Race Reports 2018




Runaway championship leader Liam Morley suffered a double non-finish at Donington Park allowing Matt Robinson to pick up his first ever F125 Open championship victory. Former champion Chris Needham also benefitted from Morley's demise by collecting his first championship win since September 2016.

Morley's weekend started brightly enough when he topped the time sheets in free practice with a lap inside the current lap record and 1.3s ahead of his rivals. For Needham it was the very opposite. A big end failure in his IAME engine after 1 lap put him on the back foot and would mean a change to his spare SGM motor for qualifying.

The time session saw Morley better his earlier lap to record a time of 1m 35.449s for pole position, 0.864s inside the lap record. Matt Robinson lowered the nosecone on his Anderson chassis and found a second from his earlier time. A lap of 1m 36.854s secured a spot on the front row, but he was a worrying 1.405s slower than Morley. A big gap to make up. Andy Connor was struggling with the flu, however, he put in a 1m 37.381s lap for third quickest before a smashed gear selector halted his progress. Former champion Lee Harpham was back on the MS Kart chassis that he had tried earlier in the season. Four consistent laps netted him 1m 37.597s for a place on the second row.

The third row was headed by Sam Moss on 1m 37.741s set early in the session. He pitted half way through for a few adjustments and just failed to better his earlier time on his first flying lap. Ian Larder returned after missing the Snetterton rounds. He managed to lop off a massive 2.2s from his free practice time to record a 1m 37.936s. Noel Brennan was the lead Irish driver and some consistent laps netted him a time of 1m 38.494s for seventh quickest. Tim King had decided to switch from a TM motor eligible for the F125 Cup to a more powerful DEA engine. He produced his best qualifying performance of the season, eighth with a lap of 1m 38.577s.

Former F450 champion Phil Rowlands complained of a lack of grip in qually and consequently went backwards on his times. His lap of 1m 39.141s for ninth quickest was 0.872s slower that he had recorded earlier. Completing the top ten was Anderson Chilcott. The rookie driver had a change of ignition after the problems that beset him at Snetterton a month earlier. As a result, the CAT racing driver was in a much better place with a lap of 1m 39.173s. Chris Needham's change of engine for qualifying resulted in a 1m 39.233s lap for 11thquickest. Not where he was hoping to be. Second in the points standings, Kirk Cattermole had a steady run in the free session and posted a time which would have been good enough for a place on the second row of the grid. However, in the timed session he had a big end failure after one flying lap and only recorded a 1m 43.169s for a place on row 12 and a lot of karts ahead of him.

Morley made the most of pole position in Race 1 and led round the opening lap chased by Robinson. Needham made a blistering start and was up to third place at the end of lap 1 followed by Connor, Larder, Harpham and King. Cattermole had also made up places from his lowly grid position and was up to 12thspot while Moss went backwards and had dropped to 23rd. As has become customary this season, Morley started to stretch his lead at the front and set the fastest lap of the race on lap 4. His lead up to 2.776s. Robinson still held second place, just over a second clear of Needham, with Harpham just holding off Connor for fourth spot. Cattermole had continued to make progress and now led a group of Larder, Brennan, Rowlands and King squabbling over sixth place. Harpham's race ended on the next lap when he crawled into the pits with a flat battery and was followed into retirement by Larder.

All seemed to be running sweetly up at the front but on lap 8 Morley disappeared. 'Everything was flowing naturally and then the engine misfired and cut out. It is possibly an issue with the battery as it has blown the fuses in the ignition.' That left Robinson in the lead and despite a slight misfire towards the end, maintained his pace to secure his maiden win in the F125 Open Championship. 'I made a good start and was happy to settle for second place behind Liam. This result is fantastic.' Needham kept up the chase but was happy with second place using his spare motor.

Connor drove a steady race and secured his first podium finish of the season and was being caught by Cattermole at the flag. A better grid position may have seen him challenging for the lead. Fifth place was hotly contested, but Rowlands broke clear of the others to make it his own. King had his best ever result in the championship justifying his switch to DEA power and just held off Moss and Brennan at the flag.

Race One (10 laps)

1 Matt Robinson (Anderson Redspeed TM) 16m 19.877s (91.24mph)

2 Chris Needham (Anderson SGM) 16m 23.610s

3 Andrew Connor (Anderson Redspeed TM) 16m 26.402s

4 Kirk Cattermole (Raider CAT IAME)

5 Phil Rowlands (Anderson Redspeed DEA)

6 Tim King (Anderson DEA)

Fastest Lap Morley1m 36.485s (92.80mph)

Morley's fastest lap secured pole for Race 2 with Harpham alongside and Needham and Robinson behind. When the lights went out Morley got the DEA hooked up perfectly and led down to Redgate chased by Harpham with Robinson slotting into third ahead of Needham and Moss. Cattermole made a shocking start from the third row and got swamped by the pack. At the Old Hairpin Harpham dived inside Morley to take the lead and was still ahead as they went into the Fogarty Esses for the first time. But on the exit the MS Kart driver slowed dramatically when the TM motor misfired and loaded up, allowing Morley back in front while Robinson slipped past Needham. At the end of the opening lap Morley had a slight buffer of 0.655s. Robinson led the second-place train of Needham, Moss, Connor, Brennan and King. Cattermole had recovered up to 9thspot behind Larder with Harpham tumbling down to 13thspot.

At the end of the next lap Morley failed to appear. The engine had cut out again due to an electrical fault. After an unbeaten run in the championship, the series leader had suffered two retirements in one weekend. Further back, Neil Robinson had spun at McLeans and was collected by Rowlands who broke a camber bar.

Matt Robinson took over at the front, but he was coming under pressure from Needham, back using his IAME engine that had been rebuilt overnight. Robinson set his personal best on lap 5 but Needham went quicker setting the fastest lap of the race. For the next three laps the lead changed hands at least three times on every lap. Robinson was stronger into Redgate but would then run wide on the exit and lose out through Craner Curves. Then Robinson outbraked Needham at Melbourne Hairpin only to have Needham repass on the cut back at the exit. On the penultimate lap they were side by side through the Craner Curves with Robinson grabbing the advantage at the Old Hairpin. Needham retook the lead at the Fogarty Esses and this time Robinson had no response as he slid through Goddards at the end of the lap losing valuable time. Needham reeled off the final lap to take the flag 0.916s ahead and collect his first championship victory in 19 months. 'After a diabolical start to the weekend with engine problems I am really pleased with the win. I am now looking forward to the GP race later in the day.' Robinson was equally pleased with his result. 'I tried to peg back Liam on the opening lap and when he went out I tried to break away from the pack. Chris had good pace and it was a great scrap. It would have been nice to get a double win, but I had to settle for second.'

The race for third place was equally as fraught. Moss held the position from lap 2 with Connor in close proximity. On lap 8 they were joined by Cattermole and Harpham, the latter battling through the field after his first lap problem. Moss 'had a moment' at the Fogarty Esses on lap 9 which dropped him to the back of the group. Cattermole then took over in third place while Harpham outbraked Connor at Goddards to take 4thspot. Cattermole held onto third place over the final lap with an IAME engine that was running too rich, but Harpham lost his fourth spot at the finish when he slowed with more carburation issues. So, Connor inherited the position despite lacking downforce in the faster corners while Moss had to be content with fifth.

With Morley having a double DNF, Cattermole has closed the gap in the championship to just 2 points with Robinson and Needham looking threatening. The next few rounds will be interesting.

Race Two (10 laps)

1 Chris Needham (Anderson IAME) 16m 17.770s (91.44mph)

2 Matt Robinson (Anderson Redspeed TM) 16m 18.686s

3 Kirk Cattermole (Raider CAT IAME) 16m 21.291s

4 Andrew Connor (Anderson Redspeed TM)

5 Sam Moss (Anderson DEA)

6 Lee Harpham (MS Kart TM)

Fastest Lap Needham1m 36.589s (92.70mph)

BSA F125 Open Championship Points after 9 rounds

1 Liam Morley 240pts

2 Kirk Cattermole 238

3 Chris Needham 227

4 Matt Robinson 202

5 Andrew Connor 200

6 Phil Rowlands 180

BSA F125 Cup Points after 9 rounds

1 Like Clemson 250pts

2 Sarah Budby 249

3 Clint Bridge 217

Words by Gary James




The GP race was also doubling up as a round of the BSA National Championship. After two CIK-FIA European Championship rounds, it was good to see some of the overseas drivers stay behind and join the grid of UK driver's ineligible to compete in the Euro series due to engine homologation rules. Fresh from two wins earlier in the day, Peter Elkmann, the reigning GP holder was on pole position. Unfortunately, Adam Kout whom was due to take up a position on the front row, elected not to contest the GP so Liam Morley and Andreas Jost took up the next two positions on the grid. When the lights changed, Jost got the jump on everyone else but Elkmann had the inside line and led into Redgate followed by Jost, Morley, Hulme and Rushforth. The latter didn't get a good exit and lost two places through Hollywood to Harvey and Dredge. Morley passed Jost through the Fogarty Esses to take second place and chased after Elkmann. But the British drivers' disastrous weekend continued. Exiting Goddard's in second place, his hand went in the air and he cruised into the pit lane to retire with an overheating DEA engine. That gave Elkmann a 2.176s advantage at the end of the opening lap over Jost with Hulme, Dredge, Harvey, Kinsey and Rushforth next through. Rushforth lost ground exiting Goddards on lap 2 and in a bid to make up time and places spun off at Redgate on lap 4. Elkmann gradually increased his lead at the front, setting the fastest lap at half distance. There was nothing that Jost could do and Elkmann reeled off the remaining laps keeping a constant pace, even when lapping slower karts. At the flag he was 9.73s ahead to retain his GP plate. 'Three starts, three wins. 'its been a perfect weekend.' Jost was happy with another podium position, albeit an improvement to runner-up slot. All this on a spare engine, after his best unit failed the day before. The race to be top Brit was a close battle for half of the race with Hulme and Dredge disputing third spot. Dredge put a great move on Hulme on lap 6 which he described as 'good fun.' Through the Fogarty Esses he got a better run and closed on Hulme as they approached the Melbourne Hairpin. Hulme defended the inside line, so Dredge went around the outside to take third place. Sadly, it wasn't to last. His engine hesitated on the exit of Goddards and Hulme went back ahead along the Wheatcroft Straight. Dredge slowed on the exit of the Old Hairpin and pulled off into retirement. 'I had underlying issues with the engine and it was running at 95 degrees rather than 50. Disappointing as the pace would have given me some good results.' Hulme had an easy run to the flag for third place and maximum points in the BSA Division 1 championship with Harvey 11.456s behind ahead of Kinsey who was a further four seconds back. Bjerge kept him in sight but was never close enough to mount a challenge.

