Three X-Kart drivers have secured silverware in the first team success of the season at the British Prokart Endurance Championship. 14-year-old Sandro Ballesteros called on his teammates 13-year-old Kai Bachini and 14-year-old Will Young, to join him in the second round of the championship at Whilton Mill on Sunday 9th May. The challenge was on for the trio with neither Kai or Will having ever raced in a Prokart before, nor taken part in a six-hour race. Sandro’s dad Tony took on the role of race engineer across the weekend, which was set to feature everything from extreme weather to spin offs and super-fast lap times. Saturday’s practice session was wet and windy, make it even more testing with a ‘slicks’ only championship tyre rule. All three soon got to grips with the set-up however, looking quick in the rain.
Race day on Sunday was dry and Kai posted a fast lap to secure P26 in qualifying after Sandro was caught up in someone else’s accident and sent spinning into the side tyres.
After some rapid repairs and a fill of fuel, Will started the race 26th on the huge 46 kart grid.
Each driver completed a full tank 1.5 hour stint while Tony managed the team fuelling and driver changes over the comms.
The pace from all three was fast and consistent, despite Sandro feeling the after-effects of the incident earlier in the day.
Kai and Will shared the last quarter of the race before Will brought the team home in a very respectable P31 overall, and P1 in junior class.
Sandro and Kai had already decided beforehand that any trophy they received would be given to Will, after he so cruelly missed out on his first win at the same circuit in JKC the previous weekend.
An amazing performance from the X-Kart friends and teammates.
Photo Credit: Stu Stretton