The last in the trio of previews leading up to Kartmasters which starts today. We take a look at the two senior classes taking for the Iame X30 and CIK-FIA OK engines. There are some huge names in both classes with some pure racing pedigree behind them, including former champions, reigning champions, and a few car racers.
OK Senior has some huge names contesting it. The top seed, Oliver Hodgeson is looking to capture the crown again, but the likes of Jordan Brown-Nutley will be trying to stop him. Brown-Nutley has had success in the Rotax and X30 class, where he is also racing. The quick Oliver Clarke moves up to the OK Class, hoping to show his pace in the new formula. Luke Knott will be another to watch, he was quick in a Rotax last year, and will be hoping to carry that over to the OK karts. Archie Tillett will also be in hot pursuit of the top guys, while Laura Tillett joins for this round. There is also a factory CRG on the grid, being driven by Callum Bradshaw. Expect him to be challenging near the front. There is also a factory Compkart present, driven by Dante Yu. Despite the pedegree of the OK field this year, it will take something to stop the PFi team’s star driver from repeating the victory he had here last year.
L&T Pick – #1 Oliver Hodgeson, PF International
This is the most wide-open category of them all. 64 drivers will battle it out for the top prizes, and they really are top drivers. Danny Keirle, fresh off claiming the Super 1 championship will be battling against championship rival Oliver Hodgeson for top honours. Keirle won the Grand Prix last season. It won’t be just them, as Brett Ward joins the field fresh off X30 Euroseries success. Euroseries championship leader Jordan Brown-Nutley is also on the grid, and will be a sure favourite. That’s not to discount Stephen Letts who moves over from TKM. We also see the return of Jordan Baines and Jacob Stilp who are both extremely quick. Ben Barnicoat will also be in the X30 category, aiming to reclaim his crown from 2015. Barnicoat is one of the most successful drivers at Kartmasters, and is focusing on the X30 class this year. This is too close to call. There is free entry into the Iame International final available for the top 3, with wildcard entries for the top 10. Not to forget the cash prizes.
L&T Pick – #67 Danny Keirle, Jade Karts
That is all of the classes covered, with some extremely tough to call, it should be a good weekend’s racing. The event kicks off today with official practice. Friday will see a Qualifying session to start the day with a series 2, 10 minute heats for each class, apart from the X30’s. Due to the grid size, the Juniors have 3 heats and the Seniors have 4. Saturday will see the same format as Saturday, with the results of the heats setting the grids for the Pre-Finals on Sunday. The Grand Prixs will kick off just after 13:30 on Sunday, each being 15 mins + 1 lap long. The winner of the Grand Prix finals at the end of the weekend, takes home the gold.
We will bring you round ups from Friday, Saturday & the main event on Sunday. The entire event will be live streamed on Trent Valley Kart Club’s IPTV service
Words: Tom Gibson @WA10Tom