Success all round - #YRDArmy has podiums in both Cars and Karts

July 7, 2021

It was once again another very successful weekend for the Young Racing Driver Academy as many drivers headed to tracks all over the nation to compete with the very best. The weekend did however bring two standout performances, Aston Martin Junior driver Tom Canning and Junior X30 driver Luke Watts. Both had incredible weekends and will be remembered for a long time. 

Tom Canning back on the podium!

Aston Martin Junior Driver Tom Canning was out at Oulton Park this weekend as he teamed up with Feathers Motorsport and  in the distinctive red white and blue Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car as he stepped in for Darren Turner this weekend. Racing hard to stay in the championship hunt Tom and his teammate James Guess were ready to push to the maximum to deliver the best result possible. 

The weekend got off to a great start, as Tom hit the technical circuit and gathered an understanding of his weekend's machinery and started to build the set-up ahead of the weekend.  The first main session that would get the weekend started was qualifying and the duo were more than ready to deliver. After a storming lap 13th overall and 4th in class would see a great starting position for the first race of the weekend. 

Race one would see some treacherous conditions out on track and would require full focus to keep the Aston Martin beast on track. The conditions provided some incredible racing from start to finish with the Feathers Motorsport car in amongst the battles. Come the flag it would be a 9th place finish in class and 22nd overall. Not the deserved result considering the pace but with one race to go all was still to play for. 

Race two saw the Aston launch off from 18th on the grid and with plenty of work to do Tom and James were not messing about and drove a fantastic race to be right at the sharp end 9 places up on their starting position and running in contention for victory. At the end of the race it would be 9th overall and a mighty impressive 2nd place in class bringing home a fantastic podium and a whole host of points for the team. 

Tom will rejoin the Feathers Motorsport team at Donington Park later in the season but for now Tom's incredible efforts have kept the team 3rd in the standings and still with the championship win in sight. 

Watts Back with a Bang!

The other standout performance of the weekend from within the #YRDArmy was Luke Watts who headed to Pf International to take part in the PF Challenge and this weekend's performance was certainly one to remember. 

The young Brit has had a quiet start to 2021 working hard behind the scenes to best prepare himself for the future. However, with Kartmasters on the horizon Luke made a return and went straight to the top of timesheets in practice and started where he left off in Junior X30. Qualifying was much of the same story, with right at the sharp end in 2nd place overall 0.01 off of pole. 

Heat one set the standard for the weekend and Luke was not here to mess about, a commanding victory from the front row saw Luke back on business and the KMS driver was ready to dominate. Heat two was the same, another phenomenal performance saw Luke cross the line ahead of the pack and secure pole position for the final leaving everyone else in shock of his raw pace. 

The pole position brought treacherous conditions and those Luke thrived in. Heading off from pole Luke drove off clear of the field pulling seconds on his opponent’s each lap and over the 10 lap race pulled a monster gap of 15.8 seconds on second place and secured the fastest lap by over a second. 

A simply sensational performance by Luke and one which will go down as one of his career best drives. What a way to make a comeback to the Junior X30 scene