I hate winter; what’s the point?
It’s wet, miserable and each day is usually colder than spending the day sitting in your freezer at home. It’s dark when you leave for “work” and dark when it’s time to go home and the bit in the middle is usually grey at best.
If you step outside your either freeze to death or return with rain frozen to your nostrils, your knees creek, your ankles crack, every part of me despises winter…
Maybe that’s just me..
One small ray of sunshine, a tiny crack of brightness, a swan among ugly ducklings, a glimmer of hope during an otherwise miserable time of year is the Sunday morning Brentwood Karting Race League, and while we’re talking about ugly ducklings:
12 weeks of competitive action started with a awesome performance from Taireel Seetal , 35 points, a week win and top of the championship all on day one was definitely what the doctor ordered but he wasn’t able to repeat this performance for the remainder of the Championship, nevertheless, Taireel had a great season collecting another podium on week 10 and many high scores throughout the 12 weeks.
Our youngest driver in the Championship managed to secure a top 10 position in his first full season, it wasn’t long ago Aras Majauskis was poodling around in a Bambino kart, back then my ears were ringing with his mum screeching “His Kart is too slow.” Since his progression into the Race League Aras has managed several great results including a rally of impressive scores on weeks 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Old habits do die hard however and despite the change in Aras’ driving my ears still ring week in week out as Mrs Majauskis can still be heard on Sunday mornings, oh, and Friday evenings, Thursday afternoons and pretty much 24/7 with a range of different “issues.” 🙂
Jonas Klimas had a play mate this season as he and Ellis Sandford huffed and puffed throughout the Championship for 9th and 10th position, Ellis was victorious in this battle collecting 9th position but Jonas’ performance was impressive with his lack of experience; Stella results on week 1, 9 and 12 meant he finished just 2 points behind former Champion, Ellis.
Ellis missed 5 weeks of racing action this season but still managed some fantastic races and results that only he is capable of doing, a great former champion who rose above everyone one when he collected the championship title, let’s see that Ellis again soon.
Another driver pretty new to the “Brentwood Experience” is Ben Cooke, Ben was pretty much involved in every battle throughout his championship on his way to collecting 7th at the final bell. Two fastest lap scores and good results on weeks 2, 6, 8, and 10 kept Ben snapping at Taireel’s bumper bolts right up until the final race, finishing just 4 points behind him in the end.
George Donald secured his place comfortably in the top 5 with a consistent championship throughout all 12 weeks and two podium positions, I’m looking forward to witnessing George continue his impressive improvement throughout next season, let’s see if we can move a few places higher in the Spring Championship.
This season’s closest, most impressive battle was between Miguel Onyekweli and Oliver Bowen, making this battle even more important was that it was for the final podium position.
Early victories were taken by Miguel as Oliver took longer to find his feet, 3 podiums from Miguel in the first half of the season gave Miguel an early advantage, that advantage grew larger when Oliver missed two weeks due to a boring holiday!
But the action was about to unfold for the final 4 racing weeks.
Oliver Bowen must have eaten his ready-brek religiously for the reminder of the season as great results followed great results as week after week Oliver tore chucks off Miguel’s advantage and even managed a week win on week 11 until it all came down to the final week.
Another great result for Oliver, another podium and stealing 3rd on the final race of the season was the result as Oliver finished the championship in style!
I’m looking forward to Miguel and Oliver’s rematch next season.
There’s one person who each Sunday makes me smile, through being so laid back he almost needs picking up each week and that’s Nathan Crowley.
Nathan had another great championship, 2nd place this season and comfortably, 48 points off the top and 31 points clear of 3rd.
Nathan cruised to 2nd this season with great results in nearly all racing weeks saving his best till last with a win on week 12 and finishing on a nice round score of 300 points.
I would be over the moon to see Nathan go one better next season, we need more off a killer instinct from Nathan and I’m sure a championship would be possible.
I don’t have a roast dinners often, but, If you like me you eat the vegetables first then the potatoes and Yorkshire puddings, you always leave the beef or the lamb till the end, leaving the best till last, well, Beau Sullivan is the beef, or the Lamb or the “vegan meat” whatever that is, it’s a strange analogy but for me, it makes sense.
