Our second group of previews before Kartmasters this weekend looks at the 5 junior classes competing this year. These are for drivers from 11 years old and feature some of the top names in British karting. These are sure to be close and hard fights. All the classes (except for the Mini X30’s) are racing for the coveted GP Plate in each class. As with the cadets there are top end gadgets on offer for the top 3, including an Oculus Rift, Samsung 4K Smart TV and a HP Stream laptop. Lets look at
Only 14 karts will contest the mini max class, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be a good race. Lewis Gilbert is on a roll at the moment, leading the Super 1 series. It would be tough to bet against him with his current form. However, if anyone is going to stop him, Kai Hunter and Tom Adams could be the guys to do it. Don’t count out TVKC championship leader Owen Johnson out either. Some Arai helmet accessories are on offer for the top two finishers.
L&T Pick – #43 Lewis Gilbert, Persistence
The Mini X30 is a new class for the UK, so won’t compete for a GP plate for another 2 seasons. This is an exhibition race for the Mini X30’s. But that doesn’t mean the class hasn’t attracted some big names. The biggest being Fusion’s Georgi Dimitrov. He won last in the Junior class of the X30 Euroseries, but is here in the Mini class. Ivan Lomliev has had a good season, with a solid career behind him in cadets. Another name to watch for is Alex Ley. The DKR driver currently leads the TVKC Championship. Dominic Bush was quick on his Team BMR supported Xenon kart last time out, managing to claim victory last time out. It will be a close fight, especially with £750 cash for the winner.
L&T Pick – #23 Georgi Dimitrov, Fusion Motorsport
Junior Rotax might be a small grid of 19, but it should be a close fight, with numerous drivers to watch out for. British Open champion Tommy Foster is the top seed with Tyler Chesterton also a hot favourite. Ben Burgess has shown pace at PF, leading the TVKC championship. Finlay Bunce has shown flashes of pace during the season as well and should be quick. A dark horse could be Lewis Gilbert, who is competing in the Mini max category as well. Gilbert has been racing in Europe in the Junior category, and sits 12th in the championship there. Could he be the first junior to do the double?
L&T Pick – #7 Tyler Chesterton, Coles Racing
Where to start with Junior X30. There is no, one clear favourite here with so many big names on the grid. Eyes must be on Louie Westover and Morgan Porter. The pair lead the Super 1 series and LGM championship respectively. Sean Butcher has impressed in Europe, especially last time out in Germany. There are also some new names to the X30’s, with Harry Thompson making the move from OK to X30. Thompson is quick in pretty much anything he drives and sits 2nd in the European Junior championship, so will be one to watch. Also, don’t count out the likes of Sam White, Caden McQueen or Reggie Duhy. All three have shown pace this season, and could easily worry the front boys.
L&T Pick – #79 Harry Thompson, Fusion Motorsport
The OK classes always attract some top names. Morgan Porter, the top seed will be looking to capture the GP Plate in the X30 class as well. Looking to achieve a similar feat is Sean Butcher. Chris Lulham has impressed in the European Karting championship in his PSR kart, currently in 5th with 1 round to go. Chris also sits 7th in the X30 Euroseries, having won the first final of the year in Belgium. Looking to steal their thunder will be Klaas Kooiker and Joseph Taylor. Both have impressed in previous seasons, will they have what it takes to get the job done here?
L&T Pick – #20 Chris Lulham, PSR
These should be extremely close races with any one of upto 10 drivers being able to take victory in each class. The Mini X30 support race will also be close, with some big names and bigger teams all in the fight. Our next installment will see us taking a look at the Senior classes before official practice starts Tomorrow (Thursday 3rd August).
Words: Tom Gibson @WA10Tom
Image: Fusion Motorsport