Karters endure tough weather conditions for thrilling Nutt’s Corner Kart meeting!
December 31, 2013 by Jonathan MacDonald
Wet and windy weather greeted competitors for round two of the Northern Ireland Karting Association’s (NIKA) Winter Series as 29 racers took to Nutt’s Corner race circuit in December. Organised by Ulster Kart Club, the event was split into four classes catering for a wide range of adrenaline fuelled racers aged 8 and older, with each class enjoying three races.
In the Cadet Libre category, two victories and a second position for Nathan Glenn helped the Bush racer to bolster his position at the top of the championship tables. In what is his first year in the Cadet category, Glenn has quickly proved himself to be ‘one to watch’. His main rival came in the form of Tom Edgar, who claimed the runner-up position in the opening two races before going on to claim victory in the third. He lies just six points adrift in championship terms. Philip Patton was the image of consistency as he claimed third in each race, and was followed home by Rachel Marrs and Pearce Murtagh on each occasion. Mini-Max Four competitors entered the Mini-Max category. While Sam McDonnell got the better of his rivals during the first race, multiple champion Daniel Harper returned to winning ways for races two and three. The Anahilt racer’s two wins ensured that he stayed at the top of the championship tables and the 12-year-old is already 18 points clear of his rivals. Sam McDonnell tried hard to add to his race one win but the Coleraine racer had to settle for second behind Harper in races two and three. This ensured that he stayed second in the series tables, five points ahead of Jack McGaughey with Jack Steenson fourth. Rotax-Max
In the Rotax-Max category, Dungiven’s Chris Irwin made a stunning return to action. As a former multiple champion, the event marked his return to racing for the first time in a few years and he promptly claimed victory in all three races. The battle for second raged in each race with reigning NIKA Senior Rotax Champion Douglas Reid securing second in race one. Then Jack McConnell took the runner-up slot in race two, while Derek Wilson made the position his own in race three. In Championship terms, Reid continues to lead the Rotax-Max category from Jack McConnell and David Irvine but all competitors will be keeping a close eye on comeback king Chris Irwin.
Finally, in the World Formula category, Peter Caldwell bolstered his position at the top of the tables by adding another two wins to his résumé . The Dromore driver sealed success in races one and three, while David Lilburn took the win in race two. Lilburn also finished second in race three, while the runner-up slot was secured by Philip Armstrong in race one and Nigel Stewart in race two. In Championship terms, Caldwell heads the tables from Bill Armstrong whose consistent scoring allowed him to hold on to second position. Just two points further adrift, third placed Philip Armstrong is ready to pounce, as is fourth placed Rory McPolin. Competitors are now enjoying a short seasonal break before returning to action at round three of the series on Saturday 11 January at Kirkistown Race Circuit. For more details log on to www.nikarting.com.