After a staggering six week break the teams arrived at Luddenham Raceway, a new track on this year’s calendar, for the third race of the 2015 championship. This meant it was the first time for most of the drivers but that didn’t stop them from putting down blistering fast times. So fast that the whole field separated by only less than seven tenths of a second.
It was Garlic Sauce Racing that came out victorious on the day. Steven Le, the reigning champion, put in the fastest time of the day on the last session with a 35.360, also a PB for him. Jonathan Mowad was only 0.3 seconds behind with a 35.679 and this netted him a 5th place finishing. Steven’s first win of the season took him to the top of the leaderboard and their total points haul of 28 points moved them past OzMPS Racing for the top spot of the Team Championship.
Right behind Steven was Kevin Cheng of Yez Racing with a time of 35.457 and his first time on the podium. Hieu Nguyen finished in eighth and scored 3 of the 18 points for the team over the weekend. Kevin’s second place moved up him to 6th in the Drivers’ Championship however Yez Racing remains in 4th place for Team Championship.
Another first-timer on the podium was John Hannah from ZERO Counter-Measures. John managed to set his 3rd place time (35.608) in the second session and only 2 people managed to beat it in the final session. His teammate, Blake Noonan, finished behind Hieu Nguyen in 8th place (35.815) and their total of 14 points for the weekend kept them in 5th place, 11 points behind Yez Racing.
Former championship leaders, OzMPS Racing had a dismal race as James Aleksandrowicz wasn’t able to attend the race and it might not be the only one he misses. His counterpart, Steve Reed, finished in 4th place (35.656) and also managed to find a substitute driver at the last minute to help score points for the team. Peter Mann added to the team’s total of 11 points but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep the team in the lead. They now trail Garlic Sauce Racing by 9 points.
Blandon, the winner of Race 2 at UKS, wasn’t able to stay on top again and came home in sixth (35.737) but still manages to stay second in the Drivers’ Championship. Daniel Nguyen finished down the ladder in 14th place (36.371) and the team finished with a total of 7 points, which allowed them to keep third place in the Team Championship, 6 points ahead of Yez Racing but 24 points behind OzMPS Racing.
Just 0.017 seconds behind Blandon was Skaife of James Dine Racing in seventh place (35.754), who finished ahead of his teammate for the first time this season. Peter finished in 12th place (36.130), his first time outside of the top 10. Their results from the weekend was enough to keep them in 6th for the Team Championship.
Rounding out the top 10 was Toan Vo (36.072), his second time in the top 10 in a row, which is a great improvement from the opening race of the season. Tuk Tuk GP’s other driver, Prash, finished behind his teammate again in 16th place (36.487). However they’ve managed to move up ahead of Kanjo Kart Krew in the Team Championship and are now equalled 6th overall.
The first driver from DC Racing to cross the finish line was Kris Della Casa in 11th (36.097) and he’s managed to finish ahead of brother and teammate, Jared, in all three races so far this season. Jared finished in 17th (36.640) but all is not lost for the brothers as they also moved up in the Team Championship and are equalled with Tuk Tuk GP in 6th place.
Kanjo Kart Krew’s only driver to attend on the weekend was Alex Escobar and he finished in 13th place (36.140). Alex still trails behind his teammate, Guillermo, but this is the second time Guillermo has missed a race so he must attend all of the remaining races in order to seriously contend for the title that he missed out on last season. Guillermo’s DNS means Kanjo Kart Krew dropped down to 9th in the Team Championship.
Another solo driver at Luddenham was Kieren Graham from The Leftovers. His teammate, Ameet, has also missed out on two races this season. Although Kieren finished in 18th place, he’s finished ahead of his teammate in all three races this season and is carrying his team so far. We hope Ameet turns up for the remaining races to help Kieren move The Leftovers up the ladder in the championship.
Thanks to all that came for the third race of the season and we unfortunately couldn’t secure a booking at UKS for their reverse track format so we might be heading back to Picton for either another GP or we might mix it up for a time attack event. With five races remaining in the season, the Championship is still up for grabs for both Teams and Drivers as we’ve had a different driver lead the champion