21st July 2016
ON THIS DAY 3 YEARS AGO…
Roman Haskett finished 18th at Round 7 of the Shenington Kart Race Club Championship in a field of 39 Junior TKM drivers as a novice.
In what was a very large and competitive field a good set of heats was always required to make the A Final. Roman finished 19th, 18th and 24th gaining a total of 23 places which would see him just miss out on an automatic A Final spot and put him pole for the B Final.
This led to him producing a dominant victory in that B Final as he went on to win by 6.91 seconds taking the fastest lap along the way.
Reaching the A Final was a good enough achievement alone for Roman so really he had nothing to lose and in the fourteen laps he gained eleven places to finish in 18th place. His lap times were very impressive as he set a 44.48 matching the likes of Alex McRoberts and Tom Owen in 5th and 6th places.
As a novice it was a hugely impressive performance! He gained a total of 34 places throughout the day setting a time just 0.16 off the fastest lap from Matt Davies who of course went on to win the Super One title that year.
Unsurprisingly since then Roman’s karting career has really accelerated forwards as he now races in the Junior X30 and OK Junior classes.
After taking wins in the TKM Interclub championship last year, Roman joined the Litchfield Motorsport team to compete in Super One and LGM this year.
He started his 2016 season off with a run out in the X30 Challenge Europa in the Senior X30 class. He may not have qualified for the A Final but our summary of his performance that weekend was…
“For his first senior race, first European race and first time on front brakes, Roman Haskett did a sterling job to finish 2nd in B Final race two. He did a 51.4 fastest time, matching Carlos Leon who managed 10th in A final race two. Impressive stuff!”
He’s been quick in Junior X30 this year and currently sits 8th in the MSA British Junior Kart Championship (OKJ) with one round to go.
I think next year will be one filled with huge success for Roman Haskett…
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & Stu Stretton
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