Club 2000, Round 7 & 8, Double Header Weekend, 4-5 September 2021
Report by Nathan Blake
Round 7: For the first day of the double-header, we saw some great racing in every class. The weather was ideal for racing; it was slightly cold but stayed dry all day.
Round 8: For the second day of the double-header, yet again, the weather stayed nice all day and the racing was close in every class.
Honda Cadet - Round 7
We had a different line-up this round with, novices, Archie-lee Bullock (14) and Harlie Cooper (82) joining the grid. Overall, we saw good competition up and down the grid between all drivers. Fastest lap was set by Teddie Cooper (79) with a 46.508 in qualifying.
In Qualifying, Kiean Sullivan (26) left the dummy grid but seemed to have his choke on. After doing a lap, Kiean pitted with his dad coming to the rescue. After that, Kiean came back out putting his kart onto the front row into 2nd. Theo Hamilton (30) had a great session qualifying in 4th ahead of the two novices.
Theo (30) spun out on the formation lap just before the grid causing the young driver to start from 6th behind the novices. With Teddie Cooper (97) running away with it, Harlie (82) and Archie (14) were close together. While they were busy battling, Theo (30) started to sneak up on them. Coming round to take the chequered flag, Archie (14) got a great run out of paddock to pass Harlie (82) on the line by 0.007s!
With Archie (14) now starting in front of Harlie (82) for the second heat, Harlie (82) was itching to get a good start and both did, putting them past Archie (14) and Kiean (26) on the first lap. Will Rogers (53) also got the start perfect as he also moved past Kiean (26) coming into the French Curve. Theo, trying to gain on the pack, made a mistake and spun around the Esses, unfortunately, pushing him further back into last. Soon after, Kiean (26) got alongside Harlie (82) past the tower but sensibly backed out. With a better opportunity this time, Kiean (26) passed Harlie (82) into the Esses. With Harlie (82) in front, Archie (14) was close behind looking for an opportunity. Coming around the Esses, Archie (14) performed a switchback onto Harlie (82) but was strongly, and fairly, squeezed out. Into Senna the next lap, Archie (14) lunged inside Harlie (82) and squeezed them on exit. A forceful but good move.
The start of heat 3 was very uniform with everybody keeping their positions. Around the Esses, Kiean (26) moved to the inside of Will (53) but was covered off and stayed behind. A lap later, Kiean (26) tried again on the Warren, passing up the inside and staying ahead. 2 laps from the end, with Teddie (79) coming to lap Harlie (82) and Theo (30), Harlie (82) heavily slowed for the blue flag accidentally letting Theo (30) past. A couple of corners later and now ahead of Harlie (82), Theo (30) was shown a blue for Kiean (26) and Will (53) to come past but he slowed down a bit too much and Harlie (82) passed to regain position.
In the final, we had a lazy start from Theo (30) on the grid. Into Senna, Archie (14) ran a little wide and spun. With nowhere else to go, Harlie (82) ran into the side of them. Both drivers were okay with no stoppage required. Throughout the race, Kiean (26) was close behind Teddie (79) waiting for an opportunity to pass. Meanwhile, Theo (30) was catching up to Harlie (82). Unfortunately, coming to the last lap, Teddie (79) celebrated a lap early with Harlie (82) passing for the lead. After realising, Teddie (79) drove hard to catch Harlie (82) but with a 4s gap, he was hoping for a miracle. With both leaders coming to lap Theo (30) and Harlie (82), Harlie, again, slowed down a little too much for the blue flags allowing Theo (30) to pass fairly for 5th.
1st – Kiean Sullivan (26)
2nd – Teddie Cooper (79)
3rd – Will Rogers (53)
4th – Archie-Lee Bullock (14)
5th – Theo Hamilton (30)
Honda Cadet - Round 8
Again, some close racing for all the cadets. In particular, Theo Hamilton (30) showed consistency and aggressiveness this round. Will Rogers (53) also showed his great defending skills. Teddie Cooper had set the fastest lap overall in heat 2 with a 46.561.
Theo Hamilton (30) put in a good qualifying performance to start in front of Harlie Cooper (82) for heat 1. Everyone had a good, clean getaway from the lights and immediately, coming into the French Curve, Harlie (82) tried the inside of Theo (30) but Theo covered well and stayed ahead. All race, Kiean Sullivan (26) was close to Teddie Cooper (79) but Teddie (79) defended well and Kiean (26) couldn’t find a way past.
