Karting |18 May 2022
Lionnet extends championship lead in Juniors, Maillet takes over Intermediates
Round 4 of the 2022 Intermediates karting championship was won by Dean Maillet with his first win of the season which takes him to the top of the table, while Delroy Lionnet snatched up another win to extend his points tally in the Junior class.
The Intermediates class produced one of the most exciting races at the Champions Park Raceway, Roche Caïman, so far this year where a group of five drivers battled it out until the last few laps for victory, but it was Dean Maillet who produced one of his best performances ever to take victory. Behind Dean, Mitra Labrosse (second), Fabio William (third), Denilson Melanie (fourth) and Carlos Renaud (fifth) ran in a pack chasing him but they could not take over the lead even though at one time Fabio had moved ahead only to lose out at the next corner.
In another pack Eric Maillet (sixth), Christian Bastienne (seventh), Jean David Melanie (eighth), and Terence Anderson (ninth) fought it out among themselves for their positions.
Terence was well up on the group until he suffered a puncture on the last lap.
Dean gained a bonus point for setting the fastest lap time of 44.484 seconds for his class.
Meanwhile, round 5 of the Junior class was just as exciting and dramatic, here Delroy Lionnet again dominated the field to take another win to extend his already huge lead in this category.
In the final, he raced away to create a big gap that left the others trailing and fighting for second place, these were Darrel Gabriel who eventually took that position, a rejuvenated Yohan Cadeau taking a splendid third, Tamnay Raghwani who was very quick earlier until he had a loss of power towards the end to claim fourth and Arth Shah taking fifth after being in third position until he also suffered a burst tyre on the final lap.
The biggest drama of the day came after Enzo Lionnet lost his steering link entering the fast second corner of the Champions Park Raceway which forced him to turn left instead of right leading him up the high grass banking with no way back into the race where he spent the rest of the race sun tanning as he watched his twin brother win the race.
He, however, still holds second place in the championship and can’t wait to take his revenge at the next round.
The Champions Park race track surface has started deteriorating badly over the past year which is leading to severe tyre wear for all the competitors and more costs for tyre replacements. It must be noted that the track surface has never been resurfaced since its creation in 1999.