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Msport a dominant force at British Championship opener

Msport got their British Championship season off to a superb start last weekend as they took two wins and two podiums in the Junior and Senior classes.

Morgan Porter – 3rd

Morgan Porter was one of three Msport drivers to be racing in the OK Junior class as the season got underway with the first of three double headers at Clay Pigeon. Morgan is the reigning Vice-Champion in the class and therefore one of the favourites for the title.

His weekend didn’t get off to the best start though as Morgan qualified 9th place. Two finals followed on and in the first final after a bad start Morgan found himself having to recover from the back and he eventually rolled home in 8th place. However, it was final two where the big points were on offer and Morgan certainly didn’t hold back as he came from 8th to 1st to take a surprisingly comfortable win.

Sunday was a much more consistent day for Morgan. He had a much better qualifying with 3rd place and the in the finals that followed he managed to pick up two 4th place finishes. In final one Morgan was unfortunate not to have been higher up as he started the last lap in 2nd, but just missed out on the spot by 0.3 seconds. Final two was slightly different with Morgan having to recover after dropping back mid race. But overall it was still a very good weekend for Morgan who is just 18 points away from the championship lead.

Oliver Clarke – 4th

Oliver was racing in the super-fast OK Senior class and was easily the youngest driver in the field in karts that are very physically demanding. In what was certainly the closest run qualifying session of the weekend Oliver finished 6th despite only being 0.08 seconds off pole position.

Close racing was certainly going to follow and in final one five karts battled over the lead with Oliver in 2nd at one point before he was forced to retire ten laps from the end. That unfortunately meant Oliver classified in 9th place but he recovered very well in final two! Oliver after a bad start worked his way through the field and was 5th with two laps to go before two moves in as many laps put him on the podium for the higher scoring second final!

Sunday saw another close run qualifying session with Oliver 5th this time just 0.18 seconds off pole. The final that followed, however, was far from what Oliver was hoping for! Another DNF this time after just six laps meant he’d finish down in 12th spending most of the race watching from the sidelines. But heading into final two Oliver was determined to make places and after 16 laps of working his way through the field he was never to be seen again as he cleared off to take a famous victory by a staggering 6.44 seconds!

It was that win that helped Oliver to move up to 4th in the championship just 11 points from the top

Shihab Al Habsi – 8th

Shihab was in a very competitive OKJ class and spent most of the weekend fighting in the mid pack. A step forward from his last Super One race! On day one he qualified 8th and followed it up with two impressive 7th place finishes in the 15-kart field. Day two qualifying was Shihab’s highlight of the weekend as he was 4th and within two tenths of Harry Thompson! Unfortunately he didn’t have the best of fortunes when it came to the racing and was 8th in final one and 9th in final two where he was in a close run battle with three fellow Rookie’s. Off the back of this I imagine his aim will be to mention the afore mentioned rookie drivers over the course of the season.

Leaving the weekend Shihabi is currently 8th in the championship and is the 2nd highest Rookie!

Kieran Long – 13th

Kieran continues his driver development this year by taking on challenges such as the British championship. There were not many drivers of his level to compete against, but despite that he was far from making up the numbers. After an unfortunate opening final on Saturday, Kieran showed what he could do when he charged through from the back to finish 8th in final two. Day two proved to be a bit more difficult with Kieran finishing 11th in both finals, but that said in both races he battled with one of Clay Pigeon’s best drivers and kept them honest on both occasions!

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Be one step ahead of the competition with the TKM Carburettor Carry Case!

It is known that many kart racers will keep their carburettors in plastic bags, tupperware boxes and in the top of tools chests. Not only could this lead to irreversible damage, but the carburettor will be susceptible to the ingestion on dust and dirt leading to a loss of on track performance, numerous carburettor rebuilds, additional cost to the racing weekend along with frustrating results; the TKM carburettor case can solve all of those issues!

Weighing just 0.6Kg (1.7Kg when full) and having a compact size it is the perfect addition to your racing equipment. This robust, ergonomic and protective carry case is made from durable plastic with a tough, hard-wearing and light foam insert that is resistant to high temperatures and both oil and petrol residue. The foam insert has been designed by engineering professionals with the input from a wide audience of TKM kart racers, this has allowed for the creation of a product perfectly suited for the TKM carburettor and ancillaries.

