June 22, 2021
It was most certainly a weekend to remember for Caden McQueen as he showed what he was made of on the national stage at round 2 of the Ultimate Karting Championship at Rowrah as he drove in dominant fashion to claim his first victory under the YRDA and showed the efforts are paying off.
Coming off the back of a podium at round one at Whilton Mill Caden’s confidence was high heading into Rowrah and after looking very strong in practice it was the turn of the heat races to decide the starting order for the Pre-Final on Sunday.
Heat one was a great start for the weekend, after starting in 8th place on a randomised grid basis Caden put on an overtaking masterclass to pass 5 karts to claim 3rd place across the line, just behind fellow YRDA member Luke Watts, which would end up being his lowest scoring result of the weekend. The theme of going forward five places continued into heat two as Caden started 6th and stormed through to the front of the field to claim an outstanding victory. Heat 3 would also be an amazing performance from Caden and arguably the drive of the weekend as he claimed 2nd place after starting 15th, driving through 13 of the best drivers in the country to claim a phenomenal result and secure an all important pole position start for the Pre-Final.
The Pre-Final was once again another race which showed off Caden’s immense talent as he drove a dominant display after retaking the lead on lap three, he drove off into the distance by 3 seconds to claim victory, a huge haul of points and most importantly pole position for the main event. Caden made the final look like a Sunday drive as lead from lights to flag in the most dominant fashion setting the standard for the remaining races of the championship.
Caden now leaves round 2 as the championship leader heading into round 3 and keeps his focus firmly on securing the title in 2021.
Luke Watts was another of the #YRDArmy applying the pressure at the front of the field at Rowrah and he also had a highly impressive weekend as he continues to adapt to the Senior X30 class.
As the time arrived for the heat races to get underway Luke was ready and starting from 9th on random grids, the battle was truly on as his mission was to fight his way to the front. And the mission was certainly accomplished as Luke drove a stellar performance to battle through to finish 2nd and start his weekend off in the most ideal fashion leading home the now championship leader our very own Caden McQueen. This masterclass of driving to the front was no fluke from Luke as he did two overtakes better in the second heat of the weekend. After starting down in a low position of 16th, Luke got his down right from the offset passing opponents corner by corner to climb a mighty impressive eleven positions, the most of any driver that weekend, to cross the finish line and claim 5th place and once again a good haul of points. Another perfect demonstration of how Luke won the title last year and why he is a favourite for the 2021 title. Heat three would see Lukes best starting position of the weekend in 4th place and was the perfect opportunity to race smart and ensure that the best opportunity was created for a strong finish in the Pre-Final. After starting from 4th Luke drove the smoothest of races to finish where he started and claimed 4th at the flag. This solid result would see 4th secured for the grid on the final and a great opportunity ahead.
After starting in 4th Luke got off to a great start immediately getting into 3rd by the second lap and applying pressure onto the leaders. The KMS driver was looking in fine form as the race progressed. This strong start proved to only be the beginning as Luke pressed harder and climbed to 2nd to join fellow #YRDArmy member Caden McQueen at the front of the field. Come the flag and some intense battles it would be 4th place post race and another second row start to race into the Final.
The final was a highly intense race with Luke getting off to a strong start applying pressure to the front three from the offset and soon moving up into the podium positions and applying the pressure hard every lap. Come the flag and after many laps of intense racing Luke would slip back to finish 5th.
Despite this not being the potential best result. Luke leaves round 2 third in the standings and is still easily within striking distance as the championship progresses. Proving consistency is key.