York takes sensational X30 Junior win
LGM & X30 Tour, Round 1, PF International
With the LGM in town and some club drivers, a stunning entry of 80, C and B Finals as well – what a day’s racing we were in for! Oliver York took a stunning victory after retaking the lead on the last lap.
Jac Maybin, Taylor Bellini and Oliver York headed their respective sessions but it was York who was overall quickest and looking in fine form.
Prefinal A briefly saw Ethan Hawkey take the lead but York soon took charge and held off Hawkey to the flag. Patrick Kibble was an excellent 3rd.
Elliot Harvey – always at the sharp end – took a while to get there, but eventually took the spoils. Owen Byatt, another contender, headed out 2nd but had to fight hard to hold off Bellini in 3rd. Dragan Pinsent drove a good race into 4th.
This race belonged to Bradshaw with a lights to flag victory – another title contender in waiting. Maybin converted his good Qualifying into 2nd while a storming drive from Ethan Pitt saw a seven-place charge up to 3rd.
So onto the C Final – WOW… C Final! Initially it looked as though young Alicia Goundry would take the glory but Tom Douglas got into his stride mid race and took the win, Alicia was a creditable 2nd while Ross Woodford claimed 3rd and Chris Lulham 4th.
An excellent race and full of drivers with bad luck stories from the Prefinals. Dexter Patterson showed his ever improving form in the X30 Junior class and took the win after a hard race with Thomas Pegram who was alongside at the line but finished 2nd. There was a brilliant drive from Lulham after qualifying from the C Final, he completed the top three, and the final qualifier was rookie Archie Flack.
Onto the all-important A Final – and a stunning race, some of the best young kart drivers in the UK, racing hard (but fair). York was on pole and led away at the race start, he was under pressure and forfeited the race lead to Harvey, but once York was back in front, Harvey slipped down the order. So who was York’s next challenger? – it was Bradshaw, as majestic as ever, cool and calculated he hit the front with one lap to go, but to his credit York never gave up and re-took the lead on the last lap and took a very well earned win. Hawkey had a really strong race and rounded out the podium positions in 3rd. Patrick Keeble cemented a good weekends work with 4th while great credit to Louie Westover who made up 11 places to finish 5th. Also for the record, only two nose cone infringements after 13 laps of hectic action and a full grid of 36 drivers – well done to all!