23 drivers turned out for the 8th round of the Autumn Junior Outdoor Karting Championship. It was the first fully wet round of the championship, starting off raining with rain continuing on and off throughout the day keep the track fully wet.
Alex Acton was able to get the best possible results out of his heats to line up on pole position for the final. He was joined on the front row of the grid by Josiah Lockett. Robin Hayman had a great run in the heats to line up 3rd, joined by Ed Haffenden who has really been excelling in damp and wet conditions this year. Matthew Baker, who usually struggles in the wet lined up 5th and the surprise of the meeting, 2014 Champion Ben Chick returning, lined up 6th on the grid.
Alex Acton led away initially but It was Matthew Baker who charged through into 2nd place and fought his way through into the lead. Alex Acton held onto 2nd for a short while, before Josiah Lockett found a way through quickly followed by Ben Chick from the back of the grid. Josiah Lockett and Ben Chick battled out for 2nd place, meanwhile Matthew Baker was opening up a big lead out in front.
Ben was eventually able to fight his way past Jos, and then set about catching Matthew for the win. Ben closed the gap very slightly on his first attempt, before Matthew Baker opened the gap up even further on the final two laps setting the fastest lap in the process. So Matthew Baker came through to win ahead of Ben Chick. Josiah Lockett drove really well to take 3rd. Alex Acton held onto 4th, with Ed Haffenden 5th and Robin Hayman 6th.
The driver of the day award went to Kailey Ferris who had 4 great races, finishing in the top 3 in all of them and taking her best points haul to date!
Round 9 of the Championship takes place This Sunday, Sunday 6th December. Jacques Flanders continues to lead the way, but Alex Acton and Matthew Baker have both closed up in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The novice Championship still remains extremely close with the top 7 all within 15 points!