Paul Platt says this season’s MSA British Superkart title triumph was the toughest yet after claiming his record-equalling fourth consecutive crown at Cadwell Park. The 35-year-old Redspeed Racing ace went into the final weekend with a narrow points lead ahead of team-mate Dan Clark with former champion Gavin Bennett still in contention. Clark narrowed the gap to Platt to just a single point after scoring victory in the opening race when Platt was forced to retire due to a snapped engine bolt. But the GP Plate holder bounced back, scything through the field to take the race two win and the title. Platt’s four consecutive MSA British Superkart crowns equals the record held by Redspeed team boss John Riley. “This season has been such an emotional rollercoaster and the last weekend summed it all up,” Platt said. “I thought the championship was over after race one when the engine bolt snapped and with a kart dumping oil and water over the track in the final race, I didn’t think it was meant to be. But crossing the chequered flag brought out so much emotion.
There’s been blood, sweat and tears shed this year with all the hard work and development of the new Gas Gas engine. It’s certainly been my toughest title victory.” Platt said the planning for next season has already begun with an assault on the record breaking five consecutive MSA titles, with the possibility of a challenge on the returning European Division Two class. “Considering John [Riley] is my mentor, to match his achievement is an honour, but taking the five titles would be the icing on the cake. Next year, with the Division Two class returning, I can use the Gas Gas with all six gears, instead of the restricted five in the British championship. If I do run in Europe, my target will be both titles next year.”