0 Plate Report
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2021 NKRA ‘O’ Plate Championship at Lydd International Raceway on 27th June
MITCHELL, WATTS, DIBLE, CLEAL, JOSEPH & GRAY TAKE THE ‘0’ PLATES IN
THE JUNIOR BLUE & FORMULA BLUE CLASSES
The 2021 Junior & Formula BLUE ‘0’ Plates took place at Lydd race circuit located down in the southeast corner of Britain. Saturday was spent in near-perfect conditions and testing had reached a high pitch of readiness. Sunday dawned fine , but clouds were looming on the horizon. Practice passed uneventfully, but then half an hour before the race programme was due to start a few rain spots were noted. These continued so that many drivers changed to ‘inter’ tyres and some to full ‘wets’! Richard Puddle, in the seniors, being the worst affected, didn’t get his ‘wets’ on in time and missed the first heat.
The resurgence in the Junior BLUE Class meant that the vacant trophy ( for 6 years), would once again be competed for. New boy Sam Mitchell was 5th fastest on Saturday, but ‘hit the ground running on Sunday dominating proceedings with only Maddie Staddon able to match him. the final, however, was so nearly a disaster for Sam, because, initially, his kart refused to start! After going through all the obvious reasons and with all the other racers having left the grid, a faulty connection ( no doubt affected by the heavy rain) was traced and he managed to get going and rejoin the slow-rolling lap. Despite an initial misfire he took and then held the lead, chased by Josh Hibbard and a rapidly improving Mitch Carpenter. Mitchell took the flag and there will now be a new name on the perpetual trophy!
By the time the Senior BLUE’s took the rolling lap for the final, the heavens had really opened up. Dave Watts, on pole, and Paul Dible opposite, had the benefit of no Karts in front throwing up water and so impairing the vision of all behind. 2nd row included Sylvain Vessier and the current number 1 Anthony Cleal. Behind these two sat multiple ‘o’ plate winner Stuart Gray , with Ben Joseph alongside. Row 4 included Sam Dible and Mike Bell. the last of the top 10 had Richard Puddle and Serita Shone ready for action. From the ‘off’, Watts took the lead, chased by Vessier. Mike Bell having forgotten his gloves !!, was ‘orange balled’ and had to leave the circuit. Taylor Waldron and Russell O’Neill made meteoric starts and were up to 8th and 9th by the end of lap one. By lap two Paul Dible had lost 2nd spot to Cleal and Joseph. Stuart Gray spun out of 6th dropping down to 17th. Robin Stoddart-Stones also dropped off track whilst in 11th reappearing in 19th spot. Lap 3 and Joseph was past Cleal. Puddle was up to 8th having passed Russell O’Neill. David Waldron accounted for Ron Shone and moved into 11th place. Lap 4 and Serita Shone was ahead of Dible, and Puddle followed her through. Next lap and Joseph was into 2nd spot and set his sights on Watts at the front. Paul Alexander passed Rob Mortimore for 13th only to ‘throw’ it off the track the next lap. By half distance, Watts was clear at the front but was being closed down by Joseph. Vessier held a clear 3rd from Cleal. Puddle had now joined that battle after passing Serita Shone. Further back, David Waldron accounted for David Goode and 10th place. Things stabilised over the next 3 laps until Vessier lost a complete side pod bar and 3rd place! A recovering Stuart Gray, from his earlier spin, was now back up to 10th position. The last 4 laps were relatively steady with Joseph having closed down Watts, but unable to make any move stick, as he suffered from fuel surge. Puddle manage to pass Cleal for 3rd place and Alexander slip past Tom Parker for 14th place. At the flag, it was David Watts ( retaining the ‘0’ Plate !!) from Ben Joseph, Richard Puddle, Anthony Cleal and Serita Shone. Serita was later to lose 5th spot with a front spoiler infringement incurred when Gray spun earlier in the race.
Once the points ( where you start plus where you finish, added) were collated the ‘0’ Plate results were as follows.
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1st Sam Mitchell 0 + 0 = 0 pts
2nd Mitch Carpenter 2 + 3 = 5 pts
3rd Josh Hibbard 5 + 2 = 7 pts
1st David Watts 0 + 0 = 0 pts
2nd Paul Dible 2 + 5 = 7 pts
3rd Ben Joseph 6 + 2 = 8 pts
4th Anthony Cleal 4 + 4 = 8 pts
5th Richard Puddle 9 + 3 = 12 pts
1st Paul Dible 0 + 3 = 3 pts
2nd Ben Joseph 4 + 0 = 4 pts
3rd Anthony Cleal 2 + 2 = 4 pts
1st Anthony Cleal 2 + 0 = 2 pts
2nd Paul Dible 0 + 2 = 2 pts
3rd Stuart Gray 3 + 3 = 6 pts
1st Stuat Gray 0 + 0 = 0 pts
2nd David Goode 3 + 2 = 5 pts
3rd Robin Stoddart-Stones 2 + 4 = 6 pts
BLUE TOP WEIGHT
1st Ben Joseph 2 + 0 = 2 pts
2nd Paul Dible 0 + 2 = 2 pts
3rd Ron Shone 3 + 3 = 6 pts
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