The first round of GKC Championships took place at the Banff circuit on Sunday 9th April. Overcast, dry and benign conditions were the drivers that the drivers wanted. The feature trophy of the day was the Dickie Bent Cup, which was for the driver who most impressed the marshals the most.
Team Clan occupied the front row of the final and it was Sophie Kinghorn that took the early lead from the outside row from Tristan Rennie. However by the end of lap two Rennie was leading. Rennie won by over four seconds from Kinghorn who was second. Darren Guijt led the charge for third from Steven Duncan and Les Taylor. Taylor moved to fourth on the ninth lap but Duncan got the place back on the penultimate lap. It was Duncan again on the last lap, got to the inside at Kevin’s Korner to take third position. Guijt had to settle for fourth and Taylor fifth. Rebbecca McPhee finished sixth and novice Max Taylor seventh.
1st - Tristan Rennie (Dyce)
2nd - Sophie Kinghorn (Rothienorman)
3rd - Steven Duncan (Aberchirder)
Top novice - Les Taylor (New Leads)
After a couple of laps all the drivers were all spread out. Jack Mackay took a comfortable victory by over three seconds. Jonathon Edwards caught Ben Burnett by half distance. The two karts touched as they entered pit corner resulting in both drivers going off. Edwards recovered quickest and went to take second and Burnett third. After race enquiry up-held the finishing positions. Fourth to finish was Novice, Tom Binnie.Mini Max (11-15 years)
1st - Jack Mackay (Golspie)
2nd - Jonathon Edwards (Cornhill)
3rd - Ben Burnett (Oldmeldrum)
Top novice - Tom Binnie (Halkirk)
Keiran Smart made the best start from Cameron McPhee. Initially Smart opened a gap McPhee soon closed in. At the half distance McPhee power past at the end of Boyndie straight and went on to take the victory by just over a second. A trio battled for the final podium step were Craig Phillip, Jamie Mackay and Gary Bird. Again at half distance the order changed to Mackay, Bird and Phillip. This was the finishing order with Mackay taking the third step. Ross Binnie finished sixth.
1st - Cameron McPhee (Inverurie)
2nd - Keiran Smart (Oldmeldrum)
3rd - Jamie Mackay (Halkirk)
Top novice – Ross Binnie (Halkirk)
The 177 boys were incorporated on the back of the Senior Max grid. Jay Mackay lead all the way from John Borwick and Stuart Campbell.
1st - Jay Mackay (Halkirk)
2nd - John Borwick (Inverness)
3rd - Stuart Campbell (Contin)
Top novice – John Borwick (Inverness)
Jack Brailsford made the best start from pole position, but at the first time on the full Boyndie Straight Adam Barbour was in front. Barbour opened a small gap for most of the final but Brailstford mounted an attack during the final few laps but Barbour held on to take the victory. The final podium was hotly contested throughout the final between Jordan Hay and local man Graeme Gibbs. No matter how hard Gibbs attacked Hay had an answer and it was hay that took the third step. A three-way battle was next up which was between Gregor Matheson, Charlie Mackintosh and Gary Williams. Williams moved up to fifth on lap six and Mackintosh followed through. Matheson spun out and retired with a broken stearing wheel. Williams came home fifth with Mackintosh close behind.
1st - Adam Barbour (Edinburgh)
2nd - Jack Brailsford (Strathaven)
3rd - Jordan Hay (Dingwall)
Dickie Bent Cup winner Steven Duncan (Aberchirder)
Derek Kinghorn, GKC Chairman, presented trophies in clubhouse after the meeting.
Championship standings can be found here
Full race results available at MyLaps