British Kart Championships gets underway despite bad weather

Clay Pigeon Raceway in Dorset would host the first out of five rounds for the 2021 Motorsport UK Wera Tools British Kart Championships, which got underway under variable weather conditions between May 21st and 23rd, providing an interesting and difficult challenge for the drivers in all four Rotax-powered classes.

With set-up and tyre choices being crucial to a stellar performances from drivers across the classes, it provided a lottery, in terms of differing performances with those campaigning through the whole season.

Strawberry Racing’s Ethan Jeff-Hall would take the win in the Mini MAX final, having bested the likes of rookie Scott Marsh (#47 – DHR), Ewan Charman (#42 – Argenti Motorsport), who won the pre-final by a convincing 8.5 seconds, Coles Racing’s Harrison Crowther (#7) and DHR’s Leighton Cooper (75).

However, Crowther leads the standings on 182 points, three ahead of Cooper, with the #12 of Jeff-Hall a further three points adrift. Both Marsh and Charman are tied in fourth on 172 points each, after some good consistent running from the pair

Junior Rotax saw Vision Motorsport’s Jez Williams strike first in the heats, but Argenti Motorsport’s Dan Guinchard, who won the International Trophy last December, would end up leading the standings following a hefty five-kart incident in the Final that saw the red flag brandished and the meeting being called due to the ever-worsening weather conditions on Sunday afternoon. This meant that the pre-final leaderboard wuld be called as the final results.

Leon Henderson (Strawberry Racing), who took a heat win earlier in the weekend, would end up showing great consistency to take second behind Guinchard by just four points, whilst Sam Pollitt Racing’s Neo Clarke (#81) took a well-earned third place in the pre0final that would secure him third in the standings, level on points with DHR’s Daniel Armstrong who took pole position in qualifying.

A very close fought affair between 50-plus Senior Rotax drivers would see the #2 seed of DHr’s Rhys Hunter lead the standings after a solid result in the heats, before keeping himself at the sharp end of the grid and the lead in the standings after only completing the pre-final before the meeting was abandoned. KR-Sport’s Sean Butcher, Pre-Final winner Oakley Pryer (Team Clay Racing), and O-Plate winner Kai Hunter (DHR) are all tied on 172 points, based on their results over the course of the weekend. Pryer was able to read the conditions for the penultimate race of the weekend by switching to the MOJO W5 wet tyres, whilst it took four times to start the pre-final.

Starwberry Racing would also taste succes in Rotax 177, following on from a clean sweep from the #29 of Daniel Tate, who was unassailable, despite the best efforts of Coles Racing’s Louis Large (#8) and Nathan Chafer  (#99). Defending champion Henry Ayers (#10 – KR-Sport) would end up level on points with the #66 of Philip Haworth, having struggled to be at the pace of the front runners during the weekend.

The British Kart Championships for Rotax will head to Mansell Raceway in Dunkeswell in the last weekend of June, as the championship battle lines will truly be drawn.

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