ANGLESEY INTERNATIONAL 18TH & 19TH JUNE 2022
Motorsport UK British Superkart Championships Rounds 4, 5 & 6
This weekend sees the second event of the 2022 Motorsport UK British Superkart Championships with a further three rounds taking place over the 2.10-mile Trac Mon Anglesey International circuit.
A driver’s best two performances from the three races will count towards the championship and with 25 points up for grabs for a win it is nicely poised across all four Superkart classes at present.
The entry list is full of quality with three British Champions, a former European Superkart champion, a nine times British Superkart Grand Prix winner and a current Trac Mon lap record holder all part of the grid of 21 Superkarts.
Heading the twin cylinder Division 1 class championship is Lee Harpham who collected three wins at Cadwell Park in May. The MS Kart Harvey VM package was working well at Harpham’s local circuit, and he will be looking to extend his lead of ten points this weekend, but there are some very good drivers in the Division 1 category that will be out to stop that happening.
Liam Morley is the driver that is ten points adrift holding second place in the championship. He was heading for a win at Cadwell Park in the final race until a big-end failure in his VM engine side-lined him just before half distance. Twelve months ago, at Trac Mon, Morley dominated proceedings and set a new lap record so will be hoping for that level of success again to keep his title aspirations alive.
Third place in the championship is held by the reigning champion Ross Allen who is only four points behind Morley. Allen picked up a second and a third at Cadwell and was in line for another podium finish until a carburettor fell off one of the IAME engines. The Jade driver had to play second fiddle to Morley in 2021 so would like to get the better of him this year and get on the top step of the podium.
Another driver to watch out for is Andrew Gulliford. Lying fourth in the championship after a podium finish at Cadwell, he was also on the podium recently at Magny Cours when he competed in the French Championships.
Lee Plain, the reigning British Champion in the F250 National class has started his defence in the best possible way with three wins at Cadwell last month. After making a few aerodynamic tweaks he was rarely troubled on his way to securing maximum points. He was kept off the top step of the podium last year at Anglesey by Paul Platt, but the former champion is not competing this weekend which should allow Lee to pick up more wins.
Tom Hatfield was Plain’s closest challenger at Cadwell, leading briefly before settling for two runner-up slots. A gearbox issue meant he didn’t start the final race so was unable to bid for a win. Can he beat Plain this time around?
Hatfield’s teammate Shaun Lombardo finished third in all three races at Cadwell and holds a similar position in the points standings. This is the first season that he has competed in the British Superkart Championships and will be hoping to continue his good run of results.
Bennett’s Superkart Scholarship winner Samantha Hempshall was expected to challenge Plain at Cadwell but two retirements when the exhaust manifold came off dented her chances. However, with everything securely wired and bolted, Hempshall managed to get a second place in the final race of the day. The THR driver could be challenging for a win this weekend.
In the F125 Open class it is championship rookie Jack Tritton who leads the way after collecting two wins at Cadwell. This will be his first visit to Anglesey but that shouldn’t deter him from further success. Shane Stoney, son of multiple champion Chris Stoney, made an impressive Superkart debut at Cadwell and could be on the podium again.
At the time of writing there were no entries received in the F450 National class. The top two in the category, Kosta Kyritsis and Ami Jerger, are both missing this event as they are competing in the British Universities Karting Championship 24-hour race at Teesside Autodrome.