September 10, 2020
Vinnie Phillips has closed the gap to the championship leader to just nine points in the UKC after taking both the Pre Final and Final victories in Mini X30 at Three Sisters. Having finished on the podium in all three finals so far this season, Vinnie is in a close fight for the overall title and is currently in the form of his life, all of which makes for an exciting season finale at GYG next month.
Vinnie got the weekend off to a strong start with a 3rd in heat one despite starting down in 11th place. Vinnie would then take another step forward with 2nd in heat two before taking victory in heat three. The strong consistency shown from Vinnie was enough to put him on the front row for the Pre Final where the big points were on offer!
Despite being on the outside of the front row, Vinnie was able to get himself straight into the race lead and put some drivers in-between himself and championship rival Gabriel Stilp. As Stilp began to recover, Vinnie was able to extend an advantage out front to lead by 1.6 seconds after just two laps.
In a track with lengthy straights as Stilp and Leo Robinson worked together behind, Vinnie’s lead would start to shrink and despite his consistency he would be caught with three laps to go. However, as much as Vinnie knows how to attack he also knows how to defend and he would make it impossible for both Robinson and Stilp to get through and would take the win and 20 championship points.
The final would be far from straightforward with the pack staying extremely close together on the opening lap. That would lead to lots of exchanges between Vinnie, Robinson and Stilp who would all have their turn in the lead. But after briefly losing top spot, Vinnie would take it back again on lap seven.
The race then began to settle down with Vinnie and his teammate, Leo Robinson, working together which helped them get a slight break from Stilp throughout points in the race. However, come the final few laps things were as close as they had ever been leaving Vinnie the exact same task as what he had in the Pre Final.
Once again Vinnie would make his kart as wide as necessary to block any attacks leaving Robinson and Stilp to dispute 2nd, whilst Vinnie would go on to take victory by just under a second. Along with the 25 points Vinnie also took the fastest lap of the race all of which has helped him reduce the gap to just nine points in the standings.
The season finale will take place at GYG at the end of October and it is set to be a cracker! Vinnie will be out this weekend in the British Kart Championships at Kimbolton where he has already taken wins in the club championship so far this season.
Luke got himself one step closer to winning the UKC title after a brilliant performance at Three Sisters extended his lead in the championship to 29 points. Luke was on top form all weekend taking a win and a 2nd in the heats before taking a comfortable win in the Pre Final. In the final viewers were treated to classic Three Sisters racing with the leaders swapping positions multiple times. The race would end with a nail biting few laps with the top nine drivers separated by just one second! Luke, now in 2nd, did all he could to pass Jessica Edgar but with pressure from behind it would prove to be too difficult leaving Luke to settle for position and valuable points.
Now the focus turns to the finale and all eyes are on the prize!
Freddie continues to take steps forward in the UKC this season after taking his best result in the final on Sunday with 8th place. The result is even more impressive when you take Freddie’s starting position of 13th into consideration. First lap dramas in that race forced him to settle for position and gave him lots of work to do in the final. Freddie would get straight to work in the final moving quickly up to 11th before quickly working his way into the top ten. Freddie would find himself in the battle for 6th in the dying stages of the race all proving his potential going into the final round of the season.
Thomas Ikin was also present at round three of the Ultimate Karting Championship and as usual showed his impressive form across the weekend. In an extremely competitive field Ikin did anything but disappoint and had a solid run through the 3 heat races qualifying a solid P8 for the prefinal at Three Sisters. After holding position through the race. The final would have a similar race in store for the young Brit, holding position till the end. A good points haul for Ikin who continues to build Ona strong return to the track.
Back at the track where he stormed to the kart masters crown, last month Ethian Symonds dominated the weekend to take top honours at Round one of the TVKC Autumn series. The Coles racing superstar had a dominant run through the 2 heats controlling both races lights to flag putting him in pole position for the final.
The final was a true representation of Symonds talent dominating the race and cleaning up with a 5.1 second lead a true showing of a YRDArmy champion.
Also at the PF International was Rowan Campbell-Pilling who had one of his best weekends to date at round one. Still learning the ropes of top level kart racing Rowan took the weekend in his stride, claiming top spot on the novice podium and young gun walked away from the weekend with a whole bunch of confidence and a new helmet presented by Kartmasters legend Ben Barnicoat.
Overall a real showing of the hard work paying off for the #YRDArmy this weekend, with wins, podiums and personal best. Still we all push for excellence and chase the next big win.