LITCHFIELD CELEBRATES RECORD KF1 TITLE WITH VICTORY
Mark Litchfield (Ripley, Derbyshire) celebrated a record fourth senior MSA British Karting championship with a race win at Shenington on Sunday, 9th October, although he was denied two victories after a late-race incident.
Litchfield had a big enough lead in the Renault-sponsored KF1 formula to take the championship before the last two rounds but he still put in a convincing demonstration of his multi-championship winning talent.
Mark said: “I’m very happy about it. It’s different after winning several titles, I have a different view to when I was younger. When you have your first win it is the best thing in the world. Now when I don’t win it’s a disaster. I want to keep going and look forward to next year. The competition has been really good this year with any one of five drivers capable of winning races, but it would be nice to have a few more drivers next year.”
Litchfield led the first final from pole position to the flag, barring a brief exchange of places with outgoing champion and long-time karting colleague Chris Rogers (Waltham Cross, Herts), who finished second. Jordan Lennox-Lamb (Bedford) completed the podium for final one.
It was Lennox-Lamb who led most of the second half of final two, but with two laps to go, Litchfield retook the lead, only to be pushed wide by Lennox-Lamb going into Café bend. Lennox-Lamb crossed the finish line first but was later demoted five places, while Litchfield was fined for an incident as the karts made their way back into the pits.
This left Lee Bell (High Wycombe) the race winner in Final Two. Bell, in an incredibly close fight with Richard Bradley (Blackheath) for the runner-up spot in the championship, was slowed by a blocked radiator in final one, but burst through the ranks in the second final.
“It’s been an unlucky year,” he said. “I could have been up there with contending with Mark (Litchfield), but I needed a few more seconds and thirds to keep it there. I’m still pleased to be second, it was a close run thing.”
KF1 provisional championship points: 1. Mark Litchfield 492 pts; 2. Lee Bell 460 pts; 3. Chris Rogers 455pts; 4. Richard Bradley 453pts; 5. Johnathan Walker 438pts; 6. Jordan Lennox-Lamb 429pts.
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