Global Karting driver Josh Irfan experienced a luckless weekend at Shenington, as wet weather incidents put him out of position for the finals...
difficult weekend for Irfan at Shenington
Global Karting driver Josh Irfan experienced a luckless weekend at Shenington, as wet weather incidents put him out of position for the finals. Irfan subsequently had an uncharacteristic low key round despite great dry weather pace.
The wet qualifying on the Saturday saw Irfan post the 6th fastest time in his qualifying group - less than half a second off the fastest time of the session. Overall this gave him the 16th fastest time when the times were combined due to a much faster earlier session in better conditions.
Heat one, starting from 11th position saw Irfan survive a difficult start in the treacherous conditions, keeping all four wheels on the track and out of trouble. Despite dropping a couple of positions on the opening laps - Irfan recovered to finished 9th at the chequered flag.
The track was drying out for the second heat on Saturday, as conditions improved and the track experienced more and more running by the other classes at the same event.
Irfan started 11th once more - he was pushed wide at the start, crossing the line at the end of the opening tour in 15th position. Two laps later however, he was pushed off the circuit, losing lots of ground and positions to the chasing pack. Rejoining in 24th position, he gained a couple of places back before one again he was knocked off the circuit with two laps to go! The YRDA youngster finished a disappointing 27th at the flag - promoted to 26th after a rival driver was penalised for contact.
The two heat results meant that Irfan would start the Pre-Final from 25th. That luckless second heat proving costly for the Global Karting driver.
Starting from 25th in the Pre-Final was always going to lead to a tight start at the super fast Shenington circuit - and so it proved to be. Irfan was unable to make up any real ground with the pack all so tightly packed in the slipstream, with near to no room available to make a move. He managed to make up a few places in some decisive moves however - as he crossed the finish line in 21st position.
Going off 21st on the grid for the Grand Final, Irfan once again could not get the rub of the green! Pushed off on the opening lap saw him in 31st place after the end of lap one.
With the red mist descending - Irfan managed to pick he way through the pack, setting lap times rivalling that of the leaders even in traffic!
With two laps to go he had gained nine positions, running in 23rd position. Irfan made a calculated move stick and passed two driver ahead of him which were battling to the finish - taking 21st position at the chequered flag.
It was an unfortunate weekend for Irfan, as the final results did not reflect on the pace or progress he has shown over this season - but he will be back in action with Aim Motorsport in the Little Green Man series at Whilton Mill on September 17-18 where he wlll aim to once again show his worth. He will be racing once again in the IAME Cadet class, as the season reaches the closing stages in all championships..