White-Wash at Rowrah Rotax Super One Opener

March 20, 2016
Rowrah, UK
Dry / Sunny

Josh White came from 5th on the grid to win the Grand Final in Rotax Max for the opening round of the 2016 Super One Rotax British Championships held at Rowrah.

Coles Racing travelled back to Rowrah, just one week after the British Open, to the opening round of the Super One British Karting Championship.

Qualifying saw home favourite Jonny Edgar set the 3rd fastest time and teammate Clayton Ravenscroft take the 8th fastest time going into the heats.
Edgar made his bid for the front in his two heats, coming home 2nd in the opening heat, before being cruely denied in the second heat being dropped to 9th via contact, despite setting the fastest lap.

Ravenscroft had a strong opening heat to come home in 6th, before suffering some cruel misfortune like Edgar in the second heat being knocked down to 12th. The results from the heats gave them 5th and 9th on the grid respectively.

Final 1 saw Edgar and Ravenscroft come to the fore, making great progress through the pack to gain 3 and 5 places respectively, finishing 2nd and 4th at the flag.

The Grand Final saw both drivers start on the unfavoured outside for turn one. Both made it through the opening lap well in 2nd and 3rd to challenge for the lead. Ravenscroft's charge was blunted after being knocked back to 6th by a train of karts on lap 6, whilst Edgar remaining in pursuit of victory. After a few lead swaps, Edgar finished in 2nd, just 0.1s off the win. Ravenscroft recovered to 8th place.

Junior Max driver Tyler Chesterton qualified in 5th position for his opening heats, which he translated into a strong 3rd position in the opening heat, before a penalty thwarted his result in the second heat.

These results gave him a 9th place start for the first of the two finals. Chesterton immediately fought back in the First Final, gaining 4 positions in the tight pack to finish in 5th position, this is where he would start the Grand Final.

In another tight race, involving a 5 kart battle for 2nd position, Chesterton was involved in a close battle all the way to the finish, just missing out in the commotion at the end of the race, finishing in 6th position.

Rotax Max saw the lineup of new recruit Josh Skelton, Josh White, Morgan Rose, Tom Croydon and Stephanie Le Vesconte qualify 1st, 4th, 8th, 12th and 10th respectively for the opening heats.

Skelton converted pole position into a victory in the opening heat, teammates White and Le Vesconte fell foul of the front fairing infringement rules, dropping them to 9th and 11th at the flag. Croydon sadly didn't make the start of the race after an engine issue.
Skelton doubled up on victories in Heat 2, with White coming home in 4th position after a strong battle at the front. Teammates Croydon, Le Vesconte and Rose finishing in formation of 10th, 11th and 12th.

The results gave Skelton pole for the finals, White would start 7th after his first heat misfortune. Rose would start from 10th, Le Vesconte 11th and Croydon 16th after his DNS.

The First Final saw a race long battle between Skelton and Jack McCarthy for the win, Skelton just missing out by 0.25s at the line. White made up two positions to finish in 5th position aswell as his teammates as Rose finished in 8th, Le Vesconte 10th and Croydon making up 5 positions to finish in 11th.

White made a great start in the Grand Final, as the team of Skelton and White circulated in 2nd and 3rd in the opening laps. White hit the front of the pack on the fourth lap with Skelton following him through. White was never headed from then, crossing the line to take the victory by 0.6s.

Skelton was unfortunate to be knocked back o the 12th lap whilst running second behind his teammate, later recovering to 5th at the flag after an unlucky end to a brilliant debut weekend with the team.

Morgan Rose finished the eventful final in 9th position, Croydon in 11th and Le Vesconte in 12th.

After the opening round of the championship, Josh Skelton is 2nd in the Rotax Max standings, with victor Josh White in 4th. Jonny Edgar is 2nd in the Minimax standings and Tyler Chesterton is 7th in Junior Max.

Overall it was strong opening weekend of the season, with plenty of silverware in Minimax and Rotax Max which the team can further build on for the rest of the season.

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