KART­ING RE­PORT O’sullivan dra­mat­i­cally de­nies Thomp­son a sec­ond GP plate win at Kart­mas­ters

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Zak O’sullivan snatched his maiden Kart­mas­ters GP ti­tle in dra­matic style hav­ing led for only two cor­ners dur­ing an ab­sorb­ing Cadet IAME fi­nal at PF In­ter­na­tional in Lin­colnshire last week­end.

Five driv­ers went into the fi­nal lap with a shot at the GP ti­tle. O’sullivan put him­self in the per­fect po­si­tion to cap­i­talise when Harry Thomp­son’s ban­zai lunge on leader Bray Ken­neally forced both driv­ers off line with just two cor­ners re­main­ing.

Ear­lier on in a breathak­ing fi­nal lap O’sullivan had swept passed his team­mates Max Dodds and Joseph Tay­lor to snatch what he thought would be the fi­nal place on the podium af­ter a race in which an ini­tial lead group of 13 was grad­u­ally whit­tled down to the fi­nal five.

Thomp­son, who had ear­lier won the Cadet Honda GP Plate and was at­tempt­ing to em­u­late Ben Bar­ni­coat as the only two driv­ers who have ever won two GP Plates on the same day, fin­ished just a kart length be­hind his stunned team-mate with Ken­neally third.

But Thomp­son can still look back on the day with a smile af­ter he out-du­elled Oliver Bear­man to win the Cadet Honda ti­tle. An early-race clash that claimed pole­man Wes Ma­son and Lu­cas Elling­ham left Thomp­son and Bear­man with a gap over the rest and they worked to­gether dili­gently un­til the fi­nal two laps when they scrapped it.

There was also last-lap drama in Ju­nior Ro­tax when Wil­liam Pet­titt tried an au­da­cious out­side pass on Joe Tur­ney at the first hair­pin for the lead. How­ever, Pet­titt clipped the KR Sport ma­chine wide and sent him­self into re­tire­ment. As Tur­ney ran off line Myles Apps cut un­der­neath his ri­vals to claim the win. Adding in­sult to in­jury, Tur­ney was then given a penalty for jump­ing the start which al­lowed Tyler Ch­ester­ton and Mark Kim­ber to com­plete the podium.

Dex­ter Pat­ter­son won the Mini Max GP Plate de­spite strug­gling with his kart for most of the week­end. The Scots­man got it work­ing when it mat­tered most and was able to keep his

1 Zak O’sullivan (Fu­sion/ Syn­ergy); 2 Harry Thomp­son (Fu­sion/ Syn­ergy) +0.16s; 3 Bray Ken­neally (AIM/ ZIP); 4 Max Dodds (Fu­sion/ Syn­ergy); 5 Joseph Tay­lor (Fu­sion/ Syn­ergy); 6 Joshua Rat­i­can (Fu­sion/ Syn­ergy). Pre Fi­nal Win­ner Ken­neally. Heat Win­ners Thomp­son (x2), Alex Sim­mons (AIM/ ZIP) (x2), Alex Dunne (AIM/ ZIP), Dodds. Fastest lap Thomp­son 1m06.72s (46.13mph). Pole Ken­neally. Starters 43.

1 Harry Thomp­son (CER/ Syn­ergy); 2 Oliver Bear­man (Vir­tus Mo­tor­sport/ Pro­ject One) +0.09s; 3 Oliver Marsh (Pro­ject One/ Pro­ject One); 4 Sam Head­ing (Pri­va­teer/ Pro­ject One); 5 Theo Mi­couris (Vir­tus Mo­tor­sport/ ZIP); 6 Archie Brown (Pri­va­teer/ BRK). HW Thomp­son (x3), Wes­ley Ma­son (Pri­va­teer/ Pro­ject One). FL Bear­man 1m07.49s (45.81mph). P Ma­son. S 29.

1 Myles Apps (Dan Hol­land Rac­ing/alonso); 2 Tyler Ch­ester­ton (Coles Rac­ing/tony) +1.42s; 3 Mark Kim­ber (Straw­berry Rac­ing/tony); 4 Tommy Fos­ter (Pri­va­teer/tony); 5 Jen­son Brown (Pri­va­teer/tony); 6 Cole Kil­ner (Mick Bar­rett Rac­ing/tony). HW Apps, Ch­ester­ton, Joe Tur­ney (KR Sport/ Kos­mic) (x3). FL Tur­ney 59.15s (52.27mph). P Wil­liam Pet­titt (Too­ley Mo­tor­sport/tony). S 18.

