John Surtees buys Buckmore Park

John Surtees

John Surtees

John Surtees OBE and Bill Sisley announce that agreement has been reached for John Surtees Limited to acquire the business and assets of the companies operated by Bill Sisley at Buckmore Park. The businesses will continue to operate under the same trading names.

  • Bill Sisley is to continue as a consultant for the companies.
  • The operations team will continue as before, but with Chris Pullman stepping up as joint Managing Director with Mike Griffiths. Chris will be responsible for the day to day operations of Buckmore Park.
  • Mike Griffiths and John Surtees will take responsibility for future developments.
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Lundgaard and Garcia on fire in KFJ

Felipe Drugovich, Christian Lundgaard and Marta Garcia (WSK Press)
Felipe Drugovich, Christian Lundgaard and Marta Garcia (WSK Press)

After several races with the Tonykart factory and Clement Nowalak on top, Ward’s Christian Lundgaard regained the ascendancy at La Conca.

Qualifying

Pole to Sargeant at La Conca

Logan Sargeant (WSK Press)

Logan Sargeant (WSK Press)

Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Vortex) started before anyone else in the first timed session in KF-Junior and stayed in the lead for a long time. With three minutes remaining, Paavo Tonteri (Croc Promotion / TM) suddenly posted times approaching 47.2s and 47.1s and Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) dropped below 47.0s in front of Presley Martono (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Christian Lundgaard (Tony Kart / Vortex). Sargeant improved his time in the last lap, 46.865s or 0.146s faster than Lundgaard, while Noah Watt (FA Kart / Vortex) returned to 3rd from Muizziddin bin Abdul Gafar (CRG / Vortex) and Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex).

The second session proved slower than the first. Lahoz Lopez was ahead of Lorenzo Colombo (Tony Kart / LKE) and Davide Lombardo (Exprit / Vortex) for a long time until Ulysses De Pauw (BirelART / Parilla) posted an excellent lap of 47.082s followed by Peter Ptacek (Formula K / Parilla). Frederik Vesti (Energy / TM) moved up to 2nd position ahead of Marta Garcia (FA Kart / TM). But that’s not all, as Sami Worship (FA Kart / Vortex) finished 2nd by 0.029s and the surprising Brazilian Caio Collet (Kosmic / Vortex) finished 3rd in his first competition with the Kosmic Racing Department. Milen Ponomarenko (Tony Kart / LKE) took 4th place and Lucas Légeret (BirelART / Parilla) 5th.

The pole position therefore went to Sargeant ahead of Lundgaard, Watt and Muizziddin, De Pauw only in 5th position, followed by Worship, Yue Yang, Martono, Tonteri and Roosens.

Heats

Muizziddin bin Abdul Gafar (CRG)

Muizziddin bin Abdul Gafar (CRG)

Winners

  1. Presley Martono
  2. Christian Lundgaard
  3. Logan Sargeant
  4. Noah Watt
  5. Logan Sargeant
  6. Muizziddin bin Abdul Gafar
  7. Logan Sargeant
  8. Christian Lundgaard
  9. Logan Sargeant
  10. Noah Watt

Sargeant and Lundgaard on pole for the prefinals

The advantage was with Sargeant for the win with four wins in four races. Lundgaard is finally doing well in 2nd place in the intermediate classification ahead of Yue Yang, Martono in 4th, De Pauw 5th and Watt 6th.

Prefinal A

De Pauw wins

Sargeant started from the front of Prefinal A but De Pauw took the lead on the third lap. Four drivers crashed at the first corner and it was over for Antonio Serravalle (Tony Kart / Vortex), Dmitrii Bogdanov (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Nicklas Kruetten (Tony Kart / Vortex). Sargeant took control, Yue Yang was 3rd, Colombo 4th, and Maini 5th. Petrov came back strongly ahead of Collet who was delayed in the early laps.

