Young Shenley Brook End karter William Tregurtha was in good form at the Stars at Whilton Mill meet, picking up his highest-ever finish in a Junior Max race against a tough and experienced grid of 22 racers.
It has been 12 months since William, 13, last raced at the Whilton Mill circuit near Northampton, but he was on the pace by the end of Saturday testing and looked forward to Sunday with high hopes.
TeamIPK manager Dave Johnston got the OK1 chassis well balanced during practice, while team owner and former Rotax World champion Benjy Russell worked on William’s braking technique with video analysis provided through the kart’s on-board camera.
The first race on Sunday was marred by a nasty injury to team-mate Joe Faragher who was also competing in Junior Max. Faragher collided with another kart which was subsequently launched across him, breaking his right arm in the process.
It was a stark reminder that the 75mph class – for racers up the age of 17 – is a very tough environment.
William, though, was in good form, picking up 10th, eighth and a superb third place – his best ever since moving up to Junior Max in February – in his three heats to ensure a seventh-placed starting place on the grid for the final.
Unfortunately contact with another kart in the first few laps of the race wrecked his own machine’s handling, but the city youngster was still lapping consistently fast, despite fighting the steering wheel through the corners.
He was holding onto eighth when a crazy, and doomed, overtaking manoeuvre from the driver behind took both racers out of action just three corners from the chequered flag.
It was a disappointing end to the weekend’s action, but both days illustrated that his improvement continues apace and he was one of the fastest on the track in just about every session over both days. Having moved up to this super-fast class at just 13-years-old it was an impressive performance from the Cranfield University Associate driver – who is also backed by the Rogue Racing kart circuit in Aylesbury.
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