The opening round of the 2018 BirelART UK Cadet Championship took place at Llandow, North Wales. Talented British Female Kart Racer Ella Stevens is the defending champion in the class and was keen to start the season off with the same winning ways and she experienced so many times last season.
Ella qualified in 2nd position, setting a lap time of 50.603s which was just over a tenth of a second off pole position, taken by Nathan Tye.
Heat One saw Ella start from 2nd on the grid, where she spent the enter race on the back bumper of Nathan. Ella bided her time well, sticking with him for the entrie race, before making the crucial move for the lead and victory in the heat on the final lap of the 11-lap race.
The Pre-Final saw Ella start from pole after her victory in the earlier heat. She led from pole position for the opening 10-laps of the race, shadowed by Nathan throughout the race in a similar fashion to how she stalked the leader in the heat.
Nathan managed to make a move for the lead on lap 11, demoting Ella to 2nd position - where she finished at the chequered flag.
The Grand Final saw Ella start from 2nd on the grid. However she was jumped by Oakley Keightley on the second lap of the race, dropping her back to 3rd position. She recovered the position on the next lap to move back up into 2nd position. Ella got her head down to close the gap to Nathan in the lead.
Ella applied the pressure hard to Nathan, doing everything she could to try and wrestle the lead and the victory. Sadly she ran out of laps, finishing just 0.107s behind Nathan in 2nd position at the finish.
Ella Stevens "I finished P2 in the Final. I dropped to P3 at the start but managed to work my way back up to P2, but Nathan defended well on the last lap to hold onto the win! Well done Nathan!"
Ella will next be in action and racing in the BirelART UK Cadet Series at Clay Pigeon on the 19-20 May, as her calendar has numerous date clashes with the Super One Series and the LGM Series in her busy 2018 season.
You can keep track of Ella's progress online and on her social media channels for all the latest news, images and results.