To finish the 2016 season having won the two championships I entered is beyond anything I hoped for. I raced as well as I could, sometimes causing myself more problems that I should have, but I always had the best of support and back up from my team and for that I am extremely grateful.
2017 has so far brought more challenges mostly caused by MSA karting being in a period of significant change and my focus switching as much as possible to exams.
Having won the British and a European title on a Rotax engine in 2016 I decided that I would compete in the new class OK in the Junior category. This new class would run a Vortex engine and Vega tyres, both of which were totally new to me. Unlike my Rotax motor which had fixed jetting the Vortex would allow me to adjust the engine as I drove which is something I was first introduced to as a cadet in 2011. The Vortex is a push start unlike the button start Rotax.
We spent the winter testing and getting ready to race and having won every race I took part in over winter, except one heat where I knew I had done enough to secure pole and settled for p2, we felt assured that we had a great chance of taking the title in 2017.
Three days before round one of the British Championships first round we received a phone call to say that the MSA were postponing both OK senior and junior. They could not tell us if it would happen at all in 2017 only that they would like it to.
This gave us two choices, wait for a class to run that may not happen or jump a year early into Senior racing and enter the Iame powered X30 Senior class, doing this meant we relinquished our right to race in the junior classes ever again. We elected to make the move, the uncertainty was too much and although my focus is very much on GCSE’s in 2017 I had to maintain race fitness too.
Racing Senior X30 wasn't easy but I was regularly up the front showing that I can adapt to any kart engine and tyre characteristics without issue. My focus was on the MSA Senior title though and I could only get that in OK.
To celebrate my success and to discuss my plans with possible partners I was honoured by MK Community Foundation and Alexander Bsowell to be guest of Honour at a private function at the Aston Martin Heritage Suite in Newport Pagnell - Read more here...
An accident at the start spoils an overall positive weekend. Read more here...
Two rounds in but there is an issue to be resolved. Read more here...
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Thanks to Chris Walker of Kartpix.com for all of the photos on this page and my race reports apart from European rounds which are from Michael Melis at Kartphoto.com