September 16, 2020
Although 11th was not the result Luke Watts was hoping for at the start of the weekend, under the circumstances it was valuable points scored in a tough title fight. With the Junior X30 class as fierce as ever, Luke did well to finish inside the top ten in the Pre-Final all giving him a good chance at fighting for a podium in the Final. But any chances of taking a trophy would disappear when Luke was forced down the field on laps eight and nine putting him down in 17th place, making 11th an impressive result at the flag.
Once again a great showing by the #YRDArmy member as he pushed right to the flag to salvage the best result on a tough weekend.The result keeps Luke 5th in the championship and within a reasonable distance of the overall leader.
Vinnie Phillips took a hat-trick of victories in the British Championships as he continued his winning streak with a win at Kimbolton. The result sees Vinnie with a near perfect score of 452 points out of a possible 455, extending his lead in the Mini X30 standings to 29 points.
With Kimbolton amongst many of the circuits Vinnie has taken wins at throughout 2020, he came in as confident as ever with the target strengthen his lead in the championship. In what is a home race for the Fusion Motorsport team and with one of Vinnie’s mechanics, Danny Porter, celebrating his birthday the spirits in the awning were as high as ever. As was the determination to win!
Vinnie did anything but disappoint in the final driving a race to remember and take his third win on the bounce in the series.
The weekend saw further success for the most recent Mini X30 Kartmasters Grand Prix winner Ethian Symonds as he battled hard to take P3 at the flag after an outstanding race.
In the same class as winner and fellow YRDA member Phillips, Ethian Symonds drove impeccably to secure a further podium in 2020 and add to his British Championship points tally.
The weekend got off to the perfect start for the young Brit taking pole position in qualifying, placing him very strongly as the weekend's heats began. However an unfortunate run through the heats would see Symonds qualify out of position in P7 for the pre-final. This race saw Symonds minimise the damage that could be caused in the final and battled through to P5.
The final saw a great race for Ethian taking P3 at the flag after an amazing battle and a whole bunch of points to carry into round 4.
Freddie Allum was another member of the #YRDArmy who was out on track at Kimbolton for round 3 of the season and walked away with a whole bunch of positives from the weekend.
After a solid run through the heats, consistently inside the top 10, Allum was showing off his great pace racing with the whole field on the Uk's main racing stage. Following these intense and hard fought heat races, Freddie would line up P11 for the final race of the weekend.
After a long and intense race Freddie battled all the way to the line and claimed P13 at the flag. Not the desired result on paper but plenty of positives as Freddie continues to improve on one of the toughest fields racing.
YRDA young gun Jesse Phillips was also out on track last weekend at the Kimbolton Kart Club as he aimed to continues his mighty impressive debut in the British karting scene.
As always Jesse continued to show his impressive pace as the weekend went by and often found himself battling hard in the midfield and bringing the fight to some well established cadet drivers.
Jesse now looks to continue his impressive form as the season progresses.
Lewis Halliday was also representing the #YRDArmy out on track, this time at Clay Pigeon Kart Club for round 8 of the 2020 season.
Halliday had a strong showing at the track he became champion on last year as he secured a 4th place finish and continues to show he is a force to be reckoned with in this year's championships.
The weekend also saw the academy flag being flown in Wackersdorf Germany as RFM driver Josh Irfan took to the track for the final round of the CIK FIA European Karting Championship.
After what has been a tough year for the young driver, Josh put together a highly impressive performance in the final storming through to P15 at the flag.
Now Josh’s attention will turn to the WSK Euro Series where he is sure to be a front runner.