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In 1977, Terry Edgar captured the Little Green Man crown without winning a single round. We thought at the time that this was a one off occurrence never to be repeated. 37 years later, though, it’s quite possible that Tom Wood could achieve the same result.

Paul Fletcher launched the Little Green Man Series back in 1973 as a way of providing Britain’s top senior drivers with additional high level events. His idea sprouted wings and eventually laid the foundations for the present Super 1 Championships. Ten years ago, the Little Green Man title was revived with Paul’s blessing. Instead of catering for adult drivers, though, the 2004 Series was devised specifically with WTP cadets in mind. Jordon Lennox-Lamb became the first LGM cadet champion.Jordon’s brother in law, Dan Hazlewood, runs the highly successful Fusion outfit. Two Fusion drivers, Teddy Wilson and Zac Robertson, are in with a chance of lifting this year’s title. Six different winners have emerged from seven rounds, with Wilson notching up a couple of victories. Teddy arrived at Shenington for round 7 holding onto a slender two points lead over Tom Wood. However, from Saturday’s opening Heat right up to Sunday’s Final he never looked totally convincing. Ultimately he had to settle for 11th position and, with Wood finishing 3rd, Teddy now lies 7 points behind “72 drivers have taken part this year and, for Round 2 up at Larkhall, we actually had 11 of them competing in a “C” Final, something we’ve not witnessed in British karting for several decades,” said Mike Mills.“It is a very competitive Series that always manages to produce great racing and this is borne out by the number of different winners we’ve seen emerging. Tom is leading these Championships because he’s achieved consistent results over all seven rounds so far and the final one at PF is going to be very interesting.”

A week before Shenington, the 2014 Super 1 British Championships for cadets reached a conclusion at PF. Wood’s supreme consistency in LGM rounds had deserted him at Super 1 level. Tom arrived at PF with an outside chance of repeating his 3rd place from 2013, but knowing that anything better was out of reach. His 3rd and 4th place finishes in the two Finals netted him 149 points and he had to settle for the number 4 plate. Tom’s AIM team-mate Kiern Jewiss found himself in a much better position. On dropped scores he held a championship lead of 19 points, although this depended upon an Appeal by Teddy Wilson held over from the previous round at Rissington.Early on Saturday morning Kiern moved from being the red hot championship favourite to something of an outsider when it became clear that Teddy had won his Appeal. Apart from the AIM team, this news also came as a blow for Strawberry Racing who had supported Kiern all year on his Tonykart chassis. As if to rub salt in their wounds, Jewiss made a sudden switch to a Zipkart sending shock waves around the paddock. Was this a sign of pressure beginning to tell? Certainly, the results from Saturday’s heats weren’t particularly encouraging. Kiern claimed 8th spot on his first outing and followed this with a 3rd place finish in the next one. It left him 4th in the overall classification.There were certainly no signs of nerves in the Wilson camp. Teddy had gained a further four points advantage over his rival and claimed to be confident about the outcome of Sunday’s two Finals.

Alex McDade made a good start by winning Final 1, followed closely by Jonny Edgar. Wood claimed 3rd spot ahead of Wilson, but Jewiss could do no better than 10th.It looked very much as though the title was on its way to Spalding. McDade secured another victory in Final 2, ahead of Robertson and Edgar, thereby claiming the number 5 plate by just one point. Wilson coasted home in 5th behind Wood knowing that this result was enough to make him the 2014 British Champion. No-one at PF could argue that his success wasn’t richly deserved.