After six of twelve rounds in the 2012 Formula Kart Stars Junior Rotax Championship nobody has put their stamp on the Formula One Management backed series with every one of the main title contenders suffering at least one major setback in their quest to win the coveted FKS Steering Wheel trophy and a ticket to the Autosport Awards.
Rounds seven and eight followed the same pattern as the first half of the season with the stunning Glan Y Gors circuit in North Wales providing a picturesque, if occasionally wet and constantly windswept backdrop for a weekend that saw some extremely close and hard fought racing.
Formula Kart Stars Junior Rotax Championship
Light but persistent rain meant the track was wet for Saturday’s timed qualifying session although that fact was seemingly lost on Bobby Thompson (Vital Motorsport), who took pole position for the two heats ahead of Luke Whitworth (P1 Racing) and the two drivers who came into the weekend tied for the points lead, Shaun Arnold (Danny Cruttenden Motorsport) and Oli Myers (Coles Racing).
Thompson continued in his rich vein of form that has seen him with two of the previous three finals (all three if his appeal against his exclusion from round six at Larkhall is successful) with a dominant victory in heat one over Arnold and Myers and a far closer success over Arnold and Whitworth in heat two, taking both victories with track conditions still highly treacherous.
However with the circuit completely dry for the final Thompson was soon dragged in to a six kart scrap for the lead with Myers eventually escaping to score his first FKS victory by a shade under two seconds from Arnold, the embattled Thompson and RL Racing Department teammates Josh White and Sam Marsh.
White and Marsh were on song in Sunday’s dry qualifying session, annexing the front row of the grid for the heats with Myers and Whitworth on row two. The situation was similar in race trim with White scoring his first win as a Junior in the opening heat, albeit by fractions over Thompson. White added to his win tally in heat two, leading Myers and Marsh home with room to spare as he comfortably secured pole position for the final.
The final was nail-biting from start to finish as first White led, then conceded to Marsh before retaking the lead and earning his first final win of the year by half a second over his teammate. Thompson and Myers scrapped over third until the latter tapped the former into a spin, earning him an exclusion in the process and handing Arnold the final place on the podium and the championship lead.
For full results and Championship tables after Glan-Y-Gors please click here