The battle was still going on for 1st place between Sargeant and De Pauw, before Yue Yang joined in. De Pauw won the race, while three drivers went over the finish line together: Yue Yang was 2nd by 0.23s against Sargeant and Maini who was 4th by 0.31s. Colombo finished 5th and Légeret 6th. Back to 9th place for Collet, with the fastest lap.

Prefinal B

Lundgaard ahead of Drugovich

After a start without incident for once, Lundgaard kept the lead of the KF-Junior Prefinal B, but Watt was already pressing in his wake ahead of Martono, Drugovich, Ye Yifei (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Garcia. Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) was no longer in the running for qualification. The fight was intense for 5th place between Garcia, Davide Vidales (Energy / TM), Clement Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex), Martono and Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Vortex).

Meanwhile, Drugovich grabbed 2nd place at the expense of Watt, but soon gave way to Ye before retiring on lap nine. Novalak took 5th and Milesi 6th, but further back in the pack there was carnage. The on-form Sergey Travnikov (DR / TM) pushed through the order. Lombardo took the opportunity to take 7th position ahead of Martono and Roosens. Milane Petelet (Kosmic / Parilla) retired with two laps to go after a forceful attack from Petr Ptacek (Formula K / Parilla), while he was 19th with six places gained. Victory went to Lundgaard, closely followed by Drugovich, Ye finished 3rd ahead of Garcia, and Novalak was back in business in 5th place, closely tailed by Milesi, who set the best time.

Final

Lundgaard on fire in the final!

In the final Abdul Gafar went over Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla) at the first hairpin. Lundgaard already had a nice lead on the first lap, while De Pauw took 2nd place before Drugovich struck on the second lap. Sargeant and Garcia completed the top five ahead of Novalak. Garcia then attacked Sargeant, with Yifei 7th, ahead of Yue Yang and Maini, and Lucas Légeret (BirelART / Parilla) held 10th position.

Garcia put pressure on Drugovich who accelerated and passed De Pauw, followed by the young Spanish driver after three laps. The battle then continued in the wake of Lundgaard and the three drivers crossed the line 0.084s apart. Lundgaard was back to winning ways, but it was close, finishing with Drugovich 2nd by 0.024s. Marta Garcia finished 3rd with the fastest time after a remarkable performance. De Pauw was 4th, Sargeant 5th and Novalak 6th. Garcia’s late run was thrilling. With one or two more laps, the result might have been different…

Text originally by Kartcom.

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Vartanyan wins a rough KF race

Leonardo Lorandi, Alexander Vartanyan and Felice Tiene (WSK Press)
Leonardo Lorandi, Alexander Vartanyan and Felice Tiene (WSK Press)

The fairness of the racing has suffered from the withdrawal of the droopy bumper but a safer version is due to be introduced next month.

Qualifying

Nielsen fastest in KF

Nicklas Nielsen (WSK Press)

Nicklas Nielsen (WSK Press)

During the first qualifying session for KF, the battle for the fastest time was mainly between Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex), Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) in front of a privileged observer Dionisios Marcu (Tony Kart / Vortex). Casper Roes (FA Kart / Vortex) intervened in 3rd and then 2nd place, while Vartanyan went even better with an incredible lap of 46.013s, with Basz 3rd, Ben Hanley (Croc Promotion / TM) 4th and Tiene 5th.

Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart / Vortex) confirmed the great form he has displayed in free practice during the second session. Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex) was the only one able to keep pace, Thomas Bale (FA Kart / Vortex) was more than 0.2s ahead of Martijn Van Leeuwen (CRG / TM) and Marcus Armstrong (Tony Kart / Vortex). Nielsen took pole overall in the class with 45.878s ahead of Fewtrell. Vartanyan ranked 3rd, Bale 4th and Van Leeuwen 5th.

