2018 Junior Open Grand Prix Championship –
The most competitive season yet?
2018 has been an extremely competitive year for our junior drivers, with record breaking lap times, many personal bests and the entire grid separated by less than seven tenths of a second, and then there was our Joker round which saw the track run in the reverse track direction! 21 race winners from 24 competitors, 150 races completed, amounting to over 1100 miles covered and 8367 laps of racing! More than 300 overtakes for position, we even had a dead heat finish as we completed 9 championship rounds to crown our 4 champions for 2018!
We awarded over £1000 worth of championship trophies and prizes, including Formula1 factory tours, IZone Driver Performance sessions, X30 Kart test days with MadCroc and free karting sessions at Mr Karting!
In a championship which aims to deliver accessible, affordable competitive racing for young drivers, with equal equipment in a way that makes everyone competitive regardless of previous experience, i think it is fair to say we achieved our goal this year! We have experienced racers on the grid with first time racers, and both are winning races! The competitors were a credit to themselves for the standard of competitiveness this year, it was a pleasure to run the series and see our drivers develop into racers!
Maxwell Stanton opened the season with a shock performance, graduating from the cadet class in 2017 to take overall round victory at 2018 round 1. Fellow graduate class driver Charlie Thompson also took a round victory at round 4, and with consistent results took the graduate cup, a new award for 2018.
The rookie class saw Oliver Henwood make his debut in kart racing after only a few arrive and drive sessions at Mr Karting. A strong start to the season saw Oliver sitting second in the championship after round 1, and at round 7 he finished on the junior class podium in 2nd place. With many other strong drivers and a high scoring strategic joker round, Oliver secured the 2018 rookie championship, and finished fourth overall! As 2018 Rookie Champion Oliver is invited to IZone Performance for a driver development training session!
George Green looked set for a strong year and potentially championship honours, but competing only a limited number of rounds meant he missed out on a shot at the championship.
Sam Holdsworth graduated from our Race School to championship racing in the cadet class, and with possibly the least karting experience of any driver in the series in 2018, had a great debut season finishing the championship in 10th position overall, winning the cadet class at round 7, taking third place in the cadet championship and second place in the rookie championship!
Adam Stanley won the opening round’s cadet class trophy race, and continued the year with regular podiums to finish second in the cadet championship, while Leo Brown took the championship in dominant style never finishing a trophy race off the podium and winning 7 of the 9 championship rounds in the cadet class.
In the Junior class Blake Angliss took overall victory for the second year running, ahead of Mr Karting lap record holder Will Beardmore in 2nd place, and Charlie Thompson in third in his debut year in this class.
Blake Angliss had the highest average score of any driver in 2018, with regular overtakes in heat races helping him to secure the overall series championship title.
Driver of the year was hotly contested, but Isaac Gaade took the honours with consistently strong performances. Isaac did not finish on the podium at any round in 2018, but this is not a true reflection on his ability or performance which caught the attention of series officials on multiple occasions, as he was the only driver in the series (and the only customer to date!) to lap the Mr Karting track faster than 17 seconds in BOTH track directions, and set these lap times in championship racing! His driving was always impeccably clean and respectful, and made him a clear winner of this award for 2018, and the X30 Kart test courtesy of MadCroc that goes with it.
Our annual parents race was an opportunity to thank the parents of the championship competitors for their time and support of the series with a free race for themselves, purely for fun… The juniors cheered them on as two mums and four dads took the track, with Dylan Stanley taking the honours in 2018.
We would like to thank all the Drivers, Parents, Officials, Supporters who so kindly donated prizes for our champions and everybody else involved in delivering what we believe was the most competitive championship season of karting yet at our award winning indoor kart track in Warwickshire! We run the series because we are motorsport enthusiasts ourselves, and hope you all enjoyed the years racing! We look forward to seeing you all trackside in 2019 as we launch our Sprint Series making competitive kart racing accessible to even more drivers, and supporting those who go on to represent Mr Karting in the wider motorsport world!
Congratulations to all our winners, and Thank You to all involved!
2018 Series Statistics
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The Junior Open Grand Prix at Mr Karting is a cost effective stepping stone into motorsport, where all equipment is provided equal and the emphasis put on driving ability. Although the competition is serious, an emphasis on enjoyment is key to the series.
The Junior Open Grand Prix Championship is designed to offer junior drivers aged between 8 and 16 the opportunity to develop their race craft in competition with some of the fastest junior drivers at Mr Karting.
Mr Karting changed ownership in October 2016, and the new management team developed a new format for the series, based on their vast experience within the motorsport industry, which provided some extremely close racing, and crowned four champions with a prize fund worth over £1000!
However, the Junior Open Grand Prix at Mr Karting is nothing new. In fact, since the championship started in 2008 graduates from Mr Karting have progressed throughout the world of motorsport, most notably Jordan King who since starting karting in 2005 at Mr Karting has won the British F3 Championship, is a race winner in GP2, was crowned FIA Young Driver of Excellence Driver of the Year and has tested a F1 car having been appointed development driver for Manor F1, he will race in America’s IndyCar series in 2018. Alessandro Ceronetti finished the 2014 championship on the Mr Karting Cadet podium, and since went on to claim the 2017 MSA English Karting Championship and finish 4th in the IAME X30 Karting World Finals! Alongside Jordan and Alessandro, as Mr Karting’s graduates are Nick Yelloly (GP3 race winner) and Alice Powell (BARC Formula Renault Champion & Rising Star) to name but a few… and you could be next!