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

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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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Josh Irfan wins 29th Trofeo Andrea Margutti

Josh Irfan wins 29th Trofeo Andrea Margutti!

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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

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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?

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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

Ben Hanley wins his fourth Winter Cup!

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It was a weekend to remember for British driver Ben Hanley at the 23rd Winter Cup as he secured his fourth victory at the prestigious event! Ben’s last win at South Garda came back in 2005 when he successfully retained his title in the Formula A class with his third win coming in 2001 in the same class. However, this may just feel the sweetest for the 33-year-old as he won in the KZ2 class in a grid of 94 drivers!

The 2015 Karting magazine Driver of the Year, took a step back from the sport in 2017 after he signed with the Dragonspeed team to compete in the LMP2 class in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. His heavy involvement with the Mad Croc factory in recent years brought him back to the sport in the latter stages of last year as his name pooped up on the entry list for the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship.

As good as Hanley is, he should have struggled against the full-time professionals, but he perhaps surprised even himself as he went on to take a podium at Wackersdorf. What’s even more impressive was that Hanley had started the final down in 13th place! With Hanley set to graduate to the LMP1 class this year, his winter training clearly included a visit to the Winter Cup as the Brit sported his Dragonspeed livery on the kart.

In such a competitive field, which contained the World’s best KZ and KZ2 drivers all in the same grid, Ben did a good job to start his weekend with 12th in qualifying. However, it was the heats where the Croc Promotion driver started to turn it on with his worst result over the five races being 4th! Added to that was two wins a 2nd place and 3rd finish. It was only Leonardo Lorandi who had managed to score more points than Hanley meaning he would start pole position for super heat two.

In slightly tricky conditions Ben was able to quickly adjust and took off from the rest of the pack with the assistance of former World and European KZ Champion, Jorrit Pex. By the time the last lap board was shown Ben had just managed to have enough of a margin to not need to seriously defend from the Dutch driver and he went on to take the win and with it a front row start for the final.

As 34 of the World’s best lined up for the final, all knew the start would be crucial in this all or nothing event. With the track, still slightly damp in places overtaking would be even more tricky if it wasn’t hard enough already! Despite his recent lack of racing experience in KZ, Hanley had no problems getting away quickly, in fact he was already in a healthy lead by turn one leaving Lorandi for dead!

Going with him early on were Anthony Abbasse and Fabian Federer, but both men looked in no mood to pass early on. As the conditions became more bearable Abbasse started to pile on the pressure with local driver, Francesco Celanta closing in on the top three. As the last few laps approached there was still no change and it began to come apparent that this was going to be a four-horse race. Abbasse made several attempts to threaten Hanley but nothing gave and the Dragonspeed driver did not make one single mistake.

With Abbasse under pressure himself that made the last lap straight forward for Hanley who covered the inside on his way to take his fourth victory at the Winter Cup and his first for thirteen years! Along with his four wins at the Winter Cup Hanley also has a further podium after finishing 2nd to Charles Leclerc back in 2013.

Hanley’s win further proves his status as the most successful driver in Winter Cup history as he remains the only driver to win more than two titles. Eight drivers have won two Winter Cups and they include, Max Verstappen, Marco Ardigo, Davide Fore, Nicklas Nielsen, Alessio Lorandi and Yannick de Brabander.

Written by Chris McCarthy

Karting magazine announces partnership with Custom Racewear

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Karting magazine are excited to announce that this year we will be teaming up with Custom Racewear who will be supplying us with a brand-new race suit for our exclusive chassis test and reviews.

Set-up by brothers Andrew and Ben Bishop, Custom Racewear is a new company who are passionate about bringing modern designs to it’s customers without compromising on safety, durability or performance, at affordable prices!

Both Andrew and Ben currently race in Karting themselves and what was a hobby of designing race suits for their own race team, ABA Racing, has now turned into a major project with Custom Racewear designing suits for drivers and teams all over the country across some of the nation’s major Karting championships.

Here at Karting magazine we love to support up and coming brands, particularly ones that can offer affordable prices in what is already an expensive sport. Their custom designs will ensure a perfect fit for the driver and will allow customers to look and amend designs before production.

