Late blowout fails to dent Callum's chances
CALLUM Bonfield, the 11-year-old Meridian schoolboy, resumed his Club 2000 championship bid for the title at round nine of the series at Red Lodge Karting. Starting from sixth on the grid in heat one, he was up to fourth as the pack entered the first corn
CALLUM Bonfield, the 11-year-old Meridian schoolboy, resumed his Club 2000 championship bid for the title at round nine of the series at Red Lodge Karting.
Starting from sixth on the grid in heat one, he was up to fourth as the pack entered the first corner.
By the time they had got onto the back straight he had moved up to third and for two laps chased the leaders before he passed for second on the inside of a sweeping bend.
Chasing on the tail of the leader for the next two laps put the leader under pressure and good exit speed carried through from a neat entry into the last corner on the penultimate lap saw the Royston racer pass on the inside as they passed the start line.
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Out in front for the final lap saw Callum cross the line for a well deserved win.
In heat two Callum started fifth on the grid but third place Tyler Colling spun on the exit of the first corner forcing Callum and the following pack to stop.
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The spinner and the following pack were soon underway in pursuit of the three leaders, however, and Bonfield was on his way to fourth when the first and second place racers ahead collided and span off the circuit.
Callum put his foot down and overtook Bradley Roberts and he soon found himself in first, eventually crossing the line a comfortable winner.
Callum had a better starting position in heat three - second - than any of his two previous heats but the first five laps saw him struggling to make the pass for first.
On lap six a strong, exiting speed onto the back straight allowed Callum the momentum to pass for first place and a mechanical failure saw second placed Nathan Cleary fall back to fifth, leaving Callum a clear advantage over the following pack
Callum crossed the line some seven seconds ahead.
Starting from pole in the final and with three straight wins behind him, Callum made good ground from the off.
A chasing second place Bradley Roberts retired when his chain came off, leaving the Royston Racer on his own by some distance at the front, but with four laps to go disaster struck as Callum's exhaust fractured then parted company with the engine.
Callum retired from the race and the following pack found itself being led by novice racer Tyler Colling from Cambourne who crossed the line for a well deserved surprise maiden victory.
The three straight wins in the heats leaves Callum with a strong 38 point lead over his nearest rival in the competition.