Vinnie Phillips 4th in Las Vegas

November 25, 2019

Karting

It was another happy trip to Las Vegas for the SKUSA SuperNationals for Vinnie Phillips who picked up a strong 4th place in the Mini Swift class falling just short of a podium finish. Vinnie put on a fantastic performance coming through from 14th on the grid after some misfortunes in his final heat. It left the Fusion Motorsport driver thinking what could have been, but it was nevertheless an impressive result giving Vinnie his second podium at the event.

Now in its 23rd year the SuperNationals is the most glamorous event in Karting. Returning to the Rio Hotel in 2019 over 500 drivers descended on a temporary track laid in the grounds of the hotel putting on a show for all tourists spending their time in ‘Sin City’. At the end of the week there can be just one winner in each class making it a fiercely contested event.

The glamour and uniqueness of the event often brings the best from all around the World to compete and this year was no different with 51 drivers entered into the Mini Swift class. Different to the IAME Cadet engine Vinnie would have to adjust and do so quickly as well as get up to speed with this year’s layout.

A former winner at the event, Vinnie do so quickly qualifying 2nd for the heats. With all 51 drivers on track together in the heats a bad result can have a devastating impact to your grid position for the final so consistency is key across all three races.

Vinnie got off to a solid start with 6th in the opening heat before going on to take an impressive 2nd in heat two. With Vinnie getting quicker all the time he looked in a good position to perhaps take a win in heat three and put himself on the first two rows for the final.

Vinnie would finish strong in heat three with 4th place, but would be disqualified post-race for a technical infringement. It meant rather than starting well inside the top ten Vinnie would have to start out of it in 14th place making his task of trying to get on the podium extremely difficult.

Clearly fired up Vinnie made a fast start in the final quickly moving himself up to 4th place in just four laps with some fantastic overtakes! With the layout proving a tough one to overtake on it was a brilliant effort, but by the time Vinnie was there the three leaders were gone and with the top two showing no intention to fight for the win until the end he was quickly forced to settle for 4th.

It was nevertheless a fantastic effort and one Vinnie could be very proud of finishing as the highest placed British driver. With Vinnie preparing to move into Mini X30 it is a brilliant way to round off the season with a big year ahead for Vinnie in 2020. Watch this space!