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British drivers shine at Kartmasters.

Paul Fletcher International hosted the MSA British Kartmasters Grand Prix took place last weekend with ten drivers earning the right to use the GP Plate.
Now in its 15th year the MSA Kartmasters Grand Prix at the PF International Circuit has long been one of the highlights of the British karting calendar and with the PFI circuit having hosted the first CIK-FIA European event in the UK in nearly 20 years in April there was an extra special buzz about the 2010 'GP Plate' event.

More than 220 drivers across ten classes were entered, all bidding to join a select list of drivers including Lewis Hamilton, Oliver Jarvis, Alex Sims, Will Stevens and Jack Harvey to have earned the right to run with the GP Plate in their respective class for the next 12 months.

With drivers from Italy, Dubai, Russia and China helping to create a cosmopolitan entry list, when the dust finally settled nine Englishman and a Welshman were left celebrating the most.

Some of the youngest drivers in the paddock were in Cadet WTP but despite their tender years their final was one of the best of the day as a train of seven karts was eventually whittled down to just two as Sam Priest tried to defend against Gaby Weyer.

On a tense final lap Priest managed to hold on to the lead to take the title with Weyer equalling Hannah Pym's runner-up finish in WTP last year, which still stands as the best ever Kartmasters result for a lady racer.

For much of the 18-lap race Priest, Thomas Day and Cory Stevens disputed the lead but both were delayed in the closing laps and finished more than two seconds behind the lead duo in third and fourth. First year karter Scott Snell completed the top five with Thomas Turner, who only turned nine on the day after the event, taking eighth.

The Cadet Comer class contained almost all the frontrunners in the MSA British Championship and the quality field didn't disappoint in their 18-lap final.

Connor Jupp started from pole position and finished in the same spot to take his first GP title but in between there were innumerable lead changes as a dozen karts pulled away at the start.

That figure was reduced to just five at half distance when a crash at the first hairpin delayed British Championship points leader Nathan Aston amongst others but the remaining five including Jupp, Tom Harvey, James Kellett, TJ Nelson and Max Vaughan continued to battle right to the flag.

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