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MB Partners Young Drivers Academy racer, Kiern Jewiss, proved his karting prowess with a masterful drive to take home the British GP Plate for a second year running at PF International circuit in Lincolnshire. Winning through from the back of the grid this year, just as he did last year, was an outstanding achievement by the 13-year-old karter.
Kiern started the weekend with a strong qualifying with second quickest lap, just 0.01 seconds off pole. In the four heats Kiern took the win in three of the four races. In the first he dominated the field, with a 2.4 seconds gap to his nearest rival at the chequered flag. The second race proved a little tougher for the Maidstone racer. He led every lap, but the second placed rival just nipped up his inside on the final lap to claim the win, with Kiern right on his tail just 0.2 seconds behind.
Another dominant win in the third heat after taking the lead on the first lap showed Kiern’s consistency and mastery of the PF International track. Taking a lights to flag victory in the fourth heat, with a win by 1.1 seconds further proved Kiern’s talent. His outstanding performances in the heat put the youngster on pole for the Pre-Final.
The Pre-Final proved a much tougher battle with four karters fighting for the win to decide the starting positions for the main Final. From his pole position Kiern led for most of the race, but with hard charging rivals and dicing for position, he dropped back to third and then drove through to the front once again. Just two laps from the end the battle for the win created close racing and contact, which although Kiern survived to take the win, but race officials later decided that Kiern should have given more room to his rival, with a penalty of exclusion from the race for him, leaving him at the back of the grid for the Final.
This is not too dissimilar to 2014, when Kiern was left to start from the pitlane for the final and despite this, he won the British GP Plate, after driving through the field to claim victory.
Starting 22nd on the grid for the Final, Kiern wasted little time in making up ground, taking 16 places after the opening lap to lie seventh on lap 2. He was then up to fourth and chasing down the top trio. By Lap 4 his mission was accomplished and he was in the lead. As the race settled he diced with his rivals and although on occasions was overtaken he quickly retook the lead position. Heading into the final lap there was a whisker between the two frontrunners, but Kiern broke away to build a gap of 0.9 seconds at the chequered flag.
Kiern said after taking the British GP Plate for the second year running, and once again having started from the back of the grid, “What can I say? First of all, my thanks go to my team, my family and supporters. They kept me focused after the news of being excluded from the Pre-Final. I was quietly confident as I did it last year, but to win the GP two years in a row is a big ask, and then to win it two years in a row from the back of the grid is pretty unheard of. So there was some doubt. I just focused on doing what I do best – fighting to the very end. It was tight in the last couple of laps, but I’d come this far, I wasn’t letting the win slip away.”
Head of MB Partners Young Drivers Academy Kieren Clark commented. “Kiern had total domination this weekend. It was this time last year we first noticed him because of his amazing drive to win the GP plate in 2014, so it’s an amazing achievement for him to do it again under similar circumstances. Well done Kiern.”