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Mark Kimber cruises to victory at Salbris

It was almost a carbon copy of 2017 with Mark Kimber winning an X30 Euro Series final in Salbris with ease. His win even more impressive this time with the extended grid in 2018 along with the impressive 4.2 second margin the Strawberry Racing driver had to his countryman, Danny Keirle, at the flag.

Kimber was on fire right from the off taking pole position on Friday ahead of a surprise Danny Buntschu. Keirle was 3rd with Winter Cup champion, Clayton Ravenscroft 4th of the 79 entries. Joe Turney and Jordan Brown-Nutley both found themselves well out of position and after being disqualified from the session Owen Byatt had the almost impossible task of trying to make the A Final.

Keirle and Kimber were the stars of the heats with Keirle just snatching pole position. Both drivers took three wins a piece but it was a 2nd for Keirle over Kimber’s 3rd that would secure him pole. However, with the championship points yet to be awarded it certainly wouldn’t have bothered Kimber.

Camille Prouteau was flying the flag for the French drivers and would line up on 3rd with Ravenscroft still 4th. Drivers who had made good progress throughout the heats included Joey van Splunteren in 7th (17 places gained), Enzo Giraud in 12th (25 places gained), Morgan Porter in 17th (34 places gained) and Hannes Morin in 18th (46 places gained). Most impressive of all was Byatt who came from 79th to 16th in the heats!

Some choice driving in the heats had left us with a competitive Second Chance Heat grid which meant we would be waving goodbye to some big names. The six drivers to qualify through were Elie Goldstein, Niels Koolen, Sean Butcher, Patrick Rundquist, Kamil Donicz and Joe Turney. Amongst the big names to go were Angus Moulsdale (2017 Junior Champion), Milan Petelet, Joel Deputch, Louie Westover (2017 British Junior Champion) and Xavier Handsaeme (2017 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy Champion).

The Pre-Final was not the ten-kart battle for the lead some may have expected. A congested field saw the top four get a break and split off into pairs with Kimber and Prouteau out front and Keirle and Rens van Pelt in chase. For Prouteau this was a brilliant performance he had been able to keep Kimber honest all race although Kimber still had that extra edge which saw him take the win by over half a second. Behind, van Pelt made up for a disappointing Winter Cup to beat the reigning CIK-FIA World Champion to the flag! Ravenscroft was still in the fight for a podium after finishing 5th.

There was no such luck for Noah Roovers who found himself falling backwards, whilst Jordan Brown-Nutley was doing the opposite. The Dan Holland Racing driver finished 11th from 24th on the grid to get off to a reasonable start.

The final itself provided no real excitement in terms of a lead battle and we had to wait right until the final few laps before some battling for podium positions began. Once the green lights went on it was as if Kimber had already won the race as he quickly pulled out a 1.5 second lead. Danny Keirle had done similar things leaving Ravenscroft to fend off the likes of Van Pelt and Prouteau in 3rd. Quickly adding himself to that queue was 2010 Rotax Max Euro Challenge Champion, Joey van Splunteren. The Dutch driver slowly worked his way through the pack and had caught Ravenscroft as we hit half race distance. To be fair to Ravenscroft he was in the process of closing down Keirle when he lost 3rd but that was unfortunately where his race started to fall apart.

Ravenscroft was keeping van Splunteren honest but Prouteau and Carlos Saval were closing in with a four-way battle now forming for 3rd. Fifteen laps in and van Splunteren appeared to be gaining a slight tow from Keirle which helped him drop Kimber who now had to defend from Saval. A few corners later and Saval pushed Ravenscroft wide, a lapse in concentration or forceful tactic it had dropped Ravenscroft well out of the fight for 3rd and left Saval with a five second penalty.

Attention then turned to van Splunteren who was putting pressure on Keirle and as the last lap board came out was close enough to challenge the Brit. However, the experience of the Evolution driver showed. With a long season ahead and no opportunity to pass he would settle for 3rd behind Keirle with Kimber winning by over four seconds!

Prouteau finished 4th and with Siim Leedmaa picking up 5th and Ravenscroft 6th.  After his disqualification, Byatt will be delighted with 12th despite a penalty, but the bad luck story unfortunately went to Thomas Fleming. The BMR driver had been superb all weekend and never got the chance to improve on his 7th in the Pre-Final after he was forced to retire from the race early.

