Luke Whitehead takes podium at Kimbolton season finale

December 13, 2018

Karting

As the Karting season draws to a close the Hunts Kart Racing Club Championship had it’s final round of the season and present from the #YRDArmy was Luke Whitehead who would be racing in Senior X30 and Kian Bennett who would be in the Junior TKM class.

Luke Whitehead – 2nd

Although there were only 18 drivers on the grid in Senior X30 there was no drop-in competition at the top of the field with season regulars present as ever.

December conditions presented challenging conditions for the opening heat with Luke starting 13th on the grid. Luke made a fantastic start to the race in what is always a traitorous opening lap at Kimbolton, moving up to 5th place. Any further progress was quickly halted with lots of race winning contenders all finding themselves together and after a furious battle for 5th Luke eventually crossed the line in 6th, before being promoted to 5th post-race.

With the track back to normal for heat two Luke was hoping for a good result but progress was immediately hindered after he dropped back to 8th place. But Luke got his head down and battled his way through to 3rd place taking the fastest lap along the way. That result would become 2nd after a penalty for a driver ahead and that combined with his 5th would put him pole position for the final.

As for the Final it was a straight head to head fight between Luke and Aaron Drury, a former champion who was competing in his last ever Kart race. However, despite Drury’s attempts to go out with a bang Luke was looking to spoil the party leading the opening four laps before another brief spell on lap eight. Eleven laps in and Luke was back in front again with the tension rising as the last lap board approached.

Luke took the lead as the race went into it’s final lap, but with Drury under absolutely no pressure behind he was given the freedom to counter Luke’s defensive driving and take the win by 0.14 seconds. It was a fantastic race and there was nothing but respect between the drivers at the end. It was more fantastic progress from Luke and shows he is a match for the best in the business.

 

Kian Bennett – 15th

As ever Junior TKM provided a hugely competitive grid with 36 karts lining up for the final race of the season. This meant the drivers would compete in two heats each over three races with the lowest qualifiers at the end going into a B Final. For Kian, it was simple make it into the A Final!

Starting from 15th in heat one in tricky conditions Kian got off to a bad start dropping down to 20th place. Now on a recovery it wasn’t until lap seven when Kian could start making some moves and he made the most of the final two laps climbing up to 15th in quick succession to get back to where he started.

Conditions had vastly improved for heat two and so had Kian’s grid position as he would be looking to convert his row three start into a good result. However, starting on the outside at Kimbolton is often costly and Kian felt the full effect of that being quite literally muscled back at times all the way down to 19th. Now nursing an injured kart Kian was severely lacking pace and stumbled home in 18th which would have a heavy effect on his grid position for the final.

Not being the only person to hit problems that day Kian’s recovery effort in heat one had helped him to qualify 23rd in the A Final which was not considering how heat two went.

After a bit of a bumpy start to the race Kian quickly started to make progress before getting involved in a battle just outside of the top fifteen. Kian found himself involved in a battle with other drivers out of position and despite setting times that were on par with the number eight seed, Oliver Richardson, Kian eventually finished 15th which is far from where he was aiming to be but that’s racing and it still made for decent points in Kian’s overall championship.