Sam leads junior class following third spot

karter Sam Russell
karter Sam Russell

MARSHLAND St James driver Sam Russell still leads the way in the 90cc junior class series following a third place at the latest Wisbech & District Kart Racing Club meeting at Manea.

Brother and sister Marcus and Charlotte Gilbert dominated the first race in this class battling it out from start to finish. Charlotte led from the outset, but Marcus was not prepared to let his sister out of his sights, and hassled her continuously from start to finish, with sometimes just half a kart length between them.

However, Charlotte hed on for anarrow victory, however went on to win the 90cc Junior class with some great driving throughout the meeting.

Second and third places in the class went to Jake Osbourne and kart 55 Russell who maintained his lead at the top of this class thanks to his third place finish on the day.

In the 70cc junior class young Alex Ward in kart 67 won six out of six races once again for yet another 100-point maximum finish. He also took the 70cc and 90cc Junior all-comer trophy.

If he is going to be caught in this year’s championship, it could well be by young Frankie Wright in kart 13, who finished in second place with a very respectable 88 points, and currently lies in second place behind Alex in the championship table. Ben Clark was third with 80 points, and will move up in the 70cc table at the expense of Maddie Williams who did not race.

Some of the most consistently hard fought and close racing came in the 125 2 stroke class. This class also throw up a surprise when Steven Gardner in kart 55, recently top of the podium on a regular basis, finished the day in third place. In one heat he did completely lose his offside rear wheel forcing early retirement from the round,

However, the overall layout of the track created a much closer set of heats in this class than is usually seen at a WDKRC meeting. Friday Bridge’s Wayne Hall finished in first place with a very respectable 90 points, close behind in second place was kart 4 Daniel Brown with 86 points, with Gardner on 70 points in third place.

Despite the low turnout of only 49 karts, it was a very good days racing overall, with a good atmosphere on and off the track.