In terms of the championship Kimber sits pretty at the top with 89 points, Keirle is 2nd with 83 and Prouteau 3rd with 82.

The next round of the championship will take place at Mariembourg (BEL) on the 24th – 27th May.

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images by Alex Vernardis / The RaceBox

 

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Lewis Gilbert scores maximum points at Salbris

CIK-FIA Academy – The Ones to Watch

Lewis Gilbert scores maximum points at Salbris

It was a perfect weekend for Britain’s Lewis Gilbert at the X30 Euro Series opener with the KR Sport driver scoring maximum points at Salbris to take an early championship lead. The Winter Cup Champion, Mari Boya, was the best of the rest finishing 2nd place with Luca Leistra completing the podium in the final.

Absent from the podium, Georgi Dimitrov was the early favourite for the win after taking pole position on Friday afternoon. Boya and Gilbert weren’t far behind with Alex Lloyd also looking strong in 4th place. A close session saw 35 drivers covered by one second with brilliant racing expected from the Juniors.

The all too familiar names of Boya and Gilbert were the most consistent in the heats taking two wins a piece to lock out the front row of the Pre-Final grid. Dilano Van’t Hoff had a good run to finish 3rd but perhaps most impressively of all brand new to the class and championship in 2018, Josh Rowledge was an impressive 4th after the heats with his best finish being a 2nd in heat two!

Things had completely fallen apart for Dimitrov who failed to finish his second heat which dropped him to 18th in the standings. Alex Lloyd, Josh Rattican and Luke Preston all suffered from similar fortunes after having impressive qualifying performances but one bad result was proving hugely costly in a 51 kart grid.

Georgi Dimitrov

The second chance heat provided no surprise victims with Tom Lebbon amongst the six drivers to qualify through to the final. The Brit would go on to gain 17 places in the Pre-Final.

The Pre-Final saw the Juniors put on a pretty good show for viewers tuned into the Telemundi Media live stream. It quickly became a three-horse race with Boya and Gilbert being joined at the front by Van’t Hoff. All three took their turn to lead and it was a race that could have gone to all three drivers. But Van’t Hoff was the driver who hit the front at just the right time leaving it until the last lap to steal victory from Gilbert.

However, that would change post-race with a five second front fairing penalty dropping the Dutch driver to 7th. Gilbert picked up the win, Boya a front row start for the final with Lloyd gaining six places to finish 3rd. Dimitrov had finally got his weekend back on track and finished 4th from 18th on the grid.

Drivers who weren’t so lucky included Rowledge and Cian Shields. It was particularly disappointing for Rowledge who had been in contention for a podium up until that point.

The start of the final saw Lloyd replace Van’t Hoff’s position as he took the lead of the race early on. But as they have been all weekend both Boya and Gilbert eventually started to break away as the race moved into the second half. Behind our ‘one to watch’ Luca Leistra was calving his way through the field and cruised into a comfortable 3rd position. But out front there was still the small matter of the race win to settle and a three tenth lead going into the last lap was enough for Lewis Gilbert to take round one victory ahead of Mari Boya.

Just off the podium Dimitrov and Van’t Hoff completed the top five. There was an impressive performance from Shields who gained 16 places on his way to 8th. Preston gained 11 places to finish 11th, but the driver who gained more than anyone was Rowledge who gained 19 places to finish 13th despite a penalty. Early race leader, Lloyd also picked up a penalty and dropping him from 6th to 12th.

In terms of the championship Gilbert leads the way on 89 points, with Boya 2nd on 85 points and Dimitrov 3rd on 80 points.

The next round of the championship will take place at Mariembourg (BEL) on the 24th – 27th May.

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images by Alex Vernardis / The RaceBox

 

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Slater and Bloch win British Open Championship

CIK-FIA Academy – The Ones to Watch

MSA select Josh Rattican and Will Orton for CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy

It has just been revealed that Josh Rattican and Will Orton will represent Great Britain at this year’s CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy after successfully passing the MSA selection process. Several drivers applied for the opportunity to race on the biggest Karting stage in the World, but after a tough decision it was Josh and Will who emerged successful.

Launched in 2010 the Academy is a fully level playing field championship which supports the CIK-FIA European and World Championships. Drivers are selected by their relevant ASN’s to compete in the series which will see them run on equal OTK chassis and Vortex OK Junior chassis. The 51 drivers have just three rounds to battle it out for the championship leaving no margin for error!

