In Heat 1, Neate took the honours ahead of Robinson and Clark, whilst Ella Stevens on her second outing for the team finished 4th. Alfie Slater who started 2nd for the heat was caught up in a first lap incident with team mate Jorge Edgar, resulting in both drivers dropping to the back of the pack. Slater went on to finish in 19th, whilst Edgar – starting his first race off novice plates, finished 23rd.
Neate had a storming drive in Heat 2, where he made up 19 positions to finish 1st, ahead of ORM driver, Nathan Tye Jnr. Robinson was next after he also made up an impressive 25 places to carve his way through to 3rd, setting up a Fusion front row for the final. Stevens was 9th, whilst a recovering Clark was 14th – also posting the fastest lap, after he was caught up in another first lap incident. Slater was up 8 places to 19th, just in front of Edgar in 22nd.
In the Final, Neate lined up on pole, with Robinson along side. Stevens was just behind in 4th, whilst Clark was 8th, Slater 19th and Edgar 22nd. On the opening lap, Neate initially got a reasonable size gap, however once Robinson and Clark hooked up together, the deficit was soon closed. Meanwhile, slightly further down, Stevens was involved in a good battle for 4th, with Tye and Sonny Smith. Edgar was on the rise and up a couple of positions, however Slater was unfortunate in making a mistake and losing a number of positions to drop him to the back of the field. In the closing laps, Neate defended well and looked under control at the front. However, on the final lap, Robinson threw his kart down the inside at the chicane and passing Neate for the lead. Determined not to give up, Neate carried good momentum off the chicane, and held the inside line for the last corner, meanwhile Clark wanted in on the action, and made it 3 wide heading down to the final turn. At the flag, it was Neate who hung on to the win, ahead of Robinson and Clark. Stevens battled well to 7th, whilst Edgar finished 20th and Slater 29th.
GREENALL MAKES IT 2 FROM 2 AT SHENINGTON
Ollie Greenall took his second win of the season, as he dominated the first round of the Shenington Winter Series. Greenall took victory ahead of Luke Watts and Theo Micouris, whilst Fusion’s other Mini X30 debutant, Bart Harrison finished in 5th.
Class Mini X30
In Heat 1, Greenall made up 7 positions to take the first win of the day, ahead of team mate Harrison who also made up an impressive 12 spots, posting fastest lap along the way, whilst Marcus Luzio made up the final podium slot.
Greenall secured Pole Position for the final with a win in Heat 2, this time making up 6 places. He crossed the line ahead of Micouris and Watts who had both suffered with issues in their first heats of the day. Harrison was 4th to take the chequered flag, as he cemented a Fusion front row lockout in the final.
As the lights went green, Greenall immediately hit the front and looked to create a gap to his rivals. Harrison followed closely for a couple of laps, before Greenall started to stretch out his lead. Meanwhile, further down, both Micouris and Watts were making up ground on their starting position, and it wasn’t long before Watts made his move on Harrison, and looked to hunt down leader, Greenall. As the laps ticked by, Watts ate away at Greenall’s lead, and was soon on the bumper of the 64 kart. On the penultimate lap, the duo scrapped for the lead, but it was Greenall who hung on to take his second victory of 2019, confirming he is certainly one to watch for the rest of the year. Harrison was unfortunate not to pick up a podium, as he had to settle for 5th, nonetheless a good start to his Mini X30 career.
DIMITROV NARROWLY MISSES OUT ON SHENINGTON VICTORY
Georgi Dimitrov came so close to taking his first victory of 2019, as he missed out on top spot by 0.09s to eventual winner, Sam Heading. The duo crossed the line ahead of 6th seed, Alessandro Ceronetti, who pipped Fusion driver, Joshua McClean to the final podium spot.
Class Junior X30
In Heat 1, BKC driver Sam Shaw took the first win of the day, ahead of Ceronetti in 2nd, and Heading in 3rd. McClean was the highest ranked Fusion driver, as he crossed the line 4th, whilst Dimitrov made up 14 places to 7th, just ahead of Jessica Edgar – who was making her British Junior X30 debut, in 8th.
Dimitrov was victorious in Heat 2, after starting on the front row alongside Heading who finished up in 2nd. Charlie Cole made up the final podium position as he finished 3rd, ahead of Edgar in 5th. McClean who originally finished in 15th, was demoted 2 places to 17th after he was victim to a first lap incident, also picking up a 5 second nose cone penalty along the way.
In the final, Heading lined up on the front row alongside Shaw, with Dimitrov behind in 3rd. Edgar’s strong heats earn’t her a 6th place start, with McClean just behind in 8th. At the start of the race, Heading immediately hit the front, closely followed by Dimitrov. Shaw dropped to 5th after Daniel Guinchard and Cole demoted him a couple of positions. Edgar was caught up in an incident on lap 4 with Kacper Skuza, resulting in the pair dropping to the back of the field, whilst McLean was on hand to pick up the pieces and continue his charge forward. In the closing laps, Heading and Dimitrov both traded positions for the lead, whilst Ceronetti looked on from 3rd. Meanwhile, the gap to 4th was too significant for McClean to close on with the number of laps remaining, meaning he would settle for 5th at the flag. As the leaders entered the final lap, Heading made his kart as wide as possible from the attacking Dimitrov. As they crossed the line, Heading held on to victory, crossing the line fractionally ahead of Dimitrov, whilst Ceronetti was classified in 3rd. Edgar recovered to 14th after her indicent midway through the race, after she looked strong for a top 10 finish.