Results (11 laps)

1 Peter Elkmann (Anderson VM)

2 Andreas Jost (Anderson VM)

3 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM)

4 Dave Harvey (MS Kart VM)

5 Carl Kinsey (Anderson VM)

6 Ingvar Bjerge (Anderson VM)

Fastest Lap Elkmann1m 28.046s (101.70mph)

BSA Division 1 Championship Points (after 7 rounds)

1 Carl Hulme 249pts

2 Paul Platt 196

3 Vic Hempshall 140

4 Tom Rushforth 116

5 Carl Kinsey 116

6 Dave Harvey 102


With little time to catch your breath, the 250 Nationals were out on track. The fastest laps from the earlier MSA Championship races determined grid positions for the GP and saw Jordie Ford on pole position. Paul Platt was alongside with Daniel Clark and Andy Bird on row 2. English Champion Jack Layton was on row 3 and was joined by the current GP holder Gavin Bennett. Clark made the best start as Ford's DEA bogged down when the lights changed. Bird was also slow away when he missed second gear and ended up in 'no mans land' Through Redgate, Clark and Layton ran side by side with the Redspeed driver gaining the advantage down the Craner Curves, as he held off three Parker Motorsport drivers. Layton, Hatfield and Isherwood in line astern. Ford had dropped to 7thplace and Platt lost places when he ran wide on the exit of Redgate.

Ford had the benefit of slightly softer tyres and made up ground through the Old Hairpin and around the opening lap, moving onto second place before the Melbourne Hairpin. Clark led across the line at the end of lap 1 and his advantage over the Aussie was only 0.257s. Hatfield was third with Layton, Bennett and Platt locked together for fourth. Isherwood was next while Bird was down in 10thspot. Clark relinquished his lead to Ford on lap 2 and as he crossed the line to complete the lap his arm went in the air and he pulled off at the exit of the pit lane. A seat mount had snapped and kinked a fuel pipe which caused the Gas Gas engine to seize. That left Ford with a big lead of 3.302s over Bennett, Hatfield, Platt and Layton who were scrapping over second place with Isherwood, Bird and Allen not far behind. Platt saw his opportunity to replace his Redspeed team mate and passed Hatfield at McLeans and Bennett at the Melbourne Hairpin to move into second place. But he was still 5.589s behind Ford at the end of the lap. And the gap continued to increase.

Ford's pace was relentless. He set the fastest lap of the race at half distance as he pulled further away. With both arms aloft he crossed the line to comfortably reclaim the GP title that he lost in dramatic style last year. Not being eligible for the MSA Championship, his sole aim this weekend was achieved. 'I am absolutely stoked. That is a weight off my shoulders after last years disappointment. It was a tough start, but I took my time on the opening lap and didn't panic. I just kept my head down and got the result I came here for.'

Platt kept up the chase but had to settle for second place 13.113s behind. 'I got mugged at the start and lost a bit of ground. Disappointed to be second but I am happy with the points I got in the MSA Championship earlier.' The dice for third place was keenly contested. Hatfield's challenge ended on lap 4 when he pulled off at Coppice with a big end failure in his DEA and at the end of the lap Bennett was also out when he came into pit lane. 'I had good pace, but the engine cut out again.' That left Layton to fend off Bird with Sherwood and Allen not far behind. Layton had a trip across the gravel at Fogarty Esses on lap 6 and dropped back leaving Bird to take over. He eased clear of the others to secure third place by 4.154s.

Isherwood, Layton and Allen then fought over 4thspot with positions changing on every lap. Down to Redgate for the final time it was three abreast with Allen, trying a new Honda, the meat in the Parker Motorsport sandwich. Layton went around the outside to take fourth place while Isherwood ran wide over the exit kerb and dropped behind Allen and that's the order that they crossed the line.

Results (10 laps)

1 Jordie Ford (Anderson DEA)

2 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas)

3 Andy Bird (Anderson Gas Gas)

4 Jack Layton (Anderson DEA)

5 Ross Allen (Jade Honda)

6 Matt Isherwood (Anderson DEA)

Fastest Lap Ford1m 31.137s (98.25mph)


The smallest capacity Superkart class was the last Grand Prix of the day. Despite not finishing either BSA championship race, Liam Morley had secured pole position. The team had changed nearly everything. Battery, wiring looms and the ignition to try and resolve the earlier problems so it was very much fingers crossed as he lined up on the grid. Revitalised after his earlier win, Chris Needham completed the front row. Lee Harpham and Kirk Cattermole were on row 2 with Matt Robinson and Andrew Connor behind them.

The grid was in good order as they exited Goddards and when the lights went out everyone fanned across the circuit. Morley led into Redgate from Needham while Sam Moss made a great start from row 4 and slotted into third place. Robinson did the opposite with a terrible start and was swallowed up by the pack.

As they all swarmed out of Goddards at the end of lap 1 Morley led a trio of Needham, Cattermole and Harpham. Moss held fifth just ahead of Connor, Noel Brennan and Tim King while Robinson was down in 11thwith a lot of work to do. Brennan's race ended on lap 2 when he pulled off at McLeans with a seized engine.

Moss couldn't keep the pace of the lead group through Craner Curves and lost a bit of ground and this allowed Connor to move ahead. Then at Fogarty Esses they both gained a place when Harpham's TM motor hesitated on the exit. Was this a repeat of the earlier problem? It seemed not as on the following lap he was the quickest driver on track as he pegged back a place.

The race for the top places settled into three groups. Morley was just holding off Needham with Cattermole trying to stay in touch. Then it was Connor, Harpham and Robinson about 3.5s behind with Moss, Rowlands and King a further 2s back.

Morley and Needham were trading similar lap times as they started to drop Cattermole and it became a two-horse race for the lead. Needham set his best time on lap 7 as he reduced the gap to 0.253s but Morley responded on the penultimate lap when he set the fastest lap, just outside the lap record, and pushed the gap out to 0.560s. Had his luck changed?

At the Melbourne Hairpin Ben Warsap and Paula Salonen collided and while Warsap managed to drive clear, the Finn's Raider kart was left stranded in the middle of the track. The leaders approached the scene on the final lap with waved yellow flags stopping any outbraking manoeuvres, but Needham closed in and on the exit they were side by side. It was still side by side up to and through Goddards for the final time with Needham on the outside line. Needham inched ahead but Morley got better drive off the corner as Needham urged his kart forward. Up to the line they rushed with Morley getting the verdict by 0.037s. What a finish! 'The team have worked tirelessly to get the kart going after all the problems we have had this weekend. I can't thank them enough.' Needham was philosophical in defeat. 'The engine was slightly over geared and was running at 70 degrees. I just didn't quite have enough to take the win. I tried everything and was pushing the whole race. The motor popped as I went over a bump coming out of the last corner and lost momentum.' Cattermole kept chasing the pair ahead but was 3.5s behind at the flag. 'I think a reed petal has snapped and I lost some power. So, I played safe rather than blow up.' Robinson claimed fourth place on lap 7 when he went around the outside of Connor at Schwantz and outbraked Harpham into the Melbourne Hairpin. He set his quickest time on the final lap but was nearly seven seconds behind Cattermole. Harpham and Connor fought over fourth place until the last lap when Connor's engine started making horrible noises and he dropped to thirteenth as he crossed the line in the pit lane. Harpham was pleased with how his MS chassis performed but was let down by his TM motor. 'I was down on speed. We went the wrong way with the engine settings and I was struggling up the hill through the Schwantz Curve.' At the flag he was almost caught by Rowlands who reduced a two second gap to just 0.099s.

Results (10 laps)

1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA)

2 Chris Needham (Anderson IAME)

3 Kirk Cattermole (Raider CAT IAME)

4 Matt Robinson (Anderson Redspeed TM)

5 Lee Harpham (MS Kart TM)

6 Phil Rowlands (Anderson Redspeed DEA)

Fastest Lap Morley1m 36.387s (92.90mph)




Paul Platt tasted victory again with two more wins to add to his growing total for this season.

