March 12, 2018
It was a brilliant weekend for Arden’s Young Racing Driver Academy member, Josh Irfan who won the prestigious Trofeo Andrea Margutti at the South Garda Circuit (ITA) in the 60 Mini class! The Baby Race driver becomes just the tenth Brit to win the event since 1990 following in the footsteps of Dan Ticktum (former YRDA member), Oliver Oakes, Ben Hanley, Nigel Moore, Jack Harvey and more!
There was a strong grid of over 60 drivers entered the fiercely competitive class and after a run of bad luck in Europe this was just the result Josh needed! The young Brit was on form right from the off as he qualified pole position by just under two tenths of a second!
In the heats, he became the driver everyone wanted to beat, but dealt with the pressure very well going on to win by all three of his heats! The wins were far from easy with Josh winning by less than a second in each race, but he defended when he needed to and most importantly never made any mistakes!
Conditions were not the easiest to contend with on Saturday, nor Sunday, but Josh was determined to get his hands on that trophy. The Pre-Final would determine the grid for the final and starting from pole position Josh had no problems leading from the front once again and was barely challenged on his way to yet another victory.
Heading into the final Josh looked on to take the perfect win, he had qualified pole and won all three heats and the Pre-Final. Even more impressively Josh had led every single lap of the weekend bar one! For his competitors to win Josh needed to hit mechanical issues as he was in a league of his own.
Unfortunately for the rest of the field that would not happen and Josh went on to take a commanding lights to flag victory in the final winning by one second. It was a weekend Josh will not forget in a hurry, he led all but one of the laps over the weekend and more importantly became the tenth Brit to win the event adding his name to the afore mentioned list.
Other drivers to win the event include F1 drivers past and present Robert Kubica, Daniil Kvyat and Giancarlo Fisichella! If history is to repeat itself Josh has a very big future ahead of him…
YRDA Weekend Results
There were more YRDA drivers racing up and down the country over the weekend, here’s a roundup of the results:
Cumbria Kart Racing Club Round 2:
William Macintyre – 2nd
In his preparations, ahead of next weekend’s British Open Championship William’s podium in a competitive field gives him a shot at victory and the chance to get his hands on that ‘O’ plate.
Vinnie Phillips – 5th
It was a solid performance from Vinnie who hasn’t got the most experience racing at the tricky Rowrah circuit. He’ll be hoping to keep improving at Rowrah this weekend.
Hunts Kart Racing Club Winter Series Round 3:
Luke Watts – 2nd (Winter Series Champion)
Luke wrapped up the Winter Series title in IAME Cadet with a 2nd place finish in the final. That added to another 2nd and a win at round two was enough to make him champion.
Kian Bennett – 18th
Racing in a packed Junior TKM grid Kian continues to adjust to the class. In a very competitive field he showed good pace throughout the weekend qualifying 14th for the final.
Ivan Lomliev – 5th
This was Ivan’s first time racing at Kimbolton in 2018 so he had a lot of catching up to do from the off. Competing in Mini X30 Ivan was always knocking on the door of a podium but fell just short finishing 5th. Certainly, nothing to be disappointed about!