Double podium for YRDA in Mini X30

September 30, 2020


It was yet another brilliant weekend for the #YRDArmy in the British Kart Championships with Vinnie Phillips and Ethian Symonds repeating their result from round three to finish 1st and 3rd respectively in Mini X30. For Phillips it makes it four wins in a row as he remains unbeaten, whilst Symonds fought for victory to the flag setting the fastest lap as he secured his second podium of the season with a new team.

Four in a row for Phillips!

Vinnie has continued his astonishing run in the British Championship and is the only driver to win every final so far this season. The Fusion Motorsport driver has scored 579 out of a possible 585 points and now has one hand on the title going into the final round of the season at PFI.

The fourth round of the British Kart Championship would head to Mansell Raceway, it’s first visit there for a number of years. Having won all three rounds so far heading into the weekend the question was can Vinnie continue this remarkable run? From the off Vinnie was where we always see him at the very front of the pack qualifying 2nd place.

After winning both heats on track Vinnie would start the final on the front row. Despite dropping to 3rd at the start Vinnie would soon be back in the lead, but had close company in Leo Robinson and Ethian Symonds. Vinnie’s lead would be challenged all the way to the flag, but just like he has to do already this season we would see him successfully defend it to the flag keeping him unbeaten when it comes to finals in the British Championship.

An astonishing achievement as he continues to show tremendous consistency! To take all four wins this season is something no one else in the paddock has been able to do, nor some of the greats that have come through the British Kart Championships over the years.

Second podium for Symonds

A new round and a new team for Ethian Symonds as he switched across to race for multiple Karting champion, Mark Litchfield on the Compkart chassis. Despite the changes one thing that wouldn’t change is Ethian finishing on the podium as he scored his second of the season making it back to back 3rd places.

However, unlike on his first one at Kimbolton last time out Ethian would challenge for victory all the way to the flag at Mansell Raceway taking the fastest lap in the process. Ethian closed the gap to the dominant Vinnie Phillips and Leo Robinson and his 2nd place finish on track makes him the one to watch when the championship finishes at the location that saw Ethian become British Kart Grand Prix champion back in August.

The result moves Ethian to 4th just 14 points behind giving him a real shot a championship podium in three week’s time.

Watts set for championship podium fight

Another solid result for Luke Watts puts him in the fight to take a championship podium going into the final round of the British Kart Championship. From the off Luke was at the sharp end of the grid qualifying 6th. That pace would improve even further with Luke fastest in heat two taking 2nd place, that added to his 6th in heat one would put him 7th on the grid for the final. Starting a few rows back left Luke caught up in first lap dramas at the start dropping him to 11th. But he would get his head down and find his way back to 7th by lap ten, but with a two second gap to the leaders once there Luke would settle for position taking home another strong haul of points leaving him 4th in the standings going into the final round.

Struggles for Allum in Mini X30

At a track he has little to no experience at Freddie was going into round four both down on track experience and racing in general. Racing against lots of British Championships veterans his aim became to close the gap to them in terms of lap times. Throughout qualifying and the heats Freddie would do just that taking 9th and 11th place finishes to put himself 10th on the grid for the final. In a field so closely matched Freddie did a great job to keep them honest closing the gap to them by 0.7 seconds over the weekend! Although the final was not the result he would have been hoping for, it was another example of Freddie’s determination and fight.

Late dramas sees Jesse miss out on top 20 finish

Young Jesse Phillips once again made himself proud with a great performance at the British Kart Championships. The rookie had himself fighting for a top 20 finish all weekend after qualifying in 20th before holding position heat one and moving up to 18th in heat two. That put him on row nine for the final and after fighting to move up and get on the rookie podium Jesse was pushed back in the final stages of the race dropping down to 24th. A sad end but nevertheless a great performance over the weekend.