The Tour Race One- PFI
56 entrants in this class produced yet another record for the PF circuit. Lewis Taylor, Alfie Brown and Eddie Hack all dipped under the 1 minute mark in Timed Qualifying. Next up came Nicholas Taylor, Callum Bradshaw and Mario Mills. Lewis Taylor won his Heat followed by Hack and Bradshaw. Brown picked up the win next time out, with Mills finishing 2nd ahead of Ben Wooldridge, but there was disappointment for Nicholas Taylor who retired from this race after completing just three laps and he had to qualify via the “B” Final.
In the “A” Final LewisTaylor was unable to capitalise on his pole position as Brown, Bradshaw and Joshua Simms all moved ahead of him. Brown was especially quick off the mark and he enjoyed a lead of almost 30 yards after just one lap had been completed. Bradshaw retired from 2nd place on lap 2, leaving Hack to take up the chase ahead of Taylor and Simms. Taylor went past Hack shortly afterwards and gradually Brown’s advantage began to disappear. Simms joined in the fun and it was anyone’s guess which of these four drivers would eventually come out on top.
With just over a lap remaining Taylor hit the front, closely followed by Hack. This little battle brought Anderson Chilcott and Ethan Hawkey into play as they began their final tour. Coming out of the right hand hairpin Brown pulled off a daring manoeuvre that brought him up to 1st place. Hack was badly compromised and dropped down to 5th. At the line it was Brown who celebrated victory ahead of Taylor, Hawkey, Chilcott, Hack and Simms. Around 50 yards behind this pack came Saul Robinson closely followed by Bryony King, Josh Rafferty and Yukinori Ishii.
Mark Litchfield and Jacob Stilp posted identical times in the Qualifying sessions. Gus Lawrence, Levi King, Lucas Vaus and Tom Prior made up the top six, but it was a shock to see Oliver Hodgson down in 19th spot. Heat 1 resulted in a narrow win for Litchield ahead of Lucas Vaus, Some 50 yards behind this pair came Philip Rawson with Hodgson just a few feet behind. Stephen Letts won the next Heat followed by Chris Trott and Jacob Stilp. Dan Stocks had the honour of winning PF’s first ever “C” Final and then pulled off a stunning drive in the next one, missing out on a top four qualifying place by just one or two yards as he finished behind Ayrton Hirst, James Corpe, Glenn Guest and Scott Jeffs.
Mark Litchfield made sure that the “A” Final didn’t get too exciting. From pole position he stormed off into an early lead, with Chris Trott trying desperately to keep him in his sights. Lucas Vaus should have started off from 3rd position but failed to make the rolling lap. Trott was soon overtaken by Stilp, who eventually succumbed to Oliver Hodgson. Although Oliver managed to match Litchfield’s pace, the leader had already extended his advantage to some 50 yards by then. Trott finished behind Stilp in a lonely 4th position, Philip Rawson, on the new Fullerton kart, finished in 6th spot behind Stephen Letts, with Danny Keirle, Levi King, Matt Dickinson and Charlie Bingham making up the top ten.