Just inches separated the Rafferty brothers at the finishing line for Wombwell’s Junior X30 W-plate final
Josh and Tom Rafferty proved your teammate is the kart racer you want to beat the most – especially when he is your brother – in the stand-out race of the day at Wombwell karting circuit’s Brian Wilson Memorial meeting.
A large contingent of local kart racers convened at the South Yorkshire Kart Club-run meeting to compete for the honour to race at Wombwell – Yorkshire’s only kart track – with the prestigious “W”-plate on their kart for the next 12 months.
The Rafferty brothers started the Junior X30 final 1st and 3rd on the grid, Tom glued to the rear bumper of Josh, the Doncaster brothers racing so close together, they were running almost as one.
Squabbling as only teenage brothers can, they swapped the lead repeatedly, the pair constantly exchanged the first two places for the entire race.
With the chequered flag about to fall on the final lap, as Josh approached the finishing line, Tom jinked out of his shadow so they were actually side-by-side, and indistinguishable as they crossed the line.
Even though the timekeeper’s computer measured to hundredths of a second it could not split the brothers – so the result was declared a dead-heat.
Amazingly the pair both set race fastest lap, in exactly the same laptime, but on different laps! As only one race winner was anticipated, the brothers had to share the trophy and the W-plate too.
Adam Batty dominated the Junior Max race
Darfield’s Adam Batty dominated the Junior Max race, untouchable from pole position, setting the fastest lap in a lights-to-flag victory, followed home by Ravenfield’s Luke Wingfield in 4th place.
Adam Batty with his Junior Max race W-plate
Barnsley’s Jayjay Cook who qualified 6th, finishing 5th, won the W-plate as the top Novice in the Honda Cadet race, ahead of some more experienced young racers.
In the Mini Max category, after starting 5th, Barnsley’s Cole Kilner fought to 3rd mid-race and came home unchallenged. Trailing in his wake Doncaster’s George Hodgkiss qualified in 3rd, but was in 5th place at the flag.
In the Senior X30 race 16 year-old Jordan Baines, from Wath upon Dearne, started 2nd and diced race long with Peter Sharrocks but he could not find a way past.
Jordan Baines diced race long with Peter Sharrocks in the Senior X30 race
Jump’s Ryan Turner competing in the Senior Max race, qualified 2nd and was untroubled to hold station to the flag.
Callum Hattersley, from Sheffield, from 4th spot had a race-long battle over 4th, but had to settle for 5th in the IAME Cadet category. Finishing one place behind, Rotherham’s Danyal Hussain successfully battled his way from 9th on the grid to finish in 6th place.