The third round of the 2022 FastR Whilton Mill Kart Club season took place this past weekend in Daventry, Northamptonshire, with four of X-Kart's drivers taking part in what was a very busy race meeting.
In Senior Rotax, Sam Spinnael would have a very up and down weekend, as the first heat he took part in on Saturday saw the #17 take the initial victory, only for a small technical infraction post-race resulting in him being excluded.
However, he would fight back in both remaining heats, with the new 2022 chassis showcasing a significant turn of speed and consistency to see him take two top ten finishes. Heat two saw him start 15th, but post race, a five-second drop down penalty put him ninth, despite having finished fourth out on track.
The third and final heat saw him again storm his way through the order past 16 other drivers to round out the top ten, with him rounding off the weekend with a solid eighth place, having started in 21st.
Had it not been for the unfortunate exclusion in the first heat, he would have pretty much been in serious contention for a podium. Sam is eighth in the Senior Rotax standings, with a total of 305 points to his credit.
The #34 of Jacob Jukes would also be fighting tooth and nail with the rest of the extensive Junior Rotax ranks that were in attendance.
It would be a solid run in the top ten, where he would finish no lower than ninth place in all of the three heats he took part in, gaining an impressive 17 places in Heat Three to take ninth, capping it all off with a run to eighth in Heat Four.
Unfortunately, lady luck was not on Jacob's side in the Final on Sunday afternoon, where he would start ninth on the grid. Even with the pace that he had been showing all weekend long to convincingly be in the top ten and even higher up, his weekend would finish with 14th in the Final. He's currently eighth in the standings on 329 points.
Lucas Blantford made a welcome appearance in the Mini MAX class at Whilton, having secured great results at the CKC opening round at the beginning of the month, along with another clean sweep the previous weekend at Shenington.
However, his weekend was also had its fair share of dramas, as it started off well with a third place in his first heat on the Sunday. The following heat, the Team. HARD Academy driver would be at the sharp end of the field once again, taking second on the road, before a front fairing penalty would drop him to ninth.
In his final heat, the resolve and the determination of the #59 would see him climb 16 places to finish in sixth place. In the final, it was looking clear that he was very much on course for taking another podium having finished third out on track.
But two subsequent post-race penalties would him deny him more silverware, putting him down in a disappointing 13th place post-race, after what was a fantastic showing from him all weekend long.
Our other Mini MAX driver, the #42 of Leon Barlow, was able to fight back after a significant incident back at Round Two in February to showcase why he is currently the top novice in what is an ultra-competitive class.
Leon would gain places in every race, including the Final on Sunday afternoon. It was a welcome showing from the youngster, who took 17th in his first heat, 15th in the second and 18th in the final one, where he actually finished 11th before a drop-down penalty post-session.
The Final would see him move up the order from 26th to finish as Top Novice in 12th, as he was consistently improving along the entire weekend, finding time to make sure he was competing well.
Leon now sits 17th in the overall standings in Mini MAX, placing as current top novice on 245 points, which has shown how much he is improving.
X-Kart will now head back to Whilton Mill this coming weekend, as some of the drivers will be in action at the second round of the Cadet Kart Championship.
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