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NUNN BROTHERS SHARE STOKE GLORY

A sunny day at Stoke on Saturday with a near perfect track saw the Stoxkarts Karts making a long awaited return to the shale. With rain forecast it was decided to run the Junior races first in case track conditions changed.
Heat 1 saw a comfortable win for 34 Ben Woodhull from a very quick Gold Top Champion 21 Alex Butcher with 468 Brad 3rd.
Heat 2 This time it was Luke Woodhull 33 taking the win from brother Ben with Brad again 3rd.
A splash of water before heat 3 saw some great driving from the youngsters who adapted to the change in track very well. Again it was Luke taking the win from Ben and this time Harley Thackra 24 taking 3rd.
The feature saw a great battle at the front in the closing stages with Luke finishing a great night by taking the victory from early leader Nathan Topliff 304 and Brad again taking 3rd. Some really good drives from the girls, Chloe and Jordan and also the two whites Chester and Thomas gaining a lot of speed throughout the day.
The forecast rain arrived just before the seniors went out on track and credit to every driver as the pictures show it was like a boating lake! Not surprising the winner was the wet shale maestro 27 Chris Butcher who took it all in his stride whilst others really struggled. A great second for 212 Matthew Fenton from other shale man 265 Carl Nunn.
Heat 2 and the water had gone but the track was like treacle so much so that in the interest of safety a single file rolling lap was called. Again credit to all the drivers for managing to keep their karts going. Again it was Chris who took the win from 22 Ryan Jones and 249 Jack Morgan.
A couple of hours make a massive difference. A superb track saw a great feature race with the leaders swapping places until Carl 265 made the break then it was all on for second place. Eventually Liam Powell 380 managed to hold off Ryan Jones 22 who rounded off the podium.
Sunday saw an early start and the track pulled back from the night before. The racing was fantastic all day with the format split seniors and juniors alternating all day.
Heat 1 saw regular hirer 804 Jamie Milne taking the win from 27 and an impassive 3rd from 64 Mark McCann. Juniors up next which saw Luke 33 continuing his form from the night before taking the win from Harley 24 and Ben 34.
Heat 2 seniors saw 212 Matthew holding on for the win from very rare shale racer 257 Kelvin Limb with 22 Ryan 3rd.
Heat 2 Juniors saw another name apart from Woodhull taking the win. 468 Brad drove a blinder to hold off a fast 2 Finn Robinson and 24 Harley.
Heat 3 Seniors saw 27 Chris again taking a win but the highlight of the day was a hard earned 2nd place for returning white top 7 Paul Hinckley who was desperate to get on the Gold Top Grid. 3rd went to Mark 64 again.
Heat 3 juniors saw Brad 468 once again holding on for the win from Ben 34 and Luke 33.
The senior feature was a cracking race highlight was 471-257-22 racing 3 abreast for several laps, just fantastic to watch and great respect shown by all 3 drivers. A very rare shale win went to 1 Danny Nunn with 22 Ryan second and a great 3rd for 73 Craig Underhill.
Junior Feature was a great display gain by the youngsters with all of them driving really well. 24Harley took the win from Ben 34 and brad 468 rounded out the top 3.
Seniors had a grand national which saw Danny Nunn 1 running for double points. The win went to 257 Kelvin which was a just reward after he span out of second place on the last lap of the feature second was 324 Jordon Thackra and 3rd was 22 Ryan. To top off the day we did an 8 lap clutch start dash for the cash with the grid bumper to bumper and drawn out of a hat. A front wheel and tyre to the winner a plug in to second and a set of bearings for 3rd as expected a coming together saw several karts side lined and it was 1 Danny that took the win from 147 Tim Faultless and 229 Joe Higgins.
A great weekend of racing and socialising and now we move on to our next meeting on the 20th August at Northampton Raceway which is the HOUGHTON JCB sponsored JUNIOR GOLD TOP. Start time is 12 Noon. Hope to see you there.

We grabbed a word with the Nunn brothers, Carl and Danny following there final wins at the weekend...

Carl, a storming weekend for you with a final win on the Saturday evening in a car you haven't raced for a while. You must be chuffed with that?

Yeah was a great weekend all round with racing and social , yeah it's always nice to have a cheeky win now and again but the main thing is to enjoy the racing especially on shale.

We are led to believe this is your old car that you had sold but used this weekend whilst your current car is in for major repairs?

Yeah it's my old kart that I sold in 2015 to Max Cawthorn although he has yet to race it but plans to debut at Skegness on the Thursday , I've give it a good shakedown for him so he's got no excuses from yellow with it as it goes very well. I've used his kart for 4 meetings due to a big roll I had at Buxton which caused some major chassis damage to my current kart but I'm hoping to have it back out for the Skegness treble fingers crossed.

