Thompson takes double honours at Shenington
Super One: Shenington
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.