Josh Irfan put on an excellent performance at Kartmasters in both Honda and IAME Cadet, finishing 7th in both classes...
Lucky Number 7 for Irfan at Kartmasters
YRDA young gun Josh Irfan made his Kartmasters debut at PF International, for the British Kart Grand Prix on the 4-7 August. The eight year old was entered in both Honda and IAME Cadet classes, in what would be a bumper weekend of racing.
Irfan racing for Global Karting in Honda Cadet, set the 7th fastest time in the first Qualifying session of the weekend, just 0.16s off pole position!
In the heats that followed, he took a very strong 3rd position in the first heat and an 8th position in his second heat to end the Friday running in Honda.
Qualifying 2 saw him struggle for pace compared to Friday, setting the 14th fastest time overall in the session.
A difficult third heat didn't allow Irfan to make progress as the train of karts were defensive from the off - he finished 15th in that heat. It was a similar story in his final heat, where Irfan was again unable to show his pace due to the traffic on track, finishing in 16th position.
Going off 10th position in the Pre-Final, Irfan made a great start - taking 6th position by lap three, and further vaulted himself up the order to run in 4th position by lap 7! As the train of karts worked together to catch the leaders, Irfan was demoted to 7th with a handful of laps to go as the jostling for position began, which he held to the flag.
The Grand Prix in Honda Cadet kicked off with Irfan making the most of his inside line starting position to gain positions. The early running saw Irfan pushing hard, reaching 3rd position on the third lap! The two leaders had pushed away, leaving Irfan the head of the next train for the final podium place. A race long battle ensued, with positons swapping regularly through race. At mid-race, Irfan was pushed wide, dropping to ninth position and out of the train for the podium. He still battled on, finishing a very credible 7th position, in his first Kartmasters Final!
Racing with Aim Motorsport in IAME Cadet, Irfan set the 15th fastest time in his group. When the 44 drivers were combined, Irfan was classified 29th due to a faster first group. He took a 13th place finish in his opening heat and a 19th in his second, gaining positions both times out.
The second qualifying session saw Irfan saw him take 7th position in his group and 10th overall in the combined classification - just 0.35s off pole position. In his remaining heats, Irfan took 16th in the third heat after being pushed off by a rival driver but salvaged 10th position in the final heat - giving him 22nd on the grid for the Pre-Final.
Irfan was knocked back at the start of the Pre-Final, before the batten-berg flag halted racing for one lap. Upon resuming, Irfan began to pick his rivals off, going from25th to 16th in the remaining laps.
Starting 16th for the IAME British Kart Grand Prix, Irfan made a good start to rise up to 12th on the opening lap. Stuck in another train of karts aggressively fighting for positions, he managed to clear his rivals at half distance as his kart came on strong. He had moved inside the top 10 by lap nine and was working with other drivers to catch the leading group. On the final lap, as the field bottle up, Irfan made a classic switchback move to gain two more positions - finishing a superb 7th in the IAME Cadet British Kart Grand Prix.
After a weekend of 10 races and 4 qualifying sessions for the youngster, two 7th places were a great result! The next race takes places at Larkhall for the Super One Series in Honda Cadet on the 12-14 August.