Ahead of the MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix this weekend, Chris McCarthy picks his ones to watch for the weekend. A total of 232 drivers are expected across the seven classes in what should be yet another memorable event!
IAME Cadet – Wesley Mason
The young American who currently sits 3rd in the Super One Honda Cadet championship will, this weekend, take on the extra task of competing in the IAME Cadet class. We all know how good Wesley is, he’s a multiple race winner and has shown some serious pace in the Honda class. In a grid that consists of 51 drivers I see no reason why Wesley shouldn’t be challenging for victory this weekend. The knowledge from the hugely successful Fusion Motorsport team should be a huge benefit to Wesley Mason’s chances!
Honda Cadet – Arvid Lindblad
Like Wesley Mason, Arvid will be competing in both the IAME and Honda Cadet classes this weekend. Despite being just 8 years old the Swede has already made a huge impact at national level with his pole positions and top ten finishes. There’ll be absolutely no drop in the level of competition in the Honda class, but the reduced grid could result in a debut podium. Plus, we’ve all seen how unpredictable Honda racing can be at Kartmasters, just look at 2013!
Mini Max – Brandon Martland
Brandon Martland has not appeared on a national grid since the first round of Super One, but returns this weekend with the support of Dan Holland Racing. He’ll be the team’s sole representative in the class with Alex Lloyd still recovering after his incident and I’m sure they’ll be hoping to have Brandon in the mix somewhere. I’ve watched him race on a number of occasions and he’s a driver that can grind out a result even when struggling for pace. I’ve got a feeling his return could be a memorable one…
Junior Max – Tyler Chesterton
He’s had a Super One season filled with bad luck, but time and time again Tyler has showed he has the pace to challenge anyone in the Junior Max class at the moment. Currently 8th in Super One does not do his performances justice and I think a win at Kartmasters this weekend could put things right. He’ll have his work cut out, but looking at the grid I think a challenge for Kartmasters glory is certainly on!
Junior X30 – Louie Westover
After his recent victory at the X30 Euro Series in Zuera, I think Louie Westover will be carrying a huge amount of confidence into this event. He’s proved he can be as quick as anyone and win races, but with a competitive grid of 42 drivers entered this weekend he’ll also need luck on his side. I’ve seen Louie have too much bad luck this year and I think it’s about time that changed on home soil. Certainly a podium contender!
Senior X30 – Jay Rudd
Since his move to Evolution Jay has become no stranger to the front of the Senior X30 field. He’s hugely experienced at PFI and despite a hugely competitive field I do not think he should be written off. If he can keep his nose clean and qualify somewhere in the top ten for the final, well Ben Barnicoat proved that’s good enough for a win come Sunday afternoon last year!
OK – Connor Jupp
Connor Jupp will be returning to the event he won in Comer Cadet six years ago now in Karting’s premier class, OK Senior! He’s coming in fairly prepared after some recent tests and I think could challenge for a trophy this weekend. You’d have to put Clement Novalak, Oliver Hodgson and Dean MacDonald as the clear favourites, but if one or two of those should run into trouble I think Connor could be the one picking up the pieces!
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix
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