Gloucestershire’s Ella Stevens took her second Privateer win of the season in the British Super One Karting Championship this weekend at Shenington, Oxfordshire.
A difficult qualifying put Ella 18th on the grid for the two heats, out of a strong grid of 29 drivers. For the first heat, the inexperienced youngster battled her way up to 15th place but dropped down to 23rd after avoiding an incident on circuit. Heat two once again saw the Immun’Age and CoreHard backed driver make a cracking start, charging from 18th to 14th. Stevens continued to put pressure on the train of 4 karts in front, whilst holding off attacks from 3 karts behind. After switching positions back and forth, at the flag Ella crossed the line in 14th.
Due to Ella’s heat results, she lined up in 20th place for the first final. At the start, all 29 drivers were nose to tail. The youngster from Wotton-Under-Edge made progress up the field to 13th, before contact with another driver towards the end of the race put her back in 18th place.
The sun was beaming down for the main final, with the track temperature well into the 40’s. The 11-year-old continued her run of brilliant starts, boosting herself up the order to 14th by the end of lap 3. Ella continued to pick them off and eventually finished in 11th place, winning the Privateers trophy and racking up her best finish overall of the season, beating drivers with much more experience than her.
Speaking after the weekend, Ella said “It has been a busy weekend. We were fast in practise but qualifying was a disappointment. I am very happy with the way I raced in the main final and I was so close to finishing in the top 10. I am also very happy to add another trophy to my collection. I know I have many things to work on, but I am still learning and will keep working hard to move further up the grid!”.
The next round of Super One is on the 8th/9th September, but Ella is next out this coming weekend for Round 5 of the LGM Championship at Whilton Mill, Northants.