Seaton drivers in good form at Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club

Ryan Edgecumbe in action at Dunkeswell

Ryan Edgecumbe in action at Dunkeswell - Credit: Archant

Seaton-based drivers roared back to winning form in the latest meeting at Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club.

Roy Beal and Ryan Edgecumbe claimed podium top spots for the first time this season.

For Beal, racing in the 250 gearbox class, the day got off to a flying start, quite literally!

As the only class that has standing starts, his reaction to the lights saw him slice through the pack and come out in the lead by the first corner.

He went on to hold off against some tough competition to take his first win of the day. This was followed by wins in heats two and three to put the Seaton based mechanic in pole position for the final.

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He showed no signs of being under pressure in the final, quickly establishing a slender lead.

Fortune was in his pit bay as his closest rival was forced to retire a few laps from the end to give him a clear run and personal record of four wins in one day.

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Beal, who is sponsored by VIP Marquees and works at RPM Motors, put it all down to a change in set-up.

He said: “Having had a few mechanical issues in earlier rounds, I tried a different tyre compound and it made a huge difference in the handling”.

Meanwhile, in the Rotax 177 class, former Junior Blue champion, Ryan Edgecumbe, of Edge Motorsport, was also making the journey to the top of the podium for the first time this season.

As the youngest driver in this very competitive and experienced class, Edgecumbe had a mixed day, but it all came good in the final.

Having made his way up to third place by mid race he managed to sneak past the driver in second place when his tyres came on. He looked to be settling his best finish this year when the race leader was black flagged for a mechanical issue leaving Edgecumbe to take the win!

As the trophies were presented there was another surprise for Beal when he was handed the prestigious Devon Air Ambulance Trophy for being the most exciting driver of the day, an award decided by the officials.

Club Chairman, Jim Bee, was quick to praise the local drivers success: “Both these local drivers have shown how good this sport is. Roy in particular has been instrumental in bringing the gearbox class back to Dunkeswell and to see his efforts rewarded is great for the club”.

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