The first race of the year saw a dry and grippy track, which would allow our drivers to push the karts to the limit. Father and son team and seasoned drivers Ken and Stanley Jones, RHDC Senna Cup’s Shaun Mcgrath and experienced driver Rory Gordon set the first round up to be a tough competition. The late addition of Rye House Superstars Wayne Edwards and Jaunius Zukas, from the RHPK endurance championship, added to the already strong grid.
- Race 1
With a randomised grid for race 1, and a reversed order for race 2, there was always going to be lots of overtaking and jostling for position on the opening laps. But biggest movers were Jaunius and Wayne, who gained a massive 7 and 11 places respectively. By the end of the twenty minute race it was Stanley Jones who took the top spot, Jaunius Zukas in second place and Ken Jones with the fastest lap (42.192) in third place.
- Race 2
Race 2 saw the grid reversed and some of the more experienced drivers further back and having to fight through the tightly packed field. Ben O’Conner had an excellent race gaining 10 positions on his way to 4th place, but the podium drivers managed to do it again, with Jaunius Zukas taking the win from 7th place, second place went to Stanley Jones, as well as the fastest lap (42.174) and third to his father Ken. Andrew Turvey managed to progress past 6 drivers to finish in 7th place, and Caitlyn Gibbs managed a top 10 finish in her senior kart debut.
Overall this year’s Lotus Cup is shaping up to be a great battle, with many drivers all gunning for race wins and even more drivers who could be challenging for podium places as the season goes on.