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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