Beau “Roast Beef” Sullivan was head and shoulders above the competition this season with devastating effect, scoring maximum points for 7 weeks in a row on weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and finishing the championship by not even turning up on week 12 with and walking into the sunset with a 48 point lead.
There is little room for improvement for Beau on track but with pressure and a championship title comes responsibility off track and this is the improvement area for Beau, dealing with the pressure will be the focus for next season, but will we be seeing Beau in the Spring.
That’s all folks! That’s our top ten from this season, but before we continue scrolling through facebook looking at other peoples dinners, or videos of cats looking “cute” we do have time for one last mention, Jake Riches won our Rising Star award for this season, looking at his scores throughout the season and the way each week they improved doubling his average from the first week till the last week made Jake an easy candidate.
The Senior Championship
“Dannnn, Can I have a word, Dannnn, my kart was slow, Dannnn, I’m hungry” a typical Sunday morning with Adam Richards, welcome to the Senior Championship.
Away from the Ugly Ducklings of the Cadet League we had the Turkeys of the Senior League.
Let’s start with our “Marshal’s Choice” award winner, Samuel Essery’s dad!
We do get parents in all shapes and sizes on a Sunday morning, but there’s only 1 Samuel Essery’s dad, the man who can be at the far side of the track flapping his arms at Samuel like a pigeon that’s been hit by a car, complaining about rubbish coffee in the viewing area and be hammering on the door of race control putting the world to rights all at the same time, a worthy winner!
Away from the drama of Samuel Essery’s dad, we also have, Samuel Essery.
Samuel had a good season, finishing 10th might not seem too impressive but with such talent in the Turkey Championship and with him having the least experience of all the drivers in the top 10 it is! (It’s also ahead of several former champions)
Samuel improved throughout the championship managing to really get into his stride toward the end of the campaign when he put together a real run of good form with week 10 being his best scoring week of the championship.
10 points ahead of Samuel is the man, the myth…. Adam Richards!
Like a Turkey, Adam Richards is a driver who can be heard before he is seen, when hearing Adam, a person’s first response is usually to roll their eyes and breathe out, “Yes Adam?”
Despite Adam’s unique ability to always “Be there” he did have a great season and improved on and off the track, racing and at times beating our double champion and always giving as good as he got, Adam attended every week this season for the first time ever, let’s hope this continues.
Our current AllStar Cup Champion James Rose collected 8th position this season, missing two weeks certainly didn’t help push James a little further up the order, James collected several good scores and some that could do with improving, his stand out performance was on weeks 6 and 8 and it was these weeks that just kept him clear of Adam Richards at the end of the campaign.
Another driver with some stand out performances was Peter Knight.
Several great results secured 5th for Peter, 5th despite missing a massive 4 racing weeks.
Peter would comfortably be sitting in a podium position or fighting for the championship if he had been here for the duration of the championship, he also would have collect many more wins including this season AllStar Cup if he could judge small spaces a little better. 🙂
Next up is Harry Nottage and Kye Kinch, where to start with these two drivers.
Harry collected 6th position overall with Kye in 7th, both drivers had impressive seasons and both struggled with decisions going against them, but that’s motorsport.
Despite their struggles, both fought till the end and gave it their all.
Kye’s boisterous driving style would make even the pope turn to drink, just like his father every Saturday night hey Dean!
Kye’s never give up attitude sometimes was his undoing as a decision to overtake using a gap not big enough for even Dean’s gold tooth was definitely big enough for Kye to give it a go, usually with disastrous results.
Harry’s passion is clear for everyone to see, however this is sometimes what held him back as his emotions would sometimes get the better of him, Harry managed great results on weeks 2, 3 and 12 and lets not forget where Harry is sitting in the Lakeside championship.
4th place this season was filled by former Championship Stef Christoforou, 4th is a great result but knowing Stef, he would have wanted better and I’m sure he’ll be back to ensure he gets better, a tricky start to the season was in store for Stef as he wasn’t enjoying his racing but after his blip we did see flashes of the old Stef cutting his way through the field, he managed a win on week 11 as well as several great performances towards the season’s end, watch this space for next season.
