O’NEILL WINS THE FINAL BUT CLEAL WINS THE DAY
It has taken 11 years but Russell O’Neill has finally won a competitive Final.
In the opening round of the 2 Counties Club Championship, held at Forest Edge in March, O’Neill put his kart down on 3rd spot for the Final. The reigning No1 , for Formula BLUE, Anthony Cleal was predictably on Pole Position, with last years No5, Mike Bell opposite.
At the start, Cleal took the lead but O’Neill out muscled Bell to follow Cleal through the pit complex of bends. Knowing he would have but one chance in the race, O’Neil out braked Cleal at the end of the fist straight to slot into the lead. Cleal, despite applying absolute pressure, was unable to regain the lead up to the flag. O’Neill took the chequered flag in a jubilant manner, but it was Anthony Cleal with a pole and 2nd, set of points, who won the race weekend from Russell O’Neill. 3rd spot was claimed by Mike Bell with Paul Alexander and David Goode finishing in equal 4th place on the day.
In the Master sub-section, Cleal and O’Neill share the lead from Alexander and Goode in equal 3rd spot.
Anthony Cleal also leads the Veteran group, once again from Paul Alexander and David Goode. Goode, however, heads the Legend sub-class, with Ron shone and Mike Watts bringing up the rest of the podium.
In the Top Weight category, it is Paul Dible who heads the list with a Pole to flag win. shone and Watts again taking up the next 2 places. last year’s Champion, Rob Mortimore, unfortunately having a disastrous day, has left himself a lot to do in the remaining rounds.
The Formula BLUE grid now switches it’s attention to the NKRA and BLUE Challenge rounds, at Clay Pigeon on 8th March.
The next round of the 2CKC Championship is scheduled for August 2nd at the Forest Edge Circuit.
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