NatSKA worked wonders to rearrange dates given the pandemic, and even managed to get a race meeting at Shenington: the first time in 33 years! Wet tyres were the order of the day at both events; the heavens opened after Heat 1 on the Monday, and didn't close again until well after the final heat on the Saturday.
Whilton Mill saw a comfortable triumph for AJ Arnold on his home track, winning the first three heats and putting his feet up early. Dougal Hamilton-Smith proved a revelation in the wet, and was faster than the TKMs, let alone the competitor Hondas, for the last three heats, giving him the overall win. Cayetano Dare Ruiz picked up the trophy for Cadet Novice of the day, and there was a super result for Sam Seward, whose steady consistency in the rain gave her 3rd place in Class 7.
That form continued at Shenington, as Samantha picked up a win in heat 1, but only in the most bizarre circumstances! AJ suffered a collision in the formation lap, managed to get going again, and was half a lap down when race control put the lights out, mystifyingly - there was no false start. Brilliant driving saw him make up all that ground, and lead comfortably approaching the chequered flag; a mechanical failure stopped him 50 yards from the line! The pressure was then on, but he won the remaining heats, and KHR finished with a 1-2 in Class 7; the championship is now AJ's to lose. Dougal couldn't quite repeat his stellar performance of Monday, but gained the 3rd place trophy, and still leads the way in Class 12.
Of our other Honda drivers, James Thompson successfully navigated his back-of-grid races and consistently made up places: he'll be gridded from Camberley. Cayetano joined the back of the grid of Class 4 at Shenington and continues to get faster. Deven picked up a place trophy at Whilton Mill but had a rush of blood on the Saturday. Sofia, Henry, Laurie and Seb all stayed on the black stuff: long may it continue!
Thank you to catering, parents and supporters again; we have a test day with Quinton House back at Sheny on the 21st, and will be chasing silverware again at Camberley at the end of the month.
KHS Drivers of the two days: AJ Arnold (two wins), Dougal Hamilton-Smith (a win and a podium), Sam Seward (two podiums)
'Even better if' award - James Thompson: watch out for those crazy Class 11 pirates!