August 10, 2018
The intense Kartmasters format sees drivers having two qualifying days which combine of a qualifying practice session and two heats each. It means there is a lot more margin for error, but Josh kept a clean pair of heels over the two days with a 2nd place and two 5th place finishes helping him to 5th on the grid for the Pre-Final.
Josh got a great start to that race moving straight into 3rd before picking off the two ORM drivers ahead to take the lead. With the assistance of Maxwell Dodds they pulled a gap of over one second before recommencing battle on the final lap. The fight didn’t last long though as Josh put up a brave defence in the two hairpins to build a gap and take the win and pole position for the all important final.
Similar to the Pre-Final Josh got a great start to the Final and broke away out front working with Dodds to build up a gap over the rest of the field. Over the 15 minutes that gap slowly reduced until there was five drivers battling for the lead. With less than two minutes to go Josh lost the lead for the first time and despite taking it back just a few corners later the next move on Josh saw him run wide onto the grass losing four places.
With only two laps remaining Josh now had to dig deep and as the queue for the lead grew, so did Josh’s determination as he pulled off a sensational move on the penultimate lap. Going into hairpin one Josh went around the outside of two drivers to get back into 3rd and all of a sudden he could see that coveted GP plate starring him in the face.
Clearly a fan of unconventional moves Josh won the GP plate going into Bobby Game corner with one of the best moves in Kartmasters history! The Fusion Motorsport driver swept around the outside of both Lindblad and Dodds at full speed to not only take the lead, but take it by almost one second! It was race done by this point and Josh would repeat Lewis Hamilton’s achievements of 1996 to become the IAME Cadet Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix Champion!
It’s a stunning achievement, perhaps Josh’s biggest to this day and shows all the hard work done overseas and with us at the Young Racing Driver Academy is paying off! Former winners of this race have gone on to race in Formula One, Le Mans and FIA Formula 2. It’s fair to say the future is certainly bright for Josh Irfan…
Ivan Lomliev 4th - Brilliant performance once again, unlucky to just miss out on a podium.
Tommy Foster 6th - A strong top 10 finish from Tommy is a super competitive Rotax Max grid.
Vinnie Phillips 8th - In the top 10 once again after battling for the win for most of the race. A future #GPchampion in the making.
Luke Watts 9th - Consistent weekend overall. Very easily could have made the podium if he was not so unlucky at the start.
There were great performances from the #YRDA drivers in the British GT Championship at the weekend with Tom Canning securing 6th place in class and Tom Wood running in 4th place before a brake failure unfortunately put him out of the race.
Jodie Fieldhouse put in a fantastic performance at the weekend as she got her first top ten finish in the Hel Performance Motostar British Championship at Thruxton proving hard work really does pay off! Well done Jodie!