A total of 64 karts contested the seventh round of the CRG NKRC Championship in Newcastle today.
The usual standout classes delivered again, with some great racing in KA4 Juniors, KA3 Seniors and Juniors, as well as Cadet 12 and TaG Restricted.
Despite the threat of rain, drivers and fans were blessed with fine and sunny conditions from first until last.
TaG Restricted 125 Light, Heavy and SuperHeavy were first up in the race program, and Dylan Neilson continued his winning ways, claiming a clean-sweep, but not without a fight from Christopher Weir, who led a handful of laps throughout the days proceedings.
Provisional Driver Jack Barrett drove superbly on his way to third on points – even taking second position from Weir in Race 1.
It’s very rare that Wayne Bower doesn’t win in TaG 125 Restricted Heavy, but it happened today. The seasoned veteran stumbled at the final hurdle – retiring in the final, to hand the day to a very consistent Peter Hendry. Bower claimed second position, while Jonathon Lawless rounded out the podium!
Scott Dalton-Kirby was the sole competitor in the TaG 125 Restricted SuperHeavy field, and claimed victory as a result.
Wagner Cardoso was also a one-man show today, taking victory in TaG 125 Heavy.
A field of five contested TaG 125 Light, and Tyler Di Legge caused the upset – beating Ryley Brunner and Benjamin Ford, who’ve been the form men in the championship so far.
A small field delivered some quality racing, with Di Legee winning the final three races of the round, to win outright from Ford and Brunner.
Cadet 12 racing was again dominated by Jack Childs – he remains the winningest man in the championship so far, with another clean-sweep.
He didn’t have it all his own way in the Final, with Jaxon Fraser pushing him all the way.
Harrison Mitchell was hopeful of some rain, so he could “beat Jack”, but that wasn’t to be, and he finished fourth for the day.
Christian Mansell claimed second on points, with Fraser in third. Mansell was the main threat to Childs in the opening three races, before dropping behind Fraser in the 12-lap final. Luke Kirchner rounded out the podium in fifth place.
Brock Barber made it back-to-back round wins in Cadet 9, with four wins from four starts over his only opponent, James Freeburn.
KA3 Junior was dominated by Jackson Burton. Burton won all four races – his first clean-sweep of the year. Burton has struggled at times in 2016, but a new kart and engine proved the perfect combination for great success in Round 7 of the NKRC Championship.
Matthew Hill has been in the wars a bit in 2016, but that changed with some of his best driving, and a second place finish for the round, ahead of Ryan Hughes, Maddison Hill and Daniel Austin – Hill and Austin were tied on points, with Maddison getting the nod for 4th on countback. Austin was unlucky – an incident in the warm-up laps before Heat 1 saw Austin sit out the opening race of the day.
KA3 Senior Heavy wasn’t won by Liam Ferry for a change, as Brady Buchanan caused the upset, and claimed his first win of the season. Ferry was second ahead of Kenneth Martin. Ferry got caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time on a couple of occasions, which saw him lose track position and valuable time to Buchanan, and he was unable to come back from that. Ferry later stated at the presentation, that Buchanan was indeed the faster of the pair across the four races, and deserved the win. Liam still enjoys a comfortable lead in the championship.
KA3 Senior Light was dominated (again) by Thomas Davies. He won all four races by a comfortable margin, and never looked challenge on his way to that clean-sweep.
Jack Stocker claimed second, with Brock Greedy rounding out the podium. Finlay Burnett was impressive throughout the day – she qualified second, and was on track for a podium finish, but a costly mistake in the final saw her finish eighth, and miss out on the podium by a solitary point.
KA4 Junior Heavy was won by Riley Humphrys for the second round in succession. He defeated Alessio Tomaino and Angus McLean to take the win. Dean Vinson was fourth, with Jordan Pagett rounding out the podium.
KA4 Junior Light was must-see racing from first until last. Thomas Hayman picked up Pole Position. Hayman turned 12 on Saturday, and celebrated with his first KA4 race win at Newcastle in Heat 1, and doubled-up in Heat 2, before pulling off one of the drives of the day in the pre-final, only for all the hard work to be brought undone in the final.
After defeating Brayden Everitt in the opening heats, the pair shared the front row for the pre-final. The race didn’t get underway first time around, and as a result, the officials sent the two men on the front row to the back row.
With that setback, Hayman went about damage control, and limited the damage caused by the penalty in outstanding fashion – charging through to finish 2nd in the 8-lap pre-final, and cement pole position for the 12-lap final.
The Pre-Final was won by Taylor Gill, who went on to win the round, as a result of a Hayman retirement in the final.
Hayman was forced wide at Turn 1 of Lap 1, and rejoined in last. He charged back through to the top-five, which was good enough to take the round win, but an incident with Riccardo D’Este at the famous ski-jump ended both their races. The only positive thing to stem from that incident, is that both drivers had done enough through their previous results, to take a top five finish for the day.
As mentioned, Gill won the round, but only on countback from Brayden Everitt, who won the final ahead of Gill, who leads the Club Championship in that class after seven rounds. Hayman secured third ahead of Ryan Hughes and D’Este, in the class that provided the most drama, action, elation, emotion and excitement we saw in Round 7 of 10 for 2016.
The next round of the CRG NKRC Championship is Saturday October 15, with the penultimate round of 2016 to be contested the following day.
Yep, the two-day Newcastle City Cup meeting is a Twin Track Challenge, with one day of racing to be contested in a Clockwise direction, with the more preferred Anti-Clockwise direction to be raced on the other day.
So, it’s essentially two meetings – two rounds of the Club Championship… One weekend of racing, but eight races to enjoy in two directions across two days, and lap records are up for grabs, as they always are in the Newcastle City Cup… we can hardly wait.
Round 7 done. Only three to go. See you in October!