There was a mixed grid for the MSA Championship rounds with the F250 National's joined by Division 1 twin cylinder karts that were not eligible to compete in the CIK races and F450's. Jordie Ford was back from Australia with the intention of reclaiming his GP plate. Although not eligible for MSA points, he would be using the races to fine tune the set-up of his new Anderson Maverick chassis. He didn't waste any time in qualifying and on his first and only flying lap claimed pole position with a time of 1m 30.201s, a lap that was 4/10th's inside the lap record. A marker had been set. Stuart Coey has been setting lap records in Ireland this season and on his PVP twin his lap of 1m 31.051s was good enough to secure the other place on the front row. Reigning MSA Champion Daniel Clark had a scare at the beginning of the timed session. The motor fouled up and he stopped at Redgate. After about seven minutes he managed to get back to the pits and changed the plug. His second flying lap produced a 1m 31.845s and he was on another quick one until he was baulked by a slow F450. However, his time was good enough to head up row 2. Championship leader, Paul Platt was having cooling issues and couldn't better his time from free practice. Suffering from too much front end grip his time of 1m 32.375s completed the second row. Liam Fox was another driver to make the journey across the Irish Sea and he lined up on the third row with a lap of 1m 32.728s. Gavin Bennett was having a shocking season and was hoping to get into the points again. He ended up sixth quickest on a 1m 33.080s before his DEA jammed in third gear and he had to pit. Andy Bird was taking it easy in the opening stages of qually and then pitted to make adjustments. His first flying lap of 1m 33.279s was good enough to wind up seventh quickest. He was joined on the fourth row by Matt Isherwood who was having another 'guest drive' in one of the Parker Motorsport Anderson DEA's. Team mate for the weekend, Jack Layton was hampered when the gear lever came off so had to make do with a 1m 33.325s lap to head the fifth row and he was joined by the third of the Division 1 karts. Kevin Busby set an Ooh la la time of 1m 34.405s.

Saturday evening was bright and dry as the grid took up formation for race 1. When the lights went out it was Coey that made the better start from the front row as Ford bogged down and lost time. The Australian wasn't behind for long and picked up places around the first lap, passing Coey under braking into the Melbourne Hairpin to take the lead. At the end of lap 1 Ford led by 0.557s from Coey, then it was Platt, Bennett and Clark locked together ahead of Fox in then second of the twins and Layton.

Coey and Ford swapped positions over the next couple of laps before Ford set the fastest lap of the race on lap 4 and started to pully away. Coey had his hands full keeping Platt behind him and they were clear of Clark and Bennett. However, the GP title holder pitted at the end of lap 6 with a split fuel pipe. He was joined in retirement by Isherwood who had a big end failure in his DEA motor. Busby also retired into the pits after locking everything up when he caught a much slower kart through Craner Curves.

Ford reeled off the remaining laps to win by 6.27s. 'It was a smooth race and I am still setting up the new Anderson maverick 3 chassis.' Coey shook off the attentions of Platt to collect second place and the leading twin cylinder driver. But at the finish his PVP motor had popped a crank seal and was leaking oil.

The race for points in the MSA British Championship had looked comfortable for Platt. But in the closing stages traffic had become a problem and over the course of 3 laps Clark had reduced the gap from 2.756s down to 0.846s starting the last lap. Around the final part of the 2.4873-mile circuit they were side by side, but Platt held on by 0.828s at the flag. 'I would have liked the overall win but maximum points in the championship is more important.' Clark was pleased with his race but 'I would like to stop Paul winning.' Fox was next across the line to finish second in the Division 1 category. Layton, despite having a seat post break, was safely clear of Bird with Allen in a lonely sixth place.

Race One (10 laps)

MSA British Superkart Championship 1 Jordie Ford (Anderson DEA) 15m20.746s (97.10mph);

2 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas) +7.486s; 3 Daniel Clark (Anderson Gas Gas); 4 Jack Layton (Anderson DEA); 5 Andy Bird (Anderson Gas Gas); 6 Ross Allen (Jade Honda). FastestLap Ford 1m31.261s (98.11mph).

With lap times from the race the previous day determining the grid for race 2, Ford was on pole but this time he had Fox alongside. Coey headed row 2 with Platt alongside while Clark and Bennett were on row 3. Unfortunately, Clark couldn't get the Gas Gas engine to fire up from the dummy grid so didn't get out of the pit lane. More bad luck in the defence of his title. There was more drama on the warm-up lap when Ford had an ignition switch break. He dived into the pit lane for repairs leaving Fox to lead the grid up to the lights. When they went out Fox led the field down to Redgate chased by Colin Menary who had benefitted from two karts not starting in front of him on the grid. Coey slotted into third place while Bennett led the MSA singles from Bird, Isherwood, Platt and Layton. Bennett's chance to take maximum points in the MSA Championship fizzled out when he toured through the Melbourne Hairpin when the DEA motor cut out.

At the end of lap 1 Fox held off Coey by 0.218s. Bird now led the MSA singles with Menary alongside in his twin. Then it was Platt and Layton ahead of Allen and Isherwood, the latter with a rebuilt DEA overnight. Bennett had dropped back to 11thwas still going.

Coey took the lead on lap 2 and pulled away from Fox as he set the fastest lap. But on the next lap approaching the Melbourne Hairpin his arm went in the air and he pulled into the pits. A faulty gear selector put him out of the race. Menary spun right in front of Bird which delayed the Gas Gas driver and allowed Platt and Layton to get ahead.

After fixing the ignition switch, Ford was back in the action but was a lap down. That didn't stop him setting the quickest time for the singles as he tried to make up places. But the switch gave up again and he returned to the pits and didn't reappear.

At the front Fox kept a steady gap, but then Platt started to close looking for the overall win and not just a class win. On lap 8 into the Melbourne Hairpin he tried a pass, which was unsuccessful, but on the next lap he got through. Starting the last lap, the single led the twin, but Fox took the lead into Redgate. At the Fogarty Esses Fox lapped two slower karts which gave him the breathing space over Platt. The win was his by 0.934s. Platt was happy with another 40 points. 'There is more to come from the engine. We have been a bit conservative up till now.'Second place in the MSA Championship had been contested since lap 3. Bird and layton had swapped positions on several laps, going side by side down Craner Curves on one occasion. Out of Coppice on the final lap, Bird got a better run as Layton had a slight misfire and made the pass before the Fogarty Esses. Bird held on to second place by 0.231s at the flag. Isherwood secured fourth place following his engine rebuild, his result made a bit easier when Allen retired on lap 7 with a broken big end cage. The fight for fifth spot was entertaining with Davies, Kennedy, Seymour and Hewitt four abreast at the end of lap 6. Hewitt lost a bit of ground leaving the singles to sort themselves out. Davies and Kennedy were side by side into the last corner with Kennedy just getting the verdict at the flag from Davies and Seymour.

Race Two (10 laps)

MSA British Superkart Championship 1 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas) 15m33.394s (95.78mph);

2 Andy Bird (Anderson Gas Gas) +1.826s; 3 Jack Layton (Anderson DEA); 4 Matt Isherwood (Anderson DEA); 5 Don Kennedy (Anderson DEA); 6 Julian Davies (HRK THR). FastestLap Ford 1m31.363s (98.00mph).

MSA British Superkart Championship Positions after 8 rounds

1 Paul Platt 315 pts

2 Andy Bird 227

3 Jack Layton 212

4 Tom Hatfield 212

5 Don Kennedy 180

6 Ross Allen 146

Words by Gary James




Reigning European Superkart Champion Peter Elkmann started the defence of his title in the best way possible by winning both rounds at Donington Park.

His weekend didn't begin as he would have liked when the throttle cable broke in the free practice session on Saturday morning. 'I always have problems in the first practice or race at Donington.'But there were no issues when it came to the first qualifying session. His eighth and final lap saw him post a post of 1m 27.063s for provisional pole position. He was not happy though as his time was 1.175s outside the lap record he set last year. 'Why are we slower? I cannot understand.' For the next session the team reverted to the 2017 settings and changed the gear ratios and airbox pressure. However, after two laps Elkmann was in the pits and not happy that he had lapped 0.905s slower. Nevertheless, the opposition could beat his time and pole position remained with the number 1 kart.

Andreas Jost came the closest but not without issues. In the first session he put in 4 laps culminating in a 1m 27.934s before he damaged his best engine. With the spare engine installed he went out in the afternoon and topped the time sheets with a 1m 27.388s to secure a slot on the front row.

Twice European Champion Adam Kout was having his first run out of the season on a brand-new MS Kart chassis. 'We are only doing the European Championship as we are investing time and money in our car showroom back in the Czech Republic where we are agents for Renault, Dacia and Hyundai.' Despite the lack of track time he recorded a 1m 27.429s laps for second quickest in the opening session. 'The gearing is too low.' For the second qualifying period that was changed along with the jetting on the DEA motor but he ended up slower, so was bumped down to the second row by Jost.

Liam Morley came into this meeting on the back of two emphatic wins at Silverstone in May. After trying different aero packages on that occasion, they had settled on a rear wing that had an interesting twist to it. Or what it an optical illusion? In testing on Thursday Morley had the throttle stick open on the approach to Redgate which made things 'interesting' but when it came to qualifying there were no dramas. He set a time of 1m 27.692s and then pitted on the next lap. A decision he regretted. 'I should have stayed out because I could have gone quicker.' Some slick tyre changing that a Formula 1 team would have been proud of in the second session didn't improve his time and he ended up fourth on the grid.

Heading the third row of the grid, was last years overall winner Yannick de Brabander. The Belgian driver put in a lot of laps over the two sessions, but his best came in qually one with a lap of 1m 27.857s.

Lining up alongside and sixth quickest was the other British hopeful, Daniel Clark. This was his first run out on the twin this season. He was quickest driver through the first sector of the lap by 0.128s over Elkmann but was disappointingly slower by 1.036s in the second half of the lap. 'I can't seem to get the kart through the slower section of the circuit as good as the others. I am using the same braking point into Melbourne like I do on the 250 single, but it is too late as I am carrying a lot more speed. Consequently, I am messing up the corner.' On older tyres he recorded a 1m 27.971s which wasn't improved upon later in the day.

Elkmann made the most of pole position in race 1and led down to Redgate chased by Kout. Clark was away well from the third row but got pushed wide on the exit of the first corner and lost a couple of places. Jost lost out to De Brabander at the Old Hairpin and was then slow out of the Melbourne Loop which allowed Morley into fourth spot. Maasmann had to change his line which caused Clark to run up the back of the Dutchman's kart but they both continued.

