More trophies for the #YRDArmy at PFI

February 5, 2020


Although a mixed weekend for the #YRDArmy at the second round of the TVKC Winter Series, there were lots of positives to take away with Luke Watts and Rowan Campbell-Pilling both standing on the Junior X30 podium. There were also strong results for our Mini X30 contingent with mixed results for our senior drivers.

Junior X30:

Luke Watts – 2nd

Luke took his third podium of the year after finishing 2nd in the Junior X30 final. After storming to victory in tricky conditions in both his heats, the dry track in the final would bring a closer fight for the win. Luke found himself going to head to head with Theo Micouris and after contact was made in the dying stages of the race, Luke had just one lap to fight back from 3rd. A courageous effort would see Luke take 2nd place back and although he piled the pressure on Micouris he would just run out of time and would have to settle for 2nd. A great result in an ever-impressive season.

Rowan Campbell-Pilling – 1st Novice

In his first ever race in the Junior X30 class and under a Motorsport UK licence, Rowan would have to start at the back of the huge and competitive Junior X30 grid. Faced with mixed conditions over the course of the weekend would be a challenge in itself for Rowan let alone starting from the back of the field! Sadly, Rowan’s chances of making the A Final came to blows after a first lap incident saw him drop five seconds off the back of the field. But he would put up an impressive recovery coming back to 7th place as well as matching the leaders for pace. Despite a front fairing penalty, Rowan would still take the novice victory meaning it was mission accomplished.

Mini X30:

Vinnie Phillips – 4th

Vinnie would unfortunately be robbed of a podium finish after a front fairing penalty dropped him back to 4th place in the final. A win and 4th place was enough to put Vinnie on the front row for the final. An entertaining race from there would see Vinnie battle for the win with Ryan Echberg and Gabriel Stilp, all three having their turn out front. Fastest on track, Vinnie would fight back from 3rd to finish 2nd before a front fairing penalty for all three leaders would see him drop to 4th and just miss out on a podium finish.

Ethian Symonds – 6th

Fortunes were sadly even worse for Ethian. Carrying damage that would only be discovered after the final would see Ethian down on pace throughout the day and an incident in heat one only made matters worse leaving him 10th on the grid for the final. Being run off the track would hamper Ethian’s progress, but the damage would the biggest dampener on Ethian’s race which would eventually see him fight to a respectable 8th place. A brave effort, even if a weekend to forget.

Senior Rotax:

Lewis Halliday – 12th

Lewis had a solid performance in a full grid of 47 drivers in the Senior Rotax class, finishing 12th despite a front fairing penalty. A solid top ten finish in heat one was followed by a comfortable win in heat two. However, a penalty would see Lewis finish 3rd and qualify in the top ten for the final. Against the countries best, Lewis showed his promising pace ahead of this year’s British championship, finishing 10th in the final before dropping to 12th with a front fairing penalty. A strong day overall and an exciting season ahead!

Frederick Lubin – 25th

Frederick returned to PFI once again to keep his race fitness up ahead of his debut season in single seaters. With Frederick’s focus fully turned to British F4, he didn’t arrive to PFI with a huge amount of expectations. In the final Frederick found himself involved in an almighty battle for 15th but was pushed down the order in an eventful final lap eventually seeing him cross the line in 25th. A disappointing end, but more importantly a weekend of keeping race sharp complete with the British F4 season edging closer and closer.