The 30th MSA British Superkart Grand Prix took place last weekend at Cadwell Park with class wins going to Gavin Bennett, Jason Dredge, Danny Edwards Daniel Borton and Liam Morley.
At the circuit dubbed the mini Nurburgring the 125cc and 250cc gearbox karts made for spectacular viewing as always with history being made in the 125 ICC class with the Grand Pr4ix ending in a dead heat and joint winners being crowned.
The quickest karts in action were the Division 1 Superkarts with the frontrunners lapping the twisting, undulating Cadwell circuit at an average of 95mph.
In a final marked by a high rate of attrition with barely half the two dozen entries making it to the finish Englishman Gavin Bennett took the GP title by nearly 20-seconds from Dutchman Marcel Massmann with Paul Kennings third. Channel Islander Malcolm Crowe was Bennett's closest rival for the first half of the race before mechanical problems forced him to retire.
More than 40 Formula 250 National karts were in action in their class and once again the race saw a higher number of retirements than usual with the high speed nature of the Cadwell track taking its toll on the engines.
One driver cursing his luck was James O'Reilly who started the final lap with a seemingly unassailable lead over Jason Dredge. However O'Reilly's kart suffered a heartbreaking failure on the last lap to hand the win to Dredge, who took the chequered flag with more than three seconds in hand over Sam Moss with Dan Clarke inheriting the final podium place.
In the poorly supported 210 National class Lee Plain dominated a final in which only two karts finished, nearly 40-seconds apart. Tony Bury was second.
Danny Edwards claimed the honours in the Formula 125 Open class, passing Danny Butler on the second lap and keeping his rival at bay for the remaining ten tours. Butler finished less than a second behind in second with Louise Colin third just two seconds further back.
The most spectacular, dramatic race of the day was the Formula 125 ICC final which, despite being another race to suffer a high level of mechanical attrition, provided the closest finish in the 30 year history of the Grand Prix.
Three drivers, a Welshman, and Englishman and a Scotsman duelled relentlessly for first place with Welshman Dafydd Iles and Scotsman Dan Borton trading the lead as Englishman Liam Morley kept a close watching brief. Borton led into the final lap as Morley slotted into second and as the karts came off the final corner to begin the descent Morley drew alongside.
With Iles just eight hundredths of a second behind in third Morley and Borton crossed the line side by side, the timing system unable to separate them. It was therefore decided that both would be crowned GP Plate winners.