February 7, 2019
As ever, qualifying for round two of the Winter Series would take place on Saturday and Luke put down a statement to the rest of the field qualifying on pole position by over two tenths of a second. It would give him pole for both heats on Sunday with the rest of the Mini X30 field now needing to find some time.
It became clear in heat one that Luke’s biggest threat was going to come from Oliver Greenall. Although Luke crossed the line in the lead on every lap, Greenall was always within one second and finished the race just over two tenths back from Luke. It was a big sign to Luke and the KMS team that winning the final was going to be far from easy.
Heat two brought up even more warning signs for Luke. He took another lights to flag victory, but was this time under the severe pressure of Matthew Hyde with Greenall joining the party towards the end of the race. By the flag all three drivers were split by under three tenths of a second with Luke doing a good job to deal with the constant pressure.
Having won both heats it was no surprise that Greenall came out the blocks quickly and passed Luke on lap two. Luke reacted very sensibly to this and worked with Greenall to ensure it would be a two-way fight come the end of the race. Just as planned going onto the final lap Luke made his move to take a close fought victory adding to a growing tally already in 2019.
However, post-race Luke would be given a five second penalty for his nose cone. Something that appeared to change on the in lap. It was a real shame, but Luke was able to look past that and left the track very happy with his weekend’s performances.
Whilst Luke Watts had a weekend to remember, Vinnie Phillips unfortunately had one to forget! He recovered well from his 12th in qualifying to take two 3rd place finishes in the heats putting him 7th on the grid for the final. Similar to Luke Vinnie went on to finish 6th in the final but a post-race nose cone penalty left him all the way down in 19th place.
It was a solid start to the WSK Super Master Series for Josh Irfan who finished 6th in the final to walk away from round one 8th in the championship! With three rounds still to play it leaves Josh well in the mix to contest for the title