Luke Watts takes podium at Shenington

January 22, 2019

Karting

Luke Watts took his second podium of 2019 after finishing 2nd place at the opening round of the Shenington Kart Racing Club Winter Series taking the fastest lap along the way. After mixed results in the heats Luke found himself having to start from 10th place before storming through the field to eventually finish 2nd.

After his fantastic win at Kimbolton just over a week ago, Luke came into Shenington flying with confidence and in search of another win and no less! Luke had a chance to get things off to a great start with a front row grid for heat one. A brilliant start saw Luke leading by 1.5 seconds after lap one and it was pretty much race over by this point but that was until disaster struck on lap three with a mechanical problem putting Luke out of the race. Now classified in 13th Luke had a serious amount of work to do in heat two and to make matters worse he would start from the back of the grid.

From 13th place Luke made fast progress going up to 5th place on the opening lap. Great lap times saw steady progress with Luke gradually making his way through to 2nd place by lap six. A small battle for 2nd on lap seven would unfortunately see any chances of a win vanish and the goal now became holding off Theo Micouris. After a great fight Luke, would unfortunately just lose out on the last lap and finished 3rd place. A good result but that first heat result would still give him a big job to do in the final. 

With the points combined Luke was left on the outside of row five for the final. Winning from there would require a big battle for the lead to last for several laps and even a podium would require a fast start from Luke. Thankfully he did just that moving up to 6th place and a lap later he was 4th with a win no longer an impossibility. Luke was fastest on track and was up to 2nd with four laps complete a was within a second of polesitter and race leader, Oliver Greenall.

Luke’s blistering pace had relieved him of any pressure behind and fully focused on Greenall he closed the gap to half a second by the halfway stage of the race. As the laps ticked by Luke began to turn the screw even tighter and went on to take the lead on lap eleven with the race now well and truly on!

Shenington’s ‘Monza Style’ layout made it extremely difficult for Luke to drop Greenall who was able to keep in the tow. It became clear this was a race that was now going to be decided on the last lap with the pair building a gap over the rest of the field. On the final lap Greenall made his move getting passed Luke, but the race was not over yet and Luke went for an ambitious move around the outside at the final corner which he appeared to have somehow completed. But there was unfortunate contact between the pair which saw Luke off on the grass and having to settle for 2nd place.

It wasn’t quite the win he wanted but it was a fantastic race to watch even from a neutral perspective. His 2019 consistency continues and there’s no doubt Luke is already looking in good shape ahead of the National season.