Since the championship began there has been just one British champion in Callum Bradshaw who cruised to victory in 2016. Ben Barnicaot was the Vice Champion in 2011 to Charles Leclerc but elsewhere there have been mixed fortunes for the Brits in the championship. British drivers to be selected in the past include Roy Johnson (2010), George Russell (2012), Alex Gill (2012), Ross Martin (2014), Alex Gill (2014), Alfie Brown (2016) with Joseph Taylor and Alex Simmonds taking part last year.

Josh Rattican

This choice from the MSA will certainly come as a popular one! Josh had a brilliant start to the 2017 season, a podium at the X30 Winter Cup was followed by a strong start to the British Championships with Josh finishing 5th in the final at round two. But shortly after the third-round Josh was unfortunately involved in a horrific incident at Fulbeck which saw him out of the seat for eight months! A lengthy recovery process eventually saw Josh return last month at the second round of the Trent Valley Kart Club Championship where he gained 13 places in the final to finish 16th.

A week later and Josh was out in Valencia for the X30 Winter Cup. Still adjusting Josh was thrown into a field of 49 of Europe’s best and qualified 4th for the final to eventually go on and finish 10th in the final. What Josh has shown over the last year is a lot of fight and determination and a comeback that will inspire anyone in the sport. It’s that kind of attitude that is needed in the Academy, that combined with Josh’s raw pace makes him a brilliant choice.

Will Orton

Certainly a wildcard Will is going to make a big step up to compete in this year’s CIK Academy but speaking to him and his father they are more than aware of the challenge ahead and are already preparing for round one! Will may be an unfamiliar name to some purely down to his lack of experience at British Championship level. So what is Will’s background in the sport? Well he started racing back in 2010 at the age of just 5 in the Bambino class. Will took part in the first two seasons of the Bambino Kart Club Championship becoming Vice Champion in 2012 where he went head to head with Maxwell Dodds.

Concentrating on other things Will then took two years out of the sport full time before returning in 2015 in the NatSKA Championship. Will won the Cadet class in 2016 and jumped up into MSA racing for the first-time last year entering the Junior TKM British Championship. Will faced a huge uphill battle with his lack of experience and having to learn lots of new tracks as well as the Junior TKM class but progressed well throughout the year with his best result coming at Shenington where he finished 11th in final two. So he can learn learn quickly and knows how to win championships, two things required for the Academy Championship!

Will on the grid at Valencia

Who will they be up against?

We will be previewing the rest of the grid later this week but for now you can have a look at the entry list below. The highest returning seed this year is Sami Meguetounif who was 5th in last years championship.

Click here to see the full entry list for this years CIK Academy

Sami Megeutounif © KSP Reportages

How will they get on?

Form would suggest that we have one title contender and one driver who should get quicker and quicker over the season and could even prove to be a dark horse. There’s no doubt Josh has the pace to take podiums and even win races, it will just depend on how he can adjust to the OK Junior class but in the capable hands of Coles Racing I think he’ll do just fine. I’m predicting a top five finish in the championship!

As for Will it is hard to predict. He did race at the X30 Winter Cup this year, but making his debut in the X30 Junior class he was always going to struggle. I think if he does enough testing he should be aiming to consistently make the final to begin with. Come the last round he may just pull a performance out the bag that no one expects. It’s going to be one heck of a journey, but I can’t wait to follow it!

Where will they be racing?

The championship kicks off at Salbris in France on the 6th May before moving to Lonato in Italy on the 15th July. The championship will then conclude at the Genk circuit in Belgium on the 9th September.

It will be the first time CIK has visited Salbris since 2007! Pictured, Will Stevens KF2

Quotes

Josh Rattican

“This is a dream opportunity for me. It’s a great honour and a privilege to be representing my country in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. I’m so determined to show what I’m capable of and will work very hard to get the most out of this once in a life-time opportunity. Thank you to the MSA for the support and confidence placed in me.”

Will Orton

“I’m delighted to be gifted such an opportunity and I am going to grasp it with both hands.”

MSA Academy Manager Greg Symes

“We put Josh and William through a review and then an interview process; their results and experience spoke for themselves and they were a joy to meet. We believe that both will do an excellent job in representing the UK both on and – just as importantly – off the track”.

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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Three Sisters – Alive and kicking

Josh Irfan wins 29th Trofeo Andrea Margutti

Josh Irfan wins 29th Trofeo Andrea Margutti!

