Steven pips his dad to take the family bragging rights at muddy karting meet

ATROCIOUS conditions failed to stop father and son duo Matthew and Steven Gardner at Wisbech and District Kart Racing Club’s latest meet.

The pair battled for family bragging rights in the 125 two-stroke class and it was Steven who triumphed by racking up a maximum 100 points. Father Matthew took third place, with Daniel Brown awarded second on count back at Manea Field.

Maddie Williams led the way for the juniors as she returned to winning ways in the 70cc class, ahead of Frankie Wright and Alex Ward.

Henry Laws won the 90cc class, Ryan Simmons took the 125 four-stroke juniors ahead of March’s Harry Hensby and Luke Manders claimed victory in the 250 four-strokes.

Ian Laws saw off Stuart Holland’s challenge to win the 250 open class while newcomer Stacey Jackson finished an impressive third in the 124 four-stroke section. James Flowers won the class, with George Carter in second.

Martin Osborne, from the kart racing club, said drivers performed brilliantly in tough weather conditions.

He said: “Racing at times was down to almost a brisk walking pace, as drivers tried to clear their visors or goggles of the liquid mud while trying to control their karts and maintain a steady line.

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“It was often a battle for them to stay on the track, and spin-outs were inevitable and plentiful. While conditions became difficult for the drivers, it sure was good to watch.”