Following a 3 month lay-off, the 2 Counties Club Championship programme got underway again, now with the inclusion of a Junior Blue grid, still in its infancy. Sam Mitchell won the Junior Blue class from pole, asserting his authority on the grid. second on the day was Rhys Read with Jamie Dart 3rd. The Championship table now has Mitchell in the lead followed by Read, with Dart and Josh Hibbard in equal 3rd position.
In the Formula Blue class Anthony Cleal continues with his winning ways, but not without absolute competition. Sylvan Vessier swapped the lead with him and finished a mere 0.25 seconds behind. Russell O’Neill made up the pressure group in 3rd place, a mere 0.27 seconds behind, but taking fastest lap in the process. In the Championship Cleal increases his lead by a few points from Russell O’Neill with Mike Bell in 3rd spot. the next 2 places are made up of Serita Shone and Vessier.
Cleal also won the Blue Master sub-grid from O’Neill. 3rd on the day was Paul Alexander. these 3 also, coincidentally, make up the top 3 in the Club Championship, followed by David Goode and Steve Groves.
The Blue Veteran section was also won by Cleal, though it was Alexander and Nigel Vickery who followed him home. In the Championship table, Cleal leads from Alexander, Goode, Groves and Kevin O’Neill.
In the last of the age category sub-classes, it was Goode who won from O’Neill with Ron Shone 3rd. In the overall standings, it is now Goode from O’Neill then Shone, Stoddart-Stones and Hartshorne.
Ron Shone turned the Top weight group around courtesy of his win from Rob Mortimore and Mark Cook. Shone now leads the table, from Mortimore, Billy Thomas, Cook and Shears.
The class now concentrates on the NKRA Grande Finals at the Clay Pigeon Raceway on October 10th before returning to Mansell for the penultimate Club round on October 31st.
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Russell O’Neill forges on ( with a 20 points tally) to collecting the £ 500 1st prize. Serita shone with an 18 points total moves up to 2nd place, 1 point ahead of Anthony Cleal. David Goode stays in 4th place but Mike Bell displaces Ben Joseph for the last of the ‘money’ positions of £ 100 in 5th position.
The next scoring round is at the Grande Finals on October 10th at the Clay Pigeon Raceway.
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Results page or PLEASE CLICK HERE
Tabor Karting will be in attendance, as usual, with their mobile shop at the Mansell Raceway on September 25th & 26th, for the Club round, which includes the Two Counties Club Champs round 3.
Competitors requiring Tyres/spares for all classes, for this event, please order and purchase your requirements in advance prior to 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd September, for delivery/collection at the circuit on the race weekend.
Telephone 01305 774074
Thanks, See you there and in the meantime take care and stay safe!
Competitors are advised, that entries are now open for the NKRA Grande Finals at Clay Pigeon, on October 10th. There will be practice for those who wish it, on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of October. The Sunday race can be entered on the Clay Pigeon Club website, the link for entries is at the foot of this news brief. The entry list for Junior and Formula Blue will close at Midnight on Saturday, October 2nd. There will be NO late entries.
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NKRA GRANDE FINALS 2021
On 10th October 2021 – at the Clay Pigeon Raceway
Additional (1) Supplementary Regulations for NKRA Grande Final Competitors in the Junior Blue and Formula Blue Classes
*To complement post-race scrutineering and to ensure compliance with the requirement for Marked Parts and Sequential numbering, a Formula Blue specific additional Scrutineering Card will be issued, where the sequentially numbered parts must be listed against the engine(s) in use.
The sequentially numbered parts are:
CLUTCH DRUM; CLUTCH; CYLINDER; PISTON; IGNITION (ROTOR & STATOR); ECU.
This will be extra to the standard scrutineering procedure, as per the host club, and must be presented to the scrutineer before the start of the heats.( i.e. pre. Race) . If during the meeting the information becomes incorrect (eg: one changes the clutch) the scrutineers must be informed.
( eg: Go see the scrutineer and change the details)
In the event of the scrutineer requiring sight of the sequential marking and numbering, it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that the markings are visible. In the case of the Piston head (if a carbon-producing oil is used), the competitor will be allowed to scrape any carbon deposit off to reveal the official marking and numbering.
