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The Great Britain team for the Rotax Max Grand Finals became bigger yesterday after Joe Turney won the BNL Karting Series in fine style at the Genk circuit in Belgium.
Racing in the Junior Max class, Joe came into the weekend 4th in the championship on dropped scores with fellow Brits Mark Kimber and Tom Canning ahead along with Dutch driver Leroy Jagesar.
However, things quickly started to swing Joe’s way, after taking both final wins on Saturday he took the championship lead with Canning moving himself into 2nd place. Jagesar was falling away, as was Kimber who had picked up penalties in both races.
The heavens opened for qualifying Sunday morning and Canning showed a statement of intent putting himself on pole position.
The championship story then took another twist as Canning fell backwards in the first final with Turney taking the win. Jagesar finished 5th with Canning eventually 8th and Kimber a disappointing 11th place.
The last race of the championship threw up a devastating results for Jagesar and Canning as they both came off in an incident at the first corner. Kimber had got through and was working his way through the order to eventually lead.
Kimber took an impressive win and what should have been 2nd place but he was penalised post race which dropped him down to 4th in the championship.
Turney was promoted from 5th to 3rd with Buys also receiving a penalty which was more than enough to make him champion in the series on his very first attempt! With it he won a ticket to the World Finals which takes place at Sarno, Italy, next month.
Jagesar recovered well in the final to confirm 2nd in the championship with Canning in 3rd place despite all the drama’s and bad luck he had.
On becoming champion Joe commented: “Wining the BNL is a truly fantastic feeling! We’ve worked very hard as a team this year (KR Sport) and I have to say a big thanks to them all along with my family and friends for the support. The BNL has been really tough this year and I think the level of competition has been a step up from what I’m used to. I’m really pleased I now have a ticket to the World’s and I can’t to race at Sarno next month and represent my nation.”
Barrie Pullinger wins ticket in DD2
In DD2 4th in the championship was enough for Barrie Pullinger to confirm his place at the World’s. Both the Champion and Vice Champion, Kevin Ludi and Constantin Schoell won their’s at the Euro Challenge meaning the tickets went to Irish man Aaron Sherlock and Barrie for 3rd and 4th in the championship.
Jordan Brown-Nutley Senior Max Vice Champion
It was always going to be a tough task, but Jordan Brown-Nutley couldn’t have done anymore in his attempt to close down Glenn van Parijs for the Senior Max title.
There had only been two winners in the championship leading up to Genk and Brown-Nutley made it three with a win in Saturday’s final. With van Parijs having a DNF he had put a lot of pressure on the French man with just seven points now between them.
In the final race of the championship on Sunday. Jordan did all he could by putting on another master class and running away to take victory. Behind van Parijs drove a very calculated race and made no mistakes to become the deserved champion, but nevertheless it was a weekend to remember for the Dan Holland Racing driver.
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy of KartPhoto.com