Vinnie Phillips: 2020 Mini X30 British Champion

October 27, 2020

Karting

Vinnie Phillips officially crowned himself the Mini X30 British Champion at PFI last weekend with a near perfect season seeing him win the title by an impressive 33 points! It is Vinnie’s first time winning the series in what is his first year in the Mini X30 class and he did in style with five wins out of six in the finals. Vinnie joins YRDA drivers past and present as British Champions including Dan Ticktum, Tom Canning, Tom Wood, Sandy Mitchell, Ross Gunn and Danny Kierle.

Vinnie wasn’t the only driver from the #YRDArmy victorious with Luke Watts and Ethian Symonds taking their first wins at the season finale helping them to 4th overall in their respected classes.

#YRDArmy Dominate Mini X30 class!

Vinnie Phillips’ championship win in the Mini X30 class will go down as one of the most successful in British Championship history! Five wins and a 2nd left him just 0.17 seconds away from the perfect score with fellow YRDA driver Ethian Symonds snatching the last win of the season.

Coming into the final weekend of the season Vinnie was carrying a lead of 29 points over his closest rival and teammate, Leo Robinson. Having won all four finals all Vinnie needed to do to take the title was keep a clean pair of heels and finish the race on Saturday.

Rather than playing it safe Vinnie was straight to business on Saturday to qualify on the front row for Saturday’s final. Working with his teammate Vinnie would make his move for the win with just three laps to go and put in another textbook performance to take his 5th straight win in the championship and crown himself the unofficial champion.

Rather the pull-out from Sunday’s race Vinnie wanted to do what no driver has done before and become an undefeated champion. Pole position for Sunday’s final put him in the perfect position to do that. However, the final turned into perhaps the race of the season with a five way battle for the lead and after Vinnie was pushed wide on the penultimate lap, Ethian saw his opportunity to take his first win and went for it!

An aggressive defence from Robinson would see him penalised post-race giving the win to Ethian and 2nd to Vinnie. It was a YRDA one-two to end the season and a championship win confirmed for Vinnie, with Ethian repeating his result from Honda Cadet last year to finish an impressive 4th.

It was a brilliant end to the season for Ethian and was his fourth consecutive win at the PFI circuit. He has gone on a winning streak in recent weeks that the rest of the grid simply cannot stop and he joins Vinnie as the only other race winner in the 2020 British Championship season. He will no doubt be the one watch in 2021!

Vinnie will go down in history as one of the most dominant champions the British Kart Championships has ever seen if not the most dominant! With five wins and a 2nd he showed a level of consistency that couldn’t be matched in any class and was just three points away from a perfect score!


Luke Watts takes first British Championship win

It was a historic weekend for Luke Watts at the season finale of the British Championships as he took his first ever win in the series. Having come so close in Mini X30, Luke had to reset coming into 2020 with the move to the Junior class. His progress was halted mid-way through the season after having all of his kit stolen forcing the team to reset once again. But with hard work both on and off track Luke ended his season on the top step with a brilliant last lap win on Saturday followed by a solid 2nd place finish on Sunday. An impressive result for Luke and the team in his debut season in the class!


Jesse Phillips end season with best result

Jesse put in his best performance of the season to end the British Championships leaving him 21st in the standings in his first year out of Bambino’s. The Oliver Rowland Motorsport has been developing at a rapid pace. After yet another top 20 finish on Saturday Jesse saved the best till last on Sunday. A consistent run in qualifying and the heats put Jesse 18th on the grid for the final and in a hectic fight he would work his way through to 14th to end with his best result of the season.


Freddie Allum charges through to 5th at Whilton Mill

Freddie made the decision to head over to Whilton Mill for round six of their club championship for the weekend and with a strong grid of 19 drivers it certainly wasn’t a bad decision. After some difficulties in the heats Freddie would have to start the Mini X30 final all the way back in 16th place, but it was almost for the best as he demonstrated the race craft he has developed throughout this year fighting through to finish 5th with a fastest second sector of the race!