The cards will be available from TABOR prior to the race meeting.
* Covid 19 restrictions may apply to these regulations at the time of the event.
Additional (2) Supplementary Regulations for NKRA Grande Final Competitors
- The following NKRA classes are accepted for the meeting – Junior Blue and Formula Blue.
- There will be 4 Heats and a Final. Grid positions will be computer-generated, to produce equality in the heats.
- Entries for the meeting will open on the issue of these regulations and close 7 days prior to the event, on Saturday 2nd of October
( midnight) . Late entries will not be accepted.
- Withdrawal after the closing date will result in the full entry fee being charged. Withdrawal before the closing date will result in a £ 20 admin charge.
- NKRA trophies will be awarded, Regional and Grande Final, at the Trophy presentation event on 27th November. Trophies on the day ( first over the line) as per Clay Pigeon Kart Club regulations.
- TYRES: as per MSA regulations (For Junior Blue and Formula Blue, for details – please view race class page on www. planetkarting.co.uk). Tyres are limited to one dry set per meeting. Wet tyres are unrestricted. Junior Blue and Formula Blue Tyres will be by compulsory controlled purchase and will be available for collection at the circuit on Saturday afternoon. The exact time and area for collection to be notified at the event. Tyres collected on Saturday must be returned to the area as designated on the day, in a secure named tyre bag, and deposited between 5. 30 pm and 6.30 pm on Saturday evening. Sunday – these tyres will be available for collection on Sunday morning between 8.00 am – 8.30 am.
- Post-race scrutineering will take place, however, if deemed necessary by the scrutineer, the first 3 will be taken to the importers for a more detailed inspection by the eligibility scrutineer. The driver, or an elected representative, will be able to be present. In this event, all results, announced on the day, are deemed provisional until all aspects of scrutineering are completed.
* Restrictions due to Covid 19 may apply to these regulations at the time of the event.
Continuing on from the previous round, Sam Mitchell dominated the Junior Blue final round at Forest Edge. Scoring 0 points with a lights to flag win he claimed the reinstated Junior Blue Challenge 1st place overall. Behind him, Rhys Read took 2nd overall with Jamie Dart taking 3rd place.
In the Formula Blue class, Anthony Cleal also took a minimum of points to win. His win, however, was not uncontested! Taylor Waldron, back from University, pushed him all the way, finishing a mere 0.62 seconds behind. 3rd place on the day was Russell O’Neill on 6 points, with Ben Joseph 4th on 8 points. 5th overall was Billy Thomas on 12 points.
The drive of the day had to go to Rich Puddle who, having run-in on Saturday had a series of issues during the heats, not least of which was starting at the bak, a consequence of a late entry. In the Final, he started 17th and then stormed through to finish 5th with an equal fastest lap of the Final! In the Championship standings, Cleal is the clear victor. Mike Bell having DNF’d in the Final, lost the 2nd Series place to Russell O’Neill, with Ben Joseph snatching 3rd. Serita Shone finished 5th overall.
In the Blue Master sub-class, it was Anthony Cleal again the victor from Russell O’Neill and Ben Joseph, with Billy Thomas in 4th and Paul Alexander in 5th. the Championship win goes to Cleal from O’Neill, Joseph, Alexander with rob Mortimore finishing in 5th place.
Cleal again takes the Blue Veteran group from Alexander and Mortimore. David Goode finishes 4th by 1 point, with David Waldon 7 points adrift.
Goode did, however, take the Legend section, having led it for most of the year. 2nd overall goes to Kevin O’Neill from Ron Shone.
Ben Joseph was in stunning form in the Blue Top Weight sub-class, winning both the Final plus the day with 0 points and the overall Championship on only 16 points, after 7 rounds. 2nd on the day was Billy Thomas, who secured 4th place in the Championship. Mortimore was 3rd on the day allowing him to become the Championship runner-up, from Ron Shone.
With the Blue Challenge completed, for this season, drivers have 5 weeks before the Grande Finals scheduled to be held at the Clay Pigeon Raceway on 10th October. Before then, however, is round 2 of the Two Counties Club Championships. this will take place on September 26th at Mansell Raceway.
