July 11, 2019
Unlike the usual format this season for the Classic Cup they went back to a classic karting format with a random grids draw for the heats followed by a final on Sunday afternoon. For the first heat Ethian would start back in 21st place which would take place on Saturday afternoon. Getting off to a good start was crucial to help carry momentum into the remaining races on Sunday.
With just eight laps Ethian would need to make fast progress and he did just that getting up to eighth place in just three laps! Now joining the lead group there was a chance for Ethian to make even more places, which is exactly what he did slicing through the leaders to hit second on lap six. Ethian then closed a four tenth gap down to the race leader but would have to settle for second place. But he would pick up a five second front fairing penalty unfortunately dropping him to sixth.
For heat two Ethian wouldn’t start much higher up the field with seventeenth on the grid but after his heat one performance there was every chance he could fight for the win! Although a bizarre statement Ethian did just that, getting up to fourth place in the space of two laps! Four laps into the race and Ethian was now leading and went on to win by an astonishing 3.57 seconds!
Now on the outside of row three for his final heat Ethian was looking for nothing other than a victory which would put him on pole position for the final. It almost seemed no surprise when Ethian took the lead on the first lap and from there he controlled the race cruising to a 1.6 second win.
Now on pole for the final reading the above you would assume this would be an easy task, but with all the fast drivers now together at the front that would not be the case. Oscar Teuten would take the lead from Ethian, but the CER driver sensibly decided to sit behind in second and push the race leader away.
Working together they built a lead of over three seconds by the time we reached ten laps and it was going on to the penultimate lap that Ethian made his move. From there it became a battle between the pair all the way to the flag with Ethian having a tough task on his hands.
Often defending from one driver is harder than defending from ten, particularly at PFI, but Ethian should true class staying calm and in a drag race to the line he took victory by just 0.03 seconds! It was a brilliant final and a win that comes at a good time for Ethian with the next round of the British Championships just around the corner followed by Kartmasters directly afterwards.