March 26, 2019
Although avery condensed field it didn’t stop there being close racing! Starting from the outside of row two in heat one Luke made his way straight to the front of the opening lap crossing the line with a one second lead. On the fast and flowing Three Sisters circuit Luke was eventually caught leading a two-lap showdown with Ben Price. On this occasion Luke, would just be able to hold off the challenges of Price, but it was a warning sign going into the rest of the day.
If a 0.15 second win in heat one wasn’t close enough already things in heat two got even closer! Luke would lead from the front on this occasion and had both Dain Tucker and Price for company with the trio split by 0.16 seconds after lap one. For the first time of the day Luke would cross the line not in the lead on lap two having dropped to 3rd, but it took the KMS driver just two laps to regain his lead once again.
As the laps ticked by Price began to drop back leaving Tucker the only driver to defend from going into the last two laps. Luke defended well and coming out of the last corner it was a drag race to the line with Luke clinching victory by 0.06 seconds! A fantastic battle with two more races still to come.
Heat three normal service resumed with Luke leading the race in the opening laps. But it appeared Tucker and Price had a different approach following Luke for the first six laps of the race. On the penultimate lap Tucker hit the front and with Price now challenging Luke for 2nd, the sensible decision was to settle for 2nd with Luke knowing that would be good enough to take pole position for the final.
With the action that had been shown in the heats anyone would’ve expected the final to be a thriller that was decided out of the last corner, but the truth couldn’t be any different. Tucker kept Luke close for the first two laps but when got into a battle with Price it gave Luke a one second lead and with the tow now gone it came down to raw pace and Luke showed the field what he had been hiding all day. Luke went on to take the win with by over two seconds along with the fastest lap of the race.
It was a perfect return to the circuit which will host a round of the British Championships later in the year.
A penalty inflicted weekend for the #YRDArmy at Whilton Mill but Vinnie Phillips brought home the trophies with 3rd in IAME Cadet.
Ethian Symonds - 8th (5sec penalty)
Luke Whitehead - DSQ (Took first win in Senior X30 on track)
Vinnie Phillips - 3rd
Watch back the Finals on Alpha Live at 1:42:00 | 2:53:00 | 3:10:00
It was certainly not the end to the WSK Super Master Series Josh Irfan was hoping for! A consistent weekend led to an unfortunate Pre-Final which saw Josh starting the Final from the very back. However, Josh fought hard gaining 22 places to finish 9th place and salvage 7th in the championship. A disappoint result, but another brilliant performance from Josh.