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Q&A: Jason Dredge, Superkart Champion

Jason Dredge: "As always, I don't go into any race to lose. I'm there to try and win. Me, RW, my mum and dad are going to be pushing as hard as possible."

He may have finished thirteenth in the MSA points table last year but thanks to funding from sponsors and from parents Paul and Julie, Jason Dredge will be striving for results in Division 1 this season. He will drive an Anderson-PVP and here he speaks to Simon Stiel...
What were the factors for you choosing to go to Division 1 for this season?

Jason Dredge:
Last year didn't really help because we couldn't get everything to work right. It involving having to come from the back of the grid. It was always really hard work for me to sort of come from the back to the front.

A few races like Thruxton, I'd come back from the back and finish second. We got lucky, Mum and Dad managed to get the budget together, purchase the engines and obviously Anderson, Kelgate and Rob Walkinshaw still help me out. I can have a bash at Europe.
Why was the PVP engine chosen as opposed to the FPE or the DEA?

Jason Dredge:
We chose that engine because it's one that Rob Walkinshaw, my engine tuner preferred. He's already done work with it. He's got one driver in Europe already using it so he's got a baseline. He knows what it can do; it's a matter of me getting it and seeing what it could be pushed to. It's sort of the easiest route to go really.
As well as the technical preparation, how have you been preparing yourself physically for the Division 1 challenge?

Jason Dredge:
I've been out on my push-bike quite a bit and have been getting myself out of the pub. If I have been there I've been drinking Coke instead of lager. I've been training neck and arms and have been getting the weight down after Christmas.
Did you have a sort of post-mortem about why the barrels kept failing last season?

Jason Dredge:
Yeah. It was really our own fault because we'd spent five years being quick and we didn't blow up in five years. We just never got it replated. Everybody else then caught up with the pace engine wise so we needed to start jetting down and start pushing it. They'd been used for five years and they just kept nipping up all the time.
One consequence of that was Paul Platt was awesome in the early part of the season...

Jason Dredge:
Yes he was. I quite enjoy racing against Paul anyway, we've had some good races at Thruxton, Castle Combe, places like that. He's a fair driver, I quite enjoy racing side by side with him. Last year just really didn't go our way.
In one aspect the year really went well for one driver was your team-mate Louis Wall who won the Grand Prix anyway.

Jason Dredge:
It did, he got it all singing. I couldn't keep up with the pace, I got it on barrel no five that weekend.
Louis won dominately at Thruxton. It was a case of only the season had lasted a few more rounds...

Jason Dredge:
I would have been winning in race one but unfortunately my throttle jammed in my carburettor so I was stuck in flat out. I pulled it in after five laps and decided enough and enough. We got it singing and dancing between the races, I raced from the back and Louis won. RW there was good.
You have nine superkart titles in five years. Was it important to you that you were 21 years old when you first won it in 2008?

Jason Dredge:
Yes it was. Being the youngest driver to win it did make it a bit more special. Especially winning a few of the GPs as well. I've worked with Jade Karts which is run by Mark Allen and he's won the GP seven or eight times. I'm trying to catch him up. It keeps the rivalry going between boss and mechanic!
Have you set yourself a target for the European championship?

Jason Dredge:
As always, I don't go into any race to lose. I'm there to try and win. Me, RW and my mum and dad are going to be pushing as hard as possible.

by Simon Stiel

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