Hepworth crowned 2019 Wessex Challenge Champion!

May 13, 2019


It was a fantastic weekend for Jem Hepworth who was crowned the Wessex Challenge champion after winning a close fought race in Senior Rotax at Clay Pigeon! Meanwhile, in Junior Rotax Jordan Morris became Vice Champion with the pair both going on to finish second in the fourth round on Sunday in what was a memorable weekend for the #YRDArmy 

Jem Hepworth - CHAMPION

Coming off the back of her fantastic debut race in cars which saw Jem finish fifth out of 100 cars in the Citroen C1 24 Hour, she was flying with confidence heading into the annual Wessex Challenge. The Senior Rotax grid was condensed, but qualifying couldn’t have been any closer at the front with Jem just 0.01 seconds back from polesitter Lewis Halliday.

The one and only heat saw Jem turn the screw as she went on to win by an impressive six seconds! With Halliday being disqualified, Jem was left out front and romped away from the rest of the field in emphatic style taking the fastest lap along the way. 

Next up was the Pre-Final and it was once again the Jem Hepworth show. From pole position she quickly broke away from the rest of the field. Setting fastest laps she left everyone no choice but to fight for second as she took a three second victory.

The final wouldn’t quite be the same story with Halliday now back into the mix. The pair had a fantastic battle for the win which would go all the way down to the wire and although Halliday would take the victory on track, post-race it would be handed to Jem who would be crowned Senior Rotax Wessex Challenge Champion!

Jordan Morris - Vice Champion

The Junior Rotax field was set to be highly competitive with a very close qualifying session seeing the top ten covered by just half a second! In amongst it all Jordan was right at the sharp end and qualified in third place despite being just one tenth off pole position.

The heat started off what would be a fantastic day of racing. Jordan rounded off a lead trio that quickly started to break away from the rest of the field and after three laps he decided to make his first move jumping up to second. A lap later and Jordan hit the front and as he tried to make a break for it a lead trio had now turned into a lead duo. 

Heading into the second half of the race Jordan dropped back to second and although hot on the heels of Harrison Collings he would have to settle for second place.

The Pre-Final saw Jordan hold station in second at the start and in a similar fashion to heat one Jordan made his move early. This time it was lap three with Jordan taking the race lead from Sean Cuss. The next ten laps would see Jordan sustaining a lot of pressure from behind, but with just three laps to go he managed to build a gap and went on to take the win. 

The Final certainly produced a livelier race with the Junior’s saving the best until last! Dropping to third at the start Jordan was quickly in a chasing pack that were falling back from the leader. Jordan took the initiative and went into second before closing down the race leader.

By lap eight the chase was complete and Jordan hit the front, but only briefly as he would drop back to second just a lap later. Second would then become third on lap eighteen which is where Jordan would finish before being promoted to second post-race. A brilliant result and just 0.6 seconds back from a race win!

Clay Pigeon Kart Club Championship Round 4

Jem Hepworth followed up her Wessex Challenge win with a second the following day for round four of the CPKC season. She led the race for just over five laps before challenging for the win all the way to the flag. In the end, she would just miss out by 0.16 seconds, but once again took the fastest lap of the race.

Jordan Morris did not have the smoothest of runs through the heats so was left down in tenth place on the grid leaving him work to do in the final! However, he put on a gutsy performance and charged through to fourth and just fell shy of a podium finish at the end of the race.