The case stores the following:

Item Quantity Size (mm) 337 (L), 290 (W), 84 (H)
TKM Airbox Flange x1
TKM Round Gasket x20 +
TKM Carburettors x3
TKM Oval Gasket x25 +
TKM Spacer Block x1
TKM Restrictor x4
TKM Fixing Bolts x2 +
Pressure Tester x1
Carburettor Repair Kits x2 +

Key features of the case include:

  • Environmentally neutral and durable polypropylene injection moulded case
  • Features a carry handle and twin independent locking catches
  • Strong moulded hinge allows for the case to open 180 degrees
  • Protection and prolongation of your carburettors performance
  • The foam insert allows for safety, security and protection against any irreversible damage
  • Removes the storage of carburettors in dirty and potentially damaging environments
  • Uses a tough, hard-wearing, durable foam insert that has great thermal resistive properties and is also resistant to oil and petrol residue
  • Optimises the preparation of carburettors removing the chances of those poor race results
  • One stop case for your carburettor and all the ancillaries needed to race

Don’t let your race winning equipment be neglected, it can take ages to find those extra tenths of a second in motorsport. Buy a Race Tech Case today and purchase that piece of mind that your racing equipment is always in fantastic condition.

Thoughts from the Editor

They say sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and I think that’s what the carburettor case is. It’s something I’d never I thought I’d need to buy or indeed make but when it’s presented and explained to you all of a sudden it seems essential. For many drivers, mechanics, teams out there I’m sure it’s already something you may have seen kicking around at a track and the man behind it all is Will Thomas. A former racer and now mechanic at TWM, Will is someone I’ve known for many years and when he presented this to me I just had to show it to the karting community.

As well as being a simple idea there has clearly been a lot of thought put into it. Will has clearly recognised what would need to go into the case and how many of each item would need to be included to make it a product worth wile. As well as that, and perhaps most importantly, he has made sure that everything will always stay in fantastic condition and therefore proving the product does it’s job properly.

All classes being catered for

The project has moved forward drastically from just covering TKM to now covering all classes. Cases for the rest of the classes will be out shortly but at this moment in time available for sale mainly caters for TKM.

Summary

It hasn’t been made overnight, the product has been a few months in the making and Will is now ready to put it on sale. If you like what you see, or want to find out more, then click the link below to check out the RaceTechCases website!

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Fernando Alonso circuit welcomes CIK-FIA European Championships

The new Fernando Alonso Kart Circuit will welcome the biggest European Karting Championships to it’s venue for the first time this weekend with the OK, OK Junior and KZ classes preparing to hit the track.

So firstly, the track itself. Well it’s no secret that the layout is quite odd and therefore very difficult! There was some speculation around whether the venue was going to be changed after the tragic death of Gonzalo Basurto Movila back in April. But that’s no longer the case and the venue will now add itself on to a growing list of tracks lucky enough to host a CIK-FIA event.

Opened in July 2015 the track is 1390m in length and 9-10m in width. It presents many overtaking opportunities, but is also a very tough layout. It’s said to offer possibility of driving on 29 different tracks with Alonso taking inspiration from some famous corners in the World of Motorsport. The first corner is based on the first curve from the Jarama circuit in Spain and starting the second sector is a quick series of seven turns based on the Zigzag’s from the famous Suzuka circuit in Japan. That will certainly be one drivers will need to get their heads around! In the third sector we have a corner based on the last curve at the Valencia Circuit (used for Moto GP finale each year) and then we finish the lap with a chicane based on Parma’s chicane at the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti circuit, which is also used as the last corner at the Valencia kart circuit and we’ve seen races won and lost there before!

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Harry Thompson © KSP Reportages

OK Junior – Edgar hoping to hold on to championship lead

After his comfortable win at the opening round Jonny Edgar (GBR) heads into the second round of the championship leading the points. Overall it was a good start to the championship for the Brits with Harry Thompson 3rd and Zak O’Sullivan 4th. Unlike some of the other unfortunate British drivers all three will be hoping to continue their title assaults.

Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA) was the best after the heats at Sarno and followed that up with a 2nd in the final. Hailing from Brazil Gabriel has taken to European racing very well, another surprise performance came from O’neill Muth (GER). The German came from 11th on the grid to finish 3rd and only just missed out on 2nd!

Jonny Edgr © KSP Reportages

The three danger men at round two I believe are the three drivers 14th – 16th in the championship; Chris Lulham (GBR), Andrea Rosso (ITA) and Jack Doohan (AUS). All had unfortunate season openers, Lulham had finished 8th from 25th before a penalty. Rosso is the reigning WSK Super Master Series Champion and Doohan, the RFM driver, has always been considered one to watch. I’d also like to see Dexter Patterson (GBR) move forward significantly from 45th.