It was a brilliant weekend for Josh Irfan who won the prestigious Trofeo Andrea Margutti at the South Garda Circuit (ITA) in the 60 Mini class! The Baby Race driver becomes just the tenth Brit to win the event since it’s inception in 1990 following in the footsteps of Dan Ticktum, Oliver Oakes, Ben Hanley, Nigel Moore, Jack Harvey and more! Arvid Lindblad put in a brilliant performance to make it a British one-two which is even more impressive considering Arvid had never driven the tricky Lonato circuit in the wet conditions before!

There was a strong grid of over 60 drivers entered into the fiercely competitive 60 Mini class and after a run of bad luck in Europe this was just the result Josh needed! The young Brit was on form right from the off as he qualified pole position by just under two tenths of a second! As for Arvid his weekend didn’t get off to a hugely impressive start with 11th in qualifying, but the young Oliver Rowland Motorsport driver was clearly not determined to give up on a podium!

In the heats Josh became the driver everyone wanted to beat, but dealt with the pressure very well going on to win by all three of his heats! The wins were far from easy with Josh winning by less than a second in each race, but he defended when he needed to and most importantly never made any mistakes!

Arvid was also flying in tricky conditions and cruised to a 7.3 second victory in the opening heat. The heat two result would have roughly been the same if not for a front fairing penalty but Arvid’s lead was so extensive he would still finish in 2nd place. Heat three saw him go head to head with Irfan where he picked up another 2nd place.

Conditions were not the easiest to contend with on Saturday or Sunday but Josh and Arvid were determined to get their hands on a trophy. The Pre-Final would determine the grid for the final and starting from pole position Irfan had no problems leading from the front once again and was barely challenged on his way to yet another victory.

Lindblad’s race, however, was quite the opposite! Starting 2nd he put the pressure on Irfan early on but a mistake saw him drop to 14th place. He impressively recovered to finish 7th, but getting a victory from there would be extremely difficult.

Heading into the final Irfan looked on to take the perfect win, he had qualified pole and won all three heats and the Pre-Final. Even more impressively Irfan had led every single lap of the weekend bar one! For his competitors to win he needed to hit mechanical issues as he was in a league of his own.

Unfortunately for the rest of the field, including Lindblad, that would not happen and Josh went on to take a commanding lights to flag victory in the final winning by one second. It was a weekend he will not forget in a hurry, he led all but one of the laps over the weekend and more importantly became the tenth Brit to win the event adding his name to the afore mentioned list.

Other drivers to win the event include F1 drivers past and present Robert Kubica, Daniil Kvyat and Giancarlo Fisichella! If history is to repeat itself Josh has a very big future ahead of him…

The same should certainly be said for Arvid Lindblad! He had a spectacular race coming through to finish 2nd just one second behind Irfan. That result puts him in the same category as fellow Brits Will Stevens, Jon Lancaster and Jack Hawksworth along with Lance Stroll, Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Buemi.

How did the other British drivers do?

OK Junior

Zak O’Sullivan – 6th

The Ricky Flynn Motorsport driver got his weekend off to a brilliant start, but one bad result in the heats saw his chance of a win taken away. Zak started the weekend well with 3rd in qualifying but his heats couldn’t have started much worse with 22nd. From there he faced an uphill battle and fought it well finishing 4th in the next heat, 13th in the Pre-Final and 6th in the final gaining seven places.

OK

Fin Kenneally – 4th

It was great to see Fin Kenneally return to the paddock after what seems to have been a lengthy time away from the sport. Fin has certainly not lost his touch and was straight on the pace Friday qualifying 6th. The heats started with a 5th place and that would have followed with a 2nd rather than a 6th bar a front fairing penalty. Fin continued to knock on the door of a podium with a 4th in the Pre-Final before going on to secure 4th place in the final. An impressive return in what was a competitive field!

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Sportinphoto

 

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Ben Hanley wins his fourth Winter Cup

Top ten finishes for Hodgson, Edgar & Bradshaw at Winter Cup

The 23rd Winter Cup proved to be exciting and dramatic as ever with 70 drivers battling for glory over the weekend in the OK class. Featured in the grid were seven British drivers, three of which managed to finish inside the top ten. Oliver Hodgson had a particularly good run finishing in 4th place, Jonny Edgar continued his impressive progress in the senior class with 8th place whilst Callum Bradshaw recovered from 23rd early on to take 10th.

