Ethian Symonds finishes 4th in British Kart Championship

October 24, 2019

Karting

A win and podium finish at Whilton Mill helped Ethian Symonds secure 4th in the British Kart Championship after a close fight for 3rd place. Right from the start of the season Ethian named himself a contender for the Honda Cadet title and was always in contention for wins and podiums. In his final year in the class Ethian has gained a huge amount of confidence and will now have eyes on him as he prepares to graduate to the X30 class.

Coming into the final round Ethian had suffered his fair share of bad luck throughout the season, but had picked up three podiums along the way. That included a double podium finish at Rissington, before a difficult weekend at Fulbeck took a big hit to Ethian’s title hopes. It was only a matter of time before Ethian was going to take a win and at the final round he did just that!

Ethian got his Whilton Mill weekend off to a good start with 2nd in qualifying and took advantage of that result in the heats with a win and a 2nd putting him on the front row for the first points scoring race of the weekend.

Despite starting on the outside of the front row, Ethian made a brilliant start to the first final taking the lead immediately. Polesitter, Jayden Gregg, would quickly fight back leaving Ethian having to close a half a second gap. Determined as ever Ethian would do that and bided his time in 2nd as he worked with Gregg to extend an advantage.

At the halfway stage, Ethian made his move taking Oscar Teuten with him with the pair breaking clear. Going onto the final lap a hard charging Connor Duncan now lay in 2nd piling the pressure on Ethian, but he dealt with it just fine and was able to extend enough of an advantage to leave the rest of the field fighting for 2nd leaving him to take a relatively comfortable win. It was Ethian’s first win of the season and a well earnt one after a season of ups and downs!

Ethian’s mixed fortunes would be highlighted in the start of final two as he was shuffled down from 1st to 7th on the opening lap. Staying patient Ethian gradually picked his way through the order with some impressive moves eventually putting him in the lead on lap eight.

In a much closer race holding the lead would not be easy and Ethian was put to the back of the lead train a lap later and would now have it all to do again from 5th. As he jumped up to 3rd on lap 13 he now had a 0.7 second gap to close and managed to close in on the final lap as the lead pair fought. But it was all a little too late leaving Ethian to settle for 3rd place and 4th in the championship.

It was an impressive way for Ethian to end his Honda Cadet career finishing 4th out of 60 drivers just eight points away from a championship podium. Ethian will now jump straight up to the Mini X30 class with Coles Racing who run fellow #YRDArmy driver, Ivan Lomliev.


Kian Bennett finishes 26th in debut season

Kian competed at national level for the first time this season competing in the British Kart Championship in Junior TKM. Out of 40 drivers Kian finished 26th and was in the top ten in the rookie standings.

Kian was sadly hit quite hard with track limit penalties, but has shown a clear sign of improvement up until that point with his best result of the season coming at the penultimate round where he finished 13th place.

After opening his campaign with a 28th place, it shows that Kian has come from a driver fighting to make the A Final to someone who is now knocking on the door of the top ten. Given him experience and very limited track time, in comparison to his competitors, it is impressive that he is already capable to fight for a top ten finish and seeded number in the championship next season.