Ben Cooper (Gravesend) took two race wins in the Renault-sponsored Super One KF2 championships at Whilton Mill on Sunday, 31st August, while Jordan Chamberlain (Newport) and Michael Simpson (Hessle, E Yorks) continued their title fight from the middle of the field.
Wet weather and a new venue for the new Super One format shook up the order, with Jake Ball (Rotherham) heading the pack early in race one on his S1 debut with a new kart and team. Ball was beaten to the flag by Cooper in the first of two championship finals, with Shaun Carter (Crowthorne, Berks) and Charles Bonsey (Dorking) completing the top four. The top four finishing order was repeated in the second final, meaning the main championship challengers failed to make the podium.
Jordan Chamberlain retained his championship lead with two races left in the campaign, despite dropping from fourth on the grid to finish ninth in the first final. He recovered to fifth in the second race. Chamberlain’s closest rival Michael Simpson battled through a difficult weekend, struggling with a mechanical problem in the qualifying heats.
After winning six races in a row at the previous three meetings, Simpson was eliminated from the first final at Whilton when a wheel fell off his kart. He spectacularly recovered from 23rd on the grid to finish seventh in the second final, keeping his championship hopes alive until the final event.
Rob Foster-Jones (Southend-on-Sea) is third in the championship after finishing fifth in final one, but dropping to 12th in the second race.
The championship concludes at Shenington on 4th/5th October.
KF2 provisional championship points: 1 Jordan Chamberlain 437pts; 2 Michael Simpson 420pts; 3 Rob Foster-Jones 411pts; 4 Craig Stirling 383; 5 Shaun Carter 382; 6 Gary Edwards 367pts; 7 Jack Harvey 367pts.
4th/5th October – Shenington, nr Banbury, Oxon
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