July 21, 2020
The Cumbrian hills were once again alive with the sound of engines as the first ever round of the Ultimate Karting Championship got underway at Rowrah, and Luke Watts asserted his dominance early on taking a commanding win over a top class field, while Vinnie Phillips starts his championship assault with a podium.
The weekend for Watts couldn’t have gone much better. After lining up in P19 for heat one, it was clear making over at every opportunity was going to be vital and 17 passes later Watts crossed the line to take an impressive 3rd place taking fastest lap along the way. That trend continued with Luke climbing 36 positions across the 3 heats to take pole position for the Pre-Final.
After dropping to 4th place off the line Luke recovered to the lead pulling 2 seconds clear of the field to a dominant victory and another fastest lap. This placed Watts on pole for the final, and an utterly brilliant lights to flag victory saw Luke take maximum points and the overall championship leading heading into round two.
The Mini X30 class saw three of the #YRDArmy brightest talents take to the field in Phillips, Ethian Symonds and Freddie Allum all three looking to make a strong start in the 2020 season.
Heat one saw pole sitting Phillips take a commanding victory from lights to flag taking fastest lap along the way and asserting his assault on the weekend racing, which was a sign of things to come with two further strong heats finishing 3rd and 5th placing him on P2 for the prefinal on a highly competitive grid.
The stage was set for the Mini X30 final at Rowrah and after 19 laps of wheel to wheel racing the #YRDArmy did not disappoint with Phillips collecting silverware once again in second place. A very strong performance placing him 2 points behind championship leader Gabriel Stilp.
For Ethian Symonds it wasn’t the start to the season that he was looking for. After strong performances since moving into Mini X30 at the end of last year Symonds was keen to make a fast start but found himself on the back foot throughout the heats leaving him out of position for the Pre Final. After setting some impressive times Symonds had a much better run of things across the finals finishing P6 and P7 securing a good haul of points heading into round two.
Freddie Allum showed great potential over the weekend, highlighted in heat 2 with a great drive to P8 across the line. A highly impressive result for the young KMS driver who went on to finish an impressive 11th in the final closing the gap to the leaders across the weekend, showing great potential and turning heads around the paddock.
The first round of the UKC also saw Tom lkin take to the track in Senior Rotax. After some strong heats Tom lined up in 5th place on the grid for Final and after a sterling drive he crossed the line an impressive 6th place bagging some good points heading into round two.
The past weekend also saw Rowan Campbell-Pilling and Harry Reading head to Shenington Kart club for their first race back since lockdown. Both drivers showed fantastic pace with Rowan finishing 15th and claiming top novice. Reading sadly had a more difficult weekend but will be sure to bounce back at the next round.
Josh Irfan continued his impressive form over in Europe this past weekend as teams and drivers headed over to Spain to the Zuera circuit. After a long weekend of racing in the gruelling heat Josh crossed the line 9th at round one of the Champions of the future series. A good start for the young OKJ driver who is back at Zuera for the first round of the FIA Karting European championship next weekend.