That’s All Folks!
Last weekend saw the Brentwood Karting Race League Summer Championship come to an end, as 12 weeks of competitive racing Brentwood Karting had a new Cadet and Senior Champion.
The Top 5!
Ellis Sandford’s early championship lead was never reduced and as the season continued Ellis’ lead increased finishing the championship as the winner with a huge 22 point advantage, so great with Ellis eventual lead he took an early vacation and missed the final week of the season knowing his lead was unassailable.
Ellis’ stand out performance throughout the Championship saw him go from strength to strength beating all the odds and the competition on his way to a hugely impressive Championship win.
A personal highlight was Elli’s sheer determination to win week 5 of the Championship passing for the lead of the A final with 90 seconds remaining of the race final lap around the outside of Swimming Pool Bend.
My personal early favorite for the title was this season’s distant runner up, a fine season from Towa Maynard saw a stuttering start to the Championship finally taking his first win on week 8 of the competition, a strong run of points from week 5 to week 10 saw Towa’s season take form and hold onto 2nd position.
Another awesome performance throughout the season resulted in 3rd place for one of our newest drivers Gustavas Usakovs, from rookie to podium finisher is something very, very few drivers have ever achieved!
Gus’ season, despite its brilliants is also a story of “What might have been” Gus missed 4 weeks of the Championship seriously damaging his final positions, I’m sure next season will see Gus on the podium once more, potential in 1st place!
Away from our top three the Cadet Championship saw battles all the way through the table, one such battler was the returning resurgent Nathan Crowley, Nathan finshed 4th this season, joint on points with 3rd placed Gus, just missing out on a podium by fastest lap alone!
Several great results and a huge improvement throughout the season for Nathan, I’m keen to see what next season brings.
Former Champion Jack Williamson will be very pleased with 5th, he only raced in 6 rounds, winning 5 of them, still the cream of the crop. Will we see a return for next season.
“You wait, this is Stef’s season”
They were the words of Stef’s dad on 27th May, week 1 of the championship, he wasn’t wrong.
Stef Christoforou becomes the latest driver to top the table of the Senior Championship and what a battle it was, with so, so many top drivers in the Senior Championship winning the league is a real accomplishment.
Stef managed 2 week wins on his way to his first Championship title. We were treated to one of the best championships in a long time, due to both Stef and our runner up, Oliver Flashman.
Both drivers were the pick of the litter a professional approach to each round and a much better understand of both competition and setbacks from both Stef and Oliver resulted in the Championship being headed by these two drivers.
Oliver managed 1 week win on the final week collecting 31 points, 2 laps before the end of the final race of the season Oliver would have won the Championship, however with a lap to go of the final A final Stef gained a position resulting in Stef winning the Championship by a slim 2 points.
I’m very excited to see what next season brings.
Jake Taplin huffed and puffed and finally took the final podium position on the final week of the season, a good season from Jake resulted in a podium position but with Jake’s potential a Championship title under his belt is now required, next season needs to be Jake season, Jake didn’t manage a week win all season but always stayed in contention for the Championship until the final weeks.
Missing 2 weeks didn’t help Jake’s Championship charge.
James Rose fell to 4th on the final weeks racing, James also didn’t manage a week win all season and also missed 2 racing weeks, several good races from James always kept him in contention for a podium and some bad luck pushed James further from the title, lets see what next season brings.
Peter Knight just, just pipped Harry Nottage to 5th, both finished on 190 points but a fastest overall lap gives 5th place to Peter.
Peter missed 3 weeks of the Championship but several great scores and week wins on weeks 1 and 7 always kept Peter in the top 5 of the Championship.
Any driver in the top 10 of the Senior Championship has the ability to be Champion next season, with so many great drivers a good start to next season will be essential.