PFI Super One – Round 6 Senior X30
After showing good pace at Kartmasters, Will was looking forward to the final SuperOne round at PFI. Testing had gone well and with a strong result this weekend Will could scrape into the top 10 and get a plate in his first year in seniors, so all to play for.
In qualifying on Friday Will managed 9th overall, but was disappointed as he got held up on his final 2 laps and would comfortably have been in the top 3 or 4 had he had a clear run. Starting in 6th place for his first heat Will made a good start and was up to 4th by the 2nd lap. He was soon demoted to 6th and could only manage to make up 1 more place by the end of the race; such is the level of competition in Senior X30. The 2nd heat turned out to be wet and Will was one of the few drivers who had to start the race on brand new tyres, which is not ideal. Will drove as well as he could but the pace was not in the kart and he fell back to 11th place by the chequered flag. Overall not a perfect day but Will would start the first Final on Sunday in 8th place, so not too bad.
The early morning dampness soon dried out to leave a dry track for both Final races of the 2017 season. With Will starting in 8th place he had all to play for and was looking forward to the days racing. A good start in Final 1 and 2 places made up on the 1st lap things were looking promising, but as is the case with X30, it’s not easy to always move forward and lost 5 places in 1 lap. He battled away for the rest of the race and did really well to climb up to 6th by the flag, keeping his chance of a top 10 finish in the Championship. Final 2 started under an ominously dark sky and a few spots of rain in the air; with the field out on slick tyres it was going to be an interesting race. Will made another good start from the outside and row slotted into a comfortable 5th place moving forward to the group in front. After slowly catching the lead group and with 3 laps to go, the rain began to fall quite heavily. The defensive driving began in earnest and the lead group, which included Will was soon caught by several karts from behind. Last 2 laps were very difficult for all the drivers, who were now on a soaking wet track with slick tyres, with lots of contact and some not so good moves by some drivers, Will crossed line to finish in 6th place. In the final standings Will came 11th place just 3 points behind 10th, so unlucky not to get a plate in his first year. Will had 3 incidents during the season that cost him around 70 points and were no fault of his own, so potentially could have managed 5th or 6th place finish in the Championship.
Big thanks to Drew and Dave and their team at Tooley Motorsport, ASNU and St Clement Danes School for their financial support and encouragement, Dean at Grice Engines for the power, Chris Walker for some great pictures during year and to Hayden Media for their great media input.