After a strong showing in qualifying, Ross Allen converted his front row start to win the opening round of the 2021 British Superkart Championship.
The #5 wasn’t to have it all his own way, as he enjoyed a tip-and-tuck battle with fellow Division One driver Carl Kinsey in the #3 Anderson. The pair traded places as the race development, swapping tenths of a second every lap. As the race moved into its latter phases, traffic added an interesting dynamic to the proceedings with Allen spotting an opportunity to pounce, passing Kinsey to take the race lead – which he stretched to 3.7 seconds at the fall of the flag.
Behind the leading two, leading the F250 pack was reigning English Champion Kirk Cattermole who claimed the final step on the rostrum, while Mark Gellatly was the best of the four-stroke drivers in the F450 category in fifth. In the smaller engine 125cc class, Tom Riley couldn’t quite hold onto his excellent qualifying position of eighth, as the larger engine karts made headway in the short, sharp race.
Riley eventually manged to finish in 12th – the highest place 125 National driver.
Two races remain, with race two scheduled for 15:45 and the final contest at 17:30.