The fact Bob Pope's Teesside Autodrome is known primarily as a corporate circuit in no way detracts from the challenge it presents to any karter brave enough to firstly go to Middlesborough and then, if still intact, take on Teesside's long and eclectic mix of sweepers that include one of the few high speed banked turns in British karting.

Easykart's UK importer Andy Cox and series promoter John Vigor of Club 100 fame were once again rewarded with a bulging entry list and even though England's North Eastern seaboard peppered the track with a little bit of the wet stuff during the course of the weekend it was enough to add extra spice, not put as dampener on things.

In Cadet round one winner Scotsman Tom Thickpenny won again although there was no danger of him winning by six seconds as he did at Ellough Park. Keiron Wragg finished just a tenth behind him in second with Ronan McKenzie third and MSA karting newcomer Jenson Murchison impressing many with a sixth place finish.

Like Thickpenny in Cadet, James DeHavillande proved to be unstoppable in the Junior class, winning at Teesside for the second year in succession. Luca Hirst, a former winner in the Cadet WTP scene and latterly a contender in the Rotax divisions of Super One and Formula Kart Stars, finished second but was more than eight seconds adrift.

In a somewhat spaced out final Jamie Cummings took the final podium slot ahead of Thomas Grainger and round one winner Toby Sowery.

The Senior Light category went the way of Joe Paterson, who was thoroughly dominant after a period spent Stateside. Remembering to turn right as well as left Paterson won both the pre final and final with room to spare. Kieran McCullogh held off E-Plate holder Elliot Rice for second place after a great late race scrap with Scotsman Jamie Crease, another ex-S1 convert in fourth.

After a tough start to their seasons, ex TKM Four Stroke racers Sam Dimelow and John Langridge were beginning to find their feet in their new environments and finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Whereas Barnaby Pittingale had things all his own way in the Senior Heavy class at Ellough Park he wasn't so fortunate at Teesside even though he eventually came away with the victory. Seemingly set for third place with less than two laps to go the crafty Pittingale pounced just as Gary Poynter and Mark Lawrence starting battling side by side for the lead, eventually taking the flag with half a second to spare.

Poynter took second just ahead of Lawrence with Howard Kayman fourth and Simon Mace completing the top five.

Easykart reports are compiled with the grateful assistance of Adam Jones/100cc PR



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