MSA British Long Circuit Kart Championship

Round 5: Thruxton, 3 September

Paul Platt leapt into the championship lead with two well judged wins at Thruxton, where all competitors carried the number 42 on their superkarts as a mark of respect to the late Karting Guru Martin Hines.

Platt took pole position for race one but fell to fourth at the start. However, he was soon on the tail of reigning champion Jason Dredge, with whom he battled until the latter retired with a broken chain. Platt backed off over the remaining laps before securing victory.

In race two Platt made a perfect start and went on to seal another win, despite an overheating engine. Louis Wall followed him home in second while the final podium place went to Dredge, who charged his way there from the back of the grid.

Results – race one1 Paul Platt (PVP) 12 laps in 16m00.137s (106.00mph)2 Louis Wall (Anderson) +1.655s3 Ashley Mack (Anderson)

Results – race three1 Paul Platt (PVP) 12 laps in 15m51.485s (106.96mph)2 Louis Wall (Anderson) + 0.362s3 Jason Dredge (Anderson)

Championship positions (provisional) after Round 51 Paul Platt – 290 points2 Jason Dredge – 2503 Sam Moss – 2484 James O’Reilly – 2355 Toby Davis – 232