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Race ace Davis drives to British success
9:40am Tuesday 6th August 2013 in Sport
MUCH Marcle’s Toby Davis won the British Grand Prix in the 250 national superkarts at Snetterton.
The 22-year-old, who competes alongside his younger brother Ben for Davis Racing, can now attach the GP plates to his kart until he defends the title next year.
Although Toby finished second in the prestigious final race, winner Ross Allen was demoted five places for a jump-start.
Toby also heads the 250 nationals championship table which is determined by points accrued at all the race meetings.
A new chassis for Toby, after his old one was written off at Silverstone, turned out to be a blessing as he took two wins from three races in Norfolk.
In the first contest, he patiently picked off karts to win his maiden race of the season, and the second in his career, by several seconds along with the fastest overall lap.
Ben, meanwhile, tried a variety of major set-up changes due to understeer problems and finished fourth.
Starting race two from pole, Toby held the lead for three laps but went back to fifth before recovering for second and first overall from the two championship rounds. His sibling was seventh and third overall.
The GP showpiece was a tense affair and Toby, starting fourth, was up to second by turn two and then reeled in Allen.
Although Allen hit back to push the Much Marcle driver back to second by 0.4 seconds, he was demoted for the jumpstart, handing the big prize to his rival.
Toby admitted: “Ross made the mistake of jumping the start and I felt that, although he drove a better race and if the results had stood he would have been a worthy champion, the rules are the rules — he broke them and gained an advantage.”
Ben, 20, was eighth in the GP race and significant work will be done behind the scenes on his handling issues.
The drivers’ father Richard is both team manager and chief mechanic for the karts.
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