April 22, 2020
Vinnie Phillips was one of the drivers leading the charge when it came to race wins. His fantastic track record saw him go over two months in his debut season in the Mini X30 class with a podium finish in every single race! Vinnie would turn those podiums into wins after taking his first victory of the season at round two of the Whilton Mill Kart Club Championship with a lights to flag win.
Unfortunately, an injury would see Vinnie sit out the third round of the TVKC Winter Series the following weekend, but he came back with a bang at Kimbolton just a few days later winning by over five seconds! A hat-trick of victories was sadly denied a week later after Vinnie was harshly disqualified from the final at Shenington, but one thing he did take away with him was a new lap record.
Like Vinnie, Luke Watts has scored several podiums in 2020 with six in ten races and nine top ten finishes! They have come across four different circuits with Luke also graduating this year jumping up to the Junior X30 class. His first win of the year took just four attempts in what has been labelled the race of the season at Whilton Mill with Luke winning by just 0.01 seconds! Luke was also penalised at the last Shenington race costing him a win and the #YRDArmy a double victory.
Ethian Symonds has also visited the top step in 2020 with a win at Mansell Raceway and like Vinnie, has had a victory taken away from him after a front fairing penalty lost him the win at third round of the TVKC Winter Series.
Overall it has been a very solid start for the #YRDArmy with all our drivers doing a great job in preparing themselves for the national season. In terms of podiums Vinnie Phillips, Luke Watts and Ethian Symonds have taken an impressive 14 between with five for Vinnie, six for Luke and three for Ethian. Those podiums have come at PFI, Kimbolton, Shenington, Whilton Mill and Mansell Raceway, with trophies being collected almost every weekend this year.
Considering all three drivers have graduated classes this year it has been a seriously impressive start to the year and there is no doubt all of them will be labelled ones to watch in their respective categories when racing resumes.
When you consider 14 podiums have been scored across 15 race meetings it puts into perspective just how well the #YRDArmy have performed in 2020. Every race meeting our drivers go to it is unlikely one won’t stand on the podium. We have a very talented group of drivers in Karting at the moment and they have done us all proud in the season so far.
Although we have only talked about three of those so far other drivers out on track flying the flag for us include Jesse Phillips, Lewis Halliday, Kian Bennett, Nikolas Taylor, Simon Stoneham and Freddie Allum.
All 15 race meetings we have attended so far this year have either been in the UK or Italy with Josh Irfan flying the flag overseas. Josh has raced in the Winter Cup and WSK events with Ricky Flynn Motorsport in OK Junior as he prepares to take on the FIA Karting World and European Championships for the first time.
We have also welcomed new drivers into the programme in Rowan Campbell-Pilling and Harry Reading. Both will race in the X30 classes this year and are preparing for the British Championship with Rowan planning to race in this years championship and Harry in next years.
So far Rowan has taken novice wins at PFI and Harry has been out at Shenington and has just announced he will also be working with Olympic and Commonwealth; gold, silver and bronze medallist, Andy Vernon on his endurance and fitness.
Now in isolation it is a good time for us to reflect on the achievements of the drivers so far and we look forward to building on these figures when it is safe to go back racing again!