June 3, 2021
It was a weekend filled with incidents for Vinnie Phillips as the reigning Mini X30 Champion suffered the brutality of racing at Shenington in Junior X30 in full force. An incident packed weekend left him playing catch up right from the start, after being pushed off the circuit in qualifying. Further incidents, added with a drop down penalty, left Vinnie having to start the final all the way down from 27th place. But the Strawberry Racing driver had clearly had enough of being the victim and got his elbows out in the final to steam through the field and gain 17 places to finish an impressive 10th just 2.48 seconds behind the race leader! A great recovery, but Vinnie knows he now has work to do at Kimbolton.
Caden McQueen would also suffer bad fortunes in his qualifying session, which was a huge disappointment given his tremendous pace in practice. However, the Croc Promotions driver would get himself up from 24th to 12th throughout the heats to put himself in a strong position for the Pre-Final. A small incident at the start would drop Caden down the field, but he would do well to recover back to 12th giving himself a chance at some big points in the final. Unfortunately his final would last just four corners after he was caught up in a pile up at the hairpin forcing him to take an early bath. A sad end, to what had been an encouraging weekend.
Given some of his form in recent weeks, 23rd would not have been the result Jesse Phillips was hoping for but overall he showed great promise in the opening round of the British Kart Championships. Racing around Shenington is not always easy with slipstream a key asset and once that tow is broken you are a sitting duck. Getting involved in the lead group is very difficult to do if you’re not starting there so given where Jesse had started a 23rd place was a result he can be happy with. He kept himself out of trouble all weekend and more importantly he knows there is plenty more to come!
For the rookie, Jenson Jones, like anyone racing in the British Championships for the first time his goal would be to make the A Final come Sunday. However, his goals in getting there would not get off to a good start after being disqualified from qualifying for being underweight. It meant Jenson would have to start both his heats from dead last, but keeping his cool he would put himself 4th on the grid for the repechage. From there Jenson would hold station in the race to safely qualify through and would end the weekend 30th in the final. It was mission accomplished for Jenson and on to the next one!
The second round of the championship will take place next weekend at Kimbolton.