Race Report: 2023 Northern Championship


Ian Berry

General Manager | Total Karting Zero

We had glorious sunshine at Hooton Park for Round 2 of the TKZ Northern Championship and the drivers enjoyed the track which clearly offers some great overtaking opportunities.


In the Pre-Final, Joshua Adotey led from pole and in the opening laps managed to create a gap to the rest of the field which remained until the chequered flag. Meanwhile, Jayan Prakash made a great start to move from 4th to 3rd ahead of Maximillian Michalski, and went on to battle with Noah Myburgh for 2nd, taking the place with a clean move up the inside at the hairpin. After a clean start in the Final, Joshua and Jayan pulled away, with Joshua taking home the win, while Maximillian got past Noah for 3rd.


In the Pre-Final, Archie Loveridge started pole and remained unchallenged to the chequered flag. However, there was plenty of action behind him with Junior Hall making a mistake at the hairpin and dropping out of 2nd position to 5th. Carter Inskip-Clarkson and Cory Chapman then battled over 2nd, Cory getting past Carter at turn 1 on lap 6. In the Final, Archie led from the lights to the flag, with Cory following in 2nd and Carter in 3rd. Behind them, there was a battle for 4th between Junior and Toby Cannon, Junior making the place on lap 6, but receiving a 2-place penalty for contact which promoted Lewis Holliday to 5th.


In the Pre-Final, James Kell and Myles Harrison had a race long battle for the lead, never more than a few inches part and swapping places 3 times, both drivers showing great racecraft. Behind them, Rory Hinckley in 4th tried everything to get himself into an overtaking position on Archie Hogan, but the opportunity never presented itself so Archie held onto 3rd.

At the back of the field, Harley Young and Andreea Brahariu Musteata had a great battle for 7th with Harley retaking the place 2 laps from the end. In the Final, poleman Myles suffered a kart failure on lap 2, promoting James Kell to the lead which he held to the flag for a comfortable win. Rory made a great start, moving from 4th up to 2nd by lap 2, while Archie and Toby Percival battled over 3rd. Toby was all over the back of Archie for most of the race, but just couldn't find a way past so had to settle for 4th. Meanwhile Andrrea had a great race, moving up from 8th to 5th by the flag.


There was plenty of action in the Pre-Final with poleman Oliver O'Donovan initially taking the lead but Jake Anders, Alfie Lambert, Ethan Waters and Salvador Newman were all running closely behind throughout the whole race, and in the final stages, Alfie successfully made his move on Oliver for the lead to take pole for the Final. For the Final, we had an epic battle between Alfie and Jake over 1st place which lasted the whole race.

Jake was never more than a few inches off Alfie's bumper and lap after lap was clearly scoping out where the move needed to be made. However, despite enormous pressure Alfie managed to hold on and take the win by less than a tenth of a second! Behind them, Ethan and Dylan Fitzhenry battled closely for 3rd and while Ethan took the place, Dylan got fastest lap and bagged those important extra 5 points.

See all your standings on Alpha here and get in touch with Gavin here, the photographer, for all your images from the weekend. Until then, we look forward to more close racing at Round 3 of the Northern Championship on 4th June at Rowrah!

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