Ellough Park Raceway Round 1 2016 Championship

What an eventful day. A 4.30am start as we needed to travel 90 plus miles. Dad went to start the car and de-ice it only to find it would not start. Mum to the rescue jump leads out, and a quick bit of jiggling with the cars at 5am car starts away we go. Sorry neighbours.

The weather conditions dictated with an icy track and a flurry of sleet the meeting was shortened by reducing our practice sessions.

We all got one 5 lap practice before qualifying.

Qualifying

This was only the second  time of racing at Ellough. The regular members had a slight advantage and a couple guessed right on tyre choice.

With a good field of 10 junior drivers off we set on qualifying. I was on inters with 7 others. With a fast drying track I had to make sure of 3rd which I duly did.

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Heat 1

Started 3rd got a great start and followed the leader around the first bend. We both pulled away from the pack. I finished 2nd.

Heat 2

Again started 3rd but this time I got a brilliant start and took the lead. I pulled away from the field. This gave me my first heat win in Junior Rotax.

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The Final:-

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This saw me starting in pole.

I led the race from start to finish all 14 laps.

Really excited as this was my first ever Final win in this class.

 

ellough 2016Great big thank you to Mum & Dad.

I would also like to thank my Sponsors

Richlee Motor Company

Mir Raceline

CZ Chains

Debenham Dental Practice

Great start to 2016.

My First Junior Max Race

I had my first official race at the opening round of the Bayford Meadows Summer Championship.

My Saturday practice was ok nothing special but I do not always practice well. I was off the pace all day.

Sunday saw me go straight into Qualifying with 17 other drivers. I performed well and took 8th fastest.

First heat saw me improve on my times but lose a place in the race.

Second heat I got a great start and gained my place back and was putting pressure on the group in front. This resulted in me having the 4th fastest lap time in this heat.

I was really looking forward to the final.

Again my start was quick but to my dismay I was side nudged off onto the grass due to a kart spinning to the right of me forcing other karts to take avoiding action. I lost control and spun into the tyre barrier.

Fortunately I was not hurt but did bruise my arm and smashed my nose cone. I tried to go on but nose cone was scraping on the ground.

That was my race done. What great start I have had. I now have to build on this in the coming weeks ready for April round.

Here is some photos of the final. Courtesy of Paul Babington Photography

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I would like to say a big thank you to Steve Bull who is mentoring me and running me in his team.

Rhys with Steve Bayford

Look What I Got

With all my good racing I eventually got into the Karting Magazine January 2015.

Rhys Karting Mag Jan 15 001 (2)Sitting just behind kart 71.

 

 

 

 

 

This resulted in this a cool £200

Demon Tweeks - SponsorFrom Demon Tweeks & Sparco.

 

 

 

 

 

Now spent at the Auto Sport Show 2015 on a New Neck Brace. Thank You Demon Tweeks

Great article in the in the South Woodham Ferrers Focus

woodham-focus-articleI was featured in the South Woodham Focus, issue 654. You can see the full article by clicking here or on the picture, and going to page 29. This is the start of more to come. If you would like to be part of my racing career please get in touch via my contact page.

I am looking for as much help as anyone can offer by way of sponsorship, advertising or just a kind donation.

 

Snap Shots

Winning the Buckmore Park Winter Championship

Winter 2014  Buckmore Trophy                   Buckmore Programe -Champion Listing

 

Racing at Kimbolton East Anglian Trophy Meeting – Oops driver out of control

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Chilling with some friends and guess who we met?

Rhys,Luke Lewis with Anthony Hamilton at Buckmore June 2014

Back to Business – Another Trophy for the Cabinet

Rhys and 2nd place photo Buckmore June 2014

A little more chilling

Rhys & Harry at Buckmore 2014

And finally the affects of a driver out of control – forced my early retirement.

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