Click here to see the current championship standings

Gabriel Bortoleto © KSP Reportages

OK – Too tough to call

Given how tough it is to call the OK class on paper, it was very surprising to see Theo Pourchaire (FRA), 3rd in last years Junior World Championship, take maximum points away from Sarno and there’s no doubt he’ll be flying with confidence. Flying the flag for the Brits, Clement Novalak was 2nd best all weekend and is just six points behind heading into round two. David Vidales (ESP) is currently 3rd and the Spaniard, racing on home soil, should be coming in more than prepared for this round.

There were some big names to score no points at round one and they included Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP), Karting magazine International Driver of the Year 2016, Flavio Camponeschi (ITA), former World and European Champion, and Tom Joyner (GBR), former World Champion. They should have all been big players and I think they will be this weekend, but the new format of taking away Pre-Finals certainly didn’t help their case after Flavio and Tom failed to even make the Final.

Theo Pourchaire © KSP Reportages

In terms of the Brits there will be no Callum Bradshaw as he is at home for exams. We’ve already spoken about Joyner and Novalak which just leaves Fin Kenneally. He hasn’t had the best start to his campaign and I yet to put a point on the board, but the Baby Race driver will turn that around eventually.

Click here to see the current championship standings

David Vidales © KSP Reportages

KZ – De Conto looking to tie up championship

Unlike the OK classes, the KZ championship has already had two of it’s four rounds and Paolo De Conto (ITA) has won both finals. He currently leads the championship by 23 point over Stan Pex (NLD) with Patrik Hajek (CZE) not too far back in 3rd. Reigning champion, Marco Ardigo (ITA), will unfortunately not be taking part this weekend due to an injury which means 21 drivers will take to the track.

Paolo De Conto © KSP Reportages

That entry list is an improvement on the 20 drivers who have scored points so far and the new face to the series is Alex Irlando (ITA). The Italian is a former Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Champion and was 3rd in the WSK Super Master Series in the KZ2 class last year. The second new driver is the one and only Spaniard, Jorge Carlos Pescador (ESP), who will hoping to do himself proud on home soil. He’s no new face to KZ or European racing though and is a former two time Spanish Champion in the KZ2 class beating a certain Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP) in the past.

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Patrik Hajek © KSP Reportages

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of KSP

 

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Tested – Lucas Axle, Britain’s 21st Century axle design

Its not often a component is revolutionised in our sport. Karting is a sport where the equipment has been refined over and over since its inception, you need only look at the karts from the 50’s and 60’s to see how far we have come through constant evolution. However, for about the past 15 years the 50mm axle has remained largely unchanged, and unquestioned by most.
One person who has questioned the design however is Andy Lucas who noticed a pattern in axle failures spurred on by footage taken of a failure of his driver’s axle 5 years ago, all of which he explained to Chris McCarthy in this interview.

The test

In conjunction with Jade karts, Andy invited us to Shenington to test one of the new Lucas Axles on a TKM extreme Jade kart, and to discuss the features and story behind the axle.

This would be my first time driving a full blown TKM, and only my second time at Shenington in five years, but I picked it all back up pretty fast, and was able to get down to testing the axle right away. The kart felt great and as anyone versed in karting will know Shenington is a great track, I was having a whale of a time. Once I found my feet I began to push the kart and axle to the limit, to see if I could find any specific characteristics, good or bad, about the new axle.

The kart was very easy to drive, and the axle was confidence inducing. The behaviour of the kart was predictable and smooth. I could put the kart where I wanted. Park Bend, turn 1 at Shenington was a perfect example, this corner is flat out and requires precise inputs into the steering to gently load kart into the corner for the optimal line. After finding the correct line I felt I could do it consistently lap on lap. The same applied into the bruno chicane, the constantly changing weight transfer from the right, to braking, then the left would have highlighted any inconsistencies, but it at all felt very natural.

Towards the end of the test I was able to lap the circuit within a tenth of a second most laps which is indicative of kart that is handling well and consistently.

One thing that did stand out to me was corner entry into slow corners under heavy breaking. Stratford hairpin was the best example. I could trail the brakes all the way in, gliding the kart to the apex. Now whether this was the kart, the axle, or a combination of both I can’t say for sure, but what I can say for sure was I felt at home within just a few laps in an unfamiliar kart at a circuit I haven’t drive since 2012. They must be doing something right.

