Vinnie Phillips comes back from injury to take second win

March 10, 2020


It has been a remarkable year for Vinnie Phillips so far who has not been off the podium in six race meetings so far. After not being able to compete at PFI a week ago, due to injury, Vinnie came back at Kimbolton to take back to back victories after winning on his last run out at Whilton Mill. Vinnie was one of seven drivers from the #YRDArmy out at Kimbolton and was not the only one to take a podium with Luke Watts finishing 2nd in Junior X30. In this report, we will give a run-down of every driver’s weekend.

Vinnie Phillips – 1st

Since graduating to the Mini X30 class at the turn of the decade Vinnie has settled straight in and carried with him a huge amount of confidence. After taking podium finishes in his first four races, Vinnie took his first victory in the class at Whilton Mill a couple of weeks ago. Now back on circuit again for the first time Vinnie was hoping to add to that tally and qualifying 3rd got his day off to a positive start.

From there Vinnie’s pace only increased as he took both wins in the heats to secure pole position for the final. Having been run close to the flag in heat two nobody would have expected what would follow in the final. After a blistering start the Fusion Motorsport driver would romp away from the rest of the field to win by a staggering 5.74 seconds! A brilliant performance and one that is labelling Vinnie the one to beat in the British championships.

Luke Watts – 2nd

Luke continued his trend of last lap charges at Kimbolton as he made two moves on the final tour to take his sixth podium of the year. Similar to Vinnie, it’s been almost impossible to keep the KMS driver off the podium. With almost 50 drivers on the grid the racing was fierce throughout the day, but after working his way from 10th in qualifying to 5th on the grid for the final Luke put himself in a good position to fight for victory.

Unsurprisingly that is exactly what the KMS driver would do as he briefly took the lead in the early stages. Rounding out the lead quartet for most of the race Luke would have to wait until the final lap before seizing his opportunity to snatch 2nd at the flag.

Ethian Symonds – 5th

Unfortunately, things were not so straightforward for Ethian who was heavily tested throughout the day. A difficult qualifying put him on the back foot and saw him pick up penalties in both of his heats which would leave him all the way down in 16th on the grid for the final. But Ethian is not one to give up and his fighting spirit, combined with his podium finishing pace, would see the Coles driver charge all the way up to 5th in just eleven laps! An impressive performance from Ethian who continues to improve on the build-up to the British Championships.

Jesse Phillips – 21st

Young Jesse Phillips continues to impress as he makes strides forward in the IAME Cadet class. The reigning Bambino champion qualified 13th out of 31 drivers and showed promise as he held his own and took 15th in the opening heat. An unfortunate heat two put Jesse down to 19th on the grid for the final, but the ORM driver showed great spirit as he held his own against much more experienced drivers to take a 21st place finish. Encouraging signs for a driver who still has lots to learn and a big future ahead.

Nikolas Taylor – 28th

Still a novice Nikolas’ goal was to try and reach the A Final in a Junior X30 grid of 44 drivers. With a hugely competitive entry list it was set to be a brilliant learning experience for the Jade racing driver who got off to a good start qualifying within a second of pole position. Despite being caught up in some incidents Nikolas fought his way to two top 20 finishes in the heats making him the only novice to qualify straight into the A Final in an impressive 20th place! Unfortunately, Nikolas would get caught up in first lap carnage dropping him to 28th, but there was only positives to take away with Nikolas turning lots of heads throughout the weekend.

Kian Bennett – 28th

What could have been a good day for Kian was sadly ruined by penalties throughout the day. After a great qualifying, putting Kian just outside the top ten for both his heats, he would pick up a front fairing penalty in heat two being caught up in the typical midfield congestion. Despite this Kian would go straight into the A Final and was again caught up in other people’s dramas and a penalty would demote him to 28th after the flag. A frustrating day for Kian who will look to fight back next time out when the British Kart Championships kick off.

Simon Stoneham – DNF

In a grid of over 45 Senior X30 drivers Simon got his day off to a fantastic start qualifying 20th place overall. Sadly, there would not be such good fortunes for the JDR driver in the heats who was hit with mechanical issues meaning he would have to come through the repechage. Things got worse there with Simon being forced to retire after just one lap making it a day to forget.