Inkart Sandown Round 4

George Watson claimed his first Inkart Pole with solid results in the heats and led in the early stages, keeping serial winner, Mark Kearon, behind him. Kearon eventually broke through however to make it four from four.

Heat 1 Mark Kearon shot off from pole as George Watson made a good start to take 2nd from Leigh Ebanks. Ebanks was under attack from Daniel Godly and Jake Taylor by lap 3 as Kearon got his head down and started to build a gap. Despite the pressure from behind, Ebanks closed the gap back to Watson with Godly losing a kart length to him. Kearon was stretching his lead by two tenths a lap as Watson managed to keep himself out of striking range from Ebanks with the pair gradually pulling away from Godly and Taylor as David Comber got onto the back of Taylor. Kearon was having an easy run of it by himself at the front and cruised across the line to take the first win of the day from Watson, Ebanks, Godly and Taylor.

Heat 2 David Comber and Andy Henley made a clean get away from the front row, building a small gap over Allan Short in 3rd who had Ash Jones, George Watson, Mark Kearon and Leigh Ebanks queuing up behind him. Jones broke through on the back-straight with Watson, Kearon and Ebanks all following him past. Comber was gradually pulling out a lead over Henley with another 2 seconds back to Watson who had jumped Jones for 3rd. Kearon followed suit, passing Jones into turn 6 a lap later to take 4th as Comber continued to pull away. Comber crossed the line to win Heat 2 leading home Henley, Watson, Kearon and Jones.

Heat 3 Daniel Godly grabbed the lead at the start, dropping Garrett Applin to 2nd with Ash Jones hot on his heels in 3rd. Jones grabbed 2nd at the final corner at the end of lap 1 and was then onto the back of Godly before passing him for the lead. Andy Henley and Mark Kearon had a coming together at turn 6 with Henley waving Kearon back through, dropping them to the back of the grid. George Watson had moved into 3rd with Jake Taylor keeping him honest in 4th as Godly had to pit. Jones was away at the front, leaving Applin behind with Watson closing in on him. Jones took the win ahead of Applin who just held off Watson, Taylor and David Comber

Final George Watson got away cleanly from his maiden pole, but had Championship leader Mark Kearon behind him looking to continue his winning streak. David Comber was running in 3rd behind these two with Ash Jones sitting in 4th a kart length behind him and Jake Taylor on his rear bumper. Kearon was looking for a way through, but Watson was keeping the door firmly shut and not allowing Kearon through as the field continued to bunch up behind them. Kearon was getting the run onto the Kearon shooting down the back-straight Guess Who… Inkart Round 4 – 24th April 2016 By Thomas McMurray back-straight, but with Watson keeping his kart on the inside line, Kearon was forced to look to the outside and could not make it stick. This was allowing Comber and Jones to start getting a look in as Kearon finally got to the inside on the back-straight and took the lead as they hit the brakes for turn 6. With some clear air, Kearon was able to get a kart length on Watson as he now had Comber for company. Kearon stretched his lead as Watson became increasingly move preoccupied with Comber with Jones just out of touch in 4th and with Andy Henley reeling them in. Kearon made it four in a row with another win in 2016 ahead of Watson and Comber on the podium and Jones and Henley completing the top 5.

Final 1. Mark Kearon 2. George Watson 3. David Comber

Marc Morley-Freer

Author: Marc Morley-Freer

Marc Morley-Freer, born in Jersey and moved to the ‘mainland’ as a youngster. He now works in financial services as a Global Head of Private Clients. When not working he enjoys nothing more than spending time with his dogs and motor racing. #forcewindia

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