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British drivers shine at Kartmasters.

There was a surprise winner in Senior Rotax for although Jack Hawksworth is one of Europe's top gearbox drivers, he hadn't driven a direct drive kart since Kartmasters in 2009. Coupled with the fact that his main competition was the most decorated driver in Kartmasters history, seven time GP plate winner and defending Super 1 Senior Max champion Michael Simpson, Hawksworth's lights to flag win was ultra impressive.

An opening lap crash put fluid down at the first hairpin but while Hawksworth avoided it Simpson, John Stewart and others all fell foul of it and lost valuable time on the second lap, which was all Hawksworth needed to create an advantage that he retained for the remaining 20-laps.

As Stewart and Simpson disputed second place Hawksworth came home the winner by more than two seconds with Steward barely holding off Simpson and Matthew Mason for third.

Lucas Orrock was a comfortable winner in Rotax 177 despite a few spots of rain in the closing laps causing some anxious moments as Tom Holland closed in. Orrock's lights to flag performance came as the expense of Justin Edgar, who started alongside Orrock but was spun into retirement at the second corner in an incident that also eliminated third place starter Danny Andrew.

Holland started sixth after snapping an axle in one of the heats and despite moving into second place in the early stages he was unable to trouble Orrock and had to make do with his second runner-up finish in as many years. Tom Pyttlik finished third after a scrap with Tim Penton and Bert Swartfigure.

The fastest karts on display were in KF2, a class that will be adopted as the MSA British Championship in 2011 and the final boiled down to a head to head duel between 2009 European KF2 Champion Jordan Chamberlain and PFI's works driver Mark Litchfield.

Welshman Chamberlain led initially as Litchfield saw off the advances of Callum Bowyer and once clear in second, the most experienced man in the field closed in on the leader tenth by tenth until, with five laps to go, he was sitting on his rear bumper.

Litchfield pounced with two laps to go at the first hairpin but Chamberlain fought straight back to retake the lead two corners later. On the final lap Litchfield tried again but fell short by two tenths as Chamberlain sealed the GP Plate.

Tom Grice finished third with Foster fourth although the latter would be demoted to ninth for contact driving, promoting Bowyer and Sam Snell into the top five.



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