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British Superkart Grand Prix
17 July 2012
Lee Harpham was on dominant form as he won his third British Superkart Grand Prix. “It makes up for Hockenheim,” he said. “This has been a faultless weekend.”
Harpham and team-mate Marcel Maasmann had updates from FPE that had boosted horsepower figures on the dyno. Rain had been predicted for the weekend but apart from a brief downpour during the Saturday lunch break, the races were dry. Harpham led and dominated the three races by lapping consistently. Reigning champion Emmanuale Vinuales had switched to an Anderson and found that it was handling better compared to his MS. UK Cup winner Chris Needham had a disappointing weekend, the engine giving him problems and he retiring from all three races. He had to start from the back during the Grand Prix and was up to twelfth place before retiring.
2009 MSA Champion James O'Reilly returned and scored a podium on race one. Despite problems with the back end stepping out, Paul Platt won race one and having suffered a bad start in race two, made his way through the pack and overtook Ben Davis. Jason Dredge broke the lap record and was hoping to challenge Platt for the lead but his new barrel broke. For the Grand Prix, Louis Wall had managed to get the balance of his kart sorted out and had a tense fight for the lead with Platt. “Every time I looked by right shoulder, I saw a white nose-cone.” He was 0.349 away when the chequered flag fell. Platt also broke the lap record despite suffering a broken clutch cable.
The Grand Prix for the 125 Opens had to be slashed to a six lap race after a red flag was waved. Matt Isherwood had won race one after starting from the back but he suffered an engine seizure during the race. Danny Edwards' engine was still costing him horsepower but he managed to build up a sufficient gap to win from Ben Willshire. The winner of the ICCs was Richard Palmer and Charles Morris won the 210 National class.
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