Podiums and season bests for YRDA drivers at Three Sisters

August 28, 2019

Karting


As the IAME British Kart Championships enters its last two rounds, Three Sisters was a chance for our drivers to boost themselves up the standings and all three put on brilliant performances even if they didn’t get all get the end results they deserved. In this article, we will give a full run down of the weekend for the #YRDArmy from round five.

Luke Watts – Two podiums see Luke go second

It was a brilliant weekend for Luke who has moved himself up to second in the championship! After qualifying third on Saturday Luke had a consistent run in the heats with two second place finishes helping him take pole for the final.

Despite leading the final at times Luke would eventually get tied in to a battle for victory with Jessica Edgar. Being so close in the standings it was a battle that could mean more than just a race win and on this occasion Luke would have to settle for second and take the points.

Luke was even stronger on Sunday on his quest for his first final victory of the season. From the front row Luke took two commanding race wins in a tough field. Although pushed to the flag Luke was comfortable at the flag by Mini X30 standards and would once again start from pole.

Similar to final one Luke would lead early doors, but heading into the second half of the race there would be a sense of déjà vu as he once again found himself going head to head with Edgar for the win. Similar to final one it was a race that went all the way to the wire, but sadly for Luke it would be a repeat result.

Luke now sits second in the standings before dropped scores and is eleven points back from Oliver Greenall with Theo Micouris and Edgar hot on his heels!


Ivan Lomliev – A season best fourth for Ivan

It has been a tough season for Ivan at times but Three Sisters was a hugely positive weekend showing that he could be one to watch going in to next season. After showing signs of promise on Friday, Ivan got the weekend off to a great start with fourth in qualifying on Saturday.

Being at the front helped Ivan avoid the carnage and penalties that often follow when being in the midfield and after a sixth and a fourth in the heats he was able to retain his original qualifying position of fourth for the final. Before this weekend Ivan’s best result in a final was thirteenth, but he raced extremely well as he went on to finish fourth in the final beating some much more experienced drivers in the class.

Sunday saw Ivan struggling ever so slightly in qualifying but tenth was still a good result although it left him vulnerable to incidents in the heats. Sadly he would find himself being involved in those incidents and a DNS and 27th couldn’t have been a much worse result leaving him down in 31st place on the grid for the final.

Although a disappointing result it led to what was arguably Ivan’s best performance of the season so far as he climbed an impressive eighteen places to match what was previously his best result of the season of thirteenth! He was by the biggest mover in the field and it showed that the Coles Racing driver has now fully hit his form going into the final round!


Vinnie Phillips – What could have been

Sadly, Three Sisters was very much a weekend of what could have been for Vinnie. His qualifying and heats performances should have seen him take both wins but he would instead leave with results he didn’t deserve and it takes another knock to his championship.

Vinnie hit the ground running on Saturday finishing third in qualifying and both heats that would follow which would be good enough to give him pole for the final. Unfortunately, an incident on the opening lap would see Vinnie pushed back to 24th place and carrying damage he did a good job to recover thirteenth place.

Seeking vengeance on Sunday Vinnie came out strong, once again qualifying in third place. His consistency in the heats would continue as he charged through to take the win in the opening race before taking second in heat two.

Starting on the front row Vinnie was desperate to take the win he deserved, but history would unfortunately repeat itself with Vinnie being forced back tenth just five laps in. Now in amongst a chaotic mid pack positions were hard to come by and by the time Vinnie had worked his way through fifth he was over four seconds back from the leaders leaving him no option but to settle for position.

A disappointing weekend in terms of final results, but Vinnie can leave with his head held high after the pace he showed throughout.