The seventh and final round of the Boyndie Drome Open Challenge took place on Sunday 13th October with a magnificent turnout of 73 drivers in glorious autumn weather.
The feature trophies on the day were the newly introduced Bambino Trophy and the Cadet Cup.
The six Bambino drivers took to the track for their four time trial heats. Dylan Rankin setting the quickest time of 53.601 seconds in heat 2. Rankin was quickest in all four heats. Second was Eilidh Macdonald with Harry Matherson next up. Three first time drivers were Jude Buchan, fourth, Amaya Thomson, fifth, and Adam McCaffrey, sixth.
- 1st – Dylan Rankin (Foveran)
- 2nd – Eilidh Macdonald (Fyvie)
- 3rd – Harry Matheson (Muir of Ord)
Senior Max, Senior Max 177, Senior Max Clubman
The four Bambino drivers took to the track for their four heats in the worst of the rain in heat 1 but by heat 4 it was almost a dry track. Katie Donaldson set fastest time of the day in heat 4, 55.784 seconds to take the victory. Finlay Smith was second followed by Dylan Rankin and Myah Rankin.
Pole-man, Keiran Smart got away from Dominic Lund and Steven Bain. Positions did not alter during the race with Smart taking the victory.
The 177 class was won by Robert Strachan from Stewart Thomson.
In the Clubman class Ross Raffan took the early lead followed by Neil Carle John Fairclough. At half distance Ross Barron moved the third. The result was Raffan, Carle, Barron and Fairclough. Fifth was Kirk Donaldson and Gordon Black, sixth.
Leon Hastie got off the line ahead of Aiden Macdonald, Katie Donaldson and Ella Matheson. Gaps between the drivers opened and the status remained throughout the final. Duncan Ingram, who had started down the grid due to mechanical problems, made his through the pack to be on the bumper of Matheson at the chequered flag. Next home was Sonny Brandie followed by Hayden Miller, Leo Massie and Leighton Donaldson.
- 1st – Leon Hastie (Markinch)
- 2nd – Aiden Macdonald (Fyvie)
- 3rd – Cole Ritchie (Newmachar)
Les Taylor got away from the start and was never headed to take the victory by over 7 seconds. Close battle between Owen Ross and Jonathan Edwards with Ross in front. However Edwards nabbed second on the last lap.
- 1st – Les Taylor (New Leeds)
- 2nd – Jonathan Edwards (Cornhill)
- 3rd – Owen Ross (Inverness)
Darren Guijt grabbed the lead from Max Taylor who was in his first Mini Max race. Although never close enough Taylor kept Guijt honest. Third was Kieran Wood followed by a credible performance of Eihui Smith taking part very first meeting.
- 1st – Darren Guijt (Kennethmont)
- 2nd – Max Taylor (New Leeds)
- 3rd – Kieran Wood (Mintlaw)
Twin Engined Prokart (Owner Drivers)
‘Thunder at the Drome’ was heard when all 28 Honda engines fired in the pit lane with the distinctive drone. The race to follow did not disappoint. A group of 6 karts broke away led by Rik Christie, David Leiper, Nicky Sutherland, Gary Fleming, Brendan Castle and Grant Miller. Christie led all the way to lap 8 when Leiper squeezed to the front to hold on and take the victory. Christie, Sutherland, Flemming, Miller and Castle was the finishing order with all six were only 2 seconds apart. Next was Ralph Sturrock. Eight was Scott Webb folloed by Sean Webb and Stevie Castle.
- 1st – David Leiper (Arbuthnott)
- 2nd – Rik Christie (Aberdeen)
- 3rd – Nicky Sutherland (Newtonhill)
Prokarts (Club hire)
The final race for 2019 season fell to the club prokarts and it was Ben Gordon took the early lead and the victory. Daniel Macrae was next home. In The midfield there was a close battle between Kerrian Glen, Ben Burnett and Bibi Aldrick. Ben Burnett took third with Aldrick, fourth and Glen, fifth. Kyle McRobert was sixth who was followed home by Alex Shelton and Ian Will.
- 1st – Ben Gordon (Whiterashes)
- 2nd – Daniel Macrae (Inverness)
- 3rd – Ben Burnett (Oldmeldrum)
KZ2 UK (Gearbox)
From pole position, Ryan Simpson away when the lights went out from Gary Williams and Gary Warren. Roy Thomson, Graeme Gibbs and Colin McIrvine completed the top six. As the race progressed the karts became equally spaced and at the chequered flag the ordered remained unaltered. Charlie MacKintosh, seventh followed home by Ross McWilliam and Ross Armstrong.
- 1st – Ryan Simpson (Macduff)
- 2nd – Gary Williams (Ellon)
- 3rd – Gary Warren (Aberdeen)
Bambino Trophy – Dylan Rankin (Foveran)
Cadet Cup – Leon Hastie (Markinch)
GKC depute chairman, Gary Warren presented trophies after the meeting.
Next is the Dinner and Dance at the Marriot Hotel, Dyce on Saturday 16th November.
Full results available at https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1708183
Final championship results available here.