Mini Max Grand Prix (16 laps) 1 Dex­ter Pat­ter­son (Straw­berry Rac­ing/tony); 2 Jen­son But­ter­field (Straw­berry Rac­ing/tony)

Straw­berry team-mate Jen­son But­ter­field, who had been one of the dom­i­nant forces of the week­end, pegged back in sec­ond place. Fin­lay Bunce was a close third while Tom Can­ning drove from 25th to fourth.

Both X30 classes were well sub­scribed and it was the two driv­ers who tri­umphed in June’s IAME Euro­pean Open at PFI who tri­umphed again. Cal­lum Brad­shaw in­her­ited the Ju­nior X30 ti­tle af­ter Oliver York, who pulled off an out­side last-lap pass high up on the bank­ing that will live long in the mem­ory was given a nosecone penalty. That de­ci­sion handed Brad­shaw the win and en­sured a podium lock-out for BKC.

Danny Keirle didn’t leave it as late to

+0.19s; 3 Fin­lay Bunce (Too­ley Mo­tor­sport/ Kos­mic); 4 Tom Can­ning (KR Sport/ Kos­mic); 5 Lor­can Hanafin (Straw­berry Rac­ing/tony); 6 Jonny Edgar (Coles Rac­ing/tony). HW Edgar, Can­ning, But­ter­field (x3), Kierle. FL Keirle 58.08s (53.23mph). P But­ter­field. S 25.

1 Cal­lum Brad­shaw (BKC Rac­ing/tony); 2 Jac May­bin (BKC Rac­ing/ Ex­prit) +0.12s; 3 Sam Mc­don­nell (BKC Rac­ing/tony); 4 Matthew Gra­ham (Jade Karts/ Gold); 5 Mor­gan Porter (CRM/ Oc­tane); 6 El­liott Har­vey (Global Kart­ing/tonykart). HW May­bin (x3), Brad­shaw (x2), Oliver York (Coles Rac­ing/tony). FL York 58.95s (52.67mph). P Brad­shaw. S 42.

1 Danny Keirle (Jade Karts/ Gold); 2 Mark Litch­field (PF In­ter­na­tional/ Bire­lart) +0.51s; 3 Brett Ward (MLC Mo­tor­sport/ Mach1); 4 Matthew Hirst (KR Sport/ Kos­mic); 5 Josh Skel­ton (Coles Rac­ing/tony); 6 Tom Sharpe Reynolds (Kar­tune/ Kos­mic). HW Ward, Litch­field (x3), Kierle, Josh White (Coles Rac­ing/tony). FL Keirle 58.08s (53.23mph). P Litch­field. S 53.

Se­nior OK Grand Prix (18 laps) 1 Oliver Hodg­son (PF In­ter­na­tional/ Bire­lart); 2 Cle­ment No­valak (Team Oakes/tony) +1.14s; 3 Dean Mcdon­ald (Straw­berry Rac­ing/tony); 4 Luke Knott (Straw­berry Rac­ing/tony); 5 Archie Til­lett (Pri­va­teer/ Fuller­ton); 6 Ben Davis (Dan Hol­land Rac­ing/alonso). HW Hodg­son, Mcdon­ald (x2), No­valak. FL Mcdon­ald 54.99s (54.99mph). P Hodg­son. S 13.

take the Se­nior X30 as he did in June but it was still a grand­stand fin­ish as first he passed Brett Ward and then had to hold off none other than Mark Litch­field on the last lap.

Mak­ing its Kart­mas­ters de­but was the OK Se­nior class and, de­spite hav­ing the small­est grid, Dean Mcdon­ald turned the fastest ever lap around PFI in the pre fi­nal. How­ever nei­ther Mcdon­ald nor any­one else could do any­thing about Oliver Hodg­son in the main event.

Over a gru­elling 18-lap pur­suit, Mcdon­ald had to con­cede sec­ond place to Cle­ment No­valak, who fin­ished just one sec­ond be­hind the now two-time GP plate win­ner.

O’sullivan only led for two cor­ners of Cadet IAME Thomp­son was vic­to­ri­ous in Cadet Honda Grand Prix

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