Whilton Mill Championship - Round 2
Four karts quickly broke away in the Junior Max Final led by Jordan Brown with Georgie Whitbread, Luc Oliver and Riley Phillips all in close contention. Unfortunately, that became three after Oliver was forced to retire with mechanical issues promoting Phillips to 3rd.
Ahead there were more changes as Whitbread took the lead and he was threatening to pull away until a back marker cost him two places on lap 10. Now in 2nd Phillips took the lead from Jordan Brown and thought he had things wrapped up, but when he left the door open at Christmas corner on the last lap, Brown didn’t think twice and took the lead and victory away from him!
February meeting at Whilton Mill Kart Club.
We had a great weekend at Whilton Mill Kart Club, with a strong drive in Heat 1 Riley went from 6th to 3rd.
Heat 2, a spinner in front of Riley gave him now where to go and the inevitable impact dropped the bumper back, he was stuck T-boned across the track for a moment. When Riley got free there was lots of work to do, just to catch the pack let alone drive back from 18th to 4th. This was duly rewarded with the 10 place penalty…. A truly amazing drive, but it’s like having 2 penalties, seriously there must be a better way?
Heat 3 Riley showed the same pace and determination and won. I guess everyone else hadn’t escaped tragedy as Riley still started 3rd for the final.
In the final the front 4 broke away from the pack and proceeded to have their own race. I thought it could have gone any way until Riley got to the front then I thought he was going to win as he pulled a small gap of a couple karts. I think the Campfield drivers realised they better stop scrapping and work together and pull him back in. Which they did on the last lap and Brown managed to pull off a late move into Christmas, Riley shut the door to stay second though, but there wasn’t a chance to get back.
Very happy with another second if we could just stop getting bumper penalties... it’s not like he has got one for a valid reason yet!
Well done to all the Vision drivers a 3rd in the heats and a 5th in the final for Ryan Luscombe, Lucus put in a great final too with a 7th and Tommy made the top 10. Great drive from Bailey too, making up 5 places in the final nice work!! Well done to Charles on his first Minimax race weekend, some good racing in the final top job!
Massive thanks to Daryl Fully Litt Burgess for all the help this weekend and Rob Gilford.
First round Whilton Mill 2016
WMKC decided to go with the new drop down bumpers from the beginning of the season to make it a consistent championship, which was probably a reasonable idea.
The new bumpers and way in which the rules have been interpreted are a problem I think.
Here is what we found.
I’ll be taking the CIK rules with me and arguing the point in the next round. However, as I suspected Brake testing is going to be a HUGE issue. On the rolling up lap they should treat anyone with a bumper down as a false start for the first time. If they see anyone brake testing they should be in the steward’s office with a very good excuse for not be excluded from the race.
The whole it’s moved a bit issue and consequently trying to kick the bumper back fully has to stop. It’s dangerous, so MSA must enforce the rules as the CIK have written them, if it’s down in Area A there is no hope of kicking it back in, so that should stop that. However, clubs need to monitor the pit lane entrance for anyone attempting dangerous things like that and anyone caught should get excluded.
The MSA statement (you can read at:-
does refer to the 2d drawiung "With effect from 1 March 2016 a 10 place penalty (subject to Motor Sports Council confirmation) will be automatically applied should a kart return to parc fermé with the front fairing mounting kit in the ‘detached’ position (CIK-FIA Drawing 2d)." So the clubs and marshals need to get this right and that might help a lot.
There was less silly driving but still some drivers intent on side by side ramming and this was, as usual, not seen by the officials. They really need to get more feedback from the marshals on track.
Am I a fan… No/Maybe, I am yet to be convinced. We were robbed of heat a win and a heat 3rd which put my son to 9th in the final. The fact he raced cleanly back to 2nd could be a good sign, but I am not convinced.