I spoke to Chris just after my last session about the day, check out my reaction here.

The theory

As Chris mentioned, the Lucas axle has been in development for 5 years now since Andy Lucas first thought of the idea. The design of the axle has reliability and precision at its core. Andy said to me “This high performance axle design has F1 standards of precision and is designed not to snap, there are too many axles breaking in competition, this development will reduce the risk immediately”.

The thing that put this in perspective for me as a racer was this situation pictured below. Not only do you not want an axle letting go for obvious safety reasons, but imagine this; You’re fighting all year head to head with your competitors, be it Super One, or any club championship, sometimes the points are very close at the end of the year, and 1 ‘DNF’ can often be the difference. Using the Lucas Axle effectively negates the risk of an avoidable axle failure which could mean you collecting those few points you need.

The Axle itself has been tested by top drivers including Scott Allen and Danny Keirle. They have put it through its paces and completed back to back comparisons with standard axles. Mark Allen the founder of Jade Karts arranged for the new design to be tested on a 250cc Superkart with impressive results. Jade Karts have chosen the Lucas Axle in competition and incorporate the axle in the TKM Kart chassis that Jade manufacture.

Jade will no longer supply drilled and machined axles to customers, they recognise the significant safety and performance advantages without them.

The Axle

So you’ve heard all about it, what it does, why it works, who’s tested it, what it feels like, but you’re probably wondering how this axle is physically different. The theory is there are no holes in the axle, and no flat keyways, thus meaning the axle should be better balanced, and structurally more reliable.

The axle and keys have been designed using a Kinematic coupling method ensuring the keys fit the axle exactly, every time it is installed. This offers a balanced, stronger and safer alternative to axles with drilled holes and machined flat areas. The surface pattern that matches the key in this design has evolved from over 1000 design configurations of which Andy Lucas holds the intellectual rights.

When I first saw the axle in person it looked very good. The key sits in the keyway very snugly with no play at all, and possibly tighter than the usual design. The keyways are located at 90 degrees around the axle further increasing the better balanced properties of this design. The tolerances in the machining of this axle are obviously high which is very good sign.

Overall

The Lucas Axle is an innovative British design that could potentially take over the Axle market in the UK, and then possibly the world. The Axle is more evenly balanced, has higher tolerances, and due to its design, safer than the conventional axles available. Moreover, it will be at a price point below what some will be paying for their current Axles.

British design, British build is yet another bonus for this product. I personally believe as its rolled out there is no reason why this can’t become the new norm in karting, and I’m all for it.

Andy Lucas and his newly released Axle

Jade karts and Andy Lucas are encouraging anyone interested to know more to get in touch with them via the dedicated phone number

07756 025097

 or contact Andy via the email address andy@lucasaxles.com with any questions, queries, or concerns.

 

Written by Piers Prior

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ON THIS DAY… Jack Bartholomew – Throwback Thursday

ON THIS DAY 3 YEARS AGO…

Jack Bartholomew led a lights to flag victory at Trent Valley Kart Club in the third round of the Summer Series in the Senior Rotax class,back when that was a thing.

After a Win, a third and a tenth place in the heats, he had managed to put himself on pole of the 32 kart grid where he was untouchable, leading for all 17 laps as well as setting the fastest lap of the race at a 57.97.

It was the 2014 season that Jack went onto Win the Coveted GP plate at kart masters and came second in super one, again in the Senior Rotax class with KR Sport.

Jack then went on to race in the British F4 Championship with the very well respected Lanan Racing where he finished 7th in his first year of cars, and highest placed rookie driver, He then quickly moved on to British GT with Beechdean Aston Martin racing in the GT4 category finishing an incredible P2 in the championship.

Fast Forward to 2017, Jack races in the Asian Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship with the FFF Team and he is the only British Driver currently in the Lamborghini young drivers program. We wish Jack the best of luck for he future and hopefully there are more wins and some championships to come!

Written by Michael Killingworth

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The 2017 British Karting Championships Preview

Despite the early doubts of the British Championships returning for a second consistent year, lots of hard work behind the scenes will see the six-round championship kick off at Clay Pigeon this weekend. The OK Junior and OK classes will be on the same weekend as the TKM, Honda Cadet and Bambino classes with many drivers also competing in the X30 and Rotax classes.

What’s the format?

