Same Track, Same Driver, Same Academy, Same Result

October 6, 2020


It was another sublime performance from Ethian Symonds as he took his first win with MLR and his third on the bounce at the PF International Circuit.

Despite the final result, the GP plate holder didn’t have the smoothest of runs through the weekend. After qualifying out of position in 14th it would be an uphill battle to recover to a decent result come the final. Following the two heat races of the weekend which saw a 9th and 15th place finish, Symonds would now line up 13th for the final.

As the lights went out and racing got underway, Ethian was fighting through and taking position after position as the time fell. With one and half laps to go Symonds made the move for the lead and drove to victory.

Once again showing Symonds talent and pure skill.

Phillips on the podium

As always it was expected for Vinnie Phillips and the Fusion team to be fighting for a podium if not the win at PFI and Phillips had an amazing weekend.

Like fellow #YRDArmy member Symonds, Phillips had a tough run through the heats qualifying 7th come the final.  

Having won the last four British Championship races, Phillips knew he was capable of climbing back up through the field. After a long final and some fantastic moves Phillips crossed the line 3rd to take yet another trophy home and secure two of the three podium spots for the YRDA.

Positives to be found amidst bad luck for Luke

It was a tough run at the weekend for Luke Watts who finished Sunday’s racing in 12th place, however as always Watts showed his amazing pace and potential.

The weekend for Luke got off to a good start with a 9th result in qualifying which would set him up nicely heading into Sunday’s heats and final. As with Vinnie and Ethian the heats brought some mixed fortunes, falling slightly back in race one and to 7th, however having a strong showing with some great pace in heat two finishing in 3rd.

This put Watts in the same position he’d started all his races on the second and on the back of a strong second heat anything was possible.

The final didn’t deliver the deserved result for Watts after some hard racing and a some bad luck Luke crossed the line 12th.

Not the ideal result for the young Brit who still remains in title contention for the UKC and British Kart Championship, but one which showed some great potential heading into the final rounds.

Mixed fortunes suffered by Allum, Campbell-Pilling and Phillips

It wasn’t the ideal weekend for Freddie Allum in Mini X30 but similar to that of KMS teammate Watts there was a silver lining for the weekend as he showed some amazing pace and fought hard to the flag beating near to half the field.

Rowan Campbell-Piling along with Jesse Phillips also took to the Grantham Circuit at the weekend showing some good speed and plenty of potential as they both continue to improve weekend upon weekend. Sadly both drivers suffered DNF’s in the final of the weekend but both left with their heads held high heading into a packed winter of racing.