Vinnie Phillips dominates British Championship opener!

August 17, 2020

Karting

It was a superb weekend for Vinnie Phillips at the opening weekend of the British Kart Champions with the Fusion Motorsport driver storming to a double victory to leave with a perfect score of 260 points. The win is Vinnie’s first at national level and follows what has been a pre-season full of wins and podiums.

Vinnie’s 2020 season so far has seen him on the top step more times than off it. Since jumping up to the Mini X30 class in January he has found form that has been hard to keep up with and coming into the British Kart Championships it made him a driver to watch.

However, the pressure of racing on the big stage can often see the form book ripped up and it has been a stage Vinnie couldn’t quite top in his IAME Cadet class. Now in equal and much quicker X30 machinery, Vinnie seems to have really found his feet and was confident of taking the top step at least once in the opening weekend of the season.

The location, Rowrah perhaps the toughest and most technical circuit in the country! It’s a hugely demanding track that provides no rest bite, but Vinnie’s preparation off track and in our sim would be put to good use once the lights went green for the first time.

Vinnie would start the weekend with 3rd in Saturday’s qualifying session. With points awarded after the heat rankings and the finals, every race is just as important and knowing this Vinnie wasted no time finishing 2dn and 1st in the heats to put himself pole for the final. This gave him the top score of 65 points and left him in the prime position to get off to a winning start.

Aware of his pace, Vinnie would be challenged early in Saturday’s final and would be pushed back to 4th in the early stages of the races. Staying calm, Vinnie would slowly work his way back through the order to lead by lap six and once in control of the race he became almost impossible to beat.

A late attack from teammate Leo Robinson would see Vinnie forced to defend on the final lap but he looked like a seasoned veteran as he fought off any attacks before coming home to take his first British Championship win! A brilliant result and a full 130 points score to leave the track on Saturday with.

However, celebrations would be short lived when the drivers returned on Sunday morning to do it all again.

Now flying with confidence, Vinnie started just as he had finished yesterday at the head of the field in qualifying. Almost two tenths clear out front, he had immediately put his authority down on another race win and full points score.

Pole position was followed with two comfortable race wins in Mini X30 terms putting Vinnie on pole position with another 65 championship points in the bag. As for the final things would be far from straightforward in what went down as one of the most entertaining of the weekend!

From pole position Vinnie would lead the early stages before the bell rang on the fight for victory seven laps in. As Vinnie, Gabriel Stilp and Leo Robinson all traded places the pack behind would catch which included YRDA driver Ethian Symonds. Sadly his race would end in dramatic circumstances, shattering his chances of a podium finish.

But out front Vinnie would sit third going into the final lap leaving him a tough task ahead, but moves at both hairpins would see him quickly hit the front leaving him to hold off teammate Robinson to take back to back victories and a full 260 point back down south.

Overall a brilliant weekend for Vinnie and the start of what is set to be a very exciting season for the young Fusion driver.


Positive start for Watts

It was a strong start for Luke Watts at Round One and two of the Motorsport Uk British Karting Championship. Saturday started with P 12 in qualifying  for Luke leaving work to do in the heats.  After 2 strong heats with Luke showing some outstanding racecrtaft Watts would line up P9 for the all important final. After a long race and some amazing racing, Watts battled on through to finish a highly impressive 4th, climbing 5 places. A strong start heading into Sunday.

Sunday started with P4 in a tight session which put Luke in a good position to build from.  After a tough run through the heats Watts would line up in eighth for the main final. Watts knew he could do it again and battled through to take a strong P4 at the flag. Adding to the points tally and leaving the weekend a solid P5 in the standings.


Mixed fortunes for Ethian

Ethian’s opening round of the British Kart Championship was very much a weekend of two halves. Well, the results would sum it up that way, but there seemed to be no luck for the GP plate holder. Saturday would see Ethian somehow bring home an injured kart and a shoddy set of tyres in 4th place to be the best of the rest with the podium finishers down the road. Looking in better shape on Sunday, Ethian found himself a net 4th and on the tail of the top three on the penultimate lap before a high speed incident coming into the final corner left both Ethian and his kart unable to corner forcing him to retire from the race. A real shame, but Ethian will take the positives away from the weekend and will be back to chase podiums at round two.


A frustrating start for Freddie

Freddie Allum had a tough start to his maiden British championship campaign at Rowrah. In a highly competitive grid Allum's focus was on learning how the best race at this level. After two heats, it was time for the final and Freddie was ready to race. After a long exciting race Freddie crossed the line to bag some strong points and plenty of experience.

Sunday and round two of the weekend saw Allum face two further heats in which he battled hard and put himself in a position to score further points to add to his championship tally. Once again the Final was a tough and intense race and Freddie brought his KMS machine home to a good haul of point and full focus to bounce back at Round 2.


Positive signs for Jesse Phillips

In his first ever British Championship race as a IAME Cadet driver, Jesse Phillips showed the Karting World why he has quickly become one to watch. The Oliver Rowland Motorsport driver put in a fantastic performance in Saturday’s to gain seven places and finish an impressive 17th. His lap times within half a second of the fastest lap of the race were arguably even more impressive and to almost repeat that result with 21st the next day proved it was no fluke. In a grid of over 30 of the country's best, Jesse is already pushing beyond the goals many would have set him and now settled into the championship there is only better to come.