Their designs speak for themselves and we certainly love what they produced for our test driver, Piers Prior. Below are some examples of what Custom Racewear have already produced!

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing more and more content including a photoshoot of our own suit! Until then you can find out more details on how to get your suit with Custom Racewear on their website – https://www.customracewear.co.uk/

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Podium for Thompson at Champions Cup

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Harry Thompson got his season off to a good start with a podium at the WSK Champions Cup yesterday. Held at the Adria International Raceway in Italy the Ricky Flynn Motorsport driver was not quite able to pass his teammate Paul Aron (EST) in the latter stages of the race, but will no doubt be more than satisfied with his weekend’s work.

One name yet to be mentioned is Gabriele Mini (ITA), who looked almost unbeatable throughout qualifying and the heats. The 2017 60 Mini WSK Super Master Series Champion has taken to the OK Junior class with ease remaining in the hands of the Parolin Kart Racing Team. After qualifying on pole, he had an almost perfect set of heats with three wins and one second place finish. As for the Pre-Finals they went to Mini and Barnard respectively making it a front row complete with Cadet graduates!

However, the final certainly through up one or two more surprises! Call it misfortune or lack of experience in the class, but Mini did not have a good start to the final quickly being shuffled down the order with Thompson taking an early lead. He was quickly joined by teammate Aron who wasted no time in going past the Brit. Thompson did briefly take the lead back a few laps later, but Aron drove faultlessly throughout the final and took a deserved win! Thompson was 2nd and had a three second gap back to Ward Racing’s Kirill Smal (SWE).

The Brits

Zak O’Sullivan – 4th

Zak will be very pleased with how his season got underway with the young Ricky Flynn Motorsport driver finishing in 4th place. Adria has always been a happy hunting ground for Zak who finished 8th at this event last year, but with a performance like that you feel this year could be one where Zak is challenging for podiums on a regular basis.

Kai Askey – 14th

In a field of 76 drivers Kai Askey got his debut season in the OK Junior class off to a very good start with a strong 14th place finish. Kai showed good consistency in the heats with two 4th place finishes followed by a 6th and an 8th. European racing at this level can be difficult to adapt to for a number of reasons, but Kai looks pretty comfortable already!

Joseph Taylor – 15th

Misfortunes in the heats left Joseph Taylor a lot of work to do come the Pre-Final and Final come Sunday but the Fullerton driver had a good Pre-Final to put himself on the eighth row for the Final. Racing in the mid-pack makes things extremely difficult, especially in a win or bust event, but as Taylor posted on social media ‘there was plenty of positives to take away for a strong 2018’!

Luca Griggs – 21st

There was certainly some huge improvements made from Luca at the Champions Cup in comparison to his 2017 season as a whole. He was 47th in the Super Master Series last year and his switch to the new Lennox Racing Team (Jordan Lennox-Lamb) saw him breeze into the A Final in a grid of 76 drivers setting some impressive lap times.

Taylor Barnard – 30th

Although his result would suggest Taylor did not have a good debut weekend in OK Junior Taylor was arguably the most impressive of all the Brits. Racing Dino Chiesa’s new Kart Republic chassis Taylor’s worst result in the heats was 4th place! Taylor then went on to win his Pre-Final to start the race on the front row, but unfortunately twelve laps in whilst running in 7th his race came to an end. It may not be a memorable result, but it was a memorable performance over the weekend!

Alex Dunne – 27th (Pre-Final A)

Similar to Barnard on his debut in the class Alex Dunne put in some hugely impressive performances despite misfortunes come Sunday. Alex qualified a hugely impressive 6th place and had a 6th and 4th place in two of his heats. The other two saw non-finishes, but the Forza Racing driver could be one to watch in the upcoming Super Master Series!

Matthew Rees – DNF (Pre-Final B)

It’s hard to make any sort of analysis on Mathew Rees’ weekend as the young Cadet graduate was below the weather for the whole event which would have certainly affected his performance. Despite this he did have some notable performances including gaining eleven places to finish 11th in his very first OK Junior race!

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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