We may already approaching June, but the championship will be six rounds run over three weekends. On each race day (Saturday and Sunday) drivers will have Timed Qualifying and two Finals.

What tracks will they be visiting?

The three tracks the British championships will be visiting are Clay Pigeon, Shenington (26th/27th August) and PFI (9th/10th September). Clay is an interesting choice given it’s layout, but I imagine this was to prevent the series racing on the same weekend as X30 or Rotax. Shenington is a similar situation although the racing in OK should be nothing short of fantastic and PFI will be the finale where every single class will be racing bar KZ1.

Oliver Hodgson

What prizes are up for grabs?

The prize is pretty much the same as last year with a ticket to the CIK-FIA World Championships up for grabs. This year that event will be taking place at PFI, so there will be lots of British drivers taking part, but everyone will want to have the privilege of earning their space there via Super One.

How many drivers are entered?

The entry lists for both OK Junior and OK are very competitive! We may only have 14 drivers in each class, but we have two classes which are very tough to call!

OK Junior

In my opinion there are five drivers who can win the OK Junior title. Morgan Porter has to be the favourite given his experience and form so far this year, that on top of the fact he is the reigning Vice-Champion! However, Harry Thompson has been extremely impressive this year winning WSK races and back in the UK he has won both LGM Series rounds so far in the X30 Junior class. His experience at racing on the highest of levels could make a huge difference.

Harry Thompson

Two more drivers who I think will fight for podiums are Max Jeanne and Tommy Foster. Max (the second seeded driver) was 7th in last year’s championship whilst Tommy will be competing for the first time. It will certainly be a step up from his Junior Rotax, but I think he’ll have no problems adapting. Also jumping up from Junior Max is Guy Cunnington, the Privateer will have his work cut out taking on the big teams in such a class, but has proved successful in Rotax on more than one occasion.

My final one to watch is Jamie Day. Racing for the UAE in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy this year he currently sits 6th in the standings and is one of few drivers to carry racing experience in OKJ. Expect him to be fast!

OK Junior Provisional entry list:

2 Morgan Porter
7 Max Jeanne
14 Harry Thompson
22 Thomas Massarella
24 Jamie Day
34 Shihab Al Habsi
52 Guy Cunnington
53 Tommy Foster
56 Tiernan Rourke
61 Alex Eades
66 Keiran Long
69 Oakley Pryer
80 Alex Huang
94 Luke Preston

OK

Now onto OK and unfortunately despite being down on an earlier provisional entry list both Oliver Hodgson and Jacob Stilp will not be at Clay Pigeon this weekend. We have to imagine that means they will not be competing at all this year which is a real shame. Finishing first and third last year they would have gone head to head, but Hodgson never took his prize of a World Championship place last year and Stilp has had little to no track time this year. Perhaps that is the explanation, but it does open the door for us to crown a new champion.

Jamie Flynn (5th in 2016) is now the top seed and was the surprise package of the championship last year and finished very strongly! I think he could be one to watch again this time around. Bobby Game also looks set to return for another go. It’s great to see such a legend still racing the legends in the making! I think their biggest challengers fall towards the bottom of the entry list in Mark Kimber, Oliver Clarke, Roy Johnson, Gus Lawrence and Joe Turney. Let’s start with Kimber, reigning Junior Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Champion and going strong in the Senior classes this year.

Ricky Flynn (27)

Oliver Clarke, given his age and weight, the Senior class could be a bit of an ask, but that said in the X30 Euro Series he made 47 places at round two in the Senior class over the weekend. Roy Johnson was 6th last year and with Knott and MacDonald absent he’ll be keen to improve on that number this year. Gus Lawrence has been rapid in Senior X30 this year and in the capable hands of Strawberry Racing should be a danger man, as will Joe Turney. He’s said in the past it’s the class he wants to win the most so I can’t see him being short on confidence or preparation. As good as the entry list is, it’s a shame not to see the likes of Danny Keirle, Thomas Turner, Brett Ward and Elliot Harvey entered, all going extremely well in Senior X30 they would of all been good additions to an already strong entry list!

Overall I count at least 10 drivers capable of a podium finish, it’s going to be seriously tough racing this weekend and I’m looking forward to watching them back on TDi Media in a few weeks!

