May 6, 2021
The series would begin a bank holiday double header at PFI with four of our soldiers out in the IAME Cadet and Junior X30 classes.
After two weeks of testing with reigning World Champion, Callum Bradshaw, Vinnie arrived at PFI with a growth in both speed and confidence. However, in racing sometimes despite your pace and efforts a good result can be taken away from you through no fault of your own and sadly Vinnie would be handed with that in both rounds.
The opening race of the season saw Vinnie in the battle for the lead before dropping to 9th with a carb issue and round two saw Vinnie snap a chain whilst running 6th on the opening lap. Two issues completely out of Vinnie’s hands but he will look to bounce back at round three.
Jesse Phillips had enough pace to take two solid top ten results at the LGM double header, but like his namesake, Vinnie, it just wasn’t meant to be. After a 6th and two 5th’s on the opening day it seemed Jesse was in contention for a podium, but unfortunately dropped back to 11th in a closely contested final despite matching the leaders for pace.
Round two was in torrential rain, leaving Jesse getting caught up in chaos and 19th was the best he could manage in dreadful conditions.
In a full grid of 36 drivers Rowan Campbell-Pilling, now with Mark Litchfield Racing, showed how much he has improved over the winter with two great results. Rowan showed his fantastic pace qualifying in 5th, but would sadly get caught up in incidents in both heats leaving him to work his way through the grid from 35th. But that allowed Rowan to show his race craft as he charged through the field to finish 20th in the final.
Monday would be a similar story and his progress in a wet final would take a knock due to a front fairing penalty but he would still come home to finish in 17th place. There is definitely a bright season ahead for Rowan!
With a huge entry of 48 drivers at the season opener in IAME Cadet, the inexperience Jenson Jones set his sights on making the A Final in both days. After a great qualifying, Jenson would complete that goal straight away in round one and came home to finish 28th in a grid that was full of the best Cadet drivers in the country, most older then Jenson. A DNF and a DNS on Monday made repeating that impossible and left Jenson starting dead last in the B Final and in a very short seven lap racing making the top four was just not possible.
A second race to be forgotten, but a first that will definitely be remembered by Jenson!