SuperOne early season review

Untitled 2With two rounds of this years Super One Championship already behind us we decided to take a look back at the season so far by rounding up some talking points from the opening round at Rowrah and round two at Shenington.

 

Round one

No hope for Henry One of the biggest shocks of the season has arguably already been with reigning champion in the KZ1 class Henry Easthope leaving Round 1 in 4th in the championship after a 4th and 8th in the finals. Before the finals Easthope had been 2nd best to Scott Allen all weekend but seemed to crumble when it counted and if he’s going to defend his title successfully he’ll need to be back on his form from last year at Llandow.

Luck of the Irish Well it wasn’t quite luck that won the Irishman both Finals at Rowrah in Senior Max but it always helps I suppose! After taking pole on Saturday Donnelly took a 4th and a 1st in his heats before taking both final wins having just held off his Strawberry team-mate Hall by eight hundreths in Final 2! Donnelly has already made
a great start to his Euro Challenge campaign and has carried that form over to Super One putting him surely as one of the title favourites.

Jewiss on fire! It’s fair to say Kiern Jewiss was probably one of the drivers of the weekend if not the driver! After
a fairly average start to the weekend qualifying in 6th place Kiern was only lower than 1st once which was in the first heat before he took victory in
every other race in what is one of the most competitive grids in Super One this year. It’s not taken Kiern long to
get used to Mini Max and in fact he looks just as comfortable as his more experienced competitors and could be considered the favourite.

Fulk out of luck Zak Fulk, in Junior Max, on paper should be a top three contender this season however he left the first round in a dismal 11th place after things didn’t quite go his way. Zak started the weekend like you’d expect with 3rd place but a 26th and 5th place left him 14th on the grid for Final 1, Fulk then went onto finish 7th in that Final before dropping to 15th in Final 2. There’s always a what if story at every kart meeting and unfortuantley it was Zak’s turn to have his at Rowrah.

Hard charging Taylor Joseph Taylor featured as our ‘One To Watch’ earlier this season and is starting to prove his expected form already in Super One. After a decent qualifying and consistent set of heats Taylor put himself on the front row for Final 1 and was certainly in with a chance of a podium if not a win! However on the penultimate lap disaster struck for Taylor as he exited the race leaving him on the back row for Final 2. Despite his inexperience Taylor drove a magnificent Final gaining 23 places to finish in 10th place and probably left thinking what could have been.

Round two

Knott a regret There was quite a big move in the paddock involving a Senior Max driver and it was Luke Knott who joined the Strawberry racing team having only just moved to DHR from RL Racing Dept. But there would have been no regrets from Luke who took both final victories lifting him up to 2nd in the championship. He may still be 31 points behind former team-mate Sam Marsh but there are still four rounds to go and dropped scores to come into play!

Spencer Barrow is back! Spencer Barrow was once seeded as the number 9 in the country in Junior Max but shortly after that season in 09 he left the sport but has now returned in Senior Max and has done so in some style! Spencer struggled at round one in Rowrah but could be forgiven in what is one of the countries toughest cicuits. However he showed his form of old at round 2 taking a 4th and a 3rd in the Finals putting him 10th overall in the championship. It’s just a matter of time before this man stands back on the top step on the podium as he did at Whilton Mill in Junior Max back in 2009.

Welsh success in Juniors Harrison Thomas’ flying start to his 2015 Junior Max campaign continued at Shenington after he took a clean sweep of victories in the Finals. Harrison won the coveted ‘0’ plate back in April and left round 1

of Super One in 2nd place in the championship. But it’s no surprise to see he now leads the championship and has his eyes firmly set on taking the title. He’s going to have stiff competition from the likes of McCarthy and York behind but looks like a good bet for this years championship.

Joe turning heads KR Sport driver Joe Turney walked away from Round 1 at Rowrah 11th in the Mini Max championship and it didn’t really strike me as much of a surprise given his experience in the class. However he certainly turned a few heads at Shenington as he took Final 2 victory gaining four places in the process! This was something that was coming all weekend with Tunrey qualifying 2nd after the heats and his fantatsic efforts have promoted him to 5th in the championship. I’m sure from everyone at the Turney camp it will be roll on round three!

Dissapointed Fin Aim Motorsport driver Fin Keneally had a weekend to forget by his standards at Shenington as he dropped to 7th in the champsionship. The Mini Max driver has already showed his talents out in Europe in Junior Max and in KFJ as well so would be looked at as a title contender. However things never seemed to fall in his corner at round two, he was given a 5 place penalty in Final one dropping him to 16th place and never seemed to make huge progress in Final two. He ran as high as 9th before dropping back to 14th in the closing stages. However he’s a star of the future in my eyes and should be back on form at Buckmore Park for Round 3.

You can see full race reports on pages …. And we’ll be looking back at Rounds 3 (Llandow) and 4 (Buckmore Park) in next months issue.