They really lapped it up

The
first corporate league at Cayman Karting proved a huge success with its fair
share of delight, despair, controversy, excellent driving, terrible driving,
black flags and one race-stopping red flag!

The
results of 120 people racing in 20 teams over the past eight weeks can now be
seen in the final AI Group Spring Corporate League Table. 

The
final round of races in the league began with Premier Wines in the lead and six
teams closely bunched in the chasing pack. Ajoni Ambersley from Team Valvoline
set the fastest time of the month (31.213 seconds) in the process of picking up
all the points in the first race, while Maples Road Haugs produced a solid
performance to deliver a clear second place. 
Matt Bodden also registered an impressive 31.941s fastest lap, but two
black flags put paid to Eurocar Cayman 1’s race ambitions.

LRPF
Walkers took a clean sweep of the points in the second race although a strong
drive from Fiona Brander and an extremely consistent performance across the
team saw McAlpine Lightning follow them home. The results of those two races
meant that LRPF Walkers and Team Walkers could not be separated on points at
the top of the league table.

The
penultimate race in the league saw a dramatic finish with plenty of action
right at the end of the 50-lap race. Maples Stars in a Reasonably Priced kart
took a commanding race victory with Christie Walton, now the third-fastest
female on the track, proving her value, but behind them the three chasing teams
were nose-to-tail for the final laps. Harneys clipped a barrier to send them
down to fourth, while a beautiful overtaking manoeuvre on the hairpin saw Bobby
Hulse edge Team Parker’s past the Butterfield A team with half a lap left to
grab second place.

Everybody
then waited to see whether title favourties Premier Wines would trip up in the
final race of the league. The race was a suitable finale to a thrilling season
featuring four of the fastest five karters on island: Daron McLean and George
Manderson in the Premier Wines team and Jordan Seales and Alexander Conolly in
the Butterfield B Team.  Premier Wines’
General Manger Carrie Stein also holds the fastest female lap time.

Premier
Wines began knowing that second place was good enough to wrap up the league
title and with a 100 per cent record to date not many people expected an upset.
The Butterfield team, however, stole the show qualifying in pole position,
setting the fastest lap and taking the chequered flag.

While
Butterfield gained revenge for defeat by Premier Wines earlier in the season,
it was not a total surprise. The shock came when Track Stars out-qualified
Premier Wines, leaving them in third place on the grid and pushing them into a
title-losing position.

After
five laps George Manderson did manage to overtake the Track Stars kart only for
that position to be lost again when Track Stars seized their opportunity in a
hairpin pile-up mid-race. Premier Wines nevertheless kept cool heads, and an
effective pit stop strategy saw them emerge ahead of the Track Stars. Daron
McLean put his disappointment from engine failure in Jet Around Cayman the
previous day behind him to guide Premier Wines home to the second place they
needed.

Those
six points were just enough to put Premier Wines one point ahead of the chasing
pack and hand them the inaugural corporate karting league title. In a testament
to just how tight the end of the season was, three teams ended up just one
point behind Premier Wines, meaning second to fourth places were decided on a
results countback.

LRPF Walkers
took second place, Team Valvoline third and the B Bandits B fourth.  Congratulations to all four teams for some excellent
racing over the past couple of months.

* A new
summer corporate league starts on 28 June. 
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