Competitors are advised that entries are now open for the TWO COUNTIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 and the MATTHEW PERCY MEMORIAL TROPHY RACE (re-arranged from 2020) at the Clay Pigeon Raceway on 13th June ( Juniors Blue 12th June)
There will be practice, on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June.
The Sunday race is entered for on the Clay Pigeon Club web link. (The link for entries is also at the foot of this news brief) Friday & Saturday practice is entered for at the circuit on the day.
The entry list for Formula Blue will close at midnight, on Saturday 5th June. Late entries may be accepted, however, if accepted, they will be placed at the back of the grid for all heats.
Please check the Clay Pigeon website for specific Covid requirements that may relate to this race meeting.
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It was a meeting where everything ( bar snow) was thrown at the competitors for round 3 of the NKRA run Formula Blue Challenge. Clay Pigeon Kart Club excelled in putting together a race meeting where everyone had to comply with face masks/helmets, social distancing between competitors and mechanics, plus many other Corona-virus restrictions. Add to this the weather, where changes of wind speed, plus dry and wet track conditions made for as testing a round for the Blue Challenge as could be created !
The Heats threw up quite a variety of racing and results, some predictable from last years’ seeded drivers, yet with other stunning results from new entrants and class transfer racers. The tricky conditions caught out drivers who, having slid off the circuit, lost position and in the worst cases chains.
The grid announcement, for the Final, caused a few sharp intakes of breath. Ex MAX racer, Sylvian Vessier, had taken pole position. Opposite him was Michael Bell, still grappling with the handling of his different make kart. Row 2 would include another MAX transferee, Billy Thomas, who was the first of a strong Welsh contingent. Alongside was Anthony Cleal, the current number 1. Row 3 saw Russell O’Neill with Paul Alexander on grids 5 & 6. Just out of novices, Phil Shears, made his own statement on grid 7, with Rob Mortimore next to him. Chris Underhill and Nigel Vickery made up the top 10 on the grid. A little behind was Ben Joseph on grid 13, who for the first time during the day would not be starting on the back of the grid. His back-row start position in every heat, a consequence of a late entry.
As the grid took to the race circuit for the Final it started to spit with rain, which caught a few of the drives out. Spins from Vessier, Cleal, Goode, Underhill and Alexander all added to the excitement of the race. Russell O’Neill took advantage of these slip-ups and took the lead, which he held to the end. Not satisfied with the lead and eventual win, he pushed hard enough to record the fastest lap in the process. Cleal recovered to finish 2nd , followed by Bell and Thomas. Vessier also recovered from his little ‘off’ to take 5th over the line. Joseph charged through from 13th on the grid to finish 6th followed by an equally charging Robin Stoddart-Stones. Drive of the day, other than the trophy winners, had to be Adrian Helps. From a grid start of 18, he worked his way through to 9th.
In the overall standings, David Watts, by using up his drop option, still maintains the lead from Cleal, who moves up from 4th. The great result of O’Neill promotes him from 8th up to 3rd. Rich Puddle, also using his drop option slips 1 place to 4th overall. Mike Bell, following a consistent race moves up from 9th to 5th with Thomas, the first of the Welsh boys, behind in 6th spot.
In the Master sub-class, Russell O’Neill and Billy Thomas share the win with 3 points each, with Anth Cleal coming in 3rd on 4 points. Overall, O’Neill takes the lead followed by Thomas and Cleal.
It is Anth Cleal who, with pole position and a win, takes the veteran section. Equal second with 7 points was Rob Mortimore and Paul Alexander. Cleal takes the overall lead from Kevin O’Neill and Rob Mortimore.
Robin Stoddart-Stones wins the Blue Legend group, with 5 points, from Chris Underhill on 6 points. Three drivers share 3rd spot, namely Kevin O’Neill, David Goode, and Ron Shone, all with 7 points. In the standings, Kevin O’Neill retains his lead, though David Goode is now the chaser in 2nd place. Ron shone and Chris Underhill share 3rd overall place.
The last sub-group, the Top Weights, is in the full control of Billy Thomas. His lights to flag win, scoring 0 points, extends his lead over Rob Mortimore and Ben Joseph.
The Formula Blue Challenge now has a 7-week break before Round 4 at Lydd (in south Kent).
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Mike Bell capitalised on the absence of the previous leader, Serita shone, (whose work commitment forced her non-attendance) to take the lead in the £1,500 prize fund Championship.
