November 12th Shenington Kart Race Club: Champion 2020.
With the second lockdown being announced, the last two Shenington rounds have been cancelled and they’ve confirmed the final standings for the year. And that’s it. I’m Shenington Kart Club Junior X30 Champion 2020. I’m not going to lie, the last couple of rounds were hard. With the one-day format I was often coming in to the race with my last racing being in the fiesta and with no practice day to get back up to speed. Generally, I’d improve through the day but still be left with places to make up in the final, so to take the title, I’m speechless……
Thanks to Litchfield Motorsport, for setup advice and for keeping my engines on song and my family for giving me these opportunities.
March 14th-15th Shenington Kart Race Club, Final of the Winter Cup.
This was the third and final round of the Winter cup series and typical of a winter series, the conditions were constantly changing. The final was frantic, with several of us having the lead at some point, my final lap move didn’t quite stick, and I slipped back to third, but it was enough to close out the winter series. Thanks as always to Litchfield Motorsport. Result: 3rd on the day, 1st in the Championship.
November 22nd Ginetta GT5: 2020 Announcement
I'm delighted to announce that in 2021 I will be competing in the Ginetta Cars GT5 Challenge with Alastair Rushforth Motorsport. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me so far in my motorsport journey and I can't wait to see what next year has in store.
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December 2nd Green Recycling: Partnership Announcement
I am really proud to announce that Green Recycling will be one of my racing partners for the 2021 season.
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October 17th-18th Donington Park: BRSCC Junior Fiesta Championship, Rounds 5 and 6.
After Silverstone I thought a win was within reach, I didn’t quite get my tyres switched on in Quali but knew my race pace would be strong. Carnage in the first race, made for a shorter scrappier race but race two I came agonisingly close. Only waved yellows in the last couple of laps preventing my intended move into the last complex. Close but again two second places, that’s six in a row now!
Thanks to; Bobby Thomson for the driver coaching, we’re getting closer all the time! And Ali Rushforth for the amazing car sert-up
July 14th Croft: BRSCC Junior Fiesta Championship Media Day
Media Day, Wow! I obviously arrived confident that we were ready for the season but when you see so many drivers with titles on the ovals and autograss, you know the competition is going to be tough.
First runs everyone seemed a bit cagey about how they thought they’d gone but by the end of the day we left quietly confident that we’d be competitive when the first round came.
Thanks to Alastair Rushforth Motorsport for getting me ready and Blueprint Nottingham for the car and pit graphics
August 1st-2nd Cadwell Park: BRSCC Junior Fiesta Championship, Rounds 1 and 2.
My dad tells me there a saying in motorsport “When the flag drops, the Bull S..t stops” Round one, we’d see what everyone had. I qualified 2nd a little further behind Loake than I’d have liked, but Cadwell being tight and technical and this all being new to us, it was expected. I figured I’d just try to put him under pressure in the race. Two rubbish starts put paid to that but I quickly fought back, through the pack, both time to give chase. Realistically, two second places was amazing and at least I know what I need to work on!
Thanks to: Cyfor for making this season happen and My Dad and Tony Rushforth for being on the spanners in Ali’s absence.
December 18th 2020: Season Review.
I’m sure everybody looks back on this past year and thinks how crazy it’s been; Lockdowns, cancelled events, revised calendars, no spectators, no awards but we’ve got through it all.
I started the year thinking I’d be doing JSCC but an about-turn at the Autosport Show saw me enter the Junior Fiesta Champ’s where I felt immediately at home. Rookie Champion, and Vice Champion Overall, was better than I could ever have expected. Karting was the other surprise. Despite not testing between rounds, I kept my form from last year and became Shenington X30 Junior Champion. The icing on the cake has been the decision to race in the Ginetta GT5 Championship in 2021.
I'd like to give a massive thanks to CYFOR, for their support this year, Alastair Rushforth Motorsport for helping me get up to speed so quickly in the fiesta, Green Recycling for their commitment to next season and my family for all they are currently doing to keep me on track. To everyone else out there, be safe and Have a happy New Year.
Sept 13th Silverstone: BRSCC Junior Fiesta Championship, Rounds 3 and 4. Wow, the home of British racing and I got to race there! We had some trauma in practice, with a rabid gearbox change needed. Quali, showed we’d closed the gap on Loake, since Cadwell and my strategy was to try and put him under immediate pressure. Race one, I got one shot and messed up a key downshift and that let him off the hook. Race two, became a matter of survival when a brake problem developed on the formation lap, I found a way of driving around the issue and somehow still managed to come home in second, considering I was running forth for most of the race, this felt like a win!
Thanks to: Dan Lay, for helping with the gearbox change, My dad for driving home and stripping a spare axle off the donor car mid-event, Alastair Rushforth Motorsport for keeping my car on track and Cyfor for their support this year.
October 31st Croft: BRSCC Junior Fiesta Championship, Rounds 7 and 8. The final two rounds of the 2020 Junior Fiesta Season. This is almost as difficult to write as it was for me to do. I only had a slim mathematical chance to take the overall tittle and only one permutation where I could slip from second. We also had a firm offer to buy our race car. Long story short, we sold our car and hired one for this last weekend. I knew this would handicap me, also I couldn’t do the practice day because of a Covid case at my school meant that I had to self-isolate until midnight before the race. So a measured drive, in a less than perfect car, I gritted my teeth and brought it home, securing the rookie title and vice overall, it was the only weekend I’d not been on the podium, so a bitter sweet end to a fantastic first year in cars.
Thanks to all the usual crew but the big plus, is that by selling my car before the event, it means I can announce something very special soon!
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