Watts and Phillips earn seeded numbers

October 4, 2019

Karting

It was a dramatic last round to the British Kart Championship to say the least with track limit penalties playing a huge part in the weekend and championship results! #YRDArmy drivers Vinnie Phillips, Luke Watts and Ivan Lomliev were all on track at Whilton Mill and had mixed endings to their seasons with Luke and Vinnie finishing inside the top ten in the championship.

Luke Watts (Mini X30) – 3rd

It was a strong end to the season for Luke and one that helped him earn a championship podium. Although Luke never quite got the victory he was so desperate to achieve he was the most consistent of all the competitors on track over the weekend with two 2nd place finishes. Sensible driving saw Luke avoid any penalties and that helped him achieve an impressive result in his first season out of Cadets.

Luke was just two points away from 2nd in the standings and nine points away from taking the title. It was consistent results that helped him stay in contention right to the final round with seven 2nd place finishes in twelve races. Luke had a particularly strong end to season finishing 2nd in the last five races of the season leaving him as one to watch going into the 2020 season!

Luke will now have the number three on his Kart, should he remain in Mini X30, until the end of the British Kart Championship season in 2020.

Vinnie Phillips – 7th

Vinnie Phillips retained his number seven seed in IAME Cadet despite very mixed fortunes in the 2019 season. Vinnie was one of many drivers to bit harshly with track limit penalties in Saturday’s eleventh round and moved forward well to finish 5th in the final race of the season. It saw him clinch 7th and although a good result it ends a frustrating season for the Fusion Motorsport driver.

Vinnie’s 2nd in the opening race would be his only podium of the season after being caught in several incidents throughout the season. If points were awarded for heat races as well as finals, there’s no doubt Vinnie would’ve finished higher as he often qualified on the front row. But he had a particularly difficult middle phase dropping big points to the leaders which was too big to overcome. Although a respectable finish Vinnie leaves the championship disappointed and keen to move on from Cadet racing.

Ivan Lomliev – 18th

Ivan was one of several drivers to be hit with huge penalties at the final round for track limit penalties which destroyed his weekend. It not only ruined his weekend but his championship hopes as well and robbed him of a certain top fifteen finish in the championship.

It was a shame as, in his debut season in Junior’s, Ivan had settled in well with a handful of top fifteen finishes in huge grids. However, his highlight of the season came at Three Sisters (round nine) where he finished an impressive 4th place! With Whilton Mill a strong track for Ivan he should have only built on that further, but like many his trip to the last round became literally pointless and it left a sour taste to what had been a positive season.