The third race in the WightKarting championship took place on Friday (8th November), with an all too familiar wet track, but some changes in those reaching the top spaces on the podium.
The race this month was another reverse track, which kicked off with a 10-minute practice so that the drivers could get used to the challenging conditions, particularly around the corners.
After the practice session, the racers headed into the qualifier to set the fastest time possible in 10 minutes, with Bradley Austin leading the field and Simon Johnstone coming a close second.
The top of the grid for the 20-lap final lined up with Bradley Austin, Simon Johnstone and Mike Jolliffe taking the front 3 positions. Henry Austin, James Dougherty and Josh Dakin were bringing up the rear of the pack in a solid line-up of 11 drivers.
As expected, the final started with a bang as Mike Jolliffe had a great start to overtake Simon and Bradley, and after some jostling in the first few corners, put himself firmly into the lead.
James Dziuba defended well against Harrison Crickmore, leading to Harrison running wide round an early bend making him use the pit lane as a runoff, consequently putting him in last place. However, this did not phase him as he fought his way back into a very respectable 8th place by the end of the race.
Simon Johnstone and Dale Hunt finished the race in 3rd and 4th respectively, with a gap of 3 seconds each side of the drivers, and the remaining group almost 27 seconds behind them.
Driver of the Day: Brad Austin
Brad dominated the practice and qualifying with the fastest time on both occasions and narrowly missed out on the top spot on the podium by all of 1.8 seconds. He does take the bonus point of fastest lap by recording a 35.334 in the qualifying, beating Mike’s time of 35.372 from the final.