Round two of the Super One British Karting Championship took place at the Rissington Circuit in Cheltenham.This was the opening round of the X30 Senior Super One Series and the second round for the Rotax Classes.
In Minimax Ben Burgess, Clayton Ravenscroft and Jonny Edgar took to the fore. Qualifying saw them take 15th, 9th and 2nd respectively for the opening heats.
In some closely faught heats on the tight circuit, Edgar managed to take a brace of 3rd positions in these heats.
Ravenscroft was denied a 4th in the opening heat for a front fairing infringement followed up by an 8th in heat 2. Burgess took a 13th and a 16th in his first races for Coles.Their heat results gave them 2nd, 11th and 15th respectively on the grid for the first of the two finals on Sunday.
In a rough but tight opening first final, Edgar held onto 3rd at the flag after a race long battle for the win. Ravenscroft was baulked by a train of karts to come home in 11th, whilst Burgess finished 17th after a harsh front fairing penalty.
The Grand Final saw Edgar pushed off the track on the second lap, dropping him down to 11th where he battled back to 5th at the chequered flag. From 5th to 11th, the gap was less than half a second over the line! Ravenscroft came home in 10th position and Burgess in 13th to take the Rookie victory!
Tyler Chesterton was the sole representative in Junior Rotax. A difficult qualifying saw him in 10th position for his heats. Progress was hard in the tight pack as Chesterton took 11th and 14th in the two heats to give himself 11th for the start of the first final. Chesterton took 12th in the first final after a race long battle in a train of 4 karts.
Chesterton's Grand Final saw him make great progress through the pack, as he battled up to 6th position at the finish to bank some solid points.
Rotax Max saw Josh White, Josh Skelton, Morgan Rose, Tom Croydon and Stephanie Le Vesconte take 1st, 4th, 11th, 13th and 15th in qualifying. White duly converted pole positions into two wins. Skelton took an 8th and a 7th in a frantic pair of heats. Rose and Croydon took a consistent 10th and 12th each and Le Vesconte took 13th and 11th in her two heats.
The first of the finals saw White denied a victory from pole position, in the aggressive fight for the lead he came home in 4th position with the fastest lap. Rose and Skelton took 8th and 9th in a close finish. Croydon and Le Vesconte were 12th and 13th before the latter receiving a front fairing infringement penalty.
The Grand Final saw White recapture the winning form as he took the victory on the final lap, whilst setting the fastest lap in the process! Rose drove a solid race to 9th whilst Skelton endured a difficult race being knocked back numerous times, finishing an eventual 11th. Le Vesconte battled well to finish 13th and Croydon who finished originally in 12th, was sadly a victim of the front fairing infringement, demoting him to 14th.
Scott Mackrell put it 3rd overall in timed qualifying for X30 Senior, which he followed up with a 3rd and a 6th in his heats, therefore he would line up 3rd for the first of the finals.
Mackrell managed to get the better of 2nd placed Brett Ward after a race long battle, sadly the leader was out of range by the time he cleared into 2nd.
The second final saw a rain shower affect proceedings, the change in weather suited Mackrell well, as he maximised his opportunity to take the lead and eventually the victory in the opening round of the X30 Senior Super One British Championship.
This marked a continuation of the great run of podiums for the team, as their attention now heads towards the 2nd Round of the LGM and Rotax Euro Challenge Championships at the start of May.