Josh Irfan makes history as the youngest driver ever to compete in the Super One British Karting Championship...
Irfan makes his British Kart Championship debut at Rissington
Josh Irfan has made history, by becoming the youngest driver ever to partake and race in the Super One British Karting Championship, at the age of just 8 years old in the IAME British Cadet Championship class.
After frantically competing in various club events across the country prior to the event - in order to obtain enough signatures for his National A license, Josh Irfan was finally able to complete in the Super One British Karting Championship, making his debut at the second round of the series at Rissington.
Making his debut at British Championship level with Aim Motorpsort, Irfan was a respectable 14th overall in his qualifying group. When the groups were combined, he was classified in 25th position out of the 40 entrants.
Heat 1 saw Irfan start from 17th on the grid, after the heats were split into different groups based on the qualifying results. After coming across the line of the first lap down in 26th position after opening lap contact, seemingly unnerved by his first event at the highest level, Irfan staged a great fightback! After setting great pace and clinical overtaking manoeuvres, the youngest driver to grace the championship finished the race in an impressive 15th position, gaining 11 places in as many laps.
The second heat again saw Irfan start from 17th on the grid. A good start saw him gain 4 positions on the opening lap. He was pushed wide on the third lap around the fast and tight circuit, allowing a couple of karts past. Irfan maintained his concentration though and recovered to his starting position, finishing the race in 17th.
After his two heat finishes, he has scored enough points to line up 23rd on the grid for the Pre-Final on Sunday.
The Pre-Final was unfortunate for the young Aim Motorsport driver. After maintaining position for the opening laps, in a battle for 15th position, he was knocked off the track by a rival competitor, leaving Irfan in last position and a damaged kart. He bravely soldiered on in order to bank the points and just incase any of his rivals faltered in the race. Irfan finished the race in 31st position after being taken out.
Irfan had to start the Final from 31st place. As the race got going, the weather decided to through a spanner in the works for the entire grid, as rain began to fall early on, when all drivers were out on dry - slick tyres. Unflustered, Irfan made great progress through the field in the slippery conditions. Setting very competitive lap times, alongside exhibiting maturity far beyond his age, Irfan finished a very strong 19th position, gaining 12 positions from his starting position.
Post race, Josh Irfan reflected on his debut in the British Karting Championships, - "I loved it when it started to rain heavily half way through the final and we were all on slicks, put in some great lap times in slippery conditions and made up 12 places to finish 19th out of 40 of the best in the country. Not a bad result for my first British Championship Race especially considering I was the youngest kid there!" said a beaming Irfan.
The next event will be at the picturesque Glan Y Gors Park Circuit in North Wales, where Josh Irfan will be competing in both the IAME Cadet class with Aim Motorsport, and the Honda Cadet class with Global Karting on the 15th May.