MSA British Cadet Kart Championship - Round 1 & 2

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Round 1
George Russell came out on top of a massive 63 kart entry at Kimbolton in Hunts for the new Formula Kart Stars series, backed by Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton. 

Above: George Russell
pic - Chris Walker,

Each driver had three heats and a final, Russell winning two of his for pole position in the A Final, with C and B finals for the less fortunate to try and progress.  Persistent rain eased in the afternoon but the track never dried enough for slicks.  Ricky Collard was out to emulate his father Rob's recent BTCC success, but found himself caught up in a first corner melee, only slightly delayed compared with Toby Sowery, Brandon Williams and Jake Walker who were much worse off after spins. 

Josh White and Russell settled down to pull clear of the battling pack and eventually Russell pulled a few kart lengths cushion, only narrowed when he played safe towards the end.  "In fact, I wasn't really bothered if I came first or second as I've had a really good day," he said.  Collard had left the rest behind, but ran out of laps to join the lead duo, whilst Harry Woodhead made startling progress from fourth last on the grid to fourth at the flag, from winning the B Final earlier.

Above: podium
pic - Chris Walker,

Round 2
Along with six others, Russell gambled badly on slick tyres for the damp qualifying session, admitting it was his decision.  Relegated to the back of the C Final, he came second there, but spun down the order at the start of the B Final. 

The Sunday format was modelled on a Formula 1 race, timed qualifying and a Grand Final with no heats.  Josh White had no sinecure in a multi-way race long lead dispute.  Fastest in qualifying, Rory Cuff was into the lead first but gave way to Trevyn Jay Nelson before fading to eighth, then Matthew Graham hit the front whilst White was shuffled back to seventh.  White worked his way back to the front, trading first with Nelson until Harry Webb lunged for the place.  Alex Gill entered the equation, relegating Webb to sixth, White taking Graham on the last lap then Gill on the last corner for the win.  "I just went up the inside of Alex and came out on top," said the winner and points leader whilst Gill added: "I thought I had a gap but Josh caught me loads on the straight and I had to defend." 

Above:Josh White
pic - Chris Walker,

Results Round 1
1 George Russell (Zip) 13 laps in 11m 40.09s (42.28mph); 2 Josh White (Zip) +0.04s; 3 Ricky Collard (Zip); 4 Harry Woodhead (Zip); 5 Alex Gill (Wright); 6 Connor Jupp (Zip).  Fastest lap: Russell 53.41s. 

Results Round 2
1 White 20 laps in 16m 21.25s; 2 Gill +0.16s; 3 Trevyn Jay Nelson (Zip); 4 Max Vaughan (Zip); 5 Matthew Graham (Tonykart); 6 Harry Web (Tonykart). Fastest lap: Webb 48.27s.

1 Josh White 323;
2 George Russell 310;
3 Ricky Collard 297;
4 Alex Gill 293;
5 Adam McKay 287;
6= Connor Jupp 283;
Toby Sowery 283.