Kartmasters is this weekend. During the build up to the biggest kart race on the calendar, we will be looking at each class and choosing our favourites to claim victory. First up is the cadet classes, for drivers form 8 years old. Traditionally they are the most competitive classes on the package, with some fantastic racing. The drivers will all be racing for the honour of wearing the GP Plates for 2017/18. They will also be racing for high end gadgets like Oculus rifts, Samsung 4k TVs and HP Stream laptops.
Cadet classes are usually extremely close to call, however there does appear to be a clear favourite. Taylor Barnard, driving the ‘O’ plate kart has had a fantastic start to the season. He won the British Open, is leading both the Super One championship and Little Green Man championship in Iame cadet. It would be tough to bet against him, but it is possible. His fusion team mates have pushed him hard this year: Freddie Slater and Alex Dunne have both had good runs in Super one. There is also the English champion Luke Watts who is quick around the Grantham circuit. Then there is the TVKC championship leader Freddie Spindlow, who drives the #60 kart for MBM. The Strawberry Racing boys could also prove a thorn in Fusion’s side. Maxwell Dodds won when he last visited PFI, but hasn’t had the run in S1 that the Fusion boys have had. There are also some quick privateers like Bradley Beavers, who was leading at the Shennington Super Prix, until contact forced him out. It isn’t just the GP Plates that the cadets are racing for, cash prizes to the top 10 are on offer, with tech bundles going to the podium finishers.
L&T Pick – #77 Freddie Slater, Fusion Motorsport
Another close class, with the British Open champion Lucas Ellingham having a strong season. However, Ellingham has had bad form at PF recently, finishing 11th on his last visit, is that a sign of things to come? Oliver Bearman and Archie Brown will surely be challenging at the front, but don’t count out privateers such as Sandro Ballesteros, who has proven he can challenge towards the front. We also see Coskun Irfan and Joshua McLean doubling up. Both are quick in the Iame’s and McLean has had a good run in the Hondas so far this year, sitting 2nd in the Super 1 championship. The Honda grid is much harder to call, with any one of 10 drivers capable of taking the gold. The fight will most likely be between Ellingham, Bearman, Brown and McLean, but who will take it is anyone’s guess. There is a set of tyres on offer for the top 3 drivers in the grand final.
L&T Pick – #2 Oliver Bearman, Virtus Racing
Let us know what you think of our picks? Do you think a different driver could take the crown come Sunday? Tomorrow we will look at the Junior classes, including the Mini X30 support category.
Words: Tom Gibson @WA10Tom
Images: Super 1 Series