Aim Motorsport and Global Karting driver Josh Irfan finished 20th and 19th overall in the IAME and Honda Cadet British Championships in his debut season
Irfan finishes Super One in the top 20 overall
Aim Motorsport and Global Karting driver Josh Irfan finished 20th and 19th overall in the IAME and Honda Cadet British Championships in his debut season racing at British Championship level.
PF International hosted the final round of the Super One British Karting Championships for Honda and IAME Cadet. YRDA youngster Josh Irfan once again was competing in two classes with Aim Motorsport in IAME Cadet and Global Karting in Honda Cadet.
Irfan qualified in a brilliant 8th overall in IAME, just 032s off pole position, putting him in group B for his heats. In Honda Cadet he qualified in 14th position, 0.43s off the top of the time-sheets.
Heat one saw him knocked to the back of the field on the opening lap in IAME Cadet, crossing the line at the end of the first tour in 23rd position! He battled back up the field to finish 15th at the flag. In his opening Honda heat, it was a much more straight forward affair - as Irfan was in the battle for the top 8 all race long, eventually finishing in 9th position.
The second heat in IAME Cadet was one of the best heats of the season! Starting up at the sharp end in 5th position, Irfan made a good start vaulting up into 4th position. All race long he was in contention for the victory, with the lead chopping and changing lap after lap. Irfan took 4th at the line, but two drivers infront were deemed to have gained an unfair advantage in overtaking Irfan and one of his rivals - elevating him to 2nd in the final results, less than 0.1s off his first IAME Cadet British Championship heat win.
His second Honda heat was another strong race, as he made a solid start from 9th position to run with the leading group throughout the the racing laps - taking 7th at the flag.
These heat results gave him a starting position of 13th in IAME Cadet and 10th in Honda Cadet for the Pre-Final.
A tough start in the IAME Pre-Final dropped Irfan down to 16th position, as the pack all bunched up into the two hairpins. A difficult race ensued as Irfan was unable to make much progress in the tight field - finishing in 17th position at the end of the race.
His Honda Cadet Pre-Final wasa similar story to the IAME Cadet race previously, a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time thwarted his progress twice when trying to come through the field after setback, finishing a frustrating 22nd.
Starting out of position in the Final put Irfan in the danger area for the opening lap battles for position, and so it sadly proved in the Honda Cadet final. Irfan was knocked wide allowing a train of karts to come through - demoting him to 31st after the opening lap! He faught back as best he could in the remaining time limit, gaining a batch full of places, before second contact later in the race put him out on the spot with a non-finish.
Irfan was luckless aswell in the IAME Cadet final, despite great early progress vaulting him up to 15th position -as the pack and trains of drafting karts closed up, Irfan was completely taken out of contention by his chainguard detaching itself from the kart, meaning he picked up a mechanical flag. This required him to come into the pits for a replacement, putting him out of contention.
An unfortunate end to a very promising start to the weekend which denied Irfan a big amount of points in his championship standings, however he ended his first season competing at British Championship level a very credible 19th overall in Honda Cadet and 20th overall in the IAME Cadet British Cadet Championship, despite joining the series late and missing the opening round!
The final race of the season will take place in the Little Green Man finale at PF International on the 1-2 October where Irfan will aim to finish the last race of the season on a high, ready to go into the Winter Testing determined to be a consistent challenger for podiums and victories in 2017.