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Second in a row for McCullough in Lights
20 July 2010
Kieran McCullough vaulted into the lead of the 2010 Easykart UK Senior Lightweight Championship standings thanks to a clean sweep of wins in the fifth round of the series at Whilton Mill.
Despite some intense competition amongst the 32 strong field McCullough wrestled his way around Whilton Mill's bumpy 1100-metre layout to win his heat, the pre-final and 20-lap final, moving from third to first in the points table as the season enters his home-stretch.
McCullough's only minor blip on a near perfect day at the Daventry venue was when Tony Longstaff, in the midst of his best outing of the season thus far, edged him out of top spot in his qualifying group in the morning.
However Longstaff's moment of glory at the head of the field didn't last a full lap when the heat race began as first McCullough and then Owen Jenman and Sam Dimelow pushed him down to fourth in quick succession. The top four remained close but static for the rest of the race with McCullough finishing six tenths of a second ahead of Jenman with Dimelow and Longstaff both within a couple of kart lengths.
E-Plate holder Elliot Rice, who started the day leading the championship suffered a nightmare start as he was forced off on the opening tour, eventually fighting back to finish ninth.
The pre-final was another somewhat staid affair with McCullough leading every one of the 15-laps and taking the chequered flag 1.2-seconds ahead of Jenman with Dimelow a further three seconds in arrears. In fact the only position change of note amongst the leaders came on the second lap when William Smith deposed Longstaff for fourth.
Rice's day went from bad to worse when he became entangled with Richard Moxom whilst battling for ninth and struggled home in 20th place.
From pole position McCullough made a perfect getaway in the 20-lap final and although Jenman, Dimelow and Longstaff all remained within striking distance of the leader, none of them could force a move meaning that the top four finished the 20th and final tour in the same order that they finished the first heat.
Patrick Lay tagged on to the back of the lead group in fifth place as the entire quintet took the chequered flag less than a second apart while from the tenth row of the grid Rice did well to climb as high as ninth by the end.
In the overall standings McCullough's second consecutive victory moves him six points ahead of Lay and Rice, who are now tied for second with Jenman and Dimelow fourth and fifth, both less than 30 points behind McCullough with two rounds to go.