The 2016 Cadet League Winter Series burst into action with fresh faces and frontrunners from the previous season all keen to kick off the new season with a strong result. The dominant drivers from 2015, Alfie Sallis and Josh Vallance, have both moved on from the series leaving the way for other 2015 protagonists Jayden Francis, Zack Lowery and William Monk to fight for victory.
Heat 1 went the way of Francis who held off Monk to the flag to take the opening spoils of the season. Finn Pharaoh put in a sterling drive to finish third. Heat 2 saw Monk romp to victory after a spin from Francis dropped him out of the lead battle and into the clutches of Lowery who took full advantage of the error to sneak through to second on the final lap. Heat 3 was again headed up by the in form Monk who took an untroubled victory ahead of Francis with impressive rookie Spencer Lane chasing his more experienced rivals to claim third. Zack Lowery stunned the opposition in Heat 4 taking an emphatic win ahead of Ethan Wood, making amends for troubled opening heats, and the consistent Pharaoh.
The B-Final got underway with Ethan Hill on pole, a position he would never relinquish as he put in consistently fast times on his way to lapping all of his rivals. Jack Wood was delighted with second place, picking up his first trophy, ahead of Kian Hastings and newcomer John Dade.
Monk started the A-Final from pole position and led around the opening lap before an unexpected kart issue brought him into the pits for a change of machine. This promoted Francis to the front and he proceeded to pump in stunning lap times to pull away at the front. Behind him Lowery was holding a lonely second place with Pharaoh running in third. This was the way it remained to the chequered flag with Francis clinching his maiden Ellough Park victory and following in the footsteps of his father and former Ellough Park champion Simon. Lowery equalled his best league result in second with a jubilant Pharaoh collecting his first podium in third. Lane was the evening’s highest rookie in an impressive fourth ahead of an understandably dejected Monk, his time on the top step is surely just around the corner. Ethan Wood rounded out the finishers in sixth.
Round 2 of the series takes place on Wednesday 24th February. If you are interested in joining the league or would like more information please call 01502 717718.