March 17, 2020
Also, out on circuit were Luke Watts, Freddie Allum and Vinnie Phillips.
In tough conditions Jesse would be placed on the inside of row two for the first heat and would find himself hitting dramas on the opening lap as he was pushed down to 15th place! It put Jesse on the back foot, but he put on a brave display to charge back through the field and finish an impressive 5th place! It was good practice with Jesse putting on a similar display in heat two as he moved from 20th to 8th in heat two in just twelve laps, setting the fastest third sector in the process.
The results would put Jesse on the inside of row three for the final with the rookie out qualifying some of the afore mentioned seeded drivers. Jesse got off to a solid start holding position at the start albeit with a brief trip to 6th. Jesse found himself under pressure in 5th during the opening half of the race but did well to break away from the group behind and close in on Alfie Slater in 4th. With three laps to go Jesse had completed the chase and wasted no time in taking the position to secure him a 4th place finish.
It was an impressive result and one of Jesse’s stand out performances since graduating to the IAME Cadet class this year. With the sport quickly being put on pause it may be a few weeks before we see Jesse on track again, but he is very quickly getting up to speed ahead of the delayed British Kart Championships.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for Luke after he was harshly denied victory at Shenington after a superb lights to flag victory. Having absolutely dominated proceedings throughout the day Luke was almost untouchable at times and that was displayed in the final after he charged away to win by four seconds. It would have added to Luke’s growing list of wins and podiums in 2020, but post-race Luke would be penalised for his speed going across the line on his first attempt to get the race going which was false started. It seemed a strange penalty given the race didn’t get going at that stage and Luke was not alone with the same penalty being applied throughout other classes. A tough one to take, but a performance that he could be very proud of.
It was a mixed day at the office for Freddie when it came to results, but a day that carried a lot more positives than negatives. A mixed set of heats would see Freddie finish 7th and 11th with setup issues in heat two seeing him drop down from pole position. A valuable experience even if a tough result to take for the KMS driver who fought through the tough conditions which had hit Shenington. For the final Freddie would pick himself back up after the tough second heat and got involved in a great battle eventually finishing 8th just over a second away from 6th place. A solid performance with further steps forward made. On to the next one!
Sadly, Vinnie’s podium record in 2020 would be forced to come to a stop at Shenington after he was disqualified from the final. After finishing 1st Vinnie had continued his one hundred percent podium finishing record and had achieved three victories in a row! After a brilliant drive from 5th on the grid Vinnie would take victory on the final lap of the race but would unfortunately be disqualified. A disappointing end, but another fantastic performance with Vinnie hard to beat at the moment!