Russell O’Neill finally overcame his early season’s run of bad luck and won at Clay Pigeon elevating him from 7th to 2nd a mere point behind Bell !
Kevin, father of Russell, continued with his good form and slots into 4th place, 2 points behind the non-scoring Serita.
In 5th spot, last of the money positions is Billy Thomas from Wales, who is in his first season racing in Formula Blue.
The Championship scoring rounds now take a one-month break until June 13th at Clay Pigeon.
For more results and details please visit the Tabor Championship menu on the www.planetkarting.uk website, or CLICK HERE
Tabor Karting will be in attendance, with their mobile shop at the Clay Pigeon Raceway on the 7th, 8th & 9th Maym for the Club meeting, including the Wessex Champs and the Formula BLUE Challenge 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 5th May, for delivery/collection at the circuit on the race weekend.
Telephone 01305 774074
Thanks, See you there and in the meantime please stay safe !
Rhys Read takes another time trail win in Round 2 of the Junior Blue Challenge. The re-arranged event took place at Clay Pigeon on May 1st on a lovely sunny day with only one mid-day shower capable of affecting proceedings, itt very quickly blow over making very little difference to the outcome. It was the 4th session that made the impact with the best times, the first two both posted their fastest times during that period. In the end, it was Rhys taking the win followed by Jamie Dart, Josh Hibbard and Rudie Morten. As a side note, Maddie Staddon made fantastic progress during the day and it won’t be long until we see her scoring points.
The next time trial for Junior Blue takes place at Llandow on Saturday, May 15th.
For more details and results please view the Results page on the planetkarting.uk website, or CLICK HERE
Back in action after a horrible Covid affected winter, Stuart Gray was finally able to travel south of the Scottish border. He was rewarded by a lovely weekend, where the sun filled the sky for both Saturday and Sunday, well worthy of the travel south. Then, to cap it all he had a stunning day gaining both pole and the eventual win in round 2 of the NKRA Blue Challenge. 2nd overall was David Watts recording opposite pole and 3rd in the Final. Anthony Cleal, the current number 1 finished 3rd with 6 points from a grid 4 start and a 2nd place finish. Russell O’Neill, having gained place 3 on the grid, and posted the fastest lap time of the weekend, suffered a second lap tyre puncture and had to retire from the Final.
In the Master sub-class, Gray once again scored minimum points from his pole and win. He was followed by Cleal on 5 points and Nigel Vickery on 8 points. It is Gray who also leads the Championship from O’Neill and Billy Thomas.
Gray also won the Veteran group, again from Cleal and Vickery. In the overall standings, Gray leads the field from David Waldron and Cleal.
The last of the age related sub-classes, Legend, was again won by Gray with pole and 1st over the line. He was followed by Kevin O’Neill on 4 points and David Goode on 6 points. It is Kevin O’Neill, however, who leads this section from Gray by virtue of O’Neill’s better drop option. Goode takes up 3rd place overall.
Billy Thomas won the last of the sub-groups, namely the Top weight group. He won the race from Pole! Behind, came Rob Mortimore with 4 points and Ron Shone on 6 points. Overall Thomas extends his lead with 0 points and a drop of 0 points. Second in the standings is Mortimore on 4 points with Ben Joseph on 5 points.
The class now has 2 weeks to recover and prepare for round 3 at Clay Pigeon, thereafter there is a 5 week lay off before round 4.
The Juniors have a slightly different timetable and will next be in action on Saturday, May 1st at the Clay Pigeon Circuit.
For more results and details please view the results page on www.planetkarting.uk website, or CLICK HERE
‘Miss arrive and Drive’, Serita Shone, extended her early lead in the Tabor Championship, round 2, held at Mansell Raceway on 25th April. This was helped by the unfortunate failure of Russell O’Neill to finish the Final, due to a second lap puncture. Mike Bell made the most of issues by others to move up into 2nd place, with Kevin O’Neill a point behind in 3rd place. Billy Thomas, the leading Welsh competitor, takes up position in 4th, 1 point ahead of David Goode and Rob Mortimore. The next scoring round for the Juniors are on May 1st , both at the Clay Pigeon Raceway. For the Senior Blues, it is May 9th at Clay Pigeon.
For more details, results, and positions please view the results page on the www.planetkarting website or CLICK HERE
Tabor, in conjunction with R. O’Neill, will have several Junior Blue Karts available at Clay Pigeon Raceway on Saturday 1st May, for a free test drive. There will be a £5 insurance charge per driver, payable to the race circuit prior to track use. These free tests will comprise of up to 10 laps on the day, between 10.am and 4pm.