Heats

Vartanyan wins heat 1 in KF

It was a difficult start for Fewtrell, 15th on the first lap. There was a fight between Hanley, Tiene and Vartanyan for the lead. Tiene went in to fix his rear bumper, Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla) retired after a mechanical problem, and Juan Correa (Energy / TM) was stopped by a black flag. Vartanyan led by a wide margin from Roes who took 2nd place against Hanley. Vartanyan won, Van Leeuwen finished in 2nd position ahead of Roes and Fewtrell in 4th after passing Hanley on the last lap and setting the fastest time.

Nielsen wins the second KF heat

Nielsen took off from the start of the second heat in KF, while Basz and Bale battled for 2nd place. Richard Verschoor (Exprit / Vortex) returned to 4th followed by Hiltbrand. Vartanyan was 8th after losing six places. Verschoor grabbed 3rd place from Bale. Nielsen won with the fastest time and 2.8a ahead of Basz, Verschoor 3rd in front of Vartanyan and Hiltbrand.

Nielsen gets a second victory in heat 3

Another complicated start for Fewtrell in the third heat in KF as he touched another competitor and dropped to 21st on the first lap. The race was led by Nielsen, Bale dropped from 2nd to 10th place while Verschoor went off rather violently into the barriers. Basz retook 2nd place from Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR / TM), Hannes Janker (CRG / Parilla) and Van Leeuwen. Tiene then returned to 5th. Maxime Potty (Kosmic / Vortex) and Anton Haaga (Tony Kart / Vortex) crashed off at a fast corner into a fence. Nielsen was heading for a clear victory in front of Basz. Further back, Tiene emerged in 3rd position, and Van Leeuwen retook 4th on the last lap against Janker and Travisanutto. Fewtrell returned to 9th with the fastest time.

Nielsen leader after the KF heats from Vartanyan

The two, significant, wins for Nielsen put him in his natural place ahead of KF, while Vartanyan ranks 2nd with a win and 4th place, level on points with Basz, twice 2nd. Always consistent, Van Leeuwen came in 4th position ahead of Roes, Fewtrell and Bale.

Prefinal A

Nielsen ahead of Roes

Nielsen escaped from the start of Prefinal A, while Roes managed to embed himself in 2nd position ahead of Basz. There was contact at the first hairpin, with Rokas Bacisuka (Energy / TM), Nikita Sitnikov (Tony Kart / TM), Correa and Patrik Pasma (Zanardi / TM) off the track. Bale passed Basz to take 3rd place, and Lorandi was 5th ahead of Tom Joyner (Zanardi / TM). Nielsen steadily increased his lead and won the race with the fastest time, 2s from Roes. Lorandi took back 3rd in front of Basz and Bale, Armstrong finished 6th, Verschoor 7th and Joyner 8th.

Prefinal B

Vartanyan ahead of Tiene

Vartanyan started rapidly in Prefinal B, with an already substantial lead after the first lap ahead of Fewtrell. Van Leeuwen recovered quickly, however, 2nd place was taken by Tiene. Potty was unleashed after his troubles on Saturday and was already in the top 10 on lap 3, with 10 places gained. Van Leeuwen attacked Vartanyan from the fourth lap. We noticed Andreas Jochimsen (Croc Promotion / TM) entering the top five ahead of Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla) and Benjamin Lessennes (Zanardi / TM). Hiltbrand took 4th position in mid-race, but 3s of penalties put him in 6th place while Vartanyan was pushed by Tiene. Potty dropped down to the fateful 17th. Travisanutto, who had lost a lot of ground on the first lap was back in 11th place. Vartanyan won with the fastest time and was 1.8s ahead of Tiene. Fewtrell took 3rd ahead of Van Leeuwen, Joachimsen was 5th and Hiltbrand 6th.

Final

Vartanyan wins in the KF final after a wild ride

Basz and Lorandi made contact on the first formation lap, probably due to a technical problem. The race started in the right order after another formation lap. Several karts were stacked the first hairpin, Bale was even ejected from his kart, but restarted while Potty, Sitnikov, Juho Valtanen (Kosmic / Vortex) , Aatu Moilainen (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Dionisios remained on the sidelines.

