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Bayford Meadows 2022 Kart Championship Round 8
Bayford Meadows 2022 Kart Championship Round 8

The Bayford Meadows Kart Racing club held the 8th round of their 2022 Championship last weekend at the Sittingbourne circuit located on the outskirts of the Eurolink Industrial estate.

Some glorious autumnal sunshine greeted the busy paddock on Sunday morning, as the 100 plus competitors opened the penultimate round with practice & qualifying, before their Heat, Pre Final and afternoon main Final.


Eight Bambino drivers kicked off the first of the Finals just as the sunshine was replaced by encroaching cloud clover during the afternoon. Franklin Street won an ultra-close Pre Final, from Ellis Honey and Lewis Williams-Mabbs after the trio had battled hard but fair throughout the race. Beau Blundell took 4th, Ted Deeprose 5th, Joseph Cox 6th after a spin, Freddie Williams finished 7th and newcomer Leon Mercer 8th.

As the starting lights went green Honey showed his intentions by taking the lead from pole sitter Street, Williams-Mabbs . Cox had made up for his spin in the Pre Final by joining the leading trio in 4th, Deeprose held 5th from Williams, Blundell and Mercer. As the race progressed Street kept the pressure on Honey with Williams-Mabbs joining in the fun by running 2nd at one point. Honey’s tenure of the lead came to an end on lap 9 as Street surged ahead, finding a gap and then managing to fend off Honey’s attack at the following corner, which delayed the latter slightly allowing Cox to jump into 2nd place.

Over the remaining couple of laps, Street drove perfectly, judging where his rivals were to perfection, Honey had recovered to mount a last minute attack, but it was to no avail as they crossed finish just 0.13s apart, with Cox was right with the pair taking a fine 3rd after starting so far down, Williams-Mabbs finished 4th, Deeprose 5th, Williams held off Blundell in 6th and 7th, Mercer followed behind taking 8th. Street’s exuberant race winning celebration earned him a reprimand post-race, however there were few that would deny him his fantastic win and also fastest lap.

Honda Cadet.

Seven karts comprised the grid for the Honda Cadet class with the Heat and Pre Final wins going to Teddie Cooper, a driver who has been quite formidable throughout the year. He led the Final away from the start and was never headed throughout the entire race.

Harry Russell provided the biggest challenge to Cooper and set the fastest lap in his efforts, although ultimately falling 1.5s short at the finish. Daniel Butcher closed in on his teammate Russell at the finish to take the last podium spot. Leon Knight had a better meeting this month by finishing 4th, ahead of Johannes Friis in 5th, Lewis Riley in 6th and Ayda Sexton 7th.

Senior Club Max 177.

The popular 177 Senior Club class gained an extra driver this month with Adam Clark moving across from the 162s, he made an immediate impact by qualifying 2nd to the unstoppable Thomas Lawson during the morning’s session. In the Heat and then the Pre Final the top 5 positions were mirrored, with Lawson finishing ahead of newcomer Clark, Tyler Cox, Mike Ashby and Daniel Wright. This quintet completed the top 5 positions on the grid for the Final, behind them sat Billy Clarke, Aaron Deacon and James ‘Adam’ Pell , to complete the first four rows of the 17 kart grid.

Lawson made a perfect getaway from the start of the Final and was never headed over the next 14 laps. Both 2nd and 3rd places stayed the same over the race distance with Clarke holding station over Cox throughout. 4th place went to Ashby although he had to work hard to pass Wright (5th), who had made the most of a first lap incident which delayed several drivers, notably Clarke and Deacon. Both Matthew Hickson and Dennis Trzeciak benefitted from that incident to finish 6th and 7th. In 8th place was Jason Bear, Martin Walker was 9th and Deacon ended up 10th. Clarke had finished 8th on the road but was penalised 5s post-race dropping him down to 13th in the results. It was no surprise to see the dominant Lawson take the fastest lap of the race.

Honda Rookies.

George Clarke lined up on the pole position for the Honda Rookie class after passing Heat winner Maria Ruberto in the Pre Final to take the win. Laurie McVeigh ended the pre Final strongly to slot into 3rd on the grid, with the morning’s fastest qualifier Freddie Wall sitting alongside him. On the third row sat Noah Curtis and Sebastian Bearman, the 4th consisted of Harrison Page and Ralphie Branscombe.

At the start of the main Final Clarke led the 15 brightly coloured karts away, Ruberto sat on his tail from the beginning, hoping to pressure the Project One driver into a mistake over the race distance. McVeigh and Wall ran in 3rd and 4th keeping the leaders in sight, as did Curtis and Ronnie Smart 5th & 6th who had demoted Bearman early on. Branscombe and Page fought over 7th with the latter Page securing the position on the 7th lap. As the race neared its climax all eyes were on the leaders as Ruberto continued to press the leader Clarke, eventually the positions remained the same with just 0.12s separating Clarke and the Ambition kart of Ruberto at the finish. McVeigh and Wall finished nose to tail in 3rd & 4th, as did the all black kart of Curtis 5th and Smart’s Project One machine 6th, which took the race’s fastest lap on lap 10 of 13. Page, Bearman, Branscombe and Jack Cope completed the top 10 at the finish.

Junior Club Max.

