Luckless Larkhall Ends Coles Racing Podium Streak

August 14, 2016
Larkhall, UK
Dry / Cloudy

The Coles Racing team endured a difficult weekend at Larkhall, where podium finishes in the two finals eluded their drivers and ended the impressive run of podium finishes in the championship.

Larkhall hosted the ninth round of the Super One Series and the fifth round for the Rotax classes competing for the British Championship.

Jonny Edgar, Clayton Ravenscroft and Ben Burgess took 5th, 6th and 10th respectively in qualifying for their heats in Minimax.

Edgar faired the best with a 3rd and a 4th in his two heats to give him fourth on the grid for the Pre-Final. Ravenscroft took a pair of 6th place finishes to line up 5th on the Pre-Final grid. Teammate Burgess took a solid 11th and 10th place to give himself a tenth place starting slot.

The Pre-Final saw Edgar knocked to the rear of the field on the opening lap, forcing him to fight back up to 10th at the flag. Ravenscroft managed to maintain his 5th position from his starting grid, whilst Burgess faught hard for the top ten, ultimately finishing 11th at the end of the race.

In the Final Edgar managed to fight back through the pack to salvage a 5th position, keeping himself in the championship hunt and banking the points. Ravenscroft and Burgess had difficult finals, finishing 8th and 12th respectively in a tough race for our Minimax drivers.

Tyler Chesterton set the 11th fastest time in qualifying in a super close session in Junior Rotax. He made great progress in the opening heat to take 4th position and a solid 9th in the second heat to give himself fifth on the grid for the Pre-Final.

Chesterton managed to maintain his 5th position at the chequered flag in the Pre-Final, despite a constant race fight between fourth and sixth position throughout the race - gaining the advantageous inside line for the Final.

The Grand Final was a huge scrap for the podium positions. The race leader managed to build a gap, but Chesterton was in three way fight for second - Positions changed race long but Chesterton just missed out on the podium by 0.27s!

Rotax Max qualifying saw Josh Skelton lead Josh White in a Coles Racing 3rd and 4th on the grid, with teammates Stephanie Le Vescone and Tom Croydon lining up 13th and 14th on the grid for the heats.

Croydon endured a challenging opening heat but came back with a solid 11th place finish in his second heat. Skelton bagged a strong 3rd and 5th in the heats to line up second on the grid for the Pre-Final.  Le Vesconte took a solid pair of finishes with 12th and 13th to take thirteenth on the grid. Championship contender White endured a torrid pair of heats, taking an 8th and a non-finish in his second heat - meaning he would start 12th in the Pre-Final.

White made a great comeback to elevate himself six positions up to 6th, just one position behind teammate Skelton. Croydon and Le Vesconte took 13th and 14th in the Pre-Final.

The Final saw more frustration for the Coles Racing squad, Skelton and White were both pushed down the order in a frantic final, finishing in 6th and 7th position respectively. Croydon managed to gain a place to finish 12th and Le Vesconte maintained 14th in the final results.

Overall a difficult weekend for the Coles team as a bit of ground was lost on all fronts in the standings, but the aim is to fight back in the next round at Shenington on the 9-11 September.

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