Details for the 2017 Ginetta Junior Scholarship have been announced. It will keep its three-day format, with two qualification days and the top 10 drivers from each of these will go through to the final assessment day. It will take place at Blyton Park in Lincolnshire this year, as the regular Bedford Autodrome venue was unavailable. It will be held from October 24-26 and, as well as driving, applicants will have their fitness and media skills assessed.
On a blistering weekend in North Wales, Harry Thompson took a brace of MSA British Cadet wins. He passed Joseph Taylor in the closing stages of the opening final and then edged out Bray Kenneally in a titanic last-lap tussle to seal the double.
After trading the lead with Taylor, Welsh champion Jonny Wilkinson and Alex Simmonds during a frantic opening five laps around the undulating GYG circuit, Thompson and Kenneally were able to break away with Kenneally pulling off an incredible last-lap pass around the outside of turn seven to seemingly seal victory.
However, just two corners later Thompson managed to squeeze to the inside of Kenneally going into the Devils Elbow to retake the lead.
The weekend also saw the debut of the new for 2016 MSA KZ1 Championship, with wins for Scott Allen and local ace John Pike. Allen made a scorching start to final one, passing Pike on the opening lap but in the second final Pike was able to overhaul his rival and keep a safe distance to win at his home track.
The remarkable recovery of the TKM Extreme class continued with a monstrous 50-kart entry. Phil Smith looked to have secured a double win only to lose the second final when he came in underweight, which left defending champion Matt England to triumph.
In the Junior TKM races, there were half a dozen drivers contending for the win.
Bradley White won final one but he spun on the last lap of final two while chasing down debut Super One winner Adam Sparrow.
Ben Kasperczak and Alex Eades shared the honours in two dramatic Cadet Honda finals, while Gordon Mutch and Matt Davies scored doubles in Junior X30 and Senior X30 respectively.
Cadet IAME (16 laps) 1 Harry Thompson (Fusion/ Synergy); 2 Joseph Taylor (Fusion/ Synergy) +0.14s; 3 Jonny Wilkinson (KMS/ ZIP); 4 Alex Simmonds (AIM/ ZIP); 5 Max Dodds (Fusion/ Synergy); 6 Georgi Dimitrov (Fusion/ Synergy). Heat winners Taylor Barnard (AIM/ ZIP), Taylor, Bray Kenneally (AIM/ ZIP). Fastest lap Daniel Bolton (OWR/ Synergy) 49.00s (50.30mph). Pole Kai Askey (Fusion/ Synergy). Starters 41. Final two (16 laps) 1 Thompson; 2 Kenneally +0.29s; 3 Taylor; 4 Dimitrov; 5 Wilkinson; 6 Simmonds. FL Kenneally 49.08s (50.14mph). KZ1 (19 laps) 1 Scott Allen (Jade Karts/ Gold); 2 John Pike (Privateer/ NJR Octane) +1.22s; 3 Dan Kelly (AFR/ Birel ART); 4 Josh Smith (Privateer/ Birel ART); 5 Hannah Lang (MK Racing/tonykart). HW Kelly, Pike. FL Allen 41.82s (58.85mph). P Pike. S 5. Final two (19 laps) 1 Pike; 2 Allen +1.60s; 3 Kelly; 4 Smith; 5 Lang. FL Pike 41.91s (58.72mph). TKM Extreme (18 laps) 1 Phil Smith (Precision Racing/ Tonykart); 2 Matt England (Tal-ko/tal-ko) +2.56s; 3 Kye Springfield (Privateer/tonykart); 4 Kyle Sproat (Litchfield Motorsport/tonykart); 5 Matthew Allnutt (Twm/tonykart); 6 Matthew Taylor (Flex/tonykart). HW Smith x2, Paul Monks (Flex/tonykart). FL Harry Moore (Jade Karts/jade) 43.69s (56.33mph). P Rob Wallace (Privateer/ Intrepid).
S 52. Final two (18 laps) 1 England; 2 Sproat +0.71s; 3 Allnutt; 4 Monks; 5 Gemma Golba (Privateer/ DSG Marco); 6 Wallace. FL Wallace 43.78s (56.21mph). Junior TKM (18 laps) 1 Bradley White (Privateer/ Tal-ko); 2 Adam Sparrow (Tal-ko/tal-ko) +0.15s; 3 Lee Whittingham (Tonykart); 4 Ian Sisson (Privateer/jade); 5 Joe Fowler (Jade Karts/jade); 6 Ross Deal (Sjm/tonykart). HW Sparrow, White. FL Abbi Pulling (Tal-ko) 43.71s (56.30mph). P Fowler. S 20. Final two (18 laps) 1 Sparrow; 2 Pulling +0.14s; 3 Fowler; 4 Whittingham; 5 Sisson; 6 Kurt Roberts (Jade). FL Pulling 43.67s (56.35mph). Cadet Honda (16 laps) 1 Ben Kasperczak (BRK/ BRK); 2 Archie Brown (Privateer/ BRK) +0.06s; 3 Harry Thompson (CER/ Synergy); 4 Archie Swinscoe (BRK/ BRK); 5 Reggie Duhy (Privateer/ Synergy); 6 Alex Eades (Global/ ZIP). HW Kasperczak, Thompson, Duhy. FL James Walker (HTR/ Synergy) 49.31s (49.91mph). P Eades. S 42. Final two (16 laps) 1 Eades; 2 Wesley Mason (Project One) +0.61s; 3 Thompson; 4 Duhy; 5 Swinscoe; 6 Kasperczak. FL Thompson 49.37s (49.85mph). Junior X30 (18 laps) 1 Gordon Mutch (Clan Racing/ Mad Croc); 2 Ethan Pitt (Jade Karts/ Gold) +0.68s; 3 Angus Fender (Jade Karts/ Gold); 4 Oliver Greetham (S8 Racing/ Alonso); 5 Harrison Smith (Privateer/ MS); 6 Alicia Goundry (Goundry Girls/ Kosmic). HW Mutch x2. FL Harry Mcquillan (Protrain/tonykart) 42.72s (57.61mph). P Mutch. S 16. Final two (18 laps) 1 Mutch; 2 Mcquillan +1.49s; 3 Pitt; 4 Fender; 5 Greetham; 6 Dragan Pinsent (DKR/ Tonykart). FL Mcquillan 42.82s (57.47mph). Senior X30 (18 laps) 1 Matt Davies (Privateer/tonykart); 2 Brett Ward (MLC/ Mach 1) +2.46s; 3 Jack Partridge (Melliosport/ Gold); 4 Scott Mackrell (Coles/tonykart); 5 Sam Marsh (Dhr/alonso); 6 Charlie Turner (Protrain/ Tonykart). HW Davies x2. FL Davies 42.29s (58.19mph). P Ward. S 15. Final two (18 laps) 1 Davies 12m 49.30s; 2 Ward +0.41s; 3 Marsh; 4 Turner; 5 Mackrell; 6 Josh Collings (Dhr/alonso). FL Ward 42.46s (57.96mph).
Thompson took double