It is envisaged that there could be an enthusiastic uptake on this offer. Therefore, as available track time will be allocated, it is recommended to make contact in advance, to secure a track time slot.
PLEASE RING TABOR ON 01305 774074, Please note that anti-Coronavirus procedures will still be in place. Whereas alcohol hand sanitizers will be freely available ( provided by TABOR). All persons and participants will be required to wear a face mask at all times and adhere to the social distancing rules as per the Government roadmap.
Competitors are advised that entries are now open for the NKRA FORMULA BLUE CHALLENGE ROUND 3 and the WESSEX CHAMPIONSHIPS at the Clay Pigeon Raceway on May 8th & 9th.
There will be practice, for those who wish it, on Friday May 7th.
The BLUE CHALLENGE will take place Sunday (9th) and the WESSEX CHAMPS on May 8th & 9th. The Saturday Race and the Sunday race can be entered for on the Clay Pigeon Club web link. The link for entries is also at the foot of this news brief. Friday practice is entered for at the circuit on the day.
The entry list for Junior & Formula Blue will close at midnight, on Saturday May 1st. Competitors are reminded that class numbers may reach the event limit, as is currently the case for round 2 at Mansell on April 25th. To ensure inclusion, all ‘Blue’ competitors are advised to enter the race meeting early.
Please check the Clay Pigeon website for specific Covid requirements that relate to this race meeting. .TO ENTER PLEASE CLICK HERE
Following a harrowing winter period in full lockdown, which required the re-arrangement of the scheduled March opener, round 1 of the Blue Challenge took place at the Clay Pigeon Raceway on April 11th.
For the first time in several years, a Junior Blue grid was included. Here the newbies fought it out using lap times to determine the eventual winner. Throughout the series of timed sessions, the times were gradually lowered and indeed the eventual fastest took the lead in the very last session, with Rhys Staddon winning from Jamie Dart and Rudie Morten.
In the near capacity, Formula Blue grid ( 3 drivers were still under covid traveling restrictions) , an incredible weekend practice and racing took place. The grid included the top ten drivers from 2020, plus seven new drivers including four novices. Three different drivers took Heat wins, namely, Anthony Cleal, Richard Puddle and Dave Watts.
On-grid for the Final was Dave Watts on Pole, with Russell O’Neill sat alongside. The 2nd row had Rich Puddle and Serita Shone. Anthony Cleal and David Waldron filled row 3. At the start, Watts took the lead but a spin sent the hapless O’Neill spinning into Cleal, taking them both out. They both restarted dead last and proceeded to climb back up through the field. Cleal however, retired on lap 11 with a damaged rear bumper. O’Neill continued on his charge making it up to a very creditable 9th place, posting the fastest lap on the way.
At the front Watts very quickly established a lead which he was never to lose. Puddle was equally clear in 2nd from Taylor Waldron in 3rd. In 4th was the flying Sam Dible having started in 21st place, following a Heat weight infringement. Immediately behind Michael Bell had got the better of Serita Shone whilst overtaking a backmarker a few laps from the end. Billy Thomas, new to Formula Blue, having only just run in his new MAXI engine the week before, finished a very creditable 7th. In the novice race Tom Parker got the better of Kieran Quirke in 15th place.
Drivers now have two weeks before round 2 at Mansell Raceway on April 25th.
After this first round, Rhys Staddon heads the Junior Championship from Jamie Dart. In the Seniors, it is Dave Watts who takes the lead on 0 points.
2nd is Rich Puddle with 5 points and Taylor Waldron 3rd with 10 points.
In the Blue Master sub-class, it is Russell O’Neill who emerges in the lead with Billy Thomas 2nd and David Waldron in 3rd.
David Waldron fronts the Blue Veteran sections with 2 points from Kevin O’Neill ( 6 points) and David Goode in 3rd ( 8 points). Kevin O’Neil had a stormer of an opening round, in the Blue Legend sub-class, starting on Pole and finishing 1st. Behind him came David Goode and Chris Underhill.
In the Top weight sub-section, Billy Thomas holds a clear lead with 0 points, 2nd is team mate Ben Joseph on 5 points, and 3rd Paul Dible with 7 points.
The BLUE grid now moves on to the next (2nd) round at the Mansell Race Circuit, where the BLUE grid is full and closed.
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