Unsurprisingly, Nielsen escaped ahead of Vartanyan, Basz, Roes and Tiene. Hanley came back strongly in 8th position behind Joyner. Basz then gave up ground to Roes and Tiene. Fewtrell lost a lot of time at the start and continued to drop. Bale had retired as well as Van Leeuwen.

Nielsen stopped on lap eight, so Vartanyan didn’t need much encouragement to go ahead of Lorandi and Tiene. Lessennes and Gasper Mihevic (Tony Kart / Vortex) crashed and retired themselves at the halfway point. Vartanyan upped the pace again and won ahead of his opponents. Verschoor, up to 5th put pressure on Roes in front of him and got past into 4th with three laps left. Basz fought to keep 6th against Joyner, while Armstrong closed up to them.

Vartanyan won this strange final with the fastest time, 3.6s in front of Lorandi, himself nearly 3s in front of Tiene. Verschoor finished 4th, Roes 5th, Basz 6th, Joyner 7th and Armstrong 8th. But the race saw too much misfortune to leave a good memory.

Text originally by Kartcom.

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Thompson takes two!

Harry Thompson (Chris Walker)
Harry Thompson (Chris Walker)

Fusion Driver Harry Thompson is currently unstoppable, taking his second LGM win in only his second LGM race. The championship favourites Dexter Patterson and Jonny Edgar had no answer to Thompson’s speed and precision around the Kimbolton circuit.

Patterson earned the pole, but it was an ever improving Brandon Martland who took the challenge to Thompson by first pushing then passing him. Patterson stayed in the mix, with Lorcan Hanafin and Joseph Taylor. Jonny Edgar couldn’t find the ultimate pace to hang on to the front few but kept them in check. Patterson knew he had to clear Martland and Hanafin, which he did, but couldn’t quite surpass Thompson.

As Patterson moved up Martland dropped allowing Hanafin to move in to 3rd. At the line it was Thompson with Patterson only 0.09s behind, Hanafin, Edgar, Taylor and Martland, with Reggie Duhy the top privateer coming in 7th overall.

Patterson managed the fastest lap and with his pole position, equalled Thompson on points at this round. Next time it’s Patterson’s home track, can he fight back?

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Puhakka wins for the first time at CRG

Simo Puhakka (CRG)
Simo Puhakka (CRG)

Simo Puhakka won skillfully for the Tec-Sav powered CRG team but there was some terrible driving from others in the class at La Conca.

Qualifying

Pole position for De Conto

Paolo De Conto (WSK Press)

Paolo De Conto (WSK Press)

The 30 KZ2 drivers didn’t rush onto the track during their qualifying session and the situation only started to really come alive after seven of the 10 minutes had passed. Davide Fore (CRG / Maxter) was the first to cross the threshold of 46s, then things revved up with Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo / Parilla) leading ahead of Paolo De Conto (CRG / Maxter) and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (BirelART / Parilla) then finally pole position went to De Conto with 45.472s, Lennox 2nd by 0.031s and Dreezen 3rd a little further back. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) finished up 4th, ahead of Fore and Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex). Arnaud Kozlinski (Sodi / TM) ranked 14th ahead of his teammate Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM) and Nicolas Gonzales (Alpha / TM).

Heats

De Conto shoulder to shoulder with Ardigo in H1

Fore was absent from the grid for the first heat in KZ2 because of a mechanical problem. De Conto was ahead of Ardigo and Lennox-Lamb, with Dreezen 4th from Simo Puhakka (CRG / Maxter). Kozlinski and Abbasse were back strongly in the top 10, while Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla) gave up. Victory went to De Conto, closely followed by Ardigo, with Lennox-Lamb 3rd, Puhakka 4th with the fastest time, ahead of Dreezen in 5th then Patrik Hajek (Praga / Parilla) and Jorrit Pex (Intrepid / TM). Koko was 8th and Abbasse 9th, then Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) 10th.