For the majority of the weekend it looked like Lorenzo Travisanutto was going to be impossible to beat! The Italian breezed to pole position and went on to take all three of his heat wins with a combined margin of over eight seconds.  But as the weather changed for finals day the Kart Republic drivers luck quickly began to fade.

He got off to a poor start in his super heat and was beaten to the flag by Nicklas Nielsen. Things got worse for Travisanutto who also received a ten second penalty, along with Nielsen, gifting the victory to David Vidales with Pedro Hiltbrand 2nd. There was good news as far as Great Britain was concerned in super heat two with Oliver Hodgson and Jonny Edgar following Hannes Janker home to take top three finishes.

With the track still damp the final saw several drivers becoming victims of the tricky conditions. The mission for all drivers was now to stay on the track whilst the brand new slick tyres were scrubbed in. Clearly the most comfortable driver in the early stages was Nielsen who built up a decent lead. Janker was in chase and piled on the pressure for a number of laps before finally passing on lap 15.

From there Nielsen simply had no response and Janker went on to take his second win of the season with Nielsen on the podium once again. Pedro Hiltbrand seems to be back at his best and made up the podium whilst Travisnattuo ended his weekend with another penalty and 7th place.

The Brits

Oliver Hodgson

This was Oliver’s first time back at the Winter Cup since 2015 and results wise there was no difference between the two. Oliver was 4th in the KF class in 2015 and was 4th again this year although he was a lot closer to a podium this time around! Starting 9th in the final Oliver did a good job to climb up five places and challenge former European and World Champion, Pedro Hiltbrand, for the final podium spot. It’s hopefully the start of a re-emergence in the WSK/CIK-FIA circus after his success in 2016/17 both in the UK and at the IAME International Final.

Jonny Edgar

Jonny Edgar continues to impress everyone with how quick he has adapted to the OK class taking yet another top ten finish in 2018. The Forza Racing driver was in the top ten all weekend threatening a top five finish, but fell just short in the final with 8th place. It was an 8th place that came in tricky conditions which couldn’t have been easy for a Junior graduate. The Red Bull Junior certainly has a big future ahead if he continues as he is.

Callum Bradshaw

Callum has been showing tremendous pace in 2018 but has yet to have any luck come his way. His weekend started brilliantly as he qualified 9th and ended Friday with 3rd place in his first heat. The remaining heats saw Callum encounter problems which saw him end the heats with 6th and a disappointing 21st. Another penalty in his super heat saw him down in 17th on the road and 18th on the grid for the final. However, in tricky conditions Callum did a good job to recover from 23rd early in the race to steal a top ten finish.

Dexter Patterson

Similar to his Forza Racing teammate, Jonny Edgar, Dexter Patterson had a very consistent weekend knocking on the door of the top ten positions. The young Scot continued his impressive form with 13th in qualifying which is where he’d remain after the heats were completed. A super heat still couldn’t change his position and Dexter then saved the best till last with 12th in the final.

Tom Joyner

Tom was the last of the British drivers to qualify for the A final as he continues his progress on the Sodi chassis. His weekend got off to a difficult start, 20th in qualifying was quickly followed with 23rd in his opening heat but two top ten finishes in the remaining two heats quickly pulled Tom back into contention. A strong super heat left the Brit with a good chance of a top ten finish, but he was unfortunately involved in an incident in the final whilst battling for 12th place leaving him watching the seven laps.

Harry Thompson

It was a surprise to see Harry appear on the senior grid for the winter cup, but a pleasant one at that. His first experience in the class was certainly a tough one! Problems in qualifying left him down in 66th and with a huge fight on his hands to make the final. One DNF in the heats didn’t help his case and dropped him from a potential 29th in the standings to 43rd. However, in super heat one Harry drove a fantastic race to climb from 22nd on the grid to 8th in just 15 laps. It unfortunately left him one point away from the final, but was a performance to be proud of.

Christopher Lulham

For Chris Lulham his weekend would end on Friday evening unfortunately. The young Brit had a solid start to the weekend with 23rd in qualifying, just behind the afore mentioned Hodgson! But a collision in heat one left Chris unable to take part in any further races throughout the weekend. A real shame for the Forza Racing driver, but he’ll be back fighting fit at the WSK Super Master Series Round Two, next weekend!

