KartChamps 2014 - The Results
The Kart Champs 2014 TeamSport Championships have come to a close with another year of pure talent and awesome karting skills from across our TeamSport venues. We saw some familiar faces as well as some great newcomers with some fantastic appearances from TeamSport Birmingham coming into Kart Champs for the first year and really showing some amazing competition. The new Kart Champs of our Cadet, 12-16s and Over 80kg categories have taken their crowns, with one driver making TeamSport history by retaining his crown for the second year running in the Under 80kg category – it has been EPIC!
The 2014 finals took place on our adrenaline pumping 800m International London Docklands circuit with our finalists who made it through the Practice entries and Track Attack qualifying stages, the competitions really heated up in qualifying with 80 drivers going through to the finals overall within the four categories!
We would like to thank everyone who took part in Kart Champs 2014 and a massive congratulations to those who made it into the TOP 10 FINALISTS from each category to claim their prize and of course, our 2014 KART CHAMP WINNERS – Connor Prosser (Cadets), Harrison Osborne (12-16s), Jack O’Neil (Under 80kg) and Will Willard (Over 80kg).
Cadet Final Results
After frantic battles in the cadet finals, the races became very close with Lewis Foster leading for half the race before a brilliant move by Connor Prosser who then held on under great pressure to become KartChamps Champion 2014! The 12-16 year olds group saw a significant increase in standards to previous years which meant that it was a fierce contest! The A final saw an epic race with Jake Lee holding the lead from Harrison Osborne but one lap from the finish the race was settled when Harrison make an awesome move to overtake Jake and hold on to the finish to be crowned the KartChamps 2014 champion!
1st Place – Connor Prosser (Birmingham)
2nd Place – Lewis Foster (Gosport)
3rd Place – Luke Evans (Cardiff)
4th Place – Harri Hopkins (Cardiff)
5th Place – Alex Bailes (Birmingham)
6th Place – Jake Probst (Crawley)
7th Place – Harvey Wright (Bristol)
8th Place – Ben Huish (Cardiff)
9th Place – Harvey Stuart-William (Brighton)
10th Place – Logan Bellingham (Gosport)
12-16’s Final Results
This category saw a significant increase in driving standards over what we have seen previously in last year’s KartChamps, it was obvious from the practice that this was going to be a fiercely contested championship final. Early heat wins from Taylor Cooper and Sebastian Gilbert were very impressive as he had to retake the lead in order to win and a hard charging Krystian Matuszkiewicz surging through the field in his first heat to win which would mark him out as a man to beat. The second round of heats saw victories for Joe Perkins, Tommy Spottiswood and Jacques Bridges comfortably seeing off the opposition. The C final saw a frantic battle between Monica Amey-Hills and Hannah Salmon with Hannah just pipping Monica to the finish line and lining herself up for a shot at the B final. The B final was equally intense race with Charlie Taylor securing the coveted final place in the A final which would decide the champion. The A Final saw a thrilling race with Jake Lee holding the lead from a hard charging Harrison Osborne with Krystian also in touch in third place. The result was settled 1 lap from the finish when a daring move from Harrison saw him overtake Jake going through the hairpin and he held on to win a brilliant race and be crowned KartChamps Champion 2014.
1st Place – Harrison Osborne (Birmingham)
2nd Place – Jake Lee (Brighton)
3rd Place – Krystian Matuszkiewics (Bristol)
4th Place – Jacques Bridges (Gosport)
5th Place – Joe Perkins (Birmingham)
6th Place – Charlie Taylor (Gosport)
7th Place – Sebastian Gilbert (Brighton)
8th Place – Tommy Spottiswood (Eastleigh)
9th Place – Ralph Carter (Tower Bridge)
10th Place – Finbar Skitini (Docklands)
Under 80kg Final Results
The Adult under 80Kg KartChamps finals served up yet another classic encounter on our new Docklands Circuit in the heart of London. After frantic practice and qualification sessions the pack all faced up to their heat qualification races. First to strike was Ollie Williams who drove superbly to win the first heat with last year’s overall champion Jack O Neil having to settle for 3rd. This was followed up with great wins for Ian Sandison and Karlis Elamis. Then we entered the second round of heats which saw victories for Daniel Morris after a mid-race collision that saw the race suspended as all 4 of the leaders came together on the back straight approaching the infamous tunnel. This was followed up with 1st places for Tyler Mays and Daniel Smith.
So on to the Finals, with firstly Peter Coakes winning the C final and claiming a back of the grid start in the B Final which was won superbly by Michael Tarrant, who in the process booked his place in the prestigious A Final. This race saw the O'Neil brothers Jack and Andy starting 1st and 2nd on the grid and the tension was definitely in the air. A great start from the pair of them saw them initially pull away from the rest of the field and engage in a dice for the lead. However, not to be outdone Daniel Smith soon caught the pair of them and it was a three way scrap for the win. However, Andy had to begin driving defensively in order to hold the surging Daniel back and this allowed Jack to open up a 1.5 second lead over them, and this he held to the end to become the first driver in history to retain their TeamSport KartChamps trophy. Andy held Daniel off all the way to the finish line to record a noteworthy 1-2 for the O'Neil family.
1st Place – Jack O’Neil (Brighton)
2nd Place – Andy O’Neil (Brighton)
3rd Place – Daniel Smith (Birmingham)
4th Place – Tyler Mays (Edmonton)
5th Place – Tom Eastwood (Brighton)
6th Place – Mahen Ramrajsingh (Docklands)
7th Place – Daniel Morris (Bristol)
8th Place – Michael Tarrant (Birmingham)
9th Place – Ollie Williams (Tower Bridge)
10th Place – Matthew Harris (Birmingham)
Over 80kg Final Results
The Over 80 Kg KartChamps Final was a fast and furious affair, after the Practice and Qualifying stages drivers lined up in the heats with everything to play for. First to score maximum points was Will Willard who make 2 terrific overtaking manoeuvres to come through the field. This was followed up with a win for Paul Farrow who drove superbly to hold off the pack lap after lap and Ryan Earp who also drove extremely well to win. The second round of heats featuring a reverse grid to the first heat saw wins for Ryan Harper, Peter McCall and a second win for Will Willard who became the only driver in TeamSport history to win both their heats in a KartChamps final.
The C Final was a typically intense affair with Guil Nascimento winning and booking his place in the B final. This race saw a typical defensive drive from Paul Farrow to hold off the field for virtually every lap of the race to qualify for the A Final. The A Final was a very sporting race with drivers racing very tightly as the first 3 drivers lapped within a tenth of a second of each other every lap of the race. Will Willard starting from Pole Position held on to win from Ryan Harper in second place and become the 2014 TeamSport KartChamps Champion.
1st Place – Will Willard (Brighton)
2nd Place – Ryan Harper (Brighton)
3rd Place – Peter McCall (Birmingham)
4th Place – Ryan Earp (Birmingham)
5th Place – Ryan French (Birmingham)
6th Place – Michael Bamber (Warrington)
7th Place – Darren Pearce (Bristol)
8th Place – Paul Farrow (Warrington)
9th Place – Russell Endean (Crawley)
10th Place – Luke Charman (Brighton)
#KARTCHAMPS will return in 2015 for another year of EPIC racing across our venues with TeamSport’s latest new tracks in West London and Reading also joining into the competition. We are excited already to see if our 2014 Champions can retain their trophies, or will the podiums change. Watch this space for exciting news, dates and surprises in store for #KARTCHAMPS2015.
See you on the track, you will not want to miss out!