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Kartforce drivers claimed the coveted Green Plate in two classes at the AKA National Championships in Darwin recently.
James Allen and James French won their respective categories using Kartforce prepared Yamaha engines.
James Allen won Junior National Heavy. He had previously finished second in both the Northern Territory and Queensland championships.
It was a big win for someone who's only been racing karts for two-and-a-half years.
"To me, he has won against all odds" Kip Foster of Kartforce said. "He went to Darwin one month prior to the Nationals and did testing, then he raced the state titles in which he came second.
"He qualified well at the Nationals (5th) only to get a flat tyre in turn one after being touched from behind, so DNFd the first heat. He was allowed to replace the flat tyre only to be told he had to start heat two from the rear." This put the youngster on grid 22 for the pre-final where he clawed up to 8th before taking out the final.
James is now looking to lock away a drive in the British Formula Ford Championship.
The other James, James French, won the Senior National class after a hard fought race. Having qualified 5th, French carded two 3rds in the heats and fourth in the pre-final.
Very little separated the top six in the Final and French drove his Monaco kart home ahead of Luke Jones and polesitter Tyler Cramer.
French has been racing karts for four years and also wants to further his racing career to cars. He will race Rotax for the remainder of 2012 aboard Kosmic.
Kip himself finished second in Clubman Heavy aboard his Monaco chassis after battling with Matt Wall and others for the win. Defending his title from last year, Foster was just 0.079s behind Wall at the line. "But I'm happy with that" he said of the final. "And happy for Wallie too."