Archie Tillett

It was good to see Archie back at the Winter Cup. It’s an event he often goes to although the weight changes to the OK class have affected him over recent years given his height. Having been out of the seat for a while I doubt Archie went in with high expectations, but he would have been disappointed to hit the problems he did over the weekend which ultimately resulted in him watching the final from the side-lines.

Harry Thompson

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images by Alex Vernardis / The RaceBox & Sportinphoto

Winter Cup: Was Luca Griggs’ penalty deserved?

With the hangovers from the South Garda Winter Cup now fading we take a look back at the dramatic end to the OK Junior Final which left the result being decided in the steward’s office. For British driver Luca Griggs, this should have been his best result to date after his recent turn of pace since joining the new Lennox Racing Team. But after tangling with Paul Aron on the final lap he was given a one second penalty demoting him to 3rd. Here on Karting magazine we ask, was the penalty deserved or should have Griggs held on to his win?

Before we get into the incident itself let’s first reflect on a brilliant performance over the weekend for Griggs. The young Brit qualified in a very creditable 10th place and got quicker and quicker over his four heats taking a 4th and two 3rd places before finally winning his last heat. Griggs then went on to win his super heat with ease which put him on pole position for the all-important final after Gabriele Mini struggled in super heat one.

Luca Griggs

So, let’s get to incident itself. Luca led the final for almost it’s entirety until he was caught and subsequently passed by Aron heading into the final corner on the penultimate lap. That led to a last lap shoot-out between the pair and it was heading into the turn three hairpin where things changed. Aron defended into the tight right hander with Griggs unsurprisingly looking for the switch back. Griggs drew alongside Aron on the exit of the corner before the pair collided which saw Aron taking to the grass and Griggs taking the win.

It was a hard decision to call, particularly just looking at the footage, but we will look at both sides before deciding was the penalty deserved?

Skip to 3:48:45 to see final lap incident

Griggs argument

Griggs had got a brilliant run through the turn three hairpin and began to take the racing line on the exit. At the same time Aron was moving across to cover off the switch back and that’s when they collided. For Griggs he certainly had every right to take the line he did and it still looked like there was space between Aron and the grass at the time of impact. Griggs would have probably argued he was fully alongside, he didn’t necessarily intend to force Aron off the circuit making it a racing incident?

Aron argument

I imagine both Aron and his team, along with the stewards of course, felt Griggs had not given Aron enough space and that’s what ultimately led to the contact and both drivers on the grass. With Aron finishing 2nd a one second penalty was all that was needed to hand him back the win. It could be argued that Griggs would have taken the lead anyway, even if there was no contact giving Aron half a lap to respond. The young Estonian certainly looked disappointed on the podium but it was good to see him still show respect to Griggs with a handshake.

Paul Aron

Summary

As a neutral I’m struggling to pick a side on this one. On very first glance I did not seem surprised Griggs had been given a penalty, but assessing it further I’d be very sympathetic with any frustration from the Lennox Racing Team. There’s no doubt the collision between the pair saw Aron coming off a lot worse, but Griggs had the run and to me it looked as if Aron had turned into his path without realising. For me, it’s a racing incident and is one of those unfortunate situations where someone will be walking away disappointed.

You have to give a lot of credit to Aron, he drove brilliantly to catch Griggs in the final and his move to take the lead was brilliant. It’s his second win of the European calendar after he took the WSK Champions Cup just a few weeks ago.

Notable performances

Georgi Dimitrov – 4th

On his debut in the OK Junior class, Georgi Dimitrov made an immediate impact with 4th place in the final. After a tricky start to the weekend, Georgi recovered from 33rd in qualifying to take four top ten finishes in the heats followed by a 3rd in his super heat. The Team Oakes driver started 12th for the final and after a brilliant start worked his way through the pack to finish just shy of a podium on his debut.

Kai Askey – 6th

Kai Askey continues his impressive form in 2018 after achieving his best result of the season with 6th place in Sunday’s final. The Ricky Flynn Motorsport driver had been knocking on the door of a podium all weekend and qualified 9th place for the final. After a good start Askey rolled home in a comfortable 6th place as he continues his excellent progress in the sport.

Taylor Barnard – 9th

Taylor would have every right to feel disappointed with 9th place at the Winter Cup despite a grid of 86 drivers. After a decent qualifying, he went on to win one of his heats and take a 2nd and 6th, but one bad finish left him down in 18th in the heats classification. That is where the Kart Republic driver would start the final and he did a great job to move up to 9th place over the 18-lap final.

Kai Askey

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Sportinphoto