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Jewiss remains undeterred despite unlucky end to championship

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Rotax Max Euro Challenge contender Kiern Jewiss suffered a disappointing weekend at the championship’s final round in Genk, Belgium on Sunday, when he was excluded from Final One and therefore the possibility of scoring any points. Despite originally being in a strong position to take the crown, the young star remained in the championship top ten, finishing in ninth.

Kiern’s talent shone through when he won Heat One. Unfortunately in Heat Two, contact at the start pushed Kiern into last place, leaving him the remaining seven laps to dominantly overtake from 25th, finishing in 14th position. Heat Three proved difficult from the offset, with difficult weather conditions and a lot of on-track contact, Kiern eventually finished 2nd.

Unfortunately an accident involving almost half of the grid in Final One occurred. Along with thirteen other drivers, Kiern was forced off the track at the first corner. The 13 year old then carved through the traffic, making his way back up to ninth. The racing clerks penalised all seven drivers who re-joined at turn 5, excluding them from Final One. This meant they could not qualify and race in Final Two to score any points for the weekend.

Kiern commented on the weekend: “It’s disappointing, but I’m confident under different circumstances I would have finished in the top three of the championship and fought for the win. I would like to thank my team Strawberry Racing and Cream Engines for their continued effort and support, and offer a big congratulations to my teammate Jack McCarthy for winning the European Championship.”

Kiern will next compete in the 9th and final round of the 2015 Mini Max Championship, held at the PF International Kart Circuit, Grantham, from 25-27 September.Je