February 27, 2019
Racing in the IAME Cadet class there was a packed grid off 33 drivers with British Championship drivers coming in big numbers. Amongst the competition was Vinnie’s Fusion Motorsport teammates Aiden Neate (number 5 seed) and Kean Berta.
Although split up on the grid the trio were immediately battling it out, but they had company in the shape of Nathan Tye. From fourth on the grid Vinnie quickly took the lead and was closely followed by Tye with Berta and Neate sitting around one second back. Going onto lap six Tye took the lead which invited Neate and Berta to join the party.
Realising the pressure that was quickly building Vinnie went straight back into the lead and led the four-way battle for the lead going onto the final lap of the race. On this occasion, he wasn’t quite able to hold off Neate and Berta as he dropped to 3rd place but it was lessons learnt going into the remaining heats and final.
For the second heat Vinnie, would start all the way back down in 21st place with just eight laps to try and make as many places as possible. Progress was made quickly for Vinnie after going straight into 15th place after the opening lap. Two laps later and Vinnie was now in the top ten with a two second gap to close down to the rest of the field. Vinnie’s blistering pace meant he was able to do that before the end of the race and he picked up an extra place on the final lap to finish 8th. To make things even better Vinnie would be promoted to 7th post-race.
The third and final heat would see Vinnie start in 10th place and he had two of the best laps of his year to get the race started. By the end of lap two Vinnie moved all the way up to 2nd place with the race leader, Ella Stevens, just under two seconds up the road. It took just three laps for Vinnie to close that gap down and he quickly took the race lead opening a gap of over half a second by the chequered flag.
Vinnie’s win in heat three helped him to a front row start where he would start alongside Berta. As the race got underway Vinnie quickly slotted into 2nd behind Berta and began to work with his teammate to try and break away from the rest of the field. The fast and flowing layout of Three Sisters kept the leaders close together with the top five split by under one second!
At the halfway point Vinnie took the race lead as the lead five became a lead three with Harry Burgoyne at the back of the trio. Disaster struck on the penultimate lap of the race as Vinnie dropped to 3rd place, but a composed Vinnie kept his cool and put on a fantastic last lap to dramatically come back through and take the race win!
It was a fantastic performance from the number seven seed and a much-deserved victory. It was his first of 2019 and may give him the confidence to go and take another at the TVKC Winter Series third round this weekend.
It was a good weekend for the #YRDArmy at Whilton Mill Kart Club with Luke Whitehead picking up a podium finish in Senior X30! The same luck wasn't quite on the side of Luke Watts and Frederick Lubin with Luke picking up a track limits penalty and Frederick making steady progress on his first visit to the track. You can watch back all the finals below courtesy of Alpha Live.
Senior X30 Final - 6:34:00
Mini X30 Final - 5:46:30
Junior Max Final - 6:01:30
A weekend to forget for Josh Irfan. Early setbacks in the weekend left him a big hill to climb and after a fantastic recovery drive in the final to finish in the top 10 he was harshly penalized post-race leaving him all the way down in 30th place. Still 11th in the championship Josh has a chance at a good championship finish with two rounds remaining!
The #YRDArmy were out in force at the Mansell Kart Racing Club season opener last weekend with Jem Hepworth and JordanMorris racing in the Rotax classes. For Jem she was robbed of a potential win after a mechanical fault in the Final whilst Jordan finished 16th in a very strong grid of over 30 Juniors!