For heat 2, Theo (30) started in front of Harlie (82) on the grid. As the lights went green, Theo (30) had a lazy start causing Harlie (82) to pass him before the first corner. Getting a great exit out of 180, Will Rogers (53) moved to the inside of Kiean (26) into the Warren and passed him up the back straight. A few laps from the end, Teddie (79) had a half spin coming out of Paddock and with Will (53) close behind, Teddie (79) lost the lead. However, a couple of corners later into 180, Teddie (79) lunged to the inside of Will (53) and regained his lead. Unfortunately, we saw a technical exclusion for Kiean (26) for non-compliance with engine regulations.
With Kiean (26) starting at the back for the third heat, we looked forward to seeing his recovery. Kiean (26) passed Theo (30) into Senna and before the end of the first lap, he also passed Harlie (82) by getting a great exit out of Paddock. Putting in some quick laps, Kiean (26) managed to get close to Will (53) by lap 3. On this lap, Kiean (26) got a great exit out of Paddock and passed Will (53) into the French Curve. Looking to get his position back, Will (53) attempted a move onto Kiean (26) into Senna but spun. Meanwhile, Theo (30) was catching Harlie (82) and soon enough, he was on his tail. Theo (30) looked to pass Harlie (82) onto the Warren but spun.
During the final, it was very close between Will (53) and Kiean (26). Despite Kiean (26) itching to get past all race, Will (53) showed great defending skills and kept his 2nd place finish. We also saw a beautiful move from Theo (30). Building up to it, he put in some great laps to get close to Harlie (82). With time running out, Theo (30) switched from the outside to the inside of Harlie (82) on paddock and passed just 2 laps from the end.
1st – Teddie Cooper (79)
2nd – Will Rogers (53)
3rd – Kiean Sullivan (26)
4th – Theo Hamilton (30
5th – Harlie Cooper (82)
Minimax - Round 7
Again, Alex Beale (43) was the only Minimax with us this round, joining onto the back of the Junior Rotax races. There was great consistency from the driver today, putting in a fastest lap of 42.282 set in heat 2 – 3 tenths quicker than last round. Despite a spin on Senna on the first lap of the final, Alex (43) recovered well to put some clean laps in.
1st – Alex Beale (43)
Minimax - Round 8
Again, the only minimax on the weekend was Alex Beale (43) and again, another good performance from the driver. In heat 1, Alex (43) drove well to place into a theoretical 7th in the Junior Rotax grid and even set his fastest lap of the day with a 42.300.
1st – Alex Beale (43)
Junior Rotax - Round 7
Overall, a great day of racing from these drivers with some great consistency from Matthew Copsey (97) not only finishing 1st in every race but fastest lap in each apart from Heat 3, losing out by 0.002s to Sam Cooper (45). Alfie Campbell (40) with a brilliant performance, cleanly overtaking many drivers who were unfortunate enough to have him behind. Matthew (97) also set the fastest Junior Rotax lap today with a 40.730 in the Final.
To start with, in Heat 1, Alfie Campbell (40) had a bit of a moment at the French Curve on the start. The driver ran wide and onto the grass re-joining onto the back of the pack. With his head down, Alfie (40) was determined, making some great overtakes including a great lunge on Adam White (13) into the left hander of 180 and a pass up the inside of Anthony Ward (33) around the Esses. Alfie (40) ultimately finished 6th. Elliot Reed-Hughes (95) made a great move around the Esses to pass Jenson Weston (34) up the inside. Michael Morgan (54) defended well to hold off Sam Cooper (44) until the chequered flag.
After putting in a good performance in Heat 1, Elliot (95) sadly peeled off into the pits on the first lap. With Sam (44) still looking to pass Michael (54), he performed a lovely switchback into the Warren setting up a pass up the inside around the Esses. Coming into the French Curve, Cameron Pottle (7) passed cleanly up the inside of Alex Beale (43)*. Only 40s before last lap and after a good drive gaining 3 positions, Anthony (33) sadly dropped his chain. Alfie (40), again, trying to make up from Heat 1, made a great move past Michael (54) to finish 4th.
