November 12, 2019
The south of the UK is where Rotax racing is booming and has been for the last few years. The Forest Edge and Clay Pigeon championships are two of the most competitive in the UK for the Rotax classes. For many it is used as a place to race between British Championship rounds with both forming the last two rounds of the National season.
After brilliant seasons in both, two weeks ago saw Lewis preparing for what could be two of the biggest weekends in his Karting career.
First up would be the Forest Edge season finale with Lewis having a slim 26-point advantage over championship rival Klaas Kooiker. With lots of experience on the national stage holding on to that lead was going to be far from easy.
Lewis’ journey to the last round was one that came with success. After comfortable top ten finishes in the opening three rounds Lewis started to go through the gears at round four taking a victory and huge haul of points. Lewis followed that up with a 2nd at round six before two more top ten finishes.
However, the final round couldn’t have got off to a worse start for Lewis after he was disqualified from qualifying for being underweight. But with a title to fight for Lewis put in a fantastic drive in the opening heat gaining 17 places in just 9 laps to finish an impressive 11th place.
Lewis further improved on that with a comfortable win in the Pre-Final before going out and winning the final to crown himself the 2019 champion! It was arguably one of Lewis’ best performances given the pressure we had to withstand from championship rival Kooiker all the way to the flag.
Despite taking a win Lewis would use the last round as one of two dropped scores and won the title by 14 points! Looking back on the season Lewis’ worst finish was a 9th at round 7 and it is that consistency, in a large and competitive field, that made him the deserved champion.
The Clay Pigeon title would be another close-run affair with Lewis in a season long fight with Brandon Hague for the championship. The season would be one of two halves when it comes to the title fight with Lewis coming in strong towards the end of the season.
The first five rounds of the season saw Lewis dropping points to Hague at every round bar the first. As we got further in Lewis began to close the gap to Hague in terms of points and from round six hit form that Hague simply could not match.
His performances at the sixth, eighth and ninth rounds were particularly impressive leaving Lewis just two points away from Hague on dropped scores going into the final round of the season.
Similar to his Forest Edge race, Lewis got the final round off to a bad start finishing a lap down in the first heat. But wins in the second and third was good enough to put Lewis 3rd on the grid for the final and just like he did the week previous, Lewis went on to take a comfortable win and take the title in style!
It gave Lewis his second championship in as many weeks and is success that will surely have his as one to watch on the national stage going into 2020!