Wall-to-wall sunshine for karters

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WALL-to-wall sunshine welcomed the drivers for the third round of Grampian Kart Club’s championships and also the fourth round of the NKRA (Scottish Region) at the Boyndie Drome Circuit.

Feature trophy of the day was the Granville Grubb Trophy for gearbox drivers only.

Results as follows:

Cadets - 1 Sam McKenzie (Durris), 2 Tushar Vivekanandan (Edinburgh), 3 Michael MacPherson (Tore); Novice - Reece Low (Elgin).

Mini Max - 1 Chloe Scott (Ellon), 2 Jack Williamson (Elgin), 3 Neil MacLennan (Tore); Novice - Jack Tulloch (Grantown-on-Spey).

Junior TKM - 1 Lewis Main (Fife), 2 Dana Sim (Glasgow).

Junior Max - 1 Rory MacLennan (Tore), 2 Luke Geddes (Fochabers), 3 Jake Anderson (Fortrose).

Junior Blue - 1 Tommy Leckie (Denny), 2 Charles Wagner (Thorntonhall), 3 Blair Campbell (Menstrie).

Senior Max - 1 Graham Clark (Balbeggie), 2 Andrew Buchan (Peterhead), 3 Kris Manett (Fraserburgh); Novice - Mark Duthie (Stuartfield).

Senior Blue - 1 Fergus Barlow (Isle of Mull), 2 Peter Moore (Edinburgh), 3 Douglas Simpson (West Linton).

ICC (Gearbox) - 1 Alistair Smith (Peterhead), 2 Michael Christie (Banff), 3 Ryan McGill (Dysart); Novice - Ryan McGill (Dysart).

Granville Grubb Trophy – Alistair Smith (Peterhead)


Once the initial first lap scramble was over the six karts split into three pairs. Jordan Donaldson had the early lead over Sam McKenzie.

McKenzie gained the lead at the half way point but Donaldson regained the position on the penultimate lap. On the final lap both emerged out of Kevin’s Korner and the pair touched spinning them both off.

McKenzie recovered and took the victory will the furious Donaldson retired on the spot. The second pair were Tushar Vivekanandan and Michael MacPherson. MacPherson tried hard to get through but Vivekanandan stayed cool and was second at the chequered flag. MacPherson took third.

The third pair were novices Elliot McIntosh and Reece Low. McIntosh led for the early part but once Low came through he opened up a consider gap to take fourth.

Mini Max

Jack Williamson led away from pole position closely followed by Neil MacLennan, Chloe Scott, Jack Simpson, James Paterson, Michael Ogilvie and Jack Gordon. Gordon gained a place over Ogilvie on the third tour but this apart the positions were maintained.

Just after mid-distance Scot grabbed second and on the penultimate lap took the lead and held on for the victory. The rest of the field as chequered flag waved were Williamson, MacLennan, Paterson, Simpson, Gordon and Ogilvie.

The two Junior TKM karts who went off the back was won by Lewis Main over Dana Sim.

Junior Max

An early clash between Connor Wilson and Lewis MacNab caused them to be well behind the pack with the latter retiring on lap three. Luke Geddes was leading from Rory MacLennan.

This pair were circulating as one. On the penultimate lap MacLennan nipped through and held on to win by less than three tenths from Geddes. Jake Anderson got the better of Gavin Simpson to take third. Wilson was fifth.

Junior Blue

Green lights flashed and Charles Wagner was first round followed by Blair Campbell, Tommy Leckie, Matthew Gilliland, Ciaran Haggerty and Josh Armstrong.

Leckie moved to second on lap five and two laps later took the lead. Leckie eased away and won by a second and a half over Wagner and Campbell. Gilliland had dropped to sixth at mid-distance but regained the places to take fourth at the line. Cameron Brown came home in fifth less than a second ahead of sister Katie Brown.

Senior Max

On form, Graeme Clark, took pole for the final and got off the line ahead of Andrew Buchan. Just behind the leading two on lap five there was a three way coming together between Greg Simpson, Darren Patrick and Kris Manett. Simpson and Patrick retired on the spot but Manett continued in third and retain the position until the flag.

Niall Kinghorn was a second behind with Bruce Buchan, who had started last, a further second back. Grant Cheesewright finished sixth ahead of Stuart Wyness and Richard Johnstone.

Senior Blue

Douglas Simpson got away ahead of Peter Moore and Stuart Gray. Fergus Barlow who had started at the back was making his way through the field and gained third on lap five. At the start of lap six, at gate corner, Simpson and Moore touched and ran wide allowing Barlow through to the lead.

Once in front Barlow opened a gap and won by just short of two seconds. Moore came home ahead of Simpson. Steve Barlow gained fourth place over Scott Keenan on the last lap. Colin MacNiven was sixth ahead of Gray.

ICC (Gearbox)

Alistair Smith took a lights to flag victory and took home the Granville Grubb Trophy. Michael Christie had a lonely race for second after a clash between Cliff Harper and Liam McGill who retired after being served a stop and go penalty. Ryan McGill took third ahead of Garry Lobban, Neil Anderson and Harper.

Club chairman, Gavin Sutherland, presented the trophies in the clubhouse after the meeting.

The next meeting at Grampian Kart Club will be on Sunday, July 10.

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