Race Report: 2023 Southern Championship


Ian Berry

General Manager | Total Karting Zero

After a damp start for Practice on Saturday, the track dried up and we had a great days racing at Clay Pigeon Raceway!


In Bambinos, newcomer Xavier Ramsey was quickest in Qualifying and won the Pre-Final. But in the Final, he mistakenly followed a back marker into the pits on the last lap while leading the race, so the win went to William Robinson who had been in the top 3 all day. Jenson Quy came in 2nd with George Rogers 3rd.


We had excellent battles throughout the field in Cadets, with Margris Koveeckis winning the Pre-Final, Rory Hamilton 2nd and Cody Trace 3rd. In the Final, a mistake from Hamilton saw him drop down the order so it was Archie Loveridge who took the win from 3rd on the grid with Margris Koveeckis 2nd and Cody Trace 3rd again.

Kart Racing Driver celebrating with hand in the air


The Junior Lights Final was won by Max Winfield from 6th on the grid after a great dice with Wesley Coombs who crossed the line 2nd. Benjamin Hamilton recovered well to 3rd after dropping from pole to 7th in the first lap, but he was then awarded a 5 second penalty for a dropped nose cone, demoting him to 4th and elevating Cadet class graduate Thomas Merritt up to 3rd in his first ever Junior race.


In the Juniors, Lucas Blantford and Joao Gabriel Castro topped the timing sheets all day. Qually and Pre-Final had Castro at the top with Blantford 2nd. But in the Final, it was Blantford who crossed the line 1st after a brilliant display of close and fair driving from both drivers who were never more than a tenth apart and swapped places several times throughout the race. Frankie Smedley just pipped William Sparrow to 3rd after another excellent race long battle for position.

See all your standings on Alpha here. Until then, we look forward to more close racing at Round 2 of the Southern Championship on Sunday 21 May at Lydd Raceway, another super quick track that I’m sure our drivers will enjoy.

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