A full grid of 25 karts was entered for the Junior Club Max class this month, which ensured that there would be plenty of action involved during the day. Liam Thomas laid down a marker in qualifying as he did last month, putting his GMS kart on pole for the morning’s Heat, which he went onto win. He then carried his impressive form over with another win in the Pre Final, to leave him in grid 1 for the main Final in the afternoon. Finlay Underwood impressed in the Pre Final as he came from 5th to 2nd which left him on the outside of the front row for the Final. Championship leader Freddie Ingram was next up on the inside of row 2, he had Stefan Kaczmarcyk showing well in 4th next to him. Kent champion Lloyd Hare was 5th on the grid and keen to gain points in his next championship challenge, next to Hare in 6th was Oliver Hutchings, who had been struggling for front end grip all day. 7th & 8th were Luca Osman-Price and circuit returnee Chloe Chong. Reece Stevens and Bentley Lovegrove-Fowler completed the top 10.

From the start of the Final Thomas and Underwood ran side by side into the left handed turn 1, Thomas carried a bit too much speed into the corner, running wide which left the hapless Underwood out onto the concrete run off area and losing places fast. Hare was the main beneficiary of this as he jumped up into 2nd place and onto the leader’s tail at the end of the first lap, Ingram held 3rd and Kaczmarcyk 4th, from the recovering Underwood in 5th. Osman-Price, Hutchings and Chong were next up in 6th, 7th & 8th, Presley Walker 9th and Lovegrove-Fowler 10th. The field started to sort itself out over the opening laps, as Hare made a failed attempt to pass Thomas, his kart briefly riding up over the back of the leaders kart. Kaczmarcyk slipped behind the charging Underwood who had Hutchings towing along with him, then the Evolution kart of Kaczmarcyk and Osman-Price were facing the wrong way on the infield, both dropping to the lower end of the field. Back at the front Thomas had opened a gap over Hare with his GMS kart, which he was never to lose as he stroked home to a first class Final win by 1.48s over 2nd placed Hare. Ingram slipped up in his efforts to stay with the leaders, by misjudging his braking point for the rise at the end of the 5th lap, he subsequently dropped behind Underwood and Hutchings, although he later managed to repass the Sana backed kart of Hutchings to finish 4th. Underwood had in fact made up for lost ground at the first corner to catch Hare, finishing on his bumper at the end in 3rd place. Behind Hutchings in 6th place was Chong who had driven well on her comeback to the circuit. Zac Heslop climbed up from 13th to finish 7th by the finish, Jack Theobald took 8th, Simon Parfett 9th and Lovegrove-Fowler 10th. Ingram took the fastest lap on the penultimate tour of the race and still leads the championship with one round to go.

Senior Club Max.

The Senior Club Max numbers were a little down for this month with 13 entries, this was down to 12 for the main Final as Oliver Bullion did not start. Riley Stephenson continued his stellar recent form by taking the Heat and Pre Final wins to line up P1 on the grid. Josh Pullen had done brilliantly to recover from a disastrous morning qualifying session, which left him down in 11th, to take the other front row grid slot. Championship leader Jonathan Wilkes was P3 on the grid, with Ciaron Edgson going very well in P4. On the third row was Poppi Stephenson and Joe Wood, the 4th row was occupied by Lewis Deacon who should have had Bullion alongside him.

Stephenson laid down his marker from the start as he leapt away from the pole to lead over the first lap, from Wilkes who was flying early on passing Pullen. Poppi Stephenson headed Edgson early on as the two began a race long duel over 4th place. Wood had run 6th until he was passed by Frederic Lecomte and Deacon. The positions remained the same for much of the race with Wilkes managing to close on the leader Stephenson until he felt his rear tyres go off, finishing just under half a second behind the winner Stephenson at the finish. Pullen was alone in 3rd, not wuite being able to match the pace of the two in front. Edgson came out in front of the battle with Poppi Stephenson to take a fine 4th, the latter was later penalised ffor ‘gaining an unfair advantage and ended up 10th, a poor reward for some feisty driving on her behalf. Lecomte took 5th then from a delighted Deacon in 6th, Wood 7th, Luke Winter 8th and Oliver Johnson in 10th. Riley Stephenson capped his perfect day off by taking the fastest lap of the race.

Mini Club Max.

Fletcher Jamieson dominated the Mini Club Max class, by taking wins in the Heat and Pre Final before romping to a 1.73s win in the main Final. Tighe Wratten finished 2nd, shadowed by Antony Parfett for most of the race in 3rd.

Ben Yiangou showed well to take 4th, Jack Baker finished 5th ahead of Callum Sims and Josh Pullen in 6th & 7th, both enjoying a race long duel for positions. Ollie Orteu took 8th, Emily Cotty 9th and Ryan Welsh 10th. Flat out Fletch also took the fastest lap of the race.

Junior Subaru.

Just three karts made it out for the Junior Subaru Final, a standalone race after running with the Mini Max class for the qualifying races. Dextor Gregory continued his excellent form in the class to take a comfortable win and fastest lap over the battling pair of Jenson Taylor and Ryan Dell.

Full results can be found here – Alpha Timing – Results

The final round of the 2022 BMKR championship will be held on 20th November.