Josh Irfan makes his Little Green Man IAME Cadet Championship debut with Aim Motorsport...
Irfan kicks off LGM campaign as 2nd placed rookie
Josh Irfan made his Little Green Man IAME Cadet Championship debut with Aim Motorsport this weekend, for the opening round of the LGM Series, hosted at the PF International Circuit in Grantham.
After only recently joining the Aim Motorsport team in the winter of 2015, Irfan has settled in very quickly with the reigning British IAME Cadet Champions, and could not wait to get started racing with them!
Irfan demonstrated that his age - only recently turning 8 years old, would not be a handicap, as he set laptimes just outside the top 10 throughout practise.
The LGM Series utilise three racing heats, which the grid positions are dictated as random for each driver to start from. One race they will start from the front, one from the middle and one from the back of the grid.
In his opening heat, Irfan started from 8th position in the 33 driver grid. Despite being knocked back at the start into 14th position, after starting on the unfavoured outside line, Irfan knuckled down and began to come back at his rivals. By lap 6, he has vaulted back up to 8th position after a string of overtaking manoeuvres. He battled to maintain the position to flag, losing one position on the final lap, but bagged a very solid 9th place finish.
Heat 2 saw Irfan start from 13th position. After the first two laps saw the race neutralised after a nasty accident to a fellow driver, Irfan surged forward in the coming laps, moving up to 9th position in just 3 laps. On the final lap, an opportunistic overtake saw Irfan be in the right place at the right time, to seize an initiative and take a brilliant 6th position on the final lap!
The third heat saw Irfan start from 32nd position. A careful start saw him gain a couple of places in the early exchanges. After then he was able to get stuck in and make his way through the order. Over tjhe short 8 lap heat, the youngest driver in the field managed to gain 11 positions from his starting grid, finishing the race in 21st position.
After the heats were completed, the points gained were tallied to dictate the positions on the grid for the Finals. The Aim Motorpsort and YRDA youngster would start a brilliant 11th on the grid, against drivers with up to 3/4 years more experienced than himself.
Irfan made a good start in the final, by lap 2 he had broken into the top 10. A train of karts then began to fight for position, as Irfan was pushed back to the back of the train after the lead kart went through. Irfan kept with the group, pushing them along to close the gap to the karts infront. However at half distance, Irfan was pushed wide by a rival driver, just losing his momentum for that brief moment and was passed by another train of karts. He recovered to take 20th position at the flag, not quite the result that matched earlier in the day, but still he exhibited a performance that was very impressive, especially considering his age and experience within the class.
Josh Irfan will be entering the British Super One Karting Championships this season, after acquiring enough signatures to move off his novice plates and to compete at the highest level of British Cadet Karting. He will make history at Rissington, as the youngest ever competitor in a British Karting Championship event.