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ROTAX ROUND 1 PF INTERNATIONAL: 20/21.03.10
MiniMax: Timed Qualifying, Heat 1, Heat 2, Heat 3, Heat 4, Repechage, Final 1 , Final 2, Points Table
Max: Timed Qualifying, Heat 1, Heat 2, Heat 3, Heat 4, Repechage, Final 1, Final 2, Points Table
Junior Max: Timed Qualifying, Heat 1, Heat 2, Heat 3, Heat 4, Repechage, Final 1, Final 2, Points Table
Max 177: Timed Qualifying, Heat 1, Heat 2, Final 1, Final 2, Points Table
All points are provisional
Newsletter and Race Report: PF International Rotax ABkC Championships Round 1 & 2: 20/21March
The StingrayRV Super One Series Rotax ABkC National Championship opener took place at Britainís best appointed circuit, PF International. 168 out of the 210 drivers who have registered for the series came along so repechage, or last chance races, were needed in three out of the four classes. Superb racing was on offer, all captured by PSC Productionsí TV cameras. Showers of rain mixed up the order in some of the timed qualifying during Saturday, but Sunday was dry all day.
Michael Simpson just pipped team-mate and first final senior Max winner Edward Brand to the second finalís top spot after a disadvantaged timed qualifying session and heat DNF. Matthew Parry and George Russell were invincible in Junior Max and MiniMax respectively. Lucas Orrock got his Max 177 season off to a great start with two wins. Each driver has timed qualifying, two heats, and if they qualify through, two points scoring finals. New for this year are Rookie Trophies, for the best series first timers.
In the second final, Webb hit the front whilst Russell was mired in fourth and fifth. Myers then led briefly before Russell vaulted to the front, and extended a healthy seven second lead. In an acrimonious last couple of laps, Ryan Norris was pushed wide, then further contact between him, Sam Ward and Harry Webb allowed Glear and Myers onto the podium, with a surprised Harri Taylor claiming fourth. Ryan Norris made fifth, whilst Webb and Ward were shuffled further back.
MiniMax Final 1: 1 George Russell Tonykart; 2 Sam Ward Kosmic; 3 Harry Webb Tonykart; 4 Adam Glear Alonso; 5 Oliver Myers Tonykart; 6 Matthew Arnold Tonykart. Final 2: 1 Russell; 2 Glear; 3 Myers; 4 Harri Taylor Tonykart; 5 Ryan Norris Tonykart; 6 Samuel Oram-Jones Tonykart
ABkC Rotax Junior Max
Parry had it a little tougher in Final 2, unable to shake of series rookie Parker for many of the 20 lap race. Eventually Parker had to concentrate on fending off Jack Marshall. Crawley had been pushed wide at the first hairpin but managed to work his way back, finally beating King to fourth.
Junior Max Final 1: 1 Matthew Parry Kosmic; 2 Josh Parker Tonykart; 3 Andy King Gillard; 4 Sean Babington Alonso; 5 Jack Marshall Tonykart; 6 Harry Crawley Alonso. Final 2: 1 Parry; 2 Parker; 3 Marshall; 4 Crawley; 5 King; 6 Charlie Streather CRG
ABkC Rotax Max
In the second final Daniel Graham and Tom Fawcett were spun round at the first corner, whilst Ross Wylie was put out at the second. Simpson just survived whilst Brand had the lead over Holland and Hunter. The recovering Simpson took Holland at the second hairpin, then repeated the move on Brand a few laps later for the win, but was unable to shake off his pursuers.
Senior Rotax Max Final 1: 1 Edward Brand Birel; 2 Michael Simpson Birel; 3 Dan Holland Gillard; 4 Tom Fawcett Tonykart; 5 James Greenway Tonykart; 6 Michael Epps Tonykart. Final 2: 1 Simpson; 2 Brand; 3 Holland; 4 Epps; 5 Danny Russell Tonykart; 6 Billy Albone RK
ABkC Rotax Max 177
Orrock escaped for another win in the second final whilst Cobb and Luke Woodland battled over second. Griffiths had been put out on the second corner.
Max 177 Final 1: 1 Lucas Orrock Kosmic; 2 Stephen Cobb Birel; 3 David Griffiths GMS X30; 4 Tom Pyttlik Alonso; 5 Colin Davis Redspeed; 6 Robert Campbell Birel. Final 2: 1 Orrock; 2 Cobb; 3 Luke Woodland Gillard; 4 Pyttlik; 5 Tim Penton Kosmic; 6 Davis
Assistant Starter Jonathan Bradley was lucky to escape serious injury when an errant kart came out of line to throw him up in the air. He survived with significant bruising.
George Williams lost sixth in Junior Max when excluded because his seal numbers did not match his scrutineering card. Several drivers were hit with £100 fines for abusive behaviour. MiniMax driver Jack Lang was excluded from the repechage and the whole meeting for excessive clutch slip, detected by the Unilogger. Junior George Cosgrove and senior John Stewart were excluded for driving offences.
Unfortunately the GoProHD on board cameras for all competitors were not delivered in time, for which the organisers apologised as outside their control. But enough were gathered together to add to what will become some stunning TV coverage, going out first on MotorsTV on 5th April at 2010 hours to some 18M homes.
The next Rotax round is on 8/9 May at Whilton Mill. Full results and championship points on www.s1series.co.uk
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