June 2, 2020
A look at the drivers from the #YRDArmy who will be competing in this year’s British Kart Championships. With six drivers across four different classes we will have a strong representation across the Cadet, Junior and Senior classes with the #YRDArmy set to take podiums, wins and hopefully a championship or two as well!
As the reigning British Champion in the Bambino class, Jesse Phillips comes in as one of the brightest prospects in the IAME Cadet class for years to come. Being a Bambino graduate he is also one of the youngest so in many ways this will be treated as a learning season for Jesse to get ready for a title assault in coming years. That said, his performances at the IAME Winter Cup and club races could see him knocking on the door of the top ten sooner than people think. Watch this space!
Ethian will be one of three drivers from YRDA competing in the Mini X30 class this year. Having been one of the front runners in the Honda Cadet last year Ethian comes in as one to watch after impressive performances at the beginning of the year. Ethian finished 4th in last year’s British Championship and has picked up experience at most circuits on the calendar for this season. Ethian showed great consistency on his way to 4th last season and that could be vital experience as we head through the rounds in 2020.
This will Freddie’s second season in the sport so he’ll be down on experience to the majority of his competitors. However, he is certainly not afraid to take on a challenge after through himself straight into the LGM Series in IAME Cadet last year. \That combined with regular appearances at PFI has seen him make vast improvements in a short space of time and now with the KMS team alongside fellow YRDA driver Luke Watts. Freddie is hoping to improve throughout the season and may even be knocking on the door of a podium finish towards the end of the year.
Looking back on the winter season there is no doubt that Vinnie Phillips is the favourite for the title in 2020. Despite only graduating to the Mini X30 class this year since the opening race of the year at PFI in January Vinnie went over two months with a podium finish in every race he competed in. It included a total of five podiums and two race wins which included a small interval where Vinnie had to recover from an injury. Vinnie is currently in the form of his life and there is no reason while that will stop when we get the green light for the British Championships.
There is an exciting season ahead for Luke as he moves up from the Mini X30 class to take on Junior X30 and a grid that is set to be large in numbers and extremely competitive. After his 3rd place in both the British Championships and LGM Series last year, Luke will be hoping to compete for similar results especially after his impressive debut in the class at the IAME International Final last year. Luke already has wins and podiums under his belt so will be one to watch in the eyes of many for the season ahead.
The 2020 season is set to be Lewis’ biggest in the sport to date. As well as finishing 19th in his debut season of British Championship last year, Lewis took major victories at club level along with making his debut in Europe. This year Lewis will be pushing for a top ten finish to make himself a seeded driver in the Senior Rotax class as well as racing in all the major one-off races. Once that is all done Lewis will then ascend on the Portimao circuit in Portugal for the Rotax International Trophy which could see him end his season in style. He is in good form so far and will hope to get off to a good start at the opening round of the season