Mixed weekend for YRDA drivers at Super One Series opener

March 20, 2017


Yesterday saw the season opener of the 2017 Super One Series at a soaked Rowrah circuit in Cumbria. Five YRDA drivers were present in the IAME Cadet and Junior Max classes and there were mixed fortunes across the board in what was very tricky conditions!

Let’s start with a driver who stayed out of trouble all weekend, Luke Watts. Luke had by far his best Super One round to date as he stayed in the top ten all weekend despite being the sole Global Karting driver at Rowrah. Luke started by qualifying 8th out of 36 competitors and finished 5th and 6th in the heats to qualify on the outside of row two for Final One.

Luke has never finished in the top ten in a Super One Final and absolutely smashed that record on Sunday as he took a 6th and 7th in the finals to walk away from the weekend 7th in the championship.

Also, racing in IAME Cadet at the weekend was Josh Irfan. Considering his pre-season form Josh would have come into season with big expectations despite it only being his second Super One assault. However, his confidence was confirmed with 2nd in qualifying. In the opening heat Josh, had finished 3rd before a penalty for a false start dropped him down to 9th place. He was able to make up for that penalty in heat two with 4th place.

Final One saw a very close race particularly in the top ten which Josh was heavily involved in, with Josh finishing a solid 10th place less than a second behind 6th! In Final Two Josh had made steady progress to finish 7th, but a front fairing penalty saw Josh drop down the order once again to 17th. It wasn’t quite Josh’s weekend on this occasion, but 11th after round one is no disaster!

William Macintyre made progress all weekend to leave Rowrah in a very respectable 13th place overall! After qualifying 18th William’s weekend got off to an absolute disaster with a 24th in heat one, but he recovered well in heat two with a very impressive 4th place!

William’s weekend continued to improve as he moved forward five places in Final One to finish 13th place. William set impressive lap times on the way, which were not far off the podium finishers. In Final Two William looked set for a top ten finish at least but hit problems a few laps in which saw him having to fight back from 20th place. In the remaining six laps William did a great job to finish 14th place.

Abbie Munro and Tommy Foster were both out in the Junior Max class, but never quite got the results they deserved.

Tommy had been off to a flyer with a 1st and 2nd in the heats, but he was excluded from Final One which inevitably saw his weekend completely change as he had to fight through from the back in Final Two. In that final he valiantly fought through to 7th, but picked up a front fairing penalty on the way which dropped him to 15th place.

As for Abbie well there was hardly a race where she didn’t have some sort of problems thrown at her. Despite such good lap times and a qualifying position of 10th she was never quite able to show what she could properly do which was a real shame.

Round Two of the Super One Series takes place at Rissington on the 8th/9th April.