Aim Motorsport Cadet driver Josh Irfan showed great speed and maturity at Round 7 of the Super One British Championship...
Luckless Irfan denied top 10 finishes at Glan Y Gors
8 year old Aim Motorsport and Global Karting driver Josh Irfan managed to achieve two top half finishes at the technical Glan Y Gors Park Circuit in the North of Wales for the Super One British Karting Championship. Taking on both IAME Cadet and Honda Cadet duties at Glan Y Gors (GYG) is no mean feat, and provided a thorough test to the youngest driver in the entire Super One Series.
After qualifying 11th in his group in IAME Cadet, Irfan qualified a brilliant 3rd overall in his group in Honda Cadet, missing out on pole by a mere 0.01s! When the results were combined with the other groups, Irfan qualified in 24th and 7th respectively for the two classes.
The opening IAME Cadet heat saw Irfan make a brilliant start from 16th on the grid, making up half the positions in one lap to come over in 8th position. Irfan faught to maintain his position, but was deposed by two trains of karts, dropping him back a few positions both times around the technical complex. He was unlucky to not finish in 12th position, after a hard move pushed him off the track, and forced him to settle for 14th.
The first heat in Honda Cadet saw him make steady progress through the field over the course of the race, until he was forced out of 8th position by a rival driver, dropping him down the order substantially, later recovering to 13th at the flag. The rival driver was penalised post race.
Heat 2 saw Irfan again show strongly in IAME Cadet. After battling the border of the top 10 for the majority of the race, Irfan took a chance on lap ten as the drivers infront defended. The youngster pulled off a bold move to take 9th position and hold it to the flag.
The second Honda heat saw the Global Karting driver succumb too damage sustained on the second lap, forcing him out of contention early on.
The results of the heats left him in 17th on the grid for the IAME Cadet Pre-Final, and 28th on the grid for the Honda Cadet Pre-Final after the unfortunate second heat.
In the IAME Pre-Final, the Aim Motorsport driver gained 5 places up to 12th position at the start, battling for the positions in the top 10 as the train of karts bunched up on the long uphill straight. By lap 12, he had just taken 10th position before the business end of the race began. As the kart s bunched together, Irfan was pushed wide and with two wheels on the grass, lost momentum and dropped to 18th position, where he finished at the end of the race.
The Honda Cadet Pre-Final saw Irfan make steady progress from his lowly grid slot, picking up 6 positions in the first six laps. In the commotion at half distance, Irfan was pushed back a couple of places, finishing 23rd at the chequered flag.
The Grand Finals were challenging for the YRDA youngster, another great start in the IAME Cadet final was thwarted by some aggressive driving, which knocked him right down the order. Irfan recovered well to finish in the position where he started the race, in 18th position. Being out of position in the Honda Cadet Final compromised Irfan in his progress towards the front. In a race where overtaking was hard to come by, Irfan made the most of the few opportunities to gain 4 positions and finish in 19th.
Josh Irfan was unlucky to not get the rub of the green this weekend, but was buoyed by the great pace he showed in timed qualifying, alongside the ever improving racecraft which is seeing him make some demon starts! The next British Karting Championship event takes place in the South of Wales at Llandow.