So, at the end of the opening lap, Elkmann led by 1.1s from Kout, De Brabander, Morley, Jost, Maasmann and Clark. Kurstjens led a long train of karts in 8thspot but his race ended on the following lap. Elkmann then proceeded to put on a masterclass. He set the fastest lap of the race on lap 4 as he steadily increased his lead over Kout. It peaked at 5.5s with 4 laps to go but everything was under control and the German crossed the line to wrack up the first 25 points of the championship by 3.968s. 'All that was planned worked well.' Kout did his best to keep Elkmann in sight but had to settle for second spot. 'I made a good start and tried to keep a constant pace. The team is still searching for the optimal set-up on the new chassis.'

While the first two positions were settled the race for third place was lively during the opening stages. Clark's chances of moving up the order were scuppered when he coasted into the pits at the end of lap 4 with damage to the bottom end of his VM engine. He was followed into retirement by Jason Dredge who had a water hose come off. De Brabander had his hands full keeping Morley at bay. Morley tried a move into Melbourne on lap 3, but De Brabander fought back at Goddards. Two laps later, Morley got a better run through the Fogarty Esses and this time held on to third place. But on lap 7 his race ended when a water pump sheared. The dice between the Brit and the Belgian had allowed Jost to close on to the back of the pair. On lap 6 Jost outbraked De Brabander into Melbourne and then ended up pushing him onto the grass on the exit. De Brabander wasn't going to give up the position easily and on the run into Redgate on the following lap made a move to regain fourth spot. Unfortunately, he ended up spinning into the gravel trap. Undeterred, he dragged the kart back onto the track and managed to restart the motor, jump on board and rejoin the race. However, instead of holding third place because of Morley's retirement, he found himself back in 13th. Jost was left unchallenged for the remainder of the race to secure third spot. 'I didn't make a good start and lost a couple of places. The gap to Elkmann was too much and I ruined my tyres trying to catch up, but I am happy with a place on the podium.' Maasmann had a lonely run to fourth place while the top Brit was Carl Hulme. He'd had a big end failure in the VM motor during final qualifying and the team had an overnight rebuild to get things ready. 'We only fired up the engine 15 minutes before the start of the race, but it ran ok.'

Race One (13 laps)

1 Peter Elkmann (Anderson VM)

2 Adam Kout (MS Kart DEA)

3 Andreas Jost (Anderson VM)

4 Marcel Maasmann (Anderson VM)

5 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM)

6 Mark Verhaar (MS Kart VM)

Fastest Lap Peter Elkmann(Anderson VM) 1m 26.924s (103.01mph)

As is customary with the European Championship, the grid line up for race 2 was the same as earlier in the day. Elkmann again got the best start and defended the inside line down to Redgate from Jost. Kout was slow away and down in sixth place but while everyone was looking at the inside line he swept around the outside at Redgate to take second place. Down through Craner Curves De Brabander pushed Jost a bit wide and took third spot and Morley followed him past Jost on the exit of the Old Hairpin. Further round the lap, Morley outbraked De Brabander at the Melbourne Hairpin to claim third place. At the end of lap 1 Elkmann led Kout by 0.8s the it was Morley, De Brabander, Jost, Clark, Dredge and Kurstjens. Morley's chance of a podium evaporated on the next lap when his arm went in the air on the way to the Melbourne Hairpin and he toured into the pits with an overheating engine.

Elkmann set the fastest lap of the race on lap 3 as he increased his lead to 1.1s over Kout. The Czech driver set his personal best on the following lap but Elkmann was tantalisingly just out of reach. The gap did shrink to half a second at the end of lap 7 but Elkmann was in control. His advantage gradually increased and at the flag it was up to 2.9s. 'I checked to see that Adam was closing and kept my pace constant. Two wins and maximum points in the championship. It's simply great.' Kout added that 'the gap was just too big to get close for an overtake. But I am happy with second place, my race and valuable points.' Third place was a less fraught affair this time. With the demise of Morley, Jost then disposed of De Brabander on lap 3 and pulled away for a lonely and comfortable podium finish. 'I didn't get a good start but when I got through to third Peter and Adam were too quick for me to catch them.' De Brabander was no threat to Jost after half distance and came home 10.5s behind. Unfortunately, the British challenge fizzled out again. Clark and Dredge were fifth and sixth after 3 laps, but then Dredge dropped back on lap 5 and then pitted next time around with an overheating engine. Clark crossed the line at the end of lap 5 with an ominous look down at the end and as he went through Schwantz Curve for the sixth time his arm went in the air. He toured back to the pits to retire. An O ring had come out of one of the cylinders. Carl Hulme inherited 6thplace and chased after Maasmann but then he clipped the kerb at Old Hairpin and went off. Another good result ruined. Maasmann was then unchallenged for fifth spot while Kurstjens just held off Zuleta for sixth place.

Race Two (13 laps)

1 Peter Elkmann (Anderson VM)

2 Adam Kout (MS Kart DEA)

3 Andreas Jost (Anderson VM)

4 Yannick de Brabander (MS Kart VM)

5 Marcel Maasmann (Anderson VM)

6 Leo Kurstjens (MS Kart VM)

Fastest Lap Elkmann1m 27.007s (102.91mph)

CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship Points (after 2 rounds)

1 Peter Elkmann 50pts

2 Adam Kout 40

3 Andreas Jost 32

4 Marcel Maasmann 24

5 Yannick de Brabander 18

6 Jaime Zuleta 17





Paul Platt added three more wins to his seasons tally and has opened up a sizeable lead in the championship. Liam Morley could have secured a triple in the Division 1 class, but an engine problem sent him in the pits.

After a gap of two years, Superkarts returned to the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. With the opportunity to race at the home of the first Superkart GP held in 1978 it was no surprise that a few more twins were in the entry, with Grand Prix winner from 1985 and 1988 Poul Petersen making the journey from Denmark. There was the usual 15 mins of free practice and qualifying that took place on Saturday ahead of the Dunlop Endurance Championship, however, the three races at this meeting were then shoe horned into Sunday. After racing his F125 Open at Snetterton 5 days earlier, Liam Morley arrived with his Anderson DEA twin intent on keeping his win and lap record sequence going. The team were trying a new aero package with different designs of rear wings and Morley responded by claiming pole position with a time of 2m02.438s, over three-tenths inside the lap record. 'He feels that he can lean on the tyres a bit more,' explained Russell Anderson. Carl Hulme had decided to miss the free session but arrived in time for qually. After a banker lap he pitted for adjustments and then set a 2m04.407s on his first flying lap to secure a front row position. Dave Harvey was giving his new MS Kart chassis it's first run on British soil having started his season a fortnight earlier at Dijon in France. Three consistent laps saw him wind up third quickest with a 2m04.996s. Like Morley, Sam Moss was also racing an F125 Open at Snetterton and here at Silverstone he was having his first taste of twin cylinder power using Kevin Busby's HRK FPE. Third quickest in the morning, he improved by 1.3s to complete the second row of the grid on 2m05.428s. Tom Rushforth suffered from a broken con rod on the first lap of free practice, but an engine change saw him get out for qualifying and circulate in 2m05.635s for fifth quickest. Making a return to the UK after his outing at Snetterton last August, Swede Ingvar Bjerge completed the top six with a 2m06.649s. Seventh overall, but on pole position in the F250 National class was Andy Bird with a sub lap record time of 2m07.094s. He was surprised it was that quick as a broken rear bumper made the kart feel loose through the quick corners. The Parker Motorsport team had Jack Layton's DEA engine on the dyno until late on Friday but with used tyres he went round in 2m07.178s for second quickest in class, also under the lap record. Paul Platt was looking to improve on his earlier lap time but only got in one flying lap of 2m 07.826s. A whack on the kerb at Brooklands knocked out the bottom ball joint on the chassis and he had to sit out the rest of the session in the pit lane. Reigning champion Daniel Clark also had a troubled session. He decided to go out on tyres used at Cadwell Park but got baulked at Abbey when on a quick lap so decided to pit and change to fresh rubber. Unfortunately, the tyres didn't come on quick enough and he ran out of time before the flag came out setting a 2m 09.183s for fourth in class. After spending time on the dyno during the week, Julian Davies rewarded the THR team with fifth in class, eleventh overall and was joined on row 6 by Ross Allen whose Honda was performing well against the new generation engines. Carl Kinsey was disappointed to end up 14thoverall after he was second quickest in the free session. His VM motor richened up after his first lap of 2m11.720s. Gavin Bennett was also lower down on the grid than expected, when his DEA seized and left him 28thoverall with a 2m18.488s and a lot of work to do.

