Warden Law hosts Round 3 of the 2023 Ultimate Karting Championship

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The halfway point of the 2023 Ultimate Karting Championship bought the teams and drivers to the Warden Law Circuit in the Northeast of England. (Elliot Cunnington)

A wet Friday practice starved the competitors of their data going into a sunny Saturday and hot Sunday at Warden Law but as ever the action did not disappoint. 

MicroMAX
MicroMAX took to the track first at Warden Law for their Super Final and it was Emerson MacAndrew-Uren (DHR) and Edward Haynes (RCE) who locked out the front row after three days of track action. A great start by the outside row put Haynes into the lead but MacAndrew-Uren eager to retake the lead immediately dived down the inside of turn 1.  The two drivers bashing wheels and coming under pressure from 3rd place Oliver Spencer (Synergy Race Team) but Haynes somehow managed to hold on to the lead.  On lap 2 Spencer was now right behind MacAndrew-Uren and took second place away from him into turn one but the gap now to Haynes in the lead was already 0.7 seconds away.  Just a few corners later MacAndrew-Uren re-took 2nd place before losing it again to Spencer.  This allowed Haynes to increase his lead but also it allowed Jenson Chalk (MLC Motorsport) who started in 8th position and now in 4th place to close in behind. Spencer and MacAndrew-Uren needed to work together to close the gap if they wanted any chance of winning the race and for the next few laps that is exactly what they did. Meanwhile, Kian Burnard was setting multiple fastest laps putting him into 4th place and closing up to the back MacAndrew-Uren putting him in the race for the win. With just under 7 minutes remaining Spencer had caught Haynes up and into the Gas Works Corner he took the lead. A couple of laps later a great move by MacAndrew-Uren on Haynes into the chicane caught Haynes out and left him venerable to Burnard as he took 3rd place pushing Haynes back into 4th. MacAndrew-Uren now right on the back of the race leader, Spencer and with two corners to go he took the lead of the race but again these two fighting hard.  Spencer retook the lead into turn 1 and now MacAndrew-Uren would have to do it all again.  With just a few minutes remaining the front 4 had totally broken away from the rest of the grid.
MacAndrew-Uren had been taking a tighter line through the horseshoe corner all race long and with just over 1 minute left of the clock he use that to dive up the inside on Spencer which pushed him back to 3rd place. Spencer now on the fight back took 2nd place back from Haynes which demoted him to 4th. This put Burnard & Haynes into a position to fight for the final step on the podium as Haynes took 3rd place into the Dunlop Chicane but Burnard tagged the rear of Haynes sending him over the top of Hayne's rear bumper.  He continued in 4th with a large gap back to 5th but unfortunately, that move left him out of contention for the podium. On the final lap, Spencer dived down the inside of the first corner to snatch the lead away from MacAndrew-Uren.  He would continue in the lead to take the chequered flag and win the race but a post-race penalty from the Stewards of 5 seconds demoted him to 6th place and handed the win to Emerson MacAndrew-Uren. 
He was joined by Edward Haynes in second and Kian Burnard in 3rd. 

MiniMAX
Charlie Woolfitt (Synergy Race Team) lined up on pole position for the Super Final with Finlay Lines (DHR) alongside in 2nd.  Luca Holmes-Balac (Synergy Race Team) & Thomas Hill (Zip Factory Team) locked out the second row. Woolfitt got off to a great start retaining the lead from Lines who was now followed by Hill and Jacob Ashcroft (DHR). Ashcroft quickly moved up to 3rd place and set about closing in on Lines in 2nd while Woolfitt was on a charge and had already pulled out a 6-tenth gap.  On lap 2 Ashcroft took second place away from Lines while setting the fastest lap while Daniel Minto (Hunter Motorsport) moved into 4th, Charlie King (Cole Racing) moved up to 5th and Hill was now in 6th. Ashcroft continued to set fastest lap after fastest lap while trying to close the gap down on race leader Woolfitt. Meanwhile, the battle for 3rd was raging on as Minto was closing in on Lines and finally on lap 7 Minto took the final place on the podium away from Lines and that would set the podium positions for the final 9 laps.  Ashcroft closed the gap down to Woolfitt to 0.4 seconds but a dominant performance from Woolfitt who also took back the fastest lap of the race allowed him to maintain the gap and take the race win from Ashcroft in 2nd and Minto in 3rd. 

