MSA X30 Senior National
Venue: Rowrah – 22-23 April
Following the horrific accident to F4 driver Billy Monger at Donington recently, the whole paddock came together raising £5,000 via donations from drivers, teams, Cumbria Kart Club and the Super One Series. #BillyWhizz stickers adorned karts, helmets, etc… in support.
On the track Josh once again displayed good pace throughout the Friday test sessions. Come Saturday however, Josh could only secure 10th fastest in his group, and 25th overall, this despite topping the timing board in early morning practice which was disappointing for Josh. Subsequently, much work was to be done by Josh and the team as he now found himself starting Heat 1 from 13th on the grid. However, Josh converted this starting position to 5th by the end of this heat, and a further 4th placesecured in Heat 2.
Solid heat results set up a grid 9 slot for the Pre-Final – showing good progression up the field from the earlier 25th position – to finish 6th by the end of the race.
Final 1 (17 laps):
6 Josh Skelton
So, for the Final itself 6th on the grid was promising, but Josh didn’t have the best start dropping him down to 15th in the opening laps. Josh’s early meeting pace came to the fore however, as he worked his was back up to 9th by the penultimate lap until becoming the unfortunate victim of another drivers incident. The driver ahead clipped a cone and spun, bringing the cone onto the circuit. Josh was unable to avoid it which forced him into a spin, hitting the other driver and ending up in the barriers.
Final 2 (17 laps):
Josh: “Overall we had a good weekend but the luck just wasn’t on our side. I’m now looking forward to the next round at Whilton Mill in a couple of weeks time. I would just like to say thanks to Coles Racing, Ogden Race Engines and everyone else involved.”
MSA X30 Senior National Championship
Provisional Championship Points Standings
1 Keirle 391
2 Turner 368
3 Ward 343
4 Skelton 338
5 Harvey 329
6 Johnson 328
Report: Hayden-Media/Josh Skelton