Mark Litchfield's inexorable march towards the MSA British Karting Championship continued apace in round four of the 2010 Super One Championship at Rowrah in the beautiful British Lake District as he notched up another pair of final victories.
Not only did Litchfield win both finals, he dominated the entire weekend in a fashion that seriously demoralised his rivals and now has one hand on the title even though there are still three rounds to go.
In order for the Paul Fletcher International driver not to win the British title it would take a combination of some sublime driving by one of his few remaining title rivals and some chronic bad luck on his part as he bids to become the final British champion of the Super KF era.
With the British crown switching to the KF2 class from 2011 onwards it would be quite fitting if Litchfield, one of the most enduring figures of the British karting scene of the past decade and more, was able to etch his name on the trophy one more time.
Despite a lack of entries this year Litchfield's performances have thus far been worthy of a champion whether there are 10 entries or 100 and even though there only are ten drivers in the class this year, nobody can deny that Litchfield hasn't been driving superbly.
Litchfield set the tone for the Rowrah weekend by setting fastest time in qualifying by more than a tenth from Jordan Chamberlain with Tom Grice, Elliot Burton and Jonathan Walker completing the top five. He then led every lap of both heats to maintain his perfect record, beating Chamberlain by nearly four seconds in the first race and by two and a half seconds in the second.
With Chamberlain, Grice and Walker squabbling over second, Litchfield escaped into the distance in the first final, eventually finishing three and a half seconds ahead of Chamberlain and increasing his winning margin to a weekend high 4.3-seconds in the second final as Walker finally got the better of Chamberlain after a lengthy scrap.
After leading every lap of every race over the weekend Litchfield's advantage in the points standings is 33 points from Walker after seven wins and one runner-up finish in the eight finals held to date in 2010. Burton finished the two finals sixth and fourth and moved into a tie for third place with Grice, who was a podium finisher in the first final but failed to finish the second after suffering a mechanical problem.