For more details and results of the Formula Blue & Junior Blue Challenge PLEASE CLICK HERE
To enter for the next 2 Counties round at Mansell Raceway PLEASE CLICK HERE
Another clear win for Russell O’Neill. Scoring 22 points at Forest Edge on 5th September has allowed him to further extend his lead in the Tabor Championship. 2nd on the day was Serita Shone with 18 points, which in turn cements her 3rd place overall, behind Anthony Cleal who finished 3rd on the day. Returnee to the racing scene Taylor Waldron, scored a very creditable 16 points moving him up to equal 11th from 14th. Ben Joseph and David Goode took 4th and 5th with 14 points and 13 points respectively. Goode and Joseph, in the process, moved up to 4th and 5th in the Tabor in the Championship, demoting Mike Bell, who unfortunately had a DNF in the final.
Racing customers who had to organise around a back-to-back pair of race meetings, now have a 3-week gap before the net scoring round at Mansell on 10th October.
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Sam Mitchell won, in dominant style, the Junior Blue Challenge round 7 at Mansell Raceway, on August 29th, with a Pole to Flag 0 points win. Rhys Read with 4 points finished 2nd and Josh Hibbard was 3rd on 6 points. With one round to go Mitchell now has an 11 points lead over Read with Jamie Dart in 3rd place overall.
Anthony Cleal in formula Blue also won with 0 points. 2nd was Ben Joseph on 5 points with another Welsh competitor Billy Thomas in 3rd, scoring 7 points. Several of the top half of the competition were unable to race due to recovering from minor surgery (non-karting related !). Sadly for Syvain Vessier, he had tested positive for Coronavirus in the week before and was unable to compete, we all wish Sylvain a full and speedy recovery. Front runners David Watts, Sam Dible and Rich Puddle did not enter and as a consequence have slid down the overall positions in the Championship.
Going into the Final round, Cleal has an unassailable lead ( attendance and exclusion permitting). Mike Bell has moved up into 2nd place followed by Russell O’Neill, Joseph and Serita shone.
In the Blue Master sub-section, Cleal takes the win on the day with zero points, Joseph was 2nd with 5 points. Russell O’Neill and Thomas claim equal 3rd spot with 7 points. In the standing, it is Cleal from O’Neill, Joseph, David Goode and Rob Mortimore.
Cleal, again, takes a zero point win in the Blue Veteran sub-class. Kevin O’Neill takes 2nd place on 5 points with Paul Alexander and David Waldron sharing 3rd spot with 9 points. David Goode came in 5th, 1 point behind.
Overall, Cleal remains in the lead followed by Goode, Alexander, Mortimore and David Waldron.
Kevin O’Neill was in stunning form in the Blue Legend group with a clear pole-to-flag win. 2nd place went to Goode on 4 points followed by Ron Shone on 6 points and Mark cook on 8 points. In the overall standings, Goode holds the lead by 7 points from O’Neill. Shone stays in 3rd place, 13 points adrift.
In the Blue Top Weight sub-class, Joseph won with Zero points followed by Thomas on 4 points. Mortimore and Shone finished equal 3rd on 7 points. It is Joseph who sits in the overall lead in the championship with Mortimore in 2nd position. Ron Shone remains in 3rd with Thomas and Paul Dible making up the top 5.
The Blue Challenge now moves on to Forest Edge for the Final Round of the Championship, at the Forest Edge Circuit, on September 5th. Pressure is on with only a 7 day, back-to-back, turnaround timetable. An added bit of pressure is the knowledge that there is a 100 point non-droppable penalty for non-attendance at this last round of the Championship.
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Following the opening up of ticket availability, after the August 29th drivers reserved date, ticket purchases have now soared to where there are now only 14 tickets left in total!
Drivers are reminded that, as per the Championship regulations, winners must be present at the presentation ceremony to collect any awards won during 2021.
These will include:
NKRA numbers ( Junior and Formula Blue)
‘0’ Plates ( Junior and Formula Blue)
2 COUNTIES – Championship ( Junior and Formula Blue ) and special awards ( all club members)
TABOR – Championship ( all competitors)
S.W. England ( junior Blue)
If there are any competitors who have not yet ordered their tickets, please contact Julie Shone Tel. 01305 774074 with all haste, before it is too late.
See you at the next round