2019 TVKC Autumn Cup – Round 4 Report

The fourth and final round of the 2019 Trent Valley Kart Club Autumn Cup campaign would be hindered, as a thick blanket of freezing fog lowered its presence onto the 1,388-metre circuit, causing the action on the Saturday at Paul Fletcher International to be suspended, in the hope of better weather on the last day of the year.

This would not curtail the action completely, as a total of 75 ROTAX-powered racers headed to Lincolnshire to see who would triumph at the end of the shortened timetable.

MINI MAX: Timed qualifying saw a great effort from Coles Racing’s Mckenzie Douglass (#15M), who secured the last pole position of the season with a 1:18.94, 0.12 seconds ahead of DHR’s Harry Linden (#21M), whilst Cruz Speakman (#69M) made it three different teams represented in the top three, as Speakman was 0.64 seconds adrift of Douglass in third place.

Only 0.14 seconds separated third and fifth in the session, as the #69M was followed by his teammates Steven Duncan (#16M) and Jamie Perilly (#40M). Rhino Goo’s Jez Williams (#68M) was sixth ahead of leading privateer Ollie Goodyear (#20M), with Finn Smith (#61M), Luke Ringham (#PF – Spirit of Senna) and Liam Wright Racing’s Alfie Gallagher (#14M) completing the top ten.

Four drivers would be handed front fairing penalties on Sundays’ Pre-Final, which saw Duncan surge his way up to what became the eventual victory, finishing 0.42 seconds apart, with pole sitter Douglass rounding out the top three. Harry Linden would drop to fourth place, whilst Perilly held station to complete the top five. Speakman would not place higher than sixth in the first encounter, ahead of Goodyear, with Finn Smith (#61M – team Clay Racing) ending up eighth ahead of both Gallagher and Ringham, with the pair completing the top ten.

Williams would secure the win in the Final on the Sunday afternoon, ahead of Speakman, with the pair only 0.36 seconds apart at the final, whilst four drivers in the form of Ollie Goodyear, Oliver Buckton, Finn Smith and Jamie Perilly all had a lap taken off their total race distance, having not completed a full lap distance on the very first two. Buckton and Perilly, along with Douglass, all were given front fairing penalties post-race, putting them further down the order.

Duncan would make it a Project One two-three, with DHR’s Linden and Luke Ringham completing the top five. But after all drop scores were taken into account, Speakman would secure his place in the Autumn Cup roll of honour, taking the title with 177 points, 11 ahead of Jamie Perilly, whilst Harry Linden completed the overall top three, a further three points adrift from second. Ollie Goodyear would not only be the best privateer, but also the best rookie, taking fourth overall with 158 points, just two ahead of Alfie Gallagher, who completed the top five, with both Luke Ringham and Lexie Bell rounding out what was a very close top seven overall.

JUNIOR MAX: Timed qualifying saw a new pole sitter in the class, as Daniel Guinchard (#54) was making his début with KR Sport and put himself in prime position by 0.45 seconds ahead of Dan Holland Racing’s Harrison Collings (#5), with Will Egby (Project One Racing – #77) completing the top three. Coles Racing’s Callum Voisin (#35) was 0.87 seconds off the pace that Gunichard had set, which put the young Brit fourth, ahead of Project One’s Tristan Rennie (#73) rounded out the top five.

Completing the top ten was a variety of talent, with Voisin’s team mate Archie Kitching sixth, DHR’s newest signing, Wales’ Matthew Higgins (#7) in seventh, along with Ryan Willis (#17 – Project One), Joshua Vallance (#28 – MSport) and Harley Houghton (#20 – Coles Racing). The top ten was separated by just under 1.5 seconds in the session.

Egby would take top honours in the Pre-Final on Sunday, amidst a penalty-ridden race, which saw two drivers penalised for race start formation changes and eight handed front-fairing penalties. The battle for the top three would be close, with Egby taking the win from starting third on the grid, ahead of Rennie and Voisin. It could have really gone down to the wire, but the top three were only split by 0.77 seconds after 9 laps of racing.

Haughton would be over 2.4 seconds adrift of Voisin in fourth, as Collings would complete the top five. Oscar Hoole (#58 – Ultimate R), could have gotten up as high as seventh, behind Kitching, but would be one of those hit with a five-second front fairing penalty, putting him eighth. Joe Linden would take ninth place at the flag, with KR-Sport’s Will Jenkins (#6) rounding out the top ten.

Oliver Duffell (#33 – 12th place), Daniel Guinchard (14th place), Lewie Weaver (#69 – GMS – 16th Place), Finlay Harrison (#38 – Ultimate R – 20th place), Logan Parker (#95 – Coles Racing – 21st place), Harry Wainwright (#29 – Privateer – 22nd place), Joshua Wilby ( #42 – Team Avago – 23rd place) and Kyle Dunford (#40 – ASR – 26th place), would have all finished higher up the order, had their races not be compromised with front fairing infractions.

It was a cleaner affair in the final race of the year for the Juniors, as DHR’s Collings would convincingly take a dominant win over Voisin, with the pair being 1.99 seconds apart at the end of 11 laps of racing. Hoole would end his season with a welcome podium, taking the final step of the rostrum, fending off Guinchard by just a tenth of a second at the flag. Haughton would only be two tenths off the pair, but would have to settle for fifth.

But the very absent Mattie Hingeley would end up having enough of a points bolster to allow him to take the Junior title by just two points ahead of Collings.

