The 50th year of karting at Boyndie Drome Circuit saw a large entry of drivers for the first round of the 2012 Boyndie Drome Open Challenge.
Dry, mild with a westerly wind kept the temperature in check, which gave ideal conditions for racing and there was success for local drivers.
In the cadet race Craig Mann took the early lead with Robbie Souter on his bumper. This pair circulated and Mann kept his cool to take the chequered flag with Souter close behind. The second pair of Peterculter’s Cameron Henderson and Ben Gordon also circulated as one, with Henderson taking third and Gordon fourth. The final pair of Lewis Harper and Aiden Welch swapped positions at mid race with Welch with taking fifth and Harper sixth.
Sam McKenzie of Durris took a lights to flag victory from Jack Gordon by a margin of 2 seconds in the mini max race. A close battle for third took place between Elliot McIntosh, James Wood and Shaun Davidson. Wood spun on lap 5 in the loop. McIntosh took third with Davidson fourth and Wood sixth.
Large entry resulted in A and B finals with first and second in the B final slotting onto the back of the A final. Michael Rose won the B final with Matthew Munt second.
The A final of the prokarts race started with a group of seven who broke away early. They being Ali Smith, Frazer Huntley, Bruce Buchan, Alan Towler, Ballater’s Darren Patrick, Adrian Brodie and Mark Wyness. Close contact racing was the order of the day. Patrick gradually moved through from his lowly start position of ninth to take second by half distance. Patrick took the lead two laps from home, which he held to the chequered flag. Bruce Buchan and Frazer Huntley also moved through to second and third on lap 8 and held the positions until the end of the race. Smith came home fourth. A mini battle for fifth resulted in Brodie, Towler and Wyness.
Dorothy Wyness presented the trophies in the clubhouse after the meeting.
The next meeting at Grampian Kart Club will be on Sunday 8th April.
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