Super One Series – Senior X30, Rowrah, Cumbria
Back to Rowrah for the first round of Super One in Senior X30 and the weather looks like being wet again, so at least the track conditions will be the same as normal. In testing on Friday Will was soon on the pace of the top 6 and was looking forward to his first race in the senior class. This test day was Will’s very first outing in Senior X30, so right into the deep end! A solid qualifying session saw Will manage 8th position out of 61 drivers, so not a bad introduction to senior racing.
In the 1st heat Will made a good start from outside grid 4 and he held 4th place until overtaken on lap 5, finishing a creditable 5th in his 1st race. The 2nd heat turned out very similar to the 1st, although this time Will dropped a couple of places down to 6th. This was later improved to 5th after a nose cone penalty in front of Will. This would give him an 8th place start for Final 1 on Sunday morning and a great chance of getting some good points in the bag from the 1st round of the Championship.
Sunday dawned with heavy skies and persistent rain, with low cloud and poor visibility thrown into the mix. Very wisely the racing was put on hold until the rain eased and a great clean up job by the circuit enabled racing to start around 1 o’clock. Another great start from the outside of the grid saw Will hold his position for the first few laps of the race. He lost a place on lap 5 but regained it on lap lap 8 and crossed the finish line in that position. This was later elevated to 6th after a couple of nose cone penalties. The rain had stopped completely by now and the track had no standing water but was still damp and very greasy. Starting from his now familiar outside grid slot Will lost 1 place on the first lap and slight contact was made with the overtaking kart. This broke the bolt that retains the steering wheel on the column, which fortunately was taped up to prevent the bolt ever dropping out. However, the steering had some 50mm of play in it and for a while Will began to fall away from the kart in front and back towards his pursuers. By around the middle of the race though he began to get to grips with the feel of the steering and started to put in some very fast times and slowly started to ease back up to the karts in front. The race had been shortened to 10minutes and there was no time to improve position, so Will finished in 6th place. This gave him 6th place in the Championship and great start to his senior racing career. All in all Will drove with great maturity and speed and is already looking forward to the next round.
Many thanks to Tooley Motorsport for all their support this weekend. Thanks also to ASNU Fuel Injectors, Chris Walker who always braves the weather for a good shot, and Andrew Hayden for his encouragement and web updates.