York gains 130 places to win international X30 Junior
Oliver York scored a sensational victory at Le Mans coming back from a disqualification in Qualifying to win after a battle with Callum Bradshaw and Oliver Clarke.
130 drivers took the start in the 13–15 year-old category and there was a difference of less than a second a lap between 1st and the 100th place! Making it into the Final would be like climbing Everest! Belgian Ugo De Wilde took pole position followed by Brit Chris Lulham and Kilian Meyer from Spain. Dick Yu from Hong Kong created a big upset by clinching 4th place in front of one of the great French hopes, Victor Martins.
The poleman De Wilde confirmed his pace by winning the first heat. But several others followed him to win including numerous British drivers, some Frenchmen, an Irishman and an Australian. At this stage of the event Martins had stamped his authority on the proceedings with four wins in five heats.
British driver Callum Bradshaw, recent winner of the CIK Academy Trophy, was level pegging with Martins 3rd in the 2016 European OK-Junior Championship. Both drivers won five heats out of seven starts, but Bradshaw would have the advantage of starting on pole for the Prefinal. Behind these two a ferocious battle was brewing between three more Brits, Sam MacDonnell, Jack Maybin and Tyler Chesterton, de Wilde and Frenchman Milan Petelet who had made consistent progress.
Oliver York was only 130th after timed practice because of a non-compliant engine, but he never gave up and threw himself into the fray. He took advantage of the numerous qualifying heats to fight his way up through the field and clinch his place among the finalists. He continued to push in the Prefinal and the Final. Up front Martins was unable to fight off the attacks of several British drivers after his victory in the Prefinal. There was an amazing no-holds-barred battle between Oliver Clarke, Bradshaw and York, who had finally got among the front-runners like De Wilde. York came out on top and scored an absolutely mind-boggling victory while Bradshaw snatched 2nd place from Clarke. French driver Gillian Henrion made a fantastic final charge and took 4th in front of De Wilde.