Senior Rotax ace Joseph Reilly has targeted British and European title glory this season after returning to the class following four years out of the sport.
The 22-year-old finished second in the Rotax Euro Challenge in 2009 in his maiden season in the Senior class. He then left karting to pursue a single-seater racing career, competing in the Formula Renault BARC Championship in 2010. After a lack of budget curtailed his progress, Reilly has worked for the Strawberry Racing team since 2011 as mechanic and driver coach.
The London-based racer has returned to competitive action this season with the team, claiming the Winter Cup title ahead of team-mate Guan Yu Zhou at Campillos in February. He followed it up with a similar win in the opening round of the Euro Challenge at Genk, and claimed victory in both Finals at the first Super One Rotax round of the season at Rowrah last month.
“There’s always pressure from both the team and myself,” Reilly said. “But missing out on the 2009 title has played on my mind. I never want to be second best and I feel I now have the experience in karting and single-seaters to help me take both the British and European crowns this year.” Reilly said focusing on consistent results will help him fulfill his target: “If the chance to take the win is there, of course I’m going to go for it. But in 2009 I won a lot of races but lost out in the points because of a DNF. I can’t afford to get into scraps. Consistency is key. I need to make sure I’m in the right place at the right time.”
Allen Plans On Twin GP Plate Outings
MSA British KZ Championship race winner Scott Allen is planning on competing in both this season’s British short-circuit gearbox and Superkart Grand Prix on his unique family-built Jade Kart chassis.
The 25-year-old claimed victory in both opening Super One races of the season at Shenington at the end of March. The frame shape of the unique mount is similar to a Superkart with parts from both gearbox, Rotax and KGP machinery included. The kart received significant interest from drivers and spectators at Shenington.
“I was originally thinking of building the chassis for the 125 Open,” Allen said. “But then I decided, why not make one which can race in both gearbox and Superkart racing. It’s totally different to any other chassis. I attached a front end similar to those seen in the 1990s. I tested it at Whilton Mill in the winter and it felt very good after just the first lap. I then realised that the kart had to meet CIK regulations, not just MSA as the wheelbase was too long.”
Allen tried both A and Parallel frames before reverting back to his original concept by simply shortening the chassis.
“People always assume that a TonyKart chassis is the be all and end all,” Allen said. “It’s good for the sport when people mix it up and it prevents it from being boring. My plan is to continue in Super One and also to race at the gearbox short-circuit grand prix at Fulbeck on June 21/22. I will also switch the kart round to compete in the 125 Open GP Plate at Cadwell Park on August 30/31.”