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Aston, Harvey share Belgian Cadet wins
18 August 2010
Title contenders Tom Harvey and Nathan Aston shared the wins in rounds seven and eight of the MSA British Cadet Championship at Genk in Belgium as the Formula Kart Stars season entered its second half.
Aston came into the weekend narrowly ahead of Harvey in the points chase but after the Welshman scored two wins in the heats on Saturday the momentum shifted to his favour as 30 karts lined up for the A Final.
What followed was one of the best races of this, or any other year, as the top 18 karts duelled for the lead throughout the 15-minute race. Harvey, his fellow double heat winner Max Vaughan, Aston, Harrison Newey, Philip Rawson and even 30th place starter Charlie Barlow all took turns at leading.
Vaughan led into the final lap with Harvey in sixth but after picking up two places in turn one and another two at turn two Harvey was in position to take the lead away from Vaughan half way around the last lap to score a sensational victory and retake the championship lead in the process.
Nine year old Alfie Brown, one of the youngest drivers in the championship, tucked in behind Harvey to take second place in the final couple of corners as Vaughan dropped to third. Barlow, who finished fourth in the B Final and thus took the very last place on the grid, drove the race of his life to eventually finish fourth having led for several corners with less than three laps remaining.
Trevyn Jay Nelson fought back to fifth having been bundled back to 15th at one point with Rawson, James Manning, Aston, Rory Cuff and Callum Ilott completing the top ten.
Sunday's final couldn't have been different, not least because it was held in torrential rain. Harvey, GP Plate holder Connor Jupp and Nelson had shared the heat wins with Nelson started from pole position due to his brace of victories but when the lights went out there was only one driver really in the race and that was Aston.
Taking the lead on the second lap Aston calmly pulled away from the rest of the field, sometimes at a rate of more than one second per lap to score a dominant win by more than ten seconds.
With Harvey retiring on the opening lap Aston reclaimed the points lead in the process, but even that news was overshadowed by a simply stunning drive.
Darius Karbaley held second for most of the race although he had to deal with the close attentions of James Kellett, who went for a move on the last lap but slithered wide onto the grass. With fourth place driver Lando Norris nearly ten seconds behind though, Kellett was able to regain the track still in third place.
Behind Norris, Nelson took fifth with Jupp, Cuff, Santino Ferrucci, Ilott and Dan Zelos completing the top ten.
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