CRG double for De Conto and Puhakka in H2

De Conto started faster than Ardigo in the second heat, the latter being locked out and dropped to 6th. Lennox-Lamb closed up behind the leader, and Puhakka was 3rd ahead of Hajek and Dreezen. Ardigo gradually moved back to 4th position, while Puhakka threatened Lennox-Lamb and passed on the 11th lap. Behind Dreezen in 5th, Kozlinski and Abbasse were ahead of Camponeschi. Second win for De Conto, 2nd place and fastest time to Puhakka, so CRG are on form. In 5th and 6th, the Sodi boys are also improving.

First victory for Puhakka at CRG

Puhakka started rapidly in front of Ardigo and Kozlinski. Abbasse had problems and gradually dropped down the ranking. De Conto was back into the rhythm and passed Kozlinski for 3rd place. Dreezen was 5th to Camponeschi and Thonon who was on the rise, followed by Fore. The leading trio remained close, but the positions didn’t change and Puhakka won ahead of Ardigo and De Conto. Kozlinski finished 4th, and Dreezen 5th after passing Camponeschi on the last lap.

De Conto takes the lead in KZ2

After two wins, De Conto posted the best score in KZ2, but his teammate Puhakka, winner of the last race, showed a very competitive end to his day ahead of Ardigo. Less effective in the third heat, Lennox-Lamb remains in the game in 4th place ahead of Dreezen, while Kozlinski, in 6th, was ahead of Camponeschi. Despite his mishap in the last heat, Abbasse remained in the top 10 ahead of Douglas Lundberg (Kosmic / Vortex).

Prefinal

Puhakka ahead of Ardigo in the KZ2 Prefinal

Ardigo started in the lead at the lights of the KZ2 Prefinal, ahead of Puhakka. Lennox-Lamb was 3rd from De Conto. Kozlinski and Dreezen crashed and retired at the start, and Jorrit Pex also dropped. Abbasse quickly moved up to 5th position ahead of Camponeschi and Lundberg. Jeremy Iglesias (Alpha / TM) was back in the top 10 with Hajek and Thonon.

The fastest man on the track, Puhakka remained in the wheeltracks of Ardigo and attacked on lap nine. Lundberg yielded to Hajek and Iglesias, and De Conto passed Lennox-Lamb at the end of the straight on lap 12. Puhakka won by more than a second ahead of Ardigo, with De Conto 3rd, Lennox-Lamb 4th and Abbasse 5th.

Final

Superb victory for Puhakka but a deplorable race

Marco Ardigo, Simo Puhakka and Anthony Abbasse (WSK Press)

Marco Ardigo, Simo Puhakka and Anthony Abbasse (WSK Press)

Puhakka started perfectly ahead of Ardigo at the lights of the KZ2 Final. Lennox-Lamb was pushed off at the first corner, then a massive collision involving six drivers required the use of the Slow procedure. De Conto, Stan Pex (Intrepid / TM), Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Jorge Pescador (Praga / Parilla) were some of the victims.

The race resumed on lap 4, with Puhakka ahead of Ardigo, Abbasse 3rd, Iglesias 4th, Camponeschi 5th, Lundberg 6th and Thonon 7th ahead of Gonzales. Puhakka was the fastest and distanced Ardigo slightly. Thonon then passed Lundberg, Francesco Iacovacci (DR / TM) took 8th, Fore 9th and Kozlinski 10th. Camponeschi found an opening on Iglesias on the 12th lap.

Attempting to attack Lundberg, Iacovacci lost places but also disrupted the race. He then crashed with Dreezen, who showed his displeasure. This is a driver who has immediately earned a reputation. Puhakka won clearly ahead of Ardigo and Abbasse, with Camponeschi 4th, Iglesias 5th, Thonon 6th and Fore 7th. Gonzalez took advantage of the unrest in the last laps to go back to 9th from Hajek, Lundberg and Kozlinski who had to retire. Only half of the field finished a race that was sportingly very questionable because of the irresponsible behaviour of some of the drivers.

Text originally by Kartcom.

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