Cattermole takes a double victory as he tops small F125 Open entry at Darley Moor
Reigning champion Kirk Cattermole was in top form in the opening rounds of this year’s F125 Open English Championship at Darley Moor last weekend.
After setting a pole position time of 59.78s, the first ever sub one-minute lap by a 125cc Superkart at the venue, Cattermole went on to dominate both races. In the first outing he took the lead at the start and pulled away from his rivals to collect an easy win, setting a new lap record on the sixth lap. Jake Coward had to settle for second place while the battle for third was decided on the last corner. Dave Robinson left his braking too late and spun, gifting the position to Tom Riley.
In race two, Cattermole was again first away and led throughout to claim maximum points. However, after swapping tyres due to a suspected puncture in the earlier race he found the rear of the kart a bit loose through corners. This allowed the opposition to keep him in sight for the first half of the race before pulling away to win by nearly nine seconds. Chris Needham had changed his ignition after qualifying and with the SGM running better he scrapped with Coward for second place. The verdict went to the former GP holder by 0.29s.