Race Report: 2023 NORTHERN Championship
R5 @ HOOTON PARK
After a full on wet practice day on the Saturday, Sunday's race day wasn't so bad, with intermittent light rain fall in the morning but a dry afternoon. The Hooton Park layout rewards smooth drivers and the hairpins invite lunges up the inside for those that are brave and confident enough under hard braking, so we saw some great racing across all the classes.
Joshua Adotey led from start to finish in the Pre-Final and while Jayan Prakash held onto the 2nd for a couple of laps, Noah Myburgh was right on his tail and made a successful move up the inside at the left hand hairpin. As Joshua pulled away up front to eventually take the win, Jayan fought back, and at turn 2 there was contact with Noah which resulted in Jayan spinning out and dropping down to 4th behind George Rogers in 3rd.
In the Final, Noah made a great start and led until the turn 3 when Joshua went up the inside, a replica of the move he'd made on Jayan in the Pre-Final. Jayan also despatched George for 3rd on lap 1 and chased after the top two. By the end of the 2nd lap, Jayan had moved past Noah into 2nd place, a position he held to the flag, despite Noah closing back up and staying with him all the way to the finish.
Ethan Hall started pole in the Pre-Final and led briefly before being despatched by Warwick Mylum. Behind them, Archie Loveridge moved past Thomas Rathbone for 3rd on lap 2. But Archie was struggling with his kart and the two drivers battled for 7 laps before contact on the straight put Thomas into a spin, dropping him down to 5th behind George Glossop. Jamie Mawdesley and Sonny Williams swapped places a couple of times, Jamie eventually finishing 6th and Sonny 7th.
In the Final, Warwick, Ethan and Archie all fought over the lead in the early laps, Archie coming out on top by lap 3, while early leader Ethan dropped from the lead to 3rd and Warwick held onto 2nd. Behind them, Thomas moved up to 4th and George dropped to 6th initially, then recovered to 5th as Sonny lost out going from 5th to 7th on lap 2. Once again, Jamie and Sonny swapped places twice in the final stages, and as before, Jamie came home 6th and Sonny finished 7th.
Archie Hogan was on top form in the Pre-Final with a lights to flag victory, while Toby Percival held onto 2nd until lap 6, when his powertrain developed an issue, dropping him down to 9th. This promoted Rory Hinckley up to 2nd, and Josh Gora to 3rd at the finish.
In the Final, Archie once again put in a dominant performance to win and get fastest lap. Rory held onto 2nd throughout, and Toby moved up to 3rd, holding the position to the flag. Jan Zarobkiewicz did well to get 4th from 6th on the grid, and Spencer Wilds held onto 5th. Special mention for Lauren Dunleavy who got up to 6th on lap 1 from 10th on the grid, but then lost out by a couple of places on lap 9 to finally finish 8th.
Jake Anders resisted early challenges from Max Davies and Owen Tymon-Clydesdale to hold onto 1st in the Pre-Final, eventually pulling away as Max and Owen battled over 2nd place. It was hard but fair between these two, and on the final lap Owen made a great move up the inside at the 2nd hairpin to take 2nd at the flag. However, he then incurred a 5 second penalty for a dropped nose, dropping him down the order for the Final grid.
Behind these three, Alfie Lambert held onto 4th until lap 11 when he lost 2 places, promoting Ethan Waters to 4th and Salvador Newman to 5th. In the Final, Jake once again led from the start and resisted the attention of Max Davies throughout to take the win and fastest lap. Ethan held 3rd until the final lap when Alfie moved ahead. Owen came home 5th with Bertie Bream 6th, up from 9th on the grid.
Blog | October 2022
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