Buckmore Park played host to the sixth round of the Super One British Karting Championship...
Difficult weekend at wet Buckmore for Josh Irfan
The Super One British Karting Championship headed south to the Buckmore Park Circuit for the sixth round of the series. 8 year old cadet driver Josh Irfan would be racing in both Honda and IAME Cadet at the Kent Circuit, where the weather was a lottery all weekend.
Irfan qualified 10th in his group in Honda Cadet, however the first group made the most of the better conditions, so Irfan was classified 24th quickest overall. In IAME Cadet, Irfan qualified 11th, but again was victim of the other qualifying group being faster, leaving him 23rd overall in the qualifying classification.
The opening heat in IAME proved a tough one. After making progress up to 14th position in the race, Irfan was forced off by another competitor, dropping him 9 places, where he finished 23rd after the penultimate lap mishap. In Honda Cadet, a similar story occurred! After being in the mix of the midfield, Irfan was again forced off the track in a train of karts, dropping him too the back of the field. He recovered to finish 24th at the flag.
The second round of heats proved more successful for the Global Karting and Aim Motorsport driver. Irfan took 14th in his second Honda heat, and a 12th in his IAME Cadet heat, demonstrating good pace and racecraft to move up the order.
The opening heat mishaps though left him 28th and 29th on the grid for the Pre-Final in IAME and Honda respectively.
In a very much shortened 7 lap Honda Pre-Final, Irfan had recovered from a difficult start and started to regain laces, before a red flag halted proceedings on the 7th lap, leaving Irfan out of position at the back for the Final. The IAME Cadet Pre-Final saw Irfan make a slid start, making up a number of places. As the conditions worsened, the pack all bunched up in a long train, with seemingly no room to pass for anyone. Irfan crossed the line in 25th at the flag in a frustrating race.
The Grand Final saw Irfan go off grid 25 and 32 in IAME and Honda. A brilliant start in the Honda Final saw Irfan vault up 9 positions in the opening lap, until lap 3 when another competitor forced him wide, allowing a train of karts past. Irfan kept his nose clean throughout the remainder of the race, picking drivers off when safe to do so in the awfully wet conditions. Irfan crossed the line 27th, but was promoted too 24th, after three rivals were excluded for a sporting infringement.
The IAME Cadet final was a hectic start, dropping Irfan back a few places in the opening exchanges. He quickly regatherer and fight his way up too 23rd, before the field was neutralised by a battenberg flag due to an off track incident. The race was called one lap later, leaving Irfan to finish the race in 23rd position.
It was far from the easiest weekend for the 8 year old dual campaigner, worsening conditions made it very difficult in such a competitive field. However, it is all experience that he has taken on board too improve, which is the main goal in his debut season in the British Championships.
The next event takes place at the Fulbeck circuit in Lincolnshire in two weeks time, for the next round of the Super One British Karting Championship.