Louth drivers on form at Woodthorpe Kart Club curtainraiser

Louth kart racer Daniel Drury drove to a podium finish in the Mini-Max class final EMN-170320-144743002
Louth kart racer Daniel Drury drove to a podium finish in the Mini-Max class final EMN-170320-144743002

A field of 68 drivers braved the damp and blustery conditions for round one of the 2017 Woodthorpe Kart Club Championships.

Most were on track Saturday to familiarise themselves with the revised Bus-Stop chicane.

The newly revised Bus Stop chicane at Strubby Airfield EMN-170320-144754002

The newly revised Bus Stop chicane at Strubby Airfield EMN-170320-144754002

Race day on Sunday started with the five-to-seven-year-old Bambino class.

Several youngsters were making their debut, including Louth’s Tyler Waite and Etienne Babizuk-Brown.

Young Alfie Larder (North Cotes) had a terrific first heat, grabbing third at the line, but was unable to repeat his performance and finished the day in seventh.

Cadwell’s Liam Hartley established himself as an early contender in the highly-competitive Cadet classes.

In the Libra class he finished second, fourth and third in the heats and finished with a strong second place in the final. Also competing in Honda Cadets, he won the first heat and finished third in the others before taking third once more in the final.

Once again Louth’s Daniel Drury was again in the thick of things in a bigger 11 to 16 years Mini-Max class and finished third twice and then fourth in his heats before grabbing third place in his final.

Charlie Webster, from Skegness, made her Mini-Max debut and despite mechanical gremlins earlier in the day, finished seventh in the final.

The ever-popular Senior Max-177 produced one or two upsets.

Dan Ireland (North Somercotes) won all three heats and the final, while Louth’s Wayne Hutson followed Dan over the line in the first two heats, but suffered a DNF in heat three, putting him down the grid for the final where he could only finish fourth.

Fellow Louth driver Matt Noble secured an excellent third place in the final on debut.

The F100s class saw Grimsby drivers Gavin Wood and Josh Denny trade places in their heats with Gavin snatching the final win over Josh, with Josh Pennel (North Cotes) third.

In the OPEN class, Louth’s Adi Fraser had a clean sweep, winning all three heats and his final.

KZ125 always has a strong entry of drivers from the Midlands, but defending club champion Chris Lake (Spilsby) drove superbly to achieve two second places and a third in his heats before winning his final.

The Beesons, from Boston, are starting where they left off in 250 Gearbox.

Dad John won the final after two second places and win in the heats, while son Chris managed all three podium positions in his heats before following his dad home in the final.

* Round Two takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are welcome and entrance is free.