May 30, 2018
British Talent Cup
After a round one to forget, which saw Max fall off the bike in race one and a cancelled race two, there was a lot of work to do for Max on the championships return to Donington Park. Straight from the off Max was quick with 2nd in practice despite traitorous conditions. That was followed up on Friday evening with 2nd in qualifying which would put Max on the front row for both races.
Supporting the World Superbike Championship, the crowds had gathered on Saturday with plenty of spectators sticking around for what was set to be a fascinating race in glorious conditions.
After a good start to the race, Max quickly attached himself to a lead quartet that had broken clear from the rest of the field which included Rory Skinner, Thomas Strudwick and Fenton Seabright. All took their turn to lead the way with one of Max’s highlights being his double overtake into the Melbourne Loop! But anytime Max would take the lead the tow, worth half a second, would see him lose it again so effectively it would all come down to positioning come the final lap!
Going onto that final lap it was still four for the lead with Max losing 2nd to Seabright going into turn one. But the race was not over yet and going through the ‘Foggy esses’ Max got a fantastic run and made a move on Seabright to retain 2nd place. It was a brilliant ride and good points on the board going into Sunday.
Race two was very much similar to the first with Max fighting for the lead with Strudwick and Skinner, but there were two clear differences. The first being that the trio had opened up an even bigger lead than they did in race one and secondly that in this race Max would do most of the leading!
However, that did not mean there was no passing. There was lots of it to entertain the spectators and on identical bikes and leathers it became hard to keep up with at times! With three laps to go Max had made a break for it out front but the tow would see that gap close as the last lap board went out.
Watching a last lap is already nerve wracking enough, but that was exaggerated when Max lost the lead by the old hairpin. As they came to the Melbourne Loop Max was evidently flirting with disaster with the bike moving round, but that slight risk would come with reward as it gave Max the run to throw the bike down the inside going into the last corner. As Skinner tried and failed to hold on around the outside Max would come across the line to take victory! It was a well fought win and it was clear on the in lap that it meant a lot to Max who is now in contention for the title going into Snetterton!
It’s Max’s first win in the championship in just his second win and the confidence gained should be reflected at Mugello this weekend where he will be racing in round two of the Red Bull Rookies!
For Oscar Piastri last weekend was an experience most drivers dream about from the first day they jump into a kart. Racing around the legendary streets of Monaco is an experience not many drivers get to live, but for Oscar Piastri racing in the Formula Renault Eurocup allowed that to happen. Even better it was no ordinary race around Monaco, the championship would of course be supporting the Monaco Grand Prix!
However, once the lights went green it would be business as usual for Oscar who knew that qualifying was going to be vital especially in races with no pit stops! The Arden Motorsport driver would qualify which would make getting inside the top ten and scoring points pretty difficult. As expected the race would mostly consist of drivers following each other around and making a couple of positions was the best anyone could manage! Oscar put up a good fight in both races to finish 13th and 12th, in a field of 28 cars it was a good result and despite scoring no points Oscar still remains 9th in the championship heading to the Red Bull Ring in two months time.
Luke Watts had a great end to his weekend at round five of the Whilton Mill Kart Club Championship. After a set of heats which mostly consisted of Luke being punted off he was left down in 12th for the final. After a decent start to the race Luke gradually made his way through the pack and once reaching the leaders he wasted no time in taking the race lead eventually going on to win the final by over a second!
It’s been a hugely difficult start to the season for our drivers racing in the British GT Championship, but for Tom Canning and teammate Sennan Fielding they now have points on the board. After a solid performance in qualifying, Canning and Fielding were able to get the car around Snetterton to finish in the points. In the other Toyota, Alex Quinn and Dean MacDonald were mostly absent from the circuit in what was a weekend to forget and as for Tom Wood and Jan Jonck in the Academy Motorsport car there brilliant qualifying performance unfortunately couldn’t be reflected in the races due to several issues.