Round 1: Shenington, 30 March
Scott Allen dominated the season-opener at Brands Hatch to storm into the championship lead with a pair of victories.
Topping timed qualifying and winning a heat put Allen on pole position for the first final, in which he fended off Richard Palmer throughout the 21 laps. “The kart was easier to drive in the final after I made some adjustments, but the race seemed to go on forever,” said Allen.
Palmer jumped past Allen at the start of the second final and it took a few laps before the latter found a gap to re-pass. Braking from 90mph into the first hairpin, Palmer locked up his brakes just slightly, which was all Allen needed to arrow into the lead. When Jamie Garvie put pressure on Palmer, Allen could cruise home with Easthope in fourth.
Results – Final 11 Scott Allen (Jade/Vortex) 21 laps in 16m7.56s2 Richard Palmer (MK Racing Tonykart/Vortex) +0.37s3 Henry Easthope (Taylor Motorsport Sodi/TM) +2.14s
Final 21 Scott Allen 21 laps in 16m8.15s2 Richard Palmer +0.38s3 Jamie Garvie (Taylor Motorsport Sodi/TM) +0.65s
Provisional championship standings1 Scott Allen – 159 points2 Richard Palmer – 1553 Henry Easthope – 1454 Dan Kelly – 1375 Ryan Sharp – 132