Sunday morning was bright and dry as the grid took up formation for race 1. The pace car was quite slow through the final section of the lap which caused a few karts to load up. When the lights went out Tom Rushforth on the inside of row 3 bogged down completely which affected his side of the grid. No such problems for Moss on the ooh la la! HRK FPE as he took the lead into Copse from Morley and the rest. These two have raced against each other for several seasons in the 125cc championship but Sam was an unknown quantity in the twin. Moss held the advantage around the opening lap. Down the Wellington Straight for the first time they ran side by side with Morley gaining the upper hand into Brooklands. Across the line at the end of lap 1 Morley's advantage was only 0.017s as Moss hung on. Hulme held third place from Layton who had made a great start from the outside of row 4 and led the 250cc single class. Bjerge was just behind in fifth then a gap to Allen who also got a cracking start, with Kinsey on his tail. Harvey was next then Clark and Platt locked together while Bird had fallen back to 11th. Bennett had made good progress and was up to 15thwhile Rushforth coaxed his VM motor round the first lap trying to get it to clear and was right at the back. Morley extended his lead on the next lap as he managed to shake off Moss and by half distance the gap was 8.55s as he set a new lap record. Hulme still held third spot but he was 3s adrift of the HRK driver. There was a close battle for 4thwith Kinsey just holding the advantage from Bjerge and Harvey. Layton was on the back of this group happy to be dragged along as he led the MSA Championship class. He was decidedly quicker through Becketts and on more than one occasion went around the outside of a twin but then lost out due to the power difference down the Hangar Straight. Allen had been shuffled down the order in the singles as Platt, Bird and Clark got past the Honda. Unfortunately, on lap 5 Moss's fine run came to an end when he pulled off at the exit of the Loop. 'I felt the motor hesitate and as it was not my kart I parked up not wanting to risk any damage.' An inspection of the engine after the race revealed that nothing was wrong, so a sure second place went begging. This elevated Hulme who was fending off Kinsey, Bjerge and Harvey. This quartet were having a great scrap until Kinsey's VM cut out on the exit of the Loop on lap 7. Bjerge was right behind as they came onto the Wellington Straight and with no chance of avoidance, damaged his nosecone on Kinsey's rear bumper. This seemed to bump start Kinsey's troublesome engine and he lost five paces, falling behind the battle in the MSA Championship. That also took a dramatic turn on lap 7 when Layton picked up a left rear puncture as he was entering the Hangar Straight. He limped back to the pits where the team changed the wheel, but he dropped to the back of the field. That moved Platt into the lead of the class, but he came under pressure from Bird who set a new 250 National lap record as he closed in. However, he lost ground on the next lap when he went wide on the exit of Chapel and all the good work was undone. Morley's lead was nearly 22s as he started the last lap and all looked to be under control, although he hadn't been shown the last lap board. As he exited the Loop and went down the Wellington Straight for the final time his DEA motor was popping and banging. Unaware that it was the last lap he pulled into the pit lane and crossed the timing line 4.8s ahead of the rest. It looked as if he had just hung on for a win, but that was not the case as he had not taken the chequered flag on the track. A harsh decision. So Hulme was accredited with first place just ahead of Bjerge. Harvey could also have tasted glory, but his VM motor seized through Maggott's when he ran low on fuel. Platt was third on track and ran out the winner of the MSA Championship race. He had to run wide through Chapel on the last lap while lapping a slower kart and that allowed Bird to close in at the flag. Daniel Clark was a disappointing third over 6 seconds behind his Redspeed team mates.

Race One (8 laps)

MSA British Superkart Championship 1 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas) 17m02.584s (103.09mph);

2 Andy Bird (Anderson Gas Gas) +0.287s; 3 Daniel Clark (Anderson Gas Gas); 4 Ross Allen (Jade Honda); 5 Tom Hatfield (Anderson DEA); 6 Aaron Sifleet (Anderson Gas Gas). RecordLap Bird 2m05.115s (105.32mph).

BSA Division 1 Championship 1 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM) 16m57.857s (103.57mph);

2 Ingvar Bjerge (Anderson VM) +0.071s; 3 Carl Kinsey (Anderson VM); 4 Poul Petersen (PVP PVP); 5 Tom Rushforth (Spyda VM); 6 Vic Hempshall (PVP FPE). RecordLap Liam Morley 2m01.850s (108.14mph).

With lap times from the earlier race determining the grid for race 2, Morley was again on pole but this time he had Kinsey alongside. Harvey headed row 2 with Bird alongside while Hulme and Bjerge were on row 3. Kinsey made the best start and led through Copse for the first time followed by Morley and Moss who had made a flyer from row 4. Hulme was a bit slow and was passed by Layton around the outside while Platt was trying a move up the inside. Kinsey's moment of glory dwindled as his new tyres weren't coming on and at the Loop he made a mistake dropping back to fifth. At the end of the opening lap Morley had a lead of 1.465s over Moss who was 2s clear of Harvey, Hulme and Kinsey. Layton was mixing it with the twins again having got ahead of Bjerge with Platt and Bird also hassling the Swedish driver. After collecting third place in race 1, MSA Champion Daniel Clark didn't appear due to a gearbox problem and he would have to change engines for the final race of the day. Morley was trying a different rear wing in this race and on lap 2 set the fastest lap as he extended his lead to just under five seconds. From then on he consistently lapped in the 2m2s/2m3s bracket except for the final lap when he encountered a bit of traffic. There was a slight worry though when the misfire reappeared on the exit of the Loop but this time he stayed on track to take the flag by over 16s. 'There is a lot of fuel coming from the front cylinder which needs investigating, otherwise everything is running ok.' The battle for second place became a three-way affair. Moss slipped back into the clutches of Harvey and Hulme and there was nothing between them for the rest of the race. Hulme was trying to get through Copse quicker in a different gear but when he ran wide on the exit he reverted to his race 1 strategy. Moss went to the back of the trio, happy to learn from more experienced twin cylinder drivers. Harvey got the verdict at the flag from Hulme with Moss fourth and less than a second covering them. The MSA Championship class was towed along by Bjerge in the opening laps. Platt, Layton and Bird swapped positions on nearly every part of the circuit and on lap three they were side by side down the Wellington Straight. The scrap continued until lap 6 when Bird dropped out with an engine problem. Layton was having handling issues and then lost a massive amount of time in the last two laps when a misfire occurred through Abbey. Platt had stiffened up the nosecone for this race which created a bit of lift. But once the tyres were up to temperature he could take Copse Corner flat and set the fastest lap on the penultimate lap. On the final tour he managed to get past Kinsey who had run wide at Copse and with the twin was on his tail at the flag, he punched the air in delight to collect another class win. Layton nursed his misfiring DEA home for second place while team mate Tom Hatfield came home third for his best result of the season despite a problem on the last lap.

Race Two (8 laps)

MSA British Superkart Championship 1 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas) 17m00.289s (103.32mph);

2 Jack Layton (Anderson DEA) +8.394s; 3 Tom Hatfield (Anderson DEA); 4 Andy Waite (Anderson DEA); 5 Curtis Seymour (Anderson DEA); 6 Don Kennedy (Anderson DEA). FastestLap Platt 2m06.101s (104.50mph).

BSA Division 1 Championship 1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 16m30.029s (106.48mph);

2 Dave Harvey (MS Kart VM) +16.879s; 3 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM); 4 Sam Moss (HRK FPE);

5 Ingvar Bjerge (Anderson VM); 6 Carl Kinsey (Anderson VM). FastestLap Morley 2m02.230s (107.81mph).

The twins occupied the first three rows for race 3, with Morley again on pole position. Platt headed the singles on row 4 with Layton and Bird behind. Daniel Clark had changed engines to a spare that was last used at Castle Combe in 2016 and was right at the back of the grid. Gavin Bennett's bad day ended when he pulled straight into the pit lane on the warm-up lap with a continuing engine problem. Lights out and it was Morley into the lead through Copse for the first time, the motor sounding better than when it finished the earlier race. At the end of the opening lap he was 1.45s clear of Hulme with Harvey next just ahead of Moss. Bjerge was fifth while Platt had got ahead of Kinsey for sixth spot. Layton was next with Bird using a different engine holding ninth. Clark made up a few places on the opening lap but then his spare Gas Gas started overheating and he toured into the pits to retire. Morley edged clear again at the front, but the lap times weren't as quicker as earlier. With the opening rounds of the European Championship uppermost in his mind and a couple of weeks away, it was a controlled performance. The gap at the flag was just over six and half seconds. Hulme had a steady run this time with no dramas through Copse and kept Harvey at bay for the whole race, his margin 2 seconds at the end of the 8 laps. Moss wrapped up his debut in the twin with another good drive harrying Harvey all the way to the finish. Would we see him out again in the HRK FPE later in the season? Bjerge completed his days work with a solid fifth place finish safely clear of Kinsey. He had traded paint with Platt in the early stages before pulling away. Platt was never really troubled by the opposition on his way to win number three and set the fastest lap for the 250 National class as early as lap 2. Five wins from six rounds has put him firmly in the driving seat for title number five. Bird's spare engine stood the test and although he couldn't challenge Platt, collected another second spot His job was made slightly easier when Layton had a problem from lap 3. Fuel was coming out of the breather pipe and he was having to drive one handed as he wiped his visor. The liquid also got onto his balaclava and after the finish had to pull off quickly at Copse to get some assistance and ease the burning. Team mate Hatfield crossed the line in fourth spot and with another 30 points to his credit, has moved into second place in the championship. He was over the moon.

Race Three (8 laps)

MSA British Superkart Championship 1 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas) 17m11.265s (102.22mph);

2 Andy Bird (Anderson Gas Gas) +4.701s; 3 Jack Layton (Anderson DEA); 4 Tom Hatfield (Anderson DEA); 5 Don Kennedy (Anderson DEA); 6 Andy Waite (Anderson DEA). FastestLap Platt 2m07.755s (103.14mph).

BSA Division 1 Championship 1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 16m38.228s (105.60mph);

2 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM) +6.638s; 3 Dave Harvey (MS Kart VM); 4 Sam Moss (HRK FPE);

5 Ingvar Bjerge (Anderson VM); 6 Carl Kinsey (Anderson VM). FastestLap Morley 2m03.817s (106.42mph).

MSA British Superkart Championship Positions after 6 rounds

1 Paul Platt 235 pts

2 Tom Hatfield 168

3 Andy Bird 162

4 Jack Layton 148

5 Don Kennedy 130

6 Ross Allen 118

BSA Division 1 Championship Positions after 6 rounds

1 Carl Hulme 209 pts

2 Paul Platt 196

3 Tom Rushforth 116

Words by Gary James




Liam Morley picked up another two wins and a new lap record, but he was made to work hard. Kirk Cattermole and Chris Needham pushed him all the way and both had spells at the front.