OK Provisional entry list:

5 Jamie Flynn
7 Bobby Game
14 William Pettitt
24 Roman Haskett
26 Ryan Green
36 James Lingard
41 Ben Wooldridge
44 Rory Hudson
47 Mark Kimber
62 Oliver Clarke
63 Roy Johnson
85 Gus Lawrence
96 Joe Turney
97 Jack Johns

Mark Kimber

Written by Chris McCarthy

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Double podium for Msport in X30 Euro Series

It was an impressive weekend for the British based Msport Team, who took two podiums at the X30 Kart Prix 2, with Shihab Al Habsi finishing 3rd in the Junior class and Oliver Clarke finishing 2nd in the Senior class.

Clarke makes 47 places!

Oliver Clarke spent most of his weekend making overtakes, 47 of them to be exact! That’s not including the final where he made THE move of the season, but we’ll come onto that a bit later.

A disastrous qualifying for Oliver saw him having to dead last for all three of his heats, and as frustrating as it was for him, it was almost a blessing in disguise. In the three heats that followed on Saturday Oliver made 44 places to finish 3rd, 3rd and 2nd! In three heats that were 11 laps each had done more overtakes than laps on Saturday alone!

It was a brilliant recovery with the points now being handed out on Sunday and Oliver took full advantage of the hard work he had done on Saturday with a 2nd in the Pre-Final making a further three positions setting the fastest lap in the process.

Many would have been tipping Oliver for the win in the final and so they should have been. It would have been a fitting end to a fantastic weekend, but on this occasion, it wasn’t meant to be. That said, he did make the move of the season!

A fierce battle for the lead eventually saw Mark Kimber hit the front and as he did 2nd place began defending. Oliver, 4th at the time, saw Kimber getting away and at turn five went around the outside of Jordan Brown-Nutley (3rd) and Brett Ward (2nd) to take 2nd, where he’d finish the race!

The result moves Oliver to 3rd in the championship just 10 points off the top.

 

Al Habsi podium on debut

Shihab Al Habsi was racing in the X30 Euro Series for the first-time last weekend and surprised many with his podium finish in the final.

Shihab, who hails from Oman, had been fighting to stay in the top ten throughout the heats, but when it came to finals day and the pressure increased he got quicker! First up was the Pre-Final where Al Habsi managed to finish 6th, at the lead of a pack which had stretched back to 14th place at one time before calming down by the end of the race.

Now in a good position for the final Al Habsi made an impressive start and it wasn’t long before he was leading the race! He passed drivers who had been leading the way all weekend including reigning champion, Chris Lulham. However, once there several drivers were queuing up to pass him, but he was able to emerge from a fierce battle in the lead quartet, which had now broken clear from the rest of the field.

From there Al Habsi was unable to pass the three drivers ahead, but was rewarded with a podium post-race after Evan Spenle received a penalty. It was an awesome achievement and Al Habsi has proved he is not in this championship to make up the numbers! Watch this space.

Double podium for Porter at Whilton Super One

The week before the X30 Euro Series was the fourth round of the Super One Series where there was a particularly good result for Morgan Porter who took two podiums in Sunday’s Junior X30 finals.

A decent set of heats on Saturday helped Porter to qualify inside the top ten for the first final on Sunday which brought him his first podium of the day. Having worked his way through the order he was eventually involved in a battle for the lead with Dragan Pinsent and Luke Whitehead, but had to settle for 3rd with the afore mentioned just managing to edge away in the final laps.

Final two was a similar story for the lead. It contained the same three drivers, with Whitehead leading going onto the last lap. As Whitehead hit problems a chance emerged for Porter to steal victory, but he was unable to make a clean pass on Pinsent so didn’t take the risk and instead picked up 2nd and good championship points.

Morgan is now up to 5th in the championship and is within 50 points of the championship leader.

Caeson Gibson

Caeson proved his overtaking skills are one of the best in Super One once again as he made 12 places in final two to move from 29th on the grid to 17th! A result that helped him finish 18th overall on points scored over the weekend.

Oliver Clarke

Two 14th place finishes on Sunday, combined with some impressive heats saw Oliver score the eight highest points over the weekend. It’s by far his best round of the season and is starting to move him up the order on dropped scores.

Shihab Al Habsi

Shihab felt the pain of just falling short of an A Final place as he was in 9th place, less than a second behind 5th! Was it those lessons that helped his podium finish a week later in Salbris?

Kieran Long

Kieran continues to improve in Super One and with every race is gaining the experience needed to win races later in his karting career! He found himself battling in a tough repechage, but there’s no doubt those battles will be for a podium in the not so distant future.

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