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13/05/14

2014 Season Underway!


After finishing 5th in the 125cc National Superkart Championship against a competitive field in 2013, Ben Willshire and his RG racing team are well underway with their 2014 British Superkart campaign and are pleased to confirm continued support from title sponsors Bayliss Ware and long term partners System Store Solutions Ltd, NGK Spark Plugs, Alpha Sport Psychology and Demon Tweeks.

 

Round 1 took place on a warm spring day at the world famous Brands Hatch Indy circuit, where the superkarts played host to a jam packed venue with members of the Bayliss Ware team in attendance to cheer on Willshire. Pre-season testing at Silverstone had gone well and the team were looking forward to a solid start to the season. Sadly Willshire's first bout of bad luck for many years was about to strike and despite running well within the top 10 in both races, Willshire was forced to retire with two unavoidable mechanical failures (exhaust cracking in race 1 and wheel stud failure in race 2) leaving him in towards the tail end of the championship as the series headed to Snetterton.

The warm weather of Brands Hatch was long gone by the time RG racing arrived at Snetterton on May 10-11th, with the forecast expected to bring strong wind and rain all weekend. As a former winner at Snetterton, and a good win ratio in the wet, the team were looking forward to claiming back the points lost at Brands Hatch.

Despite a lack of pre-race day testing, Willshire managed to qualify his Bayliss Ware superkart in a respectable 14th position in the dry on Saturday morning. However, by the afternoon the clouds had opened and the Norfolk circuit required a full wet set up. Willshire was able to make a remarkable drive through the pack, picking off competitors lap by lap working his way up to 10th place early on. With 3 laps remaining Willshire managed to gain additional places and took a remarkable 5th place cross the line and set the 8th fastest lap of the race to determine his grid position for race 2.

Race 2 on the Sunday bought even more treacherous weather conditions. Willshire was confident of another good performance in difficult conditions and was making good progress from 8th position until water in the engines air box began to cause a misfire early on in the race. Willshire was able to hold off pressure from other competitors and had a great wheel to wheel scrap with Neil Robinson, with the two drivers separated by only 0.03 seconds across the finish line with Ben in 10th position.

With two solid finishes Ben has consolidated 13th place in the championship and will be looking to break into the top 10 when the series heads to the undulating Anglesey Coastal circuit in July.