adam (13) couldn’t find a gap to pass. Even when Cameron (7) had a moment coming out of Senna, he held it well and kept Adam (13) behind.
On the start, Cameron (7) found his way past Euan (29) up to the first corner. Euan (29) was late on the brakes and slightly tapped the rear of Cameron (7). Still looking for a way past a few laps later, Euan (29) loaded up the back of Cameron (7) around the Esses and sent him round resulting in a B/W warning. Meanwhile, Sam (44) again was close to the back of Jenson (34). At the French curve, he moves from the outside to the inside into Senna but can’t get enough alongside Jenson (34) to make it stick.
1st – Jenson Weston (34)
2nd – Sam Cooper (44)
3rd – Michael Morgan (54)
4th – Euan Richards (29)
5th – Adam White (13)
Oliver Bowen (55) drove very well and hauled maximum points. Luke Bate (95) had a good couple of battles including an amazing dash to the line at the end of heat 1. He also managed to set the fastest lap of everyone with a 41.973 in heat 2. The rain in the final took all the drivers by surprise but they managed it well on their slick tyres and fought hard un