Tommy Foster wins British Championship third round

June 6, 2018

Karting

Tommy Foster kicked his British Championship campaign into a new gear after winning the third round of the Super One British Championship at Clay Pigeon in Senior Max. It ends a run of bad luck for Tommy in the championship, particularly at round two, which has got his title campaign back on track heading into the second half of the season.

It is certainly a track on the calendar Tommy would have been looking forward to after Tommy took a series of wins at the track over the winter, including the English Championship. However, in a grid of 60 drivers you can never predict what is going to happen but Tommy got his weekend off to a good start qualifying in 5th place. 

Things continued to get better in the heats with Tommy kicking off proceedings with 3rd in his opening heat. In heat two Tommy gave himself a great chance at a front row start for final one after taking the win ahead of Bradley Barrett picking up the fastest lap of the race along the way.

In what was such a close-run contest throughout the heats Tommy would classify 4th despite being just one point away from pole position!

That led us into final one, but starting on the inside was never going to be easy and Tommy got off to a difficult start dropping to 6th place on the opening lap. The difficulties continued as was edged down to as low as 10th place by lap five leaving Tommy with work to do! On a circuit that is very difficult to overtake on, Tommy did manage to get back up to 7th but then joined a train of karts battling for 3rd where overtaking was almost an impossibility!

So, there was now work to do in final two and that got off to a good start after an incident early in the race saw Tommy go from 6th to 2nd in one lap leaving Charlie Turner now the only driver to pass. Tommy chased down and passed the number five seed in just six laps and from there was able to go on and win the race by one second finally putting an end to the bad luck of his British Championship season.

The championship standings haven’t yet been updated but from 11th Tommy should now be on the fringes of the top ten at least!

 

Max Cook’s Mugello misfortunes 

Fresh from his win in the British Talent Cup Max Cook arrived in Mugello hoping to improve on his 13th place at the Red Bull Rookies season opener in Jerez. With the Italian fans conducting their track invasion each year there would be just one race for the riders on Saturday and one chance to impress. After a successful sim session earlier in the week with us Max got the weekend off the a fantastic start with 6th in practice one.

In practice two Max continued to show his pace but qualifying did not see the same outcome with Max down in 20th after getting caught up in battles and not finding the crucial tow needed to set a good time. That left a lot of work to do in the race, but Max started well and was up to 15th in the first few laps. However, by the time he’d got there the top 14 were down the road fighting with each other and in Max’s attempts to bridge the gap he unfortunately fell putting him straight out of the race. It was a huge shame but there were certainly positives to take away from the weekend and in to Assen later this month.

 

Luke Whitehead hits technical problems at O plate

At times, it was as if Luke Whitehead already had one hand on the inaugural O plate but the Croc Promotions driver unfortunately suffered terminal mechanical issues in the final destroying any chances of becoming the first ever Junior X30 British Open Champion. Despite developing problems in the heats Luke still had blistering pace and qualified 3rd for the final before those problems grew and eventually led to a seized engine leaving Luke watching the final from the side-lines for the last seven laps of the race.

 

Watts and Phillips at Forest Edge Club meeting

Present at Forest Edge Kart Club last weekend were Luke Watts and Vinnie Phillips as they begin preparations for LGM Series in a few weeks time. For Luke it was a pretty decent weekend he picked up a 5th on Saturday with a 9th place on Monday despite qualifying 5th. For Vinnie Saturday saw him pick up a penalty which dropped him down the order in the final but he made up for that on Sunday finishing 7th with the quickest second sector of the race.