Sunday held the penultimate round of the 2016 Autumn Junior Castle Combe Karting Championship. It was very tricky conditions with half the track dry and the other half wet.
Heading into the round there were still 3 drivers left in the hunt for the championship and all 3 of them made the final.
Lining up on pole position for the final was championship leader Matthew Baker. He was joined on the front row by Josh Poulain, who has really excelled in his first championship. Harry Sadler, 2nd in the championship, started 3rd. Josiah Lockett, the reigning champion, returned for a one-off outing lining up 4th despite bad luck in the heats. Jake Bishop, sitting 3rd in the championship, lined up 5th with Jack Meakin completing the grid.
It was Josh Poulain who got the jump off the line and led into the first corner. The first corner was still very damp and it was Harry Sadler who got the best run out of the first corner, overtaking Matthew Baker for 2nd and pulling alongside Josh Poulain for the lead. Harry was able to make the move and take the lead, with Josh Poulain, Matthew Baker and Jake Bishop all getting extremely close together at the chicane. Josh and Jake got caught up on the damp track, with Jake spinning and Josh dropping down to 5th.
This meant Harry Sadler already had a commanding lead out in front, with Matthew Baker back up to 2nd, Josiah Lockett 3rd and Jack Meakin 4th.
Matthew was trying hard to catch his championship rival, but tried a bit too hard having a half spin at the first corner. This allowed Josiah through into 2nd place, but Matthew fought straight back and they went through the chicane side by side. Matthew was able to get a better run out of the chicane and retake 2nd place. Jack Meakin got involved in the action too and pulled off a brilliant move at the top corner, taking 3rd place.
Jack then set his sights on trying to find a way past Matthew for 2nd place. A brilliant battle took place with Jack and Matthew trading places multiple times over the next few laps. Jack was eventually able to make the move and open up a small gap over Matthew.
However all of the battling allowed Harry to open up a big lead and come through to take a great victory. Jack Meakin took a best ever finish of 2nd in the final, with Matthew Baker 3rd. Josiah Lockett was 4th, Josh Poulain 5th and Jake Bishop 6th.
The fastest lap of the day went to Matthew Starke, who just missed out making the final. While the driver of the day award went to Jack Meakin.
The championship is now a two horse race between Matthew Baker and Harry Sadler. Harry sits just 5 points behind Matthew, while Jake Bishop sits 14 points further back in 3rd, now out of the running for the championship. Josh Poulain has jumped up to 4th in the overall championship now, while also opening up a healthy 15 point lead in the Best Novice Championship.
The full championship Standings can be found here:http://www.castlecombekarting.co.uk/junior-championship-sta…
The final round takes place on Sunday 18th December.