Fusion Motorsport and Global Karting racer Josh Irfan took a 3rd place finish in Honda Cadet at the opening round of the PFI Winter Series...
Podium for Irfan at PFI Winter Series Round one
Fusion Motorsport and Global Karting racer Josh Irfan took a 3rd place finish in Honda Cadet at the opening round of the PFI Winter Series.
Josh Irfan travelled to PF International for the final time in 2016 for the opening round of the PF International Winter Series, competing in both Honda Cadet with Global Karting and IAME Cadet with Fusion Motorsport.
Honda Cadet had just shy of fifty entrants for the opening round. Irfan set the 2nd fastest time in his qualifying group – just 0.19s off the fastest time. Irfan ended up 3rd fastest overall when the two qualifying groups were combined.
Heat one, starting from 2nd on the grid saw the top three drivers driving Global Karting machinery. Irfan took the lead at the start with a great opening lap. Irfan and his teammates pushed away from the chasing pack where they battled on the closing laps. Irfan defended hard but lost out in the final lap battle – crossing the line in 2nd position.
Irfan started his second heat from 2nd once again, from the off Irfan was all over the back of the highest seeded driver from the just completed Super One British Karting Championship. Irfan took the lead on the sixth lap and held it until the next tour, where he was taken out of contention by a rival driver – dropping him to 11th at the flag.
These results left Irfan starting the A Final from 9th on the grid – out of position after his final heat collision.
After a steady start, Irfan began to power through the field, setting race leading pace he stormed through to 3rd position by the end of the sixth lap. The top three were then locked together in slipstreaming battle down the straight for consecutive laps. On the final lap, the leader managed to break the tow as Irfan battled for second position – later crossing the line to claim a podium with 3rd position.
IAME Cadet boasted a fifty driver strong grid aswell for the opening round. Irfan built on his impressive showing last month by setting the 7th fastest time in his group after working with his Fusion Motorsport teammates – setting the 9th fastest lap overall.
Irfan went off the outside of the 3rd row in his first heat. Starting on the unfavoured outside disadvantaged him on the opening lap as he dropped a number of places and was forced to battle back through the pack. Setting a consistent strong pace, Irfan recovered to 11th at the flag.
Heat two was a more straight forward affair. After starting 6th again for his heat, Irfan maintained position and was in the fight for the top positions right from the off. In a race long battle for fifth position, Irfan finished 6th at the finish.
Irfan starting the A Final from 11th on the grid after his two heat results – made a great start to move up to 8th position on the second lap of the final race of the year. Irfan was in a train of karts battling for seventh position which stretched to almost a dozen karts. Going into the final lap, Irfan was running in 9th, before being ran off the track at the hairpin – costing him a few positions that he had no time to recover at the end of the race as he finished in a fighting 14th position at the end of the race.
2016 has now drawn to a close, with Irfan making history as the Youngest Ever British Karting Championship Competitor and Podium Finisher. 2017 looks to be another busy and even more exciting year – with the next race taking place on the 28-29 January at PF International.