A busy start with Jenson (34) deemed to have moved across on the rolling start however an advantage wasn’t made and no penalty was applied. This was followed by an unlucky spin by Anthony (33) and Cameron (7) on Senna. Making a position on the start, Alfie (40) was still on a charge and got very close to Jenson (34) ready to pounce. Jenson (34) held him off well and kept his spot in 2nd.
Before the race had even begun, Cameron (7) spun on the formation lap but catches the pack to keep his position. Coming into the first corner, Alex (43)* had an unfortunate spin on Senna but stayed out of harm’s way. With a great result on the way for Alfie (40), he was again desperate to find a way past the well defending Jenson (34). Coming into the Warren, Alfie (40) pulled a switchback onto Jenson (34) to pass into the Esses, however, Jenson wised up and held his position around the outside. A few laps later after some very close slipstreaming coming down to Paddock, Alfie (40)’s skill couldn’t help him as Jenson (34) dropped his chain with Alfie within touching distance behind. Jenson’s kart lost drive leaving Alfie nowhere to go but into him. Both drivers were okay.
1st – Matthew Copsey (97)
2nd – Sam Cooper (45)
3rd – Michael Morgan (54)
4th – Adam White (13)
5th – Anthony Ward (33)
Junior Rotax - Round 8
Another great day of racing from all the Junior Rotax drivers. We saw a great battle on the last lap of the final between Euan Richards (29), Cameron Pottle (7) and Alex Beale (43)*. We also witnessed a great comeback drive from novice Seamus Cox (3) to recover all of his positions lost. Matthew Copsey (97) was rapid. The driver managed to take the win in every race and taking the fastest lap in each too with his fastest being a 40.533 in heat 1.
A busy start for the first heat with novice Seamus Cox (3) picking up a B/W (Black and White) warning for some contact with Anthony Ward (33) on the first lap. After this, Seamus (3) pulled off some great overtakes to make a comeback and regain the positions he lost on the first lap. Going back to the first lap, Jenson Weston (34) had a good start, exchanging positions with Michael Morgan (54) to move up to 4th.
A mostly clean start this time with the exception of Jenson (34) crossing the track before the start line resulting in a B/W warning and a 5s penalty. A few drivers exchanged positions on the start but this heat was mostly uneventful. On the 5th lap, Alfie Campbell (40) initiated a switchback onto Sam Cooper (44) from the Warren up to the Esses to take 2nd. A few laps later, Cameron Pottle (7) ran wide into Senna and with Anthony (33) and Alex Beale (43)* close behind, they passed.
We saw a great start from Jenson (34) this time with the driver passing both Michael (54) and Alfie (40) by the end of the first lap. Cameron (7) also passed 2 drivers by the first lap, namely Alex (43)* and Anthony (33). However, onto the 2nd lap, Anthony (33) took his position back from Cameron (7). On lap 4, we saw an unfortunate spin for Jenson (34) with Alfie (40) being collected, resulting in the drivers sharing 9th and 10th respectively. After regaining his composure, Jenson (34) passed Cameron (7) and Alex (43)* in quick succession with Alfie (40) following soon after. Just 2 laps from the end, Alfie (40) lunged inside Jenson (34) into Senna and stayed ahead.
Again, another great start from Jenson (34) with the driver making it up into 3rd before the end of the first lap. After exchanging positions with Seamus Cox (3), Euan Richards (29) ran into the back of Seamus (3) coming into 180 and spun. This, unfortunately, dropped Euan (29) into last. Soon after, the driver passed Alex (43)*. A lap later, Sam (44) got past Jenson (34) following a great exit out of Paddock. Coming up to the last lap, a great battle came from Cameron (7), Euan (29) and Alex (43)*. Euan (29) managed to squeeze ahead of Cameron (7) coming into 180 but Cameron pulled a switchback to have the inside into the Warren. However, Cameron (7) got a poor exit and with Alex (43)* close behind, Alex (43)* pulled alongside Cameron (7) up the back straight. With Cameron’s (7) kart staying ahead into the Esses, Alex (43)* backed out leaving the finishing order of the three to be Euan (29), Cameron (7) and Alex (43)*.
1st – Matthew Copsey (97)
2nd – Alfie Campbell (40)
3rd – Sam Cooper (44)
4th – Jenson Weston (34)
5th – Michael Morgan (54)