Global Karting cadet driver Josh Irfan showed great speed and maturity at Round 7 of the Super One British Championship...
Fantastic fourth at Fulbeck Super One for Josh Irfan
Global Karting driver Josh Irfan showed great speed and maturing at Round 7 of the Super One British Championships, as he narrowly missed out on a first podium at British Championship level in Honda Cadet.
Competing in both IAME & Honda Cadet classes once again, Irfan's weekend started off with a 14th and 15th place respectively in the short 7 minute qualifying sessions around the Lincolnshire circuit.
A very strong opening heat saw Irfan take 9th position in the first IAME Cadet heat, finishing right on the bumper of the train of karts fighting for 7th position.
Irfan backed this up in the first Honda Cadet heat, as he made brilliant progress in the race! Gaining a total of 13 positions throughout the race, Josh finished the heat in 10th after a superb fightback.
His second heats saw Josh being unable to replicate another fightback in Honda Cadet. With one lap from the end, Josh had gained an impressive 10 positions from his starting position and up to 13th place. However he was taken out of contention in a racing incident, leaving him to finish a lap down in 28th position.
By contrast his second IAME Cadet heat was much more straight forward. Irfan managed to maintain his 9th position throughout the race.
At the intermediate classification, Irfan was placed 11th overall in the IAME Cadet Standings (out of 34 competitors) and down in 30th in Honda Cadet due too the non-finish in heat 2.
Sunday arrived for the finals, with Josh Irfan going off 11th on the Pre-Final grid in IAME Cadet. A good start saw him straight into a tight battle for 6th position as the train of karts grew over the course of the race. With the order swapping all the time, Irfan settled for 12th at the flag, less than 1 second off 8th position.
Irfan made it successfully through the Honda Cadet repercharge and started the Pre-Final from 30th. Once again making great progress, the youngster finished the race in 12th position, gaining 18 places in the process!
The Grand Finals saw Irfan go off 12th position in both classes. In the IAME Cadet final, Irfan was shuffled back in the early exchanges, as multiple groups of karts pushed him into the pack. A lack of pace compounded the final for Irfan as he was unable to defend himself from other karts down the straight, as he salvaged 19th at the flag to bag vital points.
A brilliant start in Honda Cadet vaulted Irfan up to 7th position, before a full course yellow neutralized the field for one lap. On the restart, Irfan continued to make gains through the field and was in 4th position by lap 9. One lap later, Irfan was on the podium in third place, less than a second off the lead!
As they went into the final lap, the top 4 bunched up as the lead battle reached its head. Amongst the exchanges, Irfan ended up 4th at the flag, just missing out on his first British Championship podium. Nevertheless it was a storming fightback from the repercharge, to almost the podium!
The two finals showed two different stories, but Josh Irfan demonstrated his determination and raw speed to make a brilliant comeback and almost claim his first podium. Based on the performances at Fulbeck, there is no doubt that more podium opportunities are just around the corner!