Haughton could have gotten closer to the pair, but would end up third, 16 points behind Collings, and two points ahead of Joshua Vallance in fourth. Tristan Rennie was fifth overall, ahead of Kitching, Gardner, Duffell, Joshua Wilby and James Winter who completed the top ten.


SENIOR MAX: With the biggest grid of the weekend, there was no shortage of action in the Senior Max division, as the hunt was on for the Autumn Cup title. Timed Qualifying saw three privateer entries in the top four, with a front-row lock-out by Lucas Vaus (#12) and James Lingard (#33), who were separated by only 0.12 seconds, ahead of Team Clay Racing’s Lewis Halliday (#56) in third place.

Samuel Harrison would also show great pace in the #44 privateer entry, and was just 0.73 seconds off the pace set by Vaus, whilst Coles Racing’s James Lowther (#9) rounded out the top five, 0.09 seconds ahead of Ben Caisley (#53 – KR Sport). GMS’ Luke Wooder (#E), DHR’s Nelson King (#95), Rob Ellis (#17 – RS UK) and Jason Lockwood (#58 – KR Sport) wpuld end up completing the top ten.

The trio of George Holbrook (#60 – DHR), Bradley Barrett (#4) and Jake Douglas (#15 – KR Sport), would have placed higher after qualifying, but would have their best lap times deleted, due to front fairings being out of position. 2018 British Senior Champion, Charlie Turner, would have a fightback on his hands, after an ice patch caught the #61 out in qualifying, meaning that he, along with Ultimate R’s Chaz Highton (#92), would have some work to do.

It would be an all-out close-quarter battle for the win in the Pre-Final, with just four hundredths being the breach between winner Lingard and runner-up Lowther, with the pair managing to drop the rest of the field, which saw third-placed driver Caisley over four seconds adrift. Lockwood and Holbrook would complete the top five, ahead of Barrett, Vaus, Douglas, Teddy Clinton (#45 – DHR) and Wooder, who rounded out the top ten. Turner would have been in eighth place at the flag, but a front-fairing penalty for the Brit would drop him down to 11th after the results were ratified, but still a top-dollar drive from him nevertheless.

The privateers would have to fight to keep themselves as high up the order as possible in Sunday afternoon’s Final, as Lowther would get away from Turner, who would fall foul to a damp patch off the Litchfield Bridge on the second lap whilst leading the race, having catapulted his way up from 11th on the grid.

The former would end up taking the victory from Turner at the finish by 3.88 seconds, whilst Lockwood would hold off the advances of both Lingard in fourth and SPR’s Ryan Garvey, who crossed the line fourth, but would be demoted to fifth behind the privateer, having been handed a five-second front fairing penalty post-race.

A further eight drivers were out of the standard race finish positions with front fairing penalties post-race, with Vaus being the second-best placed privateer in sixth, ahead of Halliday, Clinton, Caisely and Ellis, who completed the top ten. Lowther’s win would be his second perfect scores in finals for the campaign, which saw him take the 2019 Autumn Cup crown with a commanding 20-point margin over Rob Ellis, whilst George Holbrook would be a further ten points behind Ellis in third place.

Lewis Smith would be fourth, ahead of highest-placed rookie Matthew Skaife, with Louis Fleet, Josh Askew, Lockwood, Lingard and Alexander Baker completing the top ten, with both Ben Caisley and Samuel Harrison being only a couple of points away from being in the top ten, having tied on 100 points each for 11th place.

ROTAX 177: In Timed Qualifying, a trio of privateers led the way, with Nathan Chafer (#2R) clearly head and shoulders in front of the field,  setting a blistering pace of a 1:22.00 around the 1,388-metre circuit, a clear 1.27 seconds ahead of Ben Cowley (#22R) and Timothy Darlow (#18R). Rapid Motorsport’s Liam Rabjohns was the best of the rest in fourth, nearly four seconds off Chafer, with Zilvinas Klimas (#34R) in fourth, ahead of Max Williams (#12R – ASR), Nicholas Dunne (#81R) and privateer Mark Wingad (#48R) completing the eight-strong field.

Chafer would have to fight for top honours in the Pre-Final on Sunday but would lose out to Cowley by 1.03 seconds at the finish line, with Rabjohns rounding out the top three, a further 9.65 seconds adrift. It was four privateers in the top four, thanks to Darlow, who was the last of the drivers that finished on the same lap as the leaders.

Dunner would make up the most places in the race itself, starting seventh and finishing in fifth, with ASR’s Williams holding station in sixth place, with Wingad being the last of the fully classified finishers, whilst Klimas’ race ended in lap five.

Chafer would sign off the 2019 season in style, taking the advantage in the Final to win the race ahead of Cowley by 3.13 seconds, and with it, would clinch the ROTAX 177 title with 180 points to his credit. Despite only having taken part in the final two rounds of the Autumn Cup, Cowley will still be fourth in the overall standings, behind Sean Smith (#R64) and John Scott (#R66), who did not take part in the final half of the calendar.

Mark Wingad would not take part in the final on Sunday afternoon, which would see him end up behind Timothy Darlow in the standings, with the latter taking fourth in the last final of the campaign, putting him fifth in the standings.

To find out all the results and standings for the final round of the 2019 TVKC Autumn Cup, head to the following link http://www.apex-timing.com/goracing/results.php?path=%2Ftvkc%2F2019%2F20191201&fbclid=IwAR1Teh6166iolrExn72xaKzEzSaATK_PbNEO3HY-rn_tkZM6RjtNbbF4Joo

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