it was our first time back at Rissington for a while.
We struggled in the dry which meant we started 6th in the Repechage. Sunday brought extremely wet weather which seemed to work for us. We finished 2nd in the Repechage with great race pace, so this put me 30th on the grid for Final 1. Again, a very wet race. I climbed my way up to 18th within 4 laps but then got taken out, however, I still recovered to finish 1 in 17th. In Final 2 we tried a setup which unfortunatley didn't work for us. I started 17th and finished 27th.
Big thanks to my Dad, Grandad, and Flex Motorsport for the weekend.
Not much to really say about the weekend... Ended up 5th quickest in official practice and had some reasonable heats, to then seizing an engine in the final!
Not the way I wanted to end the weekend, but a big thanks to Dad, Grandad, and Flex Motorsport.
Back to the circuit I first started MSA karting at when I was 13 years old.The weekend was a big event with 44 drivers all competing to win the E Plate, but was also a good opportunity to get to grips with the track in preparation for the Super One Series next weekend.
Friday was a positive day having tried lots of different setups. Some worked very well, others not so much. On Saturday I really struggled, along with getting involved in a crash in the first heat. We made some overnight changes and hoped it worked on Sunday.
It certainly did! My second heat was in the morning which I was starting 21st in. After a collision at the start I slipped back to 25th, but got my head down and finished 12th. Our race pace was outstanding so was really looking forward to see what I could do in the final. My grid position was 25th. I made steady progress in the first lap making it up into 21st, but then felt a massive hit from behind and had my wheel wedged into someone's rear bumper. Unfortunately this meant I had to retire due to a left front puncture.
Not the result I wanted, but certainly found a good setup for Super One so really looking forward to it. As always a big thank you to my Dad and Grandad, and Flex Motorsport.
Also a big thank you for the amazing pictures Chris Walker at Kartpix, and Andre Marot.
Last weekend was our first time ever racing at Rowrah! Challenging conditions made my task of learning the track even more challenging, however I was 8th fastest in my first practice session! Due to a DNF in one of my heats I ended up racing in the repechage. Thankfully I managed to finish in 3rd meaning I progressed into Final 1. After discovering my chassis was very bent I had a lot of work to do in Final 2. Suddenly it rained so Dad and Grandad worked very hard and managed to get me on a good set up for the wet conditions! I had a really good start and climbed a lot of positions, until loosing an engine mount, as well as very worn out brake pads! Holding onto my engine I managed to limp around and finish in 26th.
I’d like to thank my dad and grandad for their continuous hard work, Flex Motorsport for getting me up to speed very quickly, Chelsea and everyone for their support!
Next up: Shenington E Plate
A tough round at Clay Pigeon with challenges beyond our control. Practice demonstrated we had excellent pace and steady qualifying placed me 15th for both heats. In heat 1 I climbed to 9th, but a red flag meant the race was docked 1 lap so I finished 13th. In heat 2 I fought through to 10th but then got caught up in an incident with several karts which cost me 10 places. These results put me 26th on the grid for final 1. After gaining a few positions early in the race the kart in front crashed and caught the back of my kart as I went past causing major damage. Dad and Grandad worked hard to get the kart drivable for the final 2. Starting from the back I ended up 24th after a very scrappy race.
A huge amount of experience gained from racing in Super One and enjoying every moment of it. I’d like to say a big thanks to Dad and Grandad for their efforts and hard work this weekend especially in getting my kart out for Final 2, Brian Cole and everyone at Flex Motorsport, Chelsea Barker for despite not being there was watching me on live timing from home, and also Mum, along with my brother and Michelle for coming along to support me.
Thanks to Kartpix for the photos! 📷
Next stop: Rowrah, Cumbria
What a fantastic weekend in Scotland at the first round of the Super One British Karting Championship with 38 other drivers. Came back with a Trophy as the highest placed rookie, a great start to my entry into the Super One experience!
After practice to learn the circuit I qualified 29th overall leaving a lot of work to do in the heats starting 19th and 20th, and finishing 18th and 15th. This still only placed me 26th overall but with two finals and some great racing, I finished 15th! Looking forward for round two at Clay Pigeon in a couple of weeks.
I really enjoyed racing at Larkhall circuit, and I’d like to thank Jez Whitaker and Bob Thomas for their endless hard work on the kart, Brian Cole and Paul Graham at Flex Motorsport for the monty kit, and Ryan Cole for coaching, Chelsea Barker and everyone in my family who were supporting me from home especially my younger brother Ollie watching live timing shouting for me to move up!
Televised footage of Final 2: https://youtu.be/VHV-s607bmU
Average qualifying session ending up qualifying 9th out of 26.
Heat 1 started 9th, fired off on first lap to dead last but fought back to finish 14th.
Heat 2 started 9th, fired off again, ended up finishing 15th.
This put me on 14th for the Final.
Wasn’t the best of finals but finished in a disappointing 12th. From the 3 rounds I ended up finishing 4th in the Winter Championship.
Thanks to my Dad, Grandad, and Flex Motorsport for the weekend.
Good second round at Kimbolton for the Winter Series! It was also great to race against a big competitive field.
In timed qualifying I managed to qualify 9th out of 28.
Heat 1 started 9th, worked my way up to end up finishing 6th.
Heat 2 started 6th, got in a scrap ended up finishing 7th.
This put me 6th on the grid for the main final.
There was a sudden down pour of rain/snow, but it had stopped by the time our race was due. We took a gamble with the set up and unfortunately it didn’t work. Ended up finishing 11th.
Lots learnt over the weekend! Big thanks to Chelsea for always supporting me and being amazing whatever the weather, my Dad and Grandad for their hard work on the kart, and Flex Motorsport for the great kit!
Fun start to the year at the first round of the Winter Series at Kimbolton!
Heat 1 started 4th, finished 5th.
Heat 2 started 9th, finished 7th.
For the Final I started 5th and finished 7th in front of a battle I got caught up in.
Big thanks to Chelsea Barker, Jez Whitaker, Bob Thomas, Brian Cole at Flex Motorsport, and iZone.
First experience in Super One was definitely a learning curve and a great spirit!
Unfortunately too many mechanical problems resulted in a poor qualifying and therefore challenging heats.
We found the issue Sunday morning and swapped engines. We started from the back in Repechage and finished in 2nd, but was less than 500g underweight so got excluded!
Good to know we had potential to do well, but like thank Dad and Grandad for working on the kart, Brian Cole at Flex Motorsport, Pete Taylor and Tim Albone for the last minute help towards getting my kart on the grid, and iZone Driver Performance for the training and preparation towards my karting!
Next event: Britains Finest at Whilton Mill Kart Club
Credit to Kartpix for the photos!