YRDA Drivers and Riders get their British GT and British Talent Cup seasons underway

April 3, 2018

British GT

It was a big weekend for YRDA drivers Tom Wood, Alex Quinn and Tom Canning who were all out in action at Oulton Park for the first round of the British GT Championship. Alex and Tom Canning made their debuts in the championships with the newly formed Steller Motorsport whilst Tom Wood jumped into the Academy Motorsport car having just come up from Ginetta Juniors. The conditions were not kind to the drivers to say the least with race two eventually being cancelled, but here’s how the drivers did up until that point.

Tom Wood

For Tom, the weekend started great after he qualified 7th despite not getting in any practice laps on Friday! Work throughout the night was required on the Aston Martin which eventually saw Tom out to get a hugely impressive result. Race one saw Tom make a great start running in 4th place early on. Unfortunately, Tom amongst many, would fall victim to the conditions as he hit a puddle of water which saw him off the track.

He was able to carry home and after handing to his teammate, Jan Jonck and they rolled home in 6th place. A brilliant result considering the circumstances and very positive considering how quick Tom was early in the race.

Alex Quinn

This year Alex will be racing in the #86 Toyota GT86 GT4 alongside former British Karting Champion, Dean MacDonald. The pair battled for that very championship in Mini Max back in 2014 with MacDonald beating Quinn by just 10 points. Who would have thought four years later they’d be teammates in the British GT Championship!

In a hugely competitive field of over 30 teams Alex and Dean qualified the car in 17th place. Alex would hand the car to Dean for the first stint of the race before completing the second half where he managed to make up some positions eventually finishing in 14th place.

Tom Canning

Tom made history at the weekend by becoming the youngest driver ever to compete in the British GT Championship! After some difficulties in qualifying Tom would have to start the race from 19th place and there would certainly be a nervous Tom behind the wheel.

However, despite the tricky conditions Tom did a great job to stay on track and keep himself out of trouble before handing over to his teammate for 2018, Sennan Fielding. Sennan was able to bring the car home in 13th getting the championship off to a solid start!


Max Cook takes first pole position in British Talent Cup

The weekend also saw Max Cook at Donington Park for the first round of the British Talent Cup. Max got off to a perfect start taking pole position and would go down in history as the first ever pole sitter for the new brand new championship. The crowds that had gathered were treated to an enthralling race one with Max involved in a battle for the lead which was changing hands every corner! Unfortunately just under half way through the race whilst chasing the leader down Max dropped the bike at the Melbourne Loop and would eventually finish 20th. It was a mistake that was hard to take and with race two being cancelled due to the weather Max never got his chance to make up for it. There is still a long championship ahead though!


YRDA Weekend Results:

LGM Series Round 1

Luke Watts - 4th

Drove well from 14th on the grid! Recovered after one unfortunate heat set him back earlier in the day.

William Macintyre - 5th  

A great result and solid championship points! Showed great consistency throughout the weekend. His final result was particularly impressive considering he was driving with a lot of damage after a first corner incident which almost saw William out of the race.

Vinnie Phillips - 10th

Good top ten finish matching the pace of the top five! All with a suspected broken finger in the final. One to Watch this season! 

Ivan Lomliev – 2nd

Awesome start to the LGM Series for Ivan who finished on the podium in Mini X30! From 14th on the grid Ivan charged through to 2nd and take the fastest lap, missing out on victory by just 0.05 seconds!


Trent Valley Kart Club Summer Championship Round 1

Tommy Foster – 1st

The weekend may have got off to a tricky start, but it was perseverance, determination and a brilliant drive in the final that keeps Tommy Foster unbeaten in Senior Max after his win at the Super One shakedown!


WSK Super Master Series Round 2

Josh Irfan – Eliminated in Pre-Final

It was a weekend that showed so much promise for Josh at WSK Super Master Series Round 3. But unfortunately the Pre-Final saw him pushed off in the dying stages whilst running in 4th place! We'll be back to make amends this weekend!