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FKS Rounds Three and Four – Whilton Mill.

Rounds three and four of the Formula One Management backed Formula Kart Stars Championship from Whilton Mill in England.
For its second doubleheader weekend of 2010 Formula Kart Stars returned to the site of its 2009 season finale, the challenging Whilton Mill circuit conveniently placed near Daventry on the outskirts of Great Britain's motorsports hub of Northamptonshire.

With the mid May date providing enough sunshine and relative warmth to allow team personnel and spectators to shed their winter jackets the Formula One Management backed championship actually enjoyed a totally rain free weekend for the first time in a long while.

Joining the series for the first time in the Mini Max class was Russian driver Nikita Sidorov, who joined American based Cadet regular Santino Ferrucci in the FKS ranks. But while Ferrucci ran strongly all weekend and narrowly missed out on a podium finish on Sunday, Sidorov could only muster a pair of 17th place finishes from the two finals.

Arriving at Whilton Mill second in the Tag Heuer MSA British Cadet standings, Tom Harvey would leave the 1120-metre venue atop the table after a brace of wins. Both were achieved in typical Cadet fashion in two spectacular races with Welshman Harvey coming from 17th on the grid to win Saturday's final from his Fusion teammate Darius Karbaley and Trevyn Jay Nelson and out-duelling Philip Rawson and Lando Norris on Sunday.

Nathan Aston, who led the championship coming into the weekend, could only finish 15th on Saturday but salvaged a top five finish on Sunday to stay within striking distance of the new championship leader.

Moving into third place in the standings after a weekend that almost delivered a first FKS win was Eclipse Motorsports Connor Jupp, who sat on the pole for Saturday's final and led the first half of that race until being shuffled back to eighth and finally 17th after a final lap altercation with Ferrucci. Sunday's final also offered the possibility of a hefty points haul for Jupp after two strong heats but only resulted in a 15th place finish.

Still, with so many strong runners amongst the 50 entrants busy taking points off each other at every opportunity, Jupp managed to escape Whilton third overall.

One week after taking victory in the Super One event at the same venue George Russell was able to open his Formula Kart Stars account in Mini Max with not one but two overall wins.

Saturday's came courtesy of a late race pass on Jay Goodwin although a slowing down lap incident with the same driver following the first heat on Sunday almost cost Russell his shot at the double with his Strawberry Racing team having to successfully appeal a stewards decision to exclude him. With the appeal successful Russell was able to take his place on the second row of the grid for the final and when weekend revelation Josh White and Saturday's third place finisher Oliver Myers made contact Russell was able to slip into a lead he would never relinquish.

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George Russell, Mini Max, Formula Kart Stars Rounds 3 and 4, Whilton Mill [Pic Credit Chris Walker/]
George Russell, Mini Max, Formula Kart Stars Round 3, Whilton Mill [Pic Credit Chris Walker/]
Samuel Oram-Jones. Whilton Mill [Pic credit: Chris Walker -]
Sam Brabham [Pic credit: Chris Walker/]
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Josh Smith [Pic credit: Chris Walker /]
Josh Smith [Pic credit: Chris Walker /]
Formula Kart Stars flags [Pic credit: Chris Walker /]
Macaulay Austin [Pic credit: Steve Everitt]
Oliver Norris
Lando Norris
Lando Norris
Izone Karting simulator [Pic credit: IZone]
Jessica Hawkins
Jake Dennis and Terry Fullerton
RetroRacer 2011. Larkhall. Class IV start [Pic credit: Nick Purdie]
KF3 Champion Callum Ilott with Sebastian Vettel [Pic credit: Carolynn Hoy]
Mini Max Champion Josh White and Junior Rotax Champion James Singleton with Jenson Button [Pic credit: Carolynn Hoy]

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