Strawberry Racing rounded off another successful season in the with victories at the Paul Fletcher international circuit in Lincolnshire.
Junior Max champion-elect Jack McCarthy just had to finish both of Sunday’s finals to add the Super One championship to his recent Euro Max Challenge triumph for Strawberry.
Finding it, “quite boring”, McCarthy avoided any confrontations by being rear gunner, with 12th and 18th finishes, claiming his first national title.Teammate, Tom Gamble drove perfectly all weekend taking consecutive lights-to-flag victories in the two finals, to secure 4th in the championship.
A double podium of 3rd placed finishes for Rotherham youngster, Thomas Turner, with Tooley Motorsport, made him championship 8th place.
His performance in Final 2 deserves mention, running mid-race he was “mugged”, dropping back he earned 10 out 10 for tenacity as he fought back on to the podium.
Luke Knott gave Strawberry runner-up position in the Senior Rotax championship taking 2nd place in the first final, leading home team-mates Connor Hall in 5th and Gary Donnelly 7th.
Winning a thrilling second final, Hall turned on the style, after Knott had lead for most of the race until he fell back to 2nd.
Tumbling to 7th at the start, Hall forged ahead to take the lead, and Donnelly in 3rd place gave the Handsworth-based team a 1-2-3 podium.
“This win is a good way to end the year – a massive thanks to Strawberry”, Hall claimed Championship 3rd place, with Donnelly finishing 4th.
Matthew Hirst from Doncaster, with the KR Sport team, ended the year in Championship 9th spot with 8th and 9th place finishes: he climbed to 4th by mid-race in Final 2, until receiving a driving standards warning flag, he dropped back, slowly recovering to 9th place.
Wrapping-up the Super One Mini Max title at the previous round, Strawberry’s Kiern Jewiss bagged a double podium, with 2nd and 3rd place at the circuit where he won his prestigious GP number plates, to cap an outstanding debut year in the Mini Max class.
“I prefer winning the championship early than fighting it out here at the last race, and I want to thank Strawberry for it being a successful year”, Jewiss commented.
The team’s French youngster, Axel Charpentier, who also secured 2nd in the championship at the previous round, kept out of trouble to seal vice-champion’s status, with his respective 7th and 9th places.
The “never say die” attitude of Euan Wilson, karting with Sheffield’s S8 Racing team in Senior X30, is to be applauded: just after taking 2nd place, being nudged on to the grass, he rejoined in 6th to finish 3rd, and took championship 4th place.
In the Junior X30 category for S8, Oliver Greetham, had a pair of 8th place finishes to secure 6th in the Championship.
While, teammate Jake Douglas’ finishing in 14th and 11th made him Championship 8th place.