The 2010 MSA British Cadet Championship came down to a tie between Nathan Aston and Connor Jupp with Aston taking the crown despite Jupp's double win in the final two rounds of the Formula Kart Stars Championship at Ellough Park.
Tom Harvey, Aston and Jupp all had a realistic shot at the title. Harvey's eleven point lead over Aston was tenuous while outsider Jupp, 31 points behind, had nothing to lose.
Harvey's grip started to loosen in qualifying when mechanical problems stopped him and relegated him to mid grid positions for his heats. Jupp also struggled and was only ninth fastest in his group, led by Trevyn Jay Nelson.
Aston's weekend got off to a better start as he set the fastest time of all to ensure pole position for both his heats. He didn't have an answer for Nelson in heat one as he kept his extremely slim mathematical championship hopes alive with a narrow win. Harvey also showed that he wasn't going to give up without a fight as he drove from 15th to fourth behind Shanaka Clay.
Nelson kept his momentum rolling in heat two as he won again with Jupp keeping the pressure on Harvey and Aston with a fighting drive from twelfth to second.
Aston kept his rock solid weekend going in the final heat, winning comfortably from Jamie Caroline and Dean MacDonald. Harvey ran second despite starting 15th but was pushed back to seventh on the final lap with Jupp fifth.
Nelson started the final from pole with Aston alongside, Jupp third and Harvey fifth but it soon became clear that Jupp had the kart to beat as he took the lead on lap five and then kept the rest at arms length to score his third win of the year and play himself right into the thick of the title battle.
Nelson and Aston completed the podium with Aston taking the championship lead in the process. Harvey finished fifth behind Philip Rawson, his race compromised after a tangle with Rory Cuff that sent the latter barrel-rolling onto the grass. Incredibly Cuff turned his kart upright and tried to continue only to discover that his spark plug cap had fallen off.
Jupp's Saturday triumph moved him to within 15 points of Aston with Harvey now nine points out of first.
Nelson's strong Saturday meant he was just 60 points behind but his feint title chances took a terminal blow early in qualifying when his kart failed leaving him near the back of the field.