Our Top three were pretty much in a league of their own, Jake Taplin collected 3rd with a season where he collected 3 weeks wins, week 2, 10 and the final week, week 12.
Those of you who have read earlier reports will remember quotes about rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in, Jake certainly did this especially for the final three weeks of the season when we saw a revitalised Jake who refused to be the bridesmaid, stole the dress and became the bride even managing to challenge for 2nd right at the end of the season.
I can’t wait for next season as Jake will be a large title threat if he continues with this attitude.
Next up is Jack Adams.
Jack used to be the thorn in my side, the pain in my neck the “Ruby Wax” in the crowd, over recent months this has turned around 100%
Jack’s driving has been awesome, awesome, awesome, that’s three awesomes!
A complete brain swap and attitude change has seen Jack go from a lucky top 10 finisher to fighting for the title until the very end for the last two seasons, a great driver with a champions attitude who won’t give up until the fat lady is fully into the third verse!
Jack was scoring high throughout the championship but after week 6 we did have a runaway leader in Oliver Flashman until Jack really started pushing, beating Oliver in 4 weeks on the bounce and taking 14 points out of Oliver’s lead!
It was the final three weeks when momentum swung back towards Oliver and Jack had to settle for 2nd with a week remaining.
It’s unfortunate that Jack won’t be with us again next season but for those of you who have the excuse of “I’m too slow, the karts bad, I’m heavy, it’s unfair” then look no further that Jack Adams for advice on how to refocus on what you can do and what’s under your control.
Roast Beef, Oliver Flashman! You will need to read the Cadet section to understand the “Roast Beef” comment.
Just like Jack, Oliver showed what having the right attitude can do for a racing driver, it might sound a little daft referring to the drivers in the race league as “racing drivers” but I have seen much worse, more destructive attitudes in racing drivers than I have in some of Brentwood’s karters and Oliver’s attitude is a perfect example of a positive one.
Oliver again upped his already upped game winning 4 of the 12 weeks in the super competitive Senior Championship taking the title with a week to spare and finishing 20 points clear of 2nd placed Jack.
Oliver’s ability to simply focus on what he needs to do results in back to back championships. Awesome stuff, from an awesome driver.
Jake Taplin, Stef Christoforou you have a mountain to climb to stop Oliver’s hatrick.
Our most improved driver this season goes to the massively improved Max Papworth!
A great season for Max and his first race win, let’s see what Spring brings for Max.
Time to relax.
There’s nothing to worry about.
The competition has finished.
False reality shattered:
“Dan, phone for you, it’s Lakeside, can you call “Mystery driver’s” mum, she wants to know if there’s any point in doing the AllStar Cup because of the kart restrictors, and another “Mystery driver’s” mum wants to know what the awards are and she says the points are wrong”
It’s The AllStar Cup
Just when I think it’s safe to have an easy Sunday I do this to myself.
41 drivers for the AllStar Cup and as the action develops we have our top 10 for the A Final.
Just before we head into the A Final:
Credit where credits due:
It’s Blake Noble who collects “Crash Of The Season” and where better to showcase your skills than the AllStar Cup and how do you make maximum impact: Right in front of all the spectators.
Result = No injuries
Score = 8 / 10
Peter Knight is the cat that’s got the cream: Pole position and the biggest smile.
Sharing the front row of the grid is Cadet Champion Beau Sullivan.
Rogerio Mendes occupies the second row with Senior Champion Oliver Flashman and here’s a quick shout out for Ben Lambeth who not only secured a place in the A Final but also managed a top 5 starting position, a great day already.
Red5 goes from standing by to Hyperspeed as Beau Sullivan converts 2nd position into a lead measured in country miles as the cadet kart eats up the tarmac like PacMan on steroids!
A shake of the head from Peter Knight who loses the lead before he’s taken his first breath.
Also on the move is our other cadet, Ellis Sandford, he’s put a few postcode between him and Kye Kinch who joined him at the back of the grid after scraping into the A Final via a win in the B final.
Ellis has passed Jack Adams and Ben Lambeth and is already setting about mugging Rogerio.
After being passed by Ellis, Jack barely has time to blink before “Pocket Rocket” Kye Kinch becomes the new fly in his ointment, Jack just holds on but how long for.
