The IKR Scottish Open Championship, Lord Seafield Challenge meeting was held at Boyndie Race Circuit on the 7th & 8th July 2018.
The two-day meeting, with two heats for each of the nine classes was held on Saturday afternoon with another two on Sunday. The finals were held on Sunday afternoon. Glorious sun on Saturday but overcast skies on Sunday for the finals.
Only two drivers in this class on this occasion but there is a growing interest to have more 6 to 8 year olds in these mini karts. Sonny Brandie was quicker in the time trial over Mia Cross.
- 1st – Sonny Brandie (Newmacher)
- 2nd – Mia Cross (Rothienorman)
Lennon Brandie and Steven Duncan broke away from the pack early in the 15 lap final. Sophie Kinghorn closed the leading pair down to make the pair into a trio. The trio was joined by Max Taylor to make a quartet. Taylor moved to third on lap 6. The positions did not change through the rest of the race and Brandie became IKR Open Scottish Champion 2018. Runner up was Steven Duncan, third was Les Taylor and Sophie Kinghorn fourth. Next up did Aiden Seaton, Calum Lewis and Leon Hastie follow Dylan Mackay home.
- 1st – Lennon Brandie (Newmachar)
- 2nd – Steven Duncan (Aberchirder)
- 3rd – Max Taylor (New Leads)
Drama began on the dummy grid as the kart of Ben Burnett did not start. Frantic work occurred and the engine fired. In the meantime all the other karts had gone. Burnett went slowly to allow all the other karts to form the grid. However by doing this the spark plug oil up not giving acceleration when the start lights changed and another kart hit him breaking this bumper. This led to his retirement. To the race itself Tristan Rennie quickly took a decisive lead for a comfortable victory. A close battle was for second between Jack Mackay and Callum Meldrum. Meldrum took the position with two laps to go but the two collided again later in the lap. Mackay was off the track at Seafield and was returning as Les Taylor was about to pass and another collision occurred throwing the Taylor kart into the air and instant retirement. Mackay continued and cross the line in third with Jamie Christie fourth. Later Mackay was excluded from the results with Christie being promoted to third.
- 1st – Tristan Rennie (Edinburgh)
- 2nd – Callum Meldrum (Glenrothes)
- 3rd – Jamie Christie (Methil)
Joshua Nekrews took the early lead from David Mitchell and Luke Scharf. Scharf move to second on lap four and closed down Nekrews. The two collided and by the time Nekrews recovered Mitchell was through. Scharf took the victory with Mitchell second and Nekrews third.
- 1st – Luke Scharf (Dundee)
- 2nd – David Mitchell (Avoch)
- 3rd – Joshua Nekrews (Cowdenbeath)
Prokarts Light (hire karts)
From the green lights Michael Macpherson took the lead ahead of Crag Finlayson, Ben Gordon, Daniel Macrae and Jonathan Edwards. Finlayson took the lead on the second tour and Edwards move to third. Edwards gained another place on the following lap and he began to chase down Finlayson. By half distance they were together. At pit corner Edwards made the move and took the lead but Finlayson got it straight back. The second last lap Edwards again gained the lead and this time held on to take the chequered flag with Finlayson on his bumper. A tremendous battle was occurring for third between Macpherson, Gordon, Macrae and Keiran Glen. This was resolved in favour of Gordon, Macrae, Kevin Doherty, Macpherson and Glen.
- 1st – Jonathan Edwards (Cornhill)
- 2nd – Craig Finlayson (Inverness)
- 3rd – Ben Gordon (Whiterashes)
Prokarts Heavies (hire karts)
David Cross had the best start and led into the Seafied Complex but ran a little wide which allowed Stuart Wyness through on the inside. Oliver Waind slipped into second on the next lap. On lap three Waind took the lead and this pair edged away from the pack. Despite Wyness being along side on a couple of occasions Waind remained in front and took the victory. Sportsmanship was shown at the pair shook hands going up the straight on the rundown lap. Under pressure Cross remain in third from Rik Christie, Allan Hay and Mike Dearman.
- 1st – Oliver Waind (Elgin)
- 2nd – Stuart Wyness (Inverurie)
- 3rd – David Cross (Rothienorman)
Straight from the lights Gary Bird took the lead from Fraser Skene and Keiran Smart. Smart made his move at pit corner to gain second. Skene regained the place three laps later. By this time Bird was well away but Skene began to hunt him down. Skene gradually reeled him in and with two laps to go he had caught Bird. Bird remained cool and held Skene off to take the victory. Smart was falling into the clutches of Steven Thomson and Ryan Simpson. These two touched in the loop, which allowed Smart to escape to take the final step on the podium. Simpson finished fourth with Thomson fifth. Fraser Ballantyne was next up ahead of Steven Bain.
- 1st – Gary Bird (Lairg)
- 2nd – Fraser Skene (Potterton)
- 3rd – Keiran Smart (Oldmeldrum)
Senior Max 177 / Clubman
Experienced Graham Clark was the class of the field by taking lights to flag victory. In second was Steven Watt who had a lonely run in second after Robert Strachan retired with a front puncture. The annoyed Strachan thumped the steering wheel as he entered the pits. Third home was Stewart Thomson followed by Jason Fraser and Roy Wilson.
- 1st – Graham Clark (Keith)
- 2nd – Steven Watt (Bridge of Don)
- 3rd – Stewart Thomson (Tarves)
Shaun Davidson took the early lead from Gary Williams and Scott Beattie. Beattie was on the move by taking positions on consecutive laps to lead and going on to take a comfortable victory. Davidson settled into second for the remained of the race. Neil Anderson got the better of Gary Williams on lap six to take the final podium position. Gary Warren came home fifth ahead of Ross Armstrong and Charlie Mackenzie.
- 1st – Scott Beattie (Edinburgh)
- 2nd – Shaun Davidson (Longside)
- 3rd – Neil Anderson (Insch)
GKC Club Chair, Sheryl Borton, presented trophies and bubbly.
Next race meeting takes place on Sunday 11th & 12th August.
This is the ASKC Scottish Championships.