The final on Saturday night was a very close affair. A lot of drivers fighting for the top places following a few race stoppages. Was it a good race to be part of and win?

Track conditions for the final were spot on and I found quite a bit of grip keeping tight on the corners and come through fairly quick, yellows came out with 5 to go I think and I sat 2nd behind Matthew Fenton, on the restart I knew Ryan Jones was close so had to get a move on and once I got the lead I was able to pull clear while the rest battled for positions, was a great race to win.

The track was very mixed during the day. A heavy downpour before the first Heat saw an absolute mudbath but the track got better as the day went off. How did you find the changing conditions?

Yeah the heavens opened just before the first heat and the track was a mud bath but I enjoy racing on shale whatever the conditions but towards the end of the race my steering tightened right up and was a nightmare to steer but chuffed to finish 3rd, the changing conditions are the main thing I like about racing on shale or wet tarmac as I enjoy looking for grip and changing racing lines.

One question we would like to ask, the Junior Gold Top Championship at Northampton is only round the corner. Who's your tip for this title?

I'm a big fan of the juniors and watch them as much as I can as they've produced some great racing of late and I'm especially impressed with how quick 513 Jack Charlesworth has come on in a short space of time. As for the gold roof I'm expecting a great race between the front 2 rows with 59 Connor being very quick around Northampton but personally I would like to see 53 Megan Charlesworth take it as she's a great little driver who's had some big crashes but just shrugs it off and jumps straight back in on the pace so best of luck to her.

We also had a word with Danny Nunn, the current holder of the 4 major titles in the formula and the final winner on the Sunday at Stoke...

Danny, a pretty tough weekend for you throughout but it all came good in the end. Happy with the final win on Sunday?

Yeah I always find Stoke tough, it’s close hard racing and wet shale certainly isn’t my preferred surface so I find it hard coming from the back and working my way through. Once the track dried up it started to suit me and the setup was spot on for those conditions. I was really happy to win the final and I’m pretty sure that’s my first ever final win on a shale track so well chuffed

I'm sure you will agree Shale hasn’t been your most favoured surface this year. With the Gold Top Championship being on the Shale at Stoke Speedway, how do you feeling going into the race defending your Gold Top Championship?

Well I think everyone knows shale’s not my favourite so to be honest I have no pressure going into the big race. I’m not the favourite and I’ve won it already so I can just enjoy the day but obviously it would still be nice to win and make it a hat trick and if the tracks not too wet then you never know.

The track this weekend was a half and half mix of wet and dry. Did you find this a challenge?

Yes it was definitely a challenge especially the first race Saturday but I managed to bring it home. My goggles stopped working on lap two so visibility was an issue; I had a proper face full of shale! I think I just need to find the right setup, we don’t have scaled so it’s all a bit of guess work with how the kart feels but I may have to stick it on someone else’s and see where the weights are but for the dryer Shale I have it sorted.

You currently hold all 4 major titles in the formula and the first ever to do this. This must be a great feeling of success?

Yes it’s a great feeling winning any championship and when I won the British I could hardly believe it, I’ve had a lot of luck on my side and feel it’s a massive achievement. You begin to put a lot of pressure on yourself when trying to win championships so I feel that now I’ve done it I can enjoy the racing more but that said, I’m still going to be trying to win!

You also won the "Dash for Prize" race on Sunday afternoon. A closed grid clutch start race in random order. Do you enjoy races like this?

Yeah did enjoy that, I didn’t do it last year when I had the chance and wished I had so thought I would definitely have a go this time, I think it’s great that stoxkarts put on these extra races with a twist to them, it’s entertaining for both the drivers and spectators.

                 

 

Credit and Thanks to Aimee Havercroft for the abvove photos


RYAN JONES BECOMES SCOTTISH CHAMPION

The one weekend on the 2017 Fixture List was this one, the staging of the Scottish Championship weekend held at the famous and unforgiving Cowdenbeath Racewall. This weekend has always been a popular one in past years in supporting the Brisca F1s on their 2 yearly trip north of the border but this year we were invited back sooner to support the Brisca F2 Scottish Championship.

The Saturday night was run to a 2 Heat Format with the Gold Top Qualifying Round Final being the feature race of the meeting for us. Our first race of the day, Heat number 1 and in past years the track has been damp but this year, the sun was blaring over the racewall to give us a fast dry track. There was one man that mastered it straight away and that was from the back of the pack, 22 Ryan Jones on an impressive drive to start of the weekend in style. Second to him also from the Super Star grade was 265 Carl Nunn who has always enjoyed good results around Cowdenbeath. Making it a SuperStar top 3 was young gun 471 Alaster Houghton. This race didn't lack any action and impressed the crowd in the ea


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