The problem with the AllStar Cup is desperation, there’s no reward for 2nd and Peter knows it, lap by lap, meter by meter, inch by inch Peter has reeled in Beau “Red5” Sullivan like hes on a retractable leash and now they both share the tarmac, I see trouble ahead!
**Stevie, notice how his nickname is Red5, not RED WINE**
There is not much love lost between Jack and Kye and that’s clear to see as Kye makes his move and makes it stick, up next on Kye’s hit list is Stef Christoforou, who until now hasn’t had much action to deal with.
Peter’s the lion and Beau is the injured antelope, from his earlier blistering laptimes Beau’s times have somewhat reduced as his tries to hug his position likes it’s his favourite granny! Or how his mum grips a lovely Sauvignon Blanc!
Lion’s hunt in packs and its Jake Taplin who is now a second a lap faster than our race leader in 3rd and catching rapidly, inches behind Jake is Oliver Flashman.
It’s all gone pair shaped!
Beau’s defending allows Peter a sniff, and just a sniff, never one to turn down an opportunity, Peter keeps his foot in!
Beau’s round and is now side on to Peter front bumper, oh dear, Beau’s left dumped on the side of the track like an unwanted mattress on the A127 as Peter takes the lead, a short lived lead.
Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Jake Taplin!
All Jakes Christmas’ and Birthday’s arrive on lap 10 as he’s gifted the race lead!
Oliver Flashman fills 2nd and the rapid Ellis Sandford fills 3rd.
It’s all change at the front and the back as Beau goes from a great 1st to a terrible 9th with Peter fuming in 10th!
Don’t you all just love The AllStar Cup?
Stef and his mate Kye were fighting for 6th and 7th, they now find themselves 4th and 5th and with a podium on the cards we now have a war on our hands.
Fastest Lap Kye Kinch.
Fastest Lap Kye Kinch.
Fastest Lap Kye Kinch.
Lap after lap Kye lowers the bar, I can see the beads of sweat running of Stef forehead from here as his 4th position looks under serious threat.
I did think 1985’s Bonnie Tyler had arrived as I could see the occasional head bobbing, but it was actually Janet Taplin (With the same hairstyle) looking at the track, then smashing her face into her phone checking laptimes, then looking at the track…….
1985 called Janet, they want that hair style back! 🙂
The occasional flappy hand came from the viewing area as Janet waved on her driver!
great advice; I’m sure this helped Jake.
Never to be out done, Dean Kinch is on the scene and this weeks he brought friends! Dean’s upgraded his Monster Energy to a Relentless, in a yellow can!
Dean “Down with the kids” Kinch!
can in 1 hand and the notorious Team Kinch hand signals begin!
Someone call John Travolta, he needs to see this!
You reading this, if you ever want to go faster, just ask Dean about how waving your hand wildly in the air and climbing fences helps, as I’m yet to work that one out.
Back to the track, it’s good night from me and good night from Peter, enough’s enough and Peter calls it a day.
Jake’s lead is slowly but surely coming down as Oliver starts his approach reducing his laptimes.
Beau Sullivan hasn’t stopped, like his mum’s “Just one glass tonight” approach, he is now catching Ben Lambeth who holds 8th position and he too is reducing the gap between himself and Rogerio Mendes.
Down Below race control, Holding Out For A Hero, or a chequered flag, in a ball, somewhere hidden between crossed fingers, crossed toes and Bonnie Tyler’s hairdo was Janet Taplin, her wait was over, Turn around Janet, Jake Taplin crossed the line to collect the title of AllStar Cup Champion.
A great faultless drive keeping his head when others lost their results in the ultimate reward.
Oliver Flashman collects yet another podium adding to his already super impressive tally with Ellis Sandford in 3rd and the final podium positions , a great driver form Ellis who started 9th.
Stef Christoforu can wipe the sweat from his brow as he just beats Kye across the line who completes the top 5.
AllStar Cup over.
Time to relax.
There’s nothing to worry about.
The competition has finished.
“Dan, phone for you, it’s Lakeside, …………………………………………………………………”
Here we go again.
See you on Sunday