After a gap of three weeks the 125's were back in action and blessed with hot weather at Snetterton. Had summer arrived early? With four wins to his name, Morley was the expected favouriteand didn't disappoint in free practice with a lap underneath the existing record. What was surprising was that he was joined by Andrew Connor who was only 2/10th's slower and also inside the record. In the 15-minute qualifying session Morley went quicker again and took pole position with a 1m 57.450s. 'I haven't changed anything, just bolted on new tyres and put fuel in.' Connor couldn't match his earlier pace and slipped to sixth spot with a time of 1m 59.558s. Cattermole hadn't managed a lap in the free session so ended up having to run in a piston in qually. A couple of tentative laps saw him languishing down in 10thplace but he then upped the pace and banged in a time of 1m 58.046s for a place on the front row. Matt Robinson wasn't happy with a lack of top end speed and hoped that a new set of tyres would help. They didn't come on straight away and he ended up third quickest on 1m 58.496s, marginally slower than earlier in the day. Chris Needham also had on new tyres, and with a change of main jets in his IAME engine improved by two seconds to wind up fourth fastest on 1m 58.533s. Phil Rowlands was still making progress with the characteristics of a 125cc two stroke and headed row 3 with a lap of 1m59.150s, joined by Connor. Sam Moss was the only other driver to get below the two-minute barrier. His lap of 1m 59.569s saw him head up row 4, further back than expected after his second place at Cadwell. English Champion Lee Harpham missed the free session with an ignition problem so also had to run in a piston during qualifying. He was 'struggling for pace' and wound up 8thquickest on 2m 00.234s. Behind him, Alan Crossen and Francois Kishtoo shared the fifth row separated by just 0.001s. Danny Butler was looking for his first finish of the season, but a stretched chain brought him into the pits after one flying lap and his time of 2m 02.98s was only good enough for 15thplace.

The grid was in good formation as it exited Murray's for Race 1and when the lights were eventually extinguished Morley made the most of the inside line to lead into Riches for the first time. Needham slotted into second place ahead of Cattermole while Robinson's TM loaded up and he was swamped, losing about ten places. Through the infield and down the Bentley Straight for the first time the leaders charged, and Cattermole gained a slight advantage. But into the Brundle left hander Morley went around the outside to regain the lead from Cattermole and Needham. At the end of the opening lap they were separated by 0.311s with Needham into second place, demoting Cattermole. Harpham had made a good start and was in fourth place with Rowlands, Moss and Connor on his tail. Robinson recovered some of the places lost at the start and was in 8thspot ahead of Kishtoo.

Needham got ahead at Montreal on lap 2 and led through the infield but by the time they arrived at Brundle he had been pushed back to third spot. Cattermole was glued to Morley's bumper as they completed two laps and ducked out of the slipstream on the approach to Riches, going the long way round to take the lead on the entry to the corner. The lead changed twice during the lap but as they crossed the line to complete three laps the order was Cattermole, Morley, Needham. Rowlands had moved into fourth place on the previous lap, demoting Harpham and then the English champion was hit by Robinson through Palmers and dropped to the back of the field. Morley retook the lead into Riches with a late move on lap 4 and by the end of the lap had opened up a lead of 0.826s, which became 1.857s on the following lap. A new lap record on lap 7 increased the lead to over three seconds and at the flag the gap was 3.441s. 'That was a hard race and I tried to break the tow in the early laps, but it didn't happen,' explained Morley. Cattermole took second place from Needham at Agostini on lap 5 but they were unable to work together to reduce the gap to Morley. Cattermole claimed second place at the flag as Needham dropped back in the closing stages when his tyres started to go off. Rowlands had been having a lonely run in fourth place, but his DEA was cutting out on the exit of the hairpins. He was caught and passed by Robinson at Brundle on the last lap. Moss slipstreamed past Connor starting lap 6 and held onto sixth place to the flag, while the latter just held off Kishtoo by 0.071s. Danny Butler got his first finish of the season in ninth spot after a delay on the opening lap following contact with Neil Robinson.

Race One (8 laps)

1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 15m 50.781s (89.93mph)

2 Kirk Cattermole (Raider CAT IAME) 15m 54.222s

3 Chris Needham (Anderson IAME) 15m 55.919s

4 Matt Robinson (Anderson Redspeed TM)

5 Phil Rowlands (Anderson Redspeed DEA)

6 Sam Moss (Anderson DEA)

Record Lap Morley1m 57.605s (90.88mph)

Morley's lap record secured pole for Race 2with Cattermole alongside and Needham and Robinson behind. When the lights went out Morley got the DEA hooked up perfectly and led down to Riches but alongside Cattermole bogged down badly and Robinson had to take quick avoiding action. Somehow everyone got around the Raider driver without contact as he dropped back to about 11thspot. At the Montreal Hairpin there was a bit of shuffling as Cattermole, Butler and Kishtoo went in three abreast. Contact was made with Kishtoo an immediate retiree and Butler suffering from bent steering, although he continued. At the end of the opening lap Cattermole was up to third place just ahead of Robinson, with Morley and Needham separated by 0.257s just in front. Harpham held fifth place from Rowlands and Butler. Connor pulled into the pits to retire with a loose chain and was followed by Anderson Chilcott struggling with carburation and Moss with a holed reed petal. Needham took the lead on lap 3 but Morley was soon back in front as Cattermole closed in. Harpham disappeared on the lap 3 when an engine misfire put him out of the race, elevating Rowlands into fifth spot. Morley managed to open up a slight gap just after half distance as Needham and Cattermole ran side by side through Riches. But the reigning champion couldn't relax. All three drivers set their best times on the final lap with Cattermole the quickest, but he was still 1.571s short of victory as Morley notched up win number six. 'We swopped the rear tyres around after the first race and the kart almost threw me off a couple of times in the early laps,' explained Morley afterwards. Cattermole was happy with second place as it moved him into second place in the championships. 'I made a messy start and had to make up ground. I had the pace at the end and know we can beat Liam.'Needham also felt that he was in with a chance of victory. 'The chain was jumping the sprocket under load exiting the hairpins and we could have had a chance without that problem.' The next round at Donington Park is eagerly awaited. Robinson had a lonely race in fourth place and was never close enough to challenge the leaders. 'There was a fueling issue which affected my speed through the fast corners.' Rowlands also had a lonely drive to fifth spot and was hampered by incorrect gearing after the wind direction changed down the Bentley Straight. There was a great dice for sixth place. Butler pitted at the end of lap 5 with handling problems and a loose airbox leaving Sarah Budby to fend off Alan Crossen, Tim King and Clint Bridge. At the flag, Budby got the verdict by 0.127s and took maximum points in the BSA F125 Cup.

Race Two (8 laps)

1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 16m 00.746s (88.99mph)

2 Kirk Cattermole (Raider CAT IAME) 16m 02.317s

3 Chris Needham (Anderson IAME) 16m 02.617s

4 Matt Robinson (Anderson Redspeed TM)

5 Phil Rowlands (Anderson Redspeed DEA)

6 Sarah Budby (Anderson TM)

Fastest Lap Cattermole1m 58.568s (90.14mph)

BSA F125 Open Championship Points after 7 rounds

1 Liam Morley 240pts

2 Kirk Cattermole 176

3 Chris Needham 152

4 Phil Rowlands 152

5 Andrew Connor 138

6 Matt Robinson 127

BSA F125 Cup Points after 7 rounds

1 Sarah Budby 185pts

2 Luke Clemson 185

3 Clint Bridge 142

Words by Gary James


ROUNDS 3, 4 & 5



Liam Morley continued his winning streak at Cadwell with three more victories and a new lap record.

After a curtailed meeting at Oulton Park, everyone was keen to get a full complement of races at Cadwell. Liam Morley and Matt Robinson wasted no time in the free practice session, both lapping under the existing lap record. The timed qualifier was almost the same. Morley posted a sub 1m28s lap on his first flying lap and then went even faster with a 1m 27.199s, an incredible 1.195s inside the lap record to secure pole position. He then sat out the remainder of the session in the pit lane confident that he wouldn't be beaten. 'It was very bumpy out there, but there is nothing to change on the kart. Only check that nothing is falling off.' Robinson could't match his earlier time, and despite an out of balance wheel that caused the kart to pull to the left along the Park Straight, he managed a 1m 28.537s for a place on the front row. It was good to see Chris Needham back at the sharp end of the grid and his 1m28.838s secured third spot just ahead of Kirk Cattermole on 1m 28.906s. Ian Larder only managed four laps before the chain snapped but was fifth quickest on 1m 28.918s. Sam Moss completed row 3 with a time of 1m 29.112s. Lee Harpham had a problem with clutch plates in the free session and only managed a 1m 29.390s, two tenths slower than Andrew Connor, for a spot on row 4.

While everyone else went around on the warm-up lap for Race 1 Sam Moss crawled into the pit lane. The battery had gone flat and his race was over. When the lights went out Morley, led into Coppice for the first time chased by Robinson and Cattermole. Unfortunately, the race didn't get past two laps when the red flags came out. Tim King spun through Hall Bends and was t-boned by Kevin Gray. Both karts were severely bent but both drivers walked away. Ian larder was also out at this stage with a seized TM after the fuel pump failed. Nineteen drivers took the re-start over 10 minutes and it was again Morley who led into Coppice with Needham tucked in behind. Robinson made a shocker of a start when the motor bogged down, and he was last into Coppice. Keen to make up ground on the opening lap, he went off at the bottom of the mountain and out of the race. Anny Butler also retired when the chain came off. Morley had a lead of 1.222s at the end of lap 1 with Needham holding off Harpham for second place. Cattermole was a lonely fourth with Chilcott keeping Connor and Bridge at bay for 5th. Chilcott's race ended at Hall Bends on lap 3 when the gearbox packed up. Morley eased away at the front, setting a new lap record on lap 3 and continued to increase the gap. Starting the last lap, it was 8.339s but he backed right off and recorded the slowest lap of anyone on the final tour to win by 3.797s. Harpham and Needham fought over second place for the whole race. Through Coppice for the final time they were side by side, but Harpham had the inside line for Charlies. Two ex-champions dicing wheel to wheel. Harpham got the verdict at the flag by 0.188s. Cattermole finished a lonely fourth with Connor also having plenty of time ahead of Bridge.

