Thomp­son takes dou­ble hon­ours at Shen­ing­ton

Su­per One: Shen­ing­ton

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Henry Beaudette

Or­gan­iser: Shen­ing­ton Kart Rac­ing Club When: Septem­ber 9-11 Where: Shen­ing­ton Air­field, Ban­bury Cham­pi­onship MSA Bri­tish Kart Cham­pi­onships; ABKC Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

Harry Thomp­son com­pleted a unique dou­ble cham­pi­onship vic­tory as he wrapped up the IAME Cadet Su­per One and Cadet Honda ti­tles in style with a dou­ble win at Shen­ing­ton, be­com­ing the first Cadet in his­tory to win both Su­per One ti­tles in the same year.

Hav­ing al­ready sealed the MSA Cadet ti­tle with a round to spare last time out in Larkhall, Thomp­son was im­pe­ri­ous once more in the four-stroke class and can now go to the fi­nal round at PFI, scene of his Honda Grand Prix vic­tory ear­lier this year as a dou­ble Bri­tish cham­pion.

Af­ter a brave ef­fort in the heats that yielded two wins, Thomp­son’s sole re­main­ing ti­tle threat, O Plate win­ner Oliver Bear­man, en­dured a tor­rid time in two typ­i­cally close fought fi­nals as Thomp­son, who didn’t mo­nop­o­lise top spot in ei­ther race, suc­cess­fully kept his nose in front when it counted most.

Qual­i­fy­ing pace­set­ter Alex Eades claimed sec­ond in fi­nal one but had to set­tle for third be­hind team-mate Lucas Elling­ham in fi­nal two. Af­ter fad­ing to 22nd in fi­nal one, Bear­man bat­tled through to eighth po­si­tion in fi­nal two.

Scott Allen sealed his first MSA ti­tle in a sto­ried 19-year ca­reer as he won the third and fi­nal KZ1 round.

On his home cir­cuit Allen was dom­i­nant at the start of the week­end but Dan Kelly, who wasn’t even born when Allen started kart­ing, grad­u­ally reeled him in and even snatched vic­tory in fi­nal one but Allen wasn’t to be de­nied in the fi­nal race and held Kelly off by inches to take the ti­tle in style.

A pair of wins for E Plate holder Joe Fowler and two very close run­ner-up ef­forts for Abbi Pulling, cou­pled with erst­while cham­pi­onship leader Bradley White fin­ish­ing seventh and eighth tight­ened the Ju­nior TKM points chase con­sid­er­ably. The sit­u­a­tion is sim­i­lar in TKM Ex­treme where Phil Smith and Tom Owen shared the spoils with Harry Moore gain­ing ground on ti­tle ri­val Kyle Sproat with a fifth and a sixth.

Of the three Ro­tax classes only the Mini Max ti­tle was de­cided on Sun­day with Jen­son But­ter­field seal­ing the crown with a pair of sec­ond place fin­ishes be­hind his team­mate Lor­can Hanafin. Ju­nior and Se­nior Ro­tax will both go down to the fi­nal round af­ter Tyler Ch­ester­ton took the wins in Ju­nior and Josh Collings did the dou­ble in Se­niors.

Harry Thomp­son con­quered Cadet ti­tles

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