Barnaby Pittingale's unbeaten start to the 2010 season came to an end at Llandow as Mark Lawrence took the win in Senior Heavies in a dramatic wet/dry final in Wales.

The fourth round of the 2010 Easykart UK Championship began as normal with Pittingale taking pole position from Gary Poynter and then winning the heat although Poynter and Tim Hill pushed him incredibly hard with Poynter finishing just two tenths down and Hill running a strong third before retiring.

Pittingale also won the pre-final, which handed him pole position for the final but only after a titanic tussle with Poynter, who even led for several laps and finally finished just one tenth behind with Christopher Wright and Lawrence completing the top four.

The rain that caused the Junior final to be shortened also caused some consternation amongst the Heavies as their final was next up. When the grid gate finally opened some drivers were on wet tyres and others on slicks but critically, the rain had stopped.

Pittingale and Poynter shared the front row with Pittingale on slicks and Poynter on wets. However Pittingale's kart refused to fire on the dummy grid leading to some frantic scenes as several mechanics tried to get the No.2 kart to start. Finally it did but Pittingale would have to start from the rear of the 27-strong field leaving Wright effectively on pole.

Poynter soon realised that wet tyres were the wrong option and fell back, eventually retiring shortly before half distance as first Wright and then Lawrence hit the front. Lawrence, on slick tyres, managed to get a decent gap over his pursuers but, coming up to lap several slower karts, nearly lost the lead to a charging Hill.

At the end of 20 pulsating laps Lawrence finally took the chequered flag by half a second from Hill with Firas Bilbeisi third, Will Gibson fourth and a charging Pittingale fifth.

Many of those who started the race on wet tyres finished it a lap down or more with the best wet shod runner being Howard Kayman in 13th position.

Despite the defeat Pittingale still holds a 17 point lead over Lawrence with Hill a further two points down and the rest, led by the unfortunate Poynter, more than 35 points adrift with four rounds remaining.



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