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Grampian Kart Club’s Boyndie Drome Open Challenge third round produced some Banffshire success

By Craig Christie

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Banffshire racers figures heavily in the podium positions at the latest Grampian Kart Club meeting.

The start of the Senior Max race.
The start of the Senior Max race.

The third round of the Boyndie Drome Open Challenge was contested over a hot Saturday and a cooler Sunday of action.

The feature trophies were the Prokart Challenge Trophy, for Saturday Prokarts drivers only and the Pioneer Mutual Shield for any class with a minimum of five drivers.

Banff had a winner in the former category, as George Antonopoulos caught the eye in the Prokarts (Heavy) Group 1 race and stormed to victory.

George Antonopoulos won the Prokart Challenge Trophy.
George Antonopoulos won the  Prokart Challenge Trophy.

He raced clear of Roger Broughton (Thurso) in second and Mark Brownie (Westhill) in third to claim his prize.

Antonopoulos wasn’t the only Banff winner over the weekend, as Jaxon Emslie produced a dazzling performance in the Honda cadets to grab top spot on the podium.

In the Rotax Intermax race, all the action took place during the first three laps.

Banff’s Sophie Ingram led at the end of the first lap from William Alexander (Peterhead) and Ian Campbell (Watten).

Alexander spun on lap two and Campbell moved up and took the lead on lap three as he went on to pip Ingram to victory.

Banff’s Duncan Ingram was on great form in the Junior Max race as he battled with Huntly’s Leo Massie for the top prize. But it was Massie, from pole, who took his maiden final victory by five seconds.

Leo Massie won the Junior Max.
Leo Massie won the Junior Max.

Owen Towler was off early on, with Ingram slotted into second, a position he held at the finish but it was Massie who surged to victory.

Cornhill’s Jonathan Edwards was once again a contender in the Senior Max 162-177kg race, eventually finishing third.

Pole man, Gary Bird from Muir of Ord, who won all three heats, took the early lead and never looked back as he took the chequered flag by three seconds with an effort that won him the Pioneer Mutual Shield.

Edwards was involved in a race-long battle with Mintlaw’s Gary Robertson. He was put to the inside of Robertson at Pit Corner to go through to second on lap niine.

Robertson was back to second on the twelfth tour and held on for second from Edwards by half second.

Grampian Kart Club wishes to thank Bridge End Garage, Macduff for providing four vouchers for a driver’s draw.

The winners after the third round of the Boyndie Drome Open Challenge
The winners after the third round of the Boyndie Drome Open Challenge

Results, Prokarts (Lights): 1st Daniel Macrae (Elgin); 2nd Ethan Mitchell (Dundee); 3rd Matthew Payne (Westhill).

Prokarts (Heavy) Group 1: 1st George Antonopoulos (Banff); 2nd Roger Broughton (Thurso); 3rd Mark Brownie (Westhill).

Prokarts (Heavy) Group 2: 1st Robert Forsythe (Aberdeen); 2nd Dave Brown (Inverness); 3rd Mark Geraghty (Perth).

Honda Cadets 200: 1st Luca Bicocchi (Inverallochy);

Honda Cadets 160: 1st Jaxon Emslie (Banff).

Micro Max: 1st Lewis Kirkaldy(St Andrews); 2nd Cooper Earsman (Whitehills); 3rd – Louis Pyper (Inverness).

Rotax Inter Max: 1st Ian Campbell (Watten); 2nd Sophie Ingram (Banff); 3rd William Alexander (Peterhead).

Senior Max 162 kg: 1st Gary Bird (Muir of Ord); 2nd – Gary Robertson (Mintlaw); 3rd – Jonathan Edwards (Cornhill).

Bambino: 1st Hayden Baillie (Stirling)

Junior Max: 1st Leo Massie (Huntly); 2nd Duncan Ingram (Banff); 3rd Owen Towler (Rora) .

KZ2 UK (Gearbox): 1st Jack Simpson (Fraserburgh); 2nd Ross Greig (Fraserburgh); 3rd Neil Anderson (Insch).

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