Hodgson takes classy win at PFi
The Senior X30s of the LGM X30 Tour made up stunning grid, requiring a C Final, and the meeting was eventually won by Oliver Hodgson.
A look down the entry list showed how the class attracts a range of competitors from the young chargers like Dean MacDonald, Hugo Bentley-Ellis and Scott Snell, to the more experienced drivers, like Oliver Hodgson, Mark Litchfield, Jay Rudd, Brett Ward, Danny Keirle, and Tom Healy, then some very welcome interlopers like Jon Lancaster and Riki Christodoulou – so we were in for some brilliant racing!
Hodgson made the most of his track knowledge and headed the pack of 80 drivers. MacDonald, only just up from Juniors, was a stunning 2nd, and Scott Snell rounded out the top three with a great lap. For the record 0.5s covered 30 drivers from 2nd downwards – incredibly close!
Prefinal A went to plan as Hodgson converted Pole to a race win, with team-mate Litchfield 2nd. Brett Ward consolidated his 3rd place as did Danny Keirle in 4th, while Archie Tillett and Riki Christodoulou made up good places finishing 5th and 6th.
There was some great racing at the front as MacDonald tried to convert his excellent TQ performance into a race win, but he had a lively Bentley-Ellis to contend with, these two swapped places while having to resist Harry Whittaker who finished 3rd but was underweight – disaster. Bentley-Ellis and MacDonald slugged it out to the line finishing 1st and 2nd. Saul Robinson had a strong drive into 3rd.
Snell and Levi King disputed this one at the head of the pack, with a strong Snell performance taking the win. King was 2nd with Rudd hanging in there in 3rd.
This race saw some major movers, with Alex Spinks taking a well-earned win, Joshua Thompson was a strong 2nd, and Harry Whittaker finished 3rd, with the final qualifying place going to Davey Shepherd
A real mixed bag in this race, Marcus Pett took an early lead but had to give way to Arran Mills, who in turn had to concede to James Lingard. It was Lingard at the flag, Mills 2nd on the road, but a nose penalty dropped him to 3rd. Pett gratefully taking 2nd with final qualifier, Thomas Prior, 4th.
Maybe not quite the intensity that the Junior X30 Final had but none the less, a great kart race, interrupted unfortunately by a water spillage from Danny Keirle at the ‘S’ causing several front runners to exit stage right at speed over the grass. Thankfully the leading trio had passed the incident and an initial battle between Oliver Hodgson and Mark Litchfield was settled in favour of Hodgson who serenely stroked it home to take a classy win. Litchfield fell into the clutches of Hugo Bentley-Ellis who was looking hungry for 2nd. He made his move late in the race at the first hairpin, which was forceful but fair, and took the place he deserved with Litchfield ending up 3rd. Brett Ward had a strong drive into 4th but then nose cone penalties intervened – Scott Snell and Dean MacDonald dropped out of the top six handing 5th to Charlie Bingham and 6th to Lewis King.