Josh Irfan was denied a good finishing result at Forest Edge, after a stuck open throttle in the final prevented him showing his pace in the final...
Stuck open throttle denies Irfan at Forest Edge
Josh Irfan was denied a good finishing result at Forest Edge, after a stuck open throttle in the final prevented him showing his pace in the final - as he nursed the kart home to bag the points in the Little Green Man National Championship.
The opening heat of the LGM Series event at Forest Edge saw Aim Motorsport and YRDA driver Josh Irfan start from 7th position on the grid.
A rough opening lap saw him pushed down to 15th - as a train of karts forced their way through. Over the remaining laps, Irfan steadily climbed his way back through the field, reaching 8th position onthe seventh lap!
As the race reached the final stages, multiple drivers were fighting for position - as Irfan finished the race in a hard faught 10th place.
Starting 16th for the second heat, Irfan initially lost ground at the start but then began to develop into the race. Setting laptimes that were on par with the leaders, aswell as setting the fastest final sector of anyone helped Irfan gain ground to finish the race in 13th position.
The final heat, starting from 20th position was a much more difficult heat than the others. In a race where overtaking was difficult and the pack so tight pace wise, aswell as defending hard - Irfan was only able to gain three positions to cross the line 17th, after a last lap incident ahead lifted him up a couple of places.
Irfan's heat results meant he would start the Grand Final from 18th position. A great initial start lifted him up two positions at the end of the opening tour. After holding this position for a couple of laps, it was clear there was a problem.
Irfan was having difficulty stopping the kart, having a few near misses with the track limits along the way. A technical problem had caused his throttle to be stuck wide open, meaning even under braking and lifting off the pedal the kart would stilll be accelerating.
As he adjusted his driving style to compensate for the problem, he lost ground in the middle part of the race, dropping down to 21st position as he managed the issue.
Despite this, he managed to adapt his style well to the sitation - even beginning to gain ground on the people he was racing ahead of him! Irfan managed to gain a further two positions in the closing stages to finish 19th at the chequered flag.
Considering the issue in the final, it was a very solid race for the youngster - salvaging crucial points for the series.
Irfan will have no rest from the action, as he will be journeying up north to Rowrah in Cumbria, for the annual double header round of the LGM Series in IAME Cadet.
Two rounds will take place at the circuit on the Saturday on Sunday on the 28-29 August, as Irfan will be aiming to make further impressions in his Aim Motorsport equipment.