Kart Klub Beats Mother Nature

Threatening skies all day in the Brighton area, had the Brighton Speedway track prep crew on high alert trying to push through and get the show in.  A rain delay at intermission slowed the racing action for a short time but great work by the Speedway crew and officials to repack the track back in and get the features on the track.

Box Stock 1 hit the track first with #101 Jase Patterson and #97 Max Taylor on the front row.  #97 Taylor drove it hard down the front stretch to overtake Patterson into corner 1, with #51t Lynden Taylor following through.  The pair pulled to a few kart lengths advantage over the #100 of Hannah Harrison and left the rest of the field storming behind.  #51t Talyor used the super tacky track and gained momentum on the outside line, eventually making a move for the lead.  Smooth sailing from there as #51t Lynden Taylor picked up the win in his first ever race – #97 Max Taylor settled for 2nd, with Harrison, #48 Knoxin Wells and #18 Sterling Bent rounding the top 5.
Rookie 1 Class had 8 karts on the track as they started their 10 lap feature event, #19 Audrey Toms and #9 Rhys Massey led the field to green.  Give the advantage to the inside line with Toms and #760 Oliver Collins pulling to the top 2 spots.  A very tight race saw the top 5 karts running bumper to bumper for multiple laps as Toms successfully tried to keep in front of the action.  Even after a late race yellow flag to close the field back up, Toms was able to pull off the first win of the season followed by Collins, #80 Brock Beattie, #44x Tyler Green and #9 Rhys Massey in the top 5.
Next to the grid was Junior Sportsman 2  – #99m Bryce Massey and #99d Ethan Dobb were hard on the loud pedal out of corner 4 with the Dobb machine rolling the highside into the lead.  It didn’t take much time but points leader #1 Coleson Gregory picked his way up and caught Dobb at around the halfway mark of the race.  Multiple attempts by Gregory to the inside and outside finally paid off as he moved to the inside off of corner 4 to overtake Dobb for the top spot.  That is how it finished – Gregory, Dobb, #18 Elliot Stacey and #99m Massey in 4th.
Box Stock 2 had 4 second year racers lined up and ready to go – #19 Bentley Davidson and #01 Blake Gregory led the pack down the back straightaway.  Davidson hugged the inside egde of the track and made it stick as he got to the lead early.  The 10 lap event had #19 at the top of the leaderboard for every one of them as Davidson ran away from the pack,  #7 Tate Black got close but not enough with a nice solid run ending up with 2nd, #95 Cole Robson 3rd, and #01 Blake Gregory 4th.
Rookie 2 class had 9 karts with large kart counts and fast racing in multiple divisions – A pair of #9 ‘s led the field to green with #9c Charley Smith-Wilson and #9s Summer Vallier on the point.  Wasting little time and moving from his 2nd row starting spot #51 Gabe Miller quickly made a nice move to the inside and got the lead and the clean racetrack ahead of him.  Hard charger #14 Holden Paul passed his way up to 2nd from his 5th place starting spot – but that is all he could do as Miller kept just out of reach and picked up his first win of the season.  So, it ended Miller, Paul, #70 Finley Mahoney 3rd, #09 Gavin Quaternra with a great run from the back to 4th,  and #9s Summer Vallier in 5th.
#48 Ryan Greig and #9s Cooper McKeown rolled of the grid 1 and 2 in the Junior Sportsman 2 division.  The “Big One” was bound to happen with an 11 kart feature event and it didn’t take long – they made it to corner 2 and then it looked like the Sobeys parking lot on a Saturday morning – karts everywhere, with 7 or more involved.  Officals picked through the wreckage and were able to get everyone going again. Original start #2 was a liitle calmer with McKeown pulling to the early lead,  Points leader #71 Trevyn McCrillis worked his way to 2nd spot and then finally made his way past the #9s for the lead.  A fast smooth race on a tacky track McCrillis got the win, #22 Nolan Chatten 2nd, #35d Dylan Moore charged to 3rd followed by #15 Gordie Miller and #9s McKeown in the top 5.
7 Junior Restricted karts fired up and headed to the track – #33 Caydie Lucas and #91 Bailey Andrews started up front, but were quickly pressured by a hard charging #74 Lexi Lucas as she made her way through and to the top spot.  Coming from the 5th starting position – #35b Brennan Moore worked his way to the 2nd spot within eyesite of the Lucas machine, but that is as close as he could come as Lucas kept her distance and got the checkers, Moore crossed the line 2nd, followed by #21 James Markland, #33 Caydie Lucas and #22 Callie Mahoney.
A fast track and a hot night were all the Stock Lite class needed for another intense 20 lap feature event.  Multiple lead changes in the first 10 laps between the trio of drivers
saw #23k Kaitlyn O’Blenis finally work her way to the top spot and get some clean air and green flag racing.  O’Blenis had the kart setup perfectly for a long green flag run on a grippy racing surface as she ran from the action behind her.  At the top of the podium  – O’Blenis over #83 Koen O’Hara and #11 Cole McKeown.
Fast and exciting Kart Racing action will resume on Thursday August 13th after a 1 week break at Brighton Speedway – please keep up to date on all info at www.brightonspeedway.com and the Go Kart Racing Facebook page.