Vinnie Phillips takes top step at Whilton Mill!

February 25, 2020

Karting

It was a brilliant weekend for the #YRDArmy with three podiums between five drivers which included wins for both Vinnie Phillips and Ethian Symonds. Vinnie would stand on the top step at Whilton Mill in Mini X30 which would continue his track record of podium finishes in every final this season! Luke would finish a strong 2nd in Junior X30 whilst over at Mansell Raceway Ethian won in the Mini X30 class.

Vinnie Phillips – 1st

Vinnie put in a stellar performance at the weekend to walk away with his first win of the season and continue his run of podium finishes in every single race. As ever Whilton Mill provided a competitive grid in Mini X30 and a four second win in heat one made Vinnie a hot favourite from the get go. A 4th in heat two would be enough to secure the Fusion driver pole position for the final which would see Vinnie go on to take a lights to flag victory in the final. Coming into the final two laps Vinnie had Ella Stevens within a second and was closing in on traffic. But he kept his cool passing the back markers with no problems to go on and take a brilliant win!

Luke Watts – 2nd

Luke Watts continued his fantastic form at Whilton Mill last weekend with the KMS driver finishing 2nd place in Junior X30. After taking a close fought win at round one, Luke proved that was no fluke as he took what is his fifth podium in just seven races this season. In a packed grid of over 40 drivers, Luke battled with Lucas Ellingham all the way to the flag, but would have to settle for a very respectable 2nd place.

Ethian Symonds – 1st

With Mansell Raceway, the venue for this year’s Brutish Championship finale Ethian decided to head down in plenty of time and get in some laps before his calendar starts to become very busy. Although only one of two drivers in the class Ethian made the trip worthwhile getting in some great race practice against the thirteen Mini Max drivers present. Going off the back of the grid in the final Ethian worked his way through to an impressive 2nd on the road making him the comfortable winner in the Mini X30 class. In terms of race preparation, it was mission accomplished.

Lewis Halliday – 4th

With Mansell Raceway the venue for round two of the British Championships on the Rotax calendar, Lewis has just two months to get himself up to speed on the circuit. It’s fair to say Lewis was flying straight away finishing in the top four in all three heats which included a win in heat three. An impressive string of results would put Lewis on pole position for the final, but unfortunately a slight lack of pace would see him drop to 4th place. Lessons learnt, but a positive day overall.

Josh Irfan – DNQ

Round two of the WSK Super Master Series would sadly not see Josh meet the high expectations that have been quickly set for him since jumping up to OK Junior class a few weeks ago. Josh has quickly showed podium finishing pace and that continued at Lonato last weekend with Josh finishing in the top ten in three of his heats. Unfortunately, a DNF in his third heat would put him 15th on the grid for his Pre-Final. Right in the middle of the pack and with everyone desperate to qualify for the final saw Josh pick up a front fairing penalty which would sadly cost him a place in the main event.