Race One (7 laps)

1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 10m 21.571s (88.66mph)

2 Lee Harpham (Anderson TM) 10m 25.368s

3 Chris Needham (Anderson IAME) 10m 25.556s

4 Kirk Cattermole (Raider CAT IAME)

5 Andrew Connor (Anderson Redspeed TM)

6 Clint Bridge (HRK TM)

Record Lap Morley 1m 27.080s (90.41mph)

Morley was on pole for race 2 with Harpham alongside and Needham and Cattermole behind. Robinson was on row 3 despite his off while Larder and Moss were at the back of the grid with a lot of work to do. Harpham made the best start when the lights went out and he was followed into Coppice by Needham with Morley in third. Could they keep him at bay and for how long? Robinson made another slow start and got away in midfield. It was three abreast along Park Straight and then Butler went off when there was no room at the next corner. He continued at the back of the field for 3 laps before retiring. Needham led at the end of lap 1 but Morley was in second ahead of Harpham. By the end of the next lap Morley had a 0.904s advantage leaving Needham and Harpham to fight over 2nd place again. Robinson was the man on the move and by lap 3 was up to fifth place having passed Larder and Rowlands at Park Corner and Cattermole into Hall Bends. Morley set the fastest lap on lap 4 and continued to pull away. This time he didn't back off and crossed the line 7.931s ahead. Robinson dispensed with Connor on lap 6 and then set his eyes on the battle for second place. He overtook Harpham at Mansfield and a lap later Needham into Park Corner. Job done. He was never going to catch Morley, but it was a brilliant drive. Harpham got the better of Needham but on the last lap his TM motor seized leaving Needham unopposed in third place. Connor came under pressure from Larder in the closing stages but held on by 0.156s. Moss also made up ground from the back of the grid to take sixth spot.

Race Two (11 laps)

1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 16m 18.535s (88.50mph)

2 Matt Robinson (Anderson Redspeed TM) 16m 26.466s

3 Chris Needham (Anderson IAME) 16m 28.459s

4 Andrew Connor (Anderson Redspeed TM)

5 Ian Larder (Anderson TM)

6 Sam Moss (Anderson DEA)

Fastest Lap Morley 1m 27.647s (89.82mph)

Morley took up his customary position at the start of race 3 and this time Robinson got away well. However, he couldn't stay with the reigning champion. Morley had opened a gap of 4.586s after four laps and then eased his pace managing the distance to his pursuers perfectly. Win number three was duly completed, the winning margin 6.027s. All the action was behind. Harpham toured into the pits at the end of the opening lap with an exhaust problem. The spring on the link pipe had broken and the pipe had detached itself from the can. With help from Andy Morley he got back on track, but the problem persisted, and he pulled off. Chris Needham was dicing with Larder and Moss for third place at the end of lap 1 but on the following lap he pulled off into the paddock with a broken coil wire. Cattermole moved into 4th spot ahead of Larder on lap 2 but at Charlies he ran onto the grass and dropped back to 11th. The race settled into stalemate with the order Morley, Robinson, Moss, Larder, Connor and Rowlands. Moss caught Robinson with 4 laps to go and took second place at Coppice on the last lap. Robinson had no reply as his tyres were well past their best and had to settle for third place. Connor took fourth place on lap 8 and pulled away from Larder in the closing stages. Rowlands did well to hold on to sixth, with little from end grip on his Anderson.

Race Three (11 laps)

1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 16m 20.201s (88.35mph)

2 Sam Moss (Anderson DEA) 16m 26.228s

3 Matt Robinson (Anderson Redspeed TM) 16m 26.383s

4 Andrew Connor (Anderson Redspeed TM)

5 Ian Larder (Anderson TM)

6 Phil Rowlands (Anderson Redspeed DEA)

Fastest Lap Morley 1m 27.747s (89.72mph)

BSA F125 Open Championship Points after 4 rounds

1 Liam Morley 160pts

2 Andrew Connor 114

3 Kirk Cattermole 106

4 Sam Moss 96

5 Phil Rowlands 96

6 Chris Needham 88

BSA F125 Cup Points after 4 rounds

1 Luke Clemson 129pts

2 Ian Larder 120

3 Sarah Budby 105

Words by Gary James





Paul Platt opened his account in the MSA British Superkart Championship with two wins and a second place. Reigning champion Daniel Clark secured the other victory.

After a gap of six months the MSA Championship returned to the track at Cadwell Park. With no pre-season testing available and the only club meeting subject to wintry conditions there were a lot of unknowns regarding performance. Free practice saw reigning champion Daniel Clark top the list. He was pleased to report that at last the team had cured the mysterious misfire on the Gas Gas engine by fitting a 42mm VM carburettor. Following the free practice session, there was a fifteen-minute timed qualifying session. Clark continued to set the pace with a lap of 1m 26.374s before red flags were shown with eight and a half minutes left of the session. Fluid had been dropped on the outside of Chris Curve and five karts had gone off because of the slippery surface. Among them were Andy Bird and Tom Hatfield. When the session resumed, Clark didn't put in another lap as he had flat spotted his tyres after coming across a much slower kart at the hairpin. That made him vulnerable to dropping down the order. English Champion Jack Layton made a claim for pole position by setting a 1m 25.620s and then pitted next time around. But he wasn't safe either. Paul Platt had been biding his time and trying different areas of the track to see where he could push and where he couldn't and get the perfect lap. He then put in three hot laps right at the end of the session and while Layton was in pit lane he snatched pole position with a time of 1m 24.503s, only 0.185s outside the lap record. Layton tried to respond but ran out of time, although he did keep his place on the front row. Heading the second row was the first of the twin cylinder Division 1's in the hands of 18-year-old Tom Rushforth. He had enjoyed a visit to the Paul Ricard circuit two weeks previously and was keen to get his UK season off to a good start. Completing row 2 was the GP winner Gavin Bennett. He has moved into the Parker Motorsport camp for 2018 and was happy with his lap of 1m 25.955s. After sitting out the second part of the session Clark tumbled down to fifth spot with his earlier lap time. He was joined on the third row by Ross Allen with a time of 1m 26.502s. Andy Gulliford has switched from the F450 four stroke class to the F250 National two stroke class and was 'making progress' with the Viper SK250 to wind up seventh on 1m 27.011s. Carl Hulme only managed to get one decent lap in and his 1m 27.528s secured eighth place just ahead of Nathan Barton and the unfortunate Hatfield.

It wasn't until 6pm that race 1got underway and when the lights went out Rushforth used the extra power of the twin to sneak up the inside of Platt into Coppice with Layton slotting into third.

At the end of the opening lap Rushforth had opened a slight gap over the pursuers led by Layton from Clark, Platt, Bennett and Allen. The order remained the same for next few laps with Rushforth extending his lead. But that got pegged back on lap 4 as Layton and Platt closed in. Bennett dropped off the back of the group when he had a problem with turn in at Charlies. Platt moved into second spot on lap 5 and then Layton slowed dramatically on the next lap dropping down to 8thspot. A visit to the pits revealed that the wheel nuts had come loose on the left rear. A fix was made but he had dropped to the back of the field two laps behind. Up at the front, Rushforth was able to increase his lead but then Platt got the gap back down to 0.313s when he set the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap. The youngster kept his nerve around the final 2.1869 miles and won by 0.489s. Not eligible for points in the MSA Championship but a fine drive to get maximum in the Division 1 category. Platt was content with his race knowing that he'd started off the best possible way in the MSA series. Clark inherited second in class (third on the road) after Layton's demise, but he was struggling with handling. 'The front nosecone had dropped and by the end of the race the front tyres were completely shot.' Hulme didn't really get his twin fired up until half way through the race and a quick lap towards the end saw him move into fourth place. Having reverted back to Honda power after a troubled 2017 season with the DEA motor, Allen was well pleased with his fifth place. Bennett soldiered on with his handling issues, Park Corner also proving a problem, to collect sixth place. He was comfortably clear of Bird who had a bent chassis and Hatfield who also had problems due to the qualifying accident at Chris Curve.

Race One (11 laps) 1 Tom Rushforth (Spyda VM) 15m50.469s (91.11mph); 2 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas) +0.489s; 3 Daniel Clark (Anderson Gas Gas); 4 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM); 5 Ross Allen (Jade Honda); 6 Gavin Bennett (Anderson DEA). FastestLap Platt 1m24.764s (92.88mph).

With lap times from Saturday's race determining the grid for race 2, Platt was again on pole but this time he had Hulme alongside. Rushforth was in the same position as earlier with Layton next to him while Clark and Allen were on row 3. The twins of Hulme and Rushforth led into Coppice at the start with Platt behind. At the end of the opening lap it was an 8-kart train with Hulme, Rushforth, Platt, Layton, Bird, Allen, Clark and Bennett covered by just over two seconds. Bennett's race came to a premature end on the next lap when the engine sprocket came off. Rushforth got past Hulme on lap 3 and started to pull away. By lap 5 he had an advantage of 2.251s over Hulme with Platt still in third spot. Clark had jumped up to 4thplace from Bird, Layton and Allen and set his fastest lap on lap 6 as he closed onto the back of Platt. Rushforth wasn't looking quite so comfortable in the lead and Hulme reduced the gap to just over half a second. On lap 8 it all went wrong for the youngster. At the left hander before the bottom of the mountain he came across James Clark in the F450. No blue flags were waved, and Tom dived for the inside line to get through. But he carried too much speed and arrived at the bottom of the mountain out of control and went backwards up to slip road. The new leaders then had to get past the four stroke at the Hairpin and it was three abreast into the corner. As they emerged out of Barn Corner and across the line it was Clark who now led from Hulme, Platt and Bird who had caught the group. Rushforth had kept the VM motor going but had dropped back to 7thbehind Layton and Allen. Unfortunately, he fell foul of the F450 on the next lap and spun again, this time into retirement. Hulme used the extra power of the twin to take the lead and increased the gap over the singles to win by just under a second. Clark held off Platt to take maximum points in the MSA Championship with Bird next to complete a 1-2-3 for the Redspeed Gas Gas team. Layton couldn't live the pace ahead and lost ground over the last four laps to finish fifth on the road comfortably clear of Allen.

Race Two (11 laps)1 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM) 15m55.143s (90.67mph); 2 Daniel Clark (Anderson Gas Gas) +0.909s; 3 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas); 4 Andy Bird (Anderson Gas Gas); 5 Jack Layton (Anderson DEA); 6 Ross Allen (Jade Honda).FastestLap Hulme 1m24.849s (92.79mph).

Hulme had pole position for race 3, with Clark alongside. Rushforth had kept his second-row slot and was joined by Platt with Bird and Layton behind. Bennett would have a lot of work to do, starting from row 12. Lights out and it was Hulme, Rushforth and Clark into Coppice for the first time. Positions were the same as they approached the mountain area, but Rushforth got caught out by Hulme braking earlier at the left hander and went for the outside. That didn't work, and while he sorted himself out, Clark and Platt nipped past. Hulme led the train at the end of lap 1 from Clark, Platt, Rushforth, Layton and Allen. Bennett had scythed through the pack and was up to 7thplace ahead of Bird. Rushforth was a bit impatient to get back to the front and at Charlies on lap 2 ran wide on the grass and got beached. Race over. Not far behind him, Gulliford also went off when he tried to defend his line from Hatfield and got a wheel on the grass ending up in the tyres, fortunately with no too much damage. At the front Hulme had his hands full keeping the singles at bay and on lap 3 he relinquished his lead. 'I got swamped at the hairpin and they all came past.' Clark took over the lead from Platt and Layton with the twin in 4thplace. Bennett held off Allen while Hatfield was just ahead of Bird. Platt was sensing outright victory with the twins out of the way and passed Clark into Hall Bends on lap 4. He set the fastest lap of the race two laps later and extended his lead as Clark toured out of Barn Corner and into pit lane with a snapped chain. Layton took over in second place, but Platt was edging further away. By lap 9 it was up to 2.550s. However, in the closing stages Layton pegged back the gap. Platt's front tyres had gone off but he managed the problem and came across the line with both arms aloft to win by 1.312s. Layton made up for earlier difficulties with a fine second place safely clear of Bird who had passed Bennett into Coppice on the penultimate lap. Hulme was next home well clear of Allen who was being caught by Hatfield at the end.

Race Three (11 laps) 1 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas) 15m51.585s (91.01mph); 2 Jack Layton (Anderson DEA) +1.312s; 3 Andy Bird (Anderson Gas Gas); 4 Gavin Bennett (Anderson DEA); 5 Carl Hulme (Anderson VM); 6 Ross Allen (Jade Honda). FastestLap Platt 1m24.974s (92.65mph).

MSA British Superkart Championship Positions after 3 rounds

1 Paul Platt 115 pts

2 Andy Bird 92

3 Ross Allen 88

4 Tom Hatfield 78

5 Daniel Clark 75

6 Jack Layton 69

Words by Gary James


ROUNDS 1 & 2



Liam Morley started the defence of his F125 Open title with victory in the opening round. Unfortunately, the chance of making it a double were scuppered when two red flags caused the abandonment of race 2.

A new season with new drivers, new colourschemes, new chassis and new numbers. The event format was the same with a free practice and qualifying session of 15 minutes each and two 15-minute races. Overnight rain had left the track wet for the free session, which saw Sam Moss top the time sheet ahead of Matt Robinson and Ian Larder. With no further rain the track dried in time for the timed qualifying session. Kirk Cattermole set the initial pace before Morley struck back with a lap underneath the lap record. He improved 2 laps later to secure pole position with a 1m 43.738s and then pitted with five minutes of the session remaining, satisfied that he couldn't be beaten. Robinson was also under the lap record with the benefit of new tyres and posted a 1m 44.506s. Cattermole lapped consistently, but without a tow managed a 1m 44.656s for third quickest. Joining him on row 2 was English Champion Lee Harpham. Having tried the MS chassis at Snetterton the week before he reverted back to the Anderson and set a 1m 44.771s. Moss (1m 44.898s) and Larder (1m 45.129s) completed the top six. Chris Needham was back on an Anderson chassis after using the Silverstone in 2017 but was struggling with carburation issues on the IAME. After a few visits to the pits he finally went out near the end of the session, but red flags ruined a chance to set a quick time and he ended up 16th. Danny Butler was another ex-champion in trouble. The left hand rear tyre went flat on the opening lap. After crawling back to the pits and inflating the tyre he only got as far as Shell Oils Corner before it went flat again. No time recorded, the lap record holder would have a lot of work to do from the back of the grid.

The grid was reduced to 22 before the start of Race 1when Alan Crossen pulled out from row 4 with a brake pad issue and Clint Bridge couldn't get his TM motor to clear on the warm-up lap. When the lights went out, Morley made the most of pole position to lead into Old Hall while Harpham squeezed into second place ahead of Robinson who ran wide on the exit. This allowed Moss and Larder to get a better run down through Dentons and into Cascades and Robinson found himself down in 5thplace. Cattermole made a slow start from row 2 while Needham had made up 5 places on the run into the first corner. Morley had a two-length lead into Hislops chicane for the first time, but it was now Moss and Larder that were chasing having relegated Harpham down to fourth place. The positions were unchanged at the end of the opening lap with Cattermole in 6thplace and rookie team mate Anderson Chilcott next through. Butler's bad day continued when the rear tyre went flat again and he pulled into the pits at the end of lap 1 to retire. While Morley and Moss edged clear, the battle for third place was hotting up. Harpham dived inside Larder at Old Hall starting lap 3 to take the spot and held it until the exit of Cascades when Larder went past. Robinson got a great run out of the corner and also relegated Harpham and then ran side by side with Larder through Island Bend taking third on the entry to Shell. He then set about closing the gap to Moss but at the exit of Druids the EGT sensor blew out of the exhaust and he cruised into the pits to retire. Moss was keeping Morley in sight, but then the champion started lapping in the 43's and the gap increased rapidly. A new lap record was set on the penultimate lap and at the flag Morley had an advantage of nearly seven seconds. Maximum points and the best start possible to the defence of the title. Moss was content with second place and looking forward to the next race hoping to put more pressure on the winner. Third place was still in doubt up to the flag. Cattermole closed onto the back of Harpham and took the place on lap 7. But Harpham fought back. Starting the last lap, they ran side by side through Old Hall with Harpham coming out ahead on the run down to Cascades. Over Hill Top they came across a slower kart and Harpham went for the gap while Cattermole was a bit cautious. That gave the Anderson driver an advantage that he held to the flag to take third spot by 1.851s. Larder lost touch with this pair during the closing laps but was in a safe fifth spot. Chilcott had looked good in sixth place but then started to slow when a coil wire broke and he retired with two laps to go. Andy Connor inherited the place after coming through the pack from a poor start with Needham closing on him during the final stages after his IAME overfuelled on lap 2 and he stormed back from 14thplace.

Race One (9 laps)

1 Liam Morley (Anderson DEA) 15m 40.076s (92.78mph)

2 Sam Moss (Anderson DEA) 15m 47.004s

3 Lee Harpham (Anderson TM) 15m 50.244s

4 Kirk Cattermole (Raider CAT IAME)

5 Ian Larder (Anderson TM)

6 Andrew Connor (Anderson Redspeed TM)

Record Lap Morley1m 43.492s (93.64mph)

The start of race 2was a bit delayed due to stoppages in the car races but when the start was finally signaled Morley led into Old Hall for the first time followed by Moss. That was still the order at the end of the opening lap with Cattermole, Harpham, Larder, Needham and Robinson completing the train. On the next lap at the exit of Shell Larder was tapped into a spin and rolled back into the path of Robinson. Matt took avoiding action but hit the barriers hard on the left-hand side. Moss took the lead at Hislops as Morley faltered and at the end of two laps the reigning champion was down in third place, his DEA starting to misfire. Fortunately, for his sake the red flags came out to remove Robinson's kart from a dangerous position. Matt was a bit battered and bruised but thankfully walked away from the incident. While everyone lined up on the start line for the re-start, Morley dived into the pits. The battery had gone flat and the team hastily changed to a charged one. However, it meant that he would have to start from the pit lane. Larder and Cattermole also pulled into pit lane to retire after earlier contact. With the light starting to fade the decision was made to re-run over 10 minutes and the clock was ticking when the pace car set off. This was going to be a 5-lap dash. Moss took the lead from Harpham into Old Hall while Alan Crossen had got a superb start from row 6 to take third place. Harpham crossed the line at the end of lap one from Moss but there was an ominous gap before Jonathan Bell came through in third place. Crossen and Needham had gone off at Druids and the red flags were shown again. With the noise curfew upon us there was no chance of another re-start and the race was declared void. Despite damage to both karts, both Crossen and Needham also walked away. However, with the next round in 3 weeks' time there were going to be some busy days getting ready.

BSA F125 Open Championship Points after 1 round

1 Liam Morley 40pts

2 Sam Moss 35

3 Lee Harpham 32

4 Kirk Cattermole 30

5 Ian Larder 28

6 Andrew Connor 26

BSA F125 Cup Points after 1 round

1 Ian Larder 40pts

2 Luke Clemson 35

3 Paul von Gerard 32

Words by Gary James

British Superkart Association, 2018