Hodgson and York crush the X30 opposition
X30 Senior wasn’t a particularly action-packed race but was a demonstration of Oliver Hodgson’s superiority at present, while in Juniors Oliver York was challenged a bit more but still came out on top.
Oliver Hodgson took pole ahead of Joshua Thompson and Matt Davies out of the 51 Senior drivers. Few of them had three good results as the heats were short and not having qualifying meant random grids starting front, middle and back.
Hodgson retained the lead at the race start but Davies took 2nd and Mark Litchfield 3rd ahead of Thompson, while Dean MacDonald had dropped out on the first lap. Danny Keirle from 8th on the grid moved up to challenge Thompson then once he had been despatched chased down Litchfield. Keirle passed Litchfield but didn’t quite have the pace to catch and attack the two leaders.
In the 65-kart Junior field Chris Lulham took pole ahead of Oliver York and Ben Wooldridge.
There were two false starts to the A Final before the race was red flagged for a talking to, then once they got away from the restart York took the lead ahead of Lulham, Wooldridge and Ethan Hawkey.
York led throughout the race to win but never got more than half a second ahead and withstood attacks from Nelson King at the end. Lulham lasted three laps in 2nd before Wooldridge overtook.
King came up from 11th on the grid to join the leaders and worked his way to the front of the pack to attack York in the last third of the race after swapping places with Wooldridge a few times. It didn’t work for him though and he got tangled up with Wooldridge which dropped him to 6th. This resulted in an unassailable gap for York and Wooldridge.
York won just a tenth ahead of Wooldridge with Hawkey 3rd while King had dropped his front bumper so dropped from 6th to 20th.