Little Green Man – Round 6

Wonder show by Wilson at Kimbolton for LGM round 6, 13th July

Perfect performances are best saved for occasions when there’s a VIP or two in the audience.

Anthony Hamilton turned up at Kimbolton and watched Teddy Wilson produce a faultless display that must have reminded him of Lewis during his early karting days. Also in attendance was Kimi Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson, there to oversee the progress of his own son, Zach. Add the current CIK European Junior Championship leader Enaam Ahmed and we had quite a VIP guest list. Enaam presented all 20 LGM cadet trophies.

229 drivers were competing in 12 different categories at Kimbolton and such numbers placed a strain on the programme. It meant that two of the five LGM cadet Heats had to be run on Saturday. In very warm conditions, Jonny Edgar drew first blood pulling off a narrow win over Ethan Hawkey and Fin Kenneally. Heat 2 was even tighter, with Kenneally eventually claiming victory by mere microseconds over Tom Wood and Albert Carter.

Heat 3 on Sunday morning got underway in equally warm conditions. After just one lap Wilson had gained an incredible 14 places and came round in 16th spot. He was assisted when Battenburg flags came out half way through this race bringing him 40 yards closer to the leading bunch headed by Lewis Thompson. Teddy seized this opportunity with both hands and won with 20 yards to spare from Thompson and Joe Turney.

By contrast, Heat 4 was a breeze as Wilson started off from pole position and cruised to victory some 50 yards ahead of Kiern Jewiss who had his hands full retaining 2nd place from Owen Byatt. Teddy made it a hat trick of Heat wins next time out, although both Zach Robertson and Dexter Patterson came within inches of stealing it from him over the finishing line.

It meant that Wilson would start the “A” Final off pole position with Kenneally alongside him. Next up were Patterson, Thompson and Wood, with Clayton Ravenscroft on grid 6, his best starting position in any Little Green Man Final. Fraser Fenwick, Matthew Latifi, Jessica Heppenstall and Alicia Barrett qualified from a well contested “B” Final. Kenneally managed to get his wheels ahead of Wilson at the start, but Teddy had a better line around turn 1. Early casualties on this corner included Lorcan Hanafin, Jonny Edgar, Luca Molinaro, Klaas Kooiker and Joseph Taylor. Patterson replaced Kenneally in 2nd place and immediately began to challenge Wilson, taking over the lead before lap 4. Wood followed Patterson through and Kenneally demoted Wilson into 4th soon afterwards. Wood went past Patterson into 1st place holding this position for a good few laps before Wilson hit the front once more. The pace was clearly getting hotter, Wood hit the front and Kenneally went with him. Less than half a second covered the top four drivers at this stage with Jewiss lagging some 20 yards behind in 5th. Patterson tried to improve on 4th but was forced wide, giving Jewiss, Robertson and Thompson their chance to make up lost ground. Carter found himself in the mix as a queue began to form up behind Wood. Wilson made a successful bid for the lead with just a couple of laps remaining while Patterson moved in the opposite direction as he dropped down to 7th behind Thompson.

There was a time when you could just about guarantee that the first lap of any race would be the slowest one. These days in cadets, though, it’s often the final lap that enjoys this dubious distinction. Wilson’s final tour was half a second slower than his opening lap. Wood took even longer to complete this lap, but he still retained 2nd place some 25 yards behind. Thompson took 3rd ahead of Carter, Patterson, Robertson, Kenneally and Jewiss. Joe Turney and Owen Byatt made up the top ten. Clayton Ravenscroft claimed the Privateer’s Cup by finishing 13th.

It had been an eventful weekend, at the end of which Teddy Wilson took a two point lead in the championship table. Wood occupied 2nd place followed by Robertson, Patterson, Thompson and Jewiss. More will be revealed after Round 7 has been completed at Shenington on September 21st.