On a weekend of mixed fortunes for the two main Formula Kart Stars Mini Max title protagonists there were two first time winners at Three Sisters in the form of Sam Oram Jones and Lemuel Pay.
As George Russell and Adam Glear suffered through their own sets of trials and tribulations at the 1000-metre Club Circuit variation of the Three Sisters venue near Wigan the Mini Max class provided two superb finals that any one of a dozen drivers could easily have won.
With Glear struggling for pace all weekend, Championship leader Russell failed to capitalise in Saturday's final after he was eliminated in a clash with Sam Marsh, which left Bobby Thompson and Ryan Norris fighting over top spot.
Norris, who started the final from 23rd and last position, tried to pass Thompson for the lead coming out of the final corner but got caught on Thompson's rear bumper which slowed them both and allowed Oram Jones to slip through on the line to take his maiden FKS win by half a kart length.
Thompson took second with Jay Goodwin third and Ethan Patterson and Zubair Hoque completing the top five. Norris eventually took tenth with Glear only twelfth.
Russell recovered well in Sunday's final but couldn't find a way past a determined Pay in the closing stages of another cracking race. Pay crossed the line with inches to spare for his debut FKS win and the first this year in Mini Max for an independently run driver.
Despite missing out on the win Russell at least padded his points lead over Glear, who finished some way back in 14th.
Norris completed the Sunday podium in third with Patterson and Oram Jones rounding out the top five.
Just two rounds remain in the 2010 season, to be held at Ellough Park in Suffolk on October 16-17.