Micro Max Grand Finals Qualifier Report – Clay Pigeon Raceway
12 young bright karting talents would venture to Clay Pigeon Raceway for the sole Micro Max event of the season, as part of the third Rotax round in 2020 for the Motorsport UK British Kart Championships.
With it, came the opportunity for two drivers to secure their places for the rescheduled 2020 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, which will take place at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao between January 23rd and 30th2021.
Timed Qualifying saw the #69 of Eden Spanswick fastest of all, posting a 38.69 second lap time at the Dorset-based circuit, 0.05 seconds in front of privateer Dalton Haywood (#68), with Germany’s Timo Jungling (#25) completing the top three places, a further 0.03 seconds adrift. BKC Racing’s Harrison Whitticombe (#66) and DHR’s Scott Marsh (#47) rounded out the top five, with just over a tenth covering the top five, and all 12 drivers covered by 0.83 seconds in a very-close session.
Jacob Ashcroft (#22) secured the victory in heat one by exactly a second ahead of Spanswick, and following them just 1.12 seconds behind in third was Whitticombe. Marsh would make it to fourth at the finish, followed closely by Haywood and Jungling, with the trio covered by 0.21 seconds after 17 laps.
Spanswick would fight back and take the win in the second heat, as well as being able break away from Ashcroft, finishing 2.09 seconds ahead of the #22. Adam Wooden (#44) took third place, just over a further half-second behind, as dramas struck both Jack Price (#71 – Zip Factory Team) and Marsh in the early stages of the race. Whitticombe crossed the finish line in fourth, ahead of Oliver Bocock, who was able to round out the top five, having started last on the grid.
The Pre-Final also saw a great battle between Spanswick and Jungling, with the former winning after 20 laps by a mere 0.44 seconds, with Haywood progressing from seventh on the grid to take third. Ashcroft could only muster as high as fourth, with Marsh rounding out the top five.
But the final was highly charged throughout its duration, as the lead changed several times, especially during the last three minutes when the drivers were trying to secure their place for Portugal.
But Ashcroft would secure the victory by just 0.060 seconds ahead of Spanswick initially, but the latter was handed a five-second penalty for having been deemed to break formation at the start. This then promoted Scott Marsh to second, who would also be handed a five-second penalty for an incident with Haywood on lap 22. As a result, Spanswick would be officially classed in third, ahead of Marsh, with Jungling taking fifth.
Along with Ashcroft, Whitticombe would then be promoted to second, as the pair will represent Team UK at Portimao in late January of next year, and along with that, courtesy of us here at JAG Engineering, the top three drivers also have now received the engines that they used at Clay Pigeon.
We would also like to thank all the drivers that raced their hearts out to get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the teams, families and everyone behind the scenes at the Motorsport UK British Kart Championships to make this a possibility for the second year in succession.
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