A trio of podiums for the #YRDArmy at Kimbolton

January 14, 2020

Karting

It was another brilliant weekend for the #YRDArmy with the podium tally already up to four after just two races this season. Out in force once again, the HKRC season was kicked off in style with three podiums between five drivers making it another successful weekend. Vinnie Phillips and Ethian Symonds stood together on the Mini X30 rostrum whilst Luke Watts took home some silverware in Junior X30 in dramatic fashion despite carrying a puncture.

Mini X30:

Vinnie Phillips – 2nd

Vinnie continued his fast start to 2020 getting his second podium in as many races in the Mini X30 class. After his 3rd place at PFI last weekend, Vinnie would go one better at Kimbolton missing out on the win by just 0.06 seconds! A brace of 2nd place finishes were enough to put Vinnie on the front row for the final where he would go head to head with Gabriel Stilp for the win. Vinnie led the race for a number of laps, but dropped back to 2nd on lap ten. A thrilling contest saw the pair fight tooth and nail for the win and in the end Vinnie would just lose out by 0.06 seconds!

Ethian Symonds – 3rd

Also on the podium in the Mini X30 class was Ethian Symonds who took his first podium since moving up from the Honda Cadet class. An 8th and 3rd place in the heats were enough to put Ethian directly behind Vinnie on the grid on the outside of row two. Despite dropping back to 5th at the start Ethian quickly began his closing and passing George Robinson on lap eight. Over the next six laps Ethian caught Joseph Rippin who was over a second clear and once there Ethian wasted no time in putting himself into 3rd before taking a comfortable podium finish.

Junior X30:

Luke Watts – 3rd

After qualifying on the front row Luke was confident he could challenge for his first win in the Junior X30 class, but starting on the outside quickly saw him demoted to 5th on the opening lap. To make matters worse Luke had also picked up a slow puncture, something which prevented him from making any progress. However, his efforts to stay close to the battle for length were rewarded as he was brought into what was a frantic battle on the final lap. Heading into the last corner Luke braved around the outside and was able to pick up his first podium in the class in just his second race in the UK!

TKM Extreme:

Kian Bennett – 15th

Making his debut in the TKM Extreme class Kian found himself chucked into the deep end with 28 on the grid for the opening round of the season. Starting 12th for the opening heat Kian felt the immediate force of the senior class as he found himself pushed back to 18th in tricky conditions. With the track now fully dry for heat two Kian showed his pace from the Junior class recovering from a bad start to finish 17th. What was more impressive was the fact he had set times quicker than the race winner and that led him to finish 15th in the final from 18th on the grid. A solid start to the season in what looks to be a promising year ahead.

Senior X30:

Simon Stoneham – 18th (penalty)

It was sadly not the start to the season that Simon would have been hoping for, but included in a mixed first weekend were signs of a promising season ahead. Mixed conditions put Simon the back foot in the opening heat, but damage limitation would see him pick up a top ten finish. An impressive drive in heat two saw Simon charge through the field to finish 12th gaining thirteen places in the process! Now starting in the middle of the pack for the final it was hardly a surprise Simon would pick up a front fairing penalty, which would see him demoted to 18th post-race.