Race Report - First Chapter Round 2 of TKC 2017 Championship
April 20, 2017
Monday 17th April seen Tullyallen Kart Club (TKC) host the First Chapter Round 2 of the 2017 TKC Championship at Midland Karting, Edgeworthstown. With a large race entry and dry weather, everything lined up just right for a great day’s racing!
TKC were delighted to announce TJ Taaffe, Bambino as our Round 1 Driver of the Day! TJ's continued improvement in this competitive class hasn't gone unnoticed! Well done TJ and keep up the good work! TJ was presented with the TKC Driver of the Day trophy at Monday's race in Midland Karting by TKC’s Race Director, PJ Hoey.
Pic above: Jack Burrows, Bambino - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography
TKC seen another strong turnout of Bambino drivers, with 17 in total taking to the grid! Bambino drivers are 5 – 7 years old but don’t let their age fool you! These determined young racers show fantastic ability and are constantly improving their race craft and provide some of the best racing and sportsmanship in the club. Following close battles throughout the grid all day, victory eventually went to Jack Burrows (Dungannon) with Tadgh Buckley (Kildare) in second and third place going to a well-deserved Cole McGann (Cork). Huge congratulations to each of the Bambino drivers who took part in this hotly contested race!
Pic above: Michael Gray, Junior Cadet Iame - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography
Pic above: Luke Agnew, Junior Cadet Open - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography
Junior Cadets produced yet another great battle among the 6 and 7 year olds! Dublin’s Michael Gray took home 1st place in the Junior Cadet Iame class, while Antrim’s Luke Agnew secured a fantastic win in the final of the Junior Cadet Open class. This is Luke’s first year in Junior Cadet’s after moving up the racing ladder since winning the 2016 TKC Bambino Championship last year. Second place went to Lisburn driver Joseph McMahon and Logan Hoey, Dundalk secured third place.
Pic above: Gavin Dewart, Cadet Open - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography
Young Duleek driver Jake Cudden was a dominant force in the Cadet Iame class all day and maintained 1st place throughout the heats and final. Second place went to Brandon Boland from Drogheda who has shown great improvement since making the step up from Junior Cadets at the start of the season. In the fiercely contested Cadet Open class the win went to a well-deserved Gavin Dewart (Waringstown). Letisha Conn from Newtownhamilton finished in second place and Callum Doak rounded off the podium in third. Special mention to Callum who has made the step up to the Cadet class following on from finishing 2nd in the 2016 TKC Bambino Championship.
Pic above: Jack Buckley, Novice Cadet - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography
The Novice Cadet class seen some great racing all through the grid with Newbridge driver Jack Buckley finishing in first place, Carter Mooney (Dromara) in second and Adam Doogan (Carrickmacross) rounding off the podium in third.
Pic above: Ben McDowell, Minimax - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography
Mini Max produced a great drive from Ben McDowell (Carrickfergus) who secured victory in the final from Dungannon’s Robert Orr who finished in second with Ryan Nally (Westmeath) coming home in third. The heats produced great drives all round from these youngsters with Nally securing the Heat 1 win and Orr taking the win in Heat 2. The championship heats up as we head into round 3!
Pic above: Aaron Whelan, Junior Max - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography
TKC’s Junior Max class has seen a significant increase in entrants for the 2017 Championship and so the battles have intensified! The class produced close racing between Aaron Whelan (Cork) and the two Naas drivers Ryan Critchley and Anton Martin. Both Whelan and Martin headed into the final with a heat win each, and after a close final of bumper to bumper racing, Ryan Critchley earned a well-deserved first place trophy. Aaron Whelan finished in second place followed by Anton Martin in third.
Pic above: Rory Lynch, Senior Max 165 - Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan Photography