MCLEAN CONTINUES TO SHOW HIS CLASS, CLINCHING GP WIN
Joshua McLean took a lights to flag victory in the Final of the FairFX MSA Kartmasters Grand Prix on Sunday at PFi. McLean was victorious ahead of Persistence driver, Freddie Spindlow and Lucas Ellingham of JDR.
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With the meeting held over 4 days, Friday was the first official day of qualifying and racing. McLean immediately stamped his mark, topping the time sheets ahead of Coles Racing driver Ivan Lomliev and MBR’s Oliver Duffell. Ian Aguilera was the next Fusion driver in 7th, ahead of team mate Zac Meakin in 9th, and Jessica Edgar in 12th. Cian Shields picked up a sickness bug over night, so was unable to race on the Friday, therefore setting no time in Qualifying.
In Heat 1, Ellingham took the first victory, after McLean made an uncharacteristic mistake, colliding with the wall and putting himself out of the race. Spindlow finished 2nd ahead of Harvey Charter in 3rd, whilst Meakin made up 2 places to finish 7th, crossing the line ahead of team mate Edgar in 8th. Aguilera picked up a 1 lap penalty after an incident during the race, after originally finishing 17th.
McLean made amends for his mistake his the first race, winning heat 2. Lomliev was 2nd, ahead of Spindlow in 3rd, whilst Aguilera had an improved 2nd race also, finiishing just off the podium in 4th. Edgar (5th) and Meakin (6th) both followed respectively.
On Saturday, McLean once again topped the time sheets in Qualifying, ahead of Spindlow and Lomliev. After recovering from his sickness bug, Shields posted the 5th fastest time, ahead of Edgar in 6th. Meakin was 10th, ahead of his Mexican team mate Aguilera in 11th.
McLean dominated Heat 3, finishing 1.6 seconds ahead of Rashan Chigorimbo and Charter in 2nd and 3rd. Meakin had a strong heat making up 4 places to 6th, however Shields dropped to 11th, Aguilera picked up a nose cone penalty to finish 14th after originally finishing 6th. Edgar was unfortunate to be taken out of the race unintentionally by team mate Aguilera, resulting the Mexican’s nose cone penalty.
In the final Heat of weekend, Ellingham took the win, with Spindlow 2nd and Chigorimbo 3rd. Meakin was the highest placed team driver in 5th, ahead of McLean in 6th, and Shields in 7th. Once again Edgar was on the receiving end of an unintentional hit from Aguilera, resulting in her colliding with KMS driver Aaron Walker, meaning she received a nose cone penalty, and Aguilera taking another 1 lap penalty for causing the incident.
On Sunday, McLean was victorious in the Pre Final, gaining 6 positions on his way to the win. Lomliev was 2nd and Charter 3rd. Edgar recovered from her torrid previous day to achieve 4th, along with Shields in 6th. Meakin dropped to 8th, whilst Aguilera kept his nose clean to bring it home in 12th.
After starting from Pole Position, McLean lead from the get go, and never looked back from there. Despite all his efforts, Spindlow was unable to stop the current British Championship leader, and fortunately had to settle for 2nd. Further down, the battle was on for 3rd, however Ellingham hung on from Lomliev to take 3rd. Shields was the next highest driver for the team in 7th, followed by Meakin in 8th. Edgar was 1 lap from completing the race when she retired from the Grand Prix, whilst Aguilera’s miserable Kartmasters weekend continued, picking up another penalty for causing a collision.
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