Karting kicks-off at Boyndie

ZOOM!: High speeds on the Boyndie track meant everyone had to have perfect reactions to complete the course.
ZOOM!: High speeds on the Boyndie track meant everyone had to have perfect reactions to complete the course.

The 50th year of karting at Boyndie Drome Circuit saw a large entry of drivers for the first round of the 2012 Boyndie Drome Open Challenge.

A Dry, mild day with a westerly wind kept the temperature in check, which gave ideal conditions for racing.

ON YOUR MARKS: The racers prepare to get started on the 50th anniversary of karting at the Boyndie Drome Circuit.

ON YOUR MARKS: The racers prepare to get started on the 50th anniversary of karting at the Boyndie Drome Circuit.

Result for the day were as follows:

Cadets

1st – Craig Mann (Danestone)

2nd – Robbie Souter (Dyce)

CLOSE: It was a tight contest throughout all six of the competitions on Sunday - any one could have won!

CLOSE: It was a tight contest throughout all six of the competitions on Sunday - any one could have won!

3rd – Cameron Henderson (Peterculter)

This final developed into three pairs of karts. Craig Mann took the early lead with Robbie Souter on his bumper. This pair circulated and Mann kept his cool to take the chequered flag with Souter close behind. The second pair of Cameron Henderson and Ben Gordon also circulated as one, with Henderson taking third and Gordon fourth. The final pair of Lewis Harper and Aiden Welch swapped positions at mid race with Welch with taking fifth and Harper sixth.

Mini Max

1st – Sam McKenzie (Durris)

THRILLS: Sharp corners resulted in some highly entertaining racing.

THRILLS: Sharp corners resulted in some highly entertaining racing.

2nd – Jack Gordon (Whitecairns)

3rd – Elliot McIntosh (Whitecairns)

Sam McKenzie took a lights to flag victory from Jack Gordon by a margin of 2 seconds. A close battle for third took place between Elliot McIntosh, James Wood and Shaun Davidson. Wood spun on lap 5 in the loop. McIntosh took third with Davidson fourth and Wood sixth.

Junior Max

POLE POSITION: Leading a trailing pack on Sunday, racers kept cool heads over six competitions.

POLE POSITION: Leading a trailing pack on Sunday, racers kept cool heads over six competitions.

1st – Connor Wilson (Rothiemay)

2nd – Andrew Webb (Aberdeen)

3rd – Ross Shearer (Banff)

Connor Wilson led the juniors away followed by Jamie Chick, Andy Webb, Ross Shearer and Lewis Rae. Wilson gradually drew away from the pack to take the victory. The pack, led by Chick, continued until the final lap when Chick suddenly dropped down the order leaving Webb to take second position. Shearer finished a close third with Rae on his bumper. A disappointed Chick came home fifth just ahead of Liam Souter and Scott Beattie.

Senior Max

1st – David Eason (Turriff)

BREAK AWAY: One racer makes himself a comfortable lead at the front of a chasing pack.

BREAK AWAY: One racer makes himself a comfortable lead at the front of a chasing pack.

2nd – Keith Morris (Kingswells)

3rd – PJ Cowie (Fraserburgh)

The large grid of senior max karts took the green lights with Liam Stephen taking the early lead. He was closely followed by David Eason, Michael Christie, Gordon Hawton, Keith Morris, Gary Clark, PJ Cowie and Kyle Willox. Stephen suffered from brake failure and retired on lap 6. Eason took the lead and was never headed to take the chequered flag. Keith Morris grabbed second place from Hawton on lap 8 with Cowie taking third on the last lap. Hawton came home fourth ahead of Gary Clark and Christie. Seventh was Kyle Willox followed home by Derek Strachan and Kieran Smart.

ICC (Gearbox)

1st – Neil Anderson (Insch)

2nd – Niall Kinghorn (Rothienorman)

3rd – Philip Paterson (Forgue)

Neil Anderson took the victory over Niall Kinghorn and Philip Paterson.

Prokarts

1st – Darren Patrick (Ballater)

2nd – Bruce Buchan (Peterhead)

3rd – Frazer Huntley (Mintlaw)

Dorothy Wyness presented the trophies in the clubhouse after the meeting.

The next meeting at Grampian Kart Club will be on Sunday, April 8.

For more information visit the GKC website – www.grampiankartclub.com