This weekend marks the first round British SuperOne Karting Series at Cumbria Kart Racing Club, otherwise known as Rowrah for the 2017 season. Apex’s own Josh Thompson of Ramsey, Isle of Man will be contesting with long time team Litchfield Motorsport, making his return to the series where he raced in IAME X30 Junior in 2015. Currently racing in the BSR Formula Renault Series in the Apex Racing Academy team, it’s been a good season so far with multiple podiums and the Academy team in 3rd place. Back to karting, now moving up to X30 Senior, Josh was able to give his expectations of the year and reflect on his racing last year.
“LGM 2016 was my first season moving it to the more competitive senior category from juniors the year before. Highlights being finishing on the podium at the second round at Kimbolton, also placing it P4 in qualifying at PF. Finishing my first year in 10th overall out of 71 was not a bad effort. In the IAME International Final in Le Mans – I went with one goal to make the Grand A final (top 36) when there was 135 entrants in total in the senior class. Also having to deal with the front brake system. Solid heat results placed us high in the pre-final but had an incident meaning we dropped from 7th to 30th. In the final, I came from the back to P22 which was good enough plus taking 3 fastest laps in the heats. In the end 22nd out of 130+ ain’t a bad feeling.”
When speaking in terms of 2017:
“For this year – heading towards the first round, I feel more prepared on and off the track after having a year learning the senior class and what it entails. I feel that I’m in a great position with strong pace over the winter so I will be aiming for a top 10 finish overall by seasons end at super one. It’s going to be a fun year for sure.”
Apex wishing him the best of luck and happy to see the team logo on the kart for the 2017 season. Josh certainly isn’t the only team member who is partaking in real world motorsport this year and for sure there’ll be more news on those too in weeks to come as the racing season begins worldwide for the year, and also keep an eye out for future Q&A’s with random Apex drivers. Until then, be sure to catch up with other sim racing articles and see how the team is getting on!
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