THE RACING at Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club was as hot as the track temperature which nudged 41 degrees under glorious blue skies last weekend.
With the biggest entry list of the year, 96 drivers descended on the track which sits alongside the bustling aerodrome at Dunkeswell. The racing spanned the whole day with drivers aged from eight to 70 contesting the prestigious class championships at which round five marked the midway point of the season.
The cadet class, running mainly Honda race prepared engines, were first out and over the three heats it was Edward Leader who took the first two heats with Thomas Cururullo-Yeomans the third.
In the first of the Rotax classes, running a two stroke 125 water-cooled engine, it was the Juniors and Harri Holland, Spencer Shinner and Seb Marlow who all saw the chequered flag in the heats.
In Minimax, it was the visiting Brodie Trayhorn who dominated the heats with only Ellis Pulio managing to stop him from securing a clean sweep.
In the senior classes, running identical karts with different all up weights, Tommy Foster was also denied a hat trick of heats when Paige Holden spoilt his party.
In the 177 category it was Darren Lane who was denied by a determined Lee Joint who snuck across the line to take heat three.
After a short break for the officials to take on some water and the timing team to reset the grids, it was time for the finals. In the Cadets it was Jez Williams who, having kept a watching brief, turned on the speed for the final to secure the top step of the podium. Jack Jones, in his first race off his novice plates, drove his socks off to take the win in an incident packed Junior Rotax final which saw one driver excluded for bad sportsmanship.
The Minimax final was won by Brodie Trayhorn who led from lights to flag and clearly set down a marker for the up coming E plate round in July.
The Senior classes were equally hard-fought affairs with Tommy Foster topping the field in Seniors and Darren Lane taking the win in the 177 class.
That brought the end to a superb weekend of close, competitive and dramatic racing and with the National E plate being contested on the 29th July the action in the Rotax Minimax and Junior Max classes is only going to get hotter.
A DKRC spokesman said: “Entry to spectators on race day is free and all are welcome to come and see what a fantastic sport and venue they have on their doorstep.”