April 1, 2021
It was a weekend of many positives for the young gun, Jesse Phillips as he took to the Belgium circuit looking to make a solid impact on the European scene.
The weekend got off to a solid start for the Brit as pace in practice looked highly promising as qualifying soon approached and the pressure to deliver mounted. Expectations were high but exceeded they were as Jesse blew the competition away to take a maiden European pole position and start his weekend off in the best possible way. A phenomenal result for such a young talent.
The racing on the European scene is some of the toughest in world karting and starting from pole means the target was on Phillip’s back but Jesse was in no mood to let this get to him. A strong first heat saw some great intense battles within the top 10 and Phillips crossing the line in 7th, not a perfect race but one where exceptional race craft was demonstrated.
Heat two saw another great battle from the ORM driver as he fought hard to cross the line P4 and regain some of the points lost in the first race. This heat was one that showed there was going to be no giving up this weekend.
Then struck some bad luck an unfortunate set of events in heat three saw Phillips drop to the rear finishing towards the back leaving him with an uphill battle heading into the pre final.
Starting mid grid for any race is not easy but when the race in question decides the final grid spot of the weekend all was to play for. Jesse was in no mood to hang about and straight away got down to business engaging in some highly intense battles throughout the grid and moved up through the field come the flag to finish P14.
Now all eyes turned to the final and Phillips was ready to fight back into the top 10 and demonstrate the pace and skill which lead him to pole in the qualifying practice. The final got underway and it was clear the skills learnt through the YRDA were paying off as he drove through the pack right into contention with the top 5 and come the flag crossed the line to end a successful weekend and finish P5.
British number two Caden McQueen was also in action at the Mariembourg circuit as he embarked on the next chapter of his career after joining the YRDA squad.
The weekend panned out to be a tough one for the talented driver as qualifying got off to a difficult start with the result placing Caden well out of position with a lot of work to do.
As the heats went by, the intense action of Senior X30 got underway and the battles began despite the results some amazing race craft and pace was on display from Caden as he aimed to recover from qualifying. Heat two was the stand out race of the weekend in many’s opinion as Caden battled through passing numerous competitors to move closer to the top ten.
Heat 3 of the weekend sadly saw a DNF and therefore places needed to be gained in the fourth heat and Caden delivered up 4 places and back to looking himself. The final heat saw another race with some amazing pace and positions gained as the weekend end approached.
As far as luck goes in was against Caden this weekend and the heat results saw Caden end up in the second chance race, fighting for a place in the pre final. The racing got underway and Caden fought hard, just missing out on a place in the pre-final and bringing his weekend to a premature end.
Overall still many positives to take away from the weekend, and Caden will be looking to come back stronger as the UK racing scene restarts.
There are many love stories in motorsport and Vinnie and Fusion are certainly one of these stories. Taking our Vinnie from the age of six and guiding him alongside us too many titles and wins including the LAS Vegas Supernationals and the British Kart Championship. The weekend in Belgium would signify the end of an era and as the curtain fell there were still many positives to take away.
The weekend got underway with a difficult qualifying and Vinnie finishing the session P18 overall, leaving the British Champion with some work to do heading into the heat races. The heats were a solid success, racing hard and fast through the field to secure multiple top 10 finishes and some mixed results, come the pre final, Vinnie would start P17 with work to do.
As the race got underway Vinnie fought back and charged up 7 positions with some outstanding moves and set himself up for one last hurrah with the Fusion outfit. The final saw a fantastic battle of the best in Europe and Vinnie rounded off his Fusion Motorsport Career.
An emotional end to an amazing journey and now a new chapter opens with Strawberry Racing and an exciting new challenge begins.
Overall, many positives found over in Europe and the excitement of 2021 has only just begun.