JuniorMAX
Joshua Graham (Argenti Motorsport) took pole position on the largest grid of the weekend with Finn Leslie (Kato Motor Sport) alongside on the front row of the grid followed by Lewis Goff (Sam Pollitt Racing) and Freddie Ingram (KR-Sport) in 3rd & 4th.  The outside row with the best start allowed Leslie & Ingram to take the lead of the race with pole sitter Graham now in 3rd, Goff in 4th & Olly Stevens (DHR) in 5th. In the second lap Graham back on the move and got himself into 2nd position while Stevens also making up places managed to get into 4th place. Leslie started defending very early into the race which caused those behind to catch up and start fighting whole Graham had to try and find a way past.  On lap 4 Graham found a way past Leslie at the Gas Works Corner to take the lead while he began to extend his advantage over the rest of the competitors.For the next few laps the top pack remained the same but Goff in 3rd was starting to come under pressure from Stevens and Ewan Charman (Argenti Motorsport) who on lap 10 took 3rd and 4th position away from Goff as Stevens dived down the inside of Gas Works Corner. Charman continued to impress now in 4th position after starting the race down in 14th position and on 13 he went one better and took 3rd place away from Stevens. Charman still setting the track alight as he set the fastest lap of the race but unfortunately for him, the gap to the leaders was just too big in the time remaining.Joshua Graham took the chequered flag to win the JuniorMAX Super Final from Finn Leslie and Ewan Charman. As well as Charman who made up 11 places to finish on the podium there was also lots of action throughout the field.  William Antrobus (Sam Pollitt Racing) made up 12 places to finish 10th.  Kenzo Craigie (Argenti Motorsport) made up 23 places to finish 11th and Daniel Kilpartick (DHR) made up 20 places to finish 12th. 

Honda GX200
As always Honda GX200 races start with a standing start and it was Ralphie Branscombe (Privateer) and Ryan White (LMMotorsport) who started from the front row as Theo Bradshaw (Zip Factory Team) and Ollie Thomson (LMMotorsport) started just behind. A great getaway from White to take the lead of the race from Branscombe & Bradshaw as the top three started to break away from the rest of the grid. On Lap 2 Bradshaw was eager to take 2nd place from Branscombe and into the Senna S made his move.  Bradshaw began to close up to the back of White bringing Branscombe with him as the top three continued to pull out their advantage over 4th place of Thomson. The top three remained in formation for the next few laps as White ad Bradshaw started to work together leaving Branscombe 1.4 seconds behind. On Lap 10, Bradshaw saw his opportunity to finally take the lead as he went down the inside of the Horseshoe but the top two came together whilst they were wheel to wheel sending White off into the grass and losing not only the lead of the race but also losing 2nd place to Branscombe. White now with a point to prove had to close up over a second back to the race lead.  Branscombe and White started to work together to close the gap to Bradshaw and on the final lap, whilst setting the fastest lap of the race, White had closed the gap to the lead with Branscombe right behind in 3rd. Into Gasworks, White made a dive down the inside of Bradshaw to re-take the lead which also allowed Branscombe to move up to 2nd place. Branscombe however was not done yet as he saw an opportunity in the penultimate corner to take the lead as he swooped up the inside of White. White into the final corner had one final chance to win this race but a misjudged move from White send him up and over the back of Branscombe losing him 2nd place to Bradshaw. Branscombe took the race win from Bradshaw and White 

SeniorMAX
Kai Hunter (DHR) took pole position at his home race from Tristan Rennie (Privateer), Philip Rawson (Guy Cunnington Racing) and Scott Mackrell (Mak Racing)A good start from Hunter to retain the lead of the line from Rennie and Rawson.
James Lowther (Coles Racing) after starting 6th place moved himself up into 3rd on the second lap and set about closing in on Rennie for 2nd place. Rawson in 4th place was hoping for another podium finish but a late move from Pierson Bullock-Carter (Jaxx Motorsport) sent Rawson backwards at the Senna S losing 3 places. Meanwhile, Lowther moving himself up into 2nd place and now with a 1-second gap to the lead of the race. With just over 7 minutes of race time remaining Rawson & Lorenzo Kordal (Kato Motorsport) continued to make their way back up through the pack with just Bullock-Carter between them and the podium and finally on lap 9 Rawson dived down the inside of Bullock-Carter to take back 4th place also allowing Kordal to follow through and move up into 5th. The top 6 continued in formation for the next 6 laps until Kordal send a move up the inside of Rawson into the Senna S corner to take 4th place. While all of this was happening Kai Hunter continued to stretch out his advantage on the rest of the grid and after 18 laps took the chequered flag to win the SeniorMAX Super Final with James Lowther 2 seconds behind in second and Tristan Rennie in third. 


Official Results: https://results.alphatiming.co.uk/ukc/e/127233
Media Credits: Stu Stretton Photography, Josh East Photography, Traction Media

Created by: fmarangon2 - 24/05/23

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