BlendLine Kart Series Round 2 Report and Results
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The bank holiday weekend brought BlendLine Kart Series competitors together on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the border village of Presteigne for the second round of the 2021 championship.
Clashes with other motorsport events led to a slightly reduced entry for round 2, however the keen entrants including a new entry from Ali Neil congregated at Kinsham circuit to do battle on the hillside circuit.
Initial heats saw series leader Niall Evans lead the time sheets, with he and Tom Magnay the only drivers to break into the 54 second lap times. The remaining drivers were close behind and all in the 55’s during the qualifying and heats, so it was looking very close and all to play for.
The qualifying session which defined the grid for the final, saw Evans on pole with Magnay starting in second, newcomer Neil third, Tal England fourth and Ali Byrne bringing up the rear.
With ambient and track temperatures rising under the brilliant sunlight, the green flag drop for the race start and saw Magnay take an excellent start passing Evans into turn 2, before Evans retook the lead immediately on approach to the main straight towards T6. Magnay kept right up with Evans for a few laps before the latter brought himself some breathing space for the second half of the race, eventually winning the 12 lap final with a 6 second lead over second place Magnay. Further back, Ali Neil held P3 with confidence and had a fairly quiet race, finishing a further 5 seconds behind Magnay, and the closest battle of the race was for P4 honours with Byrne and England having a neck-and-neck fight, with the eventual result being Byrne in P4 with England P5 just 3 tenths of a second behind!
Evans took fastest lap on lap 5 with a 0.54.52 which as well as taking the race win also awarded him the bonus 3 points.
Round 2 results (Final)
1. Niall Evans FL 54.552 (fastest lap) 25 points + 3
2. Tom Magnay FL 55.017 18 points
3. Ali Neil FL 55.352 15 points
4. Ali Byrne FL 56.492 12 points
5. Tal England FL 56.341 10 points
Championship standings after round 2
1. Niall Evans 56 points
2. Tom Magnay 30 points
3. Tal England 20 points
4. Ali Byrne 20 points
5. Osian Pryce 18 points
6. Sion Ellis 15 points
7. Ali Neil 15 points
8. Tom Mayo 6 points
9. Rhys Jarrett 4 points
10. Rhodri Evans 0 points
Next round: Llandow 24th / 25th July 2021 (date TBC)