'King Ethian' storms to Kartmasters crown

August 4, 2020


This past weekend saw the biggest one off event of the year take place at the PF International Kart Circuit in Grantham. A true jewell in the calendar and a title every driver wants to win. Famed for its hard racing and pure grit and determination needed to win, 2020 was no exception and for Ethian Symonds a dream came true.

With a shortened format qualifying was more important than ever and a top ten result from Symonds set up the weekend. After a strong run through the heats with an outstanding drive in Heat 2 crossing the line P4, Ethian lined up fifth for the Pre-Final. After a well fought race the young Brit crossed the line in P4, placing him in an optimum position to challenge for the win.

The Final of the Kartmasters British Grand Prix lived up to its reputation. After a mega start and quick decisive moves, Ethian found himself in the box seat with two laps to go. With thousands watching online and the pressure of the countries best drivers behind all chasing the coveted GP plate. Symonds drove the race of his life to take the flag and claim his first ever Kartmasters GP title. 

This meant Symonds added his name to a list of racing legends including Lewis Hamilton and some of our #YRDArmy in Tom Wood and Ethians driver coach and 2017 CIK Karting World Champion Danny Keirle, who had this to say: “Firstly a huge congratulations to Ethian Symonds after having a few days of coaching at PFI in preparation to Kartmasters. He put on a great display of what he has learnt and became Kartmasters Champion!!”

Ethian Symonds: “After narrowly missing out on the 0 plate and E plate last year we were very determined to win the GP plate this year. Although we had a tough Pre-Final our pace was strong putting us P4 for the final. With everyone so determined to win it was tough to hold on to the lead, especially in the last two laps where we had to defend. For us to win the GP plate is a dream come true. It was a very emotional experience. It still doesn’t feel real now. I would like to thank everyone at Coles Racing, including Connor Hall, Aventus Power, the whole YRDA, my family and everyone else who has been a part of my journey.”

More trophies across the Academy!

Alongside claiming the Mini X30 crown with Ethian Symonds, the #YRDArmy was also racing in the Mini class with Vinnie Phillips and Freddie Allum.  In similar fashion to Symonds, Phillips showed off his amazing talent taking P3 at the flag after a long and tough day of racing, keeping up his amazing form.  Another fantastic result for the young talent who is going from strength to strength in 2020. Freddie Allum also had a good run at the 2020 Kartmasters GP after a good and positive 3 days of racing, crossing the line 13th gaining 6 places on a full grid of highly experienced drivers.

Junior X30 saw Luke Watts add yet another piece of silverware to his collection matching the result of Phillips crossing the line P3 after an eventful final seeing him recover from 13th with a bent axle!

Luke Watts: “A very eventful weekend for us at Kartmasters! After everything that happened, very happy to come away with in our first year in Junior X30! Wasn't our day when it came to winning, but can't complain with a in the biggest race of the year Big thanks to Kato motorsport, James Bean and the Young Racing Driver Academy”

The weekend also saw YRDA young gun Jesse Phillips take to the track in his debut at Kartmasters, taking 22nd at the flag in one of the most competitive grids of the weekend.