Keirle takes magnificent win in X30 Senior at Kartmasters
If you want to see committed, hard, kart racing then look no further than X30 Senior – brilliant battles all over the place, strong drives, committed performances, it was all here.
A packed ‘B’ Final saw Luca Hirst put some unlucky Heat performances behind him as he claimed the win, Matthew Hirst took a very workman like second (up 10 places) while Fraser Rose completed the Top 3.
Wherever you looked, there were battles, and the race win in doubt to the flag. However if the pack contains a certain Mr Litchfield you know there is class – he may not have been the fastest out there but his race craft is sublime – on this occasion he crafted out another win. Brett Ward was his shadow for the race and at times looked as though he had something in reserve – perhaps he didn’t want to show his hand in the Prefinal – a fine 2nd at the flag and in Litchfield’s slipstream.
Another class act, Danny Keirle had some heartaches in the Heats but blew us all away with his breath-taking progress – a 15 place jump up the grid to finish a very strong 3rd gave us a glimpse of what could be. Connor Hall and Derek Morgan were also in the mix and could spring a surprise in the GP.
36 karts on track made this the ‘blue ribbon’ race of the day, with a big crowd appreciating the skills. From the off, Litchfield took control, but Keirle was probing for a way past which came after five laps but Litchfield responded, hitting the front again. The pack was also close at hand with Derek Morgan and Connor Hall bidding for glory.
The ‘Big 2’ (Litchfield/Keirle) battle was relentless but on Lap11 it was all change as Brett Ward hit the front and looked to have timed his run to perfection – that is until Danny Keirle took things up a notch. A stunning drive to overhaul Ward and Litchfield and carry him to a well-deserved GP victory. Mark Litchfield, although finishing runner up, gave everything as did Brett Ward in 3rd – both contributing to a great Final.
Mention of a couple of drivers who made dazzling drives in the Final, Matthew Hirst up 18 places and in this company that is stunning, a great 4th place at the